Just got back to my hotel room from the Web Innovation Conference 2008, and despite being really tired, I am feeling quite happy since this was one of those rare conferences that I really enjoyed – both as a sponsor and as an attendee. The crowd was quite diverse and knowledgeable and I had a lot of very lively conversations with decision makers, developers, designers and marketeers from our customers and partners.
My key takeaway was that in India, people are doing some great work, have great ideas and are truly excited about converting them to reality. This was most energizing. What was also very heartening was to see the buzz and excitement around Silverlight. Almost everyone whom I spoke with (and I must have spoken to at least 50-60 people thru the day) was quite impressed by the capabilities of Silverlight and wanted to find out what more could be done with it.
But most of all, I think I would remember this conference for making some new friends – met Amuleek Bijral from RSA after several years and it was fun catching up, had a great discussion with Amit Somani from Google on various aspects of cloud computing and hardware trends, the state of computer science research and a shared respect for some of the greats in the field, and had a lot of discussions with Bhavin Turakhia from Directi on a thousand interesting topics – I think we could have gone on for a couple more days without a break and without repeating a subject. All thanks to Kaushal Karkhanis who got us to talk on WPF vs. AIR on camera and then ran out of space as we just went on and on!
Great fun and very energizing!!