OSScamp Delhi March 2009

By Team YS|6th Apr 2009
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– Share the enthusiasm about Open Source....

OSScamp Delhi March 2009 – the latest rendition of India’s premier open source unconference took place in IIT Delhi on March 28-29 this year. A total of 76 campers participated in the event over the two day period. With a total of 11 sessions spread in the span of the two days,

the camp paid special emphasis on being a platform where people come together and share their latent knowledge through informal discussions; something that Kinshuk Sunil, an organiser of the event, calls the 'Social Sandbox'.


Your browser may not support display of this image.The discussions over the two days included talks on varied topics, including, on Day 1: Introduction to BackTrack by Rohit Srivastwa, Kerberos by Jegnesh, 3D Scientific Visualization using MayaVi and Mlab by Suyog Jain, CSS: In and out by Manu Goel;


And Day 2: How do companies leverage on open source (an informal discussion based on the primary research conducted by Swanand Deodhar), The Semantics Web by Prateek Saxena, Ignite Talks – Can you? By Rohit Lodha, R: Open Source Statistical Package by Swanand Deodhar, SLIME: Why is it the IDE of choice for LISP by Chaitanya Gupta, Social Sandbox – an Ignite Talk by Kinshuk Sunil, and Code Revision with Git by Pratul Kalia and Prateek Saxena.


Even though the participation at the camp was lesser than expected, the highlight of the event was the informal discussions between campers that were concurrently going on. The sight was that of a group of experts from varied fields coming together and brainstorming together on issues, challenges, opportunities, experiences and best practices across industries. A holistic approach to any idea one might have. 


The participation at the camp was skewed. Despite unconferences being local events, a lot of participants at OSScamp Delhi were from outside Delhi. Participation from Delhi was around 40%, while NCR's participation was 75%. Out of these campers, 30% were students, 18% Developers, 10% Professional Bloggers, and the rest comprised of Entrepreneurs, Hackers, System Architects, Project Managers, amongst others. Surprisingly, throughout the two days only 5 girls were present. 


The event was wholly sponsored and promoted by OSSCube and actively promoted by YourStory, Delhi Live, IndiBloggers, and Linux for You. The venue for the event was provided for by LUG@IITD.


Your browser may not support display of this image.Even though the ambience was stark and a little disappointing (due to the low attendance) the participants were very enthusiastic about everything and a lot of participants agreed to the fact that it was one of the best technology events they have ever attended. Kudos to OSScamp!


Next in line are OSScamp Kanpur and OSScamp Ghaziabad scheduled in the latter half of the year.


Some pictures from the event can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/osscube-solutions/sets/72157616025591737/

 

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