Thursday, September 06, 2007

Announcing BarcampMumbai2

Hi, for all who didn’t know, we are announcing another Barcamp in Mumbai – open barcamp with no pre-decided agenda – at Shailesh J Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM), IIT Bombay on Oct 13, 2007. This one is christened BarcampMumbai2 and is expected to give some kick to the startup ecosystem here in Mumbai.

This edition of Barcamp is being hosted by SJMSOM, IIT Bombay. The Society of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) is expected to play a key facilitator role in this Barcamp. So, we can expect a lot of startup participation this time around.

So, mark your calendar and make sure that you are there to socialize with some of the most enthusiastic folks around. The energy at a Barcamp is contagious.

As I always say, participation at just one Barcamp will change the way you want your events to be forever.

Don’t believe me? Drop in on the day! :)

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Barcamp: Introduction and Invitation

Barcamps are meeting grounds for techie community where they discuss various technical topics, more from an application perspective. They are increasingly see all over the globe as the hubs of technical innovation and entrepreneurship. The first Barcamp in India was organized in Delhi in March 2006, and since then close to 20 Barcamps have taken place in various cities of India.

Here are two articles published by leading newspapers that give a good intro to Barcamps:
1. ToI Delhi
2. Businessworld

What makes barcamp unique and distinct from all other technical conferences is their Ad-Hoc nature. Barcamps are 'unconferences', and by definition unconferences are unstructured conferences. Nothing except the start and end time of the conference is decided beforehand. The topics, speakers, time-slots etc are decided on the spot depending on taste and interest of participants. And, a speaker at a Barcamp is just a session leader. Barcamps have no fixed theme. It can have sessions ranging from Web 2.0 to cooking to adventure sports.

The essential ism of an unconference is "Audience is more intelligent that the speaker". A barcamp is characterised by the sheer energy of its participants. It is said that there are "no spectators, only participants" in a Barcamp. Over a period of 1-3 days all participants, despite their varied backgrounds and experience, begin sharing a camaraderie of sorts.

Barcamp Bangalore 3 (BCB3) will take place on Mar 31 - Apr 1 weekend in IIM Bangalore. BCB3 organizers also wish to give a special thrust to SocialTech, non-technical aspects of IT - e-governance, copyrights, usability, Social Entrepreneurship etc. This a free event and you can register for the event by editing the wiki on event website The only eligibility is that the participants should contribute in some way - either by volunteering, taking or helping in a session, or by asking good pertinent questions. There is no room for a passive spectator in a Barcamp. A passive spectator, typically, loses interest soon and drops out of the event.

Find out more for yourself on Google: Barcamp, Barcamp Bangalore, Unconference, Barcamp blogs. The "official" website of barcamp is, where you would find a list of all Barcamps happening all over the world.

For any more details/doubts/suggestions, go Google! :)
All criticism is welcome. But please note that I (or anyone else) does (or can) not control Barcamps :)

Thursday, March 08, 2007

International Women's Day today!

(To all the women in my life!)

From Chipko to Mount Everest,
And Bedi to Sen,

From Narmada to Booker,
And Desai to George,

From Charity to Power,
And Rai to Mirza

From Thermax to Biocon
And Kidwai to Kochhar

From my Ma to my Sis,
And ALL of you around...

I just wanted to shout this aloud to all of you...

You Rock! ...Keep Rocking!

But there is still a long way to go!
Go! Get yourself all that you deserve... :)