Monday, 15 August 2016

Wikimedia in Education - WikiConference India 2016

I am happy to write this blog post. Participating in an international conference for Wikipedians is a wonderful experience. It is more rewarding when the conference is for Wikimedians to discuss and contribute new ideas related to wikimedia and other free open source. 
 I got scholarship to participate in WikiConference India 2016 Which held at Chandigarh group of College, Punjab. It was held on Aug 5,6,7. During this day I had a presentation on the topic Wikimediaas disciplinaryproject.
It was my first experience in my life as attending a national conference. Members from Bangladesh, Nepal, Israel, USA etc were participated in this conference. Community participants with WMF
Executive Director Katherine Maher
I could build good friendship with many wikipedians from different parts of India. Currently they share many tips and new ideas with us. We were 14 members who represented from Malayalam Wikipedia. Active Wikipedian Vishwan was our team leader. He opened outer world of wiki to us.

On the first day, we began by an inauguration ceremony. Following to that there was a Punjabi traditional cultural programme was there. It was amazing.

There were sessions on hack thone, Wikidata, Wikipedia Asian month, Wiki source and School wiki, Taking Better Photographs Postcard Guide, many
other topics which dealt outreach in Wikiprojects.

All most all every session was a new learning experience. Mean while there was a edit a thone competition. It was a tight competition to create more article in regional language about Punjab. During the conference days at midnight we were spending time to write maximum article from our Hotel. I had written around 100 article during these days. At last we got third prize in edit thon. English & Telungu wikipedia achieved first and second prize respectively. 

I would like to express my sincere thanks to CIS and Wik conference organising committee for granting me scholarship to attend my first Wiki India conference .
After the wiki conference we moved to Delhi and visited many important historical places and captured hundreds of photos which will upload to wiki commons in very soon days. 


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