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Notes on BarCampBangalore6 - Day 1

  • It was a long ride from Whitefield to IIMB which was not painful, but finding the NSRCEL inside IIM was :-) . Although the person at the security desk directed me "Barcampaah ? Rightu.. Deadendu", I was lost in that massive campus.
  • The kick-off session was short and simple. A 3-min intro to BarCamp and a 30-sec intro by the people about their session. And oh, boy, there were quite a number of people who turned up there. So had to stand in the long registration queue to get the ID sticker (which was damn cool) and a very nice looking coffee mug with BarCamp printed on it (Man, these guys got money)
  • Twitter seems to be a superstar here (mention of twitter gets a thunderous applause) and Microsoft Windows seems to be a very bad word. What else you need, to feel at home :-).
  • While waiting in the queue I found a guy, talking about RoR. Came to know that he is, Prateek, the co-founder of the company, Muziboo. He is working alone in this project for to close to 10 months and his wife does the marketing for the company. Quite amazed to see an entrepreneur with a strong belief in his ideas.
  • First session I attended had a title like "Challenges in launching a product", it started off well but I did not get a heck of it after that. I felt it was too abstract. So started shuttling between the rooms for an interesting session.
  • There was a session about designing a logo, which I came in very late and one trivia I got from this today is about the logo of the FedEx. Click here and tell me what else you find other than the text in it.
  • The session, I that I liked very much was about "Multi threading and Async I/O" by Bhavin. Long time since I have heard a passionate technical lecture. It was very refreshing and good to know about the stuffs you learnt in the Operating Systems course at college. Thanks, Bhavin.
  • Went into a session about but it was almost over. They claim to be an advanced-twitter. I have requested a user for their web application. Hope I get an invite to know it soon.
  • After a quick lunch (read as free and sumptuous), I was in a room where the discussion was about "Empowering the rural girls through education for the rural girls". Like any other discussion, this also got hijacked, mediated and it was good. One guy working for an NGO in Bangalore was sharing, how tough it was to make the parents realise the need for education. Another lady, said about a project (Nanhi Kali) in Andhra Pradesh, where they lured the villagers by giving them basic medical attention. A gentleman was saying that some girls go to the school but the parents hesitate to send to school after the girls reach puberty, as the toilet facilities in schools at the village is very very poor. I remember there was a project kicked-off in Tamilnadu, where they wanted to manufacture and give sanitary napkins for the rural girls at a very nominal cost. Almost all the odds at our country are against the rural people.
  • The last session I attended was the Rich Internet Application session. There was an good overview about the history and the trends about RIA given by Mrinal. Followed by a session about Adobe Flex/AIR and Microsoft Silverlight. It was a very good overview session, may be I have to dig in the net for some more info at the forums and blogs.
  • I left for the day early, as I had to follow-up with my recent obsession of Cricket (be it ICL or IPL ) and follow my favorite team Chennai Superkings. And worse, I had to miss the session about "Unknown nuances of Kama Sutra or something like that" ;-) . Anyways it was a very good barcamp for a first timer like me. Looking forward for tomorrow's edition of the BCB6....

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