Saturday, March 14, 2009

Mukt.in before the first event !

Dedicated to krish and Atul

Mukt.in
where did the name come from ? It came from Atul Jha the key organiser of the mukt.in v1 .

Mukt ( मुक्त in hindi , ముక్తి in telugu ) means freedom - A better word then english "free" and is more near to the word "libre"

Yes the event really owes it's presence to Atul Jha ,without him it would never have happened .

where/ why did I come into mukt.in ?
I organised one LUG meet from JNTU called it JNTULUG and then renamed to JNTUGLUG . That meet was a damn good one ! I really owe this to venu,sowmya,sujana,nishi and keerthi ... withouth them there wouldn'y have been a event .

Then I organised one for my home town Khammam on software freedom day . It was great and I am really indebted to Katta Vijay who had bought volunteers and audience .

One day I organised a 2nd meet for JNTUGLUG where I invited praveen ! The meet was not much of success as there were hardly any audience.

Then one day while I was interning at NRCFOSS , Atul Jha calls me up and says that we would organise a event at hyderabad. I really wanted a event for my hometown seeing the way the ILUGC was working . ILUGC was damn active and I really wanted something at my home LUG ( hyderabad )


Then atul jha told me that he had a friend called krish who would help me , That was the moment when krish , me and atul Jha met on conference calls on cellphone . I still remember the nights on the Chromepet building when we 3 used to discuss the possibilities of organising a event . The venue was finalised to Govt institute of electronics at Marredpally on August 24 24 26 and what's important is 25th is Linus Torvalds birthday !

On 27th July the domain Mukt.in was registered !

guys have a look at these 3 organisers :

Atul Jha at le capital delhi , Krish at deccan capital Hyderabad , me at South capital Chennai .. and we were supposed to organise a event at hyderabad .

Then we all used to hangout in the channel #mukt.in where NeenaOffline,Shriphani & sup3rKiddo joined . Sup3rkiddo came all the way from chennai to give a talk and help us . ShriPhani helped us with promotion , though he tried some artwork he was helpful in writing for us.These were the volunteers of the event , they were behind us supporting us at every moment.

we 3 guys met at a bakery opposite our venue . We sat on the bakery table and started discussing the event drew up a list of things to do .. ( that was great )

Atul Jha, krish and me definitely remember the meeting and lunch we had with Raju aluri who was from sun at that time . He was the key speaker for the event .

These were the questions he asked which really are the founding stones of the event

  • Are you going to continue with this event ?
  • What is going to turn up with this event ?
  • Who is going to sponsor the event?
These questions did really bring us to real world !

Then we had this issue of LUG :

Hyderabad suffered from 2 LUG's which we learnt that there is only one LUG and Twincling is a registered society which has nothing to do with a LUG .
ILUGHyderabad the actual LUG of Hyderabad hardly recieves a proper traffic .

Sponsorship Issues :
We approached Sun,CSC,NRCFOSS,CDAC and other companies for sponsorship .
All our sponsorship efforts remained futile cause companies dunno who they are sponsoring .. huh

I being a intern at NRCFOSS knew atleast why one organisation didn't want to sponsor us .
We also met theju at Vasavi . Theju was a ILUGHyderabad volunteer who understood our issues with NRCFOSS for getting a sponsorship . Kenneth Gonasalves thought that IlUG Hyderabad was active , so it should be organising the event .

Let me explain the problem . We ( atleast me ) are organising mukt.in to involve the colleges in and around hyderabad to actively use and contribute to FOSS and revive the dying LUG .
So there was no answer for this !

So how do we popularise the event ?

Me and Krish went all the way to CBIT to give a poster of mukt.in . We also went to Vasavi as mentioned before on the same trip to promote the event .
Krish took care of banners and GIOE students while I and atul jha went to a engineering college near Clock tower , secunderabad .. Swami Vivekananda institute of technology .. the nearest engineering college for our venue .

Next stop was Osmania University( CSE dept ) where we gave the poster to a professor whom Atul Jha thought that .. "yaar yeh to poster nehi lagaayega " and Atul jha asked the boy to keep the poster in noticeboard. He took some pins and attached them himself (LOL)

You know what happened ? 2 posters were on the notice board of Osmania University and one student from OU bought his CPU for linux installation !

Krish aka Sri Krishna das was one more man behind the event . He did all the artwork , and he was working for CSC at that time . The website poster was all his effort . He was the allumni of GIOE ,which was the reason we got the venue for the event .

krish and his bike apache deserve special mention as it was our main transport for the whole event . krish and me celebrated atul jha's birthday at GIOE gates where Atul Jha became sentimental .Me and krish planned the surprise birthday ( it's really hard for the readers to understand , those were our moments - no sponsorship and a event before us with time approaching us .. )

we always want this event to be free ( both in terms of freedom and free beer ) .

3 comments:

krish said...

Yes, credit really goes to Atul for coming up with a nice name for our event.
I remember when we the thought of event was just taking shape in our minds and he said: "Lets name it mukt" and I added "in" to make it "Freedom in India"..and wolah that domain was available. :)


Thanks to Raju Alluri for wonderful FREE lunch and intellect talk.

Thanks to you guys for supporting the event. I guess mukt v1 was the best yet.

Only time knows when we can do it together again!

koolhead17 said...

Pavi you missed how we been running around the canteen for food on event day and special involvement of volunteers like MUSTAFA.
the kid still speaks to me whenever he is online.

KRISH rocks as ususal.

pavi said...

@koolhead17 :

I am really sorry , I forgot mentioning the name of mustafa .. he helped us a lot .

Yes running for food , krish remember that small mess where all of us used to go !

@krish :
I guess mukt v1 was the best yet.

completely agree !