Why every technology conference must come to Pune! [The Pune Effect]


The Pune Effect: Any tech (un-)conference that happens in multiple cities in India will have its highest attendance then it comes to Pune

It probably started in Sept, 2008, when PHPCamp got 1200+ online registrations, and 700+ people actually turned up, making it the largest unconference in India.

The following year, we organized an “Internship Mela” for students looking for internships amongst Pune’s startups, and we had to turn away 100s of students from the gates after we somehow managed to accommodate 800+.

Over the years, this trend has continued…

When DocType HTML5 came to Pune, the organizers had to shut down registrations after getting more than 600 registrations.

When we organized PyCon Pune, the International Python Conference, we were expecting it to be much smaller than the first two PyCon’s that were held in Bangalore, since the Python community in Bangalore is much stronger. However, once again, we had to close registrations after the number of paid registrations hit 650, since the venue wouldn’t take any more.

Raymond Hettinger tweeted that this was probably the biggest PyCon outside the US.


The same was the case with startup events like Pune edition of Proto.in in 2009, which witnessed its maximum attendance compared to all other 5 cities it was organized earlier!

Once is happenstance. Twice is co-incidence. More than that, and it needs to be given a name and a webpage of its own. Amit Kumar Singh called it “The Pune Effect” in a tweet in response to PyCon Pune becoming the biggest PyCon outside the US.

So, this post is dedicated to “The Pune Effect”, and the amazing tech community in Pune.

And it comes with a challenge.

A question to all organizers of tech events in India – Why are you not in Pune? I’m looking at you, NASSCOM Product Conclave, and DrupalCamp, and Amazon AWSCamp. If you’re an organizing a tech event in India, remember that if you skip Pune, you are missing out on your largest event.

And this is also a challenge to all the techies in Pune. We have to work to maintain this reputation. Follow the PuneTech Calendar where all the tech events happening in Pune are listed (you can subscribe to get all PuneTech events sent to you via email or via RSS), and the make it a point to attend. This will definitely help your career – you become more knowledgeable, and more importantly, you get to know lots of interesting and knowledgeable people. Not only should you attend tech events, but also drag some of your shy friends with you.

The most active tech community in the country is right here in Pune. Are you a part of it?

[This post has been reproduced from Punetech with due permissions]

Arun’s Comments: I agree 100% with Navin (and its not because I am die-hard Puneite), but because Pune really has a thriving and close-knit tech community. For a tech person, there is no better place than Pune! If you happen to be in Pune, try attending some tech events and you will know what I am talking about!

  1. Navin Kabra says

    Unfortunately, for most events, we do not have access to data giving break-up of students vs professionals (either for Pune or for the other cities), so your question cannot really be answered objectively. However, for PyCon, I know that the number of students was somewhere around 150-200 (out of 700), so the student percentage is not very high…

    Also, while it is undoubtedly true that Bangalore has a larger software industry than Pune, I have my doubts about Hyderabad. Also, don’t forget the proximity of Bombay to Pune, and the fact that many people from Bombay come down to Pune for events on weekends. Bombay + Pune certainly has a bigger industry than Hyderabad.

  2. Litan says

    Just wondering if its due to actual technologists attending conferences or just bulk of students. Pune has the highest student crowd in India- and this can easily skew ur statistics.
    Students are open to multiple technologies and attend conferences despite having specific interests and if so , no. of attendees is not a right metric to measure.
    I strongly believe Bangalore/Hyderabad might have better quality(serious coders in a field) than Pune simply because they have a larger industry.

  3. Rohit says

    Well, I am not a Puneite but can say for sure that the people in Pune love technology and want to know more and more new about it. My friend is living there and was updating me about the craziness people have for such events.

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