Sama-Sama Hotel, ICOCI 2017
25-27 April 2017
It has been a while since I last wrote. Catching my breath for loads of office work and house work. ICOCI2017 was held in April, and only today I have a chance to write about it.
This year, International Conference on Computing and Informatics (ICOCI2017 – http://www.icoci.cms.net.my/icoci2017/) was organised at Sama-Sama Hotel, KLIA. As usual the School of Computing of UUM is the organiser. The work began right after ICOCI 2015…we have been working for the past 15 months for this event. Well, a good event needs planning, careful selection of papers, keynote speakers, a robust conference management system, ..etc..etc..
As a deputy chair and the ‘tekong’ for the papers selection, the works were, well towering! They sort of buried me under those piles of papers, meetings, emails,…urghhh you name it. But of course, the end result was more than beneficial. We had a 3-day happy, fruitful, joyous event where lots of new ‘networking’ has been established. We not only had a database of friends but a ‘touchbase’ of them!
The keynote speakers this time were Dr Mazlan of Favoriot, En Nik Arif of Microsoft, Germain Thomas of Intelligent Home System and Dr Mohamed Moustafa Mahmoud (Dr3M) of Madinah Institute of Leadership and Entrepreneurship (MILE).
This year, we managed to compile more than one hundred quality papers, after higher rejection rate compared to ICOCI 2015. We are happy for the selected papers and more than happy to receive our participants from many parts of the world.
Presenting papers is important, but what is more important than that during an academic event like this? Networking! I believed ICOCI has managed to achieve this. I saw participants from different countries mingled with each other –of course in a positive way 🙂
And guess what, Sama-Sama Hotel served really delicious food of various kind. From mee mamak to oysters, from smoked salmon to cucuq udang..you name it. Well, of course, my fav has always been smoked salmon and salad…
We had a lot of fun. As a member of an ever hard working team, I feel blessed that we managed to go through thick and thin of the many challenges in making this event a successful one. In the photo below are the members. Eleven of us (Mr Kama is not in the photo, he was shooting this photo for us) altogether.
Stressed? Ha..ha..I must be joking if I say there was none. In fact a lot of stressful moments we went through. It was worthy. We had fun though there are time where we had to swallow our own tears.
Two weeks after the event, we have had our post mortem meeting – analysing all the hiccups, planning for future improvements etc. The best thing is that it was done at Bistro EDC. Hmm…you can guess what the main attraction is. Food and more food again! Ya la..nama pun buat kat Bistro..tak kan kerja saja kan?