ITCN Asia 2009.

ITCN Asia 2009ITCN Asia turned out to be the most happening Information technology event, the real crowd puller so far, this year. Yesterday the exhibition was open to the general public so I decided to spent more then a few hours and tweet teh exhibition from morning till evening and cover the events live.

I stationed my self at the Dell Pakistan booth in hall number one, and unfolded my laptop but much to my surprise there was not a single free Wifi network available and I had to borrow a WiMax device from a friend (Muneeb) to connect to the internet. I surveyed this hall, visited a few other stalls, came across the CIO WebStudio‘s booth where they were preparing themselves for video recording public opinions, interviews and product reviews. The idea sounded promising and I was sure I wont be getting bored today.

I then took a walk to hall number 2, but there was nothing too exciting going on at the moment so I decided to visit here latter when things would get a bit juiced up and crowded, but little did I knew.

DSC_3985eeAt around 11, crowd began to pour in. I didn’t expected so much excitement but as soon as the few young university students showed up the people at the Dell booth asked them to change into a Dell shirt and pose for the brand. I was surprised how professionally the young boys posed, as if they were actual super models so I too quickly moved in to capture a few of them striking the best poses they could.

The Exhibition was quickly picking up momentum, the Zong stall had a large wall where students were scribbling they heart out, writing messages to those they loved, expressing their thoughts, a boy desperate to get married even left a matrimonial advertisements, with a small photo of him and his cell phone number.

DSC_3672A lot of student were visiting the exhibition looking for a good laptop. Almost all of them wanted a low cost solution. Those studying programming, designing or new media arts were looking for performance while those who searched the internet for research, or studies were more interested in Net books. I realized net books are gaining popularity with more senior users who use computer to exchange mails and keep in touch with the rest of the world and their business online are taking interest in them as net books are lighter, more convenient and easy to keep concealed.

DSC_3959Back at the CIOwebStudios stall, some bloggers and Tech Savoy geeks recorder product reviews for different Dell laptops. Jehan Ara, President of P@SHA, recorded an ITCN Special of “In The Line Of Wire”, also  many Students and visitors expresses their experience of the exhibition and shared their views and spoke their minds on the video.

The crowd had built up heavy, I didn’t felt comfortable carrying my heavy laptop and camera, to another halls, besides there was much happening here which was turning out to be an over stretched effort to cover all live as it happens. The Interviews at CIO Webstudio,  students and young bloggers posing for Dell and cheering for Pakistan and their favorite brand on videos, people scribbling funny thoughts at Zong continued and while another activity of  filling out forms for a 17 inch LCD, give away lucky draw at Dell also started.

DSC_4279An hour and a half later the Dell stall was extremely over crowded, the result for the draw was about to be announced, and then a name was called, Abdul Rauf Shaikh, and a young man with a wide smile on his face pushed the crowd aside. It took me quite an effort to reach inside the Dell stall to take a picture of this lucky winner. He was too excited to speak, he just thanked everyone, got a few pictures taken of him by the brand’s staff, a few media people  and happily went home.

At this point I was beyond tired, it was already 6, I packed up my bags, but as soon as I was about to leave the Dell people told me they had a little surprise stored for me. A beautiful Dell Laptop Carry Bag that brightened me up, they thanked me and said they enjoyed my company and live tweets and certainly I thanked them back.

DSC_3879The exhibition was a wonderful experience, I wish I could have covered the rest of the halls too, but for this I would surely need a handy net book and a WiMax so I can move through the thick crowd without having to carry my huge and heavy laptop around, actually that was the only reason I didn’t had the heart to visit the stalls further away from my base camp, but I hope may be next year I will cover it all and better.

21 Comments so far

  1. shad0w on August 15th, 2009 @ 1:49 am

    I was there too, the exhibition was well organized especially the instant plastic cards. But the thing is it was less consumer oriented and aimed more at oem/corporate business. And even less towards media tech. I too tried to find a free wifi ap (there were a dozen pass protected ap at any point!), maybe we cud team up and co-tweet next tyme!

