The long awaited annual event of Sourcing ADDA i.e. #TASCON16 began with an excitement unlike before at #TASCON15 as it was conducted on a grand scale. What makes this event unique is the eye catching Tag line, “A Conference Designed by Recruiters for Recruiters.” There were several activities conducted prior to and live at the event so let’s begin…
The Talent Acquisition & Sourcing Conclave (TASCON) had an amazing start with the launch of the #SelfieContest and the trend followed for #TASCON16. As usual the event began with the attendees being informed about the various activities that were conducted such as the Best Twitterati & Selfie Contests, to “Jot down one thing you learnt today” and the two Wild Card entries for the Mega Sourcing Premier League.
Prior to the Main event
Prior to the event Sourcing ADDA launched the #SelfieContest where the winner would be judged on 2 parameters namely if they got maximum retweets and likes on Twitter for their Selfie. The idea behind this was to bring out the creativity within the participants in a fun learning environment.
Here the attendees were asked to share the team’s or a personal trend they were following for #TASCON16.This helped us realise that we as hosts weren’t the only ones excited about #TASCON16 but even the attendees shared the same excitement. Thus the excitement began with Yusuf & Aishish clicking their #Selfie and mentioning their trend i.e. “Sultan & Bajirao selfie! #selfiecontest #TASCON16” Tweet.
Live at the event
While these activities marked the beginning of #TASCON16 we had two more activities to keep the excitement and enjoyment going. These activities were the Best #Twitterati Contest and to jot down one think you learnt today with the continuation of the #SelfieContest.
Best #twitterati Contest
We had yet another Contest i.e. the Best #Twitterati where the winner would be declared based on 3 main criteria namely, most creative, amount of and engaging Tweets. The winner of the contest would win exciting prizes to create a fun learning environment.
Standee with the statement “One thing you learnt today!!!”
We had arranged a Standee with the statement “One thing you learnt today!!!” where all the attendees had to write one thing they learnt at #TASCON16. It was a revision to everything that was learnt and what they found most effective in their line of work.
Some of the interesting things that the participants learnt and appreciated were…
- Using Analytics & Big Data
- Great experience and knowledge sharing
- Managing Campaigns, Digital Marketing for Effective Sourcing
- It’s Masters & Insightful sessions
- Interesting Session on Social Media Digital Sourcing in India
The winners of the activities would be announced at the end of the event, when tweeting the participants were requested to use the hashtag “#TASCON 16 and for the contests #SelfieContest & #Twitterati”.
Mega Sourcing Premier League Challenge
The two wild card entries were selected from our previous Sourcing Contest winners. Here too we had a Lucky Draw with the winner’s name chits placed in a bowl. The Two Lucky Draw Wild Card entries were thus selected. They competed with each other in the Mega Sourcing Premier League Challenge that was held live at the event but more of this later.
If you thought the fun ends here well you couldn’t be more wrong. Some of the Speakers and Sponsors too joined in with their creative activities to make every ones experience more enjoyable and fun.
SourcePRO had organised fun activities and informed the audience of these activities such as a lucky draw, distributed discount coupons and a challenge of their own.
Here two drop boxes were arranged at the registration desk. The registrants were asked to drop their visiting cards into the boxes to get listed for the Lucky Draw. The Lucky Draw winner would be treated with a free SourcePRO (@TheSourcePro) Talent Sourcing Training & Certification Program.
If registered today (14th– Apr – 2016) they would receive a 10% discount on the SourcePRO Talent Sourcing Training & Certification Program
The Sourcing Star Challenge
They also had a test of 5 questions for Talent Acquisition Professionals to challenge themselves and if they were able to get all the answers right they received a white badge with a half golden star within which the words written were, “I’m a Sourcing Star – SourcePRO.”
To keep the attendees busy and to interact with them during the networking breaks even Ripple hire conducted an interesting activity. They had a gaming station with a bowling game which was a success as it kept the audience entertained and engaged.
In order to keep the excitement going on even Little Internet had a treat of its own. They had an exciting card game to keep the audience engaged and even distributed gift vouchers with interesting discounts that were great!
Keynote Speaker Session
The opening session was conducted by the keynote Speaker Aadil Bandukwala (@aadil) who spoke about Big Data & Social Media where he had an activity for the audience. Here he showed 3 slides with company logos where the audience had to guess what was unique about all the 3 slides. When no one could answer he mentioned that not even one company was repeated.
Strategy Hub Session
A Session to watch out for!!
Being the last session the Speaker Srikrishnan Ananthanarayanan (@im_srikrish)wanted people to be active and feel refreshed before the session started therefore he conducted a few activities as well.
Call someone you’ve always wanted to call but were unable to
Call someone who you’ve not called for a long time and you’ve always wanted to but were interrupted. It helped a great deal as we were able to stay in touch with the ones we’re all too busy to interact with.
Surprise Activity Lucky Draw
In an attempt to boost learning there was an exercise conducted which was a Lucky Draw. Here the attendees were asked to check their chairs as an envelope was taped underneath them. Once checked they were asked to send it to the Assistants.
Then the Speaker opened the envelope, which had a card inside it; that had 3 statements,
- Do not pass it on to a person who has a name starting with S or A or T
- Do not pass it on to a person who wears a blazer or has a shade of blue
- If you have a person that sits next to you and has a Samsung mobile or an iPhone, shout “Alien Spotted”
The attendees were supposed to follow these instructions but as per the instructor they submitted the envelope to him instead. This indicated what we as Recruiters do. We rush to submit candidates without understanding that there are other aspects that need consideration. Hence it is important for us to understand that there is a framework for everything to happen. Put simply what we did was a postman’s job and we need to think creatively as times have changed.
#TASCON16 was a huge success leading to requests from attendees for #TASCON17 to be held and last but not the least the winner for the #SelfieContest was Mitchell Dudani (@mitchdudani), Best #Twitterati Contest was Anshuman Mukherjee (@anshumanhr) and the Two Lucky Draw Wild Card entries were Tatyasaheb Kolage (@Tatya_Kolage) & Rakesh Suvare. While the SourcePRO Lucky draw winner was Parth Gupta from Passions. Now wouldn’t you agree that #TASCON16 was a huge success? Stay tuned to know more follow us @Sourcingadda about the event that we all thoroughly enjoyed.