Sunday, January 20, 2008

TransITion 08 - I Was There ..

I got to attend the tech forum titled TransITion '08 at the IMAGE Auditorium yesterday, this event was organized by CTS as part of their campus outreach program. The event was organized very well and was the panel discussions were interesting ( not so useful though), i spent the whole of yesterday at the IMAGE Auditorium, and it was totally worth giving the Ind-Aus match a miss.

There was this panel discussion on ‘Engineering Education: How to Foster Entrepreneurship and Innovation’. The panel included Mr. Gopal Srinivasan, Director TVS Electronics (he was real good), Mr. Murugavel Janakiraman - Founder and CEO of BharatMatrimony, Dr. D. Viswanathan, Vice-Chancellor of Anna University( i hate him) and a few other people( whose names i couldn't get, cos i got in a little late). Except for the part where the Anna Univ VC was speaking, the discussion was very good. The panel had a lot of new(to me) points on how could an engineer be an entrepreneur , Mr. Gopal Srinivasan was particularly good. But, then the question session was a huge let down, the members of the panel were not able to relate immediately to the question, and so instead of answering to the point they they rambled on and on, the Anna univ VC was particularly very pathetic at this, he spoke crap during the question session.I should mention the man ( i think from CTS, i couldn't get his name) who organized the discussion, he was real good, and he did a very good job of balancing his not-so-bright( my opinion) panel. Often he would give a perfect reply to the question in a few words, when he summed up the panelist's reply ( you get what i'm saying here, right ? the guy on the panel goes on and on but never answers the real question, but the guy whose job is to hold everything together answers the question at the end when he sums up the discussion.. Awesome..). That was pretty much all..

After that there was a presentation on ‘Tackling Cyber Crimes’, by Mr. Sudhakar ACP( Cyber Crime), Chennai Police. I was really looking forward to this presentation, infact this was the reason i was there. But then the 'presentation' turned out be educational tour about the various cyber crimes happening and how to avoid them ( included stuff like; never disclose your ATM pin number to anyone, don't use a public computer for bank transactions) and there was nothing new or interesting. Also the slides were really messy and the actual presentation was below par, not what i expected from the ACP, Cyber crime.. But, it was fine ..

Next up was the Quiz finals ( the teams from my college did not make it to the finals, too bad for them, the finalists at a event like this were hardcore quizzers not guys who were selected based on how much facts they remember from their 8th grade history text book), teams from Jerusalem,SVCE, CEG, AC Tech, REC, SSN made it to the finals ( how i remember all this ? thats cos' i took notes for the quizzing event, every single question, i might decide to put them up here later). After 6 rounds of superawesome quizzing, the team from SVCE( there was this guy in this team, who was a pro quizzer, he just goes around the country attending quiz finals, imagine a life like that.. ) were first with a lead of over 40 points, and the team from College of Engg. Guindy ( CEG) came in second. A very good session of quizzing, enjoyed every single minute of it.

Then there was this presentation by the CEO of the 'Nutan Tiffin Box Suppliers Charity Trust better known as "dabawallas' about the logistics of their huge supply chain, and how they were awarded a six sigma certification. The logistics part of the presentation was good ( with stats like 200,000 tiffin boxes transported each day) but then the guy drifted into a obsessive self promotion mode showing slide after slide of photos of dabbawallas with various celebs and politicians, the point was totally lost. Infact i doubt whether there was a point at all .. But then this lasted for only 30 mins, so I just sat through this.

That was the final event of the day, all the winners were given conditional job offers by CTS, this was the best part, imagine walking in to present a paper and walking out with a job offer. There was this guy who came in first in the paper presentation even, he was so full of joy that he asked to be allowed to speak to the crowd, but then after a few words he just broke down completely with happiness, and he was totally choked. Great moments he'll never forget in his life. All the winners and the runners up got goody bags with ipod's, gift certificates etc .. Like i said the event was organized very well, a simple point, there was bottled water available to everyone, on every floor there was this huge stack of bottles, they either spent a awful amount of money on this, or they found a sponsor( which i doubt cos there was no mention of any sponsors through the event), but this is a nice little touch, maybe at events like this all this is pretty common, but in many other symposiums and cultural events they just don't care about stuff like this, and sometimes it is these little points that impress. CTS pulled off a great show, and now i'm sure the students will look at the company in a different way, the IT companies are known to be heartless blood suckers, CTS might be one of them, but then they managed to do a good job of promoting their brand.

