Program for the Future

Program for the Future Conference is an event which will Focus on Collective Intelligence is happening on 8th and 9th December. 

On December 8 and 9 as part of the program, we’ll hear from some of today’s most provocative speakers, then brainstorm ways to enhance our capability for problem solving, decision making, knowledge organization, and planning in every field of human endeavor.

You can attend and participate in the event Virtually, follow this link.

You can participate from anywhere through Twitter, FriendFeed, Slideshare, Blogs and Comments to blogs.

Twitter hashtag #pftf

You can also use the same tag for other media – Flickr, del.icio.us, YouTube, FriendFeed etc. 

The Program for the Future will also launch a global competition for new tools that improve Collective Intelligence.  This competition will run for one year, and winners will be on display at The Tech Museum and the MIT Museum.

Do mark your Calendars and attend the event. If you are already planning to attend and blog about the event, do mark your link in the comment so that i can update the post with your link.

[Update]: Read about the event at http://petersmagnusson.com

Next Open Coffee Club Bangalore Meetup on 23rd November

The next Open Coffee Club Meetup is scheduled to happen on 23rd November 2008. This post describes the essential logistics and action item related to the meet.

 

Open Coffee Club Bangalore, next meet is scheduled to happen on 23rd November.
Open Coffee Club Bangalore, next meet is scheduled to happen on 23rd November.

From my previous post on the FAQ about Bangalore Open Coffee Club,

What is Open Coffee Club (OCC)?

Essentially Open Coffee Club is a place for people who love startups to hang out and meet. It was started by Saul Klein in London in Feb 07 to encourage entrepreneurs, developers and investors to organize real-world informal meet-ups to chat, network and grow. The first OCC meet happened in London on 1st March 2007. Ever since the concept has been spreading and growing across the globe.

The Bangalore chapter of Open Coffee Club started in Aug 07 with the first meet being held at Brew HaHa on 19 Aug 07.

Date: 23rd November 2008, Sunday.
Venue: BrewHaha
             #88 KK Centre, Jyothi Nivas College Rd.
             Koramangala
             Bangalore

Also please feel free to check out the map to the location here.

Timings: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Action item: Please do mark your confirmations at http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1374903/

Contact the following for further information & suggestions on anything related to OCC Bangalore 

Vaibhav Pandey / +91 99861 86194 / pandey.vaibhav@gmail.com

Ramjee Ganti / +91 93425 09088 / ganti.r@gmail.com

Amarinder Singh / +91 93431 71420 / amarinder.singh.76@gmail.com

Also read: OCC Bangalore FAQ

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Next Open Coffee Club Bangalore Meetup on 9th November 2008

As part of the next Open Coffee Club, Bangalore meetup, we are in for a special meet on coming Sunday i.e. 9th November 2008.
Open Coffee Club, Bangalore

Open Coffee Club, Bangalore

During this meetup, we will be meeting, interacting and co-learning with 25 students of the Hogeschool Utrecht , University of Applied Sciences who are all following the minor program Innovasia.
 
The goal of Innovasia is to bridge the gap between the European and Asian cultures in the field of technical innovations. Most of our visitors are technical folks especially from Media Technology and Integrated Product Development.

Members of the Open Coffee Club, Bangalore Chapter will be interacting with the students on the following threads. This also forms the agenda of the meet.

  • Getting to understand each other’s profile.
  • Giving the students a bird’s eye view of Indian Startups & Entrepreneurship Ecosystem.
  • A bit about Bangalore. 
  • Doing business between Europe & India: Cultural Aspects.
  • Outsourcing & off-shoring from a practical point of view.
  • Technical Innovations.
  • Intellectual property.
Though the discussion will be free flowing, but we will try to keep it focused, non-academic and with a tab on the watch. Idea is to share more of case studies, examples, personal experiences so that there is more tangible learning and something we all can go back and use.
 
I encourage OCC startups especially product based and / or from Media Technology to come and interact with Dutch students. Also some of these students can help you point in the right direction (give you some sense) if you are looking to Netherlands as one of your potential geographies.
Important Details: 
Date: 9 Nov 08
Day: Sunday
Time: 11 AM – 1 PM
Venue: ThoughtWorks Technologies (India) Pvt Ltd.
           2nd Floor, Tower C, Corporate Block, Diamond District
           Airport Road, Bangalore – 560 008, India ( Map )
Telephone: +91 80 2508 9572

Important: If you are planning to attend this special meet, Please do mark your confirmation on Upcoming.

