Thursday 25 November – ACBC Victoria hosted the inaugural session of the ACBC Vic 996 Show – Stories from Data Pioneers in China.
Moderated by digital transformation leader Chris Kong in discussion with Jiannan Ke (former Bytedance), guests were introduced to the internal mechanics of Chinese tech companies including Bytedance, as they propel forward at a breakneck pace.
Our thanks to the City of Melbourne and Lord Mayor Sally Capp for their support, and for providing opening remarks highlighting the importance of cross-border knowledge sharing.
Jiannan stated that in China, “if you aren’t going fast, you don’t exist” – hinting at the relentless evolution of Chinese tech innovation. He outlined concepts like OKRs (Objective Key Results), a ‘western’ framework introduced into the Chinese HR world, commercialised by Bytedance and being used to coordinate staff and grow China’s tech giants.
Speakers unpacked the concept of ‘China speed’, bringing into focus the huge data sets available in country, immense local competition, rapid adaption speed and extreme working hours propelling the sector forward.
To what degree does 996 work culture, the concept of working 9-hour days 6 days a week, enable China speed? How long will it last and what are the key learnings for the Australian market?
ACBC Vic looks forward to addressing these questions and more as we draw on the real-world expertise of those working at the coalface in data, tech and innovation in China.
With the rapid pace of technological and scientific innovation, along with ever-changing governance over data collection and the cyber realm, China’s digital ecosystem is increasingly competitive and complex. ACBC Vic aims to connect working professionals, share knowledge and build a community around this important sector.