Day 2 at Barcamp Bangalore 6 was better than the first day. Renie, Karthik and I went and registered ourselves at around 10:30 AM, had a small breakfast at Cafe Coffee Day and then looked for interesting sessions.
This time I attended
- Incubate at the IIMA Aditi Gupta [aditigupta AT iimahd DOT ernet DOT in -A little session introducing the incubation centre at the premier institute of India and the CIIE’s initiatives.
- Using Project Management Body of Knowledge(PMBOK(R)) of Project Management Institute, USA to build Ecosystem Supporting Innovation and Entrepreneurship Collaboratively, Balarama K. Varanasi, PMP firstname.lastname@example.org
- Spicebird, Open source collaboration client – Sivakrishna E, Prasad S of Synovel
- Blogathon India, and the usual Blogging Collective by Blogaloreans (http://www.blogathon.in) discussion
- Building High Performance and Scalable Websites, Vinayak H, Akamai
- SEO isn’t just about meta tags, Mani Karthik OrganicApex
- Hamburgers, Donuts and Social Media Marketing, Ashwin Ramesh OrganicApex
- Branding by Akash Srivastava, User Experience Consultant
IIMA session was boring, but then it did not have any interest to me.
The session from Akamai was pretty good. I could see that the Vinayak was not only experienced with what he was talking about, but he also knew how to handle a crowd and steer the conversation back to where he was leading. It was quite refreshing to see someone who was a bit more professional.
The next one about working without venture capitalists by Balarama was ok. His idea was very good, where he would like startups and entrepreneurs to register and offer services and get services from the same pool. But there were a lot of practical difficulties as it came to notice during the lively discussion.
Spicebird looked like an awesome product. Looks like it might have a future. I will download it now and check it.
As usual, it was good to meet the blogathon guys again.
SEO session and Social Media Marketing sessions were quite okay. Those guys were young and energetic. All the best for their venture.
Branding was a session on how important branding is for any product or service. It was a discussion.
Some feedback on barcamp (my humble opinion):
- Need a little more structure in the sessions
- Speakers should know that they can get side tracked and lose precious minutes
- Organization skills need to be honed. Better positioning of happenings
- Experienced speakers needed
- Should keep separate sessions for novices and expert users. I believe barcamp was full of techies (at least most of them) and so the sessions were not that great when people talked about things which most of them already knew. Separate sessions on the same topic for different crowds should solve the problem
The good things about barcamp:
- Barcamp rocks – for techies
- Networking – I was able to network and make friends with quite a few people
- Good awareness for a lot of people on latest trends in web, technology, etc
I should be around for all barcamps at Bangalore from now on. Cheers!