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Bar Camp Delhi3 - Techies Un-conference

Cyberdude | Puneet Mehrotra   December 10, 2007
First Published: 23:33 IST(10/12/2007) | Last Updated: 23:36 IST(10/12/2007)

The Open Source likes to do it differently even if it's about the language. They like to call a conference, an un-conference. With all the great innovation they are working on perhaps they deserve this too.  This 'un-conference' was called Bar Camp Delhi3 sponsored by Impetus Technologies at their campus in Noida. The theme for discussion was "Next Generation Internet: Web 2.0, mobile computing, and other cool stuff".  Attended by than 200 technology experts to learn and share their knowledge with others, from across the country. A variety of organizations such as Amazon, Sun Microsystems, Opera Software also participated in it. People from all walks of life, like technology professionals, startup entrepreneurs, investors, media persons, bloggers etc. attended the Camp. It witnessed some really interesting sessions on emerging and contemporary topics like Mobile Advertising, Desi Social Networking, Amazon Cloud Computing, Agile Estimation, Designing for the mobile web, Sun Startup Essentials Program etc.

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Perhaps one of the more interesting innovations was from Vineet Tyagi from Impetus Technologies. Vineet taught the participants how to play poker and increase productivity and innovation literally. His pack of Poker cards consisted of the Fibonacci sequence (known as the Golden formula, also related to the nos. of Sri Yantra) and due to some unexplained reason they did deliver what they promised. Apparently Bar Camp Delhi are the torch bearers of the Bar Camp foray in Asia. If the technology is of interest to you too can join this movement on their wiki http://barcamp.org/BarCampDelhi

Tech Giants use technology to help physically challenged

Technology is doing wonders for those challenged in anyway. Last week IBM announced the launch of the first ever Human Ability and Accessibility Centre in the country that aims to make technology and information easily accessible to people with visual, cognitive, hearing, and motor disabilities in India. According to IBM "These accessible technologies can unleash the value of the untapped talent pool of differently-abled people and contribute enormously to raising individuals' overall quality of life."

This week Microsoft Corp. and the Digital Accessible Information SYstem(DAISY) Consortium announced a joint standards-based development project that will make it possible for computer users who are blind or print disabled to make better use of assistive technology in their daily lives. The collaborating project will enable the translation of millions of Open XML documents into DAISY XML, the lingua franca for digital talking books. The free downloadable plug-in will released in early 2008.

DAISY material can be played on dedicated devices or on PCs by installing special software. The structure within DAISY publications makes it possible to navigate quickly by heading or page number and to use indexes and references, all with correctly ordered, synchronized audio and text.

In recent decades, individuals with print disabilities have increasingly accessed information using a wide variety of assistive technologies such as screen readers, large print, refreshable Braille and text-to-speech synthesizers. However, because these individuals cannot visually navigate complex page layouts, they often struggle to keep up with the demands of today's information-rich society.

Puneet Mehrotra writes on technology issues www.thebusinessedition.com


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