The Regional Scrum Gathering Tokyo® 2018 is a 7th annual Regional Gathering held in Tokyo. Our purpose is to provide a "Ba" (place) where practitioners share their ideas with each other. This year, three speakers are invited for keynotes and we made all the proposals and correspondence open to public and accepts votes from outside.
About Last Year:
Eventually we received 85 submissions in total. They were mainly from Japan but are also from Vietnam, Singapore, India, and US. We selected 23 sessions supported by 327 votes. All sessions on one track on the first day were presented in English with simultaneous interpretations into Japanese. It was the fact that even there are lots of people who do not understand Japanese in IT industry in Japan, especially in Tokyo, there were only few chances to meet and talk.
Last year we had a larger number of English-speaking speakers to have wider cultural diversity. It was an opportunity for non-Japanese speakers to get touch with Japanese local communities. It also was a good chance for local language speakers to communicate with other language speakers.
We could see that local communities are wider spreading as we could see more women participants in this event, yet the number of women in IT industry in Japan are few compared to men.
The feedback was overwhelmingly positive: 98.1 percent said they would join the next event!