WikiConference India 2016/City/First Bids

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We welcome you to place a bid for hosting WikiConference India 2016. The bid consists of two rounds. The first round will be a simple round to encourage participation. The aim of the first round is to confirm the local community support and strength. The first 5 qualifying cities of the first round will participate in the second and final round of bidding with an elaborate plan.

First Round Bidding Criteria

  • City and proposed venue. This city should have at least a domestic airport.
  • Wikimedia signatures of active Wikimedia projects editors who commit to be involved in organizing this in your city.
  • Link to local village pump where the bid has been approved with community consensus (not mandatory but highly recommended).
  • Proposed overall budget to conduct an event with 500 registered participants (including the accommodation cost for 100 scholarship recipients for 3 days).
  • Prior experience conducting similar event(s)

Please do indicate the names and contact details of two people from whom any clarifications or queries can be sought regarding your city bid. Please do note that bids need to be supported by consensus from the community and the link to the discussion where this is forthcoming may please be indicated.



UPDATE: There have been concerns regarding air connectivity to Nashik. This issue is now solved as from Feb 2016, Ojhar airport will start functioning. Ojhar is situated just 20 km Away from Nashik, which is approximately a 30 min ride. (Nashik air services starting from Feb 2016)

About Nashik[edit]

WikiConnect Nashik

Nashik is an ancient city of India, located in the north-west region of Maharashtra. It is the administrative headquarter of the Nashik District and Nashik Division. Nashik is one of the most important cities of Northern Maharashtra. Nashik, in Maharashtra, is situated at a distance of 200 km from Mumbai (Bombay) as well as Pune. The city has become the center of attraction because of its beautiful surroundings and its cool and pleasant climate. Nashik has a personality of its own due to its mythological, historical, social and cultural importance. The city, vibrant and active on the industrial, political, social and cultural fronts, has influenced the lives of many a great personalities. The river Godavari flows through the city. Nashik has developed into an industrial, agricultural, religious, tourist, and educational center in north western Maharashtra.

                  Contact me at : santoshitiwari17(_AT_) or mitkumbhathon(_AT_)
                  Contact me at : adeshchopade(_AT_)


Many companies like WNS, ESDS and Winjit are based in Nashik. Apart from successful companies, various startups are based in Nashik providing smart solutions related to the field of data management and Internet of things. Many social technologies related initiatives have been established in the city best example of which is Kumbhathon.


Most important to us, however, is the safety of the attendees. Attendees can come to Nashik and expect a safe and pleasant trip. The best example of Nashik’s competency was the flawless execution of the Kumbhamela.


Nashik has various trend-setting hotels which deliver an enriching experience in terms of service and style. You can find good hotels that suit your needs.

Travel and transportation Details[edit]

The nearest airport is the Ojhar airport, situated at a distance of 20 km from Nashik.
Nashik railway station is one of the major stations of the Central Railway. There are a number of trains that connect Nashik to other cities and towns. The railway station is located at such an area, which is easily accessible from different parts of the city. Nashik is 185 km from Mumbai and can reach through NH-3 via Thane-Kasar-Igatpuri. Nashik is 220 km away from Pune. There are several private luxury video coach and state buses available between Nashik and cities like Pune, Shirdi, Aurangabad and Mumbai. Maharashtra State Transport buses connect Nashik to distant places of Maharashtra.

Local Transport[edit]

Auto rickshaws are readily available in the city with reasonable fare. Taxis, sumos, public and private buses are also available in the city.

By Air[edit]

UPDATE: There have been concerns regarding air connectivity to Nashik. This issue is now solved as from Feb 2016, Ojhar airport will start functioning. Ojhar is situated just 20 km away from Nashik, which is approximately a 30 min ride. (Nashik air services starting from Feb 2016)

By Road[edit]

To Reach Nashik by road, you will not only find state transport services but also private buses and other vehicles such as taxis. To get there, you either have to travel around 166 km from the city of Mumbai or 209 km from the city of Pune by road.

By Train[edit]

Railway station of this city is considered as one of the most important railway stations in Central Railway. Therefore, every train passing through that region stops at Nashik.

Similar Events[edit]

Wikipedia Workshop

Wikipedia Workshop:

Wikipedia Workshop was an initiative to bring community together to improve and edit Nashik page on Wikipedia so as the people visiting Nashik will get handful of information about the city. Along with the textual information, the community came together to click photos of Nashik and upload it on Wikimedia. These project was implemented under the supervision of User:AbhiSuryawanshi and Local Co-ordinator Santoshi Tiwari User:SantoshiWiki along with her Wikipedia Nashik club team.

Kumbhathon 5


Kumbha Foundation is an organization which worked for the Holy Kumbh-Mela in Nashik. The community driven organization which started off with a few innovators and ideas to ease Kumbhmela- a large gathering of people, with the help of technology. Kumbathon successfully has implemented many projects during kumbhamela. Millions of people were expected to visit Nashik for attending holy kumbhmela.

Brainstorming at kumbhathon 5

Smart City Ideation Program:

The Maharashtra government has selected Nashik among 10 other cities in the state under the 'Smart City' project. Nashik Municipal Corporation and Kumbhathon came together to organize an Ideation program in Nashik. It was again a community effort. Different class of people came together to discuss Challenges and ideas to make Nashik, A smart city.(smart-nashik-ideation-program)

Distance to Nashik[edit]

From Mumbai - 185 KM

From Delhi - 1222 KM

From Pune - 202 KM

Proposed date[edit]

(Tentative date) July 29, 30, 31 2016 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

विकिकॉन्फरन्स इंडिया २०१६ आयोजन (नाशिक )[edit]

Estimate Budget[edit]

Below is tentative expenses considered for 3 Days conference at Nashik

Item   # Of Items     Price (INR)     Total (INR)   Remark

Conference Hall
(3 Days, 500 People)
1 300000 0 Taken care by Kumbha Foