Sunday, March 7, 2010

My First Public Android Talk

I miss my college days. As a student council member we were responsible of organizing guest lectures, where we used to invite high end profile people from Industries to deliver guest talks. Those talks from the delegate's used to be so motivating and we had good ideals to lookup at. I used to do most of the time introduction of the guest and at times used to give vote of thanks, but never in my dream did I ever thought that I will be on the other side.

But as I say, I live to witness miracles…. I was invited by a good friend Suchitra a faculty at Dayananda Sagar to come down as a guest speaker and address her students. Without a second thought I accept the invite and started the preparation for the talk.

Recently had been given the profile of an Android Evangelist for IBM GBS I decided to talk to the students on Android. This being my first public talk on android, was a bit anxious. Had 50 slides to address, 80 MCA final year students + 10 Faculty members for 90 seconds.

I reached the venue at 11.40 am and there was a student Vijay waiting to escort me. I was at the parking lot, using my cellphone to connect with him. A college facilities officers asked me for the college id card and was confiscating my G1 (Law: Cell phone are not allowed to be used in the campus). I still can’t forget the expression on his face when I said I am not a student but was there to deliver a talk.

Finally reached the MCA block, had some refreshments with the faculty members. Got introduced to MCA and MBA directors and they welcomed me with warm greetings. It was 12 pm and I reached the digital audio auditorium.

A student introduced me so well that I actually took the script from him. He said I did some R & D on you and ur profile is so nice that I was falling short of word to describe you.

Bhavya Siddappa is a System Engineer at IBM and is currently been given the additional profile of an Android Evangelist for IBM – GBS. By Qualification she is a Master in Computer Management, a Gold medalist from Pune University started her career with Oracle as a Weblogic Consultant. Believed in the power of open source and that took her to be a java programmer. With 4 years of IT experience she specializes in Web application security. Currently working in telecom domain for O2 Uk in J2EE and billing tools.

She has been passionate about Mobile Technology and Android platform took way her heart, has it is an open source technology build on java for mobile platform. She is very active in Tech Communities. Apart from her professional career, she is a certified Graphologist and a Face Yoga Trainer. Loves blogging and tweeting which is her technology awareness tool”

Started of with Android Introduction and had some light movements, fun, and exercise to keep the session lively. I shared with them some of my college days wonderful movements and thus the students were able to connect with me. I wanted them to talk from their heart and listen to me with open mind. Ended my talk at 2 pm and the last 30 min was the Q & A session.

The first question asked to me was “R U Married ?” at this I blushed and I said “Yes, to android”.

“Why is it named as Android and what is the story behind the android logo ?”

“Difference between DVM and JVM”

“Can DVM be used in different devices apart from mobiles”

“What are the challenges of the platform”

“Do we have ADT plug-in for other IDEs”

“How secured are self signed android app ?”

I felt that my goal was achieved when a Dot Net passionate guy tells me I want to be an android developer how do I start ?

The vote of thanks from a student was mesmerizing, he said “The talk was WoW and u too are WoW”. The day was flooded with love, respect, compliments and appreciations. This talk made me realize that this young blood is excited, dedicated, passionate, innovative, energetic and have big dreams and a power to make them true, these are the kind of people I need to focus on as an Android Evangelist.

View presentation on Slideshare : Android Anatomy

Android Anatomy
View more presentations from Bhavya Siddappa.


Purnima said...

Hi Ma'am,

At present - u are the coolest person on earth =)

Congratulations!!! I happened to go through ur blog and buzz and read that u are now Working in IBM for an Android based project! I think that is the coolest thing ever!!! I keep reading about it and i hope to get my hands on Android soon.

Just thought i'd pop in and tell u how cool it is - what u doing!!!

Hope all is well at ur end =)

Vijay Rayapati ( said...

LOL! so 'you are seriously married to Andriod :)". Awesome & wish all the best for great new things :)

Vinni said...

Way to go bhavya! Very very proud of you! Its an awesome experience to share the knowledge you have; to an audience that demands more. It makes you also push limits and to learn more!

Sahil said...

Your answer “Yes”… for a second missed my heart beat.
Thank God you are not married in Real...
I can live with “Android” :)

Bhavya said...

Thanks for the appreciation :)
Let me know if u need any help... I will keep uploading my android learning on the blog and would be sharing my PPT's on slideshare.

Yes, android is the coolest platform and dam hot in market :)

Bhavya said...

I have only 1 question for you... what makes u LOL on all that I write and talk about Android.
Yes, I am passionate about android and Thanks for your wishes :)

Bhavya said...

Thanks for those encouraging words. U being in this platform would understand the joy of sharing and learning :)

Bhavya said...

Now I am scared of getting married in real ;)

Kaiwan N Billimoria said...

Congrats Bhavya!

It's indeed a good feeling to come away knowing you've enlightened people, esp young students, with a rocking talk.

And yup, Android is a really cool platform. Keep going!

Bhavya said...

Hi Kaiwan,

I was surprised when I saw your comment on my blog.
U made my day with those lovely and encouraging words :)

We share the same platform and have a long way to go. Its nice been associated with you.

The Survivor said...

Thought this was like a personal blog sounding like a techie one :)

Witness miracles? You don't believe so want to see them happen?

I think you should be on cloud nine after such a speech :)

Thanks for visiting the blog.

Bhavya said...

I madly believe in miracles.... that motivates me to live :)
Every-time I talk abt android I am placed on cloud nine ;)

Ram said...

wonderful introduction...

Bhavya said...

Thanks Ram :)