FUDCon Pune 2011 – Day 1
Registration was started really early and by the time I had reached the venue past 8 AM, the registration desk was already setup. We had banners in place the previous night and shifted one of the banners outside the gate to make the entry point more visible. The crowd came in a trickle and we had 5 or so desks for delegates to register so handling it wasn’t a problem.
The night before, the power was off due to some problem and I was worried about how well things will work out in the morning but it was quite smooth the entire day without having to run around at all. Other than coordinating some minor things (as far as logistics go), like helping setup the press interviews, I attended the event as any other speaker or delegate would and that was a pleasant surprise.
After a short welcome note from 9:45 to 10 AM, the keynote from Jared Smith run for the hour in the auditorium and it was a great talk for the mostly student audience. You can watch it online here. It was simple, easy to follow and was a pitch for more people to get involved as contributors. I was in the speakers lounge till lunch time talking to fellow contributors, some of them whom I have only collaborated online.
Post lunch, I roamed around the bit and visited all the sessions just to check if everything was running as expected and indeed it was. I attended the Drools talk by mavu. I was very interested in the topic of AI when I was a student and I wanted to understand a bit better the current practical implementations. It was a rather detailed and well paced talk that covered a lot of the basics. After the talk, I heard a few students discussing the subject very seriousl. So it seems to have well received. I then proceeded to the auditorium to talk to Sitaram Chamarty a bit before his talk started. Sitaram is from TCS and is the developer of Gitolite and Fedora is the largest user and we have had a great colloboration with him online and I invited him to present a talk. It was a very interesting talk and since it was in the auditorium, it is recorded and available online as well. TCS sponsored his travel and stay which was nice of them. I was in the auditorium for the most part for the rest of the day and attended the Glusterfs talk by Krishna Srinivas and the end of the day keynote on Fedora APAC by Heherson Pagcaliwagan. Since his talk was over in half an hour, Mohd Izhar Firdaus Ismail coordinated lighting talks for another half an hour and a few us including Jared Smith (Fedora 16), me (Fedora 17), Amit Shah (topic), Abhijit (package bundles for offline distribution) and Danishka (Fedora Remix issues) presented on various topics and it was fun!
I caught the speakers bus back to Cocoon by six thirty or so and we reached back Cocoon only by eight due to the heavy traffic. Had long discussions with several people, followed by a team dinner with Fedora contributors who had stayed behind. It was around midnight by the time I reached home. All in all, a very exciting and fun day. Waiting to see how things turn out today. Check out the schedule and join us. For those unable to participate, you can login to #fedora-fudcon irc channel in irc.freenode.net and listen to the talks live here. Many thanks to kPoint for sponsoring and organizing this.