    Btw where was the dell stall located i cudn’t find it, moreover whose the dealer for it in pakistan, do they do retail?

  2. بستنی (wasiq) on August 15th, 2009 @ 9:55 am

    the turnout seem a little low…..the Dell inc is not well known here….maybe thats the reason….plus the secondhand old and used market is flooded and the price difference is gigantic….1:4 if you were trying to cash in on the gratefulness… I think it was a huge mistake…to catch a geek you have to think like one….lol

    actually that was the only reason I didn’t had the heart to visit the stalls further away from my base camp,

    @jamash…man i could walk from Tariq road to the expo cen and back ..have done it many times…I feel lucky….:-p

  3. MB (kar_munib) on August 15th, 2009 @ 10:12 am

    great !!

  4. fasee on August 15th, 2009 @ 10:24 am

    @ all

    Its a lot of time since I visited an exhibition like this…..last time I visited an expo centre, I won the lucky draws bigest prize, a fullsize microwave oven…:)

    Although our sister concern manages many of the mega events there, Hate the rush. Parking, and guess I am becoming antisocial, coz I hate crowded out with a lot of phaticher qoum who always act like a herd, who mandatorialy push before they walk

    Dell is a mediacore brand, its like throwing good money into a shithole.

    Titebudgeted perosns shud go for a HP, an others gofor Toshiba and sony vaio

    Besides, this laptop craze, not everyone who owns it really needs it….many of the laptop users who own it own it for the inferority complex, still thinking it is a status symbol….resulting in a floodgate opening for crappy dead slow machines.

    Either buy a hi-end 100k to 180k system if not, then Instead of throwing 50-80 k on a crappy system, just go and buy a cool beast of a desktop for 30-40, with lower maintenance and upgradition costs.

    Most of laptops fasee seez around are used as desktops, with never moving from the table, coz either there weight or there heating…so wats the use anyway.

    Plus, its economic life is just 2 years at max, while desktops I had were used for 3-5 years and laters for hanging clothes and childrnes toys.

    We r turing into a superficial hollow society

  5. Jamash (jamash) on August 15th, 2009 @ 12:28 pm

    I had a cloth bag in which i had my laptop bag, Camera, another small bag with note pads, camera charger, mobile charger and it was heavy. Besides I had to prove that the laptop was mine to the security people at the ITCN while looking for the Dell Stall when i entered, they had told me that if i move around with that thing like this, I will have to face this again and again at several points, because someone had stolen a laptop, and walked out yesterday and they didn’t want the incident to repeat.

    I couldn’t leave anything inside Dell Stall, because they themselves had told me that it wont be safe, as often visitors came inside to check the laptops properly or have a look at their server, or make a purchase they already had a cellphone missing yesterday, and they didn’t want me to loose anything.

    No i am not cashing in the favor, I have just reported what I saw and experienced.

  6. Jamash (jamash) on August 15th, 2009 @ 12:30 pm

    I hope next time we get a working Wifi and we can cover all the event live through twitter and blogs in greater details. That would be fun :)

  7. Ghalib (ghalib) on August 16th, 2009 @ 1:09 pm

    i missed 3rd time this year, out of country …. :(

  8. balma on August 18th, 2009 @ 8:39 pm

    It is one of those rare moments that I agree with Fussy.
    Laptops are enemies of human posture, and useful for population reduction…except the people who need to control baby production can’t afford one…Otherwise, it could be a good population control tool…give it to every man who already has at least one kid, and tell him…lay khabees, put it on your lap, and khael video game.

  9. fasee on August 18th, 2009 @ 11:04 pm

    @ balma

    First of all, don’t know, ajeeb si feeling hai, we both agreeing on same topic..kush huwon ya udas ya dewar se taker maroon.

