[BangPypers] BangPypers Digest, Vol 65, Issue 5

Aditya Athalye aditya.athalye at gmail.com
Tue Jan 8 04:16:29 CET 2013

Hello Jonathan, 
Like @krace says, it will be good to explore CIS. I can vouch for Jaaga.
I've used the co-working space there and I think it's a real nice spot to
work out of. Several tech start-ups / tech freelancers use the space, along
with creative folk. I believe a few python programmers also frequent the
place. Jaaga also regularly hosts tech study circles and inexpensive food
and filter coffee are also easy to access, just across the road.

Off-list, I'll connect you with one of the Jaaga founders - @freemanindia -
also a valley guy. I feel, given your purpose, there may be other
opportunities for technical collaboration.

> -----Original Message-----
> Date: Mon, 07 Jan 2013 08:43:27 -0800
> From: Jonathan Toomim <jtoomim at jtoomim.org>
> To: bangpypers at python.org
> Subject: [BangPypers] [OT] Introducing myself
> 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
> 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>, 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>,
> 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> (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/>. 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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