LaTeX Training and Career Tips, talk at MES College of Engineering.

Back in Bangalore after 6 days of awesome fun in Calicut. Took a break for Eid and hit home on Friday. Couple of mark lists and course certificates remained to be collected from the college. Hence I was planning a visit to MES this time. Spoke to Sajith Sir and found that Tuesday is a holiday, and decided to take Wednesday off and go to college.

After sometime, I ended up agreeing to do a LaTeX training for the final year computer science students on the same day. Later the Head of Department spoke to me over phone asking if I could share my experiences as a consultant and freelance hacker in Bangalore. So to sum up, this was it. Find everything related to the training here.

I took the early 6.45AM train to Kuttippuram and that was a ride into memories. It’s been four months since I stepped out of the campus and the long four years came rushing. Just bliss. Hung around a bit here and there and decided to get started with my work. Had to get no due confirmation from all the labs and departments. That was some work. Met Ranjith and Sharath, and that was totally wonderful.

The talk began a 1.30PM. I was supposed to talk around an hour but it was easily stretched to 3 hours straight. I was excited. The LaTeX part was easy. I knew students will doze off. Sessions right after lunch is perhaps the difficult to handle. Managed to get them ride through the very basics of document preparation and surprisingly there were a bunch of M.Tech students who had specific questions. We discussed over them and solved a few. Rakesh sir and Sajith sir added things which I missed to speak out. 1.5 hours. All good.

The next track was sharing my experiences and showcasing why the students need not run behind corporate jobs. I started off with the things which I achieved over the small period of 3 months in Bangalore. Shared some nightmares, fun filled events etc. Spoke about Geohackers, Azim Premji Foundation, Boost Tech and HasGeek. In fact, I asked them to start a github account and get some visibility as soon as possible. There you go, lot of question and I quickly moved to “Clients from Hell”, pause, laughs, applause :)

I was done. Three hours and my throat ached like anything, but my heart filled with joy when the Head of Department had his take on what I spoke and how he noticed our batch to be one of the best outgoing in his two minute roundup. I was excited. I literally cried.

Thank you so much for having me speaking in the campus again, everyone.

 

 

The very special Pycon 2011

Download the talk and watch the video.

This edition of Pycon was in fact very special in different perspectives. I came to know that my talk was selected from Kartik. It has been a while since I hacked on Python with Android but I did follow the updates and new releases. 4 days before the conference, I managed to buy a Samsung Galaxy S 2 which looked to me as a brilliant phone and couldn’t wait to start hacking.

Since Praveen was in Pune, I didn’t have to look for other option to crash in. Took a bus overnight to Pune reached there on Friday (16th September), went to Pravi’s place. That was my first longest bus journey. Bangalore – Pune 846 KM. Reached the venue late in the afternoon, met couple of friends. Felt good to have given Noufal, Pradeepto and bunch of other guys, a face, with whom I interacted online.

My talk was on day 2. Didn’t have much to talk either. I was planning to scratch the surface and tell the people what to look for and where to find them – to write apps in Python for Android. The talk was scheduled in Track 2 which was apparently a hall with less capacity. 5 minutes after starting the talk, someone came in and said we need to move to the main auditorium given that the crowd who wanted to attend my talk won’t fit into this small hall. We wrapped up and moved to the auditorium.

Now, the pressure was on me. I really didn’t have any idea what these people might be expecting and whether my talk would help them get even closer to it. I started off with this disclaimer and showed them how sweet and beautiful Python code can be when compared to Java on Android – a pause – loud applause. That made my day. Couple of guys were really interested and they interrupted me to ask questions. I hope that I’ve answered them all. Few people came to me and I just gave them a better idea of the architecture and how things work. All went well. Phew! I should thank Nijad for keeping track of what examples and text I should be sharing with them.

Praveen, Labeeb and Vishnu wanted me to cook ghee rice. Labeeb said he can make chicken curry. I was a bit nervous and called up mom to ask how much rice should I cook. Met Nikhil and Sandy in Pune. Hung out with them and then crashed to Pravi’s place, where we ended up cooking!

AndroidCamp Bangalore

I’m sleep deprived and tired to write down all the awesome time I had at the AndroidCamp.
Jobless in the bus, so I should attempt to write something.

AndroidCamp was one of the best unconference that I’ve been to in Bangalore. I was so excited when Kiran and Kesava came up with this idea. I remember the discussions on the list that there were more than 200 sign ups within 48 hours of announcement.
Soon I found the proposals website proposals.androidcamp.in a wonderful idea that all unconferences should adopt.
Met a bunch of interesting people who do 100 other things around Android. I was too happy to find that there are people who hate Java and love Android :)

So copying from Manish Sinha. :)
Read it all here. http://milky.manishsinha.net/2011/04/02/android-camp-bangalore/

ALPR using Free Software: Paper at MESTECH 2010

Bagged the first place for the technical paper presentation in MESTECH 2010. Pitched in ALPR using Free Software. You can take a look at the paper here.

Thanking Nijad, Shehzad, and Saalim for all the support. And I don’t have words to thank Sajith sir, who always pushed forward to get things done and mentored us through out the process. Thank you sir!

Automatic License Plate Recognition: Interim Presentation

Posting right after the mini project interim presentation. The project is basically a computer vision system, which recognizes the license plate from an image of a vehicle. The entire team was talking different parts. I can proudly say this is perhaps my first perfect beamer presentation using LaTeX. You can get the document here.

Happy to share the LaTeX source file here.