One of the challenges of organizing this conference was how to do it in a way that people who couldn’t make the trip to Hong Kong could still participate and feel included. This was complicated by the language barriers and the Great Firewall.
Most of the normal tools we use to include remote participants - particularly Youtube, Google Hangouts, Periscope, and Twitter - are blocked in China, so had to find substitutes for this. The most challenging was a streaming video solution.
The China market leader, a YouTube clone called Youku, required a complicated (and likely expensive) business relationship before we could stream video. There are a few other paid providers that required similar arrangements. In the end, we found a Persicope-like service called YY that we could use to live stream.
Below is a cool picture showing how China’s unique One Country, Two Systems
physically manifests itself in a conference about permissionless, borderless Bitcoin. The phone on the right streams to YY in Mainland China while the phone on the left streams to Youtube for the rest of the world.