Happy National Bloggers Day

On this day four years ago, the then Communications and Information Minister Muhammad Nuh opened the first Pesta Blogger at Blitz Megaplex and declared the day National Bloggers Day.

Much has happened since then. The online community grew and grew, Facebook and Twitter made their entry and replaced much of the energy people put into blogging, several of the past Pesta Blogger chairmen went on to become well-known personalities in their own right.

At that event we also struck up a relationship with the US Embassy in Jakarta and this relationship turned into an annual partnership to organize Blogshops – workshops on blogging – in 10 cities each year as a run up to the main Pesta Blogger event, that lasts till this day.

Pesta Blogger also gave rise to a host of other social media events, much like a successful bakso shop will soon find itself surrounded by other bakso shops, and today we see a very vibrant online community. Where will all this lead to? Time will tell, even as we gear up for the 5th Pesta Blogger, which has been retooled as ON|OFF to change with the times, on December 3.

Here’s a blast from the past posting from Unspun on Pesta Blogger 2007 for those who were there and might ant to take a nostalgic trip back in time:

It’s National Bloggers Day in Indonesia today

Minister for Communications and Information Mohammad Nuh declared today National Bloggers’ Day when he opened the Pesta Blogger 2007 at Blitz Megaplex in Jakarta.

Communications and Information Minister Muhammad Nuh (blue shirt, center) and Director-General of Telematics Applications Cahyana Ahmadjayadi (batik shirt) together with the Steering Committee members of Pesta Blogger 2007 Photo takn from fistoriza‘s Flickr account where you can see more photos.

He said this was to motivate bloggers to keep on improving their content and even offered a special prize if the bloggers could come up with the lyrics and songs which could reflect the theme of Pesta Blogger 2007, “The New Voice of Indonesia.”

The Minister was so supportive that on his way out, after delivering his speech and staying on for a talkshop-format discussion, he donated, on behalf of his ministry, an Asus laptop for the Best of the Best Blog award at the gathering.

Throughout the event Unspun could not help but marvel at the contrast in relationships between Government and bloggers in Indonesia and Malaysia. If only the Malaysia Government could learn how to engage this vocal segment of the population, its job could be so much easier. Then again, can one imagine Malaysian Ministers saying that they have much to learn from Indonesia? NOT.

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Suasana PB2007 (ash/inet)

Jakarta – Menteri Komunikasi dan Informatika Mohammad Nuh tiba-tiba memberikan tantangan pada para blogger. Tantangan itu dikemukakannya dalam sambutan pembukaan Pesta Blogger 2007 (PB2007) bertema ‘Suara Baru Indonesia’ yang digelar di Blitz Megaplex, Jakarta, Sabtu (27/10/2007).

“Ayo, bikin syair yang bagus, lalu dipadukan dengan alunan musik untuk menjadi lagu yang mencerminkan Suara Baru Indonesia ini,” ujarnya di hadapan sekitar 500 orang blogger.

Bahkan Nuh menjanjikan pihak Kominfo akan menyediakan hadiah bagi yang bisa melakukan hal itu. “Ya hadiahnya bisa berupa terima kasih, atau saya rasa untuk hal itu sebuah laptop tidak menjadi masalah,” ia menambahkan dengan santai.

Nuh pun ‘menodong’ Ketua Komite PB2007, Enda Nasution, untuk menyelenggarakan sayembara pembuatan lagu itu. “Kalau bisa, sebelum akhir tahun sudah ada itu,” tukasnya.

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Today’s gathering attracted over 480 participants. Continue reading “It’s National Bloggers Day in Indonesia today”

Got your goat? Go to Pesta Blogger

Update: At Pesta Blogger on October 27, the Bloggers for Bangsari managed to raise Rp7.5 mio from the participants. That adds up to 15 goats, said one of the organizers, very pleased with the results, more so because other blogger’s interests have been piqued and inquiries and pledges are coming in. Way to go Bloggers for Bangsari. You rock!

With two days more to go to Pesta Blogger, Indonesia’s first nationwide gathering of bloggers, the fun has ratcheted up a notch with the Steering Committee deciding to let groups of bloggers do their thing.Pesta Blogger 2007

They’ve allocated a Mimbar Bebas, or a free forum, where bloggers can get center stage for a few minutes to do whatever they want or espouse whatever causes they want. Something like a Speakers Corner of the Indonesian blogosphere.

