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Friday, October 23, 2009

Fait Accompli

Made it....still no idea how !
...we look back and wonder what force of nature kept us going.
TECH SUMMIT 2009 was applauded by participants and sceptics alike.
and we still feel we almost screwed it up.

When it started 30 mins past the schedule...(no thanks to the keyboard player),
I had a sinking feeling bout whatever was to come.
700+ in the audience and we were about to look like morons.
Said my own little prayer and we started off.

The inaugural went smoothly without glitches.
HOD was called on stage to flag it off....
and in her thick Guntur accent...TECH SUMMIT was declared VOPEN.

Started the Expert workshops...speakers from Microsoft,Adobe,Cognizant, and Convergys.
The sessions went well....a little too well and too long...we lost two hours and had to hit NOS on the contest prelims.
More than a hundred teams per contest...way more than we were prepared to handle.
Got more rooms and volunteers.....kept moving with fingers crossed.
The evaluation team had to work in overdrive to make sure the results were done right and posted on time.
Took a little longer than planned but didn't get any complaints.
Day One was a storm well wethered....and we set a plan in motion for day two.

But things did take their crazy turns...
One of the speakers of the second day had not recieved his invitation letter and was pretty upset....add to that...the Microsoft speaker left her laptop charger in our college and could not follow up without it.

Printed the invite again and drove 35km to GachiBowli to hand it over.
Luckily, he was quite cool and took his time with me...guess he liked the concept of our meet and agreed to be there. Thank You Sir..
Next stop Microsoft.....handed the charger over and drove back to college.
Made sure everything was set for the next day and fired the keyboard guy.

Day 2 started early....speaker showed up way before time and we had to wait for our HOD to show up before he could start.
Started well.....ended well....Dukaan Bundh....Competitions Shuru.
Poster making...LAN Gaming...Web Designing...Research Presentations...
Sprinted between venues and made sure things were going right.

Last event....QUEST...IT quiz...
Was hosting that myself.
We were seriously running short of time and had to wrap it up...couldn't use the next day...DIWALI.
Wrapped the quiz up in a hurry...and raced to the valedictory.
Thanked every one from VP to the Lab Incharge and closed with a little dance gig.

So that was that...we made it and did so without looking too stupid.
I didn't believe that we did well until I heard the participants' feedback.
VP called us for a little party...he told us that he was amazed by the level of organization and effort we put in and still couldn't believe that we pulled it off without the support of our faculty.

We can't either.
We had a blast till late and it was our very own moment in time.
We owned it and we knew we had earned it...
Now when I think about it..it still feels the same as it did when Fr.StaniSlaus addressed us.
It still brings a silly smile to our faces and will be something we will always cherish.

From sponsorships to Speakers...
from negotiations to wars of words..it was all there.
We wethered a lot and pulled through...I know I did.
There were very few but very strong presences that kept me from throwing the towel in.
Two of them being Fr.StaniSlaus's faith in us ....and a certain someone that I adore.

Bless you...I will always look back and be thankful that I was made aware of you.
By the way...there's goodies and Vouchers worth Lacs still lying in our inventory...
Wondering what do with it...maybe keep it in store for TECH SUMMIT 2010
(dont mean to blow my own trumpet...but I thought up the name.... :-) )

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