Monthly Archives: November 2010

Startup Saturday Pune “Mobile Startups”

Pune has a burgeoning number of mobile application developer
community. Some of them have been caught the eye of the top people in
the industry in India and abroad. The 13th Nov. 2010 edition of
Startup Saturday Pune is focused on celebrating their success.

3:00 – 3:15 Over view by Jignesh Jain (
3:15 – 3:30 Samir Khadepaun (
3:30 – 3:45 Sachin Murgunde (
3:45 – 4:00 Sagar Bedmutha (
4:00 – 4:15 Shardul Mohite (
4:15 – 4:30 Surojit Nandy (
4:30 – 5:00 Samir Patel from iPIN (world’s first open scalable mobile
payments platform)
5:00 onwards … Networking

Please register and Mark your calendars for:

Date: 13th Nov. 2010, 3:00 – 6:00 pm. See you at:
Venue: Centre for Management Research & Development (CMRD), Near
Patrakar Nagar, Off Senapati Bapat Road, Map

For more information, contact Arpit (99207 20764) or Vishwa (9766-243-789)

This event is free for all to attend. Register at:

The Explosion of Data & Trends in Storage Systems – by Ken Boyd IBM Distinguished Engineer – Nov 16

Update: This talk is on Nov 16, (not Nov 13 as we misreported earlier). Sorry about inconvenience caused. Also, the talk is from 5pm to 7pm. Mail to register.

Abstract of the talk:

An "explosion" of data, including "unstructured" data is having a profound effect on society, technology, and the storage industry. This increase in digital content is driving system storage developers to innovate new approaches to satisfy the demand of the market. This presentation will review some of the contributors to the extensive growth in data. The impact on industry storage system development will be examined with a review of current leading storage system attributes. How the focus of leading edge storage systems is shifting to absorb the massive amounts of data will be discussed.

Finally a discussion of near future developments will make that case that storage systems will continue to be a "hot bed" of innovation and exciting change for the foreseeable future.

About the speaker:

Ken, an IBM Distinguished Engineer, is a lead storage architect and designer working on IBM’s XIV Storage Server and SONAS products. Ken recently completed a two year IBM international assignment in Israel where he served as XIV Chief Architect and he led the XIV team in defining the architecture, system engineering, and integration of XIV into IBM. Ken started his IBM career after graduating from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1974 with a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering. After beginning as an IBM logic designer, Ken held a variety of engineering and management positions in Poughkeepsie, NY before transferring to Tucson, AZ in 1987. Advancing in IBM’s storage development team in Tucson, Ken led several organizations, including hardware development, microcode development, technical support marketing, and product management. Ken made significant contributions to IBM high end storage products, including the IBM 3990 Storage Controller, the IBM Enterprise Storage Controller (now known as the DS8000 family), and the XIV Storage System. He was promoted to IBM Director in 1993 and was named an IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2003. In July 2005 Ken received an IBM Outstanding Innovation Award for significant contributions to developing and protecting IBM Intellectual Property. Ken has achieved an IBM 12th Plateau Invention Achievement Award and has been named an IBM Master Inventor. Ken earned a M.B.A. degree from the University of Arizona and he is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Seminar Hall No. 2 (aka Room No. 6)
Near the Library and Production Dept.,
Main Building Area
College of Engineering, Pune

This event is free for all to attend. Please register by sending an email to with the subject line ‘Registration for Pune’.

SOAP Security; Linux Security Gateway – Nov 13

'null' the "open" security community presents an event on Nov 13, 4:30pm at SICSR Model Colony.

Details are as follows:

Talk: SOA architecture and SOAP protocol architecture detail and attack Vector by Nabarun sengupta

Brief Description of Talk:
Will discuss on what are web services? How SOA architecture came into existence? The SOA architecture came forth with the concept of SOAP protocol and WSDL files. We will see the communication between them. Then some aspects on attacker’s approach will be highlighted. Eventually it will end with a video demonstration of an web service attack on WSDigger through WSKnight open source tool.

