We finally landed in San Francisco after two long flights. First one from Bangkok to Dubai took only 7 hours, and then another 15 hours from Dubai to San Francisco, where we continued by taxi to Santa Clara. Flights went well, luckily I got some sleep, and felt alright despite the 14 hours time difference. We stayed in Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, the hotel attached to the conference center. It was very pleasant stay in many ways (although it was slightly freakish of them to reply with commercial messages to my instagram posts about the show). The breakfast surprisingly served more than toast, bacon and eggs, and after five days I still fitted into the same pants.
The first conference day was mainly workshops, which I didn’t attend as we were quite busy putting our booth together and organizing interview schedule for 3DPI.TV. From what I heard from some of my friends who attended, the workshops were good. We managed to get two interviews done on the first day. The first one was with the couple behind Table Top Inventing: Steve and Debby Kurti. Both very nice and professional. Steve seemed to be more of the tinkerer and Debby taking care more of the admin side of things.›› continue reading
Inside 3D Printing travels back to the US next week to see the second show in Santa Clara Convention Center. Unfortunately I missed the show last year, but what I heard from our team that was present it was a great show. So, a lot to be expected this year as well. 3D Printing Industry is co-producing the show with the organizer MecklerMedia, and we have a team of four at present including the US based writer Scott J Grunewald, video producer Tony Hofmann, Ari and myself. We’ll have a booth at the show and will be filming video material as well as covering the show on 3dprintingindustry.com as usual.
The latest shows in Tokyo and Hong Kong were successful as always. Tokyo show attracted over 35,000 visitors in total for the cluster of tech shows bundled together. Despite being based in Asia, I do prefer the trade shows in the western countries. People in western countries are perhaps more extrovert and therefore easier to engage with. In Tokyo we did a small survey through a translator. Getting answers from the visitors seemed to be tricky even for the local translator.
The show in Santa Clara this year is coined to be quite big.›› continue reading
Talking about inspirational entrepreneurs, many come to mind, but one is literally flying a lot higher than the others. Elon Musk, who even the Iron Man movie makers used as a role model for Tony Stark, is one of the most inspirational entrepreneurs out there today. Within a short period of time he has become successful in four different industries. And not just any industries, but some of the most competitive ones there exist. Starting from PayPal, which revolutionized the way we handle money online, he has moved to new ventures in power industry with SolarCity, automobile with Tesla and space travel and exploration with SpaceX. Considered crazy by his friends at the time he decided to focus on electric car that would survive in the tough car market – something that the car giants had not been able to accomplish, he has risen in the media spotlight with total three successful businesses today.
I have been familiar with the name Elon Musk for a long time, but only recently started to study more the way he works and his ideology towards creating successful businesses. He is quite a fascinating character who apparently clocks in 80-100 hour workweeks, sometimes even more.›› continue reading
I have been planning to visit Bali since I came to Asia early 2000, but never really had the chance to make it happen. Known to be a popular tourist destination amongst Australians and developed Asian nations, Bali attracts over 3 million tourists annually. The beaches and waves are famous amongst surfers, but Bali offers cultural sites and natural attractions as well.
A few weeks back I had a chance to finally visit Bali. Being more of a business focused trip, I didn’t unfortunately had much chance to enjoy the holiday activities, but had chance to get a glimpse what Bali is all about.
I arrived there Thursday afternoon and had no troubles getting through the airport procedures. Somehow the famous tourist destinations always make it very pleasant to enter. Finding a taxi to the hotel in Kuta beach was easy. The hotel I stayed in was a very positive experience. The staff was overwhelmingly friendly, included free breakfast that was more than instant coffee and toast. Overall the hotel, located right next to the beach, was bargain for the price. If you are planning to stay in Kuta and want an inexpensive hotel next to the beach check out Best Western Kuta Beach.›› continue reading
Inside 3D Printing Melbourne being just a week away (7-9 July), I thought I’d look into what is there to be expected. After an amazing Inside 3D Printing Seoul show, I am very excited to be heading to Melbourne. Not only because we will actually be able to communicate with the show visitors in English, but also because it will be my first trip there, I and don’t know much of the Australian 3DP scene first hand. The show is promoted to be the ‘first significant 3D printing show in Australia’ featuring 29 speakers and 25 seminar sessions. Let’s have a closer look.
The speaker line up looks impressive, featuring a lot of local speakers and topics covering 3D printing in Australia. There are two featured keynotes. The first one is Terry Wohlers, probably the most well known 3D printing consultant in the world, who will be speaking 9am on the first day July 9th. The second is Milan Brandt, a Professor of Advanced Manufacturing in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, and Research Director Advanced Manufacturing Precinct, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Milan Brandt will be speaking 9am on the second day July 10th.›› continue reading
Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo 2014 moved to Asia and Pacific after three shows in Berlin, New York and Sao Paolo. The year so far has been extremely successful for the organizers and expectations were high for the Korean show held in Seoul last week, June 12-13. The event turned out to be the largest Inside 3D Printing show so far in terms of exhibitors and the number of visitors. It promises very good for the other up coming shows in the region, Melbourne being the next, followed by Hong Kong and Tokyo.
The Inside 3D Printing Seoul was held in Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX), which had partnered up with Mediabistro to organize and promote the show. KINTEX, which is owned by the government, had really put effort to deliver a world class tradeshow. The whole event was incredibly well organized; the exhibition area was well set up and the size of conference banners were literally all over the place and nearby streets. The largest banners were close to half of the size of a football field.
The number of exhibitors was incredible, especially the number of local companies. Stratasys and a local entry level 3D printer manufacturer, ROKIT, had the largest expo spaces, and their booths seemed to draw most of the crowd.›› continue reading
Hotel booking, especially in Thailand, can be sometimes slightly challenging. There are so many options to choose from. Not only discovering the most suitable from the endless hotel offering, but also finding where to get the best price for the chosen hotel. Usually the online hotel booking services are the places to go, as they tend to offer better prices than booking directly through the hotel website, although not always. The big players in the field of online hotel booking such as Priceline.com with Agoda and Booking.com, and Expedia with hotels.com have been dominating the scene for years, but it seems that more and more new players with different concepts are moving into the lucrative hotel booking market.
I was recently introduced to one of the new comers called Hotel Quickly. They are targeting mobile only bookings through an app, which is available for iOS, Android and BlackBerry users. The founding team behind the app is also quite convincing, including startup veterans and former Foodpanda.com executives. Hotel Quickly tapping into the fastest growing ecommerce market in Asia – smartphone users – doesn’t really come as a surprise.
Enough with the introductions; lets dig into the app review.
The concept of the Hotel Quickly app is quite simple.›› continue reading