We These Few Menโ€”The Actionscript Conference 2009 Committee

The Actionscript Conference 2009

The Actionscript Conference (TAC) 2009, which spanned from Sept 13-15, had ended. If you ask my opinion, I would boldly proclaim that this year’s edition is in many ways bigger and better than last year’s. That said, the committee got all tired and burned out, and that also explains why this post is written two days after the conference had ended (I’m burnt myself). ๐Ÿ˜›

I just want to take the time to write this post, to show the appreciation that I had for all who had helped out during the conference. Some of these guys may be lesser known heroes, but without them, I can assure you the show might not have gone right in too many ways. Here goes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

ShunjieIf you’re in the local Flash scene and do not recognise this face, there’s a big issue. *loL~* Shunjie is the user group manager of the Singapore Flex Usergroup (FUG), and the founder of both The Actionscript Conference and RIAction in Singapore. He started making the necessary preparations for TAC since way back in March, and the effort that he had put into this may not be seen by all. I’m one lucky one to witness it.

AlvinBeing the co-founder of TAC and co-manager of the FUG, you ought to know Alvin too. He’s one of the guys that I really admire, having the ability to use both his left and right brains almost equally. He designed the TAC logo, paper bags, brochures, while preparing for his “Multi Touch in Flash” presentation.

AlexAlex is the liaison officer between TAC and the speakers and recruitment companies. You may not see him running up and down the aisle often during TAC, but he’s working out behind the scenes to help in every way that he can. The next time that you see him, do say hello and give him a pad on the back. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Arul KumaranArul Kumaran is the command center head if you ask me. Hidden in the video control room, he probably had the most important job of recording the sessions for post conference enjoyment, and it all rests upon the shoulders of this man. If you think it’s easy, think again. Fighting against fatigue, toggling between the different cameras for the right capture at the right time, it is indeed highly stressful.

Arul PrasadArul Prasad was unfortunately, unable to be with us during the conference itself, as he had some business matters to attend in San Francisco. However, he was the original liaison officer and who knows how many emails he had to keep replying in order to connect with all the speakers. He was also actively participating in our pre-conference meetups, so indeed, credits go to him as well. :)

ElliotElliot Williams is a volunteer for TAC, but little did he know that without him, the conference probably wouldn’t be able to run! He single-handedly fixed up the wireless network, troubleshoot whenever people got trouble with connecting to the wifi, being the security officer to ensure that no people come into the auditorium unauthorised, and being the emcee in between the sessions! Elliot, you’re great man! ๐Ÿ˜€

Victor and JonathanAnother two of our lesser known heroes, Victor and Jonathan were essential in a lot of roles as well. Tasked to be in charged during the registration, rotating between looking after our personal properties, recording of videos, you can literally see them everywhere. These two are what put our minds at ease so the rest of us can operate with a safe mind. Without them, it would again be a serious mess.

LionelSo yes, this is me. It feels weird adding what I did on my own blog, but yea, I’m one of the committee too. ๐Ÿ˜€ I was involved in the planning process, being the main photographer for the two days, and also the interviewer for the speakers. It is tough juggling all these roles especially when one has to prepare for his own presentation, but looking back, it was all worth it.


Now that the conference had come to an end, I’ll be working to put up my slides soon on my new windows hosting. In the meanwhile, I’m also in the works of transcribing the interviews. Once they’re done, I’ll post them up on this blog one by one.

Just a final word, it has been great working with you guys. :)

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9 Responses to We These Few Menโ€”The Actionscript Conference 2009 Committee

  1. You guys did a great job. Continue to inspire others to be more creative towards an ideal and enjoyable workplace. God bless you guys!

    btw.. I just thought Elliot wearing the white 3D glasses on stage is the coolest highlight of the event. Lol!

  2. Arul Kumaran says:

    Your name is missing in the list, you deserve a place for all your good efforts :)

  3. Shunjie says:

    Thanks for the post! I am flattered!

    I think a lot of people still don’t recognized me lah, haha. Credits goes to everyone!

  4. Alvin says:

    I think you missed out one really important person which is yourself!

    Photography is really tiring and you did the leg work and came up with some amazing shots :) Your slides were awesome too.

    Cheers to everyone involved including our local attendees and those who came from far.

  5. Peter says:

    You guys seriously rock! I’m really impressed how you pull it off to get a conference like TAC to take place.

    This year was even better than last year and you’ve got a bright future for this event in the coming years. I really enjoyed seeing local talent presenting and Its fast becoming one of the best conferences of the year.

    Keep up the good work and hope to see you guys next year (if not earlier)!

    • flashmech says:

      @Obhet Thanks! Yeah in a way Elliot wearing that was both cool and funny. ๐Ÿ˜€

      @Shunjie haha.. Your face is a must know for all I know. ๐Ÿ˜€

      @Arul @Alvin Thanks guys. ๐Ÿ˜€ This blog post is all about you guys. Maybe I’ll just add a little to what I did in the conference tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜›

      @Peter Thanks for the encouragement Peter. Having positive feedback from you means a lot to us. :)

  6. elliot says:

    you guys are far too kind………

    but seriously the TAC was way too short … 2days zipped by too fast ……… man i miss it already…..

    ah ha!! … next stop .. LA !! .. MAX 2009!! … who else is going? :)

  7. dVyper says:

    I don’t know if it’s intentional but the formatting for this post looks pretty cool when viewed in google reader with the left nav hidden.

  8. flashmech says:

    @Elliot I was thinking any longer, someone could have died from exhaustion. lol~

    @dVyper it was definitely not intentional, but I decided to leave it that way since I found it to be pretty neat too. ๐Ÿ˜›