Report on Techathon 2013

Very good, Useful event, Informative, Expected more, Keep conducting events like this often
are some of the comments and feedback we got for the event.

There is a common misconception about Indians being non-punctual. But believe me, We are punctual. Those who have registered made to the venue sharp.

As planned, event started at 9:15 Am with the overview about the event by Prasanna Venkadesh (myself) followed by the first session.

9:20 AM: Introduction to Cloud Computing with OpenStack by Yogesh Girikumar

The presentation / talk started with very basic introduction to Cloud computing, their practical applications in real life. As time passes, it was OpenStack came into play as yogesh explained about Compute, Storage and Networking part of OpenStack software. A team of 4 from OpenDrops found this talk specifically useful as they are already into Amazon cloud and now wanted to go OpenStack. This presentation lasted for around 1hours and 25 minutes. Thanks to Yogesh for the presentation.

10:40 AM – 10:50 AM – Short Break with Snacks (Coke & Cookies with Samosa)


10:50 AM: Taking Advantage of Semantic Web by Sankaranand Balaradjou

As of today Web has evolved into important part of everyone’s life. It was Web 1.0, 2.0 and it’s time of Web 3.0 – Semantic Web. Information used for the presentation by Sankaranand was much appreciated by attendees. You can view the presentation here at Slideshare. His presentation gave an overview of What one can do with loads of data available in Web today. Facebook Graph search, Google Now, etc are used as examples with their respective videos. Personally I liked his presentation, thanks for that Sankaranand.

12:05 PM – Hands on with Python by Rampragadeesh

Aw. most of them were waiting for this particular session and yes we hope they loved the session. Session started with some scanning through basic python syntax, data structures like lists, dictionaries, etc., Then he gave the task of composing a python program to generate Fibonacci series followed by Swapping values of variables. This consumed time as we allowed attendees to write their own algorithm followed by how these things can be achieved simple in terms of python. Just to show case the power of python. To demonstrate a more useful practical application using python, Rampragadeesh opened up his own python script for scrapping websites in which he explained about how to scrap a web-site using scrapping libraries available for Python along with BeautifulSoup. Hope this session would kindled an interest towards learning python for new-comers.

1:15 PM – It’s Climax

We know there is something sitting inside everyone’s stomach waiting for food. A few videos about Linux were played and finally it was networking session (getting to know each other before they leave).

Students from various Institutions like Pondicherry University, Rajiv Gandhi Engineering College, Christ College of Engineering, Sri Manakular Vinayar Engineering College, Kanchi Mamunivar, University of Engineering – Villupuram. Professionals from OpenDrops have also come as a team.

As a team, we enjoyed this day a lot with lot of people around us, came with interest and to have fun on a restful Sunday. Thank you all. I also wanted to thank Pradhip kumar, Sithanandhan, Karthikeyan and of-course Karthik Balaram – Founder, Ocean Academy, the venue sponsor who is supporting us for all our activities. Hope this will continue in future.

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Techathon 2013 – Take a Ride

Hey Everyone,

We are very happy to meet you soon. Yes, we are entering into 2nd year. To celebrate this occasion with you in a event Specially for You named ” Techathon 2013 ” which will contain technical Talks / Demo / Hands-on Sessions to fall on February 3, 2013.

Venue: Ocean Software Solutions & Training, E.C.R Main Road, Lawspet, Pondy -8
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Time:- 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (includes breaks for refreshment)
Registration FeeFree (Only Limited seats, Register soon and confirm your seat)
Registration Form: Closed.

Talk / Demo 1 – OpenStack

The next generation of Computing – Cloud Computing has already kicked off. Dropbox, Google Docs, SoundCloud, Gmail, Evernote are few famous Cloud services used daily.

OpenStack is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing project that is free open source software released under the terms of the Apache License. More than 150 companies have joined the project among which are AMD, Intel, Canonical, SUSE Linux, Red Hat, Cisco, Dell, HP, IBM, NEC, VMware and Yahoo!– Wikipedia

Heard the term ‘ Cloud Computing ‘ and wanted to know more about it? This talk is going to be interesting for Beginners !

YogeshAbout the Speaker
is a Free Software enthusiast with 3+ years of experience/exposure in Free Software, Free Hardware and Open Standards and specifications. He has been a contributor to several open-source projects primarily in terms of localization and documentation. He has been dabbling with cloud computing for over 3 years and has got a good insight about the internal workings of the cloud as well as the business dynamics of it.

Talk / Demo 2 – Taking Advantage of Semantic Web

This presentation is about using the Semantic Web as a platform to leverage your business and business idea with advanced software and data solutions, information capabilities and analytics available in web.

About the SpeakerSankaranand
Sankaranand BalaradjouProject Manager, Innergys.

He is a Web Strategist & Developer with an engineering in Information Technology. He specializes in creating Strategy for Web, developing customized websites for businesses and also blog on technology and life.

Hands-On – Let Us Build using Python

Python has been an important part of Google since the beginning, and remains so as the system grows and evolves. Today dozens of Google engineers use Python, and we’re looking for more people with skills in this language.Peter NorvigGoogle

RamAbout the Programmer

Rampragadeesh is a serious adventure lover, a tech enthusiast and a passionate coder. He is always into learning new stuffs and trying them out. Few of his keen Interests are Machine Learning; Process Automation and Cloud Computing. He loves to meet like-minded people, So what are you waiting for? Catch him and build something using Python in just few minutes.

Note:- You need to bring your Laptop for this Hands-On session, Because you are going to build something yourself using Python in few minutes. You can also share your Laptop with friends if you don’t have. Make sure you have Python V 2.7 installed in it. Linux users, Python comes by default.

Few things that we did – Infographic timeline

PuduvaiLUG was founded in the year 2011. This Post is to show few Milestones we achieved along with few Activities that we have done

It is almost going to be 2 years since PuduvaiLUG was founded back in 2011 by Volunteered Youth’s of Pondicherry to spread the awareness on the usage of Gnu/Linux Operating Systems and to create an interest about Open Source development methodologies in students by explaining the concepts of Free Software, encouraging students to use, learn and contribute to Open Source projects.

List of Activities in the above Infographic Timeline

The above Info-graphic was designed using Inkscape & Pencil. Most of you might have already known about Inkscape tool, Pencil is an Open-Source, cross-platform, Mock-up tool built on top of Mozilla technologies.

Linux Users Group at Puducherry

We are proud to announce that we, the LINUX lovers, started

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on 30th January’2011 under the guidance by coordinator of ILUGC

Mr. Shrinivasan T

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in Ocean Academy, Puducherry.  At the end of the great presentation by him,  we started mailing lists under the name of

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