My thoughts :Tech Fest Lagos
So I got all excited and matched to the tech fast organized by Diamond bank with the companion of a colleague, who i literally dragged into joining me for the experience. Besides I have always wanted to attend one. All my expectations have been built from the very day I spotted their ad on Instagram, immediately i got myself to their online registration page.
At first, i thought we would encounter the usual event drama for not having a print out copy of my online registration verification but to my surprise – the security personnel were polite and very much professional… comparing with securities you find at entertainment concerts who are readily rude…. In no time we were in the hall where the exhibitions were holding; At first sight was the registration stands that were neatly spaced and less frighten for one who had claustrophobia.
Wild, free and inquisitive we were as I and my companion Mo sway through the guest crowd while we shuttle briskly across exhibitions stands. Randomly, I had a brief moment at the conference section that had a panel grace by Kelechi Amadi and Dbanj , CEO iROKO tV and my immediate thought was ” what the hell is Dbanj doing in a tech panel ( to no offense, but I just never got the memo he was tech savvy or let alone tech curios).. and right then … I figured “ oh he is a musician and generally he should know that tech and music do go hand in hand in so many evolving dimension; Especially for music channel distributions and airing alternate and music production as well.
Soon enough I grew bored and went back to explore the exhibiting stands, where in hope I might find or get inspired to build brand strategy solutions. As I played with the thoughts of swinging into Tech PR as a services-solution I render creative in that spectrum. I realized that I had gone round the hall with nothing much innovative that I haven’t seen before but they weren’t here either.
Then my excitement dropped, just then I sighted the MTN virtual reality ( this got me super excited) stand with a 5 person queue.. i talked myself in ignoring the queue and go for the experience since I’m already here, I might as well see it though.
Person a,b,c,d and it got to my turn…
Although I was excited but could not have distracted myself enough not to have hear (And picked offense) the young man who was installing the hardware, referred to me in his word “ let this girl have her turn and you would be next” this he said repeatedly 5 time as I was counting (Self therapy) . it was offensive and made me wonder why in a professional space do people – Nigerian people not know the clear difference between these nouns “Girl, Lady, Woman, Ms , Madam, Ma’am and their appropriate usage. Personally, I measure a person from their choice of how they chose to address me, mostly when am a total stranger to you.
In my opinion I think it is a huge lacks of basic knowledge and somewhere the absence of cognitive intelligence not to be aware of the prefix most appropriate in addressing a person.
Back to my tech fest wakaabout, my winding through the various stands which weren’t much to be honest – I was excited and highly expectant…
I feel there should have been more tech products and services, more machines or perhaps robots that could have been brought in ( besides we fly personalities and celebs into the country for entertainment consumptions), there could have been visuals of Nigerians, Africans who had built or created techy products or brand etc, there could have been display of designed items from random things we read of on facebook e.g the man that built a water generating electricity machine, documentaries and everything tech and innovations.
There was a lot that could have been showcased for the whole damn two days!!
But then again, I think I should get into that mediocrity of saying “ it was a good attempt for a cooperate bank such as Diamond bank not to have given close to average for its first major personal development event/ Fest event.
This is where I am tempted to compare them with GTB with their Fashion and Food, although they have their laps but the laps are way just too obvious on this Diamond bank tech fest. Mind you, there was a tech fest held by some private guys in Enugu which put diamond bank as not being first to have started one.