Last week, Dapper made its first visit to India. Having received a kind invitation from the folks at the Great Indian Developer’s Summit, I made my way to Bangalore to talk about the Semantic Web and Dapper’s new server-side mashup framework. Having been to India before, I knew what to expect – a vibrant country teeming with life and excitement, amazing street life, and a world entirely different than any other country.
Yet, I had never visited Bangalore and was impressed to see the quality of the high-tech community. Everyone I met was working on great things and was eager to learn about the next great developments.
My first speaking engagement was at Cognizant. A large company with more than 55,000 employees, “Cognizant is a leading provider of information technology, consulting and business process outsourcing services.” I was given the opportunity to speak with a group of Cognizant’s brightest people about the “practical Semantic Web” (what we call “Web Plumbing 101″). Some of you have probably seen us present this talk in the past, but for those of you who haven’t, it focuses on how, using techniques like harnessing the user community and simplicity (REST instead of SOAP, Microformats instead of RDF, etc.), a bunch of companies are helping deliver on the promise of the Semantic Web. The Cognizant audience had great questions about the topics, which for me is always the best indication of interest and understanding. If video of the talk at Cognizant becomes available, I’ll be sure to post it online. For now, here is a photo from the session. Thanks to Dr. Kumar B.V. for inviting me and everyone at Cognizant who attended.
Following the session at Cognizant, I made my way to the Great Indian Developer Summit. This was the first GIDS and its success is sure to lead to many more. Run by the great folks at Saltmarch Media, Indu Britto and Dilip Thomas, the GIDS was really three conferences in one: two days dedicated to .NET, one day dedicated to the rich web, and another two days dedicated to Java. Hosted at the beautiful Indian Institute of Science campus, over 3,000 people attended throughout the week. I spoke twice on the rich web day, once about the Semantic Web and once about Dapper’s new server-side mashup engine (for those of you interested in the latter, just drop us a note and we’ll be happy to get you access before the official release). Speaking to a crowd of so many bright developers was fantastic. The people who attended the Dapper sessions asked some of the best questions we’ve heard. For those of you who were there, a great many thanks for making the sessions so truly interactive, and thanks as well to Indu and Dilip for the invitation to speak. When photos or video become available of the sessions, I will be sure to post them. In the mean time, here is a shot of some attendees from the main hall:
I look forward to my next visit to Bangalore. For those of you who haven’t been, I encourage you to visit. And for anyone in India or the region, I highly recommend attending next year’s Great Indian Developer Summit.