The second edition of the Facebook developer garage, Chennai received overwhelming response from Chennai-ites. Over 60 people packed into the Conference Hall at Tidel Park, almost twice the number that registered on Facebook.
David Recordon speaking at FBDG Chennai
The participants got some very useful information about how Facebook works, the platform, the applications and more from David Recordon, Jonathan Gray and Kevin D’Souza, our main speakers from Facebook. A huge number of topics were raised and discussed at the Garage including how php6 can help developers, whether Facebook profiles can become open ID logins in future and the most interesting – Why can’t we use a mechanism like Adsense and monetize our fan pages?
A section of the participants at FBDG Chennai
Exciting discussions also followed the talk by Vasanth on Facebook applications, after which Florent Ferere from KRDS came up to present some analytical case studies of how Facebook has been used by various companies to reach out to customers and audiences. An interesting observation made during this talk: You can develop a Facebook app and interact with users for a whole month, for the cost of a 30sec spot on television!
We also had speakers Ramasubramanian and Syed Nazir telling us about how they convinced the Chennai Traffic Police to use Facebook to give out traffic updates, scheduled diversions, etc. Yes, FBDG Chennai did throw us a lot of surprises.
Videos of the various talks have been recorded by our team and will be online soon. Keep watching this space to relive the Garage!
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The second edition of the Chennai Facebook Developer Garage is all set to happen at Tidel Park on Sunday, 19th September 2010. This edition brings with it some very interesting people from Facebook, who will speak at the Garage.
David Recordon enjoys creating and writing about technology that makes the web more open and useful for everyone. He lives in San Francisco where he works for Facebook, leading open source and open standards initiatives. In 2007, he was recognized by Google and O’Reilly with an Open Source Award for his efforts with OpenID. He is the youngest recipient in the history of the award. David will be speaking on ‘Open Source at Facebook’.
Jonathan Gray is a software engineer and open source advocate at Facebook. He works with different engineering teams on using, contributing, and releasing open source software related to big data and infrastructure, working with technologies like Hadoop, HBase, Hive, Scribe, and Thrift. He will speak to us about ‘Facebook & Big Data’.
Kevin D’Souza Facebook, India
A post graduate from IIM Kolkatta, Kevin Joined Microsoft in 2003 as Community Specialist (Intern), later became University Relations & Academic Advisor and then Technology Evangelist, Advisor – Web Platform & New Media Strategy at Microsoft. He now takes the role of Country Growth Manager with Facebook. His likes include new ventures and business deals. Kevin will be speaking on ‘Facebook Social Plug-ins’.
It definitely looks like an exciting evening for anyone interested in or working on facebook platforms. Make sure you’re there!
Register before 3 pm on Friday (17th September) to block your space!