Go Embedded, Nagpur - Rocking and Happening
So i really did go to Nagpur for the "Go Embedded". Once on the stage i could see the full house (i am told there were almost 600 people, mostly students). I guess the full house was attributable to the reputation that Yashavant and Asang enjoy as educators in the region. I am told on the dias that attendees have also come from neighbouring states of Orissa and Andhra. I am genuinely impressed.
We start with a bouque for me and a gift (Oh wow!) Next is the traditional lamp lighting in honour of goddess Saraswati (the goddess of knowledge).
This is followed by a joint session by Asang and Yashavant. It is very interesting to see the way the presentation is structured to make it more lively and entertaining. It is spread with little anectodes and little jokes. On the stage they demo several cool demos - Building an MP3 player, directX Game (Mario look alike), Bluetooth connectivity between phone and laptop and a sample device driver. The presentations were not cursory. They had the same technical clarity of concepts that we all like Yashavant for in "Let Us C".
After several minutes of being on the edge of the seat, it occured to me that I can too showcase a little MP3 player in .NET without a single piece of code. So i whip out my laptop and build one :) the point being, you can sometimes do the job (read build MP3 player) with less effort if you are willing to explore (read .NET).
I see a bunch of 600 winners in front of me and i tried hard to explain to them the way they can integrate with the technologists worldwide (both professional and student). The presentation focussed on community avenues that are available for Embedded Microsoft technologies. I describe each one of them in detail and even do a little simple OUtlook Express demo for configuring newsgroups. (It amazes me the relative ignorance that newsgroups have in relation to other modes of community participation. This is in stark contrast to US where newsgroups are the primary mode of conversation over Internet.) I do a little demo shocasing the relative ease of .NET CF and the little effort it takes to build an application to send out SMS programmatically using Win Mobile 5.0 and .NET CF 2.0.
After i spend almost 40 mins talking about the community and community avenues, I tell Nagpur about the two cool contests that are being held for Embedded technologies and meant for students.
You can download the presentation that i made at the event here.
Post the presentation, i get a few people wanting to clarify about the topics discussed during the presentation.
It is time for lunch and we quickly get to Tuli International (with Yashavant and Asang). The time at Tuli is spent discussing talking about what we can do better to improve Microsoft embedded technology adoption in the country. We also come up with the idea that we can share the recording of the presentation made by Yashavant and Asang as an on-demand webcast. One of the major issue highlighted by Asang is non-availability of eBox in India due to which one can't really experience Win CE to the degree one would like to. I am not sure what the reason is but would really like to know.
Also, comes the great news that Yashavant and Asang might be exploring an opportunity to publish another book together :)
One thing is for sure. With the presentation, the message of Microsoft Embedded technology is spread wide in Central India. With the Win CE kits in hands of attendee one can be sure that it is going to reach to more than just the 600 attendees as it is shared out and Win CE experienced.
For me the experience in Nagpur has been of utmost satisfaction and renewed faith that people are still interested in technology and Microsoft technolgies are the preferred way to fo the technology way.
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