Event Report: Hyderabad, March 30–31

The first Devthon edition was organized in Hyderabad on March 30–31. The 36-hour event was organized in a Hackspace sponsored by Azri Solutions. The invitees started arriving from 7am and check-in began.

With more than 30 invitees ready, the discussion and hacking started at at 8.30am. The participants started giving brief introductions about their projects and those who were interested, could join. There was a constant buzz around and the white boards were always filled with ideas.

The following projects were worked on during this edition:

  • Background JS in Hybrid apps
  • Spacial sign language gesture recognition
  • Scrumpad using Meteor
  • From Infographic to visualization
  • Complete store module extension for vaave.com
  • Know your bus

At 11am, Vineel Reddy from the Mozilla Foundation spoke about the initiatives from Mozilla and the roadmap for future events. This benefited the developers who were looking to contribute to the open source initiatives.

One of the teams working on their projects used Mozilla’s Rhino framework to build a module that runs javascript in background without any browser context. The code was also checked into our open repository for other developers to use.

Later in the evening, the Cloudpact team who were also participating, showcased their mobile product, Mowbly. This was received with enthusiasm and few of them were brainstorming on ideas using Mowbly.

Two persistent teams continued to hack and pulled an all-nighter, with team members taking turns to fix issues and add features. This was really inspiring and the hackspace was always filled with an air of exploration.

The next day, participants came back and continued with their projects. Those who stayed back, refreshed and continued as well. Participants also took a break from their projects and went around to brainstorm with other teams.

Towards noon, Rakesh Reddy Dubbudu, a well-known RTI activist, opened doors to using technology and creating an awareness to voters on electoral information. He showcased the challenges in gathering and exhibiting data of the electoral affidavits. This session led to a discussion on how technology can be used to address this challenge. He was excited on using visualizations to showcase data and also created one using a visualization tool.

The participants started gathering in the presentation space from 6pm to showcase their hacks. The space was filled with discussions, questions and brainstorming during the showcase. A lot of idea bubbling happened this way. The feedback was encouraging and many complimented the idea of providing fruits and juices to beat the summer heat.

We’d also like to thank Mowbly and Mozilla for their support in building the hacker ecosystem, Azri Solutions for providing the space and Hands Media for documenting the event.

You can check out more the photos from Day 1 and Day 2. The next edition is being planned and will be announced soon. The updates will be published on FB & Twitter.

Originally Published on April 28, 2013

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