Bangalore, Chennai, Gurgaon, Pune
Oct. 14, 15 ,16
Naam toh suna hoga
Private eye anonymous
All that jazz!
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Cidade de Goa
Graceful dancers will groove to some hits,
Make sure you don’t miss the hilarious office skits,
Down the ramp, ThoughtWorkers will sashay,
The fun doesn’t end here, hurray!
India Away Days are known for the high,
On the awesomeness here, the limit’s the sky,
We’re gonna make sure you let your hair down,
Since we will be the best party in town!
Sports and games of all sorts will beckon,
You’ll want to be part of all that, we’d reckon,
Go crazy, be wild, cheer your team on,
You deserve to go nuts, come on!
Around you, you see some wonderful sights,
Take your photography to whole new heights,
The pristine beach is only a few steps away,
We bet you’d like to stay there all day.
We'll make sure you'll not want to go away,
So are you ready to get down and party all day?
This party promises to be a blast,
Enjoy every moment here until the last!
But there’s much to do and see,
As ThoughtWorkers pour in from every city,
Over two dozen visitors are amongst us,
We know their talks will create a buzz.
Three days of fun & frolic is just what you need,
Who better to offer you that than us indeed?
Now that you’re geared up for all the fun,
Welcome to Goa, a hearty welcome!
Away Day 2011 Organizers
Praveena @ 87544 75617
Mohan @ 98804 40739
Prem @ 96771 66155
Vignesh R E @ 97315 59244
Sonam @ 95000 32377
Khushroo @ 99237 00611
Sujeet @ 99224 56000
Anshul @ 97312 05273
Dilkash @ 98804 27155
Nandha @ 98805 22912
Sunanda @ 96630 91800
Amirdha @ 95000 42991
Jatin @ 88006 19922
TWimes Of India
Sneha @ 96865 77099
Adopt A Cause
Sumieetha @ 99728 22557
Nandish @ 99011 88441
Rupesh @ 96866 96457
Srijayanth @ 98861 38965
: Abhi @ 95350 07580
Sadique @ 96866 02097
Ravindra @ 88004 61144
Pranav @ 96730 06657
Vini @ 90449 24194
Jive @ 98454 24013
Ankit @ 9199678 62078
Ashutosh @ 9188004 93706
Geetha @ 99002 06657
Saurabh @ 99750 15625
Prasad K @ 96866 02142
Rahul S @ 88004 93700
P Sainath is the Rural Affairs Editor for The Hindu. Sainath is one of few Indians to
receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award. He has received close to 40 other national and
international journalism awards and fellowships in 30 years as a journalist. Sainath is the
author of a book titled "Everybody Loves a Good Drought" and stars in the
documentary called “Nero’s Guests”.
Day 1 - Octoder 14 (Friday)
Suresh @ 98455 16399
This weekend's gonna be way better than nice,
‘Coz fun’s the way to being healthy & wise,
You've worked hard all year, so this is a gift,
To celebrate you & our ten-year paradigm shift!
Away Day Hotline : +91 080 4064 9797
Sala De Banquet
Photo Exhibition Starts
Pre Function Area
Science Fair Contest
Pre Function Area
Away Day Kickoff
Gala Party + TW Bands + Bonding Time
Dinner, DJ & Rain Dance
Simon Sheikh is the National Director of advocacy group GetUp. Simon has been
behind campaigns on climate change, changes to our anti-terrorism laws and GetUp’s
work on internet censorship. Simon represented Australia at the Commonwealth Heads
of Government meeting in Uganda in 2007 as Australia’s Commonwealth youth
representative and in the same year was named the NSW Young Professional of the
Please note that the Photo Exhibition will be on for all three days at the Pre
Function Area. Feel free to take your time and go through all the photos at
leisure. You are also free to add comments on the photos using marker pens
About The Venue
Day 2 - October 15 (Saturday)
Start Time End Time Duration
Breakfast at Laranja
There is something unmistakably calming about Cidade de Goa. Its
welcoming hospitality permeates your soul while the Goan passion for
life rejuvenates your spirit. And with every conceivable amenity in it’s 40
acres of landscaped tranquility, you never have to leave. Your place in
the sun awaits!
