Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sahana Community Meetup @ Lisbon

Sahana Software Foundation had its Annual Meeting, Community Bar Camp and a Disaster Workshop at ISCRAM, in Lisbon from the 6th-8th this month. The whole event was fun and a great learning experience. Interacting with members of the community only acquainted through IRC and the mailing list was well worth the 24 hour journey from Kanpur to Lisbon. A special thanks to Google and Sahana software foundation for providing support for travel and stay for the meet.

At the Community Bar Camp, We had a couple of productive discussions on interoperability and the functioning of Sahana Software Foundation. Thanks to the face to face time with the other members of the Eden community - I was able to understand the framework a bit better and work out the requirements for a possible Asynchronous processing API in Eden. The activities for the first 2 days were located at a space, generously donated by IBM Portugal, who also provided us with a huge supply of delicious pastries (Yum!), orange juice and coffee. Evenings were spent in long pleasant dinner sessions followed by late night social meetups at the hotel lounge, supplemented with great wine and amazing ideas/thoughts/people. In short it was a great event with some of the most dynamic and vibrant people I have ever met, who were fun to interact and work with. I very eagerly look forward to the next Sahana Software Foundation's annual meeting, hoping to meet the few who couldn't make it this time around.

Sahana Software Foundation's Blog has a finer and a well written account of the entire event (Click here).

I would like to thank the following people/organisations for making my visit possible:

1) Google and SSF for providing support for Travel.
2) Mark Prutsalis for patiently sending me all the documentation required for the visa.
3) To the unknown person who set the end semester exam timetable at IIT Kanpur, leaving me with the exact time to make it to the event.

This blog post has been long over due - Mostly because, I just finished my Masters in Physics (Yay!) and am in the process of kick starting our tiny private limited (More about this later).