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MozillaCamp Delhi

By on Feb 17, 2009 in Personal, Tech Takes | 10 comments

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MozillaCamp Delhi was held last week on 10th February 2009. Lots of blog coverage listed on the MozillaCamp Delhi wiki. Kinshul Sunil has also put up some videos from MozillaCamp Delhi on Vimeo (more to be encoded and uploaded soon). Photos have been uploaded too. And you can read a blog post from Seth Bindernagel (see wiki for more details).

ISI

ISI (Not the guys behind 28/11)

The event was at Indian Social Institute, Lodi Road. (No, you aren’t the first guy to say “What Where the fuck?!” on hearing this.) Without a hot-or-cold GPS navigation system I had to resort to calling people up to find where it was. The only thing that I could positively make out was that it was somewhere near India Habitat Centre, but that still does leave an effing large area to cover. Dilliwallahs habit of saying “Seedha jaake left” for the directions to any bloody place you ask for makes your blood boil rather than providing guidance. After a lot of running around in circles I did reach the venue…to find a few bored people sitting in the same room and Twittering with each other. I joined in (Twittering) with great gusto and scaring my followers that I had Twitterhea.

Seth Bindernagel and Arun Ranganathan were supposed to turn up later, so the discussion fluctuated to every topic under the sun. Someone started talking about large font sizes (in images, I might add) as the defining moment of Web 2.0. That should give an idea of how lame the morning sessions were. We had some interesting free-ranging discussions on Twitter (as in about Twitter) and social media in general. I was shocked to find that the organizers hadn’t arranged for a lava pit so that we could round up a few Internet Exploder users, beat them about a bit (though not very much) and then throw them into lava to let The Cleansing begin. (Even the tagline ‘Taking the Web back one user at a time’ is astonishingly appropriate for The Cleansing.)

Ginger Kids lava pit

The Pit

Seriously, next time, we need to budget for the Airport Hilton. Nothing kicks an conference into high gear other than good ol’ fashion mob beatings. Anyway, the morning session was also spent in making new friends like Kumar Gautam, Sayantan Pal (of Linux For You) and Mohak Prince. We broke for lunch soon at the ISI cafeteria where I got to eat pieces of charcoal under the guise of a ‘burger’. Discussions here were about a) Macs and Why They SUCK – a Me vs Them debate; b) Shiretoko (not a variety of Japanese pr0n); c) nothing else. Also recorded video testimonials (but had to leave before I could collect my kewl T-shirt).

Firefox badge

Official badge

Seth and Arun arrived around 2.30 pm for their sessions. Arun (with his fiery jacket, sorry for the pun) very much looking like one of those guys you see on AXN shows who jump over 27 dumpster trucks ‘for entertainment’ on a lazy afternoon. A Skype conference was initiated with Pascal Finette, but I got to see only a small part of it. Most of that ‘small part’ involved setting up the Skype conference. I had to leave for the Power of Ideas panel discussion for which I had been invited by Economic Times. (That’s a story for another day.) I didn’t want to leave MozillaCamp right when actual discussion were taking place – but I had to. (You’ll get to know the reason in my Power of Ideas post.)

Mosey along now. No more content to write about the interesting bits of MozillaCamp.

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PS – Are the presentations which Arun / Seth made available online on Slideshare / Google Docs / anywhere? I’d love to see them, so would many other Firefox fans.

PPS – Those awesome stickers are from Pringoo.

PPPS – Whoops! Those stickers are actually from Mozilla, and not Pringoo! Only ONE sticker – the big MozillaCamp Delhi one – is from Pringoo. The ones from Mozilla, of course, are the awesome ones I was talking about.



10 Comments

      • Gaurav

        February 18, 2009

        don’t worry i hav all its presentation and everything he showed , svg and html 5.0 , i took from him …:) will post the link for u …:) cheers…

      • Ankur

        February 18, 2009

        Please do!

      • Arun Ranganathan

        February 20, 2009

        Hi Guarav and Ankur,

        I promise I’ll stick my slides on slideshare.com or something like that, but my demos are available on library.mozilla.org, in particular:

        http://tinyurl.com/mozcampdel

        These are Vladimir Vukicevic’s demos originally put together for a talk he gave last year on Web Graphics and emerging technologies. Enjoy :)

        — A*

        Ankur’s note – WP was having some problem linking to the location Arun mentioned here, so I made a TinyURL for it.

      • Ankur

        February 21, 2009

        Wow, thanks for commenting on my blog Arun! :D Awesome demos there, the one you linked to. Looking forward to meeting you at MozillaCamp Delhi 2 in the future.

        @Everyone: Guys, check out the link Arun has mentioned. Many nice demos there on SVG / HTML5.

  1. Sayantan Pal

    February 18, 2009

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    Dude…

    I must agree with Gaurav, you missed the best part of Arun, and the beauty of a way with which he was playing with embedded videos within a html page, just using the tags. The prospects definitely looked pretty good for OSS.

    By the way, you mention me being from Linux For You while you link my name to IT Magazine‘s Twitter account! :-) Seems something amiss, doesn’t it? ;-)

    • Ankur

      February 18, 2009

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      This is a conspiracy by everyone, innit, to make me feel sorry about missing Arun’s / Seth’s talks? Everyone’s speaking as if Arun did jump over a few dumpster trucks post-lunch.

      Meh. More people have heard of LFY I guess. And more posts on itmagz than LFY’s account. QED. (BTW, which one do you work for?)

  2. Mohak

    February 18, 2009

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    Seems like,I’m a bit late in commenting again :(

    Anyhow Nice Post,I enjoyed it thoroughly(You should have included your live interactions with Mr.SEO *Brainy Rings*

    All the more,Folks talked about How good Arun was at his presentation.
    I’d like to mention,Seth’s talk was equally important on Localisation (No wonder,We went to IHC later and glimses from the Break will be available shortly,in a full fledged Interview session with them.

    Hang Me,and bury me down under for not providing Lava PIT (ISI was just amess at things,and too diplomatical :P)

    • Ankur

      February 18, 2009

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      Mr SEO didn’t come for the event. :'(

      About the lava pit – Never mind, there’s always a next time. ;) But gotta say, kudos to you for taking the initiative and organizing such an event to promote something we all love! :)

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