GIDS 2010 report: Y! thought leadership

Yahoo! reached out to a 2,000-strong audience at the recent Great Indian Developer Summit held in Bangalore, April 20-23. We connected with the developer community through showcasing our innovations and evangelizing Yahoo! offerings at our presentations and our booth.

Yahoo!'s senior director of engineering in Bangalore, Nishad Kamat, spoke on "Longevity of Scalable Systems." He drew a large audience of nearly 100 folks. The topic offered an overview of how an engineer needs to be prepared to build long-term scalable systems in fast-moving markets.

Nishad Kamat at GIDS

Interaction designer Anshuman Kumar, who showcased Yodel, says “GIDS was a great forum to portray Yahoo!’s surge in innovation and the loads of work it is doing for the open-source community in the form of YUI libraries. The audience was very receptive and enthusiastic to know what Yahoo! had to offer.

"I covered the aspect of prototyping," Kumar explains, "and how it influences the product development cycle. The developers in the audience were eager to know about how prototyping affected the development life cycle. Some of the prototyping examples that we shared with the audience were new to them, and they were very charged with the possibilities.

“It was great to see so many people showing interest in the area of accessibility," observes Accessibility Lab manager Srinivasu Chakravarthula, "and gave me a wow feeling to know that Yahoo! is doing a great job in evangelizing accessibility. Many folks who visited the stall commented after the demonstration that meeting accessibility is not as difficult as they thought. They also thanked Yahoo! for showcasing and sharing how easy it is to make a product accessible.” Chakravarthula conducted a demo and spoke about Web accessibility in the Yahoo! context.

Shital Mehta and Yudhish Kubendran handled general queries on Yahoo!’s current business landscape, YDN technologies, YUI, and so on. Shital held a demo of YQL for the visitors as well. His learning from this experience: “Going forward, it would be great to have a hands-on session on YDN technologies at events where we have a presence.”

It was a productive event for our Talent Acquisition team too. As TA senior recruiter Gopal Devarajan points out, “The event drew a relevant audience, which gave us an opportunity to strengthen our database. Many folks wanted to know what we are doing and our current openings, which made it a good showcase."

By Preeti Pahwa, Yahoo! Bangalore