30 Project Ideas for contributing to Indic Wikipedia Projects

Last week, I had an interesting meeting with Panjabi Wikimedian community and CIS-A2K team.

Panjabi wikimedia community is small in count. But each of them are contributing with their best. Many of them doing 100-days-of-wiki, personal wiki edithathon for 100 days. Few of them do in in multiple sites and many times a year.

Their interest on contribution and passion on their language is awesome.

Interacted on wikisource, wiktionary and wikipedia. Shared many ideas to improve their workflow. They are looking for many tools to automate their tasks. Those tools will be useful for all wiki communities.

Then, had some great discussions with CIS-A2K team. We spoke about many interesting project ideas.
Listing them all the ideas here.

1. List down the Top 10 tricks/hacks/must know on any wikisource project

2. Make simple tutorials on how to start contributing to wiki, in all possible languages. Still we dont have an ebook or easy starter guide in Tamil. There may be video tutorials. curate them and show them in better way to find them easily.

3. Telegram bot to proofread wikisource contents. Get a page from wikisource. split it into lines, then words. Show a word and OCRed content in a telegrambot. User should verify or type the correct spelling in telegram itself. Submit the changes to wikisource. Thus, we can make the collaborated proofreading easily.

4. Explore how to use flickr for helping photographers to donate their photos for commons. Flickr is easy for them to upload and showcase. From there, we should move the photos to commons. Few tools are already available. Explore them and train them for photographers.

5. We should celebrate the volunteers who contribute to wiki. By events, news announcements, interviews etc. CIS may explore this.

6. Web application for OCR4WikiSource

7. Make a web application to record audio and upload to commons and add in wiktionary words. explore Lingua-Libre for web app.

8. Make a mobile application to record audio and upload to commons and add in wiktionary words.

9. CIS may ask the language based organizations to give their works/tools on public licenses.

10. A one/two day meeting/conference to connect various language technologies. Each team can demonstrate the tools they are working on. others can learn and use them for their languages. CIS may organize this soon.

11. Building spell checkers for Tamil. Learn how other other languages are doing. Odia seems to have good spell checker. Explore that.

12. For iOS, there is no commons app to upload photos. It was there sometime ago. Fix the iOS commons app and rerelease it again.

13. Build Maps with local languages with OSM.

14. One/Two day training on wiki tech. like gadgets, tools, toolserver, API, etc

15. Tweet marketing to promote the ebooks released in wikisource projects. Measure the downloads.

16. CIS may talk with amazon to release the ebooks from wikisource for free always at amazon.

17. Explore Valmigi project of malayalam, chikubuku of kannada – for their ebooks.

18. Download ebooks from dspace, bengali books – West Bengal Public Library Network – url – http://dspace.wbpublibnet.gov.in:8080/jspui/

19. Explore paid works for wikisource proofreading.

20. Blog on how ta wikisource for 2000 ebooks from TN government in public domain license. Send to CIS. They may try to do the same for other languages.

21. ASI website has info about all monuments. Scrap them all and add in wiki.

22. Scrap details from tourism sites and add in wiki.

23. Kannada archeology site has tons of images but with 3 seals added in all images. scrap them, remove seal and add to commons.

24. Tool to audit wiki sites. like new users, edits, measurements, KPIs, reports etc.

25. Discuss with wiki writers and help them to automate their tasks. Build new tools to help them. train existing tools.

26. Get existing photos from many photographers. Get license doc. Add in OTRS. Have a team to upload the photos to commons.

27. Find the pages that don’t have images. Search in commons and add 1 image automatically.

28. Infobox in wiki pages may have 1 image. Check for the same page in other languages.. get the image from infobox and use it in missing pages.

29. Tito showed a broken JS script. Explore it and fix it.

30. Discuss with victor and google team to improve the OCR feature and integrating with wikisource. Explore existing tools like http://tools.wmflabs.org/ws-google-ocr/ and https://wikisource.org/wiki/Wikisource:Google_OCR


Thanks to Ravi, Tito, Tanveer, Dan, Charan Singh, Manavpreet, Rupika,Gurlaal, Stain for the interesting meeting and great ideas.

