Thursday, April 24, 2008

Bangalore BarCamp - Camp without a BAR



My plans of going to chennai were shattered by my teammates who were moving out of planned trip and at the end when only 3 people were left, we decided to call it off.. !! but i wanted to be do something on the weekend and suddenly this site www.barcampbangalore.org flashes up and i find it pretty interesting concept and simple way to get into the camp was either by volunteering or taking a session.
This was my first time so i decided to support someone's topic and volunteer myself for anything that was required. 19th-20th were two days for barcamp and venue was IIM Bangalore.
Day 1:
10 AM- I reached the venue an hour late but luckily the camp also started half an hour late so i caught the intro session on what all things are planned for the day. The concept was pretty new so i went on to become a good listener and catch the idea as soon as possible and i was able to do that. Registered myself and went on to see the Time Table. Ok So the concept is very interesting,we have 4 rooms with projectors and audio systems and we have some 4 Dari's placed at different corners. The rooms were taken by the people who had demo's of their products , people who had power point presentations. Dari Sessions were more of more of discussion rather than presentations. Best part of camp was being a mix of Tech and Non-Tech discussions which balanced the hi-fi tech fundae with light-fun discussions. So i started my day by joining presentation by Ashish on Logo Designing. It was revision of all concepts i tried during my time at home. A pretty simple and straight guide to logo designing.Finishing it, i moved to Blogathon Discussion . Blogathon.in which is organising Blog Marathon across India on various Issues which affect Indian People and had nice time listening to people on various issues and getting inspiration to be part of it. Blogger doesnt works in Office so i can just write it when i get time and not be part of Competition which is running this week.I then went to see demonstartion of LifeBlob
Social Networking Site which lets you live your life w.r.t time-line. The Concept is very interesting and in very early phases so will take some time to catch up the fever and spread. Currently this site is invite only and I am on it now.. :D After having lunch, we then had much anticipated session on Lesser Known Aspects of KamaSutra- The Art of Love Making. :D it was a dari session. I was done with my lunch and had nothing to do so sat with shashi way before session started.By the time session started, 15 people were there and by the time it ended, crowd of 50 was there waiting for the session to continue following day. Shashi took almost 90 minutes to explain various interesting facts which were mentioned in the book.Except the art of making love which he said was not his area of talk, he told all of us things to take care to Patao the opposite gender and man.. the way he caught the attention,all of us were laughing every minute on somethin or the other. He took lot of time to tell the 64 arts one should possess to attract.:D.. no furthur explanations.. :D Following it, we all went to discussion on Dating and we had one hour of talking about dating.Meri Kahani, Teri Kahani, Sab ki yehi kahani.. thatz wat was gist of all the discussion. then we all went to feedback session in audi and we all left with hope of better next day.

Day 2

Sunday , I started from home @ 9.30 but i had to come back home; reason i had left my cell at home. Reached IIM @ 10 and scheduled my session at 12.15 on Existance of Girl. I wanted to project this problem but i forgot that my session timings were same as that of Shashi.Me and Raj, who planned to take the discussion furthur with problem of inadequate health facilities to pregnant women. and as per our expectations, i ended up having discussion with Raj on my issue and he having discussion on his problem with mine. Right opposite to us was Shashi's session which was House Full :) . BarCampers were more interested in knowing art of love making with women, without knowing the fact in time to come, there might be no women to make love :P.. he he coming out of it, i attended session by Myspace on how to build their Apps and it was nice informative session. The First half of day ended with we all moving to lunch in canteen and the food was better than previous day. After Lunch, i moved to discussion on Free Lancing and all queries on it.Coz i had done the same earlier, i was able to share my experiences.Free Lancing Sites like getacoder.com, elance.com were the routine sites shared by all.Then there was discussion on palmistry,astology and graphology by all of us in Dari Session which went off the topic within 10 minutes. There was deadlock to situation on talks that your fate changes every 7 years. I had gone with no perceptions and came back with same :D ... so for me, graphology is science which can depict your personality if studied correctly. Although first thing i might read would be my horoscope in TOI bt if its not in my favour, i wont even think of it during my daytime.. ;) Session on google adsense followed next and all the FAQ were answered on it.I also went to see concept of RangDe of pledging money for one year @ 3.5 prcnt interest which would be in turn used for providing loan to someone who needs that money. Pretty Interesting Concept.Coming to end of day,I attended Lightening Talks which was last one for me and i heard quick 3 minutes talk on topics like Enterprise 2.0,Microblogging,Sub Notebooks and how to improve education in engg colleges etc..Last but not the least was the feedback session.
This was my first barcamp and i thoroughly enjoyed it and i look forward for many more to come.
For me Barcamp turned out to be the place where i could express myself ,learn about the latest technology trends, make myself aware of latest ventures in market and where i could present myself on any topic. :)

DID I MENTION I GOT TWITTERED. More on Twitter in coming days..lemme get hold of that site and use it properly.
Things i missed: I missed session[s] on introducing the incubation centre at the IIM-Ahmedabad and the CIIE's initiatives.That session was in huge demand and i think 3 sessions took place.. and i came to know about all of them only after they got finished... anyways.. check the website and understand the concept; its really kewl one.CIIE website
I also missed Kwippy's demo and RIA [Rich Internet Applications] Sessions by Adobe Team. :D and loads of other room and dari sessions

Cheerz to all the planners and participants who made this event a success.

Current Status of Life: Cheerful, Happy and Smiling :)

2 comments:

Deranged Insanity said...

A lot happened eh! I was reading the post and wondering at the variety of things you guys did! I wish I was there!

And btw! Its not only you who got Twittered =D hehe
Even I got to know about it few days ago and joined it! Its actually pretty simple and easy! Get that twitter yo ;)

And And! Dont tell me you are building another network of friends on LifeBlob! :P
Check out www.youthportal.in! Found it interestin! :)

LaterZ! Keep Smiling! :)

Deranged Insanity said...

A lot happened eh! I was reading the post and wondering at the variety of things you guys did! I wish I was there!

And btw! Its not only you who got Twittered =D hehe
Even I got to know about it few days ago and joined it! Its actually pretty simple and easy! Get that twitter yo ;)

And And! Dont tell me you are building another network of friends on LifeBlob! :P
Check out www.youthportal.in! Found it interestin! :)

LaterZ! Keep Smiling! :)