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Bangalore Wikipedia 50th Meetup and Celebrations  !

Come & be part of the Bangalore Wikipedia 50th Meetup and Celebrations

You are invited !!!
Thia is a public event and FREE. Open to everyone!

Date and Venue

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Date: : Saturday, 13-Oct-2012 Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM IST

Venue:
The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI),
Southern Regional Centre,
4th Main, Near to Domlur Club
Domlur 2nd Stage
Bangalore 560 071, Karnataka

Please note: This is a different venue for this Wikimeetup. It is at TERI Auditorium and not CIS.

Agenda

  1. Keynote on "State of Wikipedia in South Asia" - Bishakha Datta (Board member, Wikimedia Foundation)
  2. Panel Discussion - "The Future of Wikipedia in India and Societal Transformational opportunities"
    1. Achal Prabhala (Researcher, Advisory Board member of Wikimedia Foundation)
    2. Arun Ramarathnam (panel chair) (Wikipedian, Co-founder and Executive committee member of Wikimedia India)
    3. Bishakha Datta (Board member, Wikimedia Foundation)
    4. Gautam John (Recovering lawyer, erstwhile entrepreneur, pretend polymath, future dilettante, TED fellow)
  3. Talk on Guinness book record winning project- "Wiki Loves Monuments" - Naveen Francis & Karthik Nadar
  4. Talk on "The mechanics of running Wikimedia Meetups in Bangalore" - Tinu Cherian
  5. Introduction of New Executive Committee members of WikiMedia India Chapter - Arjuna Rao Chavala
  6. Vote of thanks - Radhakrishna A (Wikipedia Bangalore SIG chair)

Keynote: "State of Wikipedia in South Asia"

Keynote: "State of Wikipedia in South Asia" - Talk by Bishaka Datta (Board member, Wikimedia Foundation)

Speaker: Bishakha Datta

Bishakha Datta









Bishakha Datta is a non-fiction writer and documentary filmmaker with diverse, international experience. She is dedicated to disseminating women's perspectives through media, art and culture, particularly the perspectives of women who are marginal or invisible. She received a BA in Economics and an MA in English Literature from Mumbai University, as well as an MA in Communications from Stanford University.

Datta is the co-founder and Executive Director of Point of View, a nonprofit organization in Mumbai, India, that promotes women’s points of view through media, art and culture. She is also on the boards of various non-profits from around the world, including Breakthrough, CREA, Dreamcatchers Foundation, and Majlis. Her first book, And Who Will Make the Chapatis?, focused on rural women’s participation in politics, while her first independent documentary film In The Flesh explored the lives of three people in prostitution from their own perspectives. Her latest book 9 Degrees of Justice documents new perspectives on violence on women in India, while her latest film, Taaza Khabar, explores a rural newspaper run by women, many of whom are Dalit or tribal.

Datta joined the Wikimedia Board in March 2010. She was on the controversial content committee and was part of the Movement Roles project and working group, which developed the framework for new models of affiliation within the Wikimedia movement. Datta has been the Chapters Committee liaison for the Board since 2010. In July 2012 she was elected Secretary of the Board.

Datta lives and works in Mumbai, India and edits on English Wikipedia and on Meta-wiki. Her current term on the Board continues until December 2012.

Panel Discussion

Panel Topic: "The Future of Wikipedia in India and Societal Transformational opportunities"

Panelists

  • Achal Prabhala
Achal Prabhala









Achal Prabhala is an Indian researcher, activist and writer based in Bangalore, Karnataka. He works on intellectual property rights in relation to medicine and knowledge. Prabhala is a member of the Advisory board of the Wikimedia Foundation. He also serves on the board of the Centre for Internet and Society.

Achal Prabhala researches intellectual property in connection to medicines and knowledge. In 2005, he coauthored a report on copyright issues and access to learning in South Africa for ICTSD and UNCTAD and oversaw the Access to learning materials in South Africa project from 2004–05. In 2007, in an opinion article in the Times of India, Prabhala alleged that the Mashelkar committee, a patent review committee set up by the Indian government, had copied verbatim a part of the submission made by Shamnad Basheer, whose own research had been supported by a consortium of multinational firms. The report was later withdrawn by the committee.

Funded by a Wikimedia foundation grant, Prabhala, along with Priya Sen and Zen Marie, produced the film People are Knowledge. The film explores how alternate methods of citation could be employed on Wikipedia. He is the author of an essay "Yeoville confidential" published in Johannesburg: Elusive Metropolis and one of the editors of Access to knowledge in Africa.

Prabhala lives in Bangalore, India. He has studied economics and public policy management at Middlebury College and then at Yale University, where he contributed articles to Yale Daily News, the student newspaper.

