4:50 - The hours pass pretty quickly when my day is full, like what it was today. Planning for tomorrow's episode of e-Talakayan is always exciting, plus an eUP Communications team meeting I almost didn't make it to, because the MMDA iPhone app failed so massively ;~; (actually, it was my fault. I could've left Laguna earlier, but I didn't want to arrive at 6am like I usually did and wait three hours for the meeting :<. But then I was Murphy'd. /le sigh)
Started developing a cold at the end of our Cebu business trip. The biggest suspect is the overcold airconditioning in the hotel rooms, and nothing but a thin blanket to cover myself in. People who know me are quite aware of the fact that I wouldn't survive in cold weather, which is why I'm always getting the chills at the office, where the AC unit is pointed right at my station. The hotel was ten times worse D: As of this posting, aside from the sore throat, my whole face hurts. Add the back muscle pain and voila, Triccie Jell-O.
To the topic at hand though: Y4iT Cebu. This technically being my third Y4iT (the first one was the Mini-Y4iT at Guerrero Hall in FC), I expected it to be much more manageable, especially compared to the last one; six days of chaos with twenty-six thousand plus in attendance. But it was just as challenging, one of the reasons being that supplies and manpower were on the lacking side. Which is why I am doubly impressed with the organising skills of Messrs Marco and Joeboy, and of course Miss Chato XD The whole team, Cebu and Manila, really put their best efforts in making Y4iT happen outside of Luzon for the first time, and I am glad to have been part of it, behind the scenes and as a witness :)
The speakers themselves were all informative, interesting, and inspiring. Wendy Gorton representing EdTech and Google encouraged the attendees to not be afraid to fail, and during her talk, she shared the story of a student of hers who was thought to be a problem child but proved to be otherwise. It's a good tale, akin to Ishaan's story in Taare Zameen Par, and it really pleases me that this is the path education seems to be taking, finally evolving from book-knowledge and mindless memorisation. When I was teaching a literature class in La Salle, I always found it so interesting, the different ways people interpreted a certain allegory or a poem. My philosophy was while there could be wrong answers, there wasn't one right answer, not one single interpretation of art that was "correct". And I was always excited when a student comes up to me and asks for more stories/poems from the same author, even if he/she is just one student in a massive class.
Not being a computer science person, the opening talk by Dr. Jimmy Caro was confusing for me at first, for I had no idea who Alan Turing was. But as he progressed in his tribute to the father of modern computer science, and as the history of Mr Turing unfolded, from his scientific successes to his social and emotional assault by people with lesser minds than he, that unknown persona took shape and, well, I was teary-eyed at the camera by the end of the talk. I was glad to know of Mr Alan Turing, a scientific Van Gogh that the world didn't deserve.
Koko Pimentel was surprisingly gracious, despite the technical malfunction that occurred during his Q&A. And putting this down here as an FYI: he invites everyone to view and review the code of the Automated Election System, to make sure that it doesn't have any anomalies. It's available online, and I'll update this post with a link as soon as I can find it. One good step in the direction of government transparency o/.
The Cebu crowd was fantastic XD There were good questions from the students and other attendees, and you could feel that everyone had their full attention on whoever was speaking. The participants were also well-disciplined, coming back to the venue right on time for the morning and afternoon sessions.
It was a great run for the first Y4iT Cebu, and hopefully I can come back with the team next year to hold a bigger event with more participants and speakers. I'm quite sure, by the looks of the posts on Twitter, that a lot of the attendees were inspired and given the courage and motivation to know and pursue what it is they want in life :)
UP NEXT: Crazy Cebu Tales, from Walking Through the Dead Wasteland to the Return of the Lost Samsung Smartphone.