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Favourite presentation at Barcamp

        In both the Barcamps at Hyderabad I found that there is one talk that clearly stands out clearly as my most favourite presentation in that barcamp. In Barcamp Hyderabad1 it was the talk by Jay Pullur, CEO of Pramati on what he thinks is the best opportunities in the web 2.0 space. In this Barcamp it was the talk by Farhaan, CTO Spokn where he spoke about a VoIP client that his company is developing specially for the mobile phone. The reason for my liking of these two  is due to the fact that these guys  understand the changes that are going in their respective space in an intuitive way. Also in their talk they explain these changes in plain & simplistic way for which I use a little bit of abstraction and models to explain.


      Farhaan last when I knew was heading a company called Phonestack but  looks like very recently he has started another company called Spokn which as Farhan describes is a company sitting out there so that it can eat telco’s for lunch. In his wonderfully articulate talk he explained about a new protocol that he designed called the Lightweight Telephone Protocol to make VoIP calls through a mobile phone. LTP is open source and is also going to be a part of Asterix in its next release. LTP is really light weight and the stack is written totally in about 2000 lines of C code and interestingly it does not have any dynamic memory allocation & thus no dangling pointer problems.

     Apart from the size of the stack another thing that he mentioned was that LTP has presence designed inbuilt into it when compared to SIP stacks(it does not have inbuilt presence in it) which I think is really  fantastic.

      After the talk he showed me a nifty demo of the Spokn client running on a windows mobile OS phone.  I have not been really able to toy around with the either the application or the stack but so don’t how well all of it works but from what he is described it is really poised great to take on the standards battle.

     In a world of closed everything & low trust, openness is a strategic edge which is the card Spokn is seem to be playing.

    If you are interested in tracking what is exciting that is going on in the web 2.0 & mobile 2.0 space in Hyderabad then I suggest you keep an eye on what Jay & Farhaan are doing  😀

Reflection from Barcamp Hyderabad 2

       We had a little silent but a very interesting Barcamp on Saturday. I call it silent because there wasn’t any live blogging :). Despite our best efforts to get the wifi up & running we could not manage to do it due to networking/proxy issues :(. If you are infuriated with that then you could direct the brickbats here!

      Some felt that the attendance looked very sparse but when counted on the registration desk there were about 150+ registrations. It looked sparse because we were housed in a very large room (actually two rooms merged into one room).

          We had various talks which ranged from overview of the mobile space, the promise of mobile, how changes in this space are creating opportunities to uproot dinosaurs (called telco’s) of our age, on how the understanding the dynamics of a mobile can help us come up with innovative application for day to day life, how mobile technology & applications has the potent to really bridge the rural urban divide. On the overall it covered a wide range.


Some thoughts on/after Barcamp Hyderabad that came to my mind.


       The alpha geeks of the PC world are not the alpha geeks of the mobile world. IMO the mobile pre adopters are the 10-17 year old kids who got a smartphone as their birthday gift. I was surprised & amazed as to how many of these geeks who grok out for developing code for PC even know how to get around installing a simple application in a Nokia 6600 or a J2ME phone.

       The Microsoft campus where the barcamp was held looked like a tube/tunnel or much like an airport terminal. It was very nicely decorated but it kind of looked a little funny to me as I have’nt seen any other office campus like this before. Even the entrance  was designed like an airport check in 🙂

        Lessig Style of presentation is really catching up and many are jumping to 2.0 style in presentation.  Atul gave a presentation where he used the lessig template and old typewriter font (I just love to use that P22 Typewriter font) but his style was much slower than the original lessig style. He had given a really wonderful presentation. Very rare is that you find a techie/geek who can speak in  normal people’s language and not speak the l33t speak. His points were very good but after a while (actually a long while) the audience grew restless because they felt like being hammered with the same two points.

        A statistic that was shared that we are 1 billion phone in the world and very soon we are going to have about 2 billion phone. I read recently that the actual number is that we have quietly crossed the 2.5 billion cellphone mark already.

        While spending time organizing things around missed out on meeting a lot of folks and also missed out on a couple of interesting talks. Should make sure from next time onwards that I do not miss lot of the talks or meeting with new folks.

Rajesh Jain

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