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Kiruba Shankar

TwitterCamp on June 21 at Chennai

Pic: tenz1225

Block the date, fellas. June 21st, Sunday. TwitterCamp cometh.

TwitterCamp is a one day unconference where discussions revolve around the concept of Micro-blogging and its various uses. It’s an open event. Pretty soon, a wiki will be set up where you can register your name and the topic you would like to speak on.

We have started the hunt for a venue that can hold 150 people. As of now, we have had a very enthusiastic response from US Technologies to help offer their office space as venue.

Calling good designers to help design a logo for TwitterCamp. Please let your imagination fly.

The event is the brainchild of The Knowledge Foundation, the non-profit group that has brought up BarCamp, Proto.in, WikiCamp, MobileMondays etc.

TwitterCamp is a true unconfernce, meaning that anyone can participate and help out in organizing. If you would like to offer a helping hand, please send an email to ganesh @ rupya.com.

SearchCamp Starts Today

It’s the most focused event on Search Engine Marketing & Optimization down south. The event kicks off today and is expected to attract over 200 folks. As usual, quite a lot of last minutes scurries from the organizing side. Will update more on this. But now, I should rush off to the venue for a quick pre-event organizers meet. Ciao.

First Annual Meeting of ‘The Knowledge Foundation’

‘The Knowledge Foundation’ is the group of folks responsible for bringing out events like BarCampChennai, BlogCamp, WikiCamp, MoMoChennai, PodWorks and now SearchCamp. Over the last year, we have made a significant change to the tech events scene in Chennai.

Today, the key members of the foundation will meet to retrospect on the successes and failures of last year and discuss plans for the forthcoming year. It’s a closed door, full day meeting that is bound to be pretty intense with a lot of ideas and debates flying around.

Podcast About Proto.in, Which Starts Tomorrow

OK, the D-day is here. After four months of planning and organizing, the event unfolds tomorrow at IIT Madras. It’s grown bigger since its first edition in Jan and organizing it hasn’t been easy.

I’m continued to be impressed with the amazing spirit of my team mates at The Knowledge Foundation. There are no monetary benefits (no one makes a single rupee) as its a non-profit organization. In spite of it, folks have put in their heart into this event knowing that they are making a difference to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India.

For those who don’t know about Proto.in, this podcast would be a great listen.

Tomorrow’s event will see participation from 23 22 startup companies carefully chosen from a list of 120 nominations. Each startup will get exactly 6 minutes of stage time to demonstrate their product to a select group of venture capitalists, angel investors, technology influencers and media professionals.

The event has attracted 22 venture capitalist firms, including Canaan Partners, Reliance Technology, Greylock Partners, Silicon Valley Bank, Clearstone Ventures and others representing over $1.5 billion in fund size for India investments.

The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), and TeNeT of IIT Madras are supporting the event.

In this episode, I have a conversation with Vijay Anand about Proto’s objectives and its future plans.

The Hindu on Unconferences

Yesterday’s MetroPlus, The Hindu’s supplement, carried an impressive half page writeup about Unconferences. The article talks about the new emergence of unconferences and its growth in popularity amongst the techies. You can read the online version here or click on the newspaper screenshot to enlarge it.

(Image from Sriram Iyer)

The article also mentions about the Unconference book, which has been seeing a slow but a steady progress.

The article carries a lot more credibility because, its author, Sudhir Syal has attended unconferences and is also helping organize a couple of them.

There’s also been some interesting learning based on feedback from Lisa Heft, a contributor to the unconference book project from the US. Open Space Technology, the original form of what we now known as unconferences, has been in existence since 1985. Wow, that’s for two decades. And most of us think its a recent phenomenon. Or at least I thought so, until we started the book project.

And its just not the technology industry that’s using the unconference format. Lisa adds, “It is something that has been around for a long time across the world and in a huge diversity of industries, cultures, and countries”.

Who would’ve thought!

Also, it looks like The Hindu would not credit the photographer whose photo has been used in the article. In spite of Sudhir, the author, taking the effort to get permission to use the photograph. It may have been an oversight, though.

But a huge thanks to The Hindu for giving unconferences main stream coverage. It can do wonders with getting better participation and better support from corporates.