Democratize development with Power Apps for Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon

In recent months I have delivered a few talks on low-code platforms and Microsoft Power Apps. Today it was at the Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon 2021 event, which is a free, online, 60-hour event happening April 26-28, 2021. The event had content going the whole time with speakers from around the globe – In English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. I really enjoyed delivering a session on “Democratize development with Power Apps & AI Builder” for the #m365virtualmarathon conference on the Boston Marathon Track. I get so excited…

Launch of 100 Femto Satellites in Rameswaram, India

I feel privileged to be part of the program today organized by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation to launch 100 Femto satellites in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. These tiny satellites weigh around 14 to 50 grams and were launched using balloons to study various elements in the atmosphere and its impact on seeds and other materials sent. The satellites were assembled by students of government and private schools around the country. The technology for the program was made possible by Space Zone India. About four records were made in the…

LIFCO’s Religious Book Fair in the 1980s

My father (Late) Sri T.N.C.Varadan had headed our (then) family publishing business for over five decades from the 1960s to 2013. Founded by Grandfather (Late) Sri V. Krishnaswamy Sarma, The Little Flower Co (1929) aka LIFCO and later managed by his five sons, the book house was famous for its English-English-Tamil Dictionaries. In the initial decades, it was known for its impeccable grammar and quality guide books for Madras (now Tamil Nadu state) School students.  Later, once the state government took over the publishing of textbooks, the dynamics of the…

A Vision for a developed nation by House of Kalam

Today evening was well spent listening to two eminent men talk – Dr Raj Reddy (Carnegie Mellon University) and Mr N R Narayana Murthy – on the topic of “AI for India – A vision for a developed nation” organized by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation, House of Kalam. The Youtube recording is here. Professor Dr Raj Reddy, Professor of Computer Science and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University delivered a guest lecture on the topic of “AI in Service of PURA” explaining the relevance and importance of Dr Kalam’s…

His Holiness Dalai Lama on Dr Kalam’s 89th Birthday

I am blessed to have participated in a virtual program where His Holiness Dalai Lama addressed the students from around the world and the members of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation on the event of the 89th Birthday celebrations of the former President of India. His Holiness spoke from his holy abode in Dharamshala, on the topic of “Liveable Planet Earth, Working Together for a Peaceful World”. The event was live broadcasted on YouTube in over fourteen languages. Below are from the notes I took from His Holiness speech. You…