The very special Pycon 2011

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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/

Accessible Navigation Project at Center for Social Innovation

Very lately blogged. Too many things actually happened. Good and bad. Pycon 2010 was awesome. Met a lot of people and ran through the to-do list ticking all the items for Pycon. Felt really great.

Since a month we are associated with the Braille Without Borders, Center for Social Innovations, Trivandrum to develop an accessible navigation system for Android. Met Rahul Gonsalves (twitter.com/gonsalves_r),  Administrative Director of CSI and we are in!

The HTC Desire phone which can be hacked will arrive in November. Currently experimenting the Android SDK using the emulator.

More details, coming soon. Project is named Beacon, as Arky suggests.