The Membership Puzzle Project
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
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.
Head of Department for Asia,
International Media Support
— Anjali Kapoor
Director of APAC News Partnerships
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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?
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.
Thanks, Rahul Bansal from rtCamp, for making this!
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.
Chiang Mai University Science & Technology Park
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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!
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.