Pecha Kucha talks at Grand Sala
Tea Break at Pre Function Area
Ten Moments Of TWI Excellence (Ajey Gore & Sameer Deans) at Grand Sala
A charming old-world sensitivity is what lends Cidade a certain
exclusivity. As you meander through its award- winning architecture,
the interplay of the elevated terraço, overhanging balcaos and cosy
green nooks transports you to an era where life was easier, slower,
more indulgent. Elegantly designed rooms and suites gaze out over the inviting beach and expanse of perfectly
manicured lawns. Can the good life get any better?
Panel Discussion on Diversity & Inclusivity at Grand Sala
Lunch at Pre Function Area
Few things inspire a Goan’s appetite for life quite like good food and great wines. So, surrender to Cidade’s
masterchefs as they take you on a culinary exploration of the world. Enough food for thought for you?
Lots of activities, so little time. Make a splash on the water with the jet-set. Or make a smash on the tennis
courts with the net-set. Better still, just chill. Catch your breath with a tension-releasing yoga session. Catch a
winning streak at Goldfinger Casino.
Celebrate ten years of ThoughtWorks' operations in India as a crimson sun sets over the bay. Let Cidade’s
secluded setting be the perfect start for TWI's next decade.
Market Influencing Projects Shaun Jayaraj
Top 10 secrets
of a working
mother - Tina
a heart! Vandana Gopal
Dilemma Charan Puneet
- Ranjib Dey &
avoid - Sriram
9, 8, 7)
- Ange Ferguson
Training Jeremy Gordon
Tea Break at Pre Function Area
Group Photo + Away Day Sports by the beach
Quiz (Nag & Sudhir) at Grand Sala
Cultural Programs at Grand Sala
Club Night at Grand Sala + Dinner at Pre Function Area
Day 3 - October 16 (Sunday)
number 10 &
other contentions - Ananth R
Track 3 Sala
Ten Uber Cool
DSLR Sutras Praveen Selvam
Cidade De Goa Lobby
Fire Assembly Point
Interactive session with P Sainath
Departure : Tata Byebye
Cidade De Goa Lobby
“Ten uber cool DSLR sutras” by Praveen Selvam - Of late, everyone seems to have been bitten by
the digital photography bug. Praveen will bring in full photo gear, to show live demos, which will help people
understand where to invest, how to pursue it as a hobby, or even a profession. Praveen will also provide
guidance on how to source equipment at the right price. Praveen is a front-end engineer at TW.
“Technology with a heart!” by Vandana Gopal - This talk is about a real life story of how technology
powered by solar energy can help solve the problems of millions of Indians & can accomplish that which
might have taken the government years of time & crores of bribes to achieve. Vandana is an app dev working
on the SIMPA project.
“Demystifying the number ten & other contentions” by Ananth P R - What is 10 really? What
does it symbolize, and how does wetware (our 3 pound mass of grey jelly) actually decode that? This is a talk
about the meaning of numbers, concepts, senses, emotions, perception, faith & even reality as seen from the
point of view of neuroscience. Ananth is a senior consultant at TW Bangalore.
“Inception Countdown (10, 9, 8, 7 ...)” by Angela Ferguson - Inception planning & prep is often
overlooked due to many constraints. Angela will talk about how she plans inceptions, from 1st finding out
you're staffed on one, to kicking off the final retro. Angela is part of the TWI delivery services team.
“Decathlon: Ten market influencing projects” by Shaun Jayaraj - Shaun takes us on a retro tour
of 10 TWI projects over the past decade. Attend this talk to learn about how these projects have changed the
software world and made an impact in the way software is delivered. Shaun has worked on multiple things
including BD, BA, PM but aspires to getting back to writing code some day!
“Top 10 secrets of a working mother” by Tina Vinod - As working mothers, the experiences we
face around work-life balance, is not only challenging & crazy but also impressive and sometimes hilarious.
This talk with short videos, pictures, snippets from colleagues, spouses & kids, provides some insight into the
juggling acts we do as a mothers, wives, TWers and so on, to keep us going. Tina currently drives the
marketing function in India.
