Connect 2011

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Connect 2011, the 6th Information and Communications Technology Exhibition and Conference, was held on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of May 2011 at Expo Centre, Karachi. More than 100 companies from around 14 countries participated in Connect2011, which is one of the largest source of insight to the Information and Communications Technology industry.

This year too, IEEE Karachi Section exhibited a pavilion for GINI Industrial Relations Pakistan and
IEEE Communications Society to establish student-industry liaison and inform the public in general
of the networking of IEEE and its benefits. Student members of many IEEE Karachi Section Student
Branches actively volunteered for the IEEE Karachi Section Stall, skilfully managing the pavilion and
served as IEEE presenters throughout the three days of the exhibition. Student Branches were NED,
FAST-NUCES, PNEC, HIIT, PAF-KIET and IIEE. At the end of the three-day event, a memento was
presented to IEEE Karachi Section by the Connect2011 organisers.

Some student members had the following to share:

Awais Iqbal from IIEE, ‘I’m proud to be the part of the crew that represented their respective
Institutions at IEEE-Karachi section’s stall at Connect 2011. More importantly it was the spreading of
IEEE word to the general public, students and people from industry that gave great sense of pride.’

Ahmed Hasan from FAST-NUCES, ‘I was able to answer the queries asked by visitors in a professional
manner or what kind of attitude I have to attain in front of the IT industry and engineering
professionals comparing with the students and general public. Actually I have improved my
communication skills by conversing with professionals and with general public.’

Hammad Khalid from PNEC, ‘Like last year, this time too representing the IEEE stall was a lot of
responsibility but with the right amount of fun. It’s always a good experience to have conversations
with industrial personnel and interact with people from diverse parts of the society. From telling
students about the advantages of joining IEEE to influencing professionals to take memberships for a
leading edge in their careers, our tasks were many.’

Syed Muhammad Ali from PNEC, ‘IEEE’s position as a New York-based professional organisation
promoting research and development, and providing a collaborative platform for all people involved
in such activities throughout the world. I guided people about the membership fee and process,
informed them about various societies of IEEE that they could join according to their interest.
Furthermore I told them about the benefits of being an IEEE member and that they could be part
of various IEEE events that take place in Karachi and other parts of the world under the umbrella of
the society. The response received was overwhelming and I would like to congratulate IEEE Karachi
Section in this regard.’

Abdul Haseeb from IIEE, ‘Connect2011 provided the participants with innovative solutions and
techniques for decision making in their businesses.’

Kanwar Arsalan from HIIT, ‘I learnt that IEEE not only provides advancement in technology to
humanity but also gives the platform for research work, and opportunities to network with creative
and innovative minds.’

Rabeet Sagri from FAST-NUCES said, ‘The Provincial IT Minister visited our IEEE stall and asked us to
meet them so that they could help us in our goals. I had a good experience on the second and third days of exhibition, where I also came to know about the GINI Industry Relations and I decided to take active part for supporting this activity in the future.’

Bilal Shaikh from FAST-NUCES said, ‘Over all it was a great experience meeting professionals,
students and leaders from various organizations from around the country.’

Shah Mohammad Ahmed said, ‘I thank IEEE Karachi Section for such an informative event and I hope
more events like this are attended and its been my pleasure to represent IEEE in this event!’

Zenab Ali from WIE PNEC said, ‘It was a great networking opportunity! It’s not every day that you’re
able to speak with professionals and students from a huge selection of companies and universities.
I entertained the queries of the people who approached me, helped in clearing the misconception
about IEEE being a degree awarding institute and provided information about the scholarships and
awards offered. I, along with my fellow volunteers guided people looking for assistance about the
membership fee and process, informed them about various societies of IEEE that they could join, and
especially mentioned the Women in Engineering affinity group, being the IEEE WIE chairperson at

connect 2011 collage