Was I dreaming?? No certainly not!!!
Come February 20 @ Sun Tech Days Hyderabad.. I entered the huge seminar Hall, and was straightaway taken by Ganesh Sir to meet Joe Hartley, Vice President of Global Education, Government and Healthcare at Sun Microsystems!
Wow!! Here I am... A student, then a campus ambassador, who dreams of working with a company like Sun Microsystems one day.. and I am talking directly to JOE HARTLEY, because he liked our project and wants to talk about it on stage!
I also called up Vasusen and then we both interacted with him, and believe me he was simply awesome! He quickly told us in brief about what how was going to ask us about our project on stage.. he asked if I was nervous! Was I? AAha AAha!!! ;)
He took a hell lot of a time remembering Vasusen's name... He promised hell screw it up on stage.. Practicing.. Practicing.. VAASSU SAIN.. VAASSU SAIN,,, VASSSUUU SAIN... He looked at Vasu's batch and practiced it again..
The Vasusen tried to make it easier for him.. He said.. just call me VASU!
Again he mumbled right before his talk began.. VASSU VASSU!! OK!
The Keynote! THE BIG STAGE
Now he talked about the Sun University Relations, what the campus ambassador program meant to Sun, how it profited from it.. and how students can benefit from it..Then he went on to show what some campus ambassadors are doing.. inculcating Sun Technologies in curriculum.. etc.
Now came our project! The slide had my picture (right next to this post!) And he called us on stage...
Joe: "Now I would like to call Jay, the Campus Ambassador of SRKNEC, and his colleague - AASU" - Agrhh! He screwed it up big time!
He went on to say he really liked our project and asked how we got motivated to do this...
Vasusen answered saying.. "We were looking for a project idea for the Code for freedom contest.. and we happened to meet our friend Nachiket who is an environmental scientist and showed the Sun SPOT technology to him.. He was amazed and suggested to put it to real-time use and linked us up with ATREE!"
"So the main motivation was money!!" Said Joe swiftly!! I wonder how these great men keep their humor intact on the big stages...
Next he asked whats the current progress and future plans..
I answered that saying.. "We have gone through the requirement analysis phase and on site prototype testing. We have also hosted the project at Canopee.dev.java.net and everyone is free to come and join! Next step would be to build a working model and do testing again on field".
He thanked us and we came back, my heart still beating!! Wow.. I was just on stage during the Keynote at Sun Tech Days with Joe Hartley!!! The most memorable experience of my life!
Whoosh!! It took a long time for the feeling to sink in...
A Little Get-together JOE HARTLEY WITH THE CAs
Then we also had a cool get together sort of a thing with Joe Hartley at afternoon .. with all the Campus Ambassadors interacting with him.. He asked us very nice questions about the program and seemed very interested to know our experiences. I was overwhelmed with his modesty and enthusiasm in interacting with students and teachers and his interest in knowing their views and difficulties. He listened to us very sincerely and jotted down important points.
The overall day which started like a fairy-tale turned out to be really inspirational and quite a lesson.. one that I will always remember! That's the beauty of Sun Tech Days.. It gave me the opportunity that I could not have dreamed of!
Ok.. Thats all what happened when Jay met JOE!
PS: I should have posted the title as - "When Jay met Joe Sir" and I am really sorry for that. Its just that "Jay met Joe" sounds more alliterative.