FUDCon APAC 2015

FUDCon APAC 2015 was held in Pune, India from 26-28 June. This conference was a bit different for me than the ones I been to in past. The first conference that I was attending in the city and was volunteering but not speaking 😛 . So, the process started right after Pune won the bid 😉 . We used to have regular meetings to discuss on CFP dates, budget, sponsorship to speakers, swags, venue and a bunch of other things. Organizing an event is not an easy job, alas! I could see that very closely as people not having proper sleeps and putting in the best of their efforts to have everything in place. Every one was doing their bit to make the conference a success.

This was the first FUDCon that I was attending and moreover it was back to Pune after 4 years. People were really looking forward to the event with a lot of excitement. There were three main tracks and three dedicated tracks for Containers, Openstack and Storage.

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This was the venue!
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This is how the entrance looked like..

Day 1:

The conference started with a keynote by Dennis Gilmore on “Delivering Fedora for everything and everyone”.  I attended the keynote and had to rush to the top floors to take care of the video graphing part as I was volunteering for the same along with few other folks. The talks in all the other tracks started right after the keynote session except the seminar hall. @hasgeek guys were taking care of the video graphing for three main tracks and rest were covered a little unprofessionally by volunteers. I had to be in the Seminar hall the entire day taking care of the video which was compelling enough for me to listen to the talks the entire day. Though it’s been months that I am writing this blog but I still remember about some of the talks, there was one by Parag Nemade on DNF, can’t remember the rest 😛 . That was probably the conference where I happened to attend the maximum number of talks. The last for the day was a keynote by Harish Pillay. Day 1 was pretty hectic and I had a bad headache by the end of the day may be because I looked through the camera for longer during the day.

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Talk by Parag, and I am busy doing the recording part with hasgeek guys!
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Time keeping sheets for the speakers

Day 2:

Day 2 started with a keynote by Jiri on ‘Present and Future of Fedora Workstation’. After the keynote I was back to the seminar hall. There was a talk by Rejy on “Be Secure with SELinux” where he nicely explained all about SELinux. Sayan spoke on Fedmsg and Nigel spoke on Contributing to Mozilla. And, it was lunch time and I decided to take a break for a while from the seminar room and went to the auditorium to see what else was happening around. Post lunch, Izhar talked about selling Open Source software and mentioned how Red Hat has been doing it so well for years. Then there was talk on Atomic Project and Docker by Aditya Patwari(@adityapatawari) and Lalatendu where Aditya attempted a bit of standup comedy on the stage as well. The talk was pretty good though and lastly there was the closing keynote for the day. Here comes the most waited part for all the volunteers and spaeakers.. FUDPub 😉 College volunteers looked the most excited for the same. We all headed to Blu-O for the evening party, everyone was so engaged at the party.. with either food, drinks, discussions, or playing games like pool, Foosball, bowling without scores. The food and music at the party was pretty good and everyone enjoyed to their best. And there we go back home all tired.

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Day 3:

Here comes the last day of conference and I was pretty late to catch the bus and so were a few to board the last one to the venue. There were no talks scheduled for the day but workshops and BoFs. I attended the first workshop for the day which was by Ryan and Sirko, all about graphics design and marked my presence at the one on Docker by Aditya, did learn a little too 😉 . It was a great day with interactions with a lot of people. Lastly, a thanking note by Rupali and we all board the buses for a drop at Magarpatta.

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Workshop by Ryan and Sirko
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Fedora BoF

This was my first time volunteering at any conference and I realized that volunteering wasn’t any easy job but required a lot of commitment to the work allotted. It was a bit tiring though but not boring. Moreover, you have contributed in a certain way to make the conference a success. There were certain areas where we could have done better as a team like, spreading the word about conference and having more attendees, regular volunteer meets for three conference days to keep a check if everything was alright and assigning duties to college volunteers. Rest, it was altogether a different experience and I got an opportunity to get introduced to a lot of awesome folks from Fedora community. #fudconin15 was great conference on home turf 😉

 

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Python Pune Meetup, January 2015

After a vibrant response from the participants at the first Python Pune meetup, we planned for the second chapter on January 31, 2015 at Red Hat, Pune. This time the meetup was scheduled differently as compared to the previous time as we had call for papers days before the meetup which invited speakers from outside to speak on different topics. As usual, the RSVP on the meetup page was flooding and we had a huge waiting list of people who wanted to join us at the meetup.

