What I liked at SearchCamp?

First, it requires a great vision to create such path-breaking events  and the Knowledge Foundation deserves all accolades.

Secondly, I think the organizers pulled it off within a very short time and hats off to them for their spirit of action.

Thirdly, when just a pizza at a medium- premium restaurant costs about Rs.500, it is really unbelievable that we get to listen to two days of substance in an excellent location, ambiance, with breakfast, lunch and tea for that amount!  I want to profusely thank the organizers for their big heart that made it possible for many people to attend without stretching their wallets and pockets!

The facility for live-blogging was incredible.  I remember trying to live blog an event at Le Meridien where I miserably failed after trying for almost two hours because nobody in the venue had a clue (or possibly didn’t want to provide that facility without any charge)

The bonhomie atmosphere that was present all through the event, even when the impact of the curd rice was max!! There was lot of humour and most of it was subtle.

No undue leverage for the sponsors in the presentation slots.  In fact, guys like Ram of findnearyou.com were conspicously absent at the podium.

its now 1 am and i’m getting sleepy.  When I’m fresh in the morning, i will post more on this if i have some relevant points.

Kiruba, Syed, Sukumar, Durga and all other people who made this possible! a really BIG thanks from all of us!!

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6 Comments

  1. Ashwin said,

    October 9, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    Fiinally your making some sense

  2. badrirag said,

    October 9, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    Ashwin,

    Thanks for reading all my posts, for otherwise you would not have said ‘finally’. I am happy that what i wrote finally made some sense for you.

    would you like to share why you felt that earlier i did not make sense so that i can truly understand your perspective?

    Thanks once again

  3. Ashwin said,

    October 10, 2007 at 2:32 am

    You just kept ranting over and over again about the event.

    It is understandable, since you thought you didnt derive MUCH value from the event.

    We were talking just about this initially, this event was meant to be for connecting “Search engine Proffesionals” and there was a big debate between us organizers whether to really move the event away from the agenda to appeal to normal people or small business owners.

    Naturally, the 1st day wasnt much fun even for me as i understood nothing, but i kept the rants to myself.

    Im basically this organic SEO guy and didnt really get much juice from the sessions on song and dance for a click et., all but what really matters is that the event was pulled off.

    I saw your blog full of “Disappointed with SearchCamp” posts that i felt like calling you up and asking you what was wrong – So happy now, that your making sense.

    Understand this – You and Me – We arent the only people for whom the event was created, there are loads of people who liked those sessions, media guys, so we should agree upon that fact and move on and take the stuff which we really needed

  4. badrirag said,

    October 10, 2007 at 3:35 am

    Ashwin,

    Thanks for taking the time and effort to explain. I get that we aren’t the only people and I also know that I’m in the minority. The purpose behind my ‘rants’ is to give the perspective of the minority or shall we say the long-tail to the organizers and I do not mind being the bad-guy.

    I would also suggest that you look at my suggestions for better panel presentations and for the future editions of SC (if you have not done so already) to really understand my intent.

    I’m really glad that I’m in your company! Great place to be in!

    Cheers

  5. ram said,

    October 10, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    Hi

    Thanx for pointing out my lack of presence on the podium. First i think- Kiruba didnt call me because he thought i wouldnt be able to add value — !!!- I was also not very sure whether what i know can add value to the already savvy crowd. I enjoyed the sessions – It was important to know the kind of theoretical complexities that these search engines throw up and network. For us , it was the same feeling like yours – the TKF guys are doing such a marvellous job. they need support in capital letters- we just lent a small helping hand. They were very decent to give us back a good branding opportunity. That is more than enough.

    Please go through our site and rap our knuckles to improve please

  6. Ashwin said,

    October 10, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    Badri,

    Yes, the event may not have really appealed to some “long tails” or the minority, but really we’re trying to always improvise and you should agree that there was some kind of value in the event.

    Cheers,

    Ashwin


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