Also read: OCC Meet Summary ( Co-Founders) ; 27th April 2008

YESSS-(Young Entrepreneurs’ Start ups in SoaringSpirits)

 

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YESSS-(Young Entrepreneurs’ Start ups in SoaringSpirits)

Government of Karnataka is organizing an International Conference on IT called Bangalore IT.biz on 6th, 7th and 8th Nov in Palace Grounds, Bangalore. The various tracks cover various topics such as-ICT in Education, IT Manufacturing-The “Made in India’ story, IT and healthcare etc. among others. This conference will bring together the ‘who’s who’ of the IT industry and offer a plethora of opportunities for mutual growth,

BangaloreIT.biz 2008

BangaloreIT.biz 2008

This year, a new segment called YESSS-(Young Entrepreneurs’ Start ups in SoaringSpirits) is introduced, aimed at bringing together young entrepreneurs, successful entrepreneurs and VCs on a common platform to discuss the various aspects of entrepreneurship.

YESSS – Event Details

It would consist of highly focused & interactive sessions on various aspects of entrepreneurship by high-profile successful entrepreneurs and VCs. The target audience would be focused and consist of budding entrepreneurs and various start-ups in IT/Hardware/ITES sector from all over India and the Venture Capitalists eager to invest their money.

Entry is by invitation only to make sure that the audience is focused and relevant to the event.

Date/Time: Nov 7, 2008. 9 AM to 4 PM
Venue: Palace Grounds

For details, please visit http://www.bangaloreit.biz/BangaloreIT_yesss.htm

How Startups can Participate?
1. Nominations are invited from startups in IT/Hardware/ITES space for participation.
2. Interested companies should fill the participation form (in word format only) available at http://www.bangaloreit.biz/pdf/YESSS_participation_form.pdf and send it to Nandini at nandini.gharpure@gmail.com.

3. Participant companies will get a chance to listen to VCs, successful entrepreneurs and interact with them

4. Top 10 selected startups (short-listed on certain criterion) will get a 15 minute slot in YESS to make a presentation showcasing your company.

Last date for submission of participation form: October 31, 2008.

Entry Fee

The entry fee is Rs.3,000/-, which entitles you to-

1. 15 minute slot in YESSS to make a presentation showcasing your company, if short-listed.

2. Chance to listen to the mentors, mingle/interact/network with VCs, Angel Investors, Financial Institutions and Successful Entrepreneurs

3. Entry to International exhibition.

Alternatively you can pay Rs 7,500/- and enjoy the benefits of the entire 3 day Conference, and attend Awards Night on 8th (Networking dinner with who’s who of the IT industry)

How VCs/Angel Investors can Participate?

Interested VC/PE firms should fill the participation form (in word format only) available at http://www.bangaloreit.biz/pdf/YESSS_vc_registration_form.pdf and send it to Nandini at nandini.gharpure@gmail.com

Contact Info

For any queries, please contact Nandini Gharpure

E-mail: nandini.gharpure@gmail.com

Ph: 98867 48973

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Next Open Coffee Club Bangalore meetup on 5th October

The next meetup of Open Coffee Club Bangalore chapter is scheduled to happen on 5th October 2008. The theme of the meetup is “Financial Crisis and What it means for the startups”.

The meet details are as follows:

Date: 5th Oct 08
Day: Sunday
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Venue: Ta`am Restaurants Private Limited http://www.taamrestaurants.com
A Square, #565, 8th Main, 4th Block, Koramangala, Bangalore 560034, Tel: +91-80-4116 9898, 4146 9595.

Floor Manager: Mr. Nandkumar – 92423 19051

Map / Directions / Navigation: http://www.taamrestaurants.com
http://www.smallguru.com/occ/gmap.html – it has directions for the usual OCC Venues

Please call up: 4116 9898 / 4146 9595 / 92423 19051 and ask for directions in advance.