The day started at 10:00 am and the first hour of the day was took over by Chandan Kumar where he included a quick revision of the basic python concepts he covered in the first meetup. Next, followed the workshop on Django by Tejas Sathe. It was great to see a University student volunteering to a take a workshop. It was a hand-on workshop where people could learn the basics and create some views for their website. He managed to complete his workshop in nearly 2 hours and then we had a small break for 15 minutes. During the break, some of the girls (who were present at PyLadies last week) walked up to me and shared their experience a bit, mentioned that they were interested in attending in some of the advanced level workshops too. Also, Tejas walked up to me to say a ‘hello’, he mentioned that he could not speak to me at PyCon India, 2014.

After the break and little of interactions, there was a talk by Jaidev on Categorical Data Analysis. This talk included some insights on Data Analysis using Python. The talk was nice though. It was followed by a couple of questions from the audience which proved that the participants were receptive enough to his content. The last was a short 10 minnutes talk by Rohan Kanade on oslo. We wrapped up the event by 2:00 pm giving them some additional information about the next meetup planning and coming up FUDCon 2015, a group picture and distribution of Fedora 21 DVDs. Few people interacted well even while they were heading downstairs which was good to see.

We look forward to another meetup this month to be held on February 21, 2015.

PyLadies, Pune (January, 2015)

After long days of planning, we were finally able to organize the first chapter of PyLadies, Pune on January 24, 2015 at Cummins College of Engineering, Pune. PyLadies is an international mentorship group which support women who are interested in programming using Python. Keeping the current scenario in mind about women participation in the open source community, we thought it was required to encourage more women participation. The number of girls who turned up at the event was a little disappointing as compared to the number of registrations but the chapter was destined to start that day and it did 😉 . I started the day by giving a very small presentation where I covered introduction to PyLadies and how we can increase the women participation in the open source community. I talked about a couple of existing outreach programs like Ada Initiative, GNOME outreach program for Women, Linux Chix and also awards like ‘Women in Open Source Award‘. Also discussed about some of the common reasons why we see less women in the community and how together we can help improve the ratio.

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Later, Ramakrishna Reddy spoke on ‘Why we love Python’. The talk was beautifully structured and interesting enough for the college students. He spoke from his past experiences as when he started using Linux, installations involved a bunch of 30-40 floppy disks. He mentioned that it depends how a person wants to learn to program and how important are the programming concepts like data structures for students to begin their career in the programming. That one hour of the day was interesting.

After a short break of 15 minutes, there was a hands-on session on ‘Fun with Python’ by Chandan Kumar and Praveen Kumar. The topics to be covered were variables, data types,operators, looping, data structures, functions, modules and file handling. Chandan covered some of the initial topics with hands-on exercises for the participants and later Praveen explained some of the latter advanced topics. Anshul Behl grabbed the last slot of the day and explained how to use python-requests module to gather data from web and then using it for some purpose. He used the rottentomatoes API as an example for the same.

The day was concluded by Ramakrishna Reddy where he provided a clear and deeper understanding to data structures in five minutes. Praveen Kumar talked about how one can contribute to fedora and we announced the coming up event FUDCon Pune 2015. Also, we distributed some fedora stickers and DVDs to the students there.

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The first chapter of PyLadies, Pune was co-organised by Red Hat and was a successful event all together. We are looking forward to a greater participation by ladies in future.

Rails Girls, Pune, 2014

Rails Girls, Pune was conducted on December 13,  2014 at ThoughtWorks, Pune. The event kicked of at 8:00 am which was too early on a chilly winter day. The introductions/ keynote by Gautam Rege, Rajshree and Pooja covered a brief introduction to Ruby, Ruby on Rails and of course the event ‘Rails Girls’. After that there was a video where the ThoughtWorkers had taken an extra effort to enact and let the attendees decide their track- Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced . Though the video was enacted well by TW folks but IMO, it did not serve the purpose rather confused some attendees whereas last year, there were random groups being formed while I was an attendee then and this time a volunteer. Volunteers helped the attendees to decide groups, installations and setup to get started as it was going to be a hands on workshop the whole day. Though there were arrangements for breakfast but only few girls could take it because of the early schedule and they walking in late. So, the agenda of the day was to introduce the participants to Ruby, Ruby on Rails and help them build a small web application by the end of day, so that they see something substantial and feel proud about what they did throughout the day.

