Photowalk with Google Local Guides

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An initiative of Collab House and Local guides of Hyderabad has enabled the photographers and culture enthusiasts to capture the beauties of ‘Golconda Fort’ and present them to the world. A photowalk was well planned and organised on account of ‘Google Local Guides day’ on 18th of June.

Local Guides is a global community of explorers sharing their discoveries on Google Maps. Helping others find the best spots in town, make new friends, and unlock exclusive benefits along the way.

Google hosts exclusive events in cities with the most active contributors, and there are casual meet-ups everyone can attend as well.  Anyone can organize a meetup on thier own. It’s a chance to meet, mingle, and discover the newest cultural offerings in the community.

Showing off what our city has to offer the world, Finding a quintessential skyline, a breathtaking panorama, or a spectacular sunset and capture the moment with a camera or phone is the main objective of this photo walk. Many people photograph the exterior of structures but far fewer people have seen the inside. Whether it’s intricate detailing, lofty ceilings, or famous artwork, this lies as a chance to share interior shots of Golconda Fort with the world.

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Photowalk with Google Local Guides

FreeCodeCamp Hyderabad.

Collab House is a place for connected communities and we have another cool community added to our hub. On 11th of May 2016, Collab House has hosted the first meetup of FreeCodeCamp-Hyderabad. A regional chapter of the global open-source programming learners community is going to host a meet-up on every weekend to teach and learn coding and programming to fellow community members.

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FreeCodeCamp is an open source community that helps people to learn to code. People can work through their self-paced coding challenges, build projects, and earn certifications. It connects with other learners in the city through meet-ups and gets you started with programming. Hundreds of people have gotten software engineering jobs after completing the coding challenges at FreeCodeCamps

FreeCodeCamp is not a direct coding bootcamp but a lot of coding bootcamps use Free Code Camp as part of their curriculum, though. The curriculum, nonprofit projects, and verified certifications are all free. They offer four free verified certifications: front end development, back end development, data visualisation, and full stack development.

Once the members finish the first three certifications, they’ll get to build a series of solutions for nonprofits. You’ll work in pairs, under the supervision of a volunteer project manager and a stakeholder from the nonprofit.

The community has done nearly a million dollars worth of pro-bono coding for nonprofits so far. You can pledge a monthly donation to a nonprofit of your choosing while you learn. It takes about 2,080 hours to earn all four of our certifications. This translates into one year of full-time coding. We’re completely self-paced though, so take as long as you need.

Many high school, college, and adult ed programs incorporate Free Code Camp into their coursework. FreeCodeCamp is an open source initiative, so no licenses or special permission from the team is necessary. They even building special tools for teachers.

Quincy started the FreeCodeCamp open source community in 2014. He is now just one of many active contributors. Quincy set up a company in California called Free Code Camp, Inc. to support the Free Code Camp community. It pays for servers and other expenses. It also sponsors Quincy, Berkeley, and Michael, who oversee infrastructure and nonprofit projects.

That was an amazing start to FreeCodeCamp at Hyderabad with the tech savvies attending the meet-up with utmost passion and eagerness to learn.

FreeCodeCamp Hyderabad.

Startup Grind with Naidu Darapaneni

 

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Collab House is a hub for startups and related activities. Every weekend, we host prominent personalities and open communities to engage people from startup community of Hyderabad. Startup Grind is one such global initiative and Collab House is the hosting partner of Hyderabad chapter for Startup Grind.

Startup Grind is an event series and website designed to help educate, inspire, and connect local entrepreneurs. Each month we welcome an amazing speaker who shares their story with our community and tells us what worked, what didn’t, and what they’ll do differently next time. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn from the best, network with other members of the startup community, and improve your chances of entrepreneurial success.

Chennapanaidu Darapaneni, a serial entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of MeraEvents.com, the online event listing, promotions and ticketing portal that revolutionized the event industry by effectively bridging the gap between the event organizers and attendees. Several products like MeraEvents, MoozUp, EasyTag, Digibroc, and Planica, which are operating under the umbrella of Versant Online Solutions, are also the brainchild of Naidu Darapaneni.

With over 18 years of experience in the IT industry on various capacities Chennapanaidu Darapaneni and has always emphasized on finding the right and innovation solution for all the problems and create a win-win situation for everyone he is associated with.

Naidu started his career as a Software Engineer who worked in various roles in various technologies in India and abroad before exploring his opportunities as an entrepreneur with the Versant Technologies Inc. in year 2000 in USA, which subsequently expanded its operations in India in 2004.

