SDN day took center stage at SAP Labs, Bangalore today.It all started off with the SDN folks signing in at the reception and getting into the “general session” all smiles with a brand new ” I made SDN Day” t-shirt in their hands.Craig and Mark kicked off with a session on SDN and BPX activities and gave an insight into the newer and finer aspects of the community.
This was followed by the ” Speed Networking” sessions were the SDN folks were asked to divide into groups at the cafeteria and have a discussion on themselves, their area of development, and their association with SDN.To make the discussion more technology specific, we were asked to reform groups according to specific technologies, and the sessions went on till lunchtime.
Speed Networking Sessions @ SDN Day, Bangalore
Lunch was ‘outta the world’ and the lavish spread was feasted upon in no time at all.:). Post lunch, the ‘Birds-of-a-feather’ sessions started, with four sessions running parallel per time slot.The thirteen sessions lasting close to fifty minutes each were informative, well-prepared, and to-the-point.
Smitha Rao from Wipro giving a session on ‘Parked messages in XI’
A Panel discussion on the topic ” Innovation and Technology” was next, with Kartik Iyengar, Prashanth, Hyder(from Zoho) and Mark Yolton on stage.The topic soon swayed to India’s contribution to technology and entrepreneurship on a world stage, with a huge number of the audience contributing their thoughts on the topic .
Finally folks, my favorite part of the day! The evening networking reception was the icing on the cake .The icing was made of beer though :).All the SDNers gathered at the lawn for a beer bash, with cokes and mocktails thrown in for the tee-totallers.A truly rockin’ end to an unforgettable day!
Bhavesh(left) and me at the networking reception
Craig was really upset though, that the turnout was not anywhere close to what he expected it to be. I am sure that the turnout for SDN day 2007 at Bangalore would be tons better. cheers, Craig!