Okay, I am going to say it like it is, what is GeekFest:
1- GeekFest is an unorganized thing, it is what the community has to offer and the community offered those topics. <-- What I mean is, if I was "organizing" this and not "unorganizing" it and had much more time on my hands, I would have done a whole different thing and called it something else and not GeekFest and what we know of
2- It did end up being a sales pitch, but you know what, I didn't find it that annoying, since these are interesting websites and portals and products and projects out there, why not know about them?
3- Oh and 0$ budget, and we all have full time jobs, so we put this together by email and in our own spare time, like in the morning, in the weekend...
What is a Geek:
Some people expect GeekFest to be about programming and computers and technology only, thing is, look up Geek on wikipedia and check the definitions paragraph, it's sorta basically an intellectual curious person :) So topics can be almost about anything interesting and new.
Now what bothered me the most is:
Some people wouldn't keep quiet. It was like an hour and half, and then you could've had all the night for yourself to talk, but after the event was done you left, and you talked through it, tab ma lei? Why why why?
What I loved:
The people themselves, there were great vibes, I wish people stayed a bit after the event ended so I could've met all those new faces. I know that people do miss each other or are eager to meet each other, there were people who aren't on twitter, so this is really something good.
Tip for next time for whoever is organizing it:
I personally chose Plum, since I thought the casual having a drink thing would be nice, but Lebanese people shouldn't be given the freedom sometimes (excuse me for saying that) and instead we should book a boring conference room, and then if there is a hall near it with drinks that would be perfect, but that would mean we need a hotel, and then BAM idea of geekfest is ruined.. so this is what I mean.. if we want to do what everyone expected GeekFest to be yesterday then we'll have to make it a high caliber thing in my opinion, and since we don't want to change the concept of geekfest, we would have to call it something else.
THANK YOU everyone for coming, really, I had a huge smile on my face for seeing all these new faces, I just unorganized, and maybe one day if I have much more time on my hands, I would try to put a different kind of event together, something more serious :) And I hope you'll all come back again. Thanks for Plum bar for giving us the venue for free. Thanks Naeema for the graphic design. Thanks Nokia for giving away the cool N8 device, I didn't win, as usual.
That's my disclaimer, hope no one got offended, and really glad a lot of media covered it, I was truly surprised since it is an informal thing, thanks to all the speakers for showing up, and thanks for the help I got from my friends.
Check what the others had to say:
Danielle from This is Beirut
Abir from Life in Still Motion
Moe from Arabianism
This is the website of GeekFest Beirut.