We brought 237 developers together in 2012, then 318 in 2013 and 525 last year in Hangzhou. We expect to do a whole lot better this year.
There were many factors but in short:
The local community; there are a lot of interesting companies, both startups and giants (Tencent for example), as well as incubators and hacker spaces (Chinaccelerator, ChaiHuo).
The location; Shenzhen is right across the border from Hong Kong. It will prove much more convenient for international speakers to fly to and get a Chinese visa from. We also expect folks from Macau, Guangdong and all over the Pearl River Delta to be able to attend.
We’re still looking for a venue. We have a few options but still think we could find a better deal and use more efficiently the funds we’ll raise for the event. If you have a suggestion, please share it. There are plenty of universities for example that could host an event for around 500~700 people.
We need sponsors. We’ve been preparing a brochure we’ll share with you in the next few days with all the details.