What's in it for me?*
Having worked closely with Indian Wikimedia Community this talk aims to discuss real world scenarios like "Why should I contribute to it"? "What's in it for me"? To sustain any FOSS Community one has to answer these questions. This talk will be about trying to answer this unique question "What's in it for me"?
This talk is mainly targeted to Educators, FOSS enthusiast/promoters trying to get more number of Contributors to their various Open Source projects. I would like to discuss about how we (Wikipedians) do Outreach activities with specific goal and purpose in India and try to get the interested contributors from vast pool, on various projects with us. In this I would also like to share the statistics and real world examples of how did we manage to start and sustain communities contributing to various Wikimedia Projects like English Wikipedia, Indic Wikipedias, MediaWiki, GLAM, Commons, Wikisource etc in India from scratch !! The key role of FOSS Enthusiasts/Promoters is to identify the devoted and interested Volunteers and give them proper motivation to contribute to the project. So any volunteer is undoubtedly going to ask “What’s in it for me”?, and if we do not come up with something better than Peanuts then we are going to fail terribly. This talk would also discuss some failures in Indian Wikipedia Community and try to get various opinions on how could we improve.
I have been extensively involved with Outreach activities concerning Wikimedia Projects in India, with experience of speaking in front of from 5 students to about 200 students and professionals. I have been a speaker at various universities and BarCamp, DevCamp and WordCamp in India.
Arnav Sonara aka Rangilo Gujarati is an Engineering Student from India with background in Computer Science. Arnav was the Campus Ambassador for India Education Program by Wikimedia Foundation. He is an active Wikipedian contributing to projects like English, Gujarati Wikipedia, Commons, Wikidata. He is actively involved with Outreach of various Wikimedia Projects across India. Arnav got into world of FOSS by reporting bugs for Debian and later got introduced to many active FOSS communities in India. Arnav believes in Free and Open Knowledge for everyone thus his primary interest is in Outreach activities and community building for various Free and Open Source Software projects.