*CIOL : "Mumbai to host national WikiConference"*

*Jimmy Wales to deliver the Keynote on November 18 at University
Convocation Hall*
*The Mumbai Wikipedia Community and the Wikimedia Chapter, India are
hosting the first ever WikiConference in Mumbai, India!*
*The conference will be graced by the founder, open-source evangelist and
chairman emeritus of Wikimedia foundation, Jimmy Wales, said a press
*According to the release, the Conference will have a distinct Indian
flavour and deal primarily with issues relating to India on Wikipedia,
English and Indic language Wikipedia projects in the country, possible
partnerships and collaborations and the WikiCommunity editing on these
issues, whether in India or abroad.*
*The three day event will be held from 18-20 November, 2011 at Convocation
Hall, University of Mumbai, Fort Campus.*
*Arjuna Rao Chavala, president, Wikimedia chapter said, "We look forward to
organising the conference on an annual basis to bring together Indian
Wikipedians from 20+ Indian language projects to share learnings and best
practices. The event will help catalyze contributors in building Knowledge
Society through free and open education projects."*
*Speaking on the occasion, Pranav Curumsey, Chairperson, Organizing
Committee, WikiConference India said, "The conference aims to promote the
vision of the founder Mr. Wales, 'Imagine a world in which every single
person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human
*He added, “It is very encouraging to see ad-free participation showing a
keen interest in attending this conference confirming our belief that India
is free knowledge ready.”*
*The release further added that,  the event will see thousands of
Wikipedians from all over the country pouring in for sessions covering on
different topics.*
*Moksh Juneja, secretary, Organising Committee, WikiConference India added,
"The conference aims to serve as an annual platform for all Indian
Wikipedians to meet and share their views, discuss challenges and exchange
useful tips and best practices.”*
*“We have been overwhelmed with the ad-free participation across India
where we received 7000 plus entries for scholarships and 550 plus papers
were submitted to be presented at the WikiConference India," concluded

Tinu Cherian

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