ICT Engineering – Gediminas

Practical placement in Kolkata, India

INFOCOM 2012

Samsung and Lenovo at INFOCOM 2012 in Kolkata

“Two giants side by side.”

Very recently I attended the biggest ICT event in India – INFOCOM 2012. I didn’t attend the conference, so I’ll just give you the highlights of what I saw in the exhibition.

Hall A

Hall A of INFOCOM 2012 in Kolkata

Hall A was all about hardware and software companies.

Among the more interesting stands was VMWare, who gave me a complimentary “VMWare pen”, because I complained to them about not being able to run Cloudera’s Hadoop example on their software:

VMWare at INFOCOM 2012 in Kolkata

“We had nothing to do with that.”

Next, there was MPS Infotech, a company which provides ITIL training and because their prices were reasonable I started considering saving up some money in Denmark and coming to India to raise my qualifications one day:

MPS Infotech at INFOCOM 2012 in Kolkata

“Trust me, you need this.”

Stellar Data Recovery claimed that they are the third best data recovery company in the world and their base in Europe is located in Norway:

Stellar Data Recovery at INFOCOM 2012 in Kolkata

“It doesn’t even matter how many times your hard drive was formatted.”

Since I asked quite a few questions about what they do, they gave me a complimentary hard drive:

Stellar hard drive at INFOTECH 2012 in Kolkata

Ok, maybe it’s not good for storage, but it looks nice.

Last but not least, was BSNL Calcutta Telephones, a company which offered a wide range of Android tablets on the cheap:

BSNL Calcutta Telephones at INFOCOM 2012 in Kolkata

BSNL Calcutta Telephones

Unfortunately for them, my phone had higher specifications that each one of those, so I didn’t consider buying one.

Hall B

Hall B of INFOCOM 2012 in Kolkata

Hall B was all about museums and universities.

There was a company providing consultancy services to science museums (NCSM). They’re based in Kolkata and they help museums with marketing, pricing and coming up with innovative attractions, so that the museums could sustain themselves. They had a corner dedicated to an Indian mathematical genius, Srinivasa Ramanujan, and it was written that he couldn’t speak up to the age of 3 until his mother performed a ritual which healed him:

Srinivasa Ramanujan at INFOCOM 2012 in Kolkata

“Almost no training in formal mathematics…”

Also a very innovative “Zoom Table”, which used very simple technology to make a presentation with an impact:

Zoom Table at INFOCOM 2012 in Kolkata

“Is this patented yet?”

When you turn the wheel clock-wise it zooms in and when you turn it counter-clock-wise it zooms out. The person who was responsible for the information in this table had a very nice sense of humor:

Mickey Mouse heads at INFOCOM 2012 in Kolkata

“This changed how I view water completely.”

Mickey Mouse heads at INFOCOM 2012 in Kolkata

“So that’s how to pronounce it…”

A big star at INFOCOM 2012 in Kolkata

“I know… your thinking, “WOH”, that’s a big star….”

Another innovative way of presenting historical data was the “Wall Scanner”:

Wall scanner at INFOCOM 2012 in Kolkata

“They better have a patent on this one.’

The way it works is that, it displays information about the topic on the wall to which the monitor is directed to. It had some very interesting historical information as well:

Harrapan colthing at INFOCOM 2012 in Kolkata

“Women didn’t change much…”

Clay pottery at INFOCOM 2012 in Kolkata

“Did you know this about clay pottery?”

Impervious pottery at INFOCOM 2012 in Kolkata

“Impervious way before porcelain or plastic.”

Then there was a representative of Birla Technology Museum who showed science in way that it looked like magic:

Balloon Kabab at INFOCOM 2012 in Kolkata

“In the field we call this a “Balloon Kabab”.”

Then it was time to see what the universities are presenting. There were students explaining how we could get hydrogen fuel from water:

Using water as fuel at INFOCOM 2012 in Kolkata

Why do they have to make science look boring?

Two sections were about electric bicycles:

Electric bicycle at INFOCOM 2012 in Kolkata

“We can make you an electric bicycle for less than 15000 INR”

An electric bicycle rickshaw at INFOCOM 2012 in Kolkata

“An electric bicycle rickshaw for the next generation.”

And a couple of stands for military:

A remote gun at INFOCOM 2012 in Kolkata

“Pakistan will never know what hit them.”

A remote insectoid with a camera at INFOCOM 2012 in Kolkata

“An insectoid helping to get an overview of the battle field.”

Seeing them actually reminded me of the video that my group made for the Innovation Week at my university in 2011.

I also have to mention that the fair had a dedicated food court, where the best restaurants of the city were serving meals to anyone who had the money:

Food court at INFOCOM 2012 in Kolkata

“Too much choice is just as bad as no choice at all…”

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