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:
- Aileen Apolo, Head of Outreach Southeast Asia
- Niken Sasmaya, Online Partnership Group Google Southeast Asia
- Andy Warner, Access Manager
- Amer Sarfraz, GBG Manager, Lahore
- Jana Levene
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.
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.