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International Community Building: Bridging Japan and the Rest of the World

Kiyoto Tamura (Treasure Data)
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Japan has a lot to offer to international tech community: a history of true innovation (the real kind, not the buzzword); smart and motivated software engineers (more per capita than the US); and the financial clout of the 3rd largest IT market in the world. From historic heavyweights Sony and Toyota, to popular open source projects Ruby and Jenkins, to less-known projects such as Seasar (Java dependency injection framework), Japan is an undeniable force in technology with a serious mindshare to offer projects around the world. But it can also be a challenging community to interact with for non-natives, due to cultural differences, unique community dynamics and a notable language barrier. However, the Japanese community is very open to collaboration from those that take the right steps to work with them. There are projects that have done the right things and gone viral in Japan, while others have fallen flat. Let’s talk about why.

In this talk, get an insider’s view of the Japanese open-source community and discuss how to best cultivate new communities in any geography.

  • Discuss how to best build international communities, by looking at other case-studies, traditional best practices and new creative methods for getting participation
  • Get a unique perspective about the open-source community in Japan, including up-and-coming projects, favorite technologies, trending topics and cultural differences
  • Hear more about the international evolution of Fluentd, with frank talk about what’s worked for community building in different regions – and what hasn’t worked as well

In short, we believe everyone will benefit if there is more collaboration and interaction among Japan, the US and the rest of the world.

Kiyoto Tamura

Treasure Data

Kiyoto is one of the maintainers of Fluentd, the open source log collector with users ranging from Nintendo to Slideshare. Raised in Japan, New York and California, he brings a unique bilingual, bicultural perspective to the open source world.

He spends much of his day at Treasure Data as a developer marketer/community manager for Fluentd. He also is a math nerd turned quantitative trader turned software engineer turned open source community advocate and cherishes American brunch and Japanese game shows.