  • Arun Ramarathnam (panel chair)
Arun Ramarathnam











Arun Ramarathnam is a senior IT executive at Mahindra Satyam. He resposible for Delivery for a regional Business Unit. He is the co-founder of Wikimedia India Chapter and currently serves as the Executive Committee member of the chapter. He is also a member of Wikimedia Foundation Communication Committee. He based in Bangalore.

He started his contributions to Wikipedia in the year 2004. He experienced the power of collaboration on the Wikipedia platform during the Indian Ocean Earthquake (2004), when hundreds of wikipedians collaborated to build the article about the disaster as the events were folding out. He has contributed to the English Wikipedia and started some of the early India initiatives like Indian Collaboration of the Week, Indian portal and Category adoption. He is primarily focused on community efforts and is one of the key wikipedians responsible for the periodic monthly Wikipedia meetups in Bangalore. He participated in the Chapters committee meeting in Berlin in 2010 as India Chapter delegate. He contributed actively to the Developing nation’s task force during that meeting.

He is passionate about building volunteer communities focussed on specific goals. He has been key part of core teams that organized many Barcamp events in Bangalore. He has been a member of Executive Committee of PMI Bangalore chapter (a not for profit society focused on Project Management) between 2006 and 2010 and served as its Vice President during that tenure.

  • Bishakha Datta
Bishakha Datta









Bishakha Datta is a non-fiction writer and documentary filmmaker with diverse, international experience. She is dedicated to disseminating women's perspectives through media, art and culture, particularly the perspectives of women who are marginal or invisible. She received a BA in Economics and an MA in English Literature from Mumbai University, as well as an MA in Communications from Stanford University.

Datta is the co-founder and Executive Director of Point of View, a nonprofit organization in Mumbai, India, that promotes women’s points of view through media, art and culture. She is also on the boards of various non-profits from around the world, including Breakthrough, CREA, Dreamcatchers Foundation, and Majlis. Her first book, And Who Will Make the Chapatis?, focused on rural women’s participation in politics, while her first independent documentary film In The Flesh explored the lives of three people in prostitution from their own perspectives. Her latest book 9 Degrees of Justice documents new perspectives on violence on women in India, while her latest film, Taaza Khabar, explores a rural newspaper run by women, many of whom are Dalit or tribal.

Datta joined the Wikimedia Board in March 2010. She was on the controversial content committee and was part of the Movement Roles project and working group, which developed the framework for new models of affiliation within the Wikimedia movement. Datta has been the Chapters Committee liaison for the Board since 2010. In July 2012 she was elected Secretary of the Board.

Datta lives and works in Mumbai, India and edits on English Wikipedia and on Meta-wiki. Her current term on the Board continues until December 2012.

  • Gautam John
Gautam K John










Gautam John started out as a lawyer with a focus on intellectual property rights. Since then, he has been an entrepreneur and now works in the non-profit field within the folds of education and publishing. At Akshara Foundation he helps lead the Karnataka Learning Partnership project, and at Pratham Books helps build their social media presence, community strategy and continues to work on building an open source children's book publishing model. He is an advisor to an organisation called Inclusive Planet which works in the print disability space and to Stir Education, an non-profit organisation that harnesses the innovation of the most dynamic teachers and schools to transform educational outcomes for the poorest children. Gautam was a TEDIndia Fellow in 2009, advises a few small startups in the legal, food and social entrepreneurship spaces and has been a founding board member of the Wikimedia India Chapter. His passion is 'access' as applied to knowledge and information.

Talk: Guinness World Record winning project: Wiki Loves Monuments

Talk summary

Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 is the world's largest photography competition! Come listen to Naveen Francis and Karthik Nadar who played a key role in driving the India part of the global project. Find out out what it takes to execute a project that breaks a Guiness world record!

Wiki Loves Monuments

2012 Participating countries of Wiki Loves Monuments










Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 is a very successful global public photo contest around monuments, with more than 350,000 submissions by more than 15,000 people in 35 countries globally! Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 is being organized by Wikimedia chapters and volunteers. In 2010 this was organized for the first time in the Netherlands, and in 2011 it was organized in 18 European countries.

Wiki Loves Monuments breaks Guinness World Record for largest photo competition

2012 Guiness world record










Wiki Loves Monumuents 2012 expanded to 35 countries including first-time participants such as the United States, Argentina, South Africa and India. The Wikimedia community has broken their own world record to set a new one.

More than 15,000 photographers have already submitted more than 350,000 photos in 2012, doubling the total certified by Guinness World Records for 2011. The most photos came from Poland, with over 50,000 uploads by nearly 700 participants. India had the greatest number of participants, with over 2,200 photographers submitting more than 16,000 photos. And amazingly, Catalan user Pere prlpz uploaded nearly 9,000 photos individually!