We can work on these ideas and implement them soon.

If you are interested in doing any of the ideas, reply here or mail me on tshrinivasan@gmail.com


The things I liked at Mediawiki Hackathon 2017, Vienna

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The Mediawiki Hackathon 2017 was organized at Vienna, on May 19,20,21 2017 very well. I liked many things in the entire event. Listing them here.

1. Awesome Event Organizing Team

Wikimedia Austria has 3 full time employees. They provided their full support all the times, from the event announcement. The announcement pages are full with all the required information. Annemarie Buchmann helped me to get done with all the visa processing on time. For every email I sent, got reply within a hour. It was so awesome to get helping hands from far away, so quickly.

2. Venue/Stay/Food at same place

JUFA Wien City was the venue for the event. It is a big Hotel with conference room, mini halls, Rooms for stay, bar, restaurant, play area, kids area, park and 24 hrs free snacks room.

As we stayed in same place, there is no delay in reaching the hackathon rooms. Just wake up, cleanup, jump into the event, till midnight. Then, reachout to room and sleep.

3. WiFI everywhere

The JUFA team provided good WiFI for the event and rooms. Never felt any disconnection.

4. Free travel Tickets

Anne, sent me few travel tickets to roam in and around the city for 5 days. From airport to return to airport, all the travel was covered by the tickets provided. With that we roamed around the city, in trams, in underground trains etc.

5. City Tour

The event team arranged for two city tours. They took people to a grad church and palace. Vienna is a historic city, full heritage monuments.

6. Party

On the Second day, we were invited for a party, at nearby pub/bar. Danced with the hackers. The rain, made us to dance till  early morning 2 am.

7. Free Snacks/Tea/Coffee

The food provided was good. But to make all of us awake anytime and keep energized, there were free snacks/fruits/tea/coffee.

8. Regular updates from the organizing team

We received emails in regular intervals for preparing the event, calling for volunteering for blogging,photographing etc. Those emails made us to be excited about the event a month ahead.

9. Telegram/IRC chat

We had an IRC channel and telegram channel for quick chat. we can ask anything, search for anyone, ask for chargers, connectors, projectors, etc. All the requests were solved by entire team.

10. Mentor program

Experienced programmers willing to mentor, volunteered as mentors for newbies. They trained,shared their skills and helped to build applications. They met daily twice and discussed on how they can improve their assistance to others.

11. Dedicated Photography/Videography

There were dedicated photographers/videographers to cover the entire event. They are wikipedia volunteers who are contributing to commons. They happily volunteered for this. Wondered to know that wikimedia austria lended them high quality cameras and lenses.

12. Media Coverage

Local Press/Media people interviewed about the event and published online and other channels.

13. Short intro talks

On the sessions like inauguration, valedictory, there are only very short intro talks. These short talks save a lot of time and gave us plenty of time to hack.

14. Multiple Connectors for Projector on stage

We had connectors like VGA/HDMI/Apple for various laptops on every projector.

15. Lot of power sockets

We could roam anywhere in the venue and we found power sockets to plugin our devices. There was no shortage of sockets.

16. Freebies/Cards/Chocolates

We got a little watercan and other freebies on the registration desk.

17. Volunteer to take notes on etherpad on all meetings

On all meetings, trainings, we found one volunteers is taking notes on etherpad. It helped the speaker and listeners to concentrate on the talk, without worrying about jotting something on a notepad.

18. Privacy on Photographs

To give respect to the privacy on photographing people, they provided a Orange color tag. No one should take photo of people who are wearing the Orange Tags. For others, it is a blue tag.

Following people are behind this awesome people.


Event management

Scholarship committee

Photos Courtesy: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Hackathon_2017/Participants#Team

I thank you all for all arrangements and smooth orchestration of the event.

