GenreSkill Development
BeginsFebruary - March
International Business Machines Corporation
Company typePublic
FoundedEndicott, New York (1896, incorporated 1911)
FounderThomas J. Watson
Armonk, New York, U.S.
ProductsSee products listing

Develothon is a developer skill marathon aimed at helping the software developer community in India develop skills in newer technology areas. The name Develothon is derived from combining 'developerWorks' and 'Marathon'.


Develothon 2010 was a pan-India road show integrated with the IBM developerWorks forum and focused on topics covered under the Smarter Planet initiative. The program aimed to bring about active transformational learning through 40 Unconferences in 31 cities along with 40 technical briefings. Seventy five speakers delivered sessions chosen by the audience. In each city, the audience got a chance to vote speakers for the Top Speaker Trophy based on their presentation abstract and session delivery. It was conceived by Himanshu Goyal and his team including Kunal Dureja, Bharti Muthu, Prasanna Kumar, Apra Sahey, Dhirender Nirwani, Sarvanan Sekar, P Dasgupta, Anil Menon, Malathi Srinivasan, Pradeep Nair and many others at IBM.

In metro cities, the technical sessions with flexible agenda covered all of Smarter Planet themes, while in Tier 2 and Tier 3 smaller cities of India, the program offered technical briefing sessions on emerging technology topics such as Cloud Computing and Web 2.0. The sessions also focused on key IBM Software Group technologies such as Rational, Information Management, WebSphere, Lotus and Tivoli in accordance with IBM's Smarter Planet Theme of Dynamic Infrastructure, Smart Work, New Intelligence and Smarter Products based on local geographic needs.

Limca Book of Records

Develothon has been awarded the Limca Book of Records award under Learning for delivering skill marathon covering 40 Live technical briefings in 31 cities. Skill Marathon happens in a relay format with each set of team members passing the baton on to another set of team members during the trip thus ensuring continuity across the complete 40 days of the journey.

IBM developerWorks


Since 1999, IBM developerWorks has been a key destination for IT professionals as a comprehensive source for technical content, trial code, and forums. developerWorks continues to help software professionals stay ahead of the latest trends in open standards, develop new skills, solve problems, and work collaboratively with peers.

In addition to this, developerWorks offers an online community called My developerWorks, which was created to help users build relationships with technical professionals who have similar interests.

The Develothon Program was plugged into developerWorks to enable developers and academia to learn both online and offline. Some of the online learning aids from developerWorks that were available in the Develothon program were product trials, technology eKits, downloadable or cloud based sandboxes, online briefings, free eBooks, training SkillKits, Java Development Kit (JDK) and online workshops.

Over 18,000 IT professionals were skilled in 2009 in India.[1]

Develothon 2010 Itinerary

Develothon Itinerary 2010

The program started on 22 March in Mumbai and passed through various Metro, tier II and III cities. After covering a distance of over 4598 kilometers across 12 cities from 11 states and connecting more than 5000 people, Develothon 2010 finally ended its journey back in Mumbai on 30 April.[2]

Date Venue City
March 22, 2010 Sahara Star Mumbai
March 22, 2010 Sinhgad Institute of Technology Lonavala
March 23, 2010 O Hotel Pune
March 23, 2010 Vishwakarma Institute of Technology Pune
March 25, 2010 Gogte Institute of Technology Belgaum
March 26, 2010 Hotel Fidalgo Goa
March 27, 2010 BV Bhoomaraddi College of Engg. & Technology Hubli
March 29, 2010 NMAM Institute of Technology Mangalore
March 30, 2010 Hotel Royal Orchid Bangalore
March 30, 2010 MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology Bangalore
March 31, 2010 National Institute of Engineering Mysore
April 1, 2010 Dayanand Sagar College of Engineering Bangalore
April 5, 2010 Le Meridian Chennai
April 5, 2010 RMK Engineering College Chennai
April 6, 2010 Sri Venkateswera College Chitoor
April 6, 2010 Sri Vidyaniketan Engineering College Tirupati
April 7, 2010 Vignan University Guntur
April 8, 2010 KL University Vijayawada
April 9, 2010 Fortune Select Manohar Hyderabad
April 9, 2010 Padmasri BV Raju Institute of Technology Hyderabad
April 12, 2010 The Pride Hotel Nagpur
April 14, 2010 Lemon Tree Hotel Indore
April 14, 2010 Chameli Devi institute of Technology & Mgmt Indore
April 15, 2010 Sagar Institute Of Research and Technology Bhopal
April 16, 2010 Bundelkhand Institute of Engg and Technology Jhansi
April 16, 2010 Indian Institute of Information Tech. & Mgmt. Gwalior
April 17, 2010 BMAS Engineering College Agra
April 19, 2010 ITC Sheraton Delhi
April 19, 2010 JSS Academy of Technical Education Noida
April 20, 2010 Fortune Select Global Gurgaon
April 21, 2010 SKIT Jaipur
April 22, 2010 KK Royal Jaipur
April 22, 2010 Banasthali Vidyapith Banasthali
April 23, 2010 Geetanjali Institute of Technical Studies Udaipur
April 23, 2010 Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University Gandhinagar
April 26, 2010 The Grand Bhagwati Ahmedabad
April 26, 2010 S V Institute of Computer Studies Kadi
April 26, 2010 The Gateway Hotel Vadodara
April 27, 2010 Dharamsingh Desai University Vadodara
April 30, 2010 Sahara Star Mumbai

Webathon 2010

Develothon continues its skill journey in a new online avatar called Webathon 2010. Spread across 10 days and delivered over the Internet, Webathon is a e-learning Skill Marathon providing daily virtual briefings on the 10 most vital software and emerging technology tracks. Webathon is on from Oct 19 - Nov 1 2010.

Date Sessions
19th Oct 2010 Agile Development with Jazz & Rational Team Concert
20th Oct 2010 Business Performance Management using IBM Cognos
21st Oct 2010 Developing Applications in the Cloud using WebSphere Application Server
22nd Oct 2010 Developing next generation Web 2.0 applications in Lotus
25th Oct 2010 Greater confidence and improved business performance with software quality done right
26th Oct 2010 Integrated Service Management
27th Oct 2010 Industry Solutions from IBM
28th Oct 2010 Unleash the Power of Web 2.0 with Websphere Portal
29th Oct 2010 Model Driven Systems Development using Rhapsody
1st Nov 2010 The Power of IBM DB2


  1. ^ "IBM India News Room - Press Tools". IBM.
  2. ^ "IBM Develothon 2010 concludes in Mumbai - CIOL News Reports". Archived from the original on 2012-04-06. Retrieved 2010-08-26.