JavaOne India was held in Hyderabad in early May. There were approximately 3,000 developers in attendance. Sonya Barry, Community Manager for Java.Net, and I were in the Oracle Technology Network booth.
We gave away software DVDs of Pre-Built VMs for Developers. They were a huge hit, even though the software is free and easy to download. Bandwidth is at a premium in India (the convention center was charging $40 USD a day for wifi!), so downloading 7GB can be a real challenge. We ended up giving away all 3000 of our DVDs in a matter of hours! Once we gave away all the DVDs, traffic to the booth was slow but steady. In general, the crowd was very enthusiastic.
I had many great individual discussions. One group of developers were wondering if it's better to take a technical track and then switch to Sales, or get trained in Sales/Business and move to a technical track. I explained that IMO, it's better get technical training first, and then decide where do go from there. I also had some nice discussions about Computer Science education in India, and let some people know about Oracle's Higher Education User Group (HEUG).
It was my first trip to India. I loved the people, the food, and the India Marketing Team (thank you!!).
Sonya also went to JavaOne Russia, her blog about both trips is here.
(thanks for the great photo, Arun!)