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Drupal Camp Pakistan – reflecting

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So its started sinking in to the masses what Saturday meant! and we have been reflecting on what we could have done better, what were our own faux pas! … connectivity was one, we should have had our own back up line.. in Lahore we will. the other lesson learned was.. capture the group pic in the morning or at lunch… but having left it for the end was cool too for of the 119 people (yes we got an exact number) who attend 47 stayed for the last session too…  pretty awesome we reckon!

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Drupal Camp Pakistan – Islamabad Nov 17th 2012

 

We shall be uploading screen casts of the presentations and setting out the plans for Drupal Camp Pakistan – Lahore March 2013 before the end of the year and are banking on even more Drupalistas from around the third rock to contribute over Skype or in person…. watch this space.

This is Kubair Shirazee (totally knackered) with cameraman Nauman Khalid reporting from Islamabad.
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Reporting from Drupal Camp Pakistan it is On… to infinity and beyond

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Not quite live since our wifi connection got switched off for over loading the public access pipeline at the University and Sunday was a PTP day (the charity we support… and request you should too) – the end of the day got raw all over again! it had been an anxious few months, we’d been wanting to bring the experiences of DrupalCamp to Pakistan since spring of 2011, we had one false start, quite a few kicks to the crown jewels, all those evenings and weekends spent, yada yada yada… all of that does not matter…. we delivered a super successful first ever Drupal Camp in Pakistan on the 17th November 2012. We made History and we Kicked ASS.

Summing up the day, tons of gratitude is in order:
1) Thank you team ikonami for making this happen, for delivering so awesomely such an awesome Drupal Camp (I am so MIGHTY proud of team ikonami)
2) Thank you to Ikonami’s admin staff for staying involved in something outside their job role and interest (though that may have changed after today!)
3) Thank you to all the attendees who took time out and attended the camp and participated vociferously! and more so to those who travelled from Dubai, Lahore, Faisalabad and Peshawar to be here
4) Thank you to all our speakers who took time out on a Saturday at awkward times across multiple time zones to share their knowledge and experiences with the community in Islamabad – a uber awesome display of the community spirit
5) Thank you to Preston University for providing us with an awesome venue (and we promise to stop moaning about the connectivity!)
6) Thank you to the facilities staff at Preston University for keeping things clean presentable for over 100+ people and staying later than their working hours to bear us geeks a little longer.
7) Thank you to our sponsors, Aberdeen Cloud, App Desk, DruPak, Ikonami, Pasha (Jehan Ara in particular) and Vizteck
8) Thank you for all the other Drupal Camp organisers across the third rock and their followers on Twitter for their support and encouragement both online and offline

All those who sat on the fence waiting to see if the Camp soars or dives… Boom! we are f**king soaring! mofos!…. to infinity and beyond

DrupalCamp Pakistan… dreamed of in England, delivered in Islamabad.

This is Kubair Shirazee with cameraman Nauman Khalid reporting from Drupal Camp Islamabad.
#DrupalCampPK     @DrupalCampPk

Reporting Live from Drupal Camp Pakistan it is On… on Happy Track

dcisb logo 300x101 Reporting Live from Drupal Camp Pakistan it is On… on Happy TrackPost lunch the bandwidth is behaving much better, probably because most of the students at the Uni are skiving classes! or at DrupalCamp!  Post lunch was kicked off by Tanvir, Iqbal and Stefan in their respective tracks. The newbies might be finding the post

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Next up are sessions on themeing (much sought after by the themers attending the camp) and a treat from Jennifer Tehan on how to create a tasty backend with usability and the lay person in mind.

DrupalCamp Pakistan… dreamed of in England, delivered in Islamabad.

This is Kubair Shirazee with cameraman Nauman Khalid reporting from Drupal Camp Islamabad.

Reporting Live from Drupal Camp Pakistan it is On… with a BUMPY start

dcisb logo1 300x101 Reporting Live from Drupal Camp Pakistan it is On… with a BUMPY startSo it started off bumpy, well honestly it started off like a bad dream building up in to an epic  nightmare! messages got mixed up and Jacob Singh’s session got missed out, Islamabad was waiting on Jacob in Banglore and Jacob was waiting on Islamabad! WTF! by the time it got sorted Jacob had to dash and an opportunity was missed…. Fuoad’s session got pulled back to cover the gap and an impromptu speaker stood in to cover the crack turning into a gapping hole further in the day!

The Wifi connection sucked and Aaron’s awesome session was a stop start affair (sorry Aaron) but the message got through eventually! So team ikonami threw the teddy’s out of the pram and the pram itself at Preston University’s IT department and there was much blame shifting… lines were drawn and outside the conference hall things were going from hot to meltdown… and as if by magic a dedicated LAN line emerged! (cheeky ba*tar*s) and peace restored.

At noon the tracks were split, a fat pipe sorted out, Sype and the audience cam working like a treat and the bad dream took a turn for the better and Drupal Camp Pakistan got back on happy track.

DrupalCamp Pakistan… dreamed of in England, delivered in Islamabad.

This is Kubair Shirazee, still pretty much jet lagged but running on the energy of the local community, reporting from Drupal Camp Islamabad.

Reporting Live from Drupal Camp Pakistan it is On… (dare I say BOOM!)

dcisb logo 300x101 Reporting Live from Drupal Camp Pakistan it is On… (dare I say BOOM!) Today we made history, so lets get the date right. Saturday November 17th was the day when the first ever Drupal Camp in Pakistan took place, (for the aficionados in the global community following this closely…) yes it is happening today and I am posting this after having delivered the opening talk for which I set off from Kent at 05:00 on Friday,  landed in Islamabad at 02:30 Saturday, got to gramps at 04:00 and am still standing! (had to get that in there, you have to suffer a tad bit too!)… God bless the dood who discovered coffee! or was it his goats that did… can not quite recall what David Attenborough said in that program about Ethiopia… it makes sense right now.

Though today has given me material for many a Drupal tales… I will try and keep it bearable for everyone and deliver it in small doses and promise not to over milk it.

Right now it is all very raw!  Drupal Camp Pakistan has been in the making since the spring of 2011, it has had one false start, quite a few kicks to the crown jewels, many have sacrificed a lot to get here, many hours that could have been spent with the fam instead,  at times new business development had been put on hold, many early starts, lunches, evenings to make those impromptu meetings to get things done, hours spent convincing the people this will work, playing Jehovahs witness,  taking knocks from quarters who are meant to hold the Drupal fort!… though many have lauded and gouded us to do this most have stood back to see if we soar or dive! like many who visit Eiger each year with their telescopes hoping to witness the doom of an adventurer or few. I say Boom! we are f**king soaring! mofos!

Though the day is not over yet.. heck its is just about started! I am might mighty proud of my team in Islamabad, from the Drupalistas to our admin crew, a few here too had their doubts but they ran off the cliff with the rest of us, thank you for your faith, dedication, hard work and simply for being you team ikonami…. you are all awesome.

And though I am sure all our virtual speakers will turn up and those who do not, I will slate you later but for now, this morning, as this goes out live from DRUPAL CAMP Pakistan, thank you, you are all super stars for sparing your time for this part of the global Drupal community who am sure after today will see themselves as much part of the global community as each one of us do back in Blighty, Belgium and in Helsinki.

DrupalCamp Pakistan… dreamed of in England, delivered in Islamabad.

This is Kubair Shirazee, severely jet lagged, reporting from Drupal Camp Islamabad.

#DrupalCampPK     @DrupalCampPk

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