I suggest all the above features to be in all the events, we conduct. Even very small actions, add more value to the events.

Thanks for the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia Austria and all participants, mentors and volunteers.

Notes : Mediawiki Hackathon 2017 – Day 2

Just now returned from a party by the event organizers, at a nearby pub Arena. It is so much refreshing, to dance after a long time.

Today, was filled with so much of hacking the project I am working on. Learned a lot of new jargons in Docker arena. Finally, I could install the LinguaLibre software in my laptop with the help of dockerisation by Pablo.

LinguaLibre is a web application, which can help you to record audio files with the web browser itself. I am thinking on adding a backend job for this software, to send all the audio files to commons and add them in relevant wiktionary pages.

Schematic image

I tested all the docker fixes by pablo for new installations, so that any one with docker can install the software easily. I am working on integrating python backend scripts. stuck somewhere in the deep hole. Hope pablo will help to create new docker containers for the python scripts.

I helped Dafna, who is next to pablo, on installing Lingualibre on her laptop. She speaks arabic language. She wanted to give support for arabic writing. i.e right to left to this software. She started to hack the Javascript files and to play with PHP files immediately. Pablo is a great mentor. He explained all the internals of symphony, doctorine, git etc to her. She is almost done with her fixes. Good to see the things are happening so fast.

LibraLingue is in French. I translated all the french strings to English, with the help of google translator. Hmmm. Now, I feel better to use the software. Finally, I know what I am clicking on the screen.

Was discussing with praveen, to have some time on fixing the iOS app, for commons. Few years ago, it was there on the iTunes store. But now, it is not available. He agreed to explore on this. If you are an iOS developer, and can help to work on this app, comment to this post. Will connect the interested people. The source code is on GitHub .

Met Tim on the steps. He worked with OpenStreetMaps. Asked him for the tools available to add street names to OSM with any mobile. Most of the mobile apps for OSM, give the facility to add Point of Interest(POI) like shops, buildings. But, India, what we need and miss mostly are the street names. He asked to explore vespucci. we can get it from Googles play store and from amazon and from f-droid.

Attended a session on Future of LDAP Extensions, by Robert Vogel. We discussed about dropping this and moving the Pluggable SSO extension, as it gives more features. Brainstromed on the requirements and ideas to implement. I asked to give a web interface to test the server and authentication details, and to show the error messages on the screen. You can read the notes here.


Attend a session on ORES. It is an XRay engine to the wikipedia contents. It has all the interesting buzz words like machine learning, artificial intelligence, building models, training dataset etc. explored on how to use it in English wikipedia, how the training and scoring works. Asked him if this can be used to score and filter the contents apart from wikipedia like wordpress/facebook comments. He will look on this.

Someone asked as what will happen if I train the ORES wrongly and use it to score all my bad edits to good. He replied as to remove all yours training data and train again with some good person.

Remembered this XKCD in machine learning.


Checked with the design team, if it is possible to add a floating tool bar to the wikisource text area, so that we can easily add the formatting strings and symbols. They agreed for this. Tried to do as a simple hack. But it needs more efforts. So added an issue on phabricator to work later.

Petr Bena demonstrated his tool Huggle.  One of the great part with this hackathon, I found is to meet and discuss with the people, who created the software we use in our daily life. ORES, Huggle and lot of software were demonstrated by their original creators. Huggle is a desktop application to do gatekeeping the wikipedia articles easily. We can see the recent changes, allow them or delete them quickly.

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Asked him to provide support for Tamil wikipedia. He raised a ticket for this immediately. Dear Tamil Wikipedia patrons, Here is a great tool for you. Let us explore it.

Met a photographer, Manfred werner. He lives in Vienna, doing photography as hobby. He helps to shoot all the events of Wikimedia Austria. The chapters lends him good cameras with big lenses. He is so passionate on commons. He explained me the guideliens he follows on uploading to commons, the photography workflow he follows, about copyright issues on various countries.

