India has always had the largest number of attendees of all the Tech Days, and this time is certainly no exception. 10,000+ attendees, the passion for technology, the eagerness to share their work, and everything else makes it certainly one of the most exciting venues for Tech Days.
The Hyderabad International Airport is certainly very impressive - big, clean, and very 21st centurisque with a 8-lane freeway connecting to the main city.
See a short video as the attendees were allowed to enter the href="http://www.hicc.com/">Hyderabad International Convention Center (the venue for Tech Days):
I got a chance to talk to the General Manager of the convention center and very happy to know that similar convention centers are planned for Pune (1/2 the size of existing one), Mumbai (4x), and Bangalore (2x) in the near future.
As part of the opening, there was an excellent performance by an 11-year old percussionist, enjoy the video here:
Absolutely stunning performance!
It was funny, I was standing right next to the boy's parents while recording the video. Apparently the boy was allotted 10 minutes and the parents were trying their best to distract the boy right at the beginning of 11th minute :)
I presented on:
WSIT: Security, Reliability, Transactional, and .NET-interoperable Web services ( href="http://blogs.sun.com/arungupta/resource/confs/wsit-techdays-hyderabad09.pdf">slides). The href="http://blogs.sun.com/arungupta/entry/screncast_ws7_secure_and_reliable">screencast #ws7 is the demo shown during the talk.
GlassFish & Future of Java EE ( href="http://mediacast.sun.com/users/ArunGupta/media/glassfish-javaee5-hyderabad09.pdf">slides)
There were 1000+ attendees in both the sessions and had some very interactive discussions post session. It was a great opportunity to meet lots of local href="http://developers.sun.com/students/campus_ambassadors.jsp">Campus Ambassadors, students using GlassFish for their projects, engineers using GlassFish for their development/deployment, Sun colleagues and lots of other folks!