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This past week was a thorough mixed bag of emotions and events. I attended the three days of the brilliant Adobe Tech Summit 2008 – The Future of Software. I had soup with the CEO, COO and Director of Adobe Systems, peppered with some conversation. I was constantly anxious and went through some lows while waiting for * and finally went through a moderate exhilaration of being * in CNY. !! . OMG.

Wow.

So chronologically speaking, the Adobe tech summit first. It started on Monday, March 3rd 2008 at 8:30 am.

There were three Keynote session for the three days and the first was by Shantanu Narayan, CEO and Kevin Lynch, CTO of Adobe. It was followed by a presentation from Mark Anders about how ubiquitous AIR is going to be, interspersed by demos of some great applications built on top of it. He demoed Hydra, the graphical engine which is going to power Flash 10 and CS4 series. There were keynotes by Aravind Laxmi Kumar, CTO of Sarnoff and by Werner Vogels, CTO Amazon on the other two days. Aravind talked about the advances in Computer Vision employed for Security and Werner talked about the SaaS package (S3 and EC2) Amazon is offering as a service itself.

The breakout sessions were scheduled in the afternoon and we had a choice among around 7 people and corresponding topics to attend. The first day was all about AIR, second about Computer Graphics and Vision and the third about SaaS. Me and Charan (friend at Adobe) thankfully have similar technical tastes and attended “The Future of Content, Graphics and Imaging”, “CS Applications User Interfaces”, “The Future of Software”, “Cloud Computing” and others.

On all the three days, good food was an excellent motivator to attend all the events. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus brunch and the afternoon tea with cookies. Excellent!

Then, I saw this video and wondered when my dream to play violin will come true!

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3 Comments

  1. Phew! That looks like a lot of action for one week!
    @Tech Summit: Nice post 🙂 I think your CEO’s heart will swell with pride at your sincerity at attending the lectures!
    @Violin: Someone wise once said “A time will come for everything.” 🙂

  2. hey … you forgot to mention the “ideation” part — you should definitely mention the “this guy will not sleep for one month and will wake up constantly screaming “i dont want to hear any claps ” … ” 🙂

  3. thats it, guy


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