Minutes – Hackathon on OpenSource Software for Tamil Language

We conducted a Hackathon on OpenSource Software for Tamil Language, last sunday.

Mohan, Rajesh, Gowtham, Ragunath and myself gathered. I have already listed few project ideas on my blog.


Mohan worked on fixing the Tamil Text-to-Speech engine, provided by IITM. It was an android app. As the source code was given, Mohan made it as a command line application. He tried to build a web application on top of that.

Here is the sourcecode : https://github.com/mentamizh/flite_hts_tamil


Rajesh kumar worked on building a web based report for Ebooks download counts on https://ta.wikisource.org

Source : https://github.com/rajeshkumargp/TamilWikisourceEbooksReportWebApp

I hosted it in a tools server provided by wikimedia labs : https://tools.wmflabs.org/shrinitools/TamilWikisourceEbooksReportWebApp/

Rajesh Kumar

I started to work on adding Tamil Books from ProjectMadurai site ( http://www.projectmadurai.org/pmworks.html ) to ElasticSearch, for analysing text from various authors. I did adding books and searching books via commandline. But, when tried to explore via kibana, the visualization tool, it failed. Still exploring on that. If done, we can do analysis on various authors text.

Gowtham, is a 2nd year BE(CSE) student. He explored on web scrapping with mechanize and beautifulsoup using python. He will be doing creating mobi files daily by scrapping few news sites. He will continue this by next month, once exams are over.


Ragunath, was translating strings from English to Tamil, to create Tamil Maps using http://OpenStreetMaps.org


The day was very interesting. Happy to meet Rajeshkumar. I know him for 5 years. He was one of the initial contributors for http://Kaniyam.com site. We had met on a training 3 years ago. Happy to see him as a contributor for open source projects.

We got some special guests too. Atul Jha, Naresh, TamilThenee came in person and wished the team. Got many calls from abroad too. Siva from USA, Dr.Sudhakar from UK, and more.

We are thinking on conducting similar events every month. We should plan prior and announce atleast one week ago, so that you can plan and attend the event.

Thanks for all the participants. Special thanks to the venue provider Dr.Semmal.


Dr. Semmal

Here are few more snaps – https://goo.gl/photos/EWd1NwZ7y1WFyg5X7



The venue,

Manavai Mustafa Memorial,
A E 103, 6th Street, 10th Main Road
Anna nagar West, Chennai – 600040

is open for such event for Tamil development (500Rs/event) . We can use it for hackathons, gatherings, meetings, book reviews, book releases etc. It can accommodate 20 people. It has air conditioned. Airtel wifi is available.

Send a mail to naalayatamil@gmail.com to book the venue.



3 thoughts on “Minutes – Hackathon on OpenSource Software for Tamil Language

  1. தொடங்கி விட்டது ஒரு தொடரோட்ட ஆக்கச்செயல். மிக்க மகிழ்ச்சி. தமிழ் விக்கிமூலம் குறித்து மிகவும் மகிழ்ந்தேன். ஒலிகோப்பு உருவாக்கத்தில் யாரும் இல்லையே என மனம் ஏங்கியது. அடுத்த சந்திப்பு முதல் கலந்து கொள்ள திட்டமானேன். வணக்கம்.

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