What happens when you throw a bunch of geeks, in another country, with an awesome schedule of tech conferences, events and dinners? Geeks on a Plane. What started as a possibility with GOAP founder Dave McClure has grown into a full fledged event that happens multiple times through out the year. The most recent GOAP event was a voyage through Asia for a 2010 tour. Spanning almost two weeks, GOAP Asia 2010 travelled to Shanghai, Beijing, Soeul, Singapore and Tokyo. Static Photography photographer Kris Krüg was there for the whole adventure, part-time photographer, part-time participant and full-time geek.
Geeks on a Plane is way more than just geeks having fun! On their website GOAP states that their tour objectives are:
* Meet startups, geeks, & investors in cities around the world.
While in Asia the geeks got a chance to attend many conferences and specially organized conferences. Their itinerary included ReThink Shanghai, the Shanghai World Expo, Ignite Shanghai, CHINICT Conference, Startup Weekend Seoul and Echelon 2010 Conference. Between all the business of being geeks, the GOAP group attended themed dinners, awesome parties and even the Great Wall of China.
This is Kris Krüg's third time attending a GOAP event, having joined the crew for their 2009 Asia trip and their 2009 ReThink Hawaii journey. Kris provides the perfect amount of geek and artist into the GOAP crew.
Here is a photographic recap of Geeks on a Plane Asia 2010:
The GOAP crew was invited to a special tour of the US pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo by US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Micro-documentary filmmaker Ben Henretig catches some footage of the DMZ in South Korea.
The final leg of the GOAP journey took the geeks all the way to Tokyo! Here geek girl Rachel Lara Horton roams the streets of Japan.
GOAP Portraits: the geeks enjoy the country pavilions at the Shanghai World Expo.
Geeks from GOAP being interviewed during the CHINICT conference in Beijing, China.
At every dinner table during the GOAP Asia 2010 tour, there was always an iPad around. :)
GOAP portraits: Geeks on planes, eating dinner and in the kitchen.
GOAP Geek Ken Brady poses outside a building at the Shanghai World Expo in China.
A round-table dinner of sharing entrees was often the setting for most of the GOAP dinners during the Asia tour.
The Tokyo neighborhood of Harajuku is a world of fashion that is colorful and creative.
GOAP portraits: geeks sleeping on a plane, geek kung-fu master on the Great Wall of China and GOAP founder Dave McClure going through airport security in China.
GOAP geek Paul Papadimitriou gave a talk during the Ignite Shanghai event. This event was one of many planned during the tightly scheduled Shanghai portion of the tour.
Geeks love good food! The diversity of food presentation was often a highlight of the different cities in this GOAP tour.
During the Beijing leg of the trip, the geeks got a true lesson from a kung fu/zen master. Aside from Tai Chi lessons, the whole group got to see his superhuman feat of needle throwing.
GOAP portraits: geeks, geeks, geeks everywhere!
Not a geek from the GOAP tour but a definitely tired vistor takes a rest during their visit to the Shanghai World Expo.
GOAP founder Dave McClure plus other GOAP geeks talk on a panel during the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing, China.
Road signs directing us to South korea!
GOAP portraits: Dave McClure fast pitching US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Startup Visa, geek kung-fu on the Great Wall of China in Beijing, GOAP geek Jill Buck presenting during Ignite Shanghai.
Dave McClure and Christine Lu share a geeky GOAP moment at the dinner table.
GOAP Geek Paul Papadimitriou poses between two large statues in South Korea.
GOAP Portraits: Dave McClure; the entire GOAP crew in Beijing; and Laurie Deneschuk
The GOAP crew had a chance to take a tour of the Demilitarized Zone while in South Korea.
Dave McClure throw some fingers up with the guys from Foound while at the Echelon 2010 Conference in Singapore.
GOAP Geek Jing Zhou outside in the hillside of Beijing. The geeks took a tour of ecological homes built from the artistic visions of various architects from around the world.
This neat little device, called the SOULR PRO WOWee ONE, is a amplifying device that can turn any flat surface into a large audio speaker. Successfully it was used during the GOAP tour of the Great Wall of China. :)
GOAP organizer Christine Lu takes a minute with her iPhone.
Static Photography photographer Kris Krüg speaks at the Ignite Shanghai event in Shanghai, China.
The whole GOAP crew in Shanghai, China.
Kris Krüg and his resident teacher take a minute to have some fun on the Great Wall of China in Beijing.
Geeks on a Plane definitely accomplished bringing geeks from all over the world together, with the intention of sharing knowledge, experience and stories. With the success of the last three trips, the Geeks on a Plane crew have announced the 2010 ReThiink Hawaii in mid-October.
Many geeks, many planes, one trip and lots of fun!
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