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Community and Team[edit]

Wikipedia X in Mumbai

The first Mumbai Meetup in recent times was in September 2010. The community has come a long way from there. In October 2010 it hosted a talk by Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales. On 15 January 2011, one of the biggest Indian Wikipedia X celebrations was held in Mumbai, which was attended by Barry Newstead, Global Development Officer at the Wikimedia Foundation. The first Wikipedia Takes Mumbai (Photowalk) was held as part of the Wikipedia X celebrations in January 2011.

Wikimedia Chapter (India)

WikiProject GLAM was kicked off in Mumbai by visiting Liam Wyatt, who was Wikipedian in resident at the British Museum in London in 2009. The local community took the lead on this and the first ever GLAM event in Asia was held in Mumbai in June 2011 (GLAM Creative Commons Workshop by Shishir Jha, Project lead, Creative Commons India). WikiConference India was first thought of by the Mumbai Community in March 2011. In the April 2011 meetup, Mumbai resolved to take the initiative and invite communities from all over India to Mumbai for the first ever national level Wiki-event in the country.

The Indian Chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation was registered in January 2011 after 2 years of effort. WikiConference India is being held under the chapter banner and will be the first big Chapter event in India. Currently, the Wikimedia India chapter is constituted by its Executive Committee. and you can get in touch with them by email. Use the form, Luke, to become a member of the Chapter.

See also[edit]

The Team[edit]

The conference preparations are being led by members of the Mumbai WikiCommunity on the ground and is headed by members of the Mumbai WikiCommunity, who are playing a major part in various teams as well. Also part of various teams are members of the larger India WikiCommunity who have rugged it out for a few years and now share their experience in giving the hosts a welcome helping hand in this first national Wiki-initiative in the country. Four people in well regarded positions within Wikimedia have graciously agreed to join the team in advisory capacity.

The committee features people of varying backgrounds, including professionals, students, individuals well connected with various institutions, attendees of past Wikimania's, and longtime Wikipedians.


For sake of approaching authorities and to provide coordination, a small group of appointments has been established.

Name Function Community Roles
Pranav Curumsey Chair Mumbai Community Overall planning & project management
Overseeing preparations and doing groundwork
Motivate & support all stakeholders
Pradeep Mohandas Treasurer Mumbai Community
Moksh Juneja Secretary Mumbai Community

Advisory group[edit]

In addition, a small group of advisors has been designated whose task is to guide the Working Group with advice to ensure that it is progressing along the correct path - Keepers of the Flame, so to say. They will play no arbitration role. They are :

Name Username Affiliation
Achal Prabhala Aprabhala Member of Wikimedia Foundation Advisory Board
Arjuna Rao Chavala Arjunaraoc President of Wikimedia India Chapter
Bishakha Datta Bishdatta Member of Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
Hisham Mundol Hmundol India National Programs Consultant to Wikimedia Foundation


The following teams are listed. Details of duties/responsibilities are given here.

Team Sub team Roles Members
Mechanics of handling finance
Getting expenditures approved
Keeping financial records
Post-event accounts
Gautam John (Point of Contact)

Sudhanwa Jogalekar

Sponsorship & Advertisement
Find sponsors
Communicate with sponsors

Deepak Patil
Harriet Vidyasagar
Kundan Amitabh
Moksh Juneja (Point of Contact)
Netra Parikh
Noopur Raval

Advertisements as per Wikimedia Policy
Scholarship Coordination
Organise scheme for scholarships
Help organise grants
Correspondence with aspirants
Manages attendees scholarships
Works with applicants to manage expectations & schedules
Anisha Thomas

Naveen Francis
Vickram Crishna (Point of Contact)

Volunteer Coordination
Plans for staffing needs; support for each other group
Identifies & screens staff & related time-lines
Fills in any gaps
Abhishek Suryawanshi

Clinton Gonsalvez
Karthik Nadar
Netra Parikh (Point of Contact)
Noopur Raval
Moreshvar Bhalerao
Srikant Kedia
Tejas Nair
Vishal Mahajan

Speaker Coordination
Relationships with speakers
Coordinates with Program manager
Coordinates with Registration coordinator
Manages speakers sponsorships and special needs
Deepak Patil

Vishal Mahajan (Point of Contact)
Tejas Nair

Conference Planning
Program Management
heads the program committee
Program timetable
Coordinates with communications on releases
Coordinates with Tech & Logistics on room/hall needs

Bala Jeyaraman (Backup - Point of Contact)
Biren Shah
Hari Prasad Nadig
Jayanta Nath
Kundan Amitabh
Santhosh Thottingal
Shijualex (Point of Contact)
Vaitheeshwar Ramachandran
Vishal Mahajan

Registration & Help Desk
Development of the registration system (technical)
Managing registration questions/issues/problems, off and on-site.
Helps people needing help
Currently being managed by the Technical Team
Hall management
Ensuring Hall prepared as per schedules
Help speaker’s special needs in the hall
Technical & IT
Oversees & schedules sysadmin and programming work, coordinating:
Software setup
Software for volunteer coordination / allocation
Calendaring software for showing/editing the program
Arranges wi-fi connectivity
Ensures servicability of hall presentation projectors
Arnav Chaudhary

Clinton Gonsalvez
Jayanta Nath
Mahendra Desale
Rahul Mehrotra
Srikanth L (Point of Contact)
Suyog Vyawahare
J. T. D'souza
Shahid Farooqui

Venues & Logistics
Clinton Gonsalvez

Rahul Mehrotra
Suyog Vyawahare (Point of Contact)
J. T. D'souza

Parties & Fun
Fun events, tourneys
Building an enthusiastic social team
Coordination with satellite parties & calendars
Additional fun activities
Netra Parikh

Vishal Mahajan

Press & Media
Basic copy for press
Liaises with press/media correspondents
Deals with press inquiries and assignments
Conducts press conference

Moksh Juneja
Tinu Cherian (Point of Contact)
Dhara Kothari
Moka Pantages

Wiki Outreach,Communications and Announcements
Community announcements
Designs Website
Makes announcements & updates
Follow up on statistics during and after
Other promotional activities

Follow up during and after the event

Aishwarya Singaravelu

Jayanta Nath
Naveen Francis (Point of Contact)
Suyog Vyawahare
Pranav A