Posts Tagged ‘Chennai
I have seen pictures of Apple fans queuing up infront of Apple stores. They stay for hours before any major product launch. Apple fans are a cult for sure. I have never been to an Apple product launch even though I am a great fan of Steve Jobs and Apple products. So when I got an opportunity to be part of iPhone 5 launch organised by UniverCell in Chennai, I made sure not to miss it. The scenes before the launch of iPhone 5 in-front of the UniverCell outlet at Express Avenue in Chennai was typical of any Apple product launch. There was this huge serpentine queue of Apple fans who had pre-ordered the iPhone 5.
“After my spectacular failures, I could not be satisfied with an ordinary success.” Mason Cooley
FailCamp Chennai is back. So if you have no idea what FailCamp is, here it is. FailCamp is a celebration of failure. More than just failure, its about the lessons you learned from them.It’s about learning not to view failure as a defeat, but as a learning opportunity . It’s about taking away the fear of failure and learning to take a chance, think big and achieve what you thought you couldn’t! Now that’s one of the qualities of an ‘Iconoclast’.
Kiruba Shankar is the man behind FailCamp Chennai. Here are the details,
Date & Time
Saturday, 14th July, 2012
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The Startup Centre, #45 Montieth Road, Alsa Mall, S-4, Second Floor, Egmore, Chennai – 600 008
We are right across the road from the Chennai Museum in Egmore – 15 mins by Walk from the Egmore Train station (if you are taking the train), about 5 Mins away from the Egmore Museum Bus Station (if you are taking the bus).
Clock has started ticking, In50hrs, Ideas to Prototype, the event where entrepreneurs, designers, product managers etc come together to build functional prototypes of ideas – from scratch is happening from Mar 25-27 at The Startup Centre, Alsa Mall, Egmore, Chennai.
‘In 50hrs, Ideas to Prototype’ is organized by ‘The Startup Centre’, an Initiative to bring together entrepreneurs, hackers and designers to learn, collaborate and build kickass enterprises. The Centre is a creative space for individuals from diverse backgrounds to come up and work on ideas that challenge and disrupt the norm.
The Startup Centre
Participants getting ready for the In 50 Hours
The Idea Board
Some of the ideas came out at the event, Where is my Money – Twitter based Expense Tracker,Tagger based System for locating devices, Folio43 the Stock market game to learn Stock Market Investing and Foodpick.in: Table booking and online food ordering.All the participants will present their prototypes on Mar 27
We are a society obsessed with discounts! nobody cares for quality and everybody wants everything cheap!
A recent visit to one of Chennai’s latest malls proved this point
Had a great opportunity to meet Jeffrey Archer, the great ‘story teller’, on the occasion of his latest book launch ” Only Time Will Tell; The family saga of the Clifton Chronicles.
All set for a grand evening with master story teller. Good display of Jeffrey Archer’s books
On 8 March, Jeffrey Archer was at Odyssey, Express Avenue. As soon as he arrived, Archer thanked the crowd for the warm welcome. Archer is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (14 times), short stories (4 times) and non fiction.
Archer spoke about the latest book. How he manages the busy schedule (this time in India, he is covering 5 cities in 6 days, in Chennai alone 11 interviews in a day!). Got to know lot of interesting trivia about the author. He can’t use any of the latest technologies while writing, so he literally writes all his books, takes almost 50 days to finish the manuscript. Take 2 hours of break after every 2 hours of writing. He spends almost 10 hours for the first page of the book and 15 hours for the last page, shows how important to have a great beginning and a fantastic end.
Jeffrey Archer was full of energy at this age of 70. He stressed the importance to be physically fit. His talk was a great mix of wit and wisdom. Archer talked about the authors that inspired him, about the ongoing Cricket World Cup (he predicted, ofcourse he was not serious, an England Vs Ireland final but said An India Vs South Africa final would be great). He was little bit worried about the book piracy. Archer joked that the day is not far away when a kid would knock his door and ask whether he wants ‘the latest Jeffrey Archer’.
But the most cherished moment was when I got the opportunity to meet Jeffrey Archer, interact with him and get his books autographed!
Passionate collectors, around 25 of them, displayed their collections at Passionate Collectors’ exhibition, organised by Chennai chapter of The Dignity Foundation.
The Dignity Foundation, a non profit organisation is committed to changing the way people look at ageing in India
Anna Centenary Library at Kotturpuram is truly a World Class library. Now operation on four floors, the library has great facilities. Here is a Dekho into this wonderful Library
The library is fully air-conditioned, built on 8 acres and Gold certified Green building
Stacking capacity is 12 lakh books, seating capacity for 1250 persons and a parking area that can accomodate 417 cars and 1026 two wheelers
Other facilities include, Braille and talking book section, self use area, cyber cafe, security room, open air amphitheatre, mini conference hall, digital library, residential facilities for research scholars, food court and coffee lounge.
Now am just waiting for the membership process to start, its truly a great place to gain knowledge
Who is your favourite storyteller? your Dad, Mom or your Grandma? award winning writer and playwright Anushka Ravishankar’s latest book on tales from the Arabian Nights, The Storyteller was launched.
Kamini Mahadevan, Consultant Editor, Penguin Books mentioned how The stories of Arabian Nights cut across civilizations and entertained millions over the ages. Anushka Ravishankar read the first story from her book.
The biggest challenge for her was to bring her own version of the Arabian Nights stories. Answering to questions from the people gathered for the book launch, Anushka mentioned that Alibaba was her favourite story.
There was participation from the kids also. Some mentioned that story telling was a dying art, thanks to the proliferation of TV.
At last got the chance to visit “The Great Wall of Chennai”, The Hindu and Aviva’s initiative to collect books for the underprivileged children
The event was for 5 days, organised at Express Avenue, Chennai
People from different walks of life came and contributed books
This was an initiative, named street to school was organised by Aviva life insurance
The great wall from another end
View from the food court. More than 2,52,000 collected!
The message walls put up
Celebrities also came and contributed books for this wonderful cause
That’s my contribution to the great wall, Jack Welch’s ‘straight from the gut’. Kudos to The Hindu, Aviva and all the contributors for this effort
ICC Connect 2010, TamilNadu’s biggest ICT conference is happening at Chennai Chennai Centre. So myself along with 8 others live blogged, tweeted and facebooked the event.
Morning ONE hall, afternoon TWO halls
so this was the hall(convention centre) where morning sessions happened
But by afternoon things started changing
Panels started coming out
And in no time a wall was created
We are almost there
Now we have two halls, the first hall
and the second hall
There is an exhibition of various participants also happening. Here are some images from the ICC Connect exhibition
I was curious to know more about Rs 4000 PC and checked with the volunteer at the stall, then is explained
This is U 170 that can be connected to the USB, up to 10 users can share one PC and by doing, the amount spent by a user is Rs 4k, but there is this catch, you need to invest in monitor, keyboard and CPU
This is what you save
Some high tech GPS equipments displayed
Then I saw this lady, holding ‘Follow me’ card. I would call her ‘The Twitter Lady’
But then lot of people were following her, so I came back to session hall and started live blogging