“A person who sees an opportunity in a problem is someone who can come up with innovative solutions and achieve success,” is the secret motto that has driven Naidu. He found a gap in the event space and was determined to fill the same with the bouquet of MeraEvents. The journey has been eventful. He hived off Versant Technologies. Before hanging up his boots in the hardcore technology realm, he bootstrapped another venture, Versant Online Solutions, the mother of MeraEvents, which has several other sibling products.
Branding, hiring and funding are the three fundamental areas he handles in his venture. Under his stewardship, MeraEvents began making rapid strides into its upward journey with big-ticket deals in its kitty. From accounting to auditing, and from technology to ticket sale, Naidu Darapaneni is Jack of all trades. He is trying to be Master of all too. Currently member in HYSEA, TiE Hyderabad, NASSCOM etc., has inspired many budding entrepreneurs and encourages intrapreneurs within the organization.

Naidu Darapaneni has inspired everyone in the hall with his success story with every venture that he has taken up and the obstacles that he has dodged and tackled on his way to success. There was a networking session among all the attendees after the talk.

Startup Grind with Naidu Darapaneni

CoderDojo steps in Hyderabad.

CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led,  community based programming clubs for young people. At a Dojo, young people, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology in an informal and creative environment, a social space where people can go to explore technology together and get advice and support from skilled mentors. In Dojos young people get the opportunity to make apps, websites, games, play with robotics and more. In addition to learning to code attendees meet like minded people and are exposed to the possibilities of technology.

“CoderDojo is about encouraging creativity and having fun in a relaxed, social environment.”

Within the CoderDojo Movement there is a focus on community, peer learning, youth mentoring and self led learning,  with an emphasis on showing how coding is a force for change in the world. The global CoderDojo community is supported by the CoderDojo Foundation. The CoderDojo Foundation consists of a core team based primarily in Dublin, Ireland. Founded by the co-founder of the very first CoderDojo James Whelton, the Foundation is focused on supporting new and existing Dojos through resource and community development while also scaling CoderDojo through partnerships and creating awareness globally.

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The chapter of Codedojo in the city starts at Collab House. As people know Collab House as the hub of activities for open tech communities, we’ve double quoted our mission once again  by embracing one of the most prominent programming community globally, ‘CoderDojo’. The alignment of ideology between Coderdojo and Collab House is the most essential reason for starting this initiative. On our goal of creating the global hub of connected communities, now we have another member in our team.

The chapter or a regional community of Coderdojo is called a ‘Dojo’, there are more than 1000 Dojos world wide, spanning across 63 countries. Named as ‘Hyderabad@CollabHouse’, Coderdojo-Hyderabad would be having an event every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Young people from various backgrounds would be invited to learn about programming, electronics and robotics.

 

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On 1st of June 2016, Collab House hosted the first event of CoderDojo-Hyderabad. With the well planned agenda and strategic time frame, the event was super exciting for all the attendees. We’ve had a session on design thinking for prototyping an electronics project and then jumped off with building prototypes using Arduino. The session on Arduino programming was the most energetic with every student beaming with the entusiam to learn stuff and build cool projects.

Harsha is the organiser of this dojo and we have many exciting things under pipeline for the coming events of Coderdojo-Hyderabad.

CoderDojo steps in Hyderabad.

Practical DSLR Photography workshop for Beginners.

On 14th of May 2016, We have hosted first ever workshop on Photography at Collab House. This was a collaborative presentation of Collab House and Hyderabad Digital Photography Club (HDPC).

Mr.Ram Nagesh, the organiser of HDPC meet-up group has come down to take the series of sessions on handling DSRLs and on how to take creative photographs.

Collab House is a place to prosper your creativity irrespective of age groups and niches. We have carved our own niche of building connected communities through collaboration. As part of the plan, we have collaborated with HDPC to organise a full day photography workshop supplemented with a photo walk.

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HDPC is a group of photographers who meet to share knowledge and experience through presentations, photo competitions, workshops and photo shoots. The experiences range from novice to master and the tools include both film and digital. In recent years the numbers have increased substantially and programs have become broader in scope and deeper in content, offering increased potential for learning and growth in skills and abilities. In addition to the regular program of scheduled meetings in Hyderabad, Club members also participate in numerous Field Trips to locations rich in photographic opportunities. A series of Workshops is on offer through which members participate in learning activities in photography and image processing.