Talk: How to convert your linux box into Security Gateway – Part 1 by Murtuja Bharamal

Brief Description of Talk:
In this talk I will cover various security feature/daemon of Linux OS either comes by default of with OS or available for downloads, like Firrewall, Proxy, IDS/IPS, VPN, Antivirus How to configure and use this feature to convert linux box into Security Gateway as per requirement.
In part-1 I will start-with Basic Linux Hardening and IPTables Firewall.

About null

null is an open security community for ethical hackers, security professionals and security enthusiasts. It is free, and anybody can join.

null was born out of a need for:

  • Promoting advanced security research.
  • Spreading security awareness among the netizens.
  • A Centralized knowledge base for security related information.

It was founded by Aseem Jakhar in Jan 2008.


Move towards immunity from security.


  • Advanced security research.
  • Create a disclosure platform.
  • Design/Develop innovative solutions to combat current/emerging threats.
  • Define a “Must-Have” security knowledge-base for different roles (programmer, QA, admin, end user).
  • Spread security awareness.
  • Organize Meetings/Conferences/Trainings/Awareness camps. predicts your chances of getting into a US university for MS/PhD

NextLeap is a new startup, targeting students who are interested in going abroad for higher studies. At the core is an algorithm that has analyzed past admissions data from US universities for Indian students and has come up with a mathematical model which aims to predict the chances of success for any particular student who is applying to a given university. Around this IP, NextLeap has started operations with the following offerings:

University Suggestor:  A student needs to key in their academic information, along with their GRE scores, research & work experience, and any specific field of study they are interested in. The engine then compares their information with their database and generates a list of Universities a student is most likely to get into.

University Predictor: Is similar to the university suggestor, except that the student also indicates a University that s/he is interested in, and the predictor gives the students chances of successfully getting accepted.

For example, if a student has a GRE score of 1350 on 1600, 65% score in engineering and he is from Pune Institute of Computer Technology (PICT) and aspires to apply to Ohio State University – the University Predictor will run mathematical models to check if Ohio State accepts people with GRE score of around 1350, academics at 65% and PICT’s historic admission accepts-rejects to Ohio State. Combination of all this, the Predictor will rate Ohio State as a Safe (easier to get in), moderate (harder to get in) and Ambitious (challenge to get in) for the student.

There is also a Question & Answer area where prospective students can ask any questions related to this domain, and these are answered either by NextLeap, or other users of the site, including students who are currently studying in the US, and industry people.

Finally, there's a NextLeap Blog that aims to give students general information that they might find interesting.

All the above services are free. However, they do have a "paid" version of the service where they also arrange for a one time review of the Statement of Purpose and a phone conversation with students in the USA enabling aspiring applicants to speak with current students directly.

NextLeap claims to be different from other players in this area because:

  • They are not affiliated with any US university; and hence do not have any vested in interest in "pushing" one or more universities over other. In other words, their recommendations are impartial
  • They believe it is the first time in India that an online engine with mathematical models and machine learning techniques has been enabled for students to do University short-listing.

The service is currently available only for CS and E&TC students of Bombay and Pune universities. Other fields and locations will be added next year.

The founders of NextLeap wish to remain in stealth mode for a little while longer, but they are ex-Punekars, specifically ex-COEP graduates who have gone on to study in Stanford and MIT (the one in Boston). Pratik Munot, a ex-PICT student, and India Manager of NextLeap is based in Pune.

Being featured here because of both, the strong Pune connections, and because the service is likely to be of interest to PuneTech readers who are planning on applying for higher studies in the US this year.

If you use the service, please leave your feedback in the comments section below for the benefit of other readers.

Seminar on “European Perspectives on Patents”

As lot of collaborations are taking place between Pune based firms and German companies, and considerable amount of trade also takes place between both the countries which is likely to be affected by the current European Patent legislation, it is felt desirable to create an awareness among Indian manufacturers and service providers about the current trends in patenting in Europe. LES India in association with URDIP, Pune is organizing the seminar on the theme of “European Perspectives on Patents “ with a particular focus on the automobile and IT sectors.


