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Worlds Leading Software Technology Giants Come Together at Great Indian Developer Summit


         To be held 19-23 May 2008 at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

         Summit addresses three key technologies for one of the largest software developer markets in the world

         World renowned luminaries, speakers and technology heads including Jesse James Garrett, the Father of Ajax; Yakov Fain, Java Champion; Erik Doernenburg, Agile Advocate; Todd Anglin, ASP.NET Master to address at the Great Indian Developer Summit

         To host Great Indian Developer Awards, the first of its kind to honor IT developer product excellence and the countrys leading ecosystem champions on 23 May 2008 at Palace Grounds

         Oracle, Microsoft, Infosys, Wipro, Google Finalists at Great Indian Developer Awards


17 April, 2008, Bangalore Saltmarch Media today announced the 2008 edition of the countrys first annual, independent, IT developer focused event The Great Indian Developer Summit will be held between May 19-23, 2008 at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. The single most inspirational and informative conference for the Indian IT developer community, Great Indian Developer Summit brings together the worlds leading software giants and the most intelligent minds on the same platform in one of the largest developer markets in the world. The summit will present to the Indian developer a unique opportunity to learn and assimilate technology know-how, augment executive decision-making, understand best practices and case studies, and absorb the innovation excellence of experts from India, Europe, US, and Asia Pacific. The summit is endorsed by Government of Karnataka and supported by Oracle, Microsoft, Forum Nokia, SAP Labs, Adobe Systems, Progress Software, RedHat, Ericcson, Directi, Cordys, Dapper, Dreamface Interactive, Farata Systems, Lightstreamer, Feedback FX, Advanced Millenium Technologies and Parasoft among others.


With a conference program put together by technology visionaries, creators, authorities and industry watchers from the media, the summit brings to Bangalore, for the first time, top experts in the developer ecosystem, internationally acclaimed speakers, visionaries, standard setters, luminaries, and committers from the world of enterprise software to deliver sessions on three key technologies for the Indian developer Java, Rich Web and Microsoft technologies. Few of the prominent speakers include Jesse James Garrett (popularly known as the Father of Ajax), Erik Doernenburg (Agile Advocate), Yakov Fain (Java Champion), Jim Farley (Enterprise Java Visionary), Todd Anglin (ASP .NET Master), Chad Boyd (SQL Server Expert) amongst others [a detailed list of the speakers with profiles is enclosed along with]. The summit will also host the Great Indian Developer Awards 2008 -- the first and one of its kind awards -- to recognize products, individuals and companies that have contributed to the success of the Indian IT developer ecosystem.


Announcing the summit, Mr. Dilip Thomas, Chairman and CEO of Saltmarch Media and Program Chair of Great Indian Developer Summit, said, Great Indian Developer Summit is an effort to recognize, reward, and invigorate the collective ecosystem of Developers; constituted by decision makers, analysts, architects, engineers, project managers, designers, and programmers, the developer ecosystem is what makes the world of software tick. India being one of the largest developer markets in the world, the summit has received tremendous response from the industry.


Centered around the theme of "Recipes for Enterprise Productivity", the summit features a convergence of three on-the-radar co-located conferences -- Bleeding-edge .NET, Rich Web and Daring Java -- offering incisive insight through keynotes, focused sessions, hands-on workshops, chalk talks, and Birds of Feather (BoF) discussions.


Talking about the summit, Shri. MN Vidyashankar, IT Secretary of the Govt. of Karnataka and Advisory Board Member of Great Indian Developer Summit says, Its about time the Indian IT developer got his due. And Great Indian Developer Summit provides that perfect platform where leading-edge technologies, luminary speakers and new-age knowledge combine to empower them, thereby leading the industry to a more advanced phase of product development and innovation.