There was a group photo session. A paronamic view is available here.

There was a DJ party for us, in a nearby pub. We reached there around 10. It was excited to see the hardcore hackers are dancing like regular dancers here. Enjoyed dancing with the geeks. These english songs are for mild, easy dancing. I asked the DJ guy, if he can play any Tamil Rap song for a high energy dancing. Downloaded the song, “Night Varia” from Pudupettai. That is one of the song for which I dance like a monster, with all my heart and bones. Thought of introducing this song to Vienna. Unfortunately, the DJ system does not support input from mobile. Have to check with my audio engineering friends on how to fix this.

Then, DJ played some fast instruments. Those drums made all of us to dance. It started to rain. So, we could not go out. Continued to hangout there till 1 pm. Then reached JUFA hotel.

It is 3.41 am now. Can see still there are some monks are sitting in the lobby and hacking on their projects. I am done for the day. Tomorrow, will be more interesting.

Thanks for all who encouraged my blog posts and photos.

Here are todays photos collections – https://www.flickr.com/photos/tshrinivasan/albums/72157683964819586

Attending MediaWiki Hackathon at Vienna, Austria

Hackathons are the events I love most. We sit together with fellow developers, pick any task, focus and work till we make some minimum viable product or complete the project.

I have attended mediawiki hackathon, chennaigeeks hackathons, and Tamil Open Source hackathons in chennai. They gave great results and good projects.

For the first time, I am going to attend an international hackathon at Vienna, Austria on 19-21, May 2017.



Get full details here – https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Hackathon_2017

Happy to know that my application got approved. Visa process went smoothly and I am all set to go.

Planning to work on these projects.

1. Upload/import wizard for Wikisource works – https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T154413

2. Notification: Your file was used – https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T77154

3. Statistics dashboard for data on Wikidata – https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T138697

Will blog my experiences here.

Hoping to meet other contributors for mediawiki.

Thanks for the organizers for the opportunity.

Open Source Projects for Tamil – Hackathon – Sunday – April 23 – Chennai

Are you looking for an interesting project to do?
Can you share some time and your programming skills for Tamil Language?
Do you like to meet the fellow open source contributors in Chennai?

Here is a Hackathon for Open Source Projects for Tamil.

Date : April 23, 2017, Sunday
Time : 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

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

Contact : T Shrinivasan 98417 9546 Eight

Send a mail to tshrinivasan@gmail.com
to confirm your participation.

Wondering what projects you can do?

Pick anything from here.


or, you can come with your own ideas and implement there.

Come, let us contribute to Tamil with our programming skills.

Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report

Here is the detailed report on the wikimedia hackathon I attended recently.

From: Yuvi Panda <yuvipanda @ gmail.com>

Date: Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 1:47 PM
Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report
To: “Discussion list on Indian language projects of Wikimedia.” <wikimediaindia-l@lists.wikimedia.org>

The Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report

Apologies for the delayed email. Work ate me.

TL;DR: 13 completed hacks, including 2 core mediawiki patches, 3
tawiki userscript updates and 2 new deployed tools. It was super
awesome and super productive!

The ‘Unofficial’ Chennai Wikimedia Hackathon


happened on Saturday, March 17 2012 at the Thoughtworks office in
Chennai. It was a one day, 8 hour event focusing on getting people
together to hack on stuff related to all Wikimedia projects – not just
Mediawiki patches.

The event started with us sailing past security reasonably easily, and
getting setup with internet without a glitch. People trickled in and
soon enough we had 21 people in there. Since this was a pure
hackathon, there were no explicit tutorials or presentations. As
people came in, we asked them what technologies/fields they are
familiar with, and picked out an idea for them to work on from the
Ideas List (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Chennai_Hackathon_March_2012/Ideas).
This took care of the biggest problem with hackathons with new people
– half the day spent on figuring out what to work on, and when found,
it is completely outside the domain of expertise of the people hacking
on the idea. Talking together with them fast to pick an idea within 5
minutes that they can complete in the day fixed this problem and made
sure people can concentrate on coding for the rest of the day.

