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Hangout with Google in Lahore

I do not want to write for the blog as a matter of routine but my personal blog should encompass all the events I attend but I heard about this event only a couple of hours before it was started so in the chaos of wrapping up the work and reaching in time I forgot my pen and writing pad, hence I was not able to take notes and share the knowledge with you. Here is a summarized account of the “Hangout with Google” event that took place yesterday.

First of all thanks to Haris Nadeem who send me the invitation for this awesome event which took place in Pearl Continental Lahore on September 12, 2012. I heard about this event a few hours before it took place and I instantly decided that I must attend this event. I have attended a few events in the past but this was looking one of those special events which should not be missed. After some searching and contacting a few persons I talked with Haris and he said I can attend it by using his reference.

The event started at around 6PM, I was surprised that it starts with Tilawat-e-Quran-e-Pak by Faisal and then Badar Khushnood (Country Consultant Google Pakistan) Introduced Google team to us. Here are the introductions:

google team in lahore Hangout with Google in Lahore
Starting from lefside Badar Khushnood, Andy Warner, (sorry dont know), Jana Levene, (again sorry), Niken Sasmaya & Anand Tilak

After basic introduction Badar hand over everything to Aileen Apolo, The speech of Aileen was really interesting, she introduced some basic and advance things about Google to us. Her first session was based on Google Marketing Tools like Google Plus features etc. Aileen also motivated bloggers to start blogging about Pakistan to highlight its positive aspects and enhance our international image.

The event lasted for about 3 hours and around 250 people were in the attendance. The Google Team gave very helpful and useful information to us. After a long time one official representative from Google has visited Pakistan to answer Adsense related questions. Niken Sasmaya spoke about Google Adsense. She gave a wonderful presentation about Adsense and covered almost every basic and even some intermediate issues in her speech. She also talked about some other products of Google like DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP), DoubleClick Ad Exchange (AdX), and AdMob. She also took questions from public and answered every question smartly.

Jana Levene announced that Google has hired 2 new persons in their team from Pakistan, Tania Aidrus & Sami. In the end of the event there was a lucky draw in which 2 persons got gadgets and 2 more got pens from Google. The event was followed by a dinner and the attendees were given a goody bag having a shirt and a mug to mark the event.

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Bilal Sarwari @ My speech after the conclusion of the event

Hangout with google card
Google Bag
Mug from Google
Adsense Guidelines from Google
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Badar Khushnood
Andy Warner Google hangout Hangout with Google in Lahore
Andy Warner
Niken Sasmaya Google Hangou Hangout with Google in Lahore
Niken Sasmaya
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Abdul Hanan, Aqib and Me
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Abdul Hanan — Head into Circle ;)

Thank you Google Team for coming into Pakistan. We are looking forward for more events like this in future.

I will upload few more photos as I find more. Please share your thoughts about this event in the comment box.



20 comments to “Hangout with Google in Lahore”

  • Visitor, September 13, 2012 at 4:14 am
    hmmm when i will also earn from Google that day i will also join this events i doing proper hard work with my mind :)
  • Muhammad Abdul Qadoos, September 13, 2012 at 5:47 am
    and once again :P they didn't send me invitation. btw your blog post is marvelous. in the 1st picture tag you have missed 't' from the 'left'.
  • Handsome, September 13, 2012 at 9:52 am
    i wish there would be more pics
  • Ali Sarwari, September 13, 2012 at 10:11 am
    very nice ,great post..
  • Bilal Sulehri, September 13, 2012 at 10:46 am
    Nice work. I would have appreciated if you enlightened about some tips or tools discussed in the event
  • Syed Asad Ahmed, September 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm
    I attended the karachi event. It was great event hope simillar in the Lahore and certainly would like see more google event all around Pakistan. Cheers :-)
  • Muhammad Zohair Chohan, September 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm
    I don't know, why Google (Badar) , Haris and P@SHA ( Jehan Ara) don't like ProPakistani guys. Man! they never invite us to their events. BTW Bilal you are looking good standing at the rostrum :D
    • Muhammad Abdul Qadoos, September 13, 2012 at 5:17 pm
      possibly they think propaki as their ravel as we know microsoft has more interaction with aamir :D
    • Bilal Sarwari, September 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm
      Thank you Zohair, I also feel there some issues between Google Pakistan and Pro Pakistani.. There is no news in any blog related to Google Events, They invite only limited persons to their event. How they can run successful event without pro bloggers.
  • Guppu Boss, September 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm
    :'( I missed. I know about the event but i didn't care about it. Inshallah Next time will be there. btw nice overview of event.
  • Salman baig, September 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm
    hmm nice.. next time i will visit lahore or any other city to meet google and you guyz :D
  • Yasir Lodhi, September 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm
    it such a great event and thanks Hannan and Bilal to bring me to this event.
  • Raheem Khan, September 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm
    Aww feeling pity on myself!! I am far away from Lahore.
  • Ahmad Awais, September 13, 2012 at 5:06 pm
    Thanks for updating us Bilal.
  • Syed Shah, September 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm
    @Bila Sarwari.. i think u didnt enjoyed the event....cause u looking lazy in a group pic.. :D I'm just kidding bro... btw u did a nice job....i wish i had been there..but i'm from Khi and unfortunately i dont think such type of great events held here...
    • Bilal Sarwari, September 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm
      its true Syed Shah, I am little lazy, but I enjoy this event a lot, This was one of my best event. Google team visited Karachi on 10th September I think you missed that event also.
  • Nadeem Khan, September 13, 2012 at 7:11 pm
    Such events should be held more often and in all major cities !
  • Syed Shah, September 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm
    @bilal sarwari: yeah..i also missed that one too... is there any source of getting updates of upcoming events?
  • Stacy Williams, September 22, 2012 at 5:03 am
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