Amazing non-formal report Srikanth!

Hope the meetup in Kovai bring up more active editors. {{Applause}} for
making this a success!

Best
Subha

On 13 December 2011 16:15, Srikanth Ramakrishnan <rsrikant...@gmail.com>wrote:

> Heya all,
> This should've come in elaier but didn't as my lab was shut.
> To Pradeep, who's been asking for two days,
> And Noopur, the only other Wikipedian who asked about this meet.
>
> Our meetup was held at the KG Inst. of Tech [KITE] who offered us an
> A/C presentation hall for this event.
> KITE, is a part of KG Information Systems Ltd, one of the city's most
> respected IT establishments.
> The meetup space was offered by Mr. Ashok Bkathavatsalam himself, the
> MD of KGISL, who in turn was told about this meet by Gautam John and
> Venkat Mangudi. Thanks you two.
>
> The meetup started at 11am.
>
> We had ~14-15 attendees, out of which 8 or 9 were part of ILUGC Pondy
> [Indian Linux User Group Puducherry].
> One Wikipedian saw the link to the meetup on my signature on an online
> forum SkyScraperCity and came from Chennai.
> Bala Jeyaraman, aka Sodabottle joined me a few minutes into the meetup
> and it was him who spoke for the rest of the day.
> Pre lunch, we basically spoke on how and why the Wikipedia model
> worked, the principles of the project, with Bala using the age old
> debate of whether Coimbatore or Madurai was the second largest city in
> Tamil Nadu as an example for verifiability.
>
> Bala explained the ease of typing in Tamil, etc.
>
> Post lunch, we were joined by two faculty members of KITE, while Mr.
> Ashok himself stepped in. Interestingly, he himself has an account on
> the English Wikipedia and contributes too.
>
> The meetup ended at around 4, we took a few photos. I shall ask
> Prasanna to upload them soon.
>
> It was a success, there were three existing Wikipedians, and the rest
> were interested newcomers. I wouldn't call it an academy though.
>
> We've not scheduled a meetup for January yet, as the most probable
> date is 15th Jan [Wikipedia Day] because both Bala and I won't be in
> town. If anyone from the chapter/foundation can help lead it, I can
> get people to attend and myself attend virtually thru Skype or so from
> Kakinada.
>
> Comments, suggestions most welcome.
>
> All brickbats my way, bouquets to Bala please.
>
> --~~~~
>
> --
> Regards,
> Srikanth Ramakrishnan,
> Sathyamangalam-Gobichettipalayam Star Gazers
> My Commons uploads, now exceeding 75.
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