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Agile India plans to go Virtual

I had a conference call with Vikrama Dhiman to discus how we can collaborate with WiZiQ and create virtual (online) conferences. Going forward its going to be more and more difficult for all of us to be in one place and do these conferences. Getting the venue and other logistics is very complicated. While we should try and do as many in-person conferences, we should start building a culture of online conferences.

So here is the plan (Brickbats welcomed)

In 2 weeks from now, we should do our first Virtual Conference (it’s not really first. Vikram and Mayank have already done one). We can have 2-3 speakers for this conference.
Depending on how this conference goes, we can plan for a grand conference begining May. For this conference I can invite some luminaries from US and Europe.

Along these lines, I’m also thinking of starting an online 24/7 chat-room, open to all to join, we can have interesting discussion and folks can shoot questions for real-time help.

Any suggestions on what we sould use for this? Skype chat, Twitter and IRC are 3 things that comes to my mind.

  • http://blog.thecodewhisperer.com J. B. Rainsberger

    I like the idea and would enjoy participating. Skype chat seems to work well for this.

  • http://www.jbrains.ca J. B. Rainsberger

    I like the idea and would enjoy participating. Skype chat seems to work well for this.

  • http://agilefaqs.com/nareshjain.html Naresh Jain

    Thanks J.B. Will surely look forward to some interesting gyan from you.

  • http://agilefaqs.com/nareshjain.html Naresh Jain

    Thanks J.B. Will surely look forward to some interesting gyan from you.

  • http://www.thousandtyone.com/ rajiv

    Great idea. Happy to participate and help in any way I can.

    As far as open chat room for something like this is concerned, doesn’t twitter work better than any chat rooms out there?

    The links and discussions would be live and permenant.

  • http://www.thousandtyone.com rajiv

    Great idea. Happy to participate and help in any way I can.

    As far as open chat room for something like this is concerned, doesn’t twitter work better than any chat rooms out there?

    The links and discussions would be live and permenant.

  • http://www.adaptivelearningonline.net Parag Shah

    Great idea. This will allow many people who cannot attend the physical conference to benefit. It will also allow the Agile Community to host more conferences with little energy spent in managing logistics.

  • http://blog.adaptivesoftware.biz Parag Shah

    Great idea. This will allow many people who cannot attend the physical conference to benefit. It will also allow the Agile Community to host more conferences with little energy spent in managing logistics.

  • Devdas Bhagat

    IRC is aimed at group discussions. One on one messages are secondary.

    I have participated in meetings via IRC and it works very well, especially if you have a somewhat clued moderator to prevent speakers from being interrupted by questions.

    IRC is trivially logged.

    IRC is not limited by the speaker’s voice capability (or the microphone). Text just works, even on really low bandwidth links. Also, most of us can (or should be able to) type faster than we can speak clearly.

    Twitter isn’t realtime, and it’s lossy. Plus, you can’t have good comments with the 140 character limitation.

    Skype has cross platform issues, and it sucks over low bandwidth links.

  • Devdas Bhagat

    IRC is aimed at group discussions. One on one messages are secondary.

    I have participated in meetings via IRC and it works very well, especially if you have a somewhat clued moderator to prevent speakers from being interrupted by questions.

    IRC is trivially logged.

    IRC is not limited by the speaker’s voice capability (or the microphone). Text just works, even on really low bandwidth links. Also, most of us can (or should be able to) type faster than we can speak clearly.

    Twitter isn’t realtime, and it’s lossy. Plus, you can’t have good comments with the 140 character limitation.

    Skype has cross platform issues, and it sucks over low bandwidth links.

  • http://blog.adaptivesoftware.biz Parag Shah

    I agree with Devdas. IRC seems to be the best way to support a 24/7 chat room. The only drawback is that it cannot be accessed from a standard web browser (there may already be a service to overcome that as well).

    This sounds very interesting. I have been interested in using the online media for learning and hosting such conferences. I look forward to this event with a lot of enthusiasm.

  • http://www.adaptivelearningonline.net Parag Shah

    I agree with Devdas. IRC seems to be the best way to support a 24/7 chat room. The only drawback is that it cannot be accessed from a standard web browser (there may already be a service to overcome that as well).

    This sounds very interesting. I have been interested in using the online media for learning and hosting such conferences. I look forward to this event with a lot of enthusiasm.

  • Devdas Bhagat

    http://mibbit.com/ @ Parag Shah

  • Devdas Bhagat

    http://mibbit.com/ @ Parag Shah

  • tarungupta

    Check out for 4th Edition of Great Indian Developer Summit 2010. It covers the topics like Java, .Net and Richweb.
    http://www.developersummit.com


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