April 14 – 16: TOKYO, JAPAN / Tokyo Tower, EGG Japan, DMM.Make, local fish markets
April 17 – ??: SINGAPORE (Unofficial Stop) / Get lost in the city with Dave McClure
WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE WE GOING?
Hangzhou, China –Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang province, is an emerging tech hub in China. It is home to known tech giant Alibaba, the world’s fastest growing e-commerce market. There has been a big push to support startups and tech innovation with the Hangzhou government and new high tech investments. The local government has planned to build Zhejiang Hangzhou Sci–Tech City (Haichuang Park), a new venture platform to cultivate industries, such as electronic information, biological medicine, new energy and materials, culture creativity etc.
Shenzhen, China – The tech “capital” of China and known as the hardware capital of the world, Shenzhen has the largest concentration of China’s factories. It is home to 15 million people and the top electronic companies such as Hauwei, ZTE, Lenovo, Oppo, and TCL reside here with the world’s biggest electronic market in the heart of Shenzhen. For hackers and entrepreneurs, this is a technological nirvana.
Hong Kong, China – Hong Kong is described as a place where “East meets West,” reflecting the culture’s mix of the territory’s Chinese roots with influences from its time as a British colony. Since Hong Kong is the fourth largest capital market in the world, Thirty-six of the world’s 100 tallest residential buildings are in Hong Kong.More people in Hong Kong live or work above the 14th floor than anywhere else on Earth, making it the world’s most vertical city.
Taipei, Taiwan –Taipei, the modern metropolis of Taiwan, follows as Asia’s 2nd richest city per capita. It’s an economically pioneering city, an East Asian transportation hub, and now leads the world in some sectors of electronics manufacturing and information technology.
Tokyo, Japan – The world’s most populous metropolitan area with a population of 37.8 million people, Tokyo has a growing startup scene. Plus, companies like Sony, Panasonic and others already dominate the game console, mobile phone, household electronic and wearable tech markets. The character of the city is juxtaposed by new futuristic towers and old temples and shrines.
Singapore (Unofficial Stop) – As a city-state, Singapore is both the country and its capital. The island contains sixty-three islands and Singapore Island is the main island of Singapore (Pulau Ujong). Singapore has established its ambition to become the smartest city in the world and the government has engaged over the past half-century to transform the former British colony into one of the most innovative, sustainable and tech-savvy cities on the planet.
GOAP Asia (Fall 2011):
Anticipated costs for registration & travel: GOAP tours typically range from $9,000 – $10,000 per geek, which covers flights, hotels, ground transportation, registration fee, events & activities, visas, drivers, guides, tips, taxes, some meals and really bad jokes from our resident curmudgeon, Dave McClure, over the mic.