Friday, May 1, 2015

W3C India - A Road Ahead

On 22nd of April 2015, I got an opportunity to attend W3C India Community Meet-up held in the CDAC office based in Mumbai. People from all over India and of different domains came Mumbai to participate in the event. Organised by W3C India, the event was of interactive in nature. The whole day event was divided in two parts - the first one was concentrated on 'Digital Publishing in India - Next Steps’. 'Web Payments landscape in India’ was the topic for second session. In the CDAC’s Juhu based beautiful office, the event was very much engaging and interactive.

The country manager of W3C India, Mahesh Kulkarni welcomed the participant and briefly discussed about the whole day agenda. Executive Director, C-DAC, Mumbai, Dr. Zia Saquib gave the opening remark and said that the meet-up is very important for future. Priyanka M. Rawal, Business Development Lead, W3C India, gave introduction about W3C and shared W3C India activities with the audience. The CDAC team discussed about the Digital Publishing Community Group. After a good lunch, Global Business Development Leader, W3C, Alan Bird gave keynote address via Skype and shared broader picture of W3C and said that why it very important to participate and be active with W3C activities. In the after lunch session, the team of National Payments Corporation of India also presented and demonstrated about the work of web payment standardization with respect to India.

The most important aspect of the whole day event was the way it was conducted. The entire meet-up was very open and transparent in nature and participation of audience was awesome. CEO of National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) Dr Govind was also present. During the open discussion, he also shared his views and said that it is very important for Indian to participate in such activities and we should be proactive so that we should not lag behind from the rest of the world in the field of information and communication technology field. Pavanaja U B of CIS raised some queries about the development of last one year. Lot of participants were from publication domain and they discussed in detail about the challenges of e-publication. Mahesh Kulkarni gave vote of thanks. A great event. Thank you W3C India for inviting me.

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