The second Delhi BarCamp is this weekend! I am excited that I will be around for this one. Since the first BarCamp in India (which was in Delhi earlier this year), there have been a number of Barcamps around the country.
Coincidentally (or maybe because its great weather for a conference) there are a number of BarCamps in December. There was BarCamp Bangalore last weekend. BarCamp Pune and BarCamp Hyderabad are the weekend after.
I think BarCamps are helping foster a type of informal local techie network that India has never had. Yes, there are the alumni networks of the IIT’s and the other tech institutions, but very little in the way of local networks. From what I hear, a lot of Delhi techie folks feel that they have met many others since the first BarCamp.
Another thing that I am happy to see is that designers/usability folks are regularly showing up to these BarCamps – hopefully these informal connections will sow the seeds of many collaborations and well-designed products! (Check out the number of design related presentations in both Delhi and Bangalore BarCamps.)
I am thinking of giving a talk on designing for social sharing with a focus on media sharing and tagging. Does this topic sound interesting, is there another topic you would like to hear about? Post a comment below in either case.
And check out the growing collection of BarCamp slideshows on Slideshare!