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From: Soujanyaa Boruah <soujanyaabor...@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Jan 11, 2014 at 8:46 PM
Subject: Wikimedia Hackathon 2013, Rakkar

Hello Wikimedians,

It was great to host the Wikimedia Hackathon at
Mindgrep<http://mindgrep.com/> in
Ghoomakad. On behalf of the entire team I'd like to convey many thanks to
Konarak and Santosh for making it a great success.

Here is a summary on the Wikimedia Hackathon 2013! I am sharing the
etherpad<https://mindgrep.etherpad.mozilla.org/14>note on the summary
here. Please feel free to make changes and add your
points to it.


It started on the 27th of December with Konarak introducing Mediawiki,
extensions and installation. He and Santosh gave a demo on mw.Api and
QuickRC.js. These sessions were attended by the Mindgrep tech team.


On the 28th, we had a session on localization / internationalization using
jquery.i18n and use of jquery.ime and jquery.uls, which was followed by a
hacking session. This session was attended by more than 20 local and
visiting techies.

During the second half there was a Wikimedia editing session at
Nishtha's<http://nishtha-hp.org/> community
center, which was attended by a bunch of school students from Rakkar
Government School.


Five primary school students from Rakkar inaugurated Rakkar's wiki page
based on the information they had collected during past one month
interviewing local villagers and taking their videos as a part of The
Village School Project
<http://wiki.wikimedia.in/The_Village_School_Project> carried
out by us at Infinity <http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Ghoomakad>. This wiki
will be hosted on Mindgrep's servers and will have video citations from
local villagers on the information presented.

Followed by that was a session of hacking with the Digital Dhasa Community
at McLeodganj. By the end of this session they made a plugin to input
Tibetan script directly using keyboard. The Tibetans were absolutely
delighted to type in Tibetan directly on forms and emails.


We concluded the event with the final presentation where everyone shared
the hacks they made during the first three days of the Hackathon. Avneesh
from Mindgrep, contributed to jquery.ime by using the jquery’s virtual
screen keyboard library [http://mottie.github.io/Keyboard/] to write text
in various scripts. Konarak demoed the Tibetan keyboard that they built. He
also presented a program he developed, to fetch capitals of places using
Wikidata. Santosh presented a plugin he made, to directly upload public
images from Flickr to Wikimedia Commons.

Overall, it had been great mix of enthusiasm, enjoyment and bonding, which
saw immense support from the local tech community and an active
participation of the members of Tibetan Community, Srijan and Mindgrep. It
turned out to be quite promising in terms of bridging technology with the
local community. We hope to have more of such collaboration with the
Wikimedia foundation in the future.

We would also like to attribute the effort made by the Wikimedians by
publishing special mentions on our website [
http://mindgrep.com/works/wikimedia-hackathon-and-editathon/] and writing a
blog about it. Looking forward to your go aheads on this.

Here are some visual
the event!


Soujanyaa Boruah
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