Why startup developers must attend Great Indian Developer Summit

The event is the gold standard for India's software developer ecosystem, and can be a great place to learn from others' experiences, find talent and network.
Written by Srinivas Kulkarni, Contributor

In a week from now, one of the biggest events as far as software developers are concerned is about to hit the Silicon Valley of India. Yes, the Great Indian Developer Summit (GIDS) is back for a sixth edition in Bangalore, starting May 7, 2013 till May 10, 2013. Many developers across the country will be out here to learn and share their experiences across the board. 

Most certainly this is an event that shouldn't be missed, especially if you are a developer working for a startup or aspiring to work for one. Or for that matter if you are a founder looking for raw talent or just to network.

What is GIDS?

So far GIDS, Great Indian Developer Summit has had over 17,000 attendees and it is essentially the gold standard for India's software developer ecosystem in order to gain exposure and to evaluate new projects, tools, services, platforms and languages as well as software and standards. It is something that a lot of developers not just in Bangalore, but also across the country converge upon, an event where a lot of geeks look to share, learn and exchange a lot of knowledge and information across various diverse areas of learning. 

GIDS this year will feature a convergence of six broad tracks. "GIDS.EDGE" and "GIDS.Tutorials" which will have keynotes and in-depth workshops, "GIDS.NET" featuring the best and latest from the world of Microsoft computing, "GIDS.WEB" and "GIDS.MOBILE" features technologies, platforms and business models to essentially create successful mobile and Web apps. "GIDS.JAVA" will have rock solid content from Enterprise Java, Agile and Dynamic Languages. Something a lot of developers would enjoy being a part of. 

With over 100 focus sessions, keynotes and workshops, GIDS hopefully will tell us what technologies will make the biggest impact this year, not only for the career of developers but also for businesses.


What to look forward to?

The first day in itself is a real blast, with a variety of really interesting and disruptive keynotes lined up within the summit. Along with that of course is a set of tutorials that will help a lot of the developers gain insights on the state of development within the latest industry standards. With the likes of Venkat Subramaniam, founder of Agile Developer; Neal Ford, director of software architect; and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks, this day certainly looks like it packs a punch. With talks that will focus on Spearheading the future of programming by Venkat, Future of Java by Marty Hall, president of coreservlets.com, a U.S.-based consulting and training company focused on Ajax and Java EE this day certainly should not be missed.

Another interesting keynote to keep an eye out for on day one should be the one by Narendra Bhandari, the ever eloquent and quite succinct, director for Asia-Pacific of Intel's software and services group. His talk will focus on "The Next Big Game Changer", where he will talk about changes happening in the software ecosystem, share insights on developer dimensions, and  how the momentum is shifting beyond touch towards sensor application development, perceptual computing, compute continuum, cloud services and etc. Certainly something that developers should keep a watch on.

As far as the tutorials go, there are certainly loads of interesting tracks lined up for all the developers with topics ranging from enterprise mobile applications at work to Design patterns in modern JVM languages. Certainly there seems no dearth in a diverse selection even in the tutorials with focus on HTML5 as well as The Modern Developers toolkit, it certainly looks like a lot of Web developers are going to enjoy the series of tutorials and sessions. 

Day 2

The second day is something interesting as the world of Windows computing has been reimagined to be smooth and intuitive, yet retaining all of the attributes that have made it ever so popular. The sessions span from a wide variety of topics such as Crossing the chasm from Web to Windows 8, emergent designs, Building .NET Web applications on top of cobol and going back to building service for any client using Web API. There certainly are a lot of topics that would interest a majority of developers. Something that will not only add value in terms of learning, but also in terms of meeting and networking with peers alike.

Day 3 and 4

The third and the fourth day would mainly interest those who are into mobile development and java specifically. With tracks like Javascript for recovering programmers, HTML5 Animations, server side programming with javascript,  responsive Web design, multithread programming for android applications and stuff like Lambda expressions in Java 8. 

Whether you are new to development or have been coding for a while, within your startup or coding for your own startup as a founder and are looking for other coders whom you haven't maybe met at a BarCamp, Hackday or any other Hackathons, then this is the place to be. 

If you have attended GIDS before, let me know what your experience is like and if you do intend to attend this year, do let me know how your experience is. 

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