MAY 1-3, CHIANG MAI

This is the golden age of media.

Let us show you what it looks like.

Emily Goligoski

The Membership Puzzle Project

“Splice is leading the region in spotlighting what matters in journalism, design, and product development with a focus on human interaction. They offer a fresh take and tone that’s much needed around the world.”
About Beta
A front-row seat to the transformation of media in Asia

70+ speakers
40+ sessions
7 masterclasses
8 brave souls… and counting… on the Pitch Stage
3 evening socials
2.5 days of learning and networking
1 stand-up comedy act from Mongolia
1 community

Beta is for anyone who is experimenting or innovating in media: mavericks, rule-breakers, game changers. People who know that the best days of media is in front of us, not behind.

We’re bringing together media startups, entrepreneurs, big media game changers and the occasional oddball, at Splice Beta — two full days in the creative district of Chiang Mai.

Celebrating media innovation

Our mission is to support and celebrate the work of bold, forward-looking innovators in fulfilling the promise of digital media — building, connecting, and informing communities across Asia.

Splice Beta will be the stage where we highlight, share, and learn from the innovative and truly transformative work that is happening in media. We believe you deserve a stage to share your ideas — and have them seen.

If the industry doesn’t champion its own, who will?

Lars Bestle

Head of Department for Asia,
International Media Support

COMMUNITY PARTNER

“Beta is all about the power of entrepreneurs in Asia. IMS is excited to help bring this community together.”
Speakers
Mavericks, rule-breakers, game changers, firestarters
Bobby Soriano. This is one of the hardest snippets to write because there isn't much about this guy on the interwebs; he's that good. Bobby trains newsrooms on how to keep their data and their journalists safe. Everything from privacy, to security, to encryption. Bobby will run a masterclass on keeping your newsroom and your team secure. Bobby is an International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants-certified Security Analyst, Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator, and Ethical Hacker (ask him what that means).
Bobby Soriano
Digital Safety Advisor
This is one of the hardest snippets to write because there isn't much about this guy on the interwebs; he's that good. Bobby trains newsrooms on how to keep their data and their journalists safe. Everything from privacy, to security, to encryption. Bobby will run a masterclass on keeping your newsroom and your team secure. Bobby is an International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants-certified Security Analyst, Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator, and Ethical Hacker (ask him what that means).
The Splice Beta team
We made Splice — and Beta — for you. Come say hi!
Partners
Thank you for building the future of media with us.
“The creativity and focus of the founders, product leaders, and journalists at Beta are exactly what we want to champion. I can't wait to meet them all.”

— Anjali Kapoor

Director of APAC News Partnerships

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Program
Bits of this will change as we get closer to the big day.
Travel
Chiang Mai. 700 years of history, great wifi and coffee, and that legendary Thai hospitality.

Thailand’s ancient mountainous northern city is known for its temples and elephants, but also for its cafes and creative culture. We thought it would be the perfect place to talk about building the future of media together.

We’re making this a district festival

Sessions will be held in various creative venues across Chiang Mai: the Old City, the funky Nimmanhaemin art district and the CMU STeP spaces. You’ll get a chance to see the town, not just the inside of a windowless conference room!

And it isn’t all work. We’ve got loads of fun stuff planned too — street food, a rooftop bar (or three), and a Chiang Mai edition of Splice on Tap. Did we mention the coffee?

Getting there

Chiang Mai International Airport is well connected, with direct flights from Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok.

Thailand has one of the most open visa policies anywhere in the region.

Aim to get there on the morning of May 1 (the program rolls out that afternoon), and out on May 4 if you’re in a hurry to get back.

Map
Reccos for places to eat, drink, stay, and be Beta.

Thanks, Rahul Bansal from rtCamp, for making this!

Hotels
Where to stay in the Nimman art district

Getting sleep

Here’s a shortlist of hotels in the Nimmanhaemin district. We are arranging transportation from this area so please book at these hotels.

They are also walking distance from some venues and evening festivities. You’ll want an easy walk back after some drinks with us.

