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Twitter communities come together for charity: water

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Twestival - Feb 12, 2009


Right now 1.1 billion people on the planet don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water. That’s one in six of us.

When I started using twitter just a few months back, I had the thought that twitter is just a micro-blogging tool. Eventually I figured out that it is a great tool to find people with similar interests, get to know what famous personalities are doing etc. and with the search API, one can find out what is the hottest topic/news in the world right “now”.

Today I’ve witnessed yet another great use of twitter – Twestival, an event where twitterers around the world will be meeting to raise money for charity: water

charity: water is a non profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations by funding sustainable clean water solutions in areas of greatest need

charity: water’s various solutions include hand-dug wells, boreholes, rainwater harvesting etc. which comes to 1,247 water projects in various countries, including 38 water projects in India. Out of earth’s overall water content, with just 2.5% being fresh water and with the higher costs for water-purification in developing nations, this is a huge problem.

I had no idea such an organization existed, and it is great to see that twitter is used for spreading the message to millions around the world. The Twestival event is organized 100% by volunteers in many cities (checkout the twestival.com for details). If your city is not listed, you can register your city and become the event organizer for your city. As of now, the various events to be included in Twestival is left to the organizers of the respective cities.

In order to raise funds, I think the event will facilitate options to donate. Moreover, there is a T-Shirt design event which is open till 5th Feb, 2009. These T-Shirts will be available for sale and will directly fund charity: water projects.


Written by lokesh

January 31, 2009 at 7:29 am

Workshop on Ethical Hacking

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Recently I attended a 2-day workshop on ethical hacking, conducted by Infysec – a security services organization. The workshop covered various topic related to hacking such as footprinting, enumeration, session hijacking, web application vulnerabilities, viruses, botnets etc.

The session was like this: before explaining each topic, proper introduction would be given as to what is the topic all about, why is it necessary from a security point of view, then slide based presentation on the topic, and finally a live demo on that topic. Apart from this, the instructors who were highly experienced in almost all aspects of security, also gave many valuable inputs which you may not find in books. Although I’m not preparing for CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker), it seems this program will really be useful for clearing it.

As the event was called a workshop, I expected that everyone would be provided with some systems or may be asked to bring their own laptops and gain hands-on experience in the workshop by working out the various scenarious along with the instructors. The organizers were happy to have this feedback and assured they will consider this, as almost everyone expected the same.

Moreover, it seems Infysec is organizing “Capture-the-flag” contest next month. A server will be open to hacking by various teams and the first team to hack it, wins. I’m sure events like this will surely gain a lot of popularity.

Written by lokesh

January 26, 2009 at 8:36 am

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BarCamp – Chennai

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BarCamp is an unconference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from attendees. The BarCampChennai focusses on Web 2.0, Social Media and Next Generation Internet.”

Now this is a event which I was long awaiting to go for. I thought that these kinds of conferences related to web 2.0, AJAX and other internet technologies used to take place only in countries like US, UK… but to my shock I’m hearing for the first time that such a event is taking place in India and that too in Chennai.

The event focuses mainly on web technologies, where every person attending the event is a participant. unlike other conferences where there are lot of spectators, this even is an unconference where each and everyone actively participates in something or the other. I was very desperate to present some of my experiences with web 2.0 applications & AJAX as soon I came to know about this event. Unfortunately the sign-up for presentations was over by the time I came to know about this event.

The BarCamp is a 2 day event which took place today and yesterday in Anna University. Apart from participating in presentations one can also participate in live blogging and live photo & video-casting of the event. Free wifi was provided so that you can live update your blogs.

This BarCamp takes place all over the world and you can also organize your own BarCamp in you locality. More details here.

I’m quite sad that I was not able to attend such an event which I was longing for, but I’m happy that I came to know about this wonderful event.

One more important thing that I came to know is that how good Indians are at making internet applications. I always had a false belief that in India the internet applications field growth is very slow and that there are very few out there who are interested in such web applications, but this BarCamp has proved that my beliefs are so wrong. Infact I can say that Indian webdevs are really awesome. Want to know why ? Check out these blogs which has the BarCamp events covered…



Written by lokesh

April 9, 2006 at 5:29 pm