TED India

The TED Conference is coming to India!

The dates for Ted India have been announced:
4th to 7th November 2009

Venue is the Infosys Campus in Mysore.

What’s TED?

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment & Design, an annual conference that defines its mission as “ideas worth spreading”.

Links:
Wikipedia;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TED_(conference)

Official site: http://www.ted.com/

TED India: http://conferences.ted.com/TEDIndia/

The Official Ted YouTube Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=TEDtalksDirector

One of my favourite video is this one by Vilayanur S. Ramachandran,

Nokia Developer Conference 2009

The rescheduled dates are out; I am planning to attend it this time around.The venue & date for The Nokia Developer Conference 2009 is as follows;

Venue: Trinity, Taj Residency, Bangalore.
Date: 20th January 2009
Official Website: http://www.nokiadevcon.in

Nokia Developer Conference 2009

If you have been itching to do something on mobile apps, this would be the place to be. With 3G coming to India soon and the already existing millions of mobile subscribers, mobile apps are hot. Serial entrepreneurs & tech industry gurus, all are betting big on mobile applications.

I guess, it would be wise to hear from entrepreneurs who already have a head start in this business. The speaker’s page is here;
http://www.nokiadevcon.in/speakers.html I recall meeting one of the speakers in 2004 & he had a working prototype back then! Right from govt officials, guys from Forum Nokia, operators, mobile game developers, everyone from the telecom industry would be attending, so, I guess it would be a good opportunity to network & keep abreast with the latest in mobile technology. Presentations on Java, Symbian, Web 2.0 etc. are scheduled and interaction with industry these experts too.

The different sessions are Mobile VAS Industry, Mobile Technology Evolution, Technology Showcase, Developer Evangelization & more details are on the sessions page here; http://www.nokiadevcon.in/session.html

This Nokia Developer Conference is bought to you by Forum Nokia, and according to their own words

“The objective of the conference is to inspire and fuel the dreams of developers to create killer mobile applications through support and collaboration.” and also “The Conference will provide the developers a forum, where best minds in the industry will meet and discuss the evolution of the Mobile VAS industry and what the future holds.”

I just read that there are great prizes for mobile application developers at the Nokia Bangalore Conference on the Forum here:
http://www.nokiadevcon.in/forum/index.php

Cya there.

Iron Maiden Mumbai Press Conference

Iron Maiden Mumbai Press Conference of Somewhere Back in Time World Tour

I had the privilege to attend the Iron Maiden Mumbai Press Conference held at JW Marriott Mumbai, India on 31st January. Thank You Ajay. All major Indian newspapers & their photographers were present for this Iron Maiden Mumbai Press Conference.

Here are some of the questions & their replies from Iron Maiden band members.

1) Why was this tour named as Somewhere Back in Time World Tour.

Bruce Dickinson said that Iron Maiden are now than they have ever been before & that several fans all over wanted to play their greatest hits & favourite songs. Also, because Iron Maiden had a previous album called Somewhere in Time, so it was apt to name this current live tour as2) what are the band member’s favourite concert Iron Maiden songs?

Bruce Dickinson : Moonchild, Rime of the ancient mariner.

Steve Harris : Hallowed by thy name

Nicko McBrain : Hallowed by thy name

Adrian Smith : Moonchild, Rime of the ancient mariner.

Janick Gers : Likes to play them all.

Dave Murray : Rime of the ancient mariner.

3) What does the band think of the current state of heavy metal music like speed metal or thrash metal.

Bruce said that everybody has their own taste in music & everyone is entitled to follow what their music taste desires. Even his son likes/plays thrash metal in which the singer goes…wrrroooohhh [ Bruce imitates a thrash metal vocal intro :) ]

Iron Maiden Mumbai
4) What are the bands comments on 3 guitar line up?

Dave: The sound is lot more heavier, fuller & richer now. Since they are covering songs from the last 30 years, every guitarist’s sound comes across all these numbers.

5) Last year at Bangalore Iron Maiden Concert, all the songs were recorded on a Master track recording system, so would these songs be used anytime?

Steve: We record everything, these can be used later on. It’s important to have all recordings, as every gig has something special which can be used later on.

Iron Maiden Mumbai photos
6) Why is India first on the list of the tour?

Bruce : Well, India is on the way to Australia :) LOL. But more seriously, that the way the flight path has been designed & also India, becuase, there are lots of fans & demand for Iron Maiden in India.

7) For guitarist, what would they advise newbie bands & musicians?

Janick Gers : Practice & more practice. Stick to your style & work hard, very hard.

Adrian : Work hard think of expressing yourself, through your work, to the point in which you evlove your own style.

Afterwards, lot of photo ops, autograph signing followed. I shall post a few pics here later.
You have any good quality pics of the Iron Maiden Mumbai concert photos, let meknow, I can post them here. Thx:)

Bruce Dickinson

Steve Harris

Janick Gers

Iron Maiden Press Conference Mumbai
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