Thejesh GN

A Blog, A Website and A container for all my views with excerpts from technology, travel, films, india, photography, kannada, friends and other interests. I am Thejesh GN. Friends call me Thej

Shiny New MySwar App for Andoid and IOS

Posted by Thejesh GN On March - 29 - 20135 COMMENTS

We have been working hard at Mavrix. We have been releasing new features almost every month. But this time its bigger. Now we have shiny new MySwar app for Android and IOS. Both of them are free at this point. Go ahead and install them. I am happy about the way apps have turned up. Let me know what do you think.
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I am sure there are bugs and features which you would love to see. Send them. I have already started getting requests. But I assure you, I will look at all of them. Its time to get back to work I guess :) May be another day I will write about the technology behind apps.

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Open DataCamp Bangalore 2013

Posted by Thejesh GN On March - 21 - 201312 COMMENTS

The second Open DataCamp in Bangalore was earlier this month. This one was much different from the first one. I was very happy and tired at the same time. Now that I am back from a very good vacation. Its time to sit back and reflect upon #odcblr2013.


First of all, to all the participants. Thank you. You guys rock. For the rest, I am sorry guys you missed great conversations and hopefully you will be around next time.

ODCBLR2013 was made possible due to the generosity of Google, India Water Portal, Akshara Foundation, HasGeek and DataMeet volunteers.


Finding a venue was difficult this time. We couldn’t use Google since their well-known canteen is under reconstruction. At the end Dharmaram college worked well, except for the internet part which was a little sporadic. Hopefully we will have a better place next year. We should probably go back to corporate world. It makes it easy setup things like internet, food, AV etc

Even though we started planning early, both Nisha and myself have full-time jobs (more than full time actually), it was not easy running around to get the things done. So in the year 2014 we will have to start very early. Say at the least 5 months early. Also try to work with other groups like BarCamp Bangalore, so that we don’t clash with them.
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Talks and Workshops were awesome. We will try to continue that format unless the feedback from the participants is completely opposite. And it’s not easy to organize a hackathon. We will have to plan better for it to work. I might attend more hackathons just to learn to organize one.

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Volunteers were awesome. All kinds of them, some of them who like DataCamp and wanted to volunteer, and the rest who just liked us and volunteered to help us. Thanks to all of you. We couldn’t have done with out you guys.
Participants this year were equally good. There were so many interesting conversations. So many ideas. Which is what I look forward in an event. By that standards we are growing and doing well. Now looking forward to #odcblr2014. In the meantime join the discussion at DataMeet.

Note: Myself and Nisha are processing all the videos. It should be out in couple of weeks. All the pictures are available online. They are under Creative Commons license. Please attribute Meera Sankar if you end up using.

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Our first big vacation

Posted by Thejesh GN On March - 20 - 20132 COMMENTS

This is the first time we went out for a vacation. I am happy that my parents enjoyed it throughout. Some pictures from my Instagram photo stream.

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Kumbh Mela 2013

Posted by Thejesh GN On February - 15 - 20133 COMMENTS

Been running on high fever since I returned from Allahabad. So as of now I am just uploading the pictures. May be sometime later I will write a post about my experience. There are one or two pictures which are not safe for work. You have been warned. Enjoy.

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You are invited to Open DataCamp Bangalore 2013

Posted by Thejesh GN On January - 26 - 20131 COMMENT

logo-mastYearly Open DataCamp Bangalore is here. This time its going to be a two day event with awesome talks, workshops and hackathon. So block your calendar for March 2 and 3rd. Its a weekend, so its easy that way. We have already received quite a few interesting proposals from visualizing politics to playing with Open Street Map. But there are a few slots still available, so go ahead send me your proposals. This year unlike last year we have different types of slots. Read the announcement

Main Talks – 45min+15minQnA
– Mostly by invited guest
– Please send the suggestions. We will try our best to get them.

Short Talks – 20min+10minQnA
– Good for sharing experinces, results etc
– Send proposals

Lightning Talks – 5min
– Good for quick introduction to a project, call for help or collabaration
– Each lighting talk is for 5 minutes maximum
– 7 slides = 5 content, 1 title, 1 about me slides
– I have attached the templates for lighting talk. Use that format.
– Presentations have to be sent early so we dont have to waste time on that day

Short Workshop – 45 Mins
– Small tutorials
– Send proposals

Long Workshops/Hackathons – 60 Mins
– Longer tutorials, Hands on sessions etc
– Send proposals

Unscheduled – 2 hours on both the days.
– Participants can shcedule on the day, could be used for discussions, tutorials, hacks etc
– No pre planning required

Hence along with your proposal, send me the details about the kind of talk that you want to deliver.

Some of the themes that we are exploring this year are

  • Sustainable Development Through Data – Can our development projects benefit from open data?
  • Privacy/security – What are the risks?
  • Relevance of Open Data – When is open data relevant when isn’t it?
  • Data for Activism – How to make change with data?
  • Standardization – How do get on the same page?
  • Open Data related projects
  • and of similar nature, no limits

Oh yeah. Go ahead and register yourself first :)

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