A band of bloggers calling themselves Bloggers for Bangsari is trying to raise money to buy a goat. The goat is to be donated to the school children of Bangsari, in Cilacap, Central Jawa.

The children will take on the responsibility of raising the goat and the when it is old enough it can be sold off and the proceeds go to the school. Or if it reproduces then the kids can be sold off with the proceeds going to the schoolchildren as well.

Must say it’s not a BAAAAD idea (sorry, Unspun knows he mutton make bad puns. Damn!).

Also check out the creativity that Pesta Blogger has inspired with this YouTube upload of a film “I’m proud to be an Indonesian blogger” by filmmaker Iman Brotoseno. Iman and his crew will also be at the Pesta to shoot the event and all the cute bloggers there.

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Jakarta – Nama acaranya memang Pesta Blogger 2007, tapi bukan berarti isinya hura-hura belaka. Sebuah sesi akan disediakan untuk program bantuan kambing bagi siswa sekolah kurang mampu.

Program bertajuk ‘Bloggers for Bangsari’ itu rencananya akan muncul dalam salah satu sesi di Pesta Blogger 2007 (PB2007). Melalui program ini, blogger bisa menyumbangkan dana untuk bersama-sama menghadirkan modal pada anak-anak sekolah di kawasan Bangsari, Cilacap, Jawa Tengah.

Modal tersebut berupa kambing betina yang nantinya akan dipelihara oleh anak-anak kurang mampu. Hasil keuntungan memelihara kambing itu akan digunakan untuk biaya sekolah dan kebutuhan lainnya. Jika anakan kambing sudah bisa menghasilkan lagi maka indukan yang masih produktif akan diberikan pada anak lain.

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Pesta Blogger now open to well wishers and contributors

With eight days to go to Pesta Blogger 2007 the Steering Committee has been inudated with inquiries from well wishers wanting to know if they might be able to make donations of gifts or cast to help make this event, the first ever large scale national gathering of bloggers, a success.

Any company or individual interested in becoming a well wisher/contributor to Pesta Blogger can check out the Pestablogger.com website for more information. Or the can contact event manager Hanny by email. We are looking for gifts and stuff that we can insert into the goodie bags for participants. Remember, however, that this is a not-for-profit event, it is informal and results of all contributions will be listed, audited and reported at the Pesta Blogger website after the event.

Many businesses and individuals have contributed selflessly and generously to make this event a success that we think it will be and this is as good a time as any to thank them.

Microsoft Indonesia and Nokia Indonesia were first off the mark in becoming sponsors. XL Business Solutions was next to agree to become a sponsor. Kompas Cyber Media, Koran Tempo, and The Jakarta Post were all very accommodating and fabulous as media partners. Others to thank are Rony at Jogja who designed the Pesta Blogger Button , Jerry Aurum for designing the Pesta Blogger logo and Rangga Sastrowardoyo who chipped in to design the newspaper ads for Pesta Blogger which will appear next week.

Among the well wishers and contributors, those who have joined the party are Mobile Magazine, Digital Mark Reader and Mr. Potato. Keep abreast with the news at Pestablogger.com.

( Disclosure: Unspun works at Maverick which is helping to organize the Pesta Blogger)

Pesta Blogger doubles number of participants

It is nine more days to Pesta Blogger 2007 at Blitz Megaplex and the Indonesian blogosphere is buzzing with anticipation.Response for the gathering, Indonesia’s first national gathering of bloggers, has been so overwhelming that the Steering Committee is now planning for double the number of participants from its original plan of 200.

According to Steering Committee Chairman Enda Nasution bloggers from cities other than Jakarta are planning to send teams to the gathering. So far the 100 free places have been snapped up and is oversubscribed by more than 3 times – 358 applications, to be exact.Some bloggers, such as Aristanto and Thomas Arie Setiawan are just chuffed that they’ve received their passes to go to Pesta Blogger.

With the extra capacity of Blitz, the Steering Committee is now allocating about 200 places for representatives of blogging communities from the provinces, 50 places for the media, 30 places for sponsors(XL Business Solutions, Microsoft and Nokia), media partners (Jakarta Post, Koran Tempo and Kompas Cyber Media), well wishers and contributors, as well as another 15 spaces for group discussion leaders.

