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Nsc1 Event Profile

Overview of inaugural event by Neoteny Labs in Singapore

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Nsc1 Event Profile

  1. 1. Neoteny Start-up Camp 1 "Connecting with the Hub of Asia" 1. Event Background 1A. About Neoteny Labs Neoteny Labs is currently in the process of establishing an early-stage investment fund and incubator. The principals behind Neoteny Labs are Joichi Ito (General Partner) and Reid Hoffman (Investment Committee Chairman). The fund and incubator are expected to be operational in Q1 2010, and will focus on investing and incubating pre-seed to seed-stage technology start-ups in 3 areas, namely (1) Consumer Internet, (2) Mobile Applications and (3) Consumer Hardware and Electronics Design. Neoteny Labs will: a. Identify new markets, products and technology trends and guide teams to develop in these areas; b. Mentor teams with new product ideas and invest in them as they gain traction; c. Help with global market entry, partner sourcing and subsequent capital raises; and d. Develop and attract a network of entrepreneurs, mentors and anchor "smart money" in Singapore. 1B: Purpose of Neoteny Start-up Camp 1 The motivations behind the inaugural Neoteny Start-up Camp event are two-fold: a. Announce and launch Neoteny Labs; b. Introduce overseas investors, entrepreneurs and executives to Singapore's entrepreneurial ecosystem; c. Introduce and expose local entrepreneurs and executives to overseas investors, entrepreneurs and executives; and d. Allow for exchange of ideas and knowledge between the international and Singapore investor, entrepreneur and executive diaspora.
  2. 2. 1C: Event Details Date: December 12th and 13th, 2009 Time: 08:00 till 18:00 daily Location: Singapore Management University School of Accountancy 60 Stamford Road, Singapore 178900 Ngee Ann Kong Si Auditorium Speakers: See attachment in email. 2. Event Programme Each event day will be split into 2 halves - morning and afternoon - with the first (morning) half being a single-track plenary session with keynotes, talks and panel discussions. The second (afternoon) half will be conducted in the form of an unconference. An unconference is a facilitated, participant-driven conference centred around a theme or purpose. In our case, the theme is "Connecting with the Hub of Asia". The following gives an overview of the event programme over the 2 days:
  3. 3. December 12th, 2009 Saturday 08:00 - 08:30 "Outside, Looking In" • Keynote by Joichi Ito 08:30 - 09:30 "Product, Process and Software Agility" • Panel discussion moderated by Joi Ito, and with Ian Mcfarland (Pivotal), Diego Rodriguez (IDEO) and Jay Dvivedi (Shinsei Bank) 09:30 - 10:30 "Hackerspaces" • Panel discussion moderated by Sean Bonner, and with Meng Weng Wong, Bre Petis, Mitch Altman and Jens Ohlig as panelists 10:30 - 11:30 "Starting up Start-ups" • Panel discussion moderated by Sean Bonner, and with Rob Mee (Pivotal), bunnie (Chumby) and Teruhide Sato (Netprice) 11:30 - 12:15 "Reach out and Touch Face: A Rant about Failing" • Talk by Johannes Grenzfurthner 12:15 - 13:30 Catered Lunch and Networking 13:30 - 17:00 Day 1 participant-led break-out sessions 17:00 - 18:00 Mozilla Drumbeat • Talk and workshop by Mark Surman (Mozilla Foundation) December 13th, 2009 Sunday 08:30 - 09:00 "Welcome to Singapore" • Opening speech by Michael Yap (MDA) 09:00 - 10:00 "Inside, Looking Out" • Panel discussion on start-up growth, user acquisition, market access • Moderated by James Chan, with panel members being Terence Swee (Muvee), Ming Yong Guang (Socialwok) and TBD
  4. 4. "Bringing Your Business to Singapore" • Panel discussion on experiences of foreign entrepreneurs who set up in Singapore; how they got started, issues they ran 10:00 - 11:00 into, how they coped, what they gained in the process • Moderated by Sean Bonner, with panel members being Thorben Linneberg (OrSiSo), Venu Sriperumal (Mystiq Mobile) and Jonas Eichhart (PlanetAbroad) "Open Culture" 11:00 - 12:00 • Talk by Dan Kaminski 12:00 - 13:00 Catered Lunch & Networking 13:00 - 17:00 Day 2 participant-led break-out sessions 3. Expected Attendees We expect attendee numbers to be between 200 and 300, with a stronger concentration of investors, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial executives (85%). We also expect to see a small proportion of students (NUS, NTU and SMU) and iLEs, and hopefully at the same time reach out to the developer and start-up ecosystem in Asia Pacific. 4. Event Costing Attendance at the event will be free of charge upon registration at our event site at http://nsc1.neotenylabs.com. In order to make this event a reality, Neoteny Labs has sought sponsorships from private-sector partners and government agencies. The majority of the sponsorship money will be used to cover the flight and accommodation expenses for the overseas speakers, with the remainder for F&B and other related event infrastructure. 5. Sponsorship Sought Neoteny Labs is seeking sponsorships in blocks of US$5,000 from interested and synergistic partners. Interested parties should contact James Chan at james@motochan.com. 6. Proposed Value to Sponsors
  5. 5. The sponsor will gain exposure to a wide range of groups • Local Singaporeans • Local Singaporean companies • Companies from around the world with a Singapore presence • Leading edge tech entrepreneurs from around the world Your company will also benefit from the publicity and coverage in local and global media in the lead up, to and after the event. There will also be opportunities to display promotional material and provide handouts to attendees, as well as placement of your company's logo on the event website.