May 2 sessions

Chiang Mai University Science & Technology Park

We love CMU STeP. Their mission is to connect Chiang Mai University to industry sectors as a way to boost research and get ideas to market. Just the kind of partner that understands the importance of prototyping and testing. Wait till you see that amazing rice grain-shaped auditorium. That's where we're running most of the sessions on Day 1. 

VENUE PARTNER

We love CMU STeP. Their mission is to connect Chiang Mai University to industry sectors to boost research, and get fresh ideas to market. Just the kind of partner that understands the importance of prototyping and testing. Wait till you see that amazing rice grain-shaped auditorium. That’s where we’re running the sessions on Thursday. 

May 1 drinks + May 3 sessions

Punspace Wiang Kaew

Punspace Wiang Kaew

We came across this space in the Old City because we desperately needed a coffee. Not only did they have a coffee cart on the premises, they had converted an old yard into a garden. A new building was in the works, which we get to use for our Wednesday masterclasses and Friday sessions.

May 3 sessions

Punspace Tha Phae Gate

This venue is near a centuries-old city wall, Tha Phae Gate, built when Chiang Mai was founded, and next-door to a Makerspace where you can 3D-print anything you can imagine. It’s Beta through and through.

This venue is near a centuries-old city wall, Tha Phae Gate, built when Chiang Mai was founded, and next door to a makerspace where you can 3D-print anything you can imagine. It’s Beta through and through.

May 3 Sessions

The Brick Startup Space Nimman

A satellite co-working space linked to CMU STeP in Nimman. Two benefits: walking distance to our hotels, and down the block from Crazy Noodle. 

A satellite co-working space linked to CMU STeP in Nimman. Two benefits: walking distance to our hotels, and down the block from Crazy Noodle

FAQ
There's a lot happening at Beta. This is what you need to know.

What do I wear?

It’s hot. We’re talking 40°C hot, so dress accordingly. We wouldn’t be surprised if some of you decide to come in shorts (we won’t judge!). Stay cool. We’re expecting a high of 40°C (104°F) and a low of 25°C (77°F).

How do I charge my gadgets?

It’s 220V AC. For plugs, it’s a mix. Two-pin round, two-pin flat, three-pin blocks. Either way, bring an adapter or two.

What about money?

Credit cards, Android Pay and Apple Pay are widely used. And if you use Grab, you can probably make it through the trip without cash. But a bit of baht always helps, especially if you want to check out the street food and buy the volunteers (and organizers!) a round of drinks.

What’s Sched and will I need it?

Yes you will. It’s the conference app we’re using. It’ll show you all the sessions and you can indicate which ones you’re interested in. That will help you organize your sessions better.

This is especially important for the popular sessions where space is limited, so get your names in there early. If the session is full, we will inform you and remove the session from your schedule.

Get the Sched app for Android or iOS.

Where can I get a local SIM card?

There’s a shop in the arrival hall at the airport. When you exit the customs area, turn right.

I’m a speaker. What do I need to know about presentations?

If you’re presenting a slide deck, we recommend that you use Google Slides because it’s easier for everyone. Share the deck with beta@thesplicenewsroom.com and we’ll copy your slides over into a collective deck for the venue that you’re presenting at. Please do this by April 26 Friday so we can put it together.

If you want to use your own computer to project (eg. if you’d rather use Keynote or Powerpoint, or if you have videos on your local drive), that’s great too. Just let us know. We recommend a 16:9 aspect ratio.

If you need audio, definitely let us know early so we can hook up the sound system.

How do I connect with the other attendees, and stay on top of things?

We have two WhatsApp groups. If you’re a speaker, opt into this.

There’s also one for all delegates, which we encourage you to join. There are many new friends to be made!

Tickets
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Your delegate pass includes all the good stuff. Full access to two days of festival programming, a networking reception on May 1, a closing session on May 3, and an invitation to all festival socials.

We have group discounts. Do you want to send 3 or more people from your team? Email us.

Are you a bootstrapped startup or freelance journalist? Feel the Splice love! A limited number of subsidized tickets and travel stipends are available. If this is you, email us and tell us about yourself.

Premesh Chandran

Co-Founder, Malaysiakini

SPEAKER

“One of our lessons from the past two decades is the importance of pulling together a community of media professionals. I believe Splice Beta is one of the best ways to do that in Asia.”