We were all set to start, the attendees have grabbed their round tables. Each group of 4-6 girls(mostly) was accompanied by a pair of coaches where a beginner coach was paired up with an advanced coach. After everyone settled in their groups, the coaches introduced ruby as a programming language to the group. Some of them asked the attendees to use tryruby.org while others used irb(Interactive Ruby Shell). It was good to know that people who have been using C, Java till now were happy to meet Ruby and found it magical. So there was a brief introduction to rails as going forward, the attendees were expected to make a rails application and show case at the end of the day. At 11:30 am there was a talk by a team from Team Vision where they spoke how they understand and code without being able to see. The talk was inspiring as well as motivational, people who cannot see are able to code then what is stopping others from doing that. After that, there was a small activity named Bentobox where attendees were given stickies and a list of technology name and asked to put them in the right section so that they can have a better understanding of Front end technologies, Storage, infrastructure and others. After this 15 minutes activity, the coaches briefly explained the Bentobox to their respective groups. IMG_20141213_114515The Bentobox activity was followed by lunch after which there was a stress busting Origami  session. It was taken by a retired lady teacher with a passion for Origami. To split the girls into groups of six, everyone was asked to stand in a circle and then pick up chits which had some keyword written on it. Now, each one was supposed to find others with the same chit and form groups of 6. Here we were checking in reality how much noise could the girls make while yelling out for theirs partners. Being a volunteer, I stood beside and enjoyed the view 😀  After everyone was successfully in groups of 6, now we started with some paper folding and each piece was to be added to make a colorful cube, which was again an encouraging group activity.
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After this stress busting activity, everyone was back to work and started working on their apps. Now there was more focus on Rails and building the apps. All the coaches discussed with their groups regarding which web application they would like to make. All the web applications were basically a CRUD(Create, Read, Update, Delete) but with a different wrapper to it. Those who could complete their apps on time, deployed on heroku while there were some who faced problems in deploying to Heroku. Later, was the showcase time where people came down to demo their application and share their experiences. Some of the attendees looked very happy and proud of what they have done since morning. People had take away which was a proud moment for all the coaches who did the hard work the whole day imparting knowledge to a bunch of people. One of the interesting apps a participant made was Boyfriend Expense Management App. Next, there was cake cutting ceremony and a closing keynote. T-shirts were distributed at the end of the day, those who left early missed the yummy cake and t-shirt and hence another Rails Girls, Pune came to an end for the participants but not for volunteers/coaches/organizers. A meeting was scheduled for feedback which was very organised I felt but too time consuming. We looked at what went well through out the day, what we could improve and what was different from the last time. From being a participant last year to a volunteer this year, I could see that there were less interactions among girls this time, mainly the ice-breaker was missing. The event was a success in all. The day ended with a team dinner and a bit more interactions with people from the organizing team. You can check out the Rails Girls video here which summarizes the event well 😉 .

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Python Pune Meetup, December 2014

The winter edition of Python Pune meetup was held on December 6, 2014 at Red Hat, Pune. Our intention was to take a first step in bringing together all the the Pythoners across the city and build a strong python community in Pune. The last meetup was held way back in April, 2014 and we thought of bringing the series back to life. The main driving factor behind this was Chandan Kumar who came up with the idea and I along with some other folks supported him and took it forward. The response on the meetup page was way beyond our expectations as people were responding to RSVP even till the last day. We had a full house at the meetup and surprisingly most of the people were on time except one or two who walked in a little late. We had kept a buffer time of 15 minutes for installations/setup but fortunately everyone had their machines tuned before turning up for the session. The crowd was a mixed blend of professionals and students but less number of females as usual. I still wonder why don’t women turn up at events. By 10:15 a.m, we were all set to begin and I kicked off the event with a brief introduction to Python as a programming language and the agenda for the day. On interacting with the attendees, it was good to know that most of them were new to python and had no prior experience which made us believe and gear up with a positive vibe ‘the day shall be good’. Later Chandan Kumar took over and proceeded with the session.pymeetuppune

The session began with some basic concepts about a programming language and it all began with a  print “hello World!” where it is nearly important to greet the new world you are about to enter. The agenda was to cover the basics of Python including variables, data types,operators, looping, data structures, functions, modules and file handling. We had planned for the first break of the day to be at 11:45 a.m and we were able to generate interest in the participants by then. Not to forget, our team of volunteers was successfully able to help those who were with a windows machine and 100% attendees were doing a hands on session. The workshop was well organised with a DIY(Do it Yourself) program after every each concept being taught. In order to motivate people, there were stickers for the one who did it first.

