Its now official, although a few bloggers have got wind of this earlier on. Malaysia’s most prominent blogger and parliamentarian Jeff Ooi of Screenshots and satirist Mr Brown of Singapore will be among the five bloggers who will attend Pesta Blogger.
Prior to attending the Pesta Blogger itself they will go on a blogging trip to Bali, Jogkakarta and Jakarta where they will meet with local blogging communities, exchange views with them and do some sightseeing as well. They will then attend Pesta Blogger on November 22 where they will share their impressions with the 1,000 participants. So far over 800 people have resigstered to attend the event and over 500 have verified their attendance( those registering will be sent an email for them to verify to precent spam and other online shennigans).
The retinue of foreign bloggers will also be spiced up (yes, agree: bad pun) with the inclusion of a culinary blogger, Mark Tafoya.
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The Jakarta Post did a write up on “Bapak Blogger” Enda Nasution today. The interview was conducted because yesterday was National Bloggers Day, proclaimed by Minister of Communication and InInformatics Muhammad Nuh at last year’s Pesta Blogger. Good to see the ole’Post giving serious coverage to blogging and bloggers, especially in the run up to Pesta Blogger 2008.
There was an interesting passage where the reporter quotes blogger Marisa Duma as saying that Enda, Budi
Putra and Unspun‘s alter ego as always “reputably charming…Even to guys.”
Wonder where that came from? Unspun‘s alter ego has been called many things, usually in expletives, but “reputably charming” is not one of them and if he has to be charming he’d rather it be to gals than guys.
Ever since the official announcement last Wednesday that Pesta Blogger 2008 will be held at the BPPT building on November 22, the Organizing Committee has been beset with inquiries from bloggers and enthusiasts of how to register for the event.
Well, wonder no more. All you need to do is go to the Pesta Blogger site and hit the registration button. You then have to fill in a form which will also ask you what your preferred topics for the breakout session are. We are trying to determine what participants are most interested in and try to meet their needs.Registration will close on November 15 or if the 1,000 places have been filled, whichever first.
Pesta Blogger 2008 will also depart from this year in that it will also ask participants for a contribution comprising of a token sum of Rp50,000 rupiah that go toward the expenses of setting up the event. The committee debated at length on what amount ot ask for and settled on Rp50,000 because it would be significant enough amount to filter out just passers by yet be affordable to people who are really interested in the event.
The Committee is also limiting the number of participants this year to 1,000 as that comes close to the maximum capacity of the auditorium at BPPT. Last year the Committee had to restrict attendance to 500 places because of the space limitations imposed by Blitz Megaplex. Many late bloggers who wished to take part were unfortunately left out in the cold, or the heat, since this is Jakarta.
More details of the Pesta Blogger wll be announced over the coming weeks and it looks like the Committee may be able to come up with some interesting door and other prizes for bloggers, so if you’re planning to attend Pesta Blogger 2008, please register as early as possible or risk being unable to get in.
It took a bit of time putting it together but Pesta Blogger 2008 is finally on the way and the Pesta Blogger Committee held a press conference today to announce what’s in store for Indonesia’s bloggers this year.
At the press conference, held at the Ministry of Communications and Information this afternoon, Pesta Blogger 2008 Chairman Wicaksono, better known among bloggers as Ndoro Kakung, announced that this year’s event, which will be held at the BPPT building on 22 November, will aim for 1,000 participants. This is double the participation in last year’s Pesta Blogger.
Strong participation is expected from bloggers from outlying cities as their communities have been actively communicating with Pesta Blogger Committee members. In addition the communities have ben actively involved in social work that is consistent with this year’s Pesta Blogger theme of “Blogging for Society.”
There will also be some new activities in this year’s Pesta Blogger. One of them is the invitation of five foreign bloggers from neighboring countries and the US to visit Bali, Yogjakarta and Jakarta, and concluding their trip by haring their impressions about Indonesia, its culture and blogging community with the participants of Pesta Blogger 2008. This activity is being held in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Another new activity is the introduction of a photo contest this year that is being organized by blogger Iman Brotoseno who was present at today’s press conference together with other Pesta Blogger Committee members Enda Nasution, Chika, Hanny and Shinta.
Also at the press conference was the patron of Pesta Blogger, Minister of Communications and Informatics Muhammad Nuh and US Ambassador to Indonesia, Cameron Hume.
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Slowly but surely Pesta Blogger 2008 is gathering momentum. The Pesta Blogger Committee earlier called for bloggers who are also designers or would be designers to submit their designs for the logo and buttons for Pesta Blogger 2008 and many responded.
Yesterday the chairman of Pesta Blogger 2008 announced the winning design and it is by Gage, a talented young designer who’s also a blogger. The theme for this year’s Pesta Blogger is “Blogging for Society” and Unspun thinks this is a timely topic as the power of blogs, that are proliferating in Indonesia and elsewhere, can potentially be harnessed to do so much good for society. The question is how.
For details on Pesta Blogger 2008 go here.