Well , I finally had my first hand experience at organising a complete workshop. I had a amazing learning experience andI gained a lot of knowledge especially by solving doubts .. I remember one of the doubts was how do we print “<br/>” using php .. Well , its pretty easy but still it took time for me to figure it .. Also , speaking on the stage for three days removed all traces of stage fear ..( lolz) ..
Install Fest :
LUG Manipal organisesd a Linux ( Ubuntu 9.04 to be precise ) Install Fest from 6th to 8th October . Well , this time , it was the job of the second years to do it . I being a noobie in Linux did not have much idea , so I just did whatever I was told by Saurabh . Here , I should congratulate Saurabh for the excellent organisation of the entire fest which went without any major hiccups .I gave a talk on Open Office and Viruses in Linux in the second day of the fest . Also ,at the last day , I spoke on the upcoming Web Development Workshop .
Web Development Workshop :
A workshop on how to make web pages covering HTML , MySQL and PHP conducted by LUGM .We ( LUGM ) focused on web development rather than web designing .We were planning this workshop from around 6 months but due to many problems it could not materialise . I had prepared the slides way back in July .So , it was finally decided on the last day ( i.e 9th ) to conduct the workshop from 12th October 2009 . With only three days , we had plenty of work to do .The next day , we got the room booked ( NLH 405 ) . We got the top floor as there were manyother events going on . The posters were up the next day at all important places in MIT .SMS’s were sent with a request to “Forward to all ” . LUGM website , the wiki page and the Facebook Fan page was updated . Also , a facebook event was created to futher publicise . Manu, my classmate made class announcements in all the first year classes . He did the job single handedly ( Dunno why he likes the job so much ) . Meanwhile , slides were being given the final touches by Pratik and Saurabh . Me and saurabh made a comphrensive plan of the entire workshop detailing each and every thing . Our seniors suggested some changes and then we were all set to roll .
So , finally the D-Day arrived . I bunked two classes to be in time for the workshop even though I did not have anything to speak on the first day . The crowd was ok , almost the entire class room was filled . One more thing which I forgot to mention that I received a number of calls ( as my name and number was printed on the poster ) asking me for registration and if there is any fees for it .
Well , I don’t blame the first years for the ignorance of the fact that LUGM does not charge people . It is actually the work of other clubs who charge people for attending a workshop where a student is teaching you .Pretty funny isnt it ? For the report, LUGM does not charge people for attending a workshop neither is there any registration . ( Check out the guiding principle of LUGM )
Coming back to the topic ,the first day went pretty well .HTML and beginning of MySQL was dealt with . As expected , the turnout on the second day was less than the previous day. The second day consisted of MySQL and beginning with PHP . At the end of the day , we gave a small assignment which involved the use of forms and POST . I was glad that many had made the effort of completing the assignment . The third day basically consisted of integrating PHP with MySQL , Sessions and Cookies .On the last day , we were expecting a low turnout , but the turnout was far less than I expected . We had kept this day only for application , so we demonstrated a login page complete with Remember Me feature from scratch .Although the turnout was less but the response was amazing .We had divided the entire application into modules and then gave some time for the students to complete . I was glad that many were easily able to complete the modules in time .
For more ,
The post about the workshop on the LUG Website
Facebook Fan Page