[BangPypers] [OT] Introducing myself

Pradeep Banavara pradeepbs at gmail.com
Tue Jan 8 04:26:18 CET 2013

Hi Jonathan - CIS might be more suited for your needs. Jaaga is in a good
location but it's a bit noisy and there's no quiet space.

Other options:

IIM, Bangalore runs an accelerator. It might not hurt to contact them and
see if you can get some space.

IISc runs an incubation center with good space. They are tech and research
heavy. Might not hurt to contact them.

*Shameless plug - I'm part of the Microsoft accelerator team and you are
welcome to explore this place as well. We are located in the heart of the


On Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 10:13 PM, Jonathan Toomim <jtoomim at jtoomim.org>wrote:

> Hello all,
> My name is Jonathan Toomim. I'm a neuroscientist, electrical engineer,
> programmer (with a strong preference for python), and entrepreneur. I'll be
> moving from San Francisco to Bangalore on February 11th/12th. I have never
> been to India before, so I will probably be rather bewildered and lost in
> the city initially. If anyone felt like helping me get situated, showing me
> around, or introducing me to relevant people or groups, I would be
> grateful. I'm on a modest budget, so I'd rather not waste time and money by
> being unnecessarily logistically inefficient out of ignorance.
> In particular, I'll be looking for a place to do work. In California, I
> spend a lot of time at hackerspaces, especially Noisebridge <
> https://noisebridge.net/wiki/**Noisebridge<https://noisebridge.net/wiki/Noisebridge>>,
> Crash Space <http://blog.crashspace.org/>, and Nullspace <http://032.la/>.
> I like working there because (a) I'm more motivated and productive than if
> I stay at home, and (b) much of my work requires or is facilitated by
> having easy access to soldering irons, oscilloscopes, dissection
> microscopes, laser cutters, and the like. I was hoping to find someplace
> similar in Bangalore. I've found the website for Jaaga <
> http://www.jaaga.in/>, and they look like they might be close, but they
> appear to have more of a focus on arts and crafts and less of a focus on
> tech than I would like. Does anyone have any experience with Jaaga? If so,
> what's your impression of the place? Does anyone know of any other places I
> might find appropriate?
> I'm bringing two python-related projects with me. Once I'm settled in, if
> funding holds up, I will be looking to hire a couple of coders, one for
> each project.
> One of them is Brain Workshop <http://brainworkshop.net/>, a popular open
> source (GPL2) brain-training program based on the dual n-back task <
> http://www.pnas.org/content/**early/2008/04/25/0801268105.**abstract<http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2008/04/25/0801268105.abstract>>,
> written (inelegantly) in python and using pyglet for graphics and sound.
> The other is my company HEG Research (which is currently comprised of one
> person: me), which makes and sells systems for near-infrared
> hemoencephalography neurofeedback <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**
> Hemoencephalography <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemoencephalography>>
> (or HEG for short). HEG is where an instrument measures brain activity (as
> indicated by cerebral blood oxygenation, measured optically), and the
> subject is given real-time feedback, which s/he uses in order to learn to
> increase that activity. The software I use (and wrote) to provide the
> feedback and record the data is HEGStudio <http://hegstudio.sourceforge.**
> net/ <http://hegstudio.sourceforge.net/>>. It is also open source (LGPL)
> and developed in python, though the hardware you need in order for it to be
> of use is neither.
> I look forward to meeting you all.
> Jonathan
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