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OSI 2017: The Show Continues To Grow

The beautiful city of Bengaluru, threatened by thick dark clouds, kept convention delegates anxious about reaching the venue on time, since they also knew they would be braving the city’s legendary traffic. Thankfully, the weather gods heard the OSI team’s prayers and the clouds refrained from drenching the visitors, allowing many from the open source industry as well as enthusiasts from the community to reach the NIMHANS Convention Center well before the 8:30 a.m. registration time. While there were a lot of familiar faces — participants who have been loyally attending the event over the past years, it was also heartwarming to welcome new enthusiasts, who’d come on account of the positive word-of-mouth publicity the event has been building up over the years.

Omar Farooq

In terms of numbers, the 14th edition of the event, which happened on October 13 and 14, 2017, witnessed 2,367 unique visitors over the two days, breaking all previous attendance records. The event boasted of 70+ industry and community experts coming together to speak in the nine conference tracks and 14 hands-on workshops.

The visitors, as usual, comprised a cross-section of people in terms of their expertise and experience. Since the tracks for the conferences are always planned with this diversity in mind, there were tracks for the creators (developers, project managers, R&D teams, etc) as well as for the implementers of open source software.

The star-studded speakers’ list included international experts like Tony Wasserman (professor of the software management practice at Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley), Joerg Simon (ISECOM and Fedora Project), and Soh Hiong, senior consultant, NetApp. There was also active participation from the government of India with Debabrata Nayak (project director, NeGD, MeitY) and K. Rajasekhar (deputy director general, NIC, MeitY), delivering speeches at the event.

Industry experts like Andrew Aitken (GM and 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, Mongo

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