Kottayam: The fourth BarCamp in Kerala this year wrapped up on Saturday. The Kristu Jyothi College at Chenganaserry played host to the event which saw about 100 enthusiasts – entrepreneurs, IT professionals, students and business mentors, coming together on a common platform to share their views and experiences.
Discussions and presentations were held on various topics like Recycling Old Computers, Multi Monitor Machines, Graphics Programming, etc. A debate on Media and freedom saw good participation with arguments on how the Old Media is threatened by the New Media and on the intentions of the media corporates with a hidden agenda. There was a session by a Swedish programmer, Fredrik Jonsson, who explained the usage of Drupal for building complex websites easily and gave tips to customise them.
The day winded up with a discussion led by Kenney Jacob, Co-Founder, Mobme, on the existing conditions in Kerala for a new start-up to bloom. This discussion saw entrepreneurs share their troubles, their reason for ‘starting-up’, funding and investment. There was a lot to learn from those who have been successful and those who have failed.
First timers to the BarCamp were impressed by the way it was organised. Anand Subramanian, one of the organisers said, “It’s really unique the way it is organised, as in everything is done online with no expenses for anyone except for the food which is personal.” Kerala has the distinction of conducting the most number of BarCamps in India in a year in the last 2 years. The next BarCamp will be held at MACFAST in Thiruvalla in 2010.
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