People started hacking, and just before lunch we made people come up
and tell us what they were working on. We then broke for lunch and
usual socialization happened over McDonalds burgers and Saravana
Bhavan dosas. Hacking started soon after, and people were
concentrating on getting their hacks done before the demo time. And we
did have quite a few demos!


Here’s a short description of each of the demos, written purely in the
order in which they were presented:

1. Wikiquotes via SMS
By: @MadhuVishy and @YesKarthik

What it does:
Send a person name to a particular number, and you’ll keep getting
back quotes from that person. Works in similar semi-automated fashion
as the DYKBot. Built on AppEngine + Python.

Deployed live! Send SMS ‘@wikiquote Gandhi’ to 9243342000 to test it
out! Has limited data right now, however.

2. API to Rotate Images (Mediawiki Core Patch)
By: Vivek

What it does:
Adds an API method that can arbitrarily rotate images. Think of this
as first step towards being able to rotate any image in commons with a
single button instantly, without having to wait for a bot. Patch was
attached to https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/33186.

It was reviewed on that day itself (Thanks Reedy!). Vivek is now
figuring out how to modify his patch so that it would be accepted into
Mediawiki core. Vivek is also applying to work with Mediawiki for
GSoC, so we will hopefully get a long term contributor 🙂

3. Find list of unique Tamil words in tawiki
By: Shrinivasan T

What it does:
It took the entire tamil wikipedia dump and extracted all unique words
out of it. About 1.3 million unique tamil words were extracted. Has
multiple applications, including a tamil spell checker.

Code and the dataset live on github:

4. Program to help record pronunciations for words in tawikt

What it does:
Simple python program that gives you a word, asks you to pronounce it
and then uploads it to commons for being used in Wiktionary. Makes the
process much more streamlined and faster.

Code available at:
Preliminary testing with his friends shows that easy to record 500
words in half an hour. Is currently blocked on figuring out a way to
properly upload to commons

5. Translation of Gadgets/UserScripts to tawiki
By: SuryaPrakash [[:ta:பயனர்:Surya_Prakash.S.A.]]

What he did:
Surya spent the day translating two gadgets into Tamil, so they can be
used on tawiki. First is the ‘Prove It’ Reference addition tool
(http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediawiki:Gadget-ProveIt.js). The second
one was the ‘Speed Reader’ extension that formats content into
multiple columns for faster scanning
(http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediawiki:Gadget-TwoColumn.js). Last I
checked, these are available for anyone with only tamil knowledge to
use, so yay!

(He also tried to localize Twinkle for Tamil, couldn’t because of
issues with the laptop he was using.

6. Structured database search over Wikipedia
By: Ashwanth

What it does:
Built a tool that combined DBPedia and Wikipedia to allow you to
search in a semantic way. We almost descended into madness with people
searching for movies with Kamal and movies with Rajni (both provided
accurate results, btw). Amazing search tool that made it super easy to
query information in a natural way.

The code is available at
https://github.com/ashwanthkumar/structured-wiki-search. Definitely
would be awesome to see this deployed somewhere, so would be great if
the community could come up with specific ideas on how to make this a
specific cool tool.

7. Photo upload to commons by Email
By: Ganesh

What it does:
Started with building a tool that will let you email a particular
address with pictures + metadata in the body of the page, and it will
be uploaded to commons. This was for the benefit of people with older
outdated phones *cough*Logic*cough* who would like to use their
phone’s camera to contribute to commons, but can not due to technical

He wasn’t able to get that to work during the hackathon – too many
technical issues cropped up. However, he’s *very* definitely
interested in   setting it up, and has made progress towards it. I
hope someone from the community (perhaps people doing WLM?) should be
able to get in touch with him to see if this tool could be developed
further with a specific goal in mind.

