What’s up with all the silence, OZ

Wasn’t blogging for a while and let me tell you why!

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Let me be the first to admit that I had been awfully quiet on my blog for a few months. All the silence of the blog is not telling the whole story of my past months. Looking back, they had been hectic. Let’s break it down a bit!

Hello Fatherhood

Became father of a baby gal (wooohoooo)… I was shit scared but holding your child is the best feeling in the whole… words can’t explain and words are not enough.

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I wanna be a youtube star 😀

Started youtube series about serverless computing model. Episode 1 already up!!

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FOSSASIA 2018

Attended + Presented at FOSSASIA 2018. It was fun reconnecting with old friends and visitors from all over the world.

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See the full video here: The myths and realities of serverless architecture – Owais Zahid – FOSSASIA 2018

Hello Toronto

Took a 23-hour flight to Toronto and attended Scrum Gathering. It was an amazing experience visiting this lovely city and meeting the most polite ppl on the planet :D. More on this later.

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Few Other things!!

Apart from the big apples! Participated in Google Code Jame, Hackathon and learned how to change diapers:D, had an argument with Lufthansa Flight (see twitter for the whole story :p)

There you have it! A quick summary of what happened. Now the dust is settled, I will add more blogs and videos (so stay tuned!)

Maker Faire in Town

Maker Faire held in Singapore on 22 and 23rd July, 2017 at Science Center. The venue was smartly chosen to 1) attract young people and 2) to take advantage of the science month happening at the same venue.

All in all, it was a great event with lots of participation from various fields and sectors. You could see kids showcasing there class science projects to college and university students showing great research work.

There was a good presence of companies and institutes which provides training regarding basic electronics, IOT and 3D printing.

Ones to watch

These are the projects / products that caught my attention and in my opinion have the potential to be the next big thing.

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Soft wearable robotics by NUS EI Lab

Overall trend

Looking at the exhibits, there was a strong trend of 3D printing and Arduino DIY projects. 3D printing were not only used as a tool for rapid prototyping but were also used for bespoken or customised products.

Happy to see a very health adoption rate of Autodesk projects and services. Many exhibits used Autodesk products in some form (like TinkerCAD or Fusion360).

AwareUI @ FOSSASIA

FOSSASIA has become one of the most popular tech / dev conferences of the region. I got an opportunity to talk @ FOSSASIA this year. The atmosphere was great and met some amazing people.

I talked about my on-going project “Aware User Interface”. A user interface that can learn, adapt and evolve according to user’s context. The contexts in focus are 1) Environment and 2) User (surrounding, proximity, physiology and psychology).

I will post separate blogs about my new initiative “Aware User Interface”. On the side note, it was a pleasant surprise when I saw Apple’s Keynotes on 21st March, where they introduced #nightshift and #truetone. I talked about the same thing a day earlier 🙂