Moongift’s Atsushi Nakatsugawa took us through what the conference has on offer this year and highlights some positive differences to last year’s inaugural event.
“This year we have more Japanese speakers than last year, which means DevRel culture and knowledge is spreading in Japan,” he said.
“We will be covering several themes of developer relations such as community, evangelist experience, KPIs, social and hackathons.
“Examples of our talks include: 10 things you need to know about Developer Relations for Women in Japan, Building awesome sample apps that actually provide value and How to survive in Developer Marketing.”
A workshop will also be offered before the conference for Japanese companies wanting to find out more about Dev Rel.
Atsushi says DevRel is a growing force in Japan, a situation clearly reflected by the success of last year’s conference.
“The important thing is that many Japanese people understood what DevRel is after last year,” he said.
“We got so many CFPs and awesome speakers. An all-English conference is very rare in Japan and I hope all the speakers and audiences talk to each other.
“Most Japanese people don’t have great English, so it’s mostly been that speakers talk to speakers. I want to provide an event for communicating with Japanese developers and overseas speakers too.
“Communication is one of the keywords for our conference. I want to provide a place to communicate more easily and quickly.”
For everyone joining us in Tokyo, Atsushi has also shared some top tips on what to see and where to go.
For working, he suggests DMM.make and FabCafe as co-working space for hardware developers. And after you’ve worked, there’s retail therapy to be had in the busy shopping districts of Ginza, Akihabara, Shibuya and Harajuku.
For entertainment, take a trip to VR PARK TOKYO to experience virtual reality, while art-lovers can enjoy the many museums in Ueno and anime fans may want to head for Studio Ghibli – one of the most famous spots in Japan.
Incredible views of Tokyo are also available from Nihonbashi Tower, the conference venue which also includes a variety of unique shops and restaurants.
Atsushi welcomes everyone to the event and hopes it will build on the success and relationships forged last year.
“I hope all our audience will take away some awesome experiences from our speakers,” he said, “And I hope everyone will enjoy our conference – I am already!”