The lunch break was planned at 1:15 pm, the attendees interacted well while having lunch. With a quick round of questions to the participants, we made sure that they were not sleepy post lunch. Topics including file handling, modules were to be covered post lunch which are considered a bit complex in the view of a beginner. As volunteers, while we were helping the participants resolve their queries we noticed that a lot of participants were not able to execute their programs because of indentation errors. We made sure that Chandan would put a bit stress on the indentation part and show a demo as well. In the end, the session was a little fast paced as we wanted to wrap up the meetup by 4:00 pm as per the agenda and not let people complain about it. The meetup was a successful event and we are planning for a Chapter 2 as well where we will be covering some advanced topics. It was good to see that a good number of people entered the Python community that day and were no more a beginner 😉 .

vodQA Pune, 2014

vodQA Pune was organised on Nov 15, 2014 at ThoughtWorks, Pune. vodQA is a QA centric event and has been running across cities like Bangalore, Pune, Gurgaon for a couple of years now. The venue for the event had a small shift from the previous year as the ThoughtWorks office was a newer and bigger place(though I liked the previous one more). It began with the registrations as usual and distribution of a vodQA bag which contained two badges and a notepad. This time along with the vodQA badge, Selenium’s 10th birthday was also being celebrated and hence the badge for it. The keynote was mid way by the time I joined, one of the striking points the speaker mentioned was ‘looking at the gradually changing scenario, there will be more in-use cell phones than there are people on the planet right now’. The speaker touched upon some topics like Continuous Delivery, cross platform testing, testing in production(coming up near future) and so forth.vod1

This time, vodQA was scheduled differently #experimenting. There were three parallel tracks for talks/workshops scheduled for the day with each candidate being able to attend a set of 2 talks + lightening talks + 1 workshop + open space session. You can check the schedule here. From the available three choices, I chose to attend “Migrating Cloud Management Infrastructure to Openstack and Testing Challenges” where the duo discussed some of the testing challenges in shifting from Rackspace to Openstack. They started with a brief introduction to the components of Openstack which was helpful to understand the basics and connect. This talk also had the mention of ‘testing in production without effecting the business’. Another talk was about identifying risks and vulnerabilities in your web application which covered exactly 10 points from OWASP Top Ten Project. Now, there were lightening talks pre-lunch which were simply awesome. “10 myths about QAs” was delivered by Kushal aka ‘Baba’ which covered something near to reality mentioned in the next few lines. When you say “QA”, the first question which comes up is ‘Manual or Automation’, even if a QA does test automation, he cannot escape the manual part of testing, so why do people even ask such questions? Anyhow, believe it or not, manual testing is an art and test automation has it’s own advantages. Does your project manager expect you to do 100% automation? Really? Automation is just not one person’s responsibility, but that of a team. Are the tests breaking? Why is the developer looking at you, is the QA responsible for it? He summarized his talk saying that a QA does more than just test. Another lightening talk was on “Personality Driven Testing” by Jesal which was entirely a new thought and just touched upon some different types of personalities of a person and what approach would that person take at work in order to test an application. Though initially I wondered, is it some new kind, never heard of this term before.. the talk had good stuff. The last one “5 reasons why every QA need not ‘cross the boundary’ to white box” was by Deepak where he emphasized on manual testing being an art and mentioned about crowd-sourced testing. By now, every one is super hungry and wanting to break for lunch.

During lunch time, there was a cake cutting ceremony ‘Selenium’s 10th Birthday’ followed by the regular lunch. I happened to talk to few folks over lunch, this time I could see a couple of new faces who have come down from ThoughtWorks, Bangalore. I met a couple of known faces and one of them was Vatsala whom I met at Tech Jam, Pune and she mentioned that my session there had been helpful to her in some way (felt glad). The discussions at lunch time revolved around Galen Framework and some load testing tools.

After the lunch, there was open space where 6-7 topics were selected based on up-votes by the attendees. The topics covered were Agile testing, Mobile testing, test automation, Security testing and few others. The attendees were asked to choose any of the topics and join/form respective groups. The open space is not scheduled, the attendees are required to discuss their topics, share experiences and knowledge. After the open space, there were 3 parallel tracks for a 90 minute workshop. I attended the workshop in Track 1 “How to bring your site down with Gatling” which covered some aspects of load testing. The title was really catchy and it was a full house for this track. The duo gave an overview on some of commonly used tools starting from curl, apache bench, seige, locust, jmeter, and came down to using ‘Gatling’. Gatling is an open source load testing framework which offers a nice reporting format with bar charts and pie charts. It requires to write the code using Scala and you could ramp up the number of users as per your requirement. The hands on session was good while we were trying to break a sample site named ‘dakshina’. The speakers were able to cover good amount of stuff in the given time frame. In all, the workshop was a good learning experience. The closing note was a live example of being agile as the concerned speaker was not able to make it, but was fairly good. It’s time to share feedback and bid a goodbye to this year’s vodQA, a small part of my feedback is a part of vodQA after shots video. Ah! another vodQA came to an end without a vodka shot 😛 😀 .

