Sun Tech Days Hyderabad - Day 1

30% of the approximately 5000 attendees at Sun Tech Days Hyderabad were a repeat audience. It is the biggest developer Tech Days of all - both in terms of the number of attendees and tracks/sessions. This is my first Tech Days in India and found the show to be quite impressive so far. Once you enter the main conference hall, it's hard to differentiate between Moscone Center (location for JavaOne) and Hyderabad International Convention Center (HICC). Starting from the entrance, conference rooms, audio/video facilities and the crew is just amazing and very helpful.

Here is a little video right before the opening session:

The main convention hall can accomodate upto 5000 people at a given time and it was packed for the opening keynote by Rich Green (Executive Vice President, Software, Sun Microsystems).

Rich described how JDK, MySQL (yaaay!), xVM, GlassFish, NetBeans, Solaris and many other similar offerings provide a comprehensive suite of products that cover the entire portfolio of software. He talked about how Sun Campus Ambassadors, one-fifth of the total approx 500 are from India, are playing a key role in shaping the future.

Rich also talked about "Innovate more, Code less" - basically talking about how providing incremental functionality over existing FOSS components foster the open source spirit and create a community. It can be measured by a ratio of the number of lines developed and used. Rich also talked about how MySQL (pronounced as my-ess-kew-ell) acquisition (completed earlier this week) has made Sun the largest open source company in the world.

And this is India, so of course lots of people show up at sessions, booths, lunch and every where else as well!

I participated in a technical showcase right after the keynote which demonstrates the latest & cool technologies from Sun Microsystems. There were lots of cool demos ranging from JavaFX, SunSPOT, Java2D & jMaki. A replay of the jMaki demo along with complete instructions to recreate is available here. The opening session was telecast live to Bangalore & Chennai and then there were other sessions conducted parallely as well in these cities.

In addition to the technical showcase, I delivered 2 more sessions - JavaEE, GlassFish & Their Future and Web 2.0 Applications Made Easy using jMaki. And a Hands-on-Lab on Performance Tuning your Web 2.0 Applications. Both the sessions were heavily attended with 45 minutes presentation and an equal amount of time answering the questions.

The evening concluded by a great performance by Euphoria - one of the most popular rock band in India. Their popularity was quite evident by response and participation from the audience. For me, it was quite exciting to attend an Indian rock concert after a looong time :)

I captured the video as well and will upload once I get "decent" upload speed ;-)

The complete album of the visit so far is available at:

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I fail to see the point in tech days hyderabad. Half the audience is made of students asking basic or sometimes lame questions.

Posted by Attendee on February 27, 2008 at 06:30 PM PST #

Yeah thats a most memorable moment. Very informative sessions, interactive sessions, great presentations, sharing knowledge, more fun. Totally its a grand gala technical event happened in Hyderabad.

Thanks alot Sun Team to choose hyderabad for Suntech days. I/we always wish to make this event happen every year at Hyderabad.

Posted by Kalyan Kumar on February 28, 2008 at 09:42 PM PST #


Is Sun uploaded the presentations of Sun Tech Days Hyd 2007 - 08. Please provide me the links for this info.

Siva Naramsetti

Posted by Siva Kumar on March 09, 2008 at 04:14 PM PDT #


The slides will be made available in next week or so.


Posted by Arun Gupta on March 10, 2008 at 04:39 AM PDT #

The SunTech Days at Hyderabad was a great experience to me and my students.We are extremely thankful to Sun Microsystems for selecting Hyderabad as a venue for SunTech.Hope, even in future Hyderabad will remain on the venue list of SunTech Days. I would be thankful to you if you could send me the video of the opening session and Rich Green's keynote..

Posted by Hashmi Syed Asrar on March 17, 2008 at 09:20 PM PDT #

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Posted by Arun Gupta's Blog on March 31, 2008 at 02:17 AM PDT #

The slides for Tech Days are available at:

Posted by Arun Gupta on July 21, 2008 at 08:50 AM PDT #

I participated in a technical showcase right after the keynote which demonstrates the latest & cool technologies from Sun Microsystems.

Posted by Impotence on August 12, 2008 at 04:12 PM PDT #

I wish if i could attend one program of this type by Sun :(
Im from Bangalore, India.. and i cant leave my work place to attend such prog.. i wish if this prog wr to be in Bangalore.

IBM India

Posted by Ravindra on October 15, 2008 at 12:57 AM PDT #

Ravi, Bangalore will be a satellite city for upcoming Tech Days in Hyderabad. That means the keynote will be telecast live from Hyderabad. And there will be other sessions delivered by the speakers in person as well.

Posted by Arun Gupta on October 15, 2008 at 03:16 AM PDT #

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Posted by ayyappa on November 19, 2008 at 06:03 PM PST #

I am very eager to attend the Sun Tech Day in Hyderabad this February, 2009.
Thank you Sun for coming to Hyderbad again.

Posted by Praveen Kumar Gidadhubli on December 05, 2008 at 12:30 PM PST #

We are extremely thankful to Sun Microsystems for selecting Hyderabad as a venue for SunTech

Posted by city pictures on March 08, 2009 at 07:40 AM PDT #

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