8. Lightweight offline Wiki reader
By: Feroze

What it does:
There is a project called qvido
(http://projects.qi-hardware.com/index.php/p/qvido/) which was a
‘lightweight’ offline Wiki reader (compared to Kiwix, which is
heavier). It has been abandoned for a while, however. Feroze took the
time to revive the project, figure out how to build it (and wrote
build instructions!) and also fixed a bug so that it can be used to
demo showing offline Wiki navigation. He was able to demo it showing
the Odiya Wikipedia dump offline, with working link navigation.

There exists a git repo (https://github.com/feroze/qvido) with the
code + the build instructions. I hope that people interested in
offline projects check this out and see if it can be made useful, and
take this forward.

9. Patches to AssessmentBar
By: gsathya

What it does:
AssessmentBar is a small widget/tool I’m building to make WP India
assessments easier (at the request of User:AshLin. Stay tuned for an
announcement in the next few days). Sathya spent time making the
backend for it more scalable, so the same server can support multiple
projects and concurrent users in a better way. Before that he was
contemplating setting up a hidden Tor node for Wikipedia (he’s a Tor
core contributor) and then playing with data visualizations with WP

There is a pull request (https://github.com/yuvipanda/MadamHut/pull/2)
that I need to merge 🙂

10. Parsing Movie data into a database
By: Arunmozhi (Tecoholic) and Lavanya

What it does:
It scrapes the infoboxes of all movies from whatever category you give
it and stores this into a database. This is harder than it sounds
because parsing wikitext is similar to beating yourself up repeatedly
in the head with a large trout. They managed to figure out a nice way
to extract information from all Indian movie pages, and put it in a
database for programmatic easy access later.

I’ve asked them to put the code up publicly somewhere, and since I
believe Tecoholic is in this mailing list, he’ll reply with the link
🙂 These kinds of data scraping can be used to build very nice tools
that show off how much information Wikipedia has, and perhaps also
help people contribute back by editing information for their favorite
movies. I hope the community comes up with a nice idea to utilize
this, and takes this project forward to its ultimate destiny: A super
sexy IMDB type site for Indian Movies with data sourced from Wikipedia
(I can dream :D)

11. Random Good WP India article tool
By: Shakti and Sharath

What it does:
It is a simple tool that shows you one B, A, GA or FA article every
time you go there. The idea is to provide a usable service for people
who want to accumulate lots of knowledge by randomly reading stuff,
but only want good stuff (so stubs, etc are filtered out (unlike
Special:Random)). I’ll also note that neither of them had worked with
any web service before the hackathon, nor with JSON, nor with the
mediawiki API, yet were able to build and deploy this tool within the
day. /me gives a virtual imaginary barnstar to either of them

It is currently deployed at http://srik.me/WPIndia. Everytime you hit
that link, you’ll get an article about India that the community has
deemed ‘good’. The source code is available
(https://github.com/saki92/category-based-search). They are eager to
do more hacks such as these, and I’m hoping that the community will
find enough technical cool things for these enthusiastic volunteers to
work on

12. Fix bugs on tawiki ShortURL gadget
By: Bharath

What it does:
The short url service used in tawiki (tawp.in) is shown in the wiki
via a gadget. It is not the most user friendly gadget – you need to
right click and select copy. Bharath looked for a solution by which
you could click it and it would copy to the clipboard, but did not
find any that would work without flash. Hence he abandoned that and
started figuring out easier ways of making that happen. He also fixed
several bugs in the implementation of the gadget, and I expect it to
get deployed soonish. Thanks to SrikanthLogic for helping him through
the process.

Code is available at
He’s still fixing things on the script. If the community needs people
to come fix up their user scripts/gadgets, Bharath would be a willing
(and awesome!) candidate!

13. Add ‘My Uploads’ to top bar along with My Contributions, etc
(Mediawiki Core Patch)
By: SrikanthLogic

What it does:
Not satisfied with being the organizer of the hackathon, Srikanth
wanted to flex his programming muscles and spent time fixing a bug in
core mediawiki (https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=30915).
He spent a while digging around the proper way to do this, and managed
to make a proper patch!