Fedora Activity Day (Security), Pune

Fedora Activity Day(theme: Security) was conducted on Nov 1, 2014 at Red Hat, Pune. The event was of more relevance to Security folks as the idea was to triage the bugs related to Security in fedora. PJP started with a brief introduction to security and shared the link to security related bugs on irc #fedora-india. There were in total 8-9 folks who joined the FAD this time. Everyone started with Bug Triaging and there was a parallel scoreboard maintained on etherpad for counting the bugs each one picked up for which the results can be seen here -> FAD(Security).

There was a Docker meetup on the same day conducted parallely in the Cafeteria where around 30-40 attendees had turned up. The attendees were keen on knowing more about Docker. Navid being one of the organizers of the meetup looked overwhelmed with the response from the sessions.

This time at FAD, there was sponsored lunch unlike the last FAD(where we ran out of Pizza’s that we ordered). While being in the queue for lunch, Siddhesh on looking at the FUDCON t-shirt pointed out ‘the t-shirt determines your age’ which reflected how community folks can know about your experience. Post lunch, the Docker track had a hands on session whereas FAD participants continued with the same. Rupali turned up and gave some Fedora goodies(mugs and stickers) to be distributed among us. Throughout the day I picked up a couple of bugs, looked through, tried to understand and then gave up on them one by one, eventually ending up not adding myself as fst_owner to any of the bugs 😀 . The only contribution from my side could be this blog 😛 . For a more technical details about the event, you must read PJP’s event report on the same.

Deccan Ruby Conf, Pune 2014

The first edition of Deccan Ruby conference, Pune was held on 19 July, 2014 at Hyatt Regency, Pune. Their tag line “होऊ दे!” somewhere related to having fun. By the time I reached, keynote had already started. Being the regular practice of any conference, registrations were accompanied with name stickers, badges(of Josh) and T-shirts. The day started off well with interactions in the first tea break right after the keynote. The arrangements were done well in coordination with Hyatt and you could hear the sound of ringing bell after each tea break. Post the keynote, there were parallel tracks for Workshops and talks. Most of the attendees including me rushed for the workshop  on “TDD 101 – Get it before you dismiss it!” by Sidu Ponnappa Chonira. The workshop was good in all but couldn’t meet timeline and continued longer, eating some part of the free slot as per the schedule. The volunteers in the workshop helped everyone test drive their code. This couldn’t have been simpler than writing code for a calculator . Ah, but it was flooded with questions! Nevertheless, there was something to learn at the end. Talk on ‘Writing ruby ” होउदे ” way, yes in Marathi !‘ was quite entertaining though and the speaker gave a lightening talk as well on the same. Undoubtedly, the food was awesome(Hyatt.Mediterranean fish++).

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Post lunch, talk on “Dashboard for DevOps” had interesting stuff. Right after that, one of the speakers talked about rolling your own web framework in 30 minutes. In the parallel track, Workshop on “Deliver projects 30% faster, know your CSS” was being conducted. Lightening talks aren’t boring anytime because of the short duration 😉 . One of the lightening talks included a student  talking about her Rails Summer of Code and eventually they could find someone there who could help them. Meanwhile, I talked to few people in person about “Women in Open Source Award” by Red Hat. Some of them felt motivated and promised to contribute more. Coming towards the end, the closing note by Baishampayan Ghose was well drafted and interesting. One of his slides mentioned: future = f(past) [Future is a function of past]. Takeaways from his talk were to understand the problem well before you jump to any solution, ignore history at one’s own risk, give importance to design and make it a deliberate practice. Deccan ruby conf could have worked better on the T-shirt design instead of stamping it with sponsor’s logos! There was Futsal planned for football lovers post the event and a party at Irish Village, though I did not attend either. Overall, it was a good one day conference and got a chance to meet the ruby community.

