An ode to our budding software professionals
dhirender 2700020D19 Visits (4611)
The last few days have been inspiring. Be it the turnout at the developerWorks Live Unconference at Goa which as some of the participants mentioned was the largest participation they had seen at any IT conference in Goa (maybe they should move towards an unconference model :), or Jim Corgel presenting the awards to the Bangalore unconference winner, Hemant, who managed to draw a linkage between Ants and Algorithms.
The students at the engineering colleges we visit continue to suprise us with their insight and enthusiastic approach to learning (it helps that Kunal makes the briefings as interactive as possible, not to mention bribing the students with the prospect of winning goodies).
We got a rousing welcome from the students at BVB College of Engineering and Technology, Hubli, who were waiting to welcome us with flowers. That more than 400 students attended the briefing, was testimonial to their initiative, but the icing was when one of the students came up to us and asked us to sign the T-Shirt she had won during the briefing (thank you guys, you give us the fuel to keep going).
NMAM Institute of Technology, Udipi surrounded by lush green forests, awed us with it's breathtaking view. A haven for learning, and the questions the students threw at us was enough indication of that fact.
The trip from Udipi to Bangalore via the Charmadi Ghats (Ghats are largish hills a shade smaller than mountains), meandering through coffee plantations, had to be the most beautiful drive for us so far. We were tempted to stop and spend some time, but Bangalore, and the developerWorks Live Unconference beckoned us.
And we were glad we made it - the developerWorks Unconference at Bangalore was a huge success, with a large number of participants eager to share their views at the unconference. We were forced to take a poll from the audience to arrive at the 6 unconference speakers. Jim Corgel gave a short talk on developerWorks, and had the audience eating out of his hands.
From the Royal Orchid Hotel (the venue for the developerWorks unconference), we rushed to the MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore where the students stayed past their college timings to be part of the briefing.
This thirst for learning even in the smaller cities in India is what drives this country, and what gives us conviction that the Develothon, reaching out both to metros as well as smaller cities, is the best way to reach out and share our knowledge with the students and the IT professionals across the country.
Stay with us, as we travel through the rest of India.