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Techstart Grand Finale on December 21,2009

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About the Techstart Program
The Techstart program was conceived to address the unique situation that the Computer Science class of 2009 found itself in. Conceived by Dr. Anand Deshpande,(Founder, Chairman and Managing Director, Persistent Systems Ltd.) inspired by a similar highly successful experiment at Stanford, sponsored by Microsoft and supported by multiple organizations and individuals, Techstart was designed to provide these students with training on Windows Azure development, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, through a community effort.
About 200 students brushed up on the basics of .NET development followed by over 8 weeks of intense training on the Windows Azure development platform from industry experts. The training culminated in a competition that showcased this newly acquired knowledge in the form of group projects hosted on Windows Azure.
Teams from these groups also participated in the national level Cloupdapp competition hosted by Microsoft India, One of the teams has won the first prize in the student category.

Please join us in applauding the students and volunteers that made this event a huge success and
for a technology-filled evening. To Know more visit :

My experiences during the Program

Running this program was amazingly cool, It was fun, a great learning experience for the trainers as well as the participants.

We would take turns on who would teach what? (Teach as in , give the participants a brief overview of the concept, how it can be done, and a small sample demo (Usually the demos from the Windows azure training kit would suffice 🙂 )

We had provided them all reference stuff, Right from Windows 7 RC DVDs to Visual studio express editions, to the SDK and training kit. These were some very large downloads so, Courtesy PSL and MSFT, we arranged for some DVD sets which had all these installers.

In July 2009, There was a “swine flu” scare in the city, so we had to stop the program for some time but once we started again, every participant turned up enthusiastically to learn the technology.

I must applaud all the students/ participants of this program who have really shown keen interest in the technology, Their Curiosity/Interest in learning azure was so motivating that some one like me, who still has stage fright, managed to take a couple of sessions. in front of 150 people audience.(Thank you for helping me get rid of some of the stage fright i have. 🙂 )

Also the questions ,all of them asked used give us an opportunity to look deeper and even learn stuff which we might have missed out … (Thank you again 🙂 )

This program helped me meet some amazing people , who volunteered to take some training sessions in this program. I would like to thank them too. Some of them are:

  1. Matin sayed
  2. Mahesh Mitkari
  3. Mayur Tendulkar
  4. Brihadish Koushik
  5. Prasad Chitale
  6. Saranya Sriram and off course,
  7. Monish Darda (Who BTW is the event jockey on the 21st night 🙂 )

(I apologize if i have missed out some of the names)

An amazing Co ordination by Mr. Shekhar Sahasabudhe and Mr. Kaustubh Bhadbade, took care of the arrangements needed ,such as the venue etc. I would like to take this opportunity to thank every one in the admin team @ Bhagirath (who helped us with all stuff , like setting up the projector, mic. etc. and other such logistics)

And last but not the least (How Can i forget them!!), the duo from Microsoft

  1. Vikram Rajkondawar
  2. Mark D’Souza

who helped us a lot and also were a driving force in the program, right from providing us azure tokens on short notice to helping us iron out any difficulties we had… BTW when Mark and Vikram were here in Pune , for TechStart, they too delivered some amazing sessions and showed us some amazing Microsoft demos .(Many more awesome demos in the pipeline for the event. Be there to check ‘em  out, They will enthrall you 🙂 )

Thank you one and all for making this event a grand success….

And now time for some shameless publicity stunt:

The website is designed /developed by me (With the help of Ritesh, a friend of mine who developed a POC for me  ) 😀


Written by sudheerkovalam

December 17, 2009 at 1:17 am