As mentioned in my earlier post gnuNify was held on Feb 19th and 20th 2010 at Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research, Pune.
Aditya and I had submitted two CFPs each and all of them were selected. My first CFP was a talk on Get going with CakePHP and the second one was a 4 hour workshop on CakePHP. GNUnify was my first ever open source conference and I made sure I am well prepared for my presentations.
We reached Pune on 18th Feb and despite being late night arrival, two SICSR students came to pick us up from the airport. We were accomodated at Symbiosis Vishwabhavan’s guest house which was no less than a star rated hotel. I had both my sessions the next day i.e. 19th Feb.
My first session on 19th Feb was a talk on CakePHP at 11 am. Audiences turned up decently and some of them were very excited to get insight of CakePHP framework. My talk included the introduction to web framework and cakephp, history of cakephp, features and MVC in cakephp. I had designed my slides the way so that I can continue the discussion in the workshop scheduled later that day. I believe people got engaged during my talk and they all were looking forward to attend the workshop. There were some interesting questions after the talk.
The second session, a workshop, started at 3:30 pm and most of the people who were present at the talk turned up for the workshop as well. In the workshop we did the basic blog tutorial along with authentication using the Auth Component and model relationships. It took me more than 4 hours to do it and people liked cakephp so much that they were ready to bake some more models and controllers.
I met some wonderful people like Kushal Das, Vivek Khurana, Arun Khan, Dr.Ajit Kumar, Senthil Kumaran, Baishampayan Ghose, Amit Singh, Gautam Rege, Shantanu Oak and many others. They were all experts in their respective fields and presented some great talks and workshops.
The only thing which concerned me was the low audience turnout for the all the sessions. I think this was because they got divided into different halls as 7 tracks were going on simultaneously.
Here are the slides I presented at the talk…