Monday, 25 November 2013

HPAIR 2014 Info Session - makes people crazy in Pakistan


That is first time for me atleast when I got to know about HPAIR a month back. To be honest, it drove me crazy when I saw my dream turning into reality, by going to Harvard and taking part in one of the prestigious conferences of world. Moreover, my excitement immediately got doubled when I applied for Conference Ambassador and received the affirmative response from the organisers.

Since that day I’ve been spotting different universities and institutes here in Karachi to organize info sessions about HPAIR. The recent info session I organized here at Pak British Institute, which is one of the famous English learning centers in Karachi, Pakistan. There were couple of things which were discussed during the session. First of all the enthusiasm of the students to participate in HPAIR 2014 was great. They came up with different issues relevant to the panels at HPAIR, in which they were interested, and addressed in the session. We talked about some general and specific issues faced by Asia, especially Pakistan.

The top of the discussion was the security threat, which we have been facing particularly post 9/11. And rest of the issues were entrepreneurial in their nature. We also talked about some possible solutions or steps which could have been taken to solve the current crisis in different fields. About HPAIR 2014, I provided them with the information like why to attend this conference, how to apply, how to get scholarship if you are unable to afford the registration fee, and most importantly through Webinar of one of the past delegates of HPAIR 2013, we shared them first-hand experience of this life time opportunity.

Few of them have started applying for the conference and I am pretty hopeful that many others will also be applying, since today we are going to arrange two info sessions at Federal Urdu University, Karachi Pakistan. Here are some pictures of the info session, organized at PAK British ELC. #HPAIR2014 Rocks!

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Monday, 1 April 2013

Chicken patties with Hammad



This blog is seriously not about chicken patties, coffee and making your mouth water by talking about all these. But it certainly has some connection with these.
Hammad Siddiqui - Social Media Expert

Sitting at waiting room, after bearing the scorching sunshine throughout to the place; finally reached my destination to meet a career expert.

While having patties from Crispo bakers (which were served), a random thought occurred to me, that how many students got this chance to come to any career expert in person, and discuss something about it like me.When this thought was over, I realized that the chicken patties had also been over. Next to that empty plate, there was a tissue box and a cup of coffee for me. I went for a cup of coffee.

Wearing stripes shirt, dress pants, slim spectacles, holding Sony Xperia; inshort in a formal official attire.There was HammadSiddiqui – a well known career expert and Social Media Guru; a down to earth man, who has always been available to mentor the youngsters about their career.

In this short meeting with Hammad sahb over chicken patties, I learnt  how to connect your twitter accounts from one twitter profile, to use them through smartphone, to engage the audience through Ustream and most importantly how to design an effective Social media action plan for any organisation.

Go Social Media Go!

By Ahsan Umar
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