Agenda: What does the current financial crisis and economic slowdown mean for Start Ups?
How can Start Ups counter the same?
Can we track what we discuss – OCC blog open to start ups who want to share their lessons & experiences.

Cover Charge: INR 50 (can be redeemed for coffee / beverages / snacks).

Do mark your confirmation at: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1164983

If you are one of those who is not a member of the group but would certainly love to be a member and attend the meets, please follow How to Register for Open Coffee Club Bangalore.

Also read:Opencommune: Bringing you coworking

Introducing Bangalore OCC Blog

Next Open Coffee Club Meet to be held on 27th April 2008

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OCC Meet Summary ( Co-Founders) ; 27th April 2008

Open Coffee Club Bangalore meets up every alternate Sunday to discuss about Entrepreneurship. The group focuses on working at the grass root level by giving a platform to Entrepreneurs, Wannabe Entrepreneurs and Venture Capitalists connect with each other. The theme of the meet today was Co-Founders, a topic often discussed and thought about individuals planning to venture out.

Open Coffee Club Bangalore discusses about the role of Co-founders in a startup

Close to 25 people turned up at 11 AM today, to discuss about Co-founders and also share their experiences on this subject while working on their idea/ venture. The group aimed to discuss about the various parameters which one should look in a Co-Founder and how co-founders can actually make or break the success of the Startup.

Prateek Dayal who is also the co-founder of Muziboo, a music sharing website, described his experience while working on his previous venture. The core points which Prateek focussed on as part of the characteristics of co-founders were around the seriousness of taking the startup to the next level; making your startup big. Prateek also discussed about the benefits of starting out alone and eventually looking for a co-founder.

Rakesh who also happens to be the Co-Founder of Crederity Inc. also shared his thoughts on Commitment and expectations within the co-founders. Harsha, another regular at OCC and the co-founder of Adventure described his process of starting up right after the college. Harsha says ” When co-founding, Dont let the ego come in between and respect the co-founder as an individual human being” . He believes a co-founder should have the courage and the aura to take the task to the finish line.

Rahul whose company works in the Mobile space, went ahead to add to the discussion. He said ” Commitment, Accountability, Focus and Openness towards feedback are the parameters one should look in a co-founder“. He also added and i quote ” Arguments within the co-founders in a startup is not a bad sign. Its a healthy sign and helps remove the blockages. Such startups tend to fight out to success“. His thoughts were well appreciated by the group.

Amongst the others who also shared their views on this topic were Vimali Swamy, from SiliconIndia.

The takeaway of this meet was pretty straight ” Perfect Harmony between the co-founders might not happen, but success has to happen. Ensure that conflict is handled in a way that it leads to success in the end.”

The next Open Coffee Club Bangalore meet shall happen on 10th May 2008, Sunday. Stay tuned to the group and Open Coffee Club Blog ( http://bangaloreocc.blogspot.com) for further details.

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Introducing Bangalore OCC Blog

Next Open Coffee Club Meet to be held on 27th April 2008

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Next Open Coffee Club Meet to be held on 27th April 2008

Open Coffee Club Bangalore

Open Coffee Club Bangalore organizes meetups for Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists and wannabe Entrepreneurs to connect and share. The meets are held every alternate Sunday. If you are interested in Entrepreneurship and would like to start out something, please do sign up the group by visiting group page at http://groups.google.com/group/bangaloreocc

The details for the next OCC meet are as follows:

Date: 27 Apr 08, Sunday.

Time: 11 AM – 1 PM

Venue: CoreObjects

Brigade MLR, #50, Vani Vilas Road, Opp. National College, Basavanagudi,
Bangalore, Karnataka 560004

Map: http://in.maps.yahoo.com/#?lat=13.0217150&lon=77.5505140&z=6&addr=Brigade%20MLR%2C%2050%2C%20Vani%20Vilas%20Road%2C%20Opp.%20National%20College%2C%20Basavanagudi%2C%20Bangalore%20Karnataka%20560004

Agenda: Co-founders: Wish List Vs Reality

Kindly mark your confirmations at http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/500520

In order to have a really meaningful dialogue – requesting all startups (with more than one founder, or key members at helm) to be surely present at the meet.

Also read: Introducing Bangalore OCC Blog

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