As part of the Technology Pioneers program of the World Economic Forum Inaugural Meeting of the New Champions, I will be attending the in Dalian, China (map). (See my blogs on the World Economic Forum at Davos) The organizer of the event Klaus Schwab has said that the event of Dalian will become a second pillar to Davos recognizing the rise of Asian emerging markets and new players in the bigger economy. Many of the people from Davos will be there. I plan to arrive on the Sept 5 and go back to England on the 9th.
One of my objectives is to help determine our strategy for Asia and building up Alfresco in the east. China in particular is already one of the top ten countries using Alfresco and participating in our forums and wikis and Alfresco has been translated into Chinese for awhile now. We are looking for ways to bridge the big geographical divide to participate and share in one of the biggest economic explosions of all time.
In addition, I will be part of a panel discussion on New Internet Technologies on the 8th moderated by Thomas Crampton of the International Herald Tribute along with the CTO of Nokia and the CEO of Netvibes. It should be interesting.
Since I have never been to China, I plan on stopping off in Beijing and seeing the forbidden city. If you live in Beijing and are around the morning of September 5th, perhaps we can meet up there. Just drop me a line.