Added Mr. Thomas, Whether you are a veteran or a newcomer to the world of .NET, Java, or the Rich Web, the Great Indian Developer Summit will provide the participants with a well-balanced learning experience
that guarantees them to go back with a richer understanding of the technologies that makes a difference to their careers. There will also be ample networking opportunities amongst the developer community, besides meeting the creators of cutting-edge technologies, luminaries, authors, committers, community heroes, best speakers and experts from across the globe.


The various sessions at the summit will cover issues such as "The Future of Enterprise Java", "Web Plumbing 101 - Practical Semantic Web", "Delivering Long-term Value In a Short-Term World", "What It Takes to become an Enterprise Developer", as well as real-world workshops on "The Elements of User Experience", "Parachuting Into Brownfields", "SQL Server 2008 Deep Dive", "Sharepoint 2007 Development", and much more. More details on http://developersummit.com/speakers.html.


About Great Indian Developer Awards 2008


The Great Indian Developer Awards is the first-of-its-kind awards in India to recognize the trailblazing individuals, technologies, and organizations that are contributing to the evangelism, productivity and innovation excellence of the Indian developer ecosystem. The awards will highlight product excellence, research and innovation, corporate achievements, the strongest individual efforts, and the most compelling community efforts among the entire IT developer fraternity in India. The judging process that is already underway will culminate at an exclusive awards night at the Great Indian Developer Summit, May 19-23 2008 with a high stature panel felicitating the awardees. This years awards will be given away across 15 categories including open individual and product categories.


In Stage I, from January 25 to March 14, nominations were accepted from across 15 open individual and product categories. At the end of Stage 1, a maximum of 10 finalists were short listed in each of the 12 product par excellence categories. From a maximum of 10 finalists in each category, up to 6 products were short listed based on the Stage I nomination results, and up to 4 products based on parameters such as market leadership, functionality, universality of appeal, and simplicity. This process was to ensure uniform representation across each category. Voting on the short listed finalists is now open in Stage 2, until May 07; everyone is invited to cast their votes for their favorites in the shortlist from here http://developersummit.com/awards.html. The rigorous selection process for the awards doesnt end there, however. Once voting closes on May 07, the votes will be counted and a final list of three nominees from each category will be made available to the high stature awards jury. The awards jury will cast their vote on the finalist, thus arriving on a winner for each of the 15 categories. The winners will be announced on the 23rd of May at the Great Indian Developer Awards Nite, Palace Grounds, Bangalore.


The awards jury is comprised of distinguished executives, seasoned industry professionals, and academia whose expertise spans the entire information technology gamut. This years jury include the IT Secretary to the Government of Karnataka (M N Vidyashankar), World-wide President of IEEE (Dr. Rangachar Kasturi), President of AdaptivePath & Father of Ajax (Jesse James Garrett), VP for Server Technologies at Oracle (Vijay Anand), Head for Google India R&D (Prasad Ram), General Manager for DPE at Microsoft India (Tarun Gulati), Head of Accenture Labs India (Lin Chase), VP & Head at SETLabs at Infosys Technologies (Subu Goparaju), Silverlight Geek at Microsoft (Jesse Liberty), Founder of Agile Developer Inc. (Dr. Venkat Subramaniam), and Associate Director of Indian Institute of Science (Prof. N. Balakrishnan) among others. For a complete list of jury members, please see http://developersummit.com/conference.html#advisor.


About Saltmarch Media


Saltmarch Media, launched in January 2008, is a new media company that aims to bring together professionals and executives from diverse sectors with an objective of informing, networking and serving them with information, opportunities, evaluation and guidance to excel in their jobs. Saltmarch aims to empower and support qualified communities of professionals by helping them keep pace with emerging trends and technologies, evaluating products and solutions, developing strategies, making cost-effective purchase decisions and effectively managing and leading their organizations' projects. Saltmarchs vertical media stacks comprise online information portals, social web platforms, focused print reports, large format summits, and custom events across information technology and clean technologies. For more information, contact info@saltmarchmedia.com or visit www.saltmarchmedia.com.



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