Log on to the grid at Cartonama

Tech event management firm HasGeek is organising Cartonama, a conference that focusses on geospatial data, maps, and applications that are being developed to provide location-based services. The conference, slated to be held from September 22, will feature talks about challenges and best practices of working with location data, building location-based platforms from scratch, and Geographic Information System-based frameworks for real estate analytics, a press release from HasGeek stated. It is being held at the TERI Auditorium (Bangalore International Centre).

Hands-on workshops about geo-simulation, managing geodata on the Web, use of tools such as TileMill, and sourcing, processing and indexing location data for search will be held on September 23 to 25. For more details on the workshops, visit http://cartonama.com/2012/workshops or email ashwan@hasgeek.com or sajjad@hasgeek.com

Make your Windows 8 app here

The technology world’s been buzzing about Windows 8 for some time now. So if you’re into coding and want to make your mark in the Windows app ecosystem, here’s an opportunity for you: Microsoft is organising an App Fest for Windows 8 on September 21 and 22 at the KTPO in Bangalore. This coding marathon for developers will be an 18-hour non-stop software jam with the opportunity to design, build, test and submit apps with the help of special Microsoft mentors from all over the world and technical engineers on hand to support the process of submitting an app for Windows 8, a release from the software major stated.

Updates on Google Drive

Earlier this week, Google announced Google Drive updates for Apple iOS users and those using its Android mobile operating system. A blog post by Anil Sabharwal, senior product manager, Google Drive Team, announced that those using the drive app on their iOS device could now also edit Google documents, just as they can with the Android app.

From the iPhone or iPad, one can create a new document, edit an existing one or format text. And just like on the computer, the user would be able to see other people’s edits instantly as they’re made, he wrote. Other improvements to the iOS drive app include being able to watch Google presentations on the iPhone or iPad, including speaker notes, full-screen mode and the ability to swipe between slides. Updates for Android phones and tablets include allowing users to add comments, reply to existing comments and view tables in Google documents.

Tech employees battle it out

Over 450 contestants from 20 companies participated in the ninth annual festival organised by the International Tech Park Bangalore, titled Livewire 2012, which concluded recently. Competitions were held in a wide range of cultural events, including singing, solo and group dance, skits, mimicry and fashion show. The festival was held over a month.