Hi all,
Apologies for much delay for the report on Bangalore Wikimeetup 41 / Wiki Eleven Celebrations.

The Bangalore Wikimeetup 41 / Wiki Eleven Celebrations was held at the office of The Centre for Internet & Society, Domlur , Bangalore ( also the India chapter official office) on 15 Jan 2012, Sunday 4-6 PM. [1] The regular second Sunday Bangalore meetup of January was postponed to the third Sunday, to coincide with the Wikipedia 11th anniversary.

The Bangalore Meetup banner which we had used for a whole year, got a small promotion this year. [2] :)

Only 11 people attended the meetup, thanks to popular festivals like Pongal and Sankranthi falling on the same weekend. You may compare this with attendance of 250+ participants for the 10 the anniversary celebrations in Bangalore, a year ago. [3]

The participants introduced themselves, after which Arun Ramaratnam led the meetup with an introduction to Bangalore Meetups and Wikipedia 11th anniversary. We also experimented Google hangout with other cities in India, who were conducting similar events [4]. Unfortunately, the audio-video quality wasn't very good, probably due to the low internet bandwidth. Nevertheless, It was great to see the live celebrations happening in the different parts of India.

The Wikimedia India chapter also completed its first anniversary of official operations. The Chapter President, Arjuna Rao Chavala explained the history of the chapter and its future plans. Naveen P Francis announced the launch of the revamped Wikimedia India Portals and the project gateways.

The Kannada SIG Chair, Omshiva Prakash briefed about the recent Kannada Wikipedia 9th Anniversary celebrations, held in Bangalore, earlier that week. The crowd discussed on how to intensify the outreach work around Bangalore and in India.

The last, but not the least, was the most awaited part - Wiki 11 celebrations cake cutting ! [5] . The meetup concluded with the customary group photo sessions [6]. A full collection of meetup photos can be found here [7]

We thank everyone who attended the meetup and celebrations.

Tinu Cherian

1) http://wiki.wikimedia.in/WikiMeetups/Bangalore/Bangalore41
2) http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bangalore_W11_Meetup_Jan2012_16.03.23.jpg
3) http://ten.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangalore
4) http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bangalore_W11_Meetup_Jan2012_16.50.35.jpg 5) http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bangalore_W11_Meetup_Jan2012_16.10.51.jpg
6) http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WikiEleven_Blore_the_group.jpg
7) http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Bangalore_Meetup_January_2012

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