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

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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RIP: Aaron Swartz

Posted by Thejesh GN On January - 13 - 20132 COMMENTS

I got to know more about Aaron while using I think he built it during his stint at Reddit. In fact I am such a big fan of that I use it everywhere including at myswar. I used to follow him on his blog and then his work at DemandProgress. He was one whom I call a perfect social hacktivist, kind of role model for me at 26.


I was really proud of what he did to US legal documents and then to the academic papers. I was kind of sad when MIT didn’t come out in support of him. I was so let down by MIT. Specially when JSTOR came out clean. But then his actions inspired many to go open, which is the kind of effect his work always had on others including myself. I hope his work will continue to inspire others.

Goodbye, Aaron.


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The year that was 2012

Posted by Thejesh GN On December - 31 - 20126 COMMENTS

So world didn’t end and hence I am back to give you the status update:

  • Life has been great. I have been blessed with lots of love and care
  • Work at Mavrix has been great and expect some new announcements very soon
  • Work at NextDrop and India Water Portal is exciting to say the least. Its my first year with them. I find the team very friendly, interesting and happy to work with
  • Seems like OpenDataCamp BLR is going to be an yearly event. Expect more announcements
  • Launched new personal project OpenBangalore
  • My most memorable birthday and trip to Pondicherry. I will remember it forever. Thanks A.
  • A small visit to Spain to end the year

Wiss you a great 2013. Let all your wishes come true.

Previous Years: 2011,2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

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