In an attempt to prevent disappointment from turned away bloggers at the door, the Committee is also allocating 100 places for those who show up on the day but who have not been registered. They can come in by paying Rp 100,000 to cover the costs of food and venue.

Word is that foreign media is also interested in attending. They include Global Voices‘ Preetam Rai and Angilee Shah, the former editor of Asia Media /UCLA have said they would attend.

The Pesta Blogger now looks to be shaping up to be a much bigger event that most of us thought it would be, thanks to the sponsors and partners, as well as all those who chipped in to help.

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Kapasitas Peserta Bertambah 2 Kali Lipat

Ternyata antusiasme para bloggers untuk menghadiri acara Pesta Blogger 2007 tahun ini cukup membludak )

Berikut beberapa perkembangan terbaru seputar Pesta Blogger 2007:


Hingga saat ini, telah ada 358 pendaftar yang mendaftarkan diri lewat situs resmi pestablogger.com—walaupun hanya 100 pendaftar pertama saja yang bisa mendapatkan free pass, alias mengikuti acara ini secara gratis.

Selain peserta yang mendaftarkan diri secara langsung, terdapat pula 200 peserta yang diundang oleh Panitia, terdiri dari para pembicara, bloggers terkemuka Indonesia, serta tentu saja; yang paling signifikan adalah perwakilan dari komunitas-komunitas bloggers di daerah serta komunitas blog lainnya yang ada di Indonesia.

Minat yang membludak dari para bloggers dan komunitas bloggers ini membuat kapasitas undangan yang awalnya hanya dibuka untuk 100 orang naik 2 kali lipat, menjadi 200 orang.

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Pesta Blogger registration starts tomorrow

Update: 12.55pm. Oct 5: It is nearly three hours since the registration opened and already there have been 72 bloggers who have registered to come to Pesta Blogger. So hurry, only 28 places left before registration closes. Unspun’s been told also that the Pesta Blogger is attracting a lot of attention from all quarters and as a sign that it’s being taken seriously some bloggers have taken to satirizing the event (and some are very funny indeed) and there’s even a group to boycott it. Well, that group had better hurry or it’d be like bolting the barn door after the horse has bolted

The registration for the 100 free places at Pesta Blogger starts tomorrow at 10am. Make sure you’re there as we expect these places to fill up fast. Ke Pesta Blogger Yuk! The link: Pestablogger.com

Pesta Blogger badges ready

The Pesta Blogger Steering Committee has prepared badges for participants and supporters. There are two versions, one that says you are going to Pesta Blogger 2007 and one that says you are supporting Pesta Blogger 2007.It comes in several colors per version so you can pick the color that suits your mood. The logo was designed by Jerry Aurum Design. Jerry is a very talented photographer and designer. He recently published Femaleography, a book on the female form.

He contributed this design free of charge to Pesta Blogger, another instance of how some many people seems to come together to make this event a success. Thanks Jerry!
Follow the link below to get to the Pesta Blogger blog and to download your badges.

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Pesta Blogger is under way!

Indonesia’s first large scale bloggers gathering is under way.The steering committee today held a press briefing to announce details of the gathering, Pesta Blogger, on October 27. They aim to attract 200 bloggers from throughout Indonesia and so far, judging from some of the comments in the site bloggers from Solo, Bandung, Yogjakarta and Kalimantan. Some commentators have also asked for the event to have a video streaming/chat facility.

Present at the press briefing today were big names in the Indonesian blogging community, such as Enda Nasution (who is also chairman of the steering committee), Budi Putra, Wimar Witoelar, Nukman Luthfie, Shinta Dhanuwardoyo, Lita Mariana, Priyadi, Ratna Arianti. (see photo below from the Flickr account of Satya Witoelar (Wimar Jr.)

For more details go to Pestablogger.com. You can also find more information in the following links here, here, here and here for instance.

The Steering Committee will invite 100 bloggers to ensure that there is a spread of different interest groups. It will then open the next 100 places to bloggers on a first-come-first-served basis.

(Disclosure: Maverick, the company Unspun works in, is helping to organize the Pesta Blogger)

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Konperensi Pers Pesta Blogger

Suasana konperensi pers Pesta Blogger 2007 di Anomali Kafe, Jalan Senopati, Jakarta. Duduk di depan adalah [dari kiri] Enda Nasution, Wimar Witoelar, Nukman Luthfie, dan Sinta (Bubunet).

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