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Open Source India 2016 Brings Tech Enthusiasts Under one Roof

BENGALURU: The EFY Group, India’s leading technology media house, hosted Open Source India 2016 on October 21-22at the NIMHANS Convention Centre in Bengaluru. The thirteenth edition of the iconic convention was attended by a large number of technology enthusiasts from across the globe.

The event witnessed major participation by industry professionals, starting from developers to IT managers and CIOs. Also, it emerged as a one-stop event for many evangelists and entrepreneurs who wanted to catch the latest from the world of open source.

“There were more attendees than we expected. It was our first experience with Open Source India. There was a lot of interest among visitors for iText. Many people who attended my talk had great questions and several high-quality candidates even applied for our openings in India,” said Bruno Lowagie, Founder of iText Software.

This year’s convention included nine tracks and over 60 speakers. To inform the audience of all the latest updates from the open source world, there were talks on trending topics such as the cloud and Big Data, IoT, Web and mobile app development, and databases.

Additionally, those at the event showed keen interest in OpenStack India Day that was co-located with Open Source India. Renowned CIOs and IT heads from various Indian organisations also kept audiences engaged with their inspiring talks at the Success Story track.

“The event was well planned in terms of the separate tracks for informative presentations and technical workshops,” said Debabrata Nayak, Project Director-Open Source collaboration, National e-Governance Division. “We are glad to have presented DigiLocker as an open source success story from within the government at such a platform. We are really overwhelmed and excited with the response of the open source community to our story, at the event,” he added.

Apart from all the technology sessions, the event featured hands-on workshops on open source hardware, software architecture, web application security, Docker, DevOps and Data Lake. There was also a panel discussion on cyber security, called, ‘Advanced cyber attack vectors using Web-based systems’.

Companies like Microsoft, Fiorano Software, iText Software, Wipro, Mafiree, Huawei, Lyra Infosystems, Citrix, 2ndQuadrant, Siemens, Ashnik, Cloud Enabled, Asttecs and Zoho participated at the convention to support the growth of open source in the country. Also, the Indian government backed the initiative through the participation of its National e-Governance Division.

Some of the eminent speakers who conducted noteworthy talks at the event included Andrew Aitken (GM and global Open Source Practice Leader at Wipro), Balaji Kesavaraj (Director, Platform Strategy at Microsoft), Virendra Gupta (Senior VP at Huawei India) and Debabrata Nayak (Project Director-Open Source collaboration, National e-Governance Division).

Sharing his thoughts, Ramesh Chopra, Executive Chairman, EFY Group, said, “We are delighted to have hosted another incredible edition of open source India this year. This was far bigger and more exciting than our expectations. We hope that the trend of supporting open source in India will continue in the future and that Open Source India will become the first choice for worldwide industry professionals as well as young developers and enthusiasts.”

Live updates from the convention were posted directly on Facebook and Twitter. Also, the event’s inaugural sessions were broadcast live to the world through Periscope.

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