(Edit: was a liveblog, now over!)
Hey so I’m at BarcampKerala and this is a liveblog. Random impressions:
- The hall is really cool. It’s a big open, really lighted space and the infra is also pretty nice: power, wifi, et. al.
- Sreekanth did a really great job with the goodies: every camper gets a name tag, a file with a notepad, and a coke. Good stuff!
- I gave a presentation on Gosu-N3wton. The slides are at the end.
- Hari gave a pretty interesting presentation about Bluetooth automation which generated a lot of discussion.
- We have an Airport Base Station here (courtesy Pratap) as a WiFi router. How cool is that? 🙂
- In general, I found all the talks well done. For a first time event, it was really awesome. The percentage of really techy people (the best kind) was also the same. There were fewer people, but that’s easily corrected the next time around.
- So we had more than seventy people turn up. Exact number not known because by the time we counted them, lots had left (afternoon syndrome). Including some students from the nearby UCK college who made an interesting audience. I was impressed with Dhanesh and Dev who did something with QT. Kudos!
- All my photos are on flickr!
- Amit linked to me.
For BarcampKerala, I made a small 2D game in Ruby and Gosu, which is a clone of a popular flash-based game by the same name.
I call it Gosu-N3wton, and I had great fun developing this game. Go check it out! (The code is opensource)
So we’ve fixed the Barcamp Kerala Venue. It’s at UST Zenith Hall (next to Coffee Beanz) and it’s a fairly large place (seats 150 people) so all of you guys can turn up and make it fun.
Kenney had this great idea about having a BarCampKerala over here and it’s got me really excited. I’ve been to BarCamps in Delhi and one in Hyderabad, and it’s always been an amazing place to talk to good people. I’m pretty sure I’ll find loads of techies in Thiruvananthapuram to contribute and because of the event I’ve already reconnected with some great people I know. Raj from Linuxense is chipping in, and so are many others I’ve yet to meet.
It’s going to happen Nov 24, and
we haven’t decided on the venue yet it’s at the UST Zenith hall (next to Coffee Beanz) at Technopark. It should be easy enough to find. Most probably it’s going to be somewhere in or near Technopark.
In case you don’t know what a BarCamp is, it’s an unconference (yes cool word) which anybody can organize and anyone can come and speak on a first-come-first-speak basis. What I love about BarCamps are the discussions on the fringes of talks and the great people that come to them.
Gimme a call (+91.9846087017) if you’re somewhere in the vicinity and want to contribute!
Other assorted stuff:
This is absurdly mixing up dates, but I thought I should put up my slides for my talk at Delhi here as well. It’s about caching, and how a simple solution can enable page caching (and its speeds) to be used in a lot of situations. You’ll need the audio of my talk as well. The title is inspired from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, a brilliant novella by Philip K. Dick. 🙂
Just a quick note (will expand later, hopefully) to let you know that Barcamp Hyderabad 3 happened and I was there 🙂 ‘Twas a fun event, and a good two days away from work.
A request to unconference organizers tho: no wifi sucks big time.
I’ve stopped working on JRuby, but I’m keeping an active RSS eye on the project. It seems very promising. Meanwhile, my slides are up on SlideShare.
So I’ll be there at BarcampDelhi-2 and talking about some holy writ: The One True Answer to Making your Web Applications Quicker. So be there 🙂