Sun University Days @ BMSCE, Bangalore

I just came back from Sun University Days held at BMS College of Engineering (BMSCE), Bangalore and let me just say it rocked!
It was a two-day event and was attended by 150+ members (Students/Academia).
Srikanth was formally invited as the Chief Guest for the event and boy did he rise to the occasion or what.
Believe it or not – He donned a “Business Suit” for the keynote 🙂
(For those who know him would probably demand some sort of proof… please bear with me, I’ll be putting up the pictures soon)

(As promised, here are some pics..)

(Mr Srikanth “Chief Guest” Ramakrishna at the welcome ceremony…)
Chief Guest

Anyways, it wasn’t long before he took it off and was back to being his usual self (strutting Sun apparel..).
He spoke (an understatement.. ) on pretty much everything – Java, C, C++, OS, Processors etc.
It was more of an open house in the end. This guy seems to be moving with a board and a marker pen in his kit these days.

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(Java EE.. well in its full glory)
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(Java EE.. well in its full glory… )
Java EE Board

Well his enthusiasm for technology is really contagious and pretty much set the mood for the whole event.

We had promised the audience that they’ll be witnessing (as Srikanth puts it) “Magic” throughout the 2 days and I believe we did keep our word.
We had speakers from various technology teams and the presentations were interspersed with some really cool demos.

Day 1: Java SE, Java EE and various tools.

Srikanth, Myself, Amol and Srinidhi had various sessions.
Mine was the third session and I spoke on Java EE.
Based on my experience from previous interactions with students and developers I made sure that I showed
them plenty of demos based on real-life use cases.
Its always heartening to see the audience putting up questions.. it indicates that they are paying attention 🙂

Day 2: Java ME and Solaris

Amol and Srinidhi spent some good time explaining the whats, whys and hows of Java ME.
They later followed it up by developing a cool game for mobile phones.

Solaris sessions were very informative too. OpenSolaris has been getting lot of attention throughout the world (now with Google playing with it).
Bangalore is one of the places where its very active… after all the LiveCD version (Belenix) was rolled out by bunch of Solaris enthusiasts led by Moinak Ghosh of IEC.
Moinak (another ardent Asterix fan) was also present at the event and interacted actively with the students, answering queries and giving tips.
Madhu gave a really nice overview of Solaris and shared the story of how a local undergrad student has released a USB drive version of Solaris (LiveUSB).
This is a really good example of how events like Sun University Days strike a chord with the developers and ignite their interests.

We wound up the event with an open house session and answered various questions. Later, Srikanth distributed certificates to the attendees.
All in all, it was an exciting and informative event that was loved by speakers and audience alike.
The feedback we received bears ample testimony to it… and so does the picture below.

(A picture is worth a thousand words… )
BMSCE Audience

Anyways, I’m almost through with my entry and have to get ready for a rigorous training session that begins in few minutes. More on that later.

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1 comment so far

  1. Prakhar K Goel on

    Hi abhishek,
    I heard you on 17th Nov 08 in AKG college, Ghaziabad, India. It was an insightful seminar, and I must admit your pace of actions and demos on stage left me spellbounded. No sooner did the seminar end, than I grabbed my Net Bean… and I’ll soon start posting on java forums. I would be glad if u would inform me of the venue, time and date of the next seminar, where u would be giving instant demos on Web development in your contemporary style, preferably in the vicinity of Delhi.
    And see i managed to rummage ur historical blog out…


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