This post might be incomplete, and a lot of details about the event might be missing. But then i'm not filing a report here, this is just me writing down my experience. So ... nothing .. That will be all ..

And i've always been interested in these panel discussions, but i never got to attend any till now, but now after tasting this for the first time i'm going to go crazy on youtube, i'm sure there will be a few panel discussions. I just love listening to other people, and if they are successful even better, that is my fantasy really - being part of the audience at good panel discussions.

Cheers.

9 ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

Venkat said...

Quite a big write up da..Guess even I should have been there...Atleast for the reason that I could have seen the CV stuff ;)

vijay said...

That was a matter of 5 mins machan....but we were ina better place(no comments machan),watching india beat the shit out of australia....

kannappan said...

hey i was the one whom u r speaking abt.... won 1st prize in ppr presentation thanx dude....

Guru said...

Wow.. Awesome man .. What a way to meet .. Congrats buddy .. I mean, i'm so surprised .. Sorry i couldn't get your name and college then. I'll edit my post with your name .. Okie ?

BTW how did ya find this post ?

Arun Sundar said...

Hmm...reminds me of my college days and the symposiums! All these events are really good experience. Attend more of'em :)

ela said...

BTW, I cannot figure out why the CEO of BharatMatrimony was in the panel of ‘Engineering Education: How to Foster Entrepreneurship and Innovation’...If my guess is correct then CTS is a gr8 company..it not only offers job but also takes care of other stuffs for the young minds of India..heeheehee

It is the discussion that follows any talk that is always interesting and usually the job of the chair is to safely see it thru...so that the speakers does not get overembarassed in not being able to answer questions and that the audiences are satisfied atleast with a little bit of answers!

In science, the discussions sometimes turns very interesting if two big competing scientists are present and one gives a talk.....finally something to enjoy after sitting stoned for 30 minutes!!!

Guru said...

@Ela: I'm guessing the CEO of BharatMatrimony is a engineering grad( couldn't find more about him on the net, spent 5 mins looking for his UG details), could be that or maybe cos' BM.com is considered a very successful entrepreneurial venture.

And about CTS taking care of 'other stuffs' could you please elaborate ? Naa chinna payyan , ennaku onnnum theriyathu. If you are talking about some 'letter before y'-rated stuff, maybe you could just drop a link through my mail.

Yep, the initial speeches were a little boring, and the discussion part was real good, cos' it was funny to watch how the 'awesome-panel' struggled to give exact answers, and were just making themselves look like fools by beating around the bush ( Q: can this idiom be used here ?)

And any on-stage drama with a heated argument is always fun for us. And even better when both the speakers are opponents, and are very good speakers.. I would kill to watch such a discussion( of course i'm exaggerating )..

That last bit of clarification was necessary, what if i actually kill someone to get to watch such a discussion, and then i even manage to get away with it with lack of evidence or motive, but, a Google search ( by the cyber crime wing of chennai police, who i learnt are really awesome(untrue) brings up this page, and this is used as a evidence to prove there was an intent. Okie.. i need to get some sleep now ..

ela said...

ore...nee chinna payyanaa? onnoda orusila comments a padicha peragu naan evvalavu muttala irundhirukean innu therinchikitaen.....

Nothing special about that comment, just i thought that due the complications that results in relatonships these days due to stress from work, CTS has parterned with BM to find right life partners for its employees....(atleast now do u understand how innocent i am!!!i am one of the few innocent crops that had been harvested good few years ago before u!)

And as long as u don't try to beat bushes with `B´, i guess its OK....

abhi said...

canj u please add the questions of transition 08 quiz!

 
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