We, the people.

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Scheduled: Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in B201

Excerpt

Its a simple talk.
About Us.

We shall, explain things as they are around us, how we got into the community, give suggestions on how people can help more people get into the community from a similar environment.

Description

We shall talk about, how, if we ever intend to call some coding session ‘Hackathons’ – We are encountered with questions from the participants like – if we would teach them to ‘hack’ their friend’s Facebook Password.

It sure is unfortunate. But, does not always really have to be a sad story. We are from India. We contribute to Open Source. We call MediaWiki our community. But, trust us – It was not that easy! It is still not very easy for most of the people over here, and maybe, in many other places.
Let’s talk about that!
The history. The past. The present. The future, how we want to see it.

We shall discuss about :
1. The problems – Society. The coding culture. We shall explain things as they are.

2. Our Story – We do have stories of how we got into communities and how much we love it!

3. Suggestions – Well, we may not be very important people to give others suggestions. But we could help. We are seeing people around, who needs to get a little help to get started. They think different. But they do need support and a little more courage.

We are by their side!

Speaking experience

Sucheta - Wiki Conference 2011, Gender Gap Panelist at Wiki Conference, 2011, MediaWiki Workshop at MozTI@ Besu, Lightning talk at Wikipedia Languagge Engineering Summit, Pune, MediaWiki Workshop at GNUnify, WikiAcademy at IIT Kharagpur,

Harsh - MediaWiki Gadgets Workshop at GNUnify, 2013, MediaWiki Workshop at Avenir, 2013, Different outreach sessions and workshops on Wikipedia in Gujarat.

Speakers

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    Sucheta Ghoshal

    Student, Intern at Wikimedia Foundation

    Biography

    Hi, this is Sucheta! I would say I am a FOSS enthusiast just, if I had not almost taken it up as my Religion. :)

    I am currently an OPWomen Intern at Wikimedia, working on the EtherEditor project. I am a FOSS user since 2008 and a contributor since 2011. I am a member of several Linux User Groups. And run one, in my college Netaji Subhash Engineering College. I actively contribute to various open source projects like Mozilla( Fennec Browser), Fedora Project ( Translator ), by both coding and organizing several outreach events. Also. I am an active Wikimedian from Kolkata chapter and a serious contributor to Wikipedia.

    Sessions

      • Title: We, the people.
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B201
      • Time: 3:454:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Its a simple talk.
        About Us.

        We shall, explain things as they are around us, how we got into the community, give suggestions on how people can help more people get into the community from a similar environment.

      • Speakers: Sucheta Ghoshal, Harsh Kothari
  • Harsh

    Harsh Kothari

    Student, MediaWiki Contributor

    Biography

    I am Harsh Kothari. Final year Engineering student and passionate programmer. Currently doing research on Artificial Intelligence at Physical Research Laboratory,India. I am FOSS contributor currently contributing in MediaWiki. I am Promoter of 1st MediaWiki Group of India and speaker at various place across India of Technical workshops regarding to Mediawiki and open source Technology. I am active community member of Wikipedia. I am Fedora Ambassador and Mozilla Student Representative. I am one of the ambassador of FOSS program of Government of India and Promoting open source technology across Gujarat.

    Sessions

      • Title: We, the people.
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B201
      • Time: 3:454:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Its a simple talk.
        About Us.

        We shall, explain things as they are around us, how we got into the community, give suggestions on how people can help more people get into the community from a similar environment.

      • Speakers: Sucheta Ghoshal, Harsh Kothari