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Last updated: 30 Oct, 2017  

Open Source India 2017 Breaks Past Records

Business Wire India | 30 Oct, 2017
The EFY Group, India’s leading tech-media group and the organiser of Open Source India 2017 event, today announced that the 14th edition of the event, which happened on 13th & 14th of October 2017 at NIMHANS Convention Center, Bengaluru, was the most successful one in the history of the event. Graced by a total unique footfall of 2,367 visitors over the two days, the event boasted of 70+ industry and community experts coming together to speak in the 9 conference tracks and 14 hands-on workshops.
The star-studded speakers list included international speakers like Tony Wasserman (Professor of Software Management Practice at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley), Joerg Simon (ISECOM & Fedora Project), and Soh Hiong, Senior Consultant, NetApp, while there was also active participation from the Government of India with Debabrata Nayak (Project Director, NeGD (MeitY)) and K Rajasekhar (Dy Director General, NIC, MeitY, Govt of India) delivering speeches at the event. Industry experts like Andrew Aitken (GM & Global Open Source Practice Leader, (Wipro Technologies), Sandeep Alur (Director, Technical Engagements (Partners, Microsoft Corporation India), Sanjay Manwani (MySQL India Director, Oracle), Rajdeep Dua (Director, Developer Relations at Salesforce), Gagan Mehra (Director, Information Strategy, MongoDB), Rajesh Jeyapaul (Architect, Mentor and Advocate, IBM), Valluri Kumar (Chief Architect, Huawei India), and Ramakrishna Rama (Director - Software, Dell India R&D) were amongst the 70+ experts who spoke at the event.
There were many intriguing topics, which compelled the visitors to stay glued at the venue till, late in the evening. A few topics, which solicited special interest from the audience, included a panel discussion on “Open Source vs Enterprise Open Source. Is this a key reason for the success of Open Source?”, “Accelerating the path to Digital with Cloud Data Strategy”, “Open Source - A Blessing or a Curse?”, “Intelligent Cloud and AI – The Next Big Leap”, “IoT Considerations - Decisive Open Source Policy”.
“We owe our success to the active participation of the community and the industry. It is exciting to see the event, which had a handful of exhibitors in its initial stages, grow into an event where the who’s who of Open Source are demonstrating their solutions to the audience. I hope that we will continue to keep making this event even more exciting and make it one of the biggest Open Source events across the globe,” said Rahul Chopra, Editorial Director, EFY Group.
Delegates looking to buy workshop passes on the spot were disappointed, as all the workshops were sold out through online bookings even before the commencement of the event. Workshops like “Self-Service Automation in OpenStack Cloud”, “Building Machine Learning Pipelines with PredictionIO”, “Analyzing packets using Wireshark”, “OpenShift DevOps Solution”, “Make your First Open Source IoT Product”, “Tools and techniques to dive into mathematics of machine learning” drew a lot of interest from the techie audience.
“We would like to thank our sponsors including Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Salesforce, 2nd Quadrant, Wipro Technologies, Zoho Corporation, Digital Ocean, Suse, Siemens, Huawei and others for their valuable participation and support to the event. We look forward to having an even bigger showcase of open source technologies with the support of our existing partners as well as many new stalwarts from the tech industry,” said Atul Goel, Vice President of Events at EFY.
Adding to this, Rahul Chopra said, “With the overwhelming response of the tech audience and the demand for more sessions, we have decided to expand the event starting from the 2018 edition. The event will now be a three-day affair instead of a two-day one. This means more tracks, more speakers, more workshops and more knowledge sharing on open source. We have already announced the dates for the next edition. It’s going to happen right here, at the same venue, on 11th, 12th& 13th of October, 2018.”
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