Talk on project Glassfish (turn out = 482 people) & what followed next!! :P
By Vasudha Amrit on Sep 02, 2008
After a hectic and exhausting weekend, the whole yesternight I was not able to sleep as I was so damn anxious about today's event i.e. a talk on Project Glassfish By Sudhir Prabhu, who also happens to be an alumni of our college now working with Sun. At last when I was done with running from one end of the college to other, getting permissions, putting up posters, mailing existing Sun club members etc about the event, I was still apprehensive about the turn-out becasue Glassfish is a new technology and there is little awareness about it in our college.
Contrary to my expectations, students started thronging the Library Auditorium, the venue for the event, at a great pace and in a few minutes there were no empty seats, infact we had to put up extra chairs all around the place and even then people kept coming, so much so that we had to send people back. Some people even volunteered to sit on the floor. There were a total of 482 students, HODs and faculties from four departments and the associate director ( phew!!!!! :P )attending the talk when we did a head count and that is not counting people who had gone back.
Mr.Sudhir gave a very interesting and enlightening talk about Glassfish, its various versions, clusters and finally gave us the links and information of the ongoing projects etc where students can participate and contribute. I was amazed to see people listening to him with rapt attention (despite the cool AC, comfy chairs = perfect setup for a nap :D ) and asking alot of questions both during and after the talk. I gave a small talk about the Sun club we have in our college and how students would be benefitted by being a member of it.
We also distributed Open Solaris starter kits and Netbeans Cds to interested students and I also sent out registration forms for the Sun Club membership ( I had to get it photcopied thrice as the number of students was alot more than my expectations!!! :P ) but I now have all these new members for my club, so I am not complaining. At the end of the talk, I was the happiest person around and thanked everyone for attending the talk, participating and interacting with so much enthusiasm, thus making it a GRAND SUCCESS!!!!!! :P
This whole experience gave me so much confidence and a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that I cant put it down in words. Thanks alot Sun for giving me this wonderful opportunity to work as a Campus Ambassador, organise these wonderful events, interact with my fellow college mates, gain so much insight and I have to say it has changed my life forever. I am on a high!!!!!!!!!.......CHEERS!!!!! :D :P