The familiar sight of a bunch of coloured cards pinned slap-dash on a white bulletin board, describing the day’s topics, greeted attendees at BarCamp Pune 3. The casual, un-conference way of displaying the day’s schedule set the tone for the event itself. There were three parallel tracks of sessions, but attendees could walk in and out of each, depending on their interest. BarCamp Pune 3 saw an interesting mix of topics under discussion—from 3D gaming tools to open source collaboration, FireFox add-ons to tips on how to keep employees at start-ups happy.
Curiously, there were two back-to-back sessions by legal eagles, not a very common sight at BarCamps. The first session, by Mumbai-based Tech Juris, discussed the advantages of listing a start-up company in the US or the UK instead of India—quicker legal processes, for instance. The second session was a talk on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and cyber space. Gokul Narayan from the Asian School of Cyber Laws, a Pune-based institute, spoke about the grey areas when law moved from the real world into the virtual. In the physical world, for instance, it is easy to establish ownership, because the owner has possession of the product. In cyber space, the question is, “How do you own something you don’t possess?” The topic saw some interesting debates on licences, copyrights and how they work in the case of open source.
Several sessions led to heated discussions, which might have continued well into the night had it not been for strictly imposed time restrictions.