வணக்கம் தோழா / नमस्ते दोस्त / Hello Buddy!

लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु

Lokāḥ Samastāḥ Sukhino Bhavantu
may all beings everywhere be happy and free, may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.

I'm Balakumar Muthu, an International Award-winning Entrepreneur, Technologist, received Asia Innovation Award from SingTel – Singapore, Software Consultant, UI/UX Designer & Developer with more than 17+ years’ experience in architecting Web Applications solving technology and business challenges, Travel & Culture Photographer, TEDx Fellow, Hatha Yoga practitioner, Minimalist, DIY Creative Hacker and a Geek based in Asia.


Awards & Recognitions, I have received


Awarded the "SingTel, Singapore - Asia's Top 50 Innovation Award” (winner lists) and the Winner of "Red Herring Asia Award" (finalists) for Technology Innovation.

Product developed by me was shortlisted and selected to get showcased at Nasscom Product Conclave (NCP), the India's largest platform for Product and Startup Companies to connect with Software Product leaders.

Selected at Google India - Interview as one of the Top 5 Finalist out of 16,000 + people. Created Google Kids – a search engine for kids prototype for demonstrating during my Google India Interview.

First Prize Winner of "Java Master Contest", conducted by Sun Microsystems and BenQ Siemens Germany. Sun Microsystems Duke's Choice Awards - 10 Year Celebration of Java Technology, Sun Microsystems appreciation for testing early versions of Java Platform.

TEDx Fellow and Mentor for NurtureTalent Startup Boot Camp at IIT Madras.

Selected as the Official Honorary Reporter for the Korean Culture and Information Service of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Some of my previous Web products (View 1, View 2) have received a great response from China and Japan. Also ranked as world’s top 50 hosted blogging platform by Alexa.com.

Early contributed member of World Wide Web Consortium (W3.org), W3C HTML 5 Working Group and Internet Society (ISOC) India Chapter.

My Expertise & specializations


I specializes in most aspects of Web business, including strategy, creative, design, development and it's growth. My strong expertise and experience includes Front-end development, UI/UX Design & Usability Expert, Branding, Content Management System (CMS), E-commerce, Software as a service (SaaS), Cloud Computing, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Singularity, Web Security, Firewall, User Onboarding, Typography, Developing Social Networking Platforms (SNS), Product Prototyping, SEO and Linux & Open Source Technologies.

My Personal Interests


I enjoy travel & photography, rock climbing, yoga, simple things — nature, reading. I love art, culture, highly interested and passionate about the Indian, Korean & Japanese traditions, trying different flavor of tea, Wabi-sabi, Zen philosophy, making mistakes & learning from them, DIY hacks, and Western movies and Comics.

My Works has been featured in


Me and My works has been featured at ZDNet Asia, Economic Times, British Council India, Times of India (TOI), Citizen Matters, Yahoo! Japan, MSN Japan, Infoseek, Japan.Internet.com, Livedoor.com, Google Blogoscoped, Netscape.com, Java.net, Webpronews, Planet Mozilla, Linux Toy, DeveloperIQ, Sina.com and many other popular Asian publishers. Java.net published my Java Duke Holiday Pictures from 1000's of submission.

Writings & My Contributions


Curator of Casual Walker a Travel & Culture - Photography journal and guide, focuses on a wide range of visual stories - connecting travel, culture, places, events, art, reviews, technology & books. Casual Walker is ranked as the Top 150 Travel Blogs in India. view.

Wikipedian, contributed for more than 100's of Wikipedia pages in various topics in Computer/Internet Technology category. Contributing writer of DeveloperIQ Magazine on the latest Web Technologies.

Co-organizer of Mozilla Firefox Party India, for the most early release of Firefox 2 and the IdeaCamp Pune. Regular to Tech meetups from BarCamp, BlogCamp, WikiCamp Unconferences to Sun TechDays, BEA Dev2Dev Days, Oracle Developer Forum, Google Developer Days and many other tech conferences. Attended Sessions with David Axmark, CoFounder & VP of MySQL and with Richard Stallman [RMS], GNU Founder Lectures.

Designer of DevCamp India Unconference Official event brand and WikiCamp conference India event brand, participated by Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales.

Being a big supporter of Linux - Ubuntu & Open source movement, organized the "Ubuntu Dapper Drake T-Shirts Contest" to create more awareness and interest for the early versions of Ubuntu Linux.