It has been committed in gerrit (currently unable to find a link).
Should be merged in soon. Yay!

Honorable Mentions
1. WikiPronouncer
By: Russel Nickson

What it was supposed to do:
Exactly like Shrini’s tool to record word pronunciations and upload to
commons, but written for Android so people could add prononciations on
the go.

Code is available at https://github.com/russelnickson/pronouncer. He
ran into technical issues with Android setup (it stops working
completely if you look at it the wrong way), and was unable to
complete this. I think this would still be a very useful tool, and
hope someone from the community steps up to work with Russel and get
this finished.

2. Wiktionary cross lingual statistics
By: PranavRC

What it was supposed to do:
It was a statistical tool that generated statistics about how many
words overlap between all indic languages in Wiktionary (as measured
by interwiki links).

The code has been written (I’ve requested the author to put it up
publicly, will update list when it is). It, however, requires a lot of
time to be run. So validation by the community that such stats would
be useful would, IMO, definitely give Pranav the impetus to finish it
up and show us the pretty graphs 🙂

So, in all, 13 demos were produced (+ 2 near misses). I think we can
call this one a success, no? 🙂

Next Steps
Where do we go from here? Random thoughts:

1. Geek retention – this is reasonably easy. If we keep feeding
hackers interesting problems that affect a lot of people, they’ll keep
helping us out. Is it possible to have some sort of a ‘tools required’
or ‘hacks required’ or ‘gadgets required’ page/queue someplace where
we can always direct hackers looking for interesting problems to? IMO
Wikipedia is full of interesting technical problems, so this *should*
be feasible.

2. Follow ups – this time, I am able to do this personally (small
enough group). Clearly this will not scale. Do we have ideas/methods
for following up with these people so that they stay with us?
3. More of these? This was pretty much a ‘zero cost’ event – stickers
were the only ‘cost’. A lot of places around the country would love to
have their space used for a hackathon of sorts. Should we do more of
these kind of ‘Unofficial’ hackathons?

Thanks due (in random order)

1. Thoughtworks/BalajiDamodaran: He graciously hosted us at
Thoughtworks. The biggest challenge for any hackathon is to find a
nice place which understands what hackathons are, and provides what is
considered the lifeblood of a hackathon – working WiFi. Balaji
(@openbala) was incredibly awesome, and this entire thing would’ve not
been possible at all without him and ThoughtWorks.

2. Dorai Thodla: He helped popularize the hackathon among the Chennai
Geeks crowd, and acted as a sounding board at various important times.
He also connected us with @openbala and enabled us to get the venue.

3. Srikanth Lakshmanan: The hackathon was his idea, and he made sure
it was executed in a nice way. He was the official ‘organizer’, and
made sure that all logistics were taken care of. Once the event
started, he was very helpful in helping people technically and in
picking up ideas, while also hacking on his own patch. This event was,
in essence, organized and run by him. He took an overnight trip from
Hyderabad straight out of office just for this. Thanks for making this

4. Shrini (aka the relentless forwarder): This event wouldn’t have
been as much a success without him either. Evangelism across multiple
lists, adding a lot of ideas that could be done, helping the people
there out technically at all times and writing two really good hacks –
Thank you! I’m glad we get to keep you 🙂

5. Subhashish Panighrahi: For sending us stickers 😀 (And who all is
involved in that logistical process too!)

Most of all, this event was a success because of the quality and
dedication of the people who turned up, giving up their Saturdays.
Hope everyone who turned up had a nice time 🙂 I am personally in
touch with most of them, and I also have their email address, phone
number *and* permission to contact them again. If anyone here thinks
that they liked one of the hacks and want to take it further, please
contact me (User:Yuvipanda on Mediawiki.org or yuvipanda @ gmail.com)
and I’ll get you people in touch. If there is a more accepted,
standard way of handling this type of private information, please let
me know as well!


Yuvi Panda T