Tech Mashup – A Speed Networking Event

TECH MASHUP, a speed networking event, is a part of World Startup Report, Nepal which was organised by Janaki Technology and Biruwa Ventures with support from Sakar Pudasaini, Catrin Froehlich, Chandan Gupta and Avinash Kundaliya. The event’s aim was bringing technological enthusiasts together for casual meeting and discussion on the startup culture and its promotion in Nepal.

photo source : blog.sparrowsms.com
photo source : blog.sparrowsms.com

After attending the event i knew, why actually it was called a tech mashup. If you guys attended the event, then you already know the secret. For those who those who couldn’t attend, keep reading. As we all know about the technical events like CAN Infotech, or some other expo who focused more on selling rather than sharing. This wasn’t that, it was more like of a “sharing is caring” event. Never before I saw these individual outstanding communities at one place.

So much to learn,
So much to know ,
Technology I care,
Passion my dare

The participating communities were :

  1. WikiMedia Nepal
  2. CloudFactory
  3. Biruwa Ventures
  4. FOSS Nepal Community
  5. Grepsr
  6. Robotics Association Nepal
  7. Startup Weekend
  8. NepalAdz
  9. DigiCard
  10. Esewa fonepay
  11. Mozilla Nepal
  12. Karkhana
  13. OSM/Open DRI Nepal
  14. GDG-Kathmandu

I heard of 15 communities participating but i found only 13. Although the event was organised in BabarMahal Revisited, the event space was a little conjusted. With many tech enthusiasts, developers, entrepreneurs, students, coders, investors, designers and communities — the event seems quite HOUSE FULL. All in one place for casual meeting and exchange of information and discussion on tech culture in Nepal. After entering intoBabbar Mahal, Revisited, and taking a left i got into the place where the event was organized. Small info’s and arrow heads were placed on the way. Two female volunteers were there to make sure, everyone knows everyone at Tech Mashup. The idea was to first fill up A4 sheet with name, email and designation details. Then after i was handed a pin and a paper with my name on it, that seemed a very cool idea. No wonder the tag line of this event was “a speed networking event”.

A day before Tech Mashup, World Startup Report Event was organized on Saturday at Kings College,Buddhanagar. The World Startup Report is a social mission to document and connect the global startup communities. The project was founded by Bowei Gai who is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and fire starter behind the World Startup Report. The project, among others, has been sponsored by 500 startups , StartupDigest , Startup Weekend and LinkedIn , and provides readers with a global network of startup ambassadors and insights into the market trends, cultural challenges and opportunities for new ventures outside of the Silicon Valley. Tech MashUp was organized on the occasion of the World Startup Report team´s visit to Nepal. This is the first event of this kind organized to create a stronger network and ecosystem for tech innovation in the country.

Starting with WikiMedia stall and ending on Mozilla Nepal and Karkhana stall, i utilized the time frame 5 pm to 9 pm to the fullest. Each and every community stall had something new and interesting to offer on the plate. In between I saw some momo’s on the plate , but i don’t know where they disappeared. Anyways, busy with question and answers (Q & A’s) on the event, neither students nor the community representatives on the stall seemed to be distracted by food or the moon.

After visiting all the stalls, I was talking with one of the representatives from WikiMedia, and Mozilla Nepal and we were all talking about the same thing ” Passion is the only thing the drives us social enthusiasts”. I also knew that There are more Newari articles in wikipedia than nepali article. Also, wikimedia is currently supporting maithili language to come upfront from incubation to main stream. Guys from wikimedia and mozilla nepal, appreciated that i attended the event despite on going final exams. I also knew that Mr. Hempal Shrestha from FOSS Nepal, had written a book on free and open software on two languages, Hindi and Nepali with his another friend. Students seemed to have interest incloudfactory and were interacting a lot, and the representatives were explaining about the job and internship opportunities in cloudfactory. Google Developers Group – Kathmandu (GDG-Kathmandu) informed students and visitors about google’s initiative in Kathmandu, and also that GDG-Birgunj is also opening soon. I also knew that GDG-Kathmandu is actively focused on the issue for active participation of women/girls in Information Technology(IT) and couple of programs/events/training’s are on the way. Since I was on the mailing list of GDG-Kathmandu, I knew a thing or two from the electronic mail(e-mail’s) I received.

Guys from Karkhana were testing the sound following robot, and a little girl seemed to be so fascinated by the robot that she started chasing it and finally trying to kick it (that was hilarious). At around 2030hrs (08:30 pm) stall began to close and the event ended.

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