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Srishti Sethi
Srishti Sethi
Developer Advocate, Technical Engagement, Wikimedia Foundation
It is important to go to places where you are rare so that you can help your colleagues with your unique skills ~ Megan Smith

About me

I originally hail from Bikaner, India. Before joining the Wikimedia Foundation, I was a student researcher at the MIT Media Lab exploring how online platforms for learning could be made more peer-led, engaging, participatory and accessible to diverse populations. At the Media Lab, I contributed to the design, development, and research of Unhangout, a platform for running large-scale unconference style events online.

Before MIT, I was working as a software developer with a startup organization in India. As an undergrad, I was involved with the open source community GNOME and its educational project GCompris.

My work

Broadly, I support the efforts of the organization to engage new volunteer developers in Wikimedia software projects and to grow our technical community. My work involves:

  • Participation in outreach programs and events to onboard and mentor new volunteers to contribute to Wikimedia technical projects.
  • Researching the needs and requirements of technical contributors and experimenting with new ways to onboard and retain them.
  • Developing tools and tutorials to help introduce new concepts.
  • Collaborating with external organizations to engage technical contributors in free and open source software projects.

My current focus areas are Outreach programs mainly Google Summer of Code & Outreachy, MediaWiki Action API documentation improvements and Small wiki toolkits.

Here is a complete list of my tasks on Phabricator: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/people/tasks/8466/.

Disclaimer: I work for or provide services to the Wikimedia Foundation, and this is the account I try to use for edits or statements I make in that role. However, the Foundation does not vet all my activity, so edits, statements, or other contributions made by this account may not reflect the views of the Foundation.

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