“Launching DevCloud Beta” by Ranjib Dey & Nikhil Mungel - Facing problems like slow Continuous Integration, long duration releases, scaling infrastructure & under-utilization? The Devops team in TWI has
been cooking something of late. Do attend this talk to witness the launch of DevCloud beta.
Hosted By: Angela Ferguson & Annette Bergo
“3 ways you can make the difference and 7 ways it impacts!” by Kishore Yekkanti - Donating
money to a great cause is not the only way to make a difference. Beach and volunteer program helps TWers
to create an impact. Understand the impact we have on lives that together help us to change the world. And
see how you can be a part of this! Yekkanti works as an app dev at TW Chennai.
“First & lasting impressions - How to be more persuasive & influential in business” by David
Tuck - David will discuss influencing & persuading techniques that are useful when developing new client
relationships. He will discuss how positive communication really works & the importance of building rapport
and trust with new clients. David is a BD manager with TW.
“10 different Indian classical ragas & the charm they bring to the world of music” by Madhurranjan Mohaan - The talk will highlight the nuances of 10 Indian ragas, more from a Hindustani classical
perspective. Every raga brings about its own melody and mood through an intricate combination of swaras.
From Yaman to Hamsadwani, from Des to Darbari, not to forget the Bhairav family, come get a feel of the
beauty of these ragas! Mamu (the speaker) works as part of the Devops team in India.
“Managing scope - Polite but firm” by Luke Barrett - Scope management can become a highly
adversarial conversation with the business. How many times can you batter the business with the challenging
reality of what it may well take to deliver their dream product? This session would look at ways to manage
scope while still maintaining a +ve relationship with the business. Luke is the MD of TW Europe.
“Volunteering? Why Bother” by Stuart Hogg - With the relentless pace of work & the desire to have
some semblance of family life; should we strive to embed a 3rd pillar (volunteering) into our otherwise hectic
lives? Charity may begin at home but does it have to stop there? Stuart is a BD manager with TW.
“How I won a Superbike” by Praveen Selvam - Praveen recently won an all India Travel Blogger
contest with support from everyone who knew him. He will talk about; how he earnt their trust, the mistakes
he made & the instances where he was lucky during this contest!
“10 things you always wanted to know about TW AsiaPac but were frightened to ask” by
Chris Murphy - Come along & learn a little about another region. Chris is MD for TW AsiaPac and will share
his select observations and thoughts on the AsiaPac region.
“Ten health mistakes you should avoid” by Sriram Narayanan - Over the years, Sriram has
worked in some highly stressful situations and roles. He recently suffered from severe stress, & has decided
to share his realizations on how one could continue to work in stressful situations without affecting one’s
health. Sriram currently represents the India Devops team on the TTL project.
“Ten interesting things about being in TW Brazil” by Disha Manikumar - This talk is a teaser
about a non-Brazilian's life at TW Brazil. Learn about what’s different about the Brazilian culture & how the
TWers from Porto Alegre are!
“To build a new market or to build for the market?” by Charan Puneet Singh - This talk is about
the factors that govern the decision between 2 divergent market strategies. The choice we have to make is
either to "expect to create a market " or "to create for the market". This is a debate, which has been going on
within Studios for a long time now! Charan is a BD manager at Studios.
"Immigration birds & bees: The facts of life & tips you need for success as a global road
warrior" by Jane S Caroll - Jane is Associate General Counsel & global lead of Immigration at TW HQ at
Chicago. She has over 20 years of experience as a lawyer specializing in employment based immigration
law. She's a frequent speaker on panels both in the US & abroad on immigration issues.
10. “TW Negotiation Training” by Jeremy Gordon - This is a comprehensive, 3 hour course where
attendees will be familiarized with the basics of various negotiating styles, understand the negotiating style
presented by the Harvard Program on Negotiation, and understand the occasions for using negotiating skills
at TW. Jeremy works as Associate General Counsel at TW. Please note that this session works best with a
large group of people. So bring your friends!
10. Sudhir Tiwari has confirmed his participation in the Pecha Kuchas, but his topic remains a surprise :)
[Keep guessing, you might get it right]