As luck has it, we had our Webcamp during Diwali: a festival of lights celebrated by the Indian community. While we do miss our fair share of murukku, we have a great lineup of speakers who were kind enough to spend time with us and share their expertise:
Yam Tong Woo – My Blind Sight: How Technology Empowers The Visually Impaired
Patrick Lim, Founder of Greenroom136 – 10 Lessons I've Learned From Project ConcreteJungle Interviewees
Mats Engstrom, CTO of ViA International – Tweet In, Tweet Out
Tristan Gomez, MindValley – Meaningful Metrics
Milad Rastian – Configure and Manage Your Servers in a FLASH with Puppet
The event kicked off with Yam Tong Woo, a visually impaired automative engineer who lost his sight due to a bacterial infection. With brimming positive energy and enthusiasm, he shared how the Internet and the mobile web transformed and empowered his daily life. During this talk, he presented a live demo on how the visually impaired access the Internet and offers his advice on the current state of assistive technology and issues he faced. As a bonus, he shared his passion for golf and how he's able to continue to play the sport. He currently maintains a blog called My Blind Sight.
The Webcampers were in for a treat as Patrick Lim recorded episode 10 of Project ConcreteJungle podcast live. Check out his talk with lessons he'd learned from the nine highly entrepreneurial guests he had on Project ConcreteJungle, closing with one bonus lesson that involved the common trait he observed from all interviewees. What's the common traits that they had in common? You have to listen in to find out!
Armed with a credit card terminal, Mats Engstrom presented his geeky little side project to make a credit card terminal print live tweets from Twitter. Dig into his adventures of exploring and using the Twitter API and the journey of making the tweet printing credit card terminal. For electronic junkies out there, you know you'd want to make one of these ;).
For business owners out there who's looking into seeing their ROI of their campaigns, we have the perfect talk for you: Tristan Gomez was in the house talking about meaningful metrics – and in 26 minutes he shared about what makes certain data and numbers in your report meaningful, how to craft your metrics and even a case study on how Mindvalley is able to harness its power to track sales and conversions.
Closing the event is Milad Rastian, a sysadmin talking about the importance of tools to automate the heck out of thankless jobs of configuring and managing your servers. In the talk, he shared his experiences in performing the task, open source tools available and specifically talks about he used Puppet to do his job. After all, it great to have fun back in the sysadmin world ;).
The WCKL team is looking for awesome volunteers to bring Webcamp beyond the confinements of Kuala Lumpur! If you love what we are doing, ping our Papa Smurf, Wu Han and we'll bring awesomeness to the world!
Help that #WCKL needed:
Networkers to make #WCKL newcomers at home during events :)
Graphic designers to spice up our site (and other promotional swag)
Audio/video editors to make our recordings awesome!
Event planners to organize more *Camps in Malaysia
Photo credit: Anil Wadghule [Source]