Silicon India’s Startup City,Mumbai 2011


After registering for endless Silicon India events and attending none,I ensured to attend Startup City,2011 today.A small account of the event is as follows:

  • The address of the venue was incomplete and insufficient.Without any landmarks pointed out.Also,when I called them up asking for directions, but they still could not help me out with it.
  • We were requested to reach at 8.30 am for easy registration process. Reached them on time.There was nothing like registration process.Absolutely.
  • At 8.30 am,the auditorium had no Air Conditioning on.Tens of audience were left to get roasted in the auditorium till 9.15 am
  • However,from 9.00 am to 9.30 am, there was an exhibition of a few startups. This was a good experience. myCloudKey.com and LA Technologies were the most interesting stalls. Also,communicating with these startups,I could actually take away a lot of implicit knowledge from them about their domains and also starting up in general.
  • The session started at around 10.From 9.30 to 10.00,I was seated in the auditorium.The two gentlemen sitting to my either sides were both entrepreneurs with brilliant startups. Qwerty Labs and Sky kay Paar .
  • They introduced me to their ventures.Both are amazing. Then I pitched a very crude idea with them.That led us to a very interesting discussion.I understood why we always need a team to start up.Ideas multiply and clarify.
  • The keynote address by Mr.Mahesh Murthy of Pinstorm was amazing. Firstly,he is a brilliant and clear speaker.I was stumped. Next his entrepreneurial journey is totally interesting.If I find the transcripts of his talks somewhere,I shall upload the same.
  • This was followed by a Panel discussion on “Milestones to Startups”. It was strictly average.The panel were not able to connect with the audience and hence there was this info gap.
  • Soon,the next sessions by a few VCs started and it began to give a picture of how the rest of the day would be very gloomy.I decided to leave mid-way.
  • Conclusion: Avoid attending Silicon India events unless the speakers and the Agenda is brilliant and the venue is even slightly corporate.
  • Also,all the PPTs shared will be provided by Silicon India by Monday.So watch this space for the same.
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Android Developer Labs – Pune,2010


Tuesday, 12th October,2010, I got an opportunity to be present at the Android Developer Lab by Google India at Le MEridien Pune.

The lab was conducted by Rajdeep Dua of Google India. It was half a day long session and covered Android Development,right from scratch.

The main topics discussed were:
1. Android market
2. Android architecture
3. App account creation at market and signing of apps.
4. Android sdk,documentation,API,dev standards,etc.
5. App UI guidelines.

Other important things discussed were
1. How to improve visibility of ur app on the market
2. Tiers of Android Phones
3. Detailed architecture of ANDROID in general and overview of Froyo 2.2

The speaker was decent and satisfactorily solved queries of new Android Devs. However,he could not answer all doubts of experienced devs. All in all,it was a beginner’s guide to Android Devt.

The event was attended by a good crowd ,consisting of students,freelancers and
Developers.

About venue:
Le Meridien is one of the most prestigious luxury hotel in the city of Pune. The place is ideal for business events and conferences. Decor was pretty decent,professional,not royal.

TATA Crucible Day


Today,I had been to TATA Crucible Finale at the Taj Hotel Palace,Mumbai. I had earlier participated in the regional rounds of the Crucible but to had faired poorly. Not that my GK is extremely bad, but TATA Crucible has really high quizzing standards.

Firstly,let me describe my experience with the “Queen” called the “TAJ HOTEL PALACE,Mumbai”. Oh,what grandeur. Fantabulous! The reception area is cozy,quiet and warm. Its a huge hall, with beautiful Italian Marble flooring,welcoming a common man like me and a Rich Patron with equal warmth. The event was at the Crystal Ball Room of the Taj Hotel Palace, which had a well carpeted, royal look. The place could play as an auditorium really well, apart from being a ball room by make. The “High Tea” served had a lot of varieties in both the Veg and Non-veg, ranging from assorted Sandwiches, Pizzas,Indian Sweets and a wide variety of Tea/Coffee Options.

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Not that I had never been to a 5 Star, but the Taj gives you a Royal feel. Indian-ness over modernity.

Now, the quiz. Oh boy!! What a quiz-master “Giri-the PickBrain” is! Absolutely brilliant questions,with presence of mind to make the audience feel the most important people in the Place. First the National Semi-Finals of the 18 teams from the Non-TATA track. Followed by the TATA Track finals and the non-TATA track Finals. The questions were just brilliant. Inspiring.

I knew quite a few of the answers well,and also got a chance to give an audience- answer(well I did not know the correct answer only on this occasion and was refrained of a goody-bag ).

While the Winners of the TATA-Track from TCS scored a hat-trick, the team from Goa(Savoir Faire) clinched the national finals in a nail-biting tie breaker with the Madras Metallurgy team.

The Prize Distribution was by the Chief Guest Mr.Ramodarai, of TCS. He depicted how simple people are, at the Apex.

All in all,a good day.