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The Wikipedia/Wikimedia Pune meetup is a get-together of wikipedians /wikimedians (contributors and users) to meet up, discuss, share experiences, reach out and advocate for Wikipedia and Wikimedia. Pre-Meeting discussions can be on the talk page please.

Intended AudienceEdit

Anyone interested in Wikipedia/Wikimedia is welcomed to join, regardless of the language or the project including Past, present or future contributors. Anyone supportive or interested in the Wikimedia movement is invited to join us for a casual meetup over coffee. Please add your name to the concerned list below and join:

Date and VenueEdit

Date: : Saturday, 14-May-2011 6:30 PM IST

Venue:: SICSR, Atur Centre, Model Colony. Room No 704. 7th floor

Getting thereEdit

Map by Pune Linux User Group(PLUG)


The intended purpose of the meetup is:

to discuss the Campus Ambassador Program and forthcoming WikiConference 2011.

Highlights - Hisham Mundol, National Director, India Program & Bishakha Datta, Trustee, Wikimedia Foundation will be present for the meetup.



  1. AshLin (talk)
  2. Prabodh
  3. Arnav Sonara
  4. Sohel Bohra
  5. Deepesh Chaudhari
  6. Deep Gautam
  7. Wasim Mogal
  8. Sudhanwa Jogalekar
  9. P Roger
  10. Ajith Nair
  11. Ram Shankar Yadav
  12. AbdulKarim Memon
  13. Akash Kothawale
  14. Shreya Dubey
  15. Balaji
  16. Aman
  17. Shakthi Kannan

Interested but not sureEdit

  1. Prasannakumar

May be going out of townEdit

  1. Alok (talk)
  2. yohannvt (talk)

Brief ReportEdit

On Saturday representatives of Mumbai Wikipedia Community, Amitabh Kundan and Pranav (User:Wheredevelsdare), came over to Pune for discussing the forthcoming Wikiconference India 2011 and met up with representatives of Pune community, Sudhanwa Jogalekar, Radha Mishra, Suhel Bohra, Srikeit, Harshad Gune and Ashwin Baindur. The Wikimedia India chapter was represented by Arjuna Rao Chawala (chapter President), the Wikimedia India National Office by Hisham Mundol.

The Pune Wikipedia Community acknowledged the great honour done by Mumbai community in asking the Pune community to co-host the event and promised all cooperation. Subsequently in the evening meetup the members of the Pune Wikipedia Community were informed about this proposal and the Pune community unanimously agreed to participate and support the venture.

Pranav gave a presentation on the progress so far - the suggested dates for finalisation i.e. 5 to 7 Nov 2011, the proposed venues for the meetup, the accommodation, a marquee event featuring Jimbo Wales and a social get-together. Also discussed at the meeting were the proposed makeup of organising committee, the modalities, likely budget, and other issues. The Mumbai meetup where they will discuss these issues is being held next weekend. After that we assume the planning will begin in right earnest.

Kudos to Mumbai community for all the footwork and hard work put in to date.

In the evening we had the Monthly meetup. Bishakha Datta, Trustee, Wikimedia Foundation graced the meeting with her presence. Attendance was excellent with 50 plus people turning up. Most of these are the eager young aspirants of the Campus Ambassador program. The meeting began with Arjuna Rao Chawala giving a presentation on the India chapter. He mentioned the short history of raising the chapter, its aims and goals and that the chapter has now started soliciting membership. It was my privilege to be the first person to apply for Wikimedia Foundation membership from the community and I do hope I get serial number 1 in the membership list ;-).

In all, 24 applications were handed over from Pune community right there and then and others will follow soon.

Hisham then addressed the aspirants. He mentioned the role they would play to bridge the gap between people who have the freedom to edit Wikipedia and those who actually do so. He encouraged them to join one of the finest group of people in the world - Wikipedians. He outlined the sequence of events, the training they would receive. He said that due to the need to start off the program right away, the program would begin with those aspirants who already had the skills being looked for especially the knowledge of the Wikipedia world. However, there was an overwhelming need of campus ambassadors; if we say one per class of 50, Pune would require hundreds and thousands of them. So everyone who applied but was not selected in the first round was considered an ambassador in waiting and with the help of interaction and training provided by the Pune community they would be prepared for the next rounds of selection. The aspirants responded with interest and a lot of questions.

It was interesting to note that amongst the young folk were some adults who wanted to give back something to society. Coming from varied walks of life, they were yet another face of altruistic Indian society. We also had a couple of professors of the Pune Colleges attending out of their own interest. They were keen to bring these programs into their institutions.

Lastly, the community was formally informed about the proposal to co-host the Wikimedia India Conference 2011 which was unanimously approved.

This meetup was quite productive and the Pune community took the contact details of all participants, promising to get back to them soon.

Post-meetup summary/Blogs/NewsEdit


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