Wild ride to the end!
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I'm writing this blog entry late on Friday night, Vietnam time. It's been a whirlwind couple of days going through a final push to the finish for the Service Corps team working with the city of Da Nang. I'll try to describe what we accomplished over the past 48 hours.
On thursday, the whole Service Corps team worked together to build and revise our summary presentation which was scheduled to be presented on Friday afternoon to members of the People's Committee for the City of Da Nang. Much work was put in to make the presentation meaningful and concise, hitting on the important aspects of our three weeks of work here in Da Nang. This was no easy challenge as every team had many important pieces of information to deliver.
The team mostly finished this work late Thursday afternoon. But that was the English version. This put incredible pressure on our team of translators along with IBMers from the local IBM team from Vietnam. The translators worked tirelessly until after midnight translating and re-translating the presentation into Vietnamese.
In parallel, each of the teams collected the important detailed information from their three weeks of investigation, consideration, and recommendations. This detailed information, along with the summary presentation, was delivered to members of the Da Nang city government via memory stick during our final presentation. Much of the information, thanks again to our team of translators, was also translated into Vietnamese.
Friday morning was used to go through a dress rehearsal for the meeting in the afternoon. This included a run through of the presentation while paper copies were being put together. Our completed report, with details, totaled over 200 pages of material.
Peter Williams was our designated spokesperson for the meeting and he did a masterful job delivering our messages. Attending the meeting was Vice Chairman Mr. Viet and also Mr. Thanh, the most influential person in the Da Nang city government. Mr. Thanh has brought much business and prosperity to Da Nang and continues to do so. After a brief introduction, Peter presented our findings to Mr. Thanh and Mr. Viet. After the presentation, Mr. Thanh provided thoughtful comments on our findings and recommendations.
Here's a picture of the food safety team, just before the summary presentation to Mr. Thanh:
The People's Committee then hosted us for dinner at Memory restaurant, located in the city center, right along the river. Dinner conversation was a continuation from the afternoon meeting, where we discussed various opportunities for growth which may be possible for Da Nang. This was an amazing day, both in the formality and information discussed during the final review session in the afternoon as well as during dinner following the meeting.
As our time here in Da Nang comes to a close, everyone agrees that while the city, the beach, and the food are all amazing here in Vietnam, the most incredible aspect of Vietnam is it's people. The people of Vietnam are wonderful to get to know, always friendly, work very hard, and are eager to learn and apply new technologies. I've made a number of new friends here in Da Nang and found another place in the world where I'd like to come back and spend more time at. This has been a great experience and I have learned many things about Vietnam, the people of Vietnam, and myself during the past four weeks.