Spark IT 2010 Trip Report
By arungupta on Mar 19, 2010
Spark IT 2010 - the inaugural conference by CIOL and PCQuest (@pcquest) wrapped up earlier today.
With 1000+ attendees, 3 session tracks, and 1 hands-on lab running simultaneously, there was a lot for the attendees to consume.
Here are the three originally planned sessions (+ slides) I delivered over the past couple of days:
The fourth session was a slide-free session and showed Java EE 6 tooling using NetBeans (TOTD #122, screencast #29, TOTD #95, TOTD #94, TOTD #93) and Eclipse (TOTD #102 and TOTD #99). Future sessions will include IntellIJ as well as the support over there is still primitive and I need to spend more time trying to understand it ;-)
One of the Day 2 keynote session speaker could not deliver the session and so I was called to talk about something that might be of interest to the broader set of attendees. After much thinking I delivered a presentation talking about the evolution of the Java platform and how it provides a rich and robust platform for creating next generation services. The session also included details on some features in the upcoming JDK 7 which was well appreciated. Anyway, the slides are available here:
Many thanks to Cyber Media and all the volunteers who did a meticulous job in coordinating the conference!
Now a little bit about my personal stay at the hotel.
Selva Kumaran is the current Mr Bengaluru and was amongst top-10 in Mr India Body Building Championship last year. He provides free personal training sessions to the guests staying at Goldfinch Hotel. And I certainly availed couple of sessions there and totally enjoyed them. He is one of the reasons I'll probably go back and stay at that hotel :-)
Another reason to go back to this hotel is Kabab Studio restaurant on their terrace. An open air dining, live ghazal singing, and well marinated barbecue together adds to the overall ambience.
Here are some pictures from the conference:
And the complete evolving album at:
So for now, 1 conference, 4 planned + 1 unplanned sessions, and 1 hotel are covered. Many thanks to Cyber Media for inviting and hosting us. I certainly look forward to participating in SparkIT 2011.
There are 2 more conferences, 5 planned sessions, 2 hotels, and 1 more city still remaining.
The first Ruby Conf India starts tomorrow ... yaay! And of course you'll hear about how GlassFish seamlessly supports multiple Ruby frameworks on Mar 21 (Sunday) at 11am in Track1.