Month: November 2011

Asia Pacific ICT Awards – Meet the candidates that rocked Pattaya.

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5 mins read

Each year as a judge and a mentor I fall in love with a handful of ideas and products. Each year some win, some don’t. This year there were six ideas that we believed in from the minute we saw their applications and pitches for the P@SHA ICT Awards 2011. All six of them put their heart into making a pitch at APICTA 2011, Pattaya, Thailand. All six blew away the judges with the quality of their presentation and their effort. They did an amazing job with the feedback mentors provided them and it wasn’t just the Pakistani judges on their panel who noticed

Give me one moment in time…

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You flew the flag, you gave it your best shot and you have already made us proud. Remember that one moment in time when everything you had worked at came together. It doesn’t matter if you win or lose; for that one 25 minute slot you were the center of universe for all of us. You were free and we loved you for it.

The Asia Pacific ICT Awards – To Bangkok, Pattaya and beyond – The Journey begins

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The formula that worked was simple. As we had suspected in Macau and Singapore, it wasn’t rocket science. Pick a good product idea that deserves to win. Pick a team that wants to win and is willing to put in the effort required. Pair them with a mentor who has either judged or pitched at APICTA. Review their presentations and get through at least two iterations before you hit the airport. When you land at the venue, book a conference room for two nights. Lock nominees and judges together till 2 am in the morning and don’t let any contestant sleep till their mentor is happy with flow and the slide deck. Repeat if necessary.