Actively making authentic connections happen
The first kumu USA mini con was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, with special Kumunity appearances by Ruby Ibarra, AJ Rafael, JayR, Mica Javier, Mike Swift, and the Filharmonic. It was the first kumu convention to date, and everyone’s excited for the chance to meet fellow Kumunizens in person.
It has always been the company’s vision to host events that bring the Kumunity together in person, once health and safety protocols allow it. “We wanted to have an event that would bring kumu users together, and celebrate the connections that we’ve built through the app.”, says Dessa Hipolito, Kumu Con Manager. She reveals that this has been months in the making with kumu USA.
“I am really excited to celebrate, recognize and appreciate all of our loyal power-users in North America.”, shares James Rumohr. When asked if other countries will follow with their own kumu mini cons, he seems open to the exciting possibilities. “We really want to celebrate all our kumu users all around the world, and producing a mini con is a perfect way to bridge the gap between our users in an offline setting.”
kumu Founder Roland Ros echoes this sentiment, adding emphasis to the power of the Kumunity. “Kumunity is the lifeblood of our app.”, he says. “We will come up with ideas together to make the user experience the best it can be. [I] can’t wait to break bread and spend quality time together with everyone in a real and authentic way.”
“Ruby Ibarra was one of the first Filipino-American artists that believed in kumu and what the app can bring to many FIlipinos around the world.”, says Dessa, emphasizing the impact Ruby has had in the app’s history. “She always believed in “bridging the gap” and creating those connections to bring people together. As a streamer and performer, she has inspired many Filipinos to do the same. She embodies women empowerment and Philippine pride in all the work that she does.”
The kumu USA minicon event is quickly garnering buzz among the Filipino-American community, who are part of the international Kumunity family. Although they are away from the motherland, they are some of the most passionate Filipino creatives in the app.
Joanne Boston, Community Manager of kumu USA, elaborates further the app’s impact on international Filipinos: “kumu is a way to bring people together, to bridge the gaps in our diaspora, whether that be in distance, ideas, or even cultural barriers. For Filipino-Americans who have not been able to travel to the Philippines, kumu is a window for them to be exposed to the culture, including language, music, and entertainment.” As an active streamer herself, the prospect of meeting her virtual friends in person is too good to pass. “It would be incredible to hug my friends, and to continue conversations that started on the app in person!”
Adapted from Kumu Press Release