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GestaltIT Techfieldday 2009: Post 11 (The Fun Day)

After two long exciting and exhausting days, the GestaltIT Techfieldday 2009 officially came to an end.

Today, we were all by ourselves, but the game plan was to go visit SFO downtown.

Left the hotel at around 9 AM to head towards SFO. We were all exhausted from the past two busy busy days, but today was one of those relaxing early mornings. Enjoyed sipping coffee and having breakfast as we were not rushing.

In the car we had Nigel Poulton, Chris Evans, Simon Seagrave, John Hickson, Rodney Haywood, Bas Raayman, Ed Saipetch and myself. We dropped John Hickson at the airport and continued towards SFO downtown. Plan was to walk around, shop, see places and get tired again.

After we checked in the hotel, loaded everyone’s luggage, we started to walk around the SFO downtown area, including places like the Union Square and then ended up walking into an Apple store. We played around with the 27 inch apple monitors, the new iPhone 3GS, mac mini and learned how to use several different keyboard shortcuts on the Mac.

I have to honestly say, I love my MacBookPro, but even after owning one for 4 months now, I realized there was so much to learn from the Apple Technical Consultant showing kool things on the Mac.

Then we took a cab ride to Pier 39, from where you can clearly see Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and the famous San Francisco seals. The cab driver knew we were new in the area, he probably made circles before bringing us to the destination, we ended up paying double the amount to this cab driver than the other guys did from the same place.

Had some nice food at the restaurant and than we started walking into some shops around the pier.

Did you know if you buy a knife you cannot loiter around, you have to keep walking or its a criminal offense to loiter, we just found that out at the local knife store.

We then walked into a SPY shop and learned a lesson on lock picking by Bas Raayman. This was a very interesting shop and had tons of spying tools. After walking around the Pier 39 area, we made it to a local bar!!! Called the Buena Vista, where they say, the IRISH coffee was invented. It was just so crowded there, no place to sit and enjoy a Irish coffee.

There is something about San Francisco, though I have only been there 3 or may be 4 times, I really like the city, its happening, lots of places to see, lots of things to do, weather is typically been okay, food is good, the bay area is the Technology hub, so many geeks around, Golden Gate Bridge is awesome and the list goes on…

Then we hopped on the Tram to come back to Union Square and started walking back to the hotel. On the way, we at least went in 5 to 7 different stores like Tumi, MontBlanc and many more. And every time we would walk into one, someone would buy something before we walk out of there.

Finally we made it to a bar and that’s where we sat had couple of drinks (may be some of us were drinking water and ice).

Somehow the discussion went into V-Max, which Nigel recorded here.

Finally we made it back to the hotel. Myself and Rodney picked the luggage and started heading back to the airport. Rodney had a long 14 hour flight back to Sydney and I was flying red eye back to NJ.

Made it to the airport on time, caught up on some emails, tweets and blog reading and finally boarded the plane.

It was great to hang out with everyone at the GestaltIT Techfieldday 2009, there is just so much to learn from everyone and so much to share with everyone. I absolutely love these events when you put 15 people in a room and you let them share, collaborate, discuss and come up with new ideas on technology.

I am personally seeing so much value out of these events, though I see the vendors and sponsors possible get a much larger exposure from these events. Its a marketing nirvana, by the time the event is done and the postmortem is finished. People just write, talk, tweet and discuss so much about these vendors and their technology that possibly opens up as a venue for people around the world to grasp and grab all the outflowing information, which may invisibly still convert into dollars and market reputation.

Landed back in NJ early morning for a warm breakfast…and the GestaltIT Techfieldday finally came to an end for me.

So starting next week, I will do some deepdive sessions on what we learnt at the Techfieldday.

Stay Tuned !!!