DevCamp Bangalore

9 02 2008

BarCamp has opened doors for un-conferences around the world (FooCamp started the movement though). In Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of the East, BarCamp has had a profound effect on how conferences are being organized.

DevCamp – A Developer unConference is born to be an annual meet for all the Developers.

Today, I am here at DevCamp. The wiki had more than 600 registrations and only the first 225 are allowed. I rushed in the morning forgetting that the weekend has just begun. I reached here at around 9 AM thinking that i might not be allowed, but I was on time 🙂

One of the attractions to this camp is that Martin Fowler is here in person. My expectations were high and was looking forward for some good discussions on open source and technology. When Siddu introduced him to the participants, he just spoke about his participation with other unconferences and did not intend to involve himself here, rather wanted to see how we participated and what we speak. Disappointed a bit….

Sessions began at 10 AM in the four rooms provided at the ThoughtWorks venue. Here is the list of sessions which happened/happening at the event today:

  • Designing a Phishing IDS : Bipin
  • PoshZones – A baazaar approach to the semantic web :  Sriram Narayan
  • DTRACE : Sanjeev
  • CallGraph Skype Indexing : Rajeev Poddar
  • Adobe Integrated Runtim (ATR) RIA’s on Desktop
  • Lightning Talks : Talks in random by participants in 3 minutes
  • Easy Software Development : Prasanth
  • Getting Started with Mrcurial : Biju Chacko
  • Intruder Alert PoC to Sig Snort IDS : Akash
  • Eclipse Plugin development and Android Plugin Internals
  • BDD: Learn from JBehav, do it in JUnit
  • Working with Data in a Natural Way : Bijoy
  • RORR –  Zero to Beta of a Publishing Platform : Gokul
  • Nintendo DS Homebrew Hackery – Siddu
  • Writing wargaming aids in DJango – Manoj Govindan
  • A discusson of Ruby
  • MONADS : Ravi M
  • What really is “enerpris” grade app? Open Discussion : Pradeep BV
  • Mobile Eco-system : Janakiram
  • AAKRAMAN – The Ruby war : Chirag/Akshay
  • MOOSE – A Biological simulation system
  • Building Social application on Facebook/Orkut : Himanshu Baneja
  • Enhancing Firefox, Password Manage with OpenID
  • Load Testing weapps with ERLang : Kartik SR
  • Bringing web application to desktop : Suresh
  • Develop voice/speech enabled web 2.0 application using TringMe API
  • Tye in any Language – on any website
  • Twitter API + WordPress Plugin API: Ujjwal
  • Automation testing for win apps : Vivek Singh
  • Fault tolerance load balancing in JMS : Sandil
  • Mobile application made easy : Mobisy
  • BDD – Liz is painting during this time
  • OpenSolaris virtulization : Ajesh
  • Programming with ANDROID : Selvan
  • Lets Develop a J2ME Game : Zarina
  • API manipulation Rest & JSon : Sebastin
  • Web Security – A Discussion
  • Clutter – Fun with Building Interfaces : Shreyas
  • The state of JavaScript
  • Symantic Web : Harish

Well, the boards are full and so are the rooms. Am heading off now for a session…

I have DevCamp pictures on my Flickr account. Pradeep has few, check them out.

One Day, I would love to co-ordinate in organizing or be part of Burning Man in India. Hope the day is not far away 🙂

BarCamp Bangalore 5, Winter Edition

29 10 2007

All preparations for BarCampBangalore 5, Winter Edition are going at extreme speed. This time, participation in the organizing committee has been more than three times the previous teams. Its great to have so many people willing to participate and make this event the most happening BarCamp in the world.We had our first planning meeting around 14 October and the main point of our discussion is the way the camp should be structured. Last BarCamp was the Collectives edition and we had more than 600 participants. The main feedback we received was that the collectives were diluted (we had around 25 collectives) and people could not get a chance to attend other collective sessions as they were clashing with time. Jace tried his best to schedule the events, but it was really a tedious task. Anyway, coming to this discussion, the main input was that we should streamline the collectives, have more focused sessions and get in more people to participate rather than just being spectators. This time around, team has been planning to have 2 sessions each during one part of the day on both days, so that the sessions are streamlined. Which means to say, you have 2 session in the morning and 2 sessions post-lunch on the 17th and 18th November 2007.The venue remains same, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.Visit BarCampBangalore home page and mark your calenders for the event.

