2006/09/12

"Bier. Brewing. Technology." Session

BarCampMilwaukee may have a session called "Bier. Brewing. Technology."

The middle word in the session title may change. A person who knows Chinese was asked what the Mandarin word is for 'Brewing.' The reason this question was asked is because a delegation from Qingdao, Shandong Province, China presented an excellent "Midwest Investment & Business Forum" today in Naperville, Illinois, hosted by Jerry R. Mitchell & Associates, Inc. At the forum, several people from the Qingdao delegation mentioned that Tsingtao beer is a well known product from the city.

Because plans were already in the works for a collaborative session about technology and beer between BarCampBerlin and BarCampMilwaukee, it made sense to extend an invitation to Qingdao to participate in a three-way connection for the session. A personal goal is to have participation via the internet in at least one BarCampMilwaukee session from a remote location. Connecting Berlin, Qingdao and Milwaukee would probably qualify as achieving that particular goal. The three-way connection will be especially appropriate because Germans established the Tsingtao Brewery and Germans had much to do with the breweries in Milwaukee.

Coincidentally, the moderator for the Qingdao forum today was Helen Y, who just happens to be a brewmaster and can maybe connect us with some Tsingtao Brewery people. We are hoping her schedule is open for BarCampMilwaukee so she can come to Milwaukee and be the session leader or co-leader!

It's amazing how small the world is, and how many interesting people you can meet if you try. Thomas Friedman likely made some incorrect conclusions or predictions in his book, "The World Is Flat", but he got more correct than incorrect.

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