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DeveloperWeek 2017 and a trip among Bay Area developers

I recently had a chance to present at DeeveloperWeek conference in San Francisco. According to DeveloperWeek, it is the largest developer conference with 8000 attendees and hence I was pretty excited to represent and present Mozilla and talk about WebVR there.

The conference took place in Pier 27. I had never been to a pier before so it was little weird to find actually a full blown conference building in a pier. My talk was on the second day of the conference and at 9 A.M slot (I really hate morning slots). That gave me chance to go around the conference and look at other talks in the first day, also roam around the expo, talking to different people getting an idea of the audience. I couldn’t quite justify the 8000 developer claim, but the conference definitely was big, sprawled on two floors. They had it divided among topic categories, my talk was part of the VR & AR section. But in real physical location it did not seem to make much difference. The talk’s were being held in sp…

GeekXTalk: Connected Devices and some Techno Indians

It was back in 2006 when I first set foot in Techno India. That was supposed to be the college where I learn how to be an Engineer in Electrical engineering. That also was the college where I spent a good number of days of my life, shaping up to be what I am today. 
First, just a little preamble. The idea of a tech-fest (technical festival) was very new in 2006-07. Even the word was synonymous with the event IIT Bombay organized yearly. Techno India was a really new college on the block, mostly afraid of taking any new steps, but with students who wanted to reach the sky, push the envelope beyond Horizon. Some of them formed the science club Geekonix and started Edge, the annual tech-fest, against all odds. But today we are not going to talk about that.
Fast forward 10 years and those students, now in various stages of their lives, decide that it's again time to do something to kindle and guide the interest in students in new technologies. And hence GeekXtalks, a talk series was bor…

A day at GraphicalWeb 2017 and Virtual Reality

November 1st to 4th I was spending my time in the beautiful city of Exeter, just after my 3 day rush hour at MozFest. I had a keynote talk (my first!) at GraphicalWeb. .@rabimba from @mozilla will be speaking #VR & #JS this year! Tickets available here - https://t.co/YfVykaBVCfpic.twitter.com/DIPgleMYW3pic.twitter.com/XbWt7R6N9z — Graphical Web (@TheGraphicalWeb) October 21, 2016 GraphicalWeb was unlike most of my conferences. For starters, it was hosted by the famous Informatics Lab at the Met Office. The Met Office (officially the Meteorological Office until 2000) is the United Kingdom's national weather service. And informatics lab is part of it.The Met Office Informatics Team are a recently formed inter-disciplinary group who create prototypes to expand and improve the use of environmental data. 

My first day at the conference, I spent 30 minutes at the reception desk getting my Passport and Visa scanned for security clearance purpose (which we also had to mail beforehand to…

Mozilla Festival 2016 : A Recap through the journey

MozFest is an annual, hands-on festival for and by the open Internet movement. Every year, bright minds from around the world build, debate, and explore the future of our lives online. In this publication, we invite everyone to share their thoughts and start conversations.And I had the unique opportunity to attend and take three sessions for the 2016 chapter. MozFest is a unique learning experience and a journey in itself. There are so many interesting things and session that follow those three days that it becomes almost impossible to follow everything (more on that later). So I will focus my narrative mostly on my sessions. Though technically I had three different sessions. One of them was supposed to go on for all of the days and once we reached we had to immediately start setting things up for that one.Session 1: Painting with Virtual Reality and A-Painter The primary goal of the session was to showcase the capabilities of A-frame and what a-painter can do. We had a lot of fun th…