Two marathons, 35,000 cups of coffee and over a million impressions: Three great days at RISE

Two marathons, 35,000 cups of coffee and over a million impressions: Three great days at RISE

June 2, 2016 by Eoghan McNeill

We welcomed 8,144 attendees from 88 countries to Hong Kong for RISE. Check where they came from on the map below.

DRISE-640-RISE-map-of-the-world_blogThe 88 countries represented at RISE are coloured gold

Since we kicked off with our Opening Night Summit, tweets from @RISEConfHQ have already earned 1.2 million impressions.

We took over the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre and decked it out with half a kilometre of picket fence, 200m of festoon and 1,1000 sq m of astro turf.

26762704313_a71af6c5d2_oOver a square kilometre of astro turf was laid

There were 220 speakers presenting on the five RISE stages – Centre, Enterprise, Machine, Builders and Startup University.

Networking can be thirsty work. Our attendees drank 35,000 cups of coffee to keep going.

Razer Founder Min-Liang Tan’s Centre Stage talk was the most-viewed talk on our livestream with 79,575 views.

27370781725_68a7abafa0_o (1)Razer’s Min-Liang Tan on RISE Centre Stage

435 incredible startups exhibited – that’s 350 early-stage ALPHA startups, 50 later-stage BETA and 35 growth-stage START startups.

Of all these, investors made the most requests to meet with DigiByte HoldingsKnow Your Customer and FengVest.

There were 720 startup and investor meetings as part of our Office Hours scheme. 500 Startups Founding Partner, Dave McClure, DST Global’s John Lindfors and serial Forbes Midas Lister Jenny Lee all took part.

Close to 400 meetings were held between startups and our high-level attendees, such as speakers and partners, as part of Mentor Hours. Mentors included Uber’s Director of Design, Shalin Amin, HTC’s Chief Content Officer, Phil Chen and Kabam Founder, Holly Liu.

26762210583_be482c783b_oOffice Hours at RISE

400 investors from some of the world’s leading funds came to see who are the companies of tomorrow.

2 sailings took place on the Startup Ferry, taking startups around the historic Victoria Harbour for some maritime networking.

10 Teslas with 10 investors from 500 Startups, Big Bloom Ventures, Gobi Ventures, AppWorks took off with RISE startups onboard for a series of 30-minute pitch-and-drives. That’s what the Startup Drive presented by Easiway, IBM SoftLayer and StartupsHK was all about.

13322101_10154123064536101_8915166305926088067_nOne of the ten RISE Teslas 

Up to 500 major international media came to tell the stories coming out of RISE. CNBC, Bloomberg, ChannelNews Asia, CNN, Financial Times, Reuters, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Nikkei, and WIRED were all represented.

Our event producers walked the equivalent of two marathons over the three days.

Put all those figures together and we reckon you end up with three pretty great days at RISE.

About the Author

Eoghan McNeill
Eoghan is a former journalist from Donegal on Ireland’s north west coast. In his spare time, he enjoys reading things he hasn’t written.