A unique mix of technology and music

Rock On

The concert was an amalgamation of technology and music as rock bands ‘S.O.A.P’, ‘Indi Graffiti’ and ‘Thermal and a Quarter’ performed on stage.

The concert was part of ‘IBM Innovate 2011’, which was a two-day conference held at the Leela Palace. Employees of IBM and other companies were present at the event.

Kaylan Sridhar, vice president, rational software of IBM said, “We used to have the conference in Orlando every year.

This time we wanted to replicate it for our Indian employees and decided to organise it here. The typical software developer is dynamic and always working, so we wanted to bring in some fun and cool solutions for entertainment and there could not be anything better than rock music.”

The selection for the bands was a long process with many entries which were finally shortlisted for the show. The entire concert required a lot of preparation with use of the right content, implementation of new, exciting ideas and lots of creativity.

The ballroom at the Leela Palace soon filled up with excited employees sporting glow bands, bandanas and some even had their faces painted.  The first band on stage was S.O.A.P (Sum of all Parts). They belted out three tracks which got the audience asking for more.

The show picked up momentum with the audience cheering away with the loud music. Games were also a part of the evening and employees were asked to show their levels of creativity.  

The next band to be up on stage was ‘Indi Graffiti;, which is a Hindi rock band. The band played their track ‘Safar’ and other hits.  Their alternative rock music made the crowd even more enthusiastic as they quickly took to the band’s music.

Malleshwari, a professional said, “The concert was good fun and the second band was very lively and played really well.” ‘Thermal and a Quarter’ wound up the show by playing their songs. The results of the competition where then announced and ‘Indi Graffiti’ emerged as the winner.

Jatin, another professional said, “This is a good chance at having fun with the awesome music, games, face painting and the glow goodies.” The blend of rock music and technology left many techies happy for more and waiting for the next event.

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