A few weeks ago, I attended the SenchaCon2015 conference held at Santa Clara Convention Center, California USA. This also provided me opportunity to visit silicon valley as conference was of just three days and I had the good day’s buffer before and after the conference. So I visited following places in silicon Valley: Google, Oracle, Apple, Intel, Moscone Center Sans Francisco and Standford University. I also got chance to meet few of my friends in the valley doing job in Microsoft, Apple, Oracle and Google getting the professional insight of the firms.
I am writing this blog to share my feeling of the visit.
GooglePlex (Google Headquarter)
Google Campus is a very neat clean greenery place with many building having famous bikes all around. The bikes are only for employees although no one is checking if you take one and start riding 🙂
When I entered the Google building, I met with the Google representative who usually guide the visitors. He give me a paper suggesting visitor to visit the places of interest in Google campus. The paper also mentioned the disclaimer that bikes are only for Google employees to remind visitor to not use them 🙂
At Googleplex I was excited to see the screens of live search that I heard of and the time came to see it.
The most inspiring thing I noted there is that the most beautiful part of the silicon valley was Standford University which shows that the most precious thing for them is their university. They do high investment in their higher education and research that makes them different than us the third world countries. In our country the most beautiful/expensive thing would be PM house or Army house. If we see Arab countries we would see they have most expensive tallest buildings and cities and the world biggest airport, but if we look towards the universities and higher education point of view we will see that those are the most ignorant area. This make me things why these folks are ruling the world and it make me believe that they really deserves to rule the world.
The Apple Campus is the corporate headquarters of Apple Inc., located at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, California, United States. It also has bikes around the buildings for employees. In the below picture, on the right side there Apple Corporate Store which is different than Apple Store. It has Apple Accessories type of things e.g iphone accessories, T-Shirt, Cups and souvenirs etc.
Apple Palo Alto AppStore
Apple Standford Shopping Mall Appstore
Oracle has very beautiful park before its building known as “Oracle Park”.
After getting freed from the conference, I got chance to go Folio3. Folio3 office is located in Palo Alto, a beautiful place of silicon valley.
SenchaCon2015,Santa Clara, Convention Center and Levis’ Stadium
SenchaCon 2015 was held in Santa Clara Convention Center. At the end of first day of conference we had some fun at Levi’s Stadium arranged by Sencha organizers. Below are some pictures of both:
Moscone Center, San Francisco
Moscone Center is the largest convention and exhibition complex in San Francisco, California. It is known for hosting several large professional gatherings, such as the VMworld, Oracle OpenWorld, Apple Worldwide developer conference and Google IO etc
The Intel Museum located at Intel’s headquarters in Santa Clara, California, has exhibits of Intel’s products and history as well as semiconductor technology in general
Barnes and Noble Book Store
During the visit I saw many positive things in silicon valley culture. The first thing that inspire me a lot was the simplicity of the valley and its inhabitant. The folks were totally absorbed by work and possess great passion for it. Frankly speaking I feel some reflection of the hadith “الفقر فخری” that is Faqr is my pride. Folks there doesn’t care much about dresses to wear rather they focus on work. The other great thing is that they posses rich appreciation culture. No doubt they really deserve to be the ruler of the world. I was recalling following great stanza of Iqbal poem in which he addressed to Muslim youth and remind them the reason when Muslims were ruler of the world:
سماں ‘الفقر فخری’ کا رہا شان امارت میں
”بآب و رنگ و خال و خط چہ حاجت روے زیبا را
کہ تو گفتار وہ کردار ، تو ثابت وہ سیارا
ثریا سے زمیں پر آسماں نے ہم کو دے مارا