The IEC Open Source Mela was a two day Sun event at Bangalore to create awareness of Open Source and Open Source technologies amongst Sun Employees. The two day event was held on the 25th and 26th of March. It was a packed two days with demos, talks and lightning talks all day, fun events and some gaming too!
After the inaugral and inspirational talk by KNR, IEC engineers were in for a series of talks surrounding open source! It was an excellent opportunity indeed to learn plenty of stuff about open source and more importantly to be aware of the work happening at Sun, India around Open Source!! The talks were around Sun's open source products like Netbeans, how to contribute to open source, etc. Simultaneously, there were demos happening to enlighten Sun fellow engineers on what Open Source Evangelists at IEC are upto!
The 'Gaming Arcade' was opened up post lunch and attracted plenty!!! Everyone tried their hands on 'Quake III' over the LAN! It was fun indeed to see people frag each other!!!
At the end of the day were some fun events followed by prize distribution for a few events that happened before the mela - the caption and logo contest and the acrostic puzzle! (I won the first prize! )
The day kicked off with an excellent talk on the 'Do s and Dont s' in open source communities followed by some more amazing talks around virtualization, virtual desktops. The demos and the gaming arcade were there today too!! At the end of the day was a luck draw amongst those who attended many talks!
The IEC Open Source mela was a huge success indeed and of course sent the message across loud and straight - Open Source is the way of the future!!!!
Here's Swathi and me talking about the 2 day event!
A small quote that was put up during one of the talks - Open Source is a religion. Those who dont follow it go to hell!
To catch up all the action on the IEC Open Source Mela - check out the blog.