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January 18, BANGALORE: Forum Nokia, the developer programme of the biggest mobile phone company, will have an Indian edition of its conference for the first time this week. The event that is being held in Bangalore's Taj Residency hotel, is expected to attract the cream of over 150,000 registered developers in India ? the largest concentration of software geeks within the Nokia ecosystem. "(In India) we have all the right ingredients - a strong culture of innovation and collaboration, a robust IT industry and developer ecosystem, a large domestic mobile market with diverse needs and an extremely competitive mobile operator environment that is faced with consistently falling voice revenues," says Kenny Mathers, Head of Developer Relations, Forum Nokia, Asia Pacific Region. Sessions will include Mobile Value Added Services, Mobile Technology Evolution, Technology Showcase and Developer Evangelization. The theme is "Infinite Possibilities". Key speakers at the Bangalore mobile tech-mela includePradeep Shrivastava from IDEA Cellular, S.R. Raja of Sasken Communications, Vishwanath Alluri of IMimobile and Tom Tierney of NAVTEQ. Indian contributions to the sum of Nokia innovation is expected to escalate with the recent 'opening' up of the Finnish phone leader's software platforms. After acquiring Symbian, -- it runs 6 of 10 smart phones worldwide -- Nokia is steadily transforming it into an open source thing. On January 14 Nokia announced that its Qt cross-platform user interface and application framework for desktop and embedded platforms will be available under the open source LGPL version 2.1 license from March 2009.