My blog is Listed as 'Favorite Blog lists at Sun Microsystems' Web Blog in 2005. Blogging since 2002 and listed as the 'Top 10 Tech blogger' by 'Blog Street India' and rated as the 'Top 50 Tech Blogger' by 'Blogs Top List' in 2005 – 2007. My blog posts have also been featured at Google Blogoscoped.com, Netscape.com, Java.net, Webpronews, Planet Mozilla, Linux Toy and few other popular blogs. Made my own blogging site at Yahoo! Geocities as geocities.com/i5bala (screenshots) in early 2002.

Published Usability report on Yahoo! Flickr, MSN Hotmail and Rediff.com.

My Current Reading List: Books


❝ If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.❞

my 2019 - 2020 full reading list: 95 books

View My Reading List...

My Travel & Culture Photography


Contact & Reach me


Want to work together, grabbing a coffee, or say hello? Good! personally, I have zero presence on Facebook or Twitter. You can ping and text me:

Self - made man, the statue I greatly admire and the principle I strongly believe. “... left to his own devices, man will use his god-given talents to be creative, productive, & prosperous. Using free will, he will better his own situation and that of those around him, thereby influencing in a positive way his own destiny...”

My BlogCamp 2006 Unconference, Chennai India Experience and Photos !!

After the big success of BarCamp Chennai, India the same team along with other great Bloggers joined together conducted BlogCamp 2006 Unconference, the biggest and most comprehensive blog event ever conducted in India on last week.

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We had most interactive sessions on Blogging, Podcasting, Videocasting, Moblogging and Social Media, with live video streaming and an IRC channel. I had a wonderful opportunity to chat with some of the celebrities like Wired Magazine Reporter Scott Carney, Sunil Gavaskar famous Indian Cricketer and watched the live Skype video session by Robert Scoble and much more great people.

I am highly excited to meet some of my favorite Bloggers like Kiruba, Jagadishkumar, Raghuveeran, Ananthakrishnan, Bhuvaneswaran, Varun Krishnan, Ramanujam, Aswin Anand , Ganesh APP, Amit Agarwal, Kartik Kannan and *.bloggers.

As I am bit concentrated on the sessions, I am haven't clicked much photos this time and just posting very few photos from the sessions.

BlogCamp Session Board

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Ram Viswanathan of IBM and Kiruba Shankar of Sulekha on PodCasting

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Wired Magazine Reporter Scott Carney

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Robert Scoble through Skype Video Conference

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Sunil Gavaskar Talks about his Podcasts experiences, for Yahoo! India Cricket channel.

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My Friend Bhuvan [on the left] and Me [on the right] with Wired Magazine Reporter Scott Carney [center]

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Youngest Attendee of BlogCamp

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All attendees received a cool Yahoo! India Bag

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BlogCamp T-shirt

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BlogCamp was wonderfully sponsored by Yahoo! India, Nokia, Intel Software, Ford, MeriNews sponsored the venue; Fresh & Honest helped us with coffees. eNewss, AdventNet and Mecosoft gave extra financial assistance.

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Sify helped us with broadband and WiFi.

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You can enjoy more photos from Flickr BlogCamp Group at:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/blogcamp


Thanks for everyone and the sponsors, who made BlogCamp a big Success :).

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--
Balakumar Muthu






6 Comments:

At 5:02 PM, Blogger udayms said...
Hi Bala,
I just came to chennai a couple of weeks back. How do I get to know about these camps? I missed this one. :(

Regards,
Uday (http://blog.udayms.com)
 
At 5:19 PM, Blogger balakumar said...
Oh No!! I am really sorry... but information about the blogcamp was well coverd by most of the newspapers .

I will inform you if we have such camps happen again!!
 
At 5:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...
Hi bala,
Thanks for making a note of enewss.
You can also search similar other posts on blogcamp by visiting this url just like technorati tags
http://www.enewss.com/index.php?search=blogcamp

Best regards
sri
 
At 7:33 PM, Blogger balakumar said...
Hi sri, I will check the enewss link you have sent me related to blogcamp... thanks for pointing :).
 
At 10:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...
Hi bala,
thanks for the response.
We would appreciate, if you change the text 'enewss.com' to a link pointing to our site.

best regards
sri
 
At 7:15 PM, Blogger balakumar said...
sure sri ... link added.


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