Welcome onboard Shiju & Nikita,

Warm welcome on behalf of the Pune community!

Warm regards,

Ashwin Baindur

On Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 12:55 PM, Ram Shankar Yadav <
ramshankarya...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Welcome aboard Nikita and Shiju :)
> On Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 12:41 PM, Hisham Mundol <hmun...@wikimedia.org>wrote:
>> Hi Folks,
>> I'm really pleased to send out this email welcoming the first 2 new
>> members of the India Programs team.  Just before I introduce them, I thought
>> I'd share with you the background of their selection.
>> *Context*
>> As you might be aware, the Foundation had decided to undertake a catalyst
>> operation in India to promote the growth of the community and projects here.
>>  The team is expected to be a small, nimble 5 person group.  We had put out
>> 2 job postings - for Indic Initiatives and for Participation.  (Please
>> refer:
>> http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaindia-l/2011-May/003007.html)
>>  We posted them on linkedin and on the Indian FOSS community list as well
>> as announcing them on various Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.
>> The response was wonderful.  >110 applications for Indic Initiatives and
>> nearly 175 applications for Participation.  These were short-listed to 10 (3
>> for Indic Language and 7 for Participation.)  These were a mix of existing &
>> previous Wikipedians, Wikipedia newbies and open source advocates.
>> In June, the shortlisted 10 were interviewed and further down-selected to
>> 4.  These 4 were then further interviewed by a group of other staff members
>> from the Foundation.  I am pleased to inform the community of the final
>> selected 2.
>> *Shiju Alex - Indic Initiatives*
>> Most of you already know Shiju. For those who don't, Shiju is a long-time
>> Wikipedian [User: shijualex] and is active on Malayalam Wikipedia, English
>> wikiprojects and Wikimedia Commons, as well as Wikisource and offline.  He
>> has been passionately involved with the establishing and building of Indic
>> language Wikipedias.  He's participated in a series of outreach activities
>> and is also (jointly) undertaking a grant from the Foundation for outreach
>> across India.  He's a regular member of the Bangalore community.
>> Shiju is from Palakkad, Kerala and is married with a 2 year old baby.  He
>> currently works as a Senior Technical Writer with ABB in Bangalore.
>> Even those of you who know him might not know the following 2 things that
>> I was lucky to discover during the selection process.  Shiju is an MSc in
>> Physics with a specialisation in Astronomy and Astrophysics - and he retains
>> a deep interest in anything astronomical.  Feel free to quiz him vigorously
>> on this!  He also enjoys trekking and misses his time in Pune where he could
>> be up & close the gorgeous Sahyadri Hills.
>> Shiju is going to lead our work on promoting Indic language projects
>> across India.  The challenges are enormous - from technical constraints to
>> low levels of awareness of these projects to vibrant but nascent
>> communities.  However, these only point to the massive size of the
>> opportunity for Indic language projects - which is the joint top-2 strategic
>> priority of the movement in India.  After he joins, he'll collaboratively
>> put together a plan for Indic language projects and work towards quality
>> execution of high-impact initiatives.
>> Shiju is currently serving out his notice period so will be able to join
>> us only around September - October.
>> *Nitika Tandon - Participation*
>> Nitika [User:nitika.t] is relatively newer to the community - and has been
>> brushing up her editing.  She's been immersing herself in the Wikimedia
>> world and attended community meet-ups as well as reviews of the Wikipedia
>> India Education Program.  She is from Delhi - and is currently based in
>> Mumbai - where she works as a Strategic Partnerships Manager with Directi.
>> (If you're not aware, they are one of the most prominent internet domain &
>> solutions providers in India.)
>> Nitika has an MBA and has also worked on research analytics.  A
>> fascinating detail I discovered about a previous assignment of hers - and
>> you must ask her about it - is how African drums can be used for management
>> coaching!  She also reliably informs me that there are 7 Spanish dance forms
>> and she instructs in all of them!
>> Nitika is going to be working on Participation - which is primarily
>> focussed on increasing the contributor base of non-Indic language projects,
>> primarily Wikipedia.   One of her first tasks will be to expand the
>> Wikipedia India Education Program from the Pune pilot to a more national
>> footprint.  She'll also work on other initiatives to promote participation -
>> and I can foresee Wikimedia Commons being a potential initiative.
>> Nitika will join us on August 1st.
>> *Introductions*
>> I'm going to be scheduling the August Monthly India Programs IRC on
>> Thursday August 18th to introduce them both to you.  Please do join us.
>>  I'll send a reminder closer to the date.  Also, needless to say, they'll
>> be attending a series of community meet-ups over the next months.
>> In the meantime, please do join me in welcoming them onboard. I'm really
>> excited because this means that we will now have the capacity and capability
>> to dramatically accelerate our activities in India.
>> Warmest Regards,
>>                                *Hisham Mundol*
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