When the invite mail for the 'Develothon 2010' had hit my mailbox, that very moment I decided - I just cannot afford to miss this eminent event. Because the experience I had at the 'developerWorks Unconference' at Hotel Orchid, Mumbai on Dec 11, 2009 compelled me to attend this even as well (Add on : I had won the "Best speaker" trophy there :)) But, as usual, I was hard at work and I did not realise until a day before this event.And then I thought to give a whirl.To my surprise, I got a consent mail around 11.45 pm.Phew! what next? I started scribbling with the presentation around midnight and finally came up with its finished version around 2 hours later.Now, my clock warned me that I had just few hours to take rest before I reach the venue.But, honestly, I was so turned on to attend this event that I was unperturbed.
When I reached the venue, I met Bharathi Muthu, IBM,developerWorks Manager, who greeted me with a big smile.Trust me, this enthusiastic lady creates a special aura.I was so impressed and glad to meet her. She questioned me "Ankita, you presenting again?" Oh my God! My brain started interpreting in less than a moment whether she did not want me to present but she meant that she was scared whether I will grab the 2nd trophy for the unconference. LOL
Next then, as envisioned, the event was just exemplary.The agenda for the day was "Information Management".It was a learning day because the speakers there, were all my peers but we hardly stepped ahead and shared expertise on those topics since I come from security and identity management domain.So, this event gave a chance to get acquainted with a next door domain and technology thats IM and Cognos.
And then came the last 1 hour of 'Unconference'.I am sure the name must have baffled you as it did to me but Bharathi clarified "Unconference is a conference with no specific agenda.Just come up with any topic which holds the attention of the audience".
When the audience was asked to vote on the order of the presentations they would like to hear, I was astonished to see that I got the least votes :( But, then I decided, that may be audience is unware of the topic I am sharing and yes, its the right thing to share with them.That motivated me to hold on.Finally came my turn to share the presentation on "Federated repository in Websphere Application Server".I gave a 10 mins presenation and shared my experience as a developer and also as a end user for this product.I am sure I must have appeared as if I was the product advocate :).But yeah, it was good to hear to other IBMers as well customers and it was an amazing experience which I carried away while leaving the place.Oops, forgot to mention the most important thing.The results.It was an open voting scheme where audience voted for all speakers and guess what, I got the "Best Speaker" trophy again! :) Yeppie, it was the 2nd developerWorks unconference trophy which I got back home :):) What more can I expect for!
I am looking forward to more such unconferences in future(You guessed it right..to grab the trophies again :) ) because they provide a platform to share on diversified technogies with customers and also get to know from them, that how are they using our as well as other products and technologies.To summarise, 'Develothon 2010' was a very well organised event which itself speaks of the best efforts put in by the developerWorks team.It was a job well done! I really appreciate it.