Bangalore; October 27, 2017: The EFY Group, India’s leading tech-media group and also the organiser of Open Source India 2017 event, today announced that the 14 th edition of the event, which happened on 13 th & 14 th 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’s 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, 2 nd 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 enthusiasm of the audience here (in the Southern side of India), we have decided to expand the event starting from the 2018 edition. The event will now be a part of a bigger umbrella event, India IT Week. This means diverse tracks and more knowledge sharing. We have already announced the dates for the next edition. It’s going to happen right here, at the same venue, on 11th & 12th of October, 2018.”
About the EFY Group:
Over the last four decades, the EFY Group has become synonymous with information on cutting-edge technology. Today, this renowned media group is spread across eight cities of India, and caters to over two million techies spread across the globe. While EFY Group has been organising events since 2004 when it launched LinuxAsia (now called Open Source India), its events division got fully established with the launch of Electronics For You Expo in 2011. Now, the group boasts of a strong portfolio of events including India Electronics Week (IEW), ELCINA-EFY Awards and Open Source India. Starting 2015, EFY has started organising many co-located events under the umbrella of India Electronics Week. In 2018, IEW will play host to five co-located shows including EFY Expo, IoTshow.in, LEDAsia.in, T&M India and EFY Conferences.
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