It all started with a Facebook message. The sender was Jihoon Roh, a Prezi author from Seoul, Korea. He asked if we had plans to create a Prezi theme that works with Korean fonts. It turned out that he voluntarily represents a fast growing Prezi community in Korea and, besides using Prezi, he also teaches others about our zooming space. Soon we got to know to an amazingly active Korean community on Facebook and their Prezi support forum. We will release a Korean Prezi theme for Hangul Day (October 9).
To celebrate the release, we have asked Jihoon to talk about his community and our cooperation.
How did you get to know Prezi?
After reading Jeff Jarvis' book What Would Google Do, I subscribed to his blog. Once he posted his new journalism project using Prezi. It was my first time seeing Prezi. It was a bang! Soon I tried out Prezi and realized that it's not just for presentations, it’s also a creativity tool. From text to images and video, the way of expression is more visual. Also, info-graphics are becoming a more important issue at both work and school. Ideas are contagious and I believe ideas shown with Prezi can change the world.
You became the engine of the Korean Prezi community. What motivated you to do this and how did you start?
Unfortunately, Korean people don’t often use foreign web services because of language barriers. Twitter and Facebook use just got more excessive with smart phones spreading in the country. I couldn't wait to see my fellow Koreans to start happy zooming! That’s why I made a Facebook page to introduce and share Prezi, and conducted the pezKor open seminars. When I conducted the 3rd open seminar I requested a greeting video from Adam, co-founder of Prezi. Adam did it, and his greeting video filled the audience with new zeal.
Now I have a diverse audience: one of my seminar attendees use Prezi as a mental healing tool for kids. She is the head of an occupational therapy center. Many professional coaches asked me how they can use Prezi for their lectures. One speaker of the 3rd open seminar did a great singing and dancing performance with Prezi. I met all of them online, through the Facebook page, Twitter and then at the pezKor open seminar. These meetings gave me lots of inspiration. Today Facebook stats show that interest has risen after every open seminar. And it’s just the beginning.
You have reached out and soon we started to work on the Korean Prezi theme. How was our cooperation from your viewpoint?
First I’ve checked out a topic on the Prezi community forum where users asked for a Korean Prezi theme. I thought we needed someone who takes responsibility for the project. So I decided to contact Prezi through Facebook. I liked cooperating with you guys! When I sent an email to Prezi in the morning, I got answer from you guys by the evening. Time difference between the west and the east just helped us.
How will the community benefit from the Korean Prezi theme?
Many Korean people have difficulties in expressing themselves with good English. That’s why they hesitate to pour their stunning ideas into Prezi. Thanks to the Korean Prezi style, students are also able to develop their creativity in Prezi. Furthermore, many countries in Southeast Asia teach Korean as a second language at schools. I’m sure the Korean Prezi style will help global users too.