BCB 5 Planning

13 10 2007

Today, we had the first meeting for BarCamp Bangalore (BCB) 5 which will happen end of November/beginning of December.
I should confess that it was a great way to start with around 20 enthusiasts willing to be part of the group of Planners and take this forward. We had loads of discussions, arguments and debates on the format of the camp, willing to consider few thoughts which have come up. Arun was coordinating the discussion and others pitching in.
Here are people who came in today to kick of planning for BCB5:
Aditya (on Phone)
Akash Mahajan
and we had an unexpected guest – Kiruba.

Last but not the least, even I was there 🙂

I will not get into the details of what we discussed or how it went, but it was a good 2 hour brain storming session and I am sure everyone enjoyed it.

Few more pictures on my Flickr…

If you are interested to be part of this exciting and most happening Bar Camp in the world, please add yourself to

If you are interested to be a planner for the event, leave a comment for this post and I will write back to you.

Making of BarCamp

6 08 2007

I know its late, but as promised earlier and as one of “proud” participants and also fortunate of being with minds behind the camp, wanted to share my experiences with Making of BarCamp.The first Planning meeting for BCB4 happened on the 3 June 2007 at Cafe Coffee Day on Richmond Road. From then on, every week all of us meet every Sunday at 10 AM at some CCD or the other (mostly at the Koramangala CCD) taking our planning session step-by-step. The day we began Jace came up with the idea of grouping tracks, which we called “Collectives“. There were loads of debates every week and concluding was pretty difficult. Each one of us had our own thoughts. Synchronizing and framing one concept is really a tough task. Imagine, a group of 10 people who have been totally un-known to each other (few of us knew each other from BCB 1), coming together to make an event which will bring in various like-minded people to a common platform to share, learn and understand various “ideologies” is not a simple task. However, we were determined. We wanted to make this happen and the only aspect we were looking at is the Event itself. It was like the situation when Dhronacharya asks Arjuna as to what he could see on the tree for shooting and Arjuna replies “the eye of the bird” (I am very bad at mythology, but just trying to convey as precise as I can). We were looking only at the event and all the discussions we had were like the deviations which pulled us apart. We took them as tests and by the next week we would come together taking the discussion to the next level. Finally, we concluded that this time BarCamp should be different from earlier versions and should be a “Collective Edition”.


What we announced during BCB3 was in July. The first weekend was turning a bit difficult with venue and other logistics. The second weekend was Proto.In which we did not want to coincide to ensure that we have our friends from Chennai join us 🙂 So, it was the last weekend which was working for everyone and hence 28/29 July were finalized.

Collective Edition

As i remember, our thought was to bring various communities together under one roof for sharing, knowing each other and forming a community. Our vision was that these communities which will be formed/are formed will go from BarCamp with deliverables which they would work on themselves. If there were anyone who did not know that communities existed, they would know during the camp. If groups already existed, we would have provided a platform for them to come together. I really dont know if I am doing a good job of explaining what we intended, but in one line – “We wanted to create a platform to bring various communities together” and in other words – “An incubation center for like minded people”

What happens after BarCamp?

The communities which have formed will go forward with take-aways and build their associations. If possible, would come back next time with planned activities and collective projects.

NSRCEL Support

On a parallel note, preparations were going on for sponsorships and other logistics. After BCB3, NSRCEL came forward for a long term partnership with BCB and wanted to host this event to ensure that an “educative and motivational” environment is created for creative minds to shape the future of “innovation” and “entrepreneurship”. Now, that is divine blessing. Right?


Our platinum sponsor – DirectI, came forward for sponsorship shortly after our request to them. This was the first motivation for us that this event would be really a success. Later our other sponsors – TCS and ThoughtWorks showed their appreciation. Honestly, TCS and ThoghtWorks were from BCB 1 standing behind us and motivated us. PureTesting and Yahoo also supported this event showing their

The D-Day arrives

As the dates were getting closer, our To-Do lists were increasing. Fortunately/Unfortunately all of us were having hectic schedules even at work. This happens in life, Right?

We asked for volunteers for various tasks, and there were enthusiasts who pitched in. I communicated to volunteers to come to IIM on 27th evening at 5 PM to help us with arrangements. Only two – Hema and Bhavana were the only two who turned up sincerely that evening. They were surprised to see the way things were going. Pradeep, who has his office incubated in IIM was our main venue coordinator. His office was our dumping yard of all the material. We sincerely thank Ashwin, head of MapUnity for baring with us even though we messed up their office.