Global Service Jam, 2014

This time the dedicated 48 hours to save the world were from 7-9 March, 2014. Its been exactly a month now, I attended the jam. The event kicked off around 1800 hrs on Friday(7 March) with interactions via the same old ice-breaker game. Ice- breaker is interesting though but I find it boring now because I have been to ThoughtWorks, Pune a couple of times and I wasn’t amazed when I turned out to be the highest scorer in the game 😀 . I was jamming for the second time then and was great to meet Adi, host of the show and few of the jammers who turned up for the second time. So, we all started with the Secret Theme Video for Global Service Jam, 2014 which revealed the theme and that was:

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After knowing the theme, each group started brain storming what this theme could be. One thing was for sure that each group’s ideas had something or the other to do with a ‘box’. The brainstorming session was the best part where everybody was coming up with the weirdest of stuff. So, this box could be a portable playground (for kids), could be a in-house party box, could be some game, could be flexible furniture, could be blah blah blah.. n number of ideas! The day 1 ended late night with loads of ideas but not the ‘one’ idea which we need to work on for the next two days 😀 . Day 2 onward each team starts with some research work on their respective ideas. So, one of the teams named their project as a^3 (A-Cube) which was kind of a game with a purpose. In short, A-cube is an innovative, fun and playful educational aid for educating young children, on social and behavioral issues that matter. Their prototype was too much of fun to play with, check out the video . Another group thought of coming up with a service and named their project as ATM+ ( All Time Medicine Plus). Atm+ is supposed to be a vending machine for medicines as well as first-aid material which will be available 24*7 at ATMs (so, the idea behind choosing ATM as the location to place the box was that we have an infrastructure in place along with security reasons). So, the team has an entertaining video and being a part of the making was too much of fun 😀 . The third group came up with ‘Flexi Furnitures’ where the idea was to have basic furniture which can be easily prepared and reuse the same for different purposes. Checkout their prototype video here.

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Day 3, everybody was busy wrapping up with their presentations as the showcase was scheduled at 5 in the evening. We continued work along with Pizzas(at lunch). Everybody presented their projects in the evening and we wrapped up the event! If you want to check out all the projects worked upon during this Jam, check link.

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“There is no substitute for jamming and getting to know each other on the road.”

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International Women’s Day, 2014

A women in her lifetime.. creates, nurtures and transforms! Women’s Day celebrations have never been so exciting. Celebrations started a day before March 8 at my office. Most of the ladies were clad in a sari as we decided on the same theme. A warm welcome with a bouquet of flowers made each women feel special. The event kicked off with some motivational videos including one by Kiran Bedi [Video] followed by a presentation which covered some of the common problems faced by women. None of the females was afraid to do a ramp walk midst all sisters (so, this time we did not invite men for the show 😛 ). Just to add to it, the yummy chocolate truffle cake which was exclusively for us made my day! Ahmmm, so the celebrations end officially but I had more to do. Post lunch, I attended a talk show by ‘Lila Poonawala‘ at ‘Hotel Courtyard by Marriott’, Pune. She became the first woman CEO in India’s business history. She has not only conquered corporate India but has helped thousands of women shape their careers whilst balancing her other commitments. I  walked up to the venue to meet this inspirational woman. I liked her words.. Women need to keep pushing/breaking the glass ceiling. You need to push the door.. Push yourself out before you push others. If the floor is sticky, better leave the shoes and run! One of the feedback/discussions about the talk mentioned “Enthusiasm” which means “the God (entheo) inside (iasm)” in Greek language. And Lila believes in Leading Indian Ladies Ahead(LILA). The evening comes to an end with some more networking over coffee!

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The next day is International Women’s Day where I be a part of Women’s Day Ideathon happening at ThoughtWorks, Pune. As usual, registrations went smooth although I was late at the venue. Anyway, I did not miss out on the badges exclusively for Women.

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The day was scheduled with talks by Gayatri Buragohain, Sameera Khan and Shilpa Phadke followed by Ideathon. Women’s Day could not have been better than meeting female activists and having round table discussions about issues faced by women today. When you think to fight the issues faced by women today, why is it you think the online way and offline looks obsolete. Online apps and web portals are the simplest barriers, why don’t you start right from your neighborhood and start building a strong women community. Why don’t we see sisters in arms? Why is brotherhood visible and not sisterhood? I would say, never give up on something just because you are a WOMEN, fight the way Madhuri Dixit aka Rajjo does it 😉 .And, watching Gulab Gang at the end of the day just made me happier on a happy Women’s Day. On Women’s Day, I could hear from a lot of men “Why isn’t there a men’s day?”. Just as a piece of information to all men and women, I want to share that International Men’s Day exists and is celebrated on November 19 each year. 

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 Above all, be the heroine of your life and not the victim.