  • Speaker: Naveen Francis
Naveen Francis










Naveen Francis is a IT professional based in Bangalore. He is on the Executive Committee of the Wikimedia India chapter since September 2011 and currently serves as its Secretary.

He started editing English Wikipedia from 2007. He is mainly interested in contributing and collaborating with the activities of Indian Education, Transportation, Railways and Roads Wikiproject groups in English Wikipedia. He is interested in Wikimedia Outreach programs. He is a wikiGnome in Malaylam Wikipedia and Wikisource. He played a key role in driving the Wiki Loves Monuments initiaitive in India.

He has keen interest in working with Openstreetmap contributors for 'Collaboration with Openstreetmap and Wikipedia in India'.

  • Speaker: Karthik Nadar
Karthik Nadar









Karthik Nadar has been recently elected to be a member of the Executive Committee of Wikimedia India chapter. He is a prolific English wikipedian and very active wikipedia editor. He has respresented Indian wikipedians at Wikimania. He played a key role in driving the Wiki Loves Monuments initiaitive in India. He is based in Mumbai.

Talk: The mechanics of running Wikimedia Meetups in Bangalore

Talk summary

Bangalore meetups have been conducted for around 4+ years now. We are celebrating the 50th Wikipedia meetup in Bangalore. The very first meetup being conducted in a volunteer's house. These meetups started even before Wikimedia India chapter is officially formed. This talk describes about what it takes to conduct meetups systematically, best practices, challenges and learning gleaned from running meetups for 50 plus editions consistently. The Bangalore wikipedia community meets up on the second sunday of every month at 3 PM.

  • Speaker: Tinu Cherian
Tinu Cherian









Cherian Tinu Abraham is a software professional based in Bangalore. He started his contributions to Wikimedia / Wikimedia in 2005 as an anonymous editor and registered his username in 2006.

He is one of the most active Wikipedians in India and one of top 5 Indian editors on English Wikipedia by number of edits. He is an administrator on English Wikipedia, with over 53,000 edits and 2000+ articles. He is also active on Wikimedia Commons and uploaded 100s of freely licensed images. He also contributes to Malayalam Wikipedia occasionally. He is very passionate of building Wiki communities in India and successful in in starting various Wikimeetups and Academies all around the country. He is also a member of Wikimedia Foundation Communication Committee and have been working as a volunteer for Media relations/PR for Wikimedia for more than two years and has been successful in creating media interest in literally every aspect of Wikimedia in India, the result of which is a consistent and supportive press coverage.

Participants

Intended Audience

Anyone interested in Wikipedia (user, contributor or curious about it). Wikipedians from any part of India or the world and anyone who is interested in Wikipedia! Meetup is open to members of all Wikimedia projects and Wikipedians from all languages. All are welcome, and we are especially interested in seeing newcomers to join the experienced Wikipedians/Wikimedians. If you are interested in coming, please add your name below.

Attending

Signed Up

Sign up here - wpblr50.doattend.com

Getting there

See Directions- Click on the picture to enlarge
  • By Road:
    • From MG Road, Brigade Road, Central Business District, Vidhan Soudha - Come straight on Old Airport Road towards Domlur, and take a Left after Steves Gym / Paratha House. Go straight, and continue straight after the Domlur BDA Complex crossroads. Further, go straight, cross bridge over storm water drain, and take Left for The Energy Research Institute [TERI].
    • From Hosur Road, Electronics City, Koramangala, Sarjapur, Bannerghatta - Take Inner Ring Road/Intermediate Ring Road towards the Domlur-Old Airport flyover. Proceed straight towards Indra Nagar by taking the flyover. Take a Left just AFTER the flyover, before the Pedestrian Foot Over Bridge [FOB]. Proceed forward and take the Third LEFT. Take a Right before "The Energy Research Institute" [TERI]'
      • The above one is the most prefered route .
    • From Old Airport, HAL, Marathalli, Varthur - Come on Old Airport-Varthur Road, cross Domlur flyover, take a Right AT the flyover proceed towards IndraNagar and proceed as per above to reach.
    • From Old Madras, Road, Indira Nagar, Ulsoor - Take 100feet Road [Under Metro] to Domlur flyover. Take a Right BEFORE the flyover, at the Pedestrian Foot Over Bridge [FOB]. Proceed forward and take the Third LEFT towards TERI. You will see TERI building on the right sude.
  • By Bus:
    • From Kempegowda Bus Station [Majestic], KR Market, Shivaji Nagar, take a bus towards Old Airport, Domlur and get down at the Water Tank and Proceed as above.
    • From Banashankari, Central Silk Board - Take a bus terminating at Domlur. Get down after the Indira Nagar FOB, and walk towards TERI as mentioned above. Take a bus going toward Indira Nagar. Get down before the flyover, walk towards, the Water tank, and proceed as above.

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