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BarCamps vital to start-up ecosystem

BarCamps vital to start-up ecosystem
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First Published: Tue, May 20 2008. 12 11 AM IST
Updated: Tue, May 20 2008. 12 11 AM IST
After getting delayed a couple of times, the fourth edition of BarCamp Delhi, or BCD4, was finally held last Saturday at the Amity Innovation Incubator in Noida. Of the 250 campers registered on the wiki page, around 220 showed up, a fairly good turnout for the day-long event.
There were about 25 sessions on topics ranging from the IT scenario in India to best practices for start-ups, blogging and social networking sessions such as Open Socials and Facebook APIs (application programming interface, on which Web applications are built).
BCD4 also featured a quiz at the end of the day, and BugTales, in which speakers shared their most enjoyable bug fix, coding or design problems they addressed or any hack.
Several start-up companies also held product demos to showcase what they were working on. One of the interesting demos was of EnTrip.com, a social travel mash-up started by two buddies from the London Imperial College, who chose to make Pune their base for the start-up (talk about reverse brain drain!). EnTrip has an intuitive interface that allows you to map your trip on GoogleMaps, add tags, notes and upload videos.
BCD4 saw participation from venture capitalists and technology companies. Present at the camp were Nilanjana Shrivastava from Small Industries Development Bank of India, Mukul Singhal of Canaan Partners India and Bakshish Dutta from Sun Microsystems Inc.’s start-up Essential Program.
Overall, BarCamp is becoming an essential part of the start-up ecosystem in India with big institutions supporting it. So whether you are planning to start up or already running one, or just want to meet some cool creative people, you might want be there at the next BarCamp. I know I certainly will.
Gaurav Prasad is co-founder and chief technology officer of Alabot.com, a company working in the artificial intelligence space to talk-enable applications across platforms such as Web and mobile.
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First Published: Tue, May 20 2008. 12 11 AM IST