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Dr. Subramaniam is GIDS Rock Star
By Shalini Nagaonkar

On May 7, 2013, Saltmarch Media kicked off the sixth edition of India’s biggest IT developer focused event 'The Great Indian Developer Summit' (GIDS) at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The summit, which runs through 7-10 May, brings together world's leading software giants and the best minds on the same platform in one of the largest developer markets in the world.

The third day of the GIDS witnessed the announcement of the Great Indian Developer Awards.

Dr. Venkat Subramaniam, founder of Agile Developer, was honored with the prestigious GIDS Rock Star Award. Dr. Venkat has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. He has significant experience in architecture, design, and development of software applications. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with agile practices on their software projects. He is author of .NET Gotchas (OReilly), coauthor of 2007 Jolt Productivity Award winning book Practices of an Agile Developer (Pragmatic Bookshelf) and author of Programming Groovy(Pragmatic Bookshelf). He was also among speakers at the GIDS. Prior to starting his own company, Venkat worked in various positions, from Programmer Analyst to Systems Architect, at organizations like Halliburton, Raytheon, and Invensys.

Venkat told Techgoss:  “It's an honor and privilege to be a speaker at the GIDS conference since inception. I thank them for the award, but the greatest award they've provided is the opportunity to interact with such passionate developers during their events. I wish the conference and the developer communities continued success.”

The third day of the summit, handcrafted by Saltmarch, witnessed an excellent set of talks on web and mobile technologies such as simplifying design, mobile UX, JavaScript, Rails, jQuery, node.js among others, by Dr. Venkat Subramaniam, Miko Matsumura, Scott Davis, Marty Hall, James Roper, Tom Marrs and many more. Sponsors such as Intel, Google and BlackBerry shared interesting product updates.

The Great Indian Developer Awards 2013 winners across the various product categories included:

1. Development Environments category: Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate
2. Collaboration Solutions category: Telerik TeamPulse
3. Content Management category: Microsoft SharePoint 2013
4. Design and Modeling category: Infragistics NetAdvantage Ultimate
5. Testing category: JBoss Profiler
6. Security category: Atlassian Crowd
7. Open Source Solutions category: OpenStack
8. Web Development category: Telerik KendoUI
9. Mobile Development category: Android
10. Frameworks category: Microsoft .NET Framework
11. Databases category: MySQL

Apart from Venkat, Saltmarch also honored Scott Davis with its first ever 'GIDS Rock Star' awards for their continuing contribution to the summit.

GIDS is India's biggest polyglot conference for software developers. Till date, over 20,000 attendees have benefited from over 750+ cutting-edge technology sessions at the show, delivered by the world's foremost technology experts, visionaries and evangelists.

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