While42 Beijing Hackathon #1
Cracking the Chinese market
From meeting to meeting, we're getting closer to one topic: Cracking the Chinese market.
But what does this mean?
We are a group of French IT guys, here in Beijing, all working on diﬀerent product, with
diﬀerent technologies, in diﬀerent languages (and I'm talking about spoken languages here),
on diﬀerent markets. But there is one thing that should unify us: if we are in China today, it is
to understand and take advantage of the Chinese market.
The lasts three meetings we had were going that direction:
How to become independent in China: Explanation on how to start a business in
China; followed by a debate and exchange concerning our diﬀerent tricks to be
independent, professionally or not, in China.
Insider's view of Crypto currencies: Following a technical presentation of Crypto
currencies and especially Bitcoin, we had a long debate concerning the relation and
the future of Bitcoin in China.
Become a ChinApps master: During this meeting, we went through several Chinese
apps, as well as some API available in China.
Being an entrepreneur in China sounds amazing. But every time each of us tried to approach
the topic, the same issues always appeared:
Which technologies Chinese people are using?
What are the Chinese expectations?
How to build something here without mastering the (Chinese) language?
In addition to the inﬁnite answers we could ﬁnd to these questions, there are obviously many
aspects of each answer.
And this leads to the blur we all are!
The goal of this Hackathon would be to approach the technical aspect of each of this
Saturday, 29th March, 2pm -> Sunday, 30th March, noon (or whatever).
Free! (but no food and drinks included -it's not what we'll miss in Sanlitun!-)
To achieve this goal, here are the following theme that should be approached during this
Chinese API (Baidu, Wechat, Weibo, Taobao, Aliyun ... there are plenty of them!)
Chinese Market (Build something that could be used on the Chinese market, and only
the Chinese market!)
International trade (China is well known for the international business. Let's build
something on this topic!)
As we're a small group, the goal, during the whole Hackathon, is to share our competences
and thoughts. Everyone is welcome to present any technology, or ask any question, at any
time. There is no real competition (for this time ;)).
At the end, we will try to understand how each group approach the Chinese market, and
which conclusion to draw around it.
While42 Beijing - Thibault BRONCHAIN, ZHAN Shengjie