Pune buzzing with tech activity this weekend (20 Sept)

This is going to be a very active weekend for tech activities in Pune. The big gorilla is of course, PHPCamp, the day long unconference for PHP enthusiasts on Saturday. With 700+ registrations from all over India (and indeed from other countries too), it promises to be a huge event even if just one third of the participants show up. Very impressive for a free event organized by volunteers in their free time. And if the enthusiasm seen at previous barcamps is any indication, the energy at this event will be awesome. This is a day long event at Persistent Systems near Null stop. Further event details are here.

If PHP is not your cup of tea, there are a couple of other events happening in parallel during the day. Dr. Neeran Karnik, a technical directory with Symantec Research Labs, Pune, will give a seminar on how to write good research papers at PICT. I’ve worked with Neeran for many years now, and he is good – both, as a researcher, and also as a speaker. If you have any intentions of doing research, or in general writing papers, I would say you should try to go for this one. Neeran has a PhD from the University of Minnesota, USA, and has worked with IBM Research Labs, Delhi, and Symantec Research Lab, Pune. He has been on numerous program committees of international academic conferences. He is also one of the original founders of CricInfo. This event is from 3pm to 5pm at PICT. Further details are here.

ThoughtWorks is organizing a Geek Night on Saturday afternoon, and the theme is Usability. Coming close on the heels of Pune OpenCoffee Club’s meetup on usability, this indicates that this very important field is finally getting the recognition it deserves in Pune. Abhijit Thosar, who has 20 years of experience in designing products based on emerging technologies will conduct the seminar. This event is from 2pm to 4pm at Thoughtworks, Yerwada. Further details are here.

Finally, September 20th is also Software Freedom day. But, wisely, the organizers have shifted the event to Sunday. This event will extol the virtues of free and open source software – like GNU/Linux, PHP – and is the place to go if you want to get started, or want help in any of these areas. Further details are here.

And Hemir Doshi, of IDG Ventures India, will be in Pune on Thursday and Friday, looking to meet early and early expansion stage technology and tech-enabled consumer companies. If you are interested in meeting hi, send him an email at hemir_doshi at idgvcindia dot com.

Stay in touch with all the interesting tech events happening in Pune, at the community-driven tech events calendar for Pune. Please note, it’s community driven. That means you. Please contribute. Add your events there.

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