Session on How am I driving

This was the last session that I attended on day 1. The talk was given by keshav. He was basically pointing out the reckless driving on bangalore roads. He had personally taken some videos of BMTC buses where drivers were steering the wheel hands-free 🙂 , cab drivers driving negligently and many other such instances. The point he wants to make here was that this guy had approached the BMTC authorities also regarding this…but it was of no big use. And in the process he came to know about an interesting fact about the driver cum conductor BMTC buses. For people who are not in bangalore, here we have got buses where in there won’t be any conductor in the bus and the driver has to issue the tickets as well as drive the bus 😯 ………. quite interesting 🙂 and the hands-free driving I was mentioning above was in one of such buses.

Now when this guy keshav approached BMTC authorities regarding this, he was told that this system was inspired from US….. some NRI has given this idea and BMTC is very happy in implementing this as it would save them having an extra person in the bus. In fact these kind of services were very profitable for BMTC.

So, this is the best example of what happens when we try to implement some new system that was working fine somewhere else. These people had just done a ctrl-C, ctrl-V without any changes. They didn’t even think how feasible it is in our Indian context. With so much of traffic here, no proper infrastructure, how can it work directly here. This is just one example for the traffic woes in bangalore. The BMTC people won’t be worried as long as they get profits. But its the traffic that gets affected just because these buses had to stop near the bus stops for an average of 2 mins more when compared to normal bus services. This would directly increase the traffic woes of bangalore roads.

Now coming back to the session, this guy came up with a new website wherein we can directly send an sms about any vehicle’s driving….just send an sms with the vehicle number and the message and it would be updated on the website. This was designed by some b.tech student as his final year project. I am not sure how successful would be such kind of initiatives but one thing is for sure……..there is definitely need for some drastic measures to be taken to improve the traffic situation here…..forgot to mention the website…its howamidriving.in

Session on startup pains

This session was taken by an IIMB prof Suresh from nsrcel. The session started on a humourous note by the prof actually trying to scare the people who want to go with startups. The discussion initially was much about getting angel funding. He mentions about inc.com during his talk. The talk was supposed to list the pains in starting a startup. Startups need to come together to help themselves, exchange the skills. opencommune.com came up when the issue of infrastructure for startups came up.

  • Angel funding
  • Getting legal help
  • Finding & building a team
  • Getting financial services
  • Finding mentors

Overall it was also a good session. Enjoyed being in it.

Session on agile thought process

Initially at the start of the session I thought its going to be some boring stuff….but by the end of it the session turned out to be a really good one. Came to know about lot of new terms in the session.

The session was basically about – lean thinking, building quality into the process, having smaller batch sizes in a process, etc with specific examples for each one of them. The guy talked about examples of toyota success story, toyoda looms, US missile defense system, etc. There were two books suggested by him that talk about this toyota story….one is taiichi ohno and shigeo shingo . He also mentions about the Just In Time process.

Overall the session seemed to be interesting.

BCB6: How search engines work

The session title sounds interesting. Had a short intro about everyone’s background.This guy was talking about importance of having the keywords in title, page content, in the url, etc. And then comes an argument about title being not that important these days…… example youtube, flickr, etc. Also the keyword suggestion tools were talked about…. worktracker, google trends, google adwords suggest, etc. Actually there were two guys from google in the room which made the discussions interesting. Topics were like tags for images, keyword proximity, data centre location, etc. This guy has got a website searchenginedetails.com

There is the dailyseo.com guy here…..donno how popular these sites are…. will check it out later

Its end of the session…..lets see whts coming up next…..

Session on kwippy

This session is about kwippy. Its about micro blogging………..a new term for me 🙂

The session was about how different it is from twitter, its IM features, etc. It was not that interesting and also not able to get anything good out of it 🙂 . So, moving on to another session.

Logo design session

Currently in L-11 room to attend the logo design session….there is some delay in the session and a guy started his talk on search engines.

Sebastin is the guy talking about wropl.com ….. his beta version of search engine he was working on. He basically uses yahoo api’s and also some other api’s as well. What he basically does is to take results from different search engines and then provide them at a single place. The new terminology I heard of here was about web scraping. His website was basically some mashup and not a search engine exactly.

Here starts the logo design session. Aashish solanki is the guy talking in the session. The session started with basic classification of logos, blunders in logos (starbucks example), his favourite logos (yahoo, apple, coca-cola, mercedes, FedEx…..i didn’t knew there was a hidden arrow in their logo, etc). Then he has quickly created a new logo for barcamp to illustrate to us how easy it is to create logos 😕 easy 😕 😯 naaaa 🙂

Update is that the wi-fi works atlast….going to the next session now….

BCB6 Kick-off

8.30 AM – Started from airport Road

9.15 AM – Reached IIMB

9.30 – Completed registration…..this time we got coffee mugs instead of t-shirts 🙂

The first kick-off session was supposed to start at 9.15 AM at the auditorium…..but as you know its 9.15 IST 😀 ……atlast the session started at around 9.55 AM

9.55 AM – Intro about barcamp and intros of all the people giving talks. The wi-fi was not yet ready….hope to get it working soon

The topics of the talks varied over a wide range starting from web & internet technology, social responsibility, dating, startups & entrepreneurship, seo’s (basics to advanced level), hacking canon cameras, web designing, twitter, panchatantra & kamasutra 😯 , mathematical artworks, self-defense, importance of girl child, marketing a startup, building high performance and scalable websites, how I am driving…. its about the way people drive in bangalore and the traffic scenario in bangalore (looks to be interesting), mobile advertising, poetry , credit card calls….identity theft, techniques to influence people, GWT (Google web toolkit) etc

One difference that I found was that this time there were many non-tech talks when compared to BCB5. The start was really good and quite humourous.

more to come………………