    But jo bi hu, I truly undertsand what u meant….fasee used to take his first laptop as a real Lap-top, while playing games….it felts like I was having two half boiled eggs for dinner…then I switched to having a pillow in betwen my legs and laptop on top….it brought me an extra 1 hour before the eggs boiled… came the leaather bag in between the legs…time endurance 1.5 hrs before eggs boil.

    Now I just put the pillow on the floor, ‘neem daraz hotay hain zameen pe…endurace 7-8 hrs till I drop with not even a half boiled egg or so.

    And oh yes, fasee graduated to become a father in between…:):):)

  10. بستنی (wasiq) on August 19th, 2009 @ 12:24 am

    janab muazizein ay KMB….yak dil O yak zaban….mein kab sey lipton yellow label kay jar main roz Rs 10/- dal raha houn kay iss sal zaroor laptop buy karoun ga…ab aap ney itna khush kar diya kay ab toh doo loun ga…aik apney lian aik apney future kay lian….lol

    @Jamash….iam very sorry dear…can’t do anything about the security freak organizers of expo center…unn ko toh allah he samjhey ga….

  11. fasee on August 19th, 2009 @ 7:19 am

    @ wasiq

    ” 10 rupay roz in lipton ka dabba..”

    Sir looking at the projected revenue being allocated for the asset aquisition….I wud suggest u buy the same model I bought for my 1 year old.

    Its a marvel of technology, has 12 pre recorded melodies, can do simple maths, text to speech function , monochrome display n rhymes.

    U can buy it for a cool 1500, or if we can wait, the best buy is a 3000 ke, which has color screen, and can do graphics asweell.

    ( No batteries included, buy yiur own 4 AA size batteries )

  12. بستنی (wasiq) on August 19th, 2009 @ 7:51 am

    @fasee saab…ahh so now they have it in the guise of a laptop…in our days they used to call it speak&spell and was shaped like an Abacus…I loved than thing….
    my connection speed is increasing at a surprising level…so now I don’t need the latest state of the art technology….as you can see at the moment I am using a pentium 3(Dell) desktop and the supercomputer had to shut me down twice yesterday…..and its not even competing today…

  13. بستنی (wasiq) on August 19th, 2009 @ 7:55 am
  14. fasee on August 19th, 2009 @ 9:42 am

    Nope..its almost near this one, just 2-3 buttons diffrence, baki sab same he


  15. بستنی (wasiq) on August 19th, 2009 @ 5:10 pm

    sir this link is not working….

  16. fasee on August 19th, 2009 @ 9:49 pm

    @ wasiq

    Sorry bro, I typed it in blackberry….u know my laptop can’t access blogs ( damn those MIS midgets )

    Well u can google images for kiddy laptops….on the first page it will show 5_6 of the same model…seems its quite in around the world ehh

  17. بستنی (wasiq) on August 21st, 2009 @ 8:57 am

    thanks to you I found out the OLPC one laptop per child….have read about it a couple of times in jang daily….never believed it….but now I know what laptops they were offering…..anyways….I am trying to convince the cable guys…to take that responsibility…..afterall…they are going to benefit…from the laptops like the mobile phones service providers….

  18. fasee on August 21st, 2009 @ 9:33 pm

    @ wasiq

    Thank you in return for making me wqtch that ugly piece of shit called OLPC, damn, they charge 200 for that crap, when u can buy a $400 good refurbished one or 800 brand new one.

    Tell cable wala the success story of bahria distributing free laptops to jahil MBAs while adding the price in there fee.

  19. wasiq (unregistered) on August 28th, 2009 @ 2:19 am

    The KMB goes back to the future…

  20. بستنی (wasiq) on August 28th, 2009 @ 2:28 am

    The KMB goes back to the future…
    there are so many authors….amazing…..why do we need a blogroll..

    @Balma jee now you can even post without your ID….

    Freedom free freedom …..

  21. fasee on August 28th, 2009 @ 8:46 am

    @ wasiq

    Kaal raat ko taravi ki jaga breave heart tu nai dekhi…??

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