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The third edition of Barcamp Bangalore has been announced and is scheduled to be held on 31st Mar & Apr 1st.  I love Bangalore Barcamps for the rich interactions and the high quality inputs that I take away from here which is very unique characteristic of it.  The first and second edition were fantastic and I had great time with lot of fun & learning and I am very excited about this edition as well.

The theme of the event this time around  is  “social-tech  – the impact of technology in our lives and society and vice versa.”

So I am looking forward to this barcamp and hope to have some great conversations around topics like digital property rights , post-network societies, free culture, attention economy,  communities & source of  value, hypersimulation , anomie , new/social  media etc.Would be doing a talk and/or a demo on my favourite technology – cameraphones 🙂

MoMo Demo Experience

Experience with doing the MoMo Demo on monday could described best as a little lack luster. It is little hard to say that for an event that you try to coordinate but that is how I would best describe it. But I think the best part of doing an open/informal conference is that you have room to experiment new things and make it better every time 🙂 and this was the first time we were introducing demos with regular talks.

The little bit of my disappointment stems from the lack of response from the audience during my demo after all that was my take away from doing a demo. The tough time that I had with the audience was that I was not able to engage most of them in the discussion as they had already moved out for snack time.

Any consumer technology product  can have  possibly two response only-  either users love it  or they hate it.  Any other intermediate response means that you are dead meat already.  Kathy sierra has very articulately this very clearly in her post long ago.

Now having obtained rave reviews from those who are alpha testing ‘wwigo’ an indifference from the audience came as a serious bummer to me.  What was a little comforting though was when I chatting with someone after the demo and he told me that I should not worry about it too much it because I was competing for attention with food ( most of the group had already proceeded to munching their snacks at the snack table  at the back of the room) which even the best of the speakers in the world  can’t compete well 🙂
It was little trying and hard for me to wear both the hat of  a presenter and as well a s a coordinator of the event. Couple of things that I wanted to articulate to the audience as a coordinator of the event would have been mistaken as an answer from the presenter.

For example  the demo was not meant for analyzing whether the product demo’ed is worthy of any investment. It was more for sharing a cool idea/concept, what it could be used for etc and feedback on what could be done to make it better. Rather than dicussing the coolness or usefulness of  the Inactiv service or how it could be made better the audience went in tirade against on how much money Inactiv is bleeding 😦
Lessons that I learned as presenter

  • Never announce what the demo is about even if people pester you to do so, the surprise/intrigue element goes away. I had at the request from a member mentioned what the demo was going to be about.
  • Never schedule your demo just before/after lunch or snacks time.

Lessons as an organizer

  • Repeat this to yourself – unstructuredness is good but unorganized may not be.
  • ALWAYS Check beforehand the presentation room for accoustics and lighting.

After recieving good and improvement feedback from the members to have a little bit of more direction & focus we will be trying to make the next time’s MoMo a little bit more structured during the discussion.

Mobile Monday Bangalore first meet update

I am just back from kicking off the first Mobile Monday Bangalore(India) meet and it was thrilling to meet many mobile enthusiasts. Since this was just a small kickoff meeting and the main intent of the meeting was to discuss about Mobile Monday we had expected only 10 people to turn up but about 20 people turned up.




Earlier we planned to have the meet it in Koshi club but Rajeev could convince Vaidi & Rohit from Aztec to give us some space to host the meet. Thanks Rohit & Vaidi


We started the kickoff with Rajiv starting with a brief presentation on Mobile Monday on what it is and what it intents to achieve, I stepped in the later half to complete the presentation and discuss next steps & actions.


After the presentation we had some very interesting discussion on the status of Mobile TV & its future road ahead. Rajiv gave a brief overview on Mobile TV which he also put up as a post on his blog.


Later the discussion in the group shifted to which is the popular and better platform to develop for in India and which will prevail. As expected it was a long discussion J and the general consensus seemed to be that in the long run Linux will take over as the ultimate mobile platfor. There were popular opposing thoughts that were discussed which were supported by the arguments that mobile windows OS right now is cheaper than linux so the possibility of that happening is very grim.


Dr Madan (thanks to Jari/Mike for the connection) informed us that there is another group called the Bangalore M which shares similar interest in mobility and is been gathering steam for quite some time. So in the meet we decided to merge that group into Mobile Monday group.


Couple of followup items that came up from the meet







  • Follow/up with Jari on putting up
  • Create Momo Bangalore wiki & blog
  • Speak to Rajesh/Veer to find out if redirection from is possible.
  • Design & update Momo website
  • Next Momo Bangalore meet on July 17th at Aztec , topic TBD


You can see pictures of all the MoMo attendees here. Also there was a some press coverage to Mobile Monday Bangalore, thanks to Raghu from DNA.


After the meet few of us headed for the nearest pub called Legends of the rock where we enjoyed watching Ukraine ravage Saudia Arabia by 4-0. I went back home with this thought in mind, there is a ton of interest in mobile in India and everybody is thinking that mobile is going to be the next big thing for India.

Rajesh Jain

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