Date: 20th January, 2013
After having lots of fun at the first one hosted by Nokia, I attended my second Indiblogger meet held this past Sunday at the Fortune JP Celestial Hotel on Race Course Road — this time sponsored by HP and Harper Collins. With a name synonymous with printers and associated with one of the world’s largest book publishers, it was no surprise they tagged this event #OriginalCopy.
The hotel didn’t seem to be buzzing when I entered the lobby, and there was a bit of a wait before we could enter the hall.
The event began around 2pm after registrations — and as usual, we could Tweet our way on to the screens :)
The venue wasn’t as big as the last meet, but a good 200 bloggers still showed up!
The “show” began with the familiar notes of a rock classic performed by Karun Verghese
It was a rocking performance of Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” by Team Indiblogger
Host @AnoopZombie had everyone stand up, clap along and sing the chorus
But just as we all settled into our seats, Anoop told us we now had to get up and shift tables. From white tables to black… and some other conditions too, but I forget.
NOW that we were finally seated, a lot of us were randomly asked to give an introduction
As usual, we were asked us why we blog and at the end, mention our favourite character. Bonus points went to whoever could imitate their said character!
Of course, there were loads of prizes to give away and HP USB thumb drives, head phones and books published by Harper Collins were all on offer.
As the introductions wound up, it was now time for an activity
We were all given chart paper which came with an unique QR code stuck on it. Using QR code scanners on our smartphones, we were asked to note down the hidden messages on our charts. The phrases were all part of a much longer sentence and our challenge was to find the two other bloggers who had the matching phrases to complete the whole sentence. If you couldn’t find right pairing, you could still win if you got creative with your sentence creation.
I couldn’t manage to do either.
Because the setting soon turned into a marketplace with lots of bloggers shouting and milling about seeking the right chart partner. It was a funny sight to behold.
With the madness of that activity over, HP’s Country Sales Manager took to the stage to talk to us about why his company was part of this ‘original’ initiative
Given its advertising right now (and has been for a long time), it was quite obvious what an HP-sponsored event was going to focus on. The exec briefed us on being original versus “counterfeit/fake” and why people shouldn’t be deterred by the cost of buying original HP printer ink versus opting for a cheaper alternative. In fact, he informed us the starting price for HP original cartridges have now come down from an earlier Rs. 800 to just Rs. 449 — which was welcome news to me!
Also, HP’s range of cartridges use a lot of recyclable parts, therefore doing their bit for the environment. The company has also made it easier for you to buy original HP ink right from the source, with a toll free number (1800-425-4999) and even a home delivery service. “Dial-A-Cartridge,” who would have thought! 🙂
He even asked us bloggers if we have ever had our content plagiarized. I spoke of how some of my photos have appeared on other websites without even as little as a credit or link back to my site.
After the talk, we were invited to have our photos taken and printed at this photobooth HP had set up
I was hungry, so I grabbed some food first
You get a great view of the Bangalore Turf Club from Fortune JP Celestial hotel
As for the food, it was: chicken rolls, samosa, sandwiches, spring rolls and gulab jamuns for dessert.
Back inside after the tea break, there were more activities and prizes to give away
We all had a blast during the activity in which we were divided into teams and given popular movies to re-enact, which the audience would have to guess. We had to figure out how to re-enact the movie on stage without even uttering a word. My group was given an easy one: ‘Lord of the Rings’. Believe it or not, there were a few guys on our table who hadn’t seen the film(!) and worried too much about whether they would be able to pull it off on stage or not. I told them to relax, because give how popular the LOTR characters were, there surely would have been at least one guy in the room who would guess it instantly.
And one guy did. In less than 5 seconds! All he needed as a clue was our guy playing Gollum. We barely even made it on to the stage, and the guy guessed the film right! 🙂 If they were awarding teams for performing a skit with the easiest guess, we would have won. But no prizes for us.
Still, as the evening wound up, pretty much every blogger walked away with a USB thumb drive, a few books and a lucky few taking home some nice HP printers! It was yet another great IndiBlogger meet hosted by a great sponsor and well put-together by the core IndiBlogger team, who so well deserved to be felicitated.
As always, I can’t wait for the next one!
Also read: 2012 IndiBlogger Meet in Bangalore, hosted by Nokia