Sunday, February 01, 2015

My First Blogger Meet - ASUS Indiblogger!

I started writing a post on mindfulness a couple of weeks back, but I seem to have forgotten to finish it :P. I need help huh?

Before I get on with that one, I had to write about going to my first ever blogger meet up - courtesy Indiblogger and ASUS. It was at the ITC Gardenia, and as soon as I heard about it I quickly rustled up some support from a dear friend and blogger I know and went and registered for it!

Bright and early (a bit too early as we later learnt) on Friday (30th Jan) evening, Shailaja and I reached the hotel and had to look around a bit to find Mysore Hall where the event was to be held. There we found a few folks waiting already but no registration happening just yet. Well, it was just an excuse to network a bit more and meet folks before the main events had begun! And of course, we had to make the best of the available light and take a selfie as well :).
Pic courtesy: Shailaja Viswanath
At around 6 pm, our IDs got checked and we got let into the hallowed hall. The first noticeable item was a large screen that was displaying tweets from the participants, as we were all using the very long hashtag of #GoSleeekAsusExperience. The reason behind the additional "e" was revealed later when we heard about the new ASUS products in focus.

The beginning of the meet transported me back to my college days, especially as we turned out to be sitting/standing near the speakers for the inaugural death metal experience. That gave quite an energetic start to the evening, what with learning how to head-bang and fist-pump ;).

We then moved on to a lighthearted game to help folks interact with others they hadn't met before. We were supposed to persuade someone to part with one of their personal items, never to be given back. I'm not great with approaching new folks, but the folks at our table (all except 1 of whom I was meeting for the first time) parted with a lot of their stuff and my items collected included a cello tape, a packet of sauce and a clove(yes you read that right!) in a small dabba.

The main ASUS presentation was very impressive and the products we heard about were:

  • The EeeBook X205TA seems to be a very approachable priced tablet/netbook that would serve many users. It promises a good battery life, and seemed to be very responsive when we tried it out during the meet. Not to mention, I loved the colors that it comes in ;).

  • The All-in-One PC ET2040 A10 is positioned as a Home Computer - again very affordably priced, with good specs and the interesting gesture recognition technology.
The last part of the evening before we stampeded for the food was an interesting contest to make up an advertisement for blogging based on some given themes. Each team(made up of about 40+ folks!) was supposed to present without announcing their theme, while the rest of us had to tweet our guesses on what it might be. The final team was also one of the most impressive with a brilliant portrayal of the "Bollywood" theme.

I had a blast, and am definitely going to be watching out for the next meets that come along!

10 comments:

  1. Well done Aparna . Looks like you had a blast

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    1. Thanks for dropping in, did not realize you had created a blog! Hope to see some posts from you soon!

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  2. Had a great time at the meet. I loved meeting you though I had never interacted with you on the blogs earlier. :)

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    1. Yes the feeling was mutual Rachna, hope to find more opportunities to meet and interact in person!

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  3. I am glad you have a great time. So jealous of everyone who attended. :D

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    1. Thanks Red Handed! Love your blogs, but it's a bummer that the anonymity means we might never meet.

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  4. Aww.. I'm so so envious. Why do all good things happen in Bangalore???

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    1. Oh Tulika, really wishing for an opportunity to meet sometime soon! Fingers crossed something clicks somehow.

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  5. We DID have so much fun, didn't we? I actually liked one blogger's suggestion on twitter which was that we should all sport name tags. Far easier to recall names and blogs. I hope we have more meets that we can jointly arrive early at, giggle uncontrollably , stuff our faces, meet more bloggers and just have fun all around. Here's hoping Indiblogger is listening ;)

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    1. Ah yes name tags would definitely have been great! It was such a good decision to go, wasn't it? :).

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