By the time we all assembled (after last minute shopping) it was 10 PM. Banners and other material arrived. Saurabh and team from ENI (Students wing of IIM) which supported the event, took care of organizing the sign-boards and sticking them around.

We had dinner and worked out the final logistics which needed to be taken care. We dispersed at around 12 AM committing that we would assemble back at 7:00 AM on 28th to tie up banners around (it was raining and windy the previous night and we decided not to put them up). The next day, we came in by 7 AM (I came in a bit late though 😦 ) and put up the banners and set-up the registration desk.

I would not write any thing more from here. You have experienced in person and also, I wrote about it in my earlier post too.

BCB 4 Planners


I need to run now, will post feedback summary in my next post…sorry about that.

BCB 4 – Event Summary

30 07 2007

Amidst all enthusiasm and cheer, BarCamp Bangalore 4 – The Collectives edition concluded at IIM Bangalore campus on the 28th and 29th July 2007. I have been fortunate to be part of the organizing team which included Arun, Amit, Akash, Amit, Jace, Kesav, Pradeep, Arpit, Ashish, Jayanth (sorry if I missed anyone on the list) was really an amazing experience. I remember the days when we were getting together for planning the camp, and today, the event is successfully complete. I will write what all went into making this camp in another post soon which would be titled “Making of BarCamp”.

Day 1 started with close to 450 Registrations. People started coming to the venue as early as 8 AM. By 9:45 we had the auditorium filled with enthusiastic crowd eagerly looking forward for the inauguration. We had people from Chennai, Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad and also a student group from New York University coming. It was really a great experience to see the diversity of the participants.

Day started with introductions, brief about the history of BarCamp and explaining about the Collectives Edition.

Prof. Kumar of NSRCEL (NS Raghavan Center for Entrepreneurship Learning) started his discussion “How to effectively write a Business Plan”. This session won loads of participation and went beyond the scheduled 30 minutes to about more than one and half hours.

The remaining day saw Bolger’s Collective, Cycling, and Photography were among other collectives which attracted many new comers.

Day 2 started in the auditorium again with introductions from various speakers. All speakers got about 30 seconds time to introduce themselves to all the participants and the topic they were going to speak about.

Second day had serious participants with Ruby on Rails, BOJUG, e-Governance, Startup’s and Photographer’s collectives taking the lead.

Being part of the organizing team (for which I am fortunate and lucky), I could not attend any sessions on day 1. On Day 2, I could attend Startup’s collective and a little bit of e-Governance collective.

Day 2 (29 July 2007) is very memorable for me personally – I launched Dazasya, an NGO for Society, Technology and Entrepreneurship. I will write more about Dazasya on my other blog.

Take a peek at my pictures which I shot during the camp.

BCB 4 – Overview

14 07 2007

BarCamp Bangalore 4 is fast approaching. It is happening on the 28th and 29th July 2007 at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

We have 16 Collectives for this event. Few of them are roll-over’s from BCB 3 and few are new.

I am fortunate to be one of the Volunteers. Also, I am taking part in the SocialTech, Bloggers and Photography collectives. I know it is a lot of multi-tasking, but I really would want to be a part the above three. I really hope I can learn and contribute to the learning during the Camp.

The other Collectives we have this time are:

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)
BangPypers – Python Programming
Photo Collective
Mobile Collective
Internet Collective
SocialTech Collective
Ruby Collective – Programming
BangAJAX Collective – Programming
Bloggers Collective
UnBand Collective – Music
Investors Collective – Financial
BandFun Collective – Functional Language
Startups Collective
Programming Languages and Compiler Design Collective
Content Management Systems Collective
SysAdmins Collective – IT System Administrators
E-governance Collective

Visit the Collectives Page to know more in detail and register yourself for a collective 🙂

If you are a Blogger and would like to write about BarCamp and your experiences/participation, please register your blog here.

Hoping to see you around in the IIM Campus…Be there…

BarCamp Bangalore 4

4 07 2007

BarCamp Bangalore 4 is being happening on 28th and 29th July 2007 at IIM Bangalore campus.

Visit BarCamp Bangalore home page for more information regarding the event.