Update: the competition is over – Sandeep Gautam has won the Google Wave invitation for this suggestion.
And there are a whole bunch of online places for techies in Pune to hang out:
- Pune Tech posts often draw fairly detailed comments. See for example the comments for this post and this post.
- The Pune Open Coffee Club uses a ning based social network, and it is being used extensively by members for various things – including forums, sub-groups, direct messages
- The Pune Open Coffee Club also has a thriving mailing list
- Talking of mailing lists: the Pune Linux Users Group has a great mailing list for those interested in linux in particular, and open source in general
- Another mailing list that is very active is that of the NULL group, which deals with security and ethical hacking
- Pune’s techies are of course very active on twitter. Look here, for a list of 700 Pune twitterers, and see this post and this post for some prominent twitterers to follow.
- The PuneTech linked-in group has over 1300 members.
- In general, see the groups and organizations page on the PuneTech wiki, to see a whole bunch of other groups and mailing lists in Pune.
Most of these are basically mailing lists, and forums. I wonder whether there are other ways in which techies in Pune can find other like-minded people, and collaborate in more ways. Would chat be interesting, like proto.in uses? Or IRC? Should we be focusing on Orkut or Facebook or both? Is there something intersting that can be done with YouTube? Can we use some new technology in new ways to bring people closer together? Maybe Google Wave?
Give your suggestions in the comments section below. The best suggestion gets a Google Wave invitation. You can get the invitation for yourself, or you can use it to invite someone else. If you’re not interested in the invitation, please say so in your comment.
Give a specific suggestion for online collaboration/communication amongst Pune’s techies. Don’t just give the mechanism of collaboration – also give the purpose. For example, saying, “use an online chat room” is useless. Much more useful is something like “use an online chat-root where students from engineering colleges can ask questions about career to people from industry.” Also, a suggestion that is easy to implement is much more valuable than a suggestion that is going to require a lot of setup and/or effort. And, you get lots of plus points if you’re also willing to drive the effort. (And if you like somebody else’s suggestion, and would be willing to help/join that effort, please leave a comment indicating that.)
(Thanks to Amit Somani for graciously agreeing to donate one of his Google Wave invitations for this purpose.)