URDIP is a specialized service unit of CSIR, which helps organizations to meet the challenges of the new knowledge era. CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) and Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India have jointly set-up a Unit for Research and Development of Information Products (URDIP) at Pune. The mission of URDIP is to develop and distribute science, technology and industry related information products in electronic, online and web based formats. URDIP will also host third party databases.

It has been extensively involved in building patent databases and various patent analysis and mapping activities and has conducted a variety of comprehensive global patent search and analysis studies for clients in public and private sector. URDIP also provides training programmes in the area of Patinformatics.

URDIP is based in Pune. For more information, see

About the speakers

Prof. Dr. Heinz Goddar – a German Patent Attorney, as well as European Patent and Trade Mark Attorney.

He is particularly involved in international patent and licensing matters, including litigation and arbitration. He teaches Patent and Licensing Law as an Honorary Professor at the University of Bremen, Germany. He is also a Director at the Global Institute of Intellectual Property (GIIP), Delhi.

He is a Past President of LES International and of LES Germany.

Mr. Damien Trotereau – He has an engineering degree in electronics and control. He has passed the European Qualifying Examination for patent professional representatives. He has nearly 13 years of experience as Patent Examiner at EPO and also as resource person for EPO patent training programmes.

LES India

LES India is a not-for-profit company responsible for LES International activities in India. It is a professional society that encourages high professional standards among individuals engaged in the transfer and licensing of technology and industrial, or intellectual property rights.

LES India assists its members in improving their skills and techniques in licensing through self education, the conduct of special studies and research, the sponsorship of educational meetings, the publication of statistics, reports, articles and other material, and the exchange of ideas related to domestic and foreign

One of the important mandates of LES India is to make available to its members the latest, most accurate information on licensing.

For more information see:

Calling all Drupal users, developers and enthusiasts in Pune – Drupal Meeup Nov 13

Dipench says:

This is call for general drupal meetup in city of pune, more and more consulting shops and product startups are now using drupal and its a nice time to start regular monthly meetups to keep a pulse on how people are using drupal. Agenda for the meetup is almost anything under the sun related to drupal, but few specific things we can discuss:

1> How to go about having regular monthly meetups, whats needed and how to go about it – 30 mins
2> Ad hoc drupal related issues/questions people might have – 30 mins
3> Lightning talks – 30 mins ( Could be about anything related to drupal )

Saturday, Nov 13th, 4pm, at SICSR, Model colony. Free for all to attend. No registration required.

Workshop on commercialization of science & technology ideas

Normally, PuneTech does not promote events that have an entry fee, unless the fees are nominal or very low (below Rs. 1000). This Venture Center/Accelerator India workshop for science & technology entrepreneurs, with estimated costs of Rs. 55000 is definitely not free. However, some of the applicants will not only get the workshop fees waived off, but even their travel costs might get funded. If there's one thing we like more than free events, it is paid events where there's a chance to get in for free! 🙂

Venture Center (technology business incubator affiliated to NCL/ CSIR)  and Accelerator India (a spin-off of the University of Cambridge, UK) are organizing a workshop titled  Accelerated Commercialization of Technology and InnoVation or ACTIV workshop.  The workshop seeks to transfer the experience and key lessons learnt in science-based entrepreneurship from Cambridge, UK (which has now become a leading center of science entrepreneurship)  to India. Run over 2-days, the ACTIV workshop has a sharp focus on science & technology entrepreneurship and the nucleation and creation of new enterprises. Faculty from Venture Center and other guest speakers shall provide India-relevant experiences and context.

The ACTIV – EE workshop seeks to equip science/technology entrepreneurs with key skills and practical insights to help take technology based ideas to market. The workshop will be held on Sunday, December 12, 2010 and Monday, December 13, 2010 at Venture Center, Pune. More info on the ACTIV-EE workshop:
We are keen that the groups attending the workshops be a focused and determined group so that the workshop also ends up creating a community of cohorts who support, inspire and challenge each other. It is for this reason and the fact that seats are limited that the faculty plans to select the participants carefully. 
To apply, please visit – the last date to apply is November 21, 2010.

Meet the Investors – Nexus Venture Partners

Team Nexus Venture Partners Invites you to ‘Coffee with Nexus’ (Networking event for entrepreneurs, investment bankers and start-ups to connect with Nexus team)

Friday, November 26, 2010
3 to 5pm

Pubmatic India Pvt Ltd, 8th Floor, Amar Apex
Next to Food Bazaar
Baner Road
Pune 411045
3 – 3.30pm – Networking over coffee
3.30 – 4.30pm – Nexus Venture Partners: Introduction, investment thesis and opportunities in India
4.30 – 5pm – Q&A/Discussion


About Nexus Venture Partners

Venture Partners ( is India's leading venture capital fund, founded by successful entrepreneurs in India and Silicon Valley. It has $320m under management and an active portfolio of over 20 companies across technology, media, consumer, business services, energy and agribusiness sectors. The Nexus team plays an active role in helping entrepreneurs and management teams build market leading businesses. Some of the companies that Nexus has invested in include Komli (Internet advertisement network), Suminter (Organic farming), Dlight Design (Solar Lighting), DimDim (Open Source Web Conferencing), Mapmyindia (Digital Navigation), Deccan Healthcare (Nutraceuticals), Gluster (Open source storage), WhatsonIndia (TV Guide), (Cloud infrastructure), Pubmatic (Publisher Ad revenue optimization), Prana (Animation services) and Netmagic (Internet Infrastructure).

Investors in Nexus include leading university endowments, foundations and sovereign funds.

SPIN Pune Event – Research and Research Careers in Computer Science

Software Process Improvement Network – SPIN Pune presents a talk by Dr. Pankaj Jalote on Research & Research Careers in Computer Science.


Most CS and engineering graduates will end up working for the many software companies in India. This is undoubtedly a very good career for most of the graduates. However, is it the right career for those who are at the top of the class or those who seek technical and technology challenges? This talk is for such graduates, who find a “regular” software job not sufficiently satisfying. It discusses what research is, some aspects of a researcher, and the possibilities of a career in research in India – which besides being more challenging, is now getting more rewarding as well.

Event Details

Venue: Dewang Mehta Auditorium
             Persistent Systems Ltd.
             ‘Bhageerath’, 402, Senapati Bapat Road
Date: 11th November 2010
Day: Thursday

  Registration and Tea – 6:45 PM
  Session  – 7:00 PM- 8.30 PM
Program is open to all but prior registration is required. Click Here to Register

About the Speaker – Pankaj Jalote

Pankaj Jalote has recently joined as Director of the newly created Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Delhi. Prior to this, he was the Microsoft Chair Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Delhi. Before this he was with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur since 1989, where he was also the Head of the Department from 1998 to 2002. Earlier he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, where he also held joint appointment in the Institute of Advanced Computer Studies. From 1996 to 1998, he was Vice President (quality) at Infosys Technologies Ltd., a large Bangalore-based company providing software solutions worldwide, where he spearheaded Infosys' successful move to high maturity levels of the CMM. From 2003 to 2004 he was a Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, USA.

He is the author of CMM in Practice , (Addison Wesley, 1999), a book that has been translated in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean; Software Project Management in Practice (Addison Wesley, Feb 2002); the highly popular textbook An Integrated Approach to Software Engineering, (Springer 1991, 2nd Edition 1996, 3rd Edition 2005), whose Indian edition was recognized as the bestselling book in computer science by its local publisher; and the graduate-level book Fault Tolerance in Distributed Systems , (Prentice Hall, 1994). He is on the Board of Advisors of many software companies in India and USA, is a Technical Advisory Board member for Microsoft Research, India, has served on the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, and International Journal of Emperical Software Engineering.

His research interest is in software engineering (software quality, software process improvement, software architecture analysis), and fault tolerant systems and reliability.