 

 

There were Canons, Nikons, Sonys and every possible brand of DSLR’s and the hands holding those cameras were as passionate as they can while clicking their very first photos at Collab House, making practical use of the sessions of the instructor Mr. Ram Nagesh. There was an old man among the attendees, who was surrounded with those inspirational vibes. He was sharing the photographs clicked by him during mid 1960’s. God, there was no one in the hall who was even born at that point of time. The photographs were amazing, taken with probably the first generation cameras.

 

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The hall seemed as if a bunch of tourists have visited the space to photographs every object at Collab House. A guy was taking picture of out London Wall clock, a person was clicking on our Mozilla dino, octopus, Rubik’s cubes, 3D printed models of Bhurj Khalifa, eiffel tower and every other piece of art at Collab house.

 

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That was an amazing day at Collab House with all those creative people trying to learn how to capture the world on a film, errr..  sorry films are obsolete after Digital era.

 

Practical DSLR Photography workshop for Beginners.

Meet and greet party of Testathon.

 

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A Testathon is like a hackathon but for testers. Initiated by Global App Testing . On the day, 50 of the best testers are brought together and a competition is organised to win some amazing prizes (cash, phones, tablets, smartwatches, etc) for finding bugs. During the event, the team will bring down 3 keynote speakers.

It’s a unique event with the aim of connecting the testing community whilst allowing elite testers to network, learn from unique keynotes and enjoying what we do best.

Happening for the first time in India, This is one of the most sorted event for testers. Out of 300+ applications, only 60 people were shortlisted to be part of the Testing-Hackathon. The team of Testathon wanted to host a pre-event meet and greet party for all the shortlisted participants to give more insights about the event and also to make all the testers meet the follow participants.

 

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The participants included corporate job holders, freelancers, developers etc. Quality assurance team form Facebook has flew down to India to be part of this event. It was a productive evening at house when Software testers and developers from various companies like CGI, Tech Mahindra, AG and various other corporate giants were in house, networking with other people and even with Facebook team.

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We were excited to host the party in the eminent open space that we have at Collab House. Paper Boat beverages were there, Miller Beers were there and awesome networking happened there on 13th May 2016 till 9 PM.

Meet and greet party of Testathon.

Catching the Sun, with the makers at Collab House

We at Collab House have hosted a screening of the documentary ‘Catching the Sun’ and had a discussion on making technologies to tap sustainable energy resources. The event happened on 7th May, 2016 engaging the amazing maker community at our space.

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Catching the Sun is a documentary by Shalini Kantayya, American film maker of Indian origin. It is a narration of an unemployed American worker, a Tea Party activist, and a Chinese solar entrepreneur race to lead the clean energy future.

Documentaries are a powerful way to bring people together, engage conversation, and inspire real change. Catching the Sun is being released at tipping point in a global transition to renewable energy. Clean energy solutions like solar is becoming more affordable and accessible than ever, and it has utility companies shaking in their boots. All over the globe, battles are being waged for who will control power in the 21st century.

Solutions like solar have the potential to put power in the hands of the people—both literally and figuratively. An informed public, lead by ordinary citizens like you and me, can push for the local and national policies that can transform our economy. Transitioning to powering our economy off renewable energy isn’t only about creating the life-saving solutions that we desperately need to combat climate change. It’s about unleashing human imagination, innovation, national competitiveness, and the largest wealth creation opportunity of our time.

By hosting a screening of Catching the Sun, we are taking a step to incite collective action towards clean energy solutions that are accessible to all. Future generations are depending on us to make this change. And the good news is that the clean energy future is full of hope—not just for the planet, for the people too.

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There were some critical questions posed at the attendees, the makers of Hyderabad community. A few of them are below:

  • Reflections on the film – What was striking or memorable and how do you think it relates to our community?
  • What solar programs exist in our area for low income families?
  • What are some recent environmental victories related to issues in the film?
  • What are people at this event working on over the next 6 months – 2 years?
  • How can people get involved in local movements and stay in touch with each other?
  • What are steps we can take together to promote the green economy in our community?
  • How have our local officials voted regarding clean energy and the economy?
  • Who are the top energy polluters in our area? Are they held accountable?

 

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 The perspective of every one in the hall were collected and everyone have promised to take certain steps, though little contributions, could save our planet gradually.

“A must-see film. An eye-opening look at workers and entrepreneurs on the forefront of the clean energy movement that will transform, and enliven the way you see the future. What is clear is the wonderful opportunity the transition to clean energy represents.” – MARK RUFFALO

Catching the Sun, with the makers at Collab House