Team SABAQ is always looking to have a good time and a good time we had at the first ever SABAQ Slam!
To showcase the spirit of collaboration that SABAQ thrives on, a day wide event was planned to get our creative juices flowing with a dash of healthy competition thrown in. What it resulted in was a day full of laughter and some amazing work from each of our participants.
Similar to the lessons we plan, experts from our academic team were asked to pitch topics that covered several bases, from mixing primary colors to make secondary colors to teaching religious tolerance in primary grades. Once topics were finalized, a member of the Academic team was paired up with a member from the Production department randomly to test out our team working skills.
After an initial quick-fire round of Get to Know your Partner!, topics were drawn for which each team was given 15 minutes of planning. After scattering around in huddles to plan, each team had 3 hours to work on bringing their ideas to life in whatever medium they wanted. This could be a video, or a flipbook or even a short animation.
Within minutes, there was a faint din and a flurry of storyboarding and scripting. In one corner sat Azeem and Tooba, who discussed the progression of their video. In another, Amir Bhai and Shaheen discussed what their characters should look like. As time passed, this din got louder and the excitement more palpable. Even our very serious project co-founder couldn’t contain his excitement as he went around from team to team to take stock of what was happening.
After three hours of frantic running around, the wait was over with members from our Monitoring and Evaluation, Admin and Tech team grading each of the entries submitted. With every entry well-executed, like Hassan and Muneeb’s firecracker of a grandmother, Nikhat and Kumail’s demonstration on how a character could be layered with imagination and Fahmina and Amal’s animated comprehension among others. With Komal and Tayabba’s gorgeous flipbook about the importance of hard work as the runner up, it was Baseer and Muneeba’s animated short about recycling that was declared a winner by the judges.
SABAQ Slam served as a great reminder of how despite the diversity of the people, we were in the truest sense, a great team of people who are wonderful to collaborate with and always open to learn from each other. Here’s to a brilliant group of very talented people. Here’s to Team SABAQ!