My interactions at Devcamp chennai..

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Wasn’t a regular saturday for sure..

Last week, on saturday, I was in NDTV office observing the shooting of a show on social media and its influence on the way we interact..  One of the arguments was that People have forgotten the art of social interactions. There are very less real-world communities.

Well, this saturday, this argument was totally written off. At Devcamp, we had 100+ programmers (creators of the virtual world) under one roof and discussing the thing that they love most. Technology.

This is not a recap of all the things that happened at devcamp. Its only restricted to my interactions there..

First mention to few people who I was meeting after a long time. Mr. Dorai Thodla(iMorph), Mr. Suresh Sambandham (orangescape) and Sriram Narayan(Thoughtworks). I admire each of them a lot and for different reasons. Was great to catch up with them and talk about various things..

Next, loved the self-organizing nature of the event. People were free to move around, talk to different people and discuss things the way they liked. Although, I felt the awareness level about Open Space Conferences was fairly low on the attendees. So at times it got a bit chaotic. But taking nothing away from the charm and enthusiasm, it was a nice show.

The presenters, I expected much more live code and variety of styles, which was missing. Most of the presentations were powerpoint stuff. Seriously.. in a devcamp you need to see more code. Editors, syntax, program, they were a little less. Guess, that will improve in the further sessions.

I had a presentation of my own along with Deepan, my colleague and friend, on “Code smells and Refactoring”. Got few techies interested and had a nice time discussing finer details of programming. (I had a full code session. No presentation.)

Next up was lightning talks/fishbowl sessions, which disappointingly had very little participation. So we thought, we’d change the style and invite people to talk based on topics we chose. It was an interesting little session, which really caught my imagination. Some really interesting topics discussed there.. Some of them are as follows:

1. Inspiration as a programmer.. Names starting from Larry Page to Joel Spolsky were mentioned as inspirations for being a programmer.

2. Products that we’ve appreciated.. Stackoverflow, Delicious, Winzip, Hibernate, Gmail, etc. were mentioned.

3. Products that’ll make future interesting.. Google Wave, HTML5 & CSS, Mobile apps, mobile/e-commerce. Here’s a post on it by Dorai.

Apart from these, there were couple of young Entrepreneurs (still in college), who are trying to change the world. Pretty neat stuff.

All in all, Devcamp was a step in the right direction. Though, there’s a long way to go still.

Check out few tweets here

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3 thoughts on “My interactions at Devcamp chennai..

  1. I cancelled my presentation because I thought I should show a lot of code. So I came and found that the sessions were too high level. Quite a bit of disappointment.

    The saving grace was people and the interactions in the corridors. The session you moderated at the end of the day made it worth it all.

    So what will we do for the next one? More tracks would be good. Lots of sessions designed for interaction (some kind of multi-player game theme) would be great. Lightening talks can run throughout the day but need to sign up a lot of people beforehand. Have a few ideas on collaborative code improvements we can try.

    A day before we can have tutorials and lecture sessions. We can even have mini code competitions with prizes.

  2. Satya,

    It was great to meetup @ DevCamp Chennai. I liked the session on ‘AWS Auto-Scaling’. Even though it was presentation oriented it was well done to bring out clarity to the listeners.

    Definitely this is a good starting point. Honestly, this is the first Dev Camp I am attending. Didn’t know what to expect – hence less disappointment for me personally. We could do much better in the next one from the learnings here.

    I enjoyed meeting up with many people whom I haven’t meet for sometime.

    Thanks,
    Suresh

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