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Kiruba Shankar

Help Choose a Cover Design for my New Book

I need your help. I have just finished authoring my 4th book. Its about Unconferences, a subject that I’m very passionate about. The book is called ‘Unconference: 10 Powerful Ways to Spice-Up Meetings & Events‘.

The book is hitting the printing press on Monday, 14th May at 4 pm.  But to do that, the book cover needs to be finalized.

We have nine book covers. But only one will have the privilege of making it to the printing press along with the book.  You can help choose that cover by visiting this specially created Facebook Page. Take a look at all the 9 designs. Click ‘like’ on the design that you like best. The one that gets the most likes comes out winner. We will be collating all the names of people who helped us in the Unconference wiki.

All the 9 book covers have been designed by Anjana Singhwi, the uber talented girl who is pursuing Communication Design at the prestigious Parsons New School for Design in New York.

We look forward to your participation and help. Here is the FB page you need to visit to vote. Thanks in advance.

FailCamp Finds a Venue & a Date

We now have a venue for FailCamp. Arul Mani, cofounder of TenthPlanet.in has volunteered to host the event at his office. The venue is located conveniently on Mount Road, opposite to LIC. You can look at the office pics here. Few pics of the venue can be seen here. (scroll down)

The event will take place on Sunday, 16th November. Please mark your calendars. (checked to make sure no festivals or cricket matches happens on the day. The 2nd ODI Ind vs Eng takes place the next day).

Announcing The Next Event : FailCamp

That was the puzzled expression from my friend when he heard about the next event that we, at The Knowledge Foundation, are organizing.  That puzzlement is understandable. As a society, we have always celebrated success and looked down upon failure.  Failing is taboo. So why hold an event with “that theme” asked my friend, not even wanting to say the ‘F’ word.
Why?  Because, failure is the best teacher. And the real failure is looking away and not learning from it.  Thus, the event.  It’s an opportunity to get together and share our experiences and learn from each other.  The tag line for the event exactly emphasises that. Learn. Share. Succeed.
FailCamp is a one day friendly unconference where people get together to share and learn from other’s experiences. FailCamp will attract people who are brave enough to acknowledge their failures and people who have the thirst to learn.  These are two qualities that make a person real interesting and those are the folks that you’d want to move with.
Many times I’ve seen people succeed because they aren’t afraid to fail.  Fear makes us tread the safe path which may not be the most exciting. The camp is an attempt to celebrate folks who had the guts the try out the extraordinary, even if it means they didn’t succeed.  It’s a celebration of not being afraid to fail.
It’s also a celebration of perseverance. I love what Michael Jordon said, “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
If you’re interested, head over to http://www.barcamp.org/failcamp . (The password is C4mp )The capacity will be consciously kept small, around 50 to 75 participants. We’ve found this to be the sweet-spot for a closed door, interactive session.  As always, the basic rules apply. No passive spectators. Everyone must be prepared to speak. And even better if you can help out with organizing the event.

PipesCamp in Chennai : A Mashup Unconference

The way to go is really into niche unconferences. A bunch of young techie entrepreneurs have planned an event where mashup enthusiasts can come together and try out new stuff using Yahoo! Pipes. I spoke with Bhasker Kode, one of the brains behind the event and he tells me that the event will be a combination of a ‘talking heads’ and ‘hack nights’.

The event is taking place this Sunday (December 23rd). Yup, too short a notice. Ideally a month’s notice would have been better for the word to spread around.

Interestingly, the event is taking place at Koyambedu, a place better known for having Asia’s biggest vegetable & fruit market than for anything technology. I’m not complaining though. It’s closer home and for the first time I don’t have to travel all the way to the IT corridor to attend a tech event.

Check out http://pipescamp.pbwiki.com for more information.

FilmCamp Comes to Chennai : A Must for Podcasters & Amateur Filmmakers

For all you aspiring Video Podcasters and Short Film Enthusiasts, please thank your stars for FilmCamp is coming to Town.

FilmCamp is a two day event that’s meant as a platform for independent film makers and podcasters to learn about the process of film making: Direction, Screenplay, Storyboarding, Shooting and Editing. This page has detailed information on the nitty gritties of what you can learn.

It’s an awesome initiative and especially useful for struggling video podcasters like me. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting professional at video podcasting but constrained by many things. I’ve been longing for networking with fellow enthusiasts which prompted us to start the Tinker Meetups. Quite successful and should have seen more editions. FilmCamp is a far more advanced version of it. Take a look at all the press coverages.

The event is on 8th & 9th at Chennai. The exact venue hasn’t been mentioned yet. For me, the dates clash with a travel plan and I’m grinding my teeth. I missed attending both KAMP & FilmCamp Bangalore for personal reasons and would hate to miss the Chennai edition. Should work out an alternative.

Check out www.FilmCamp.TV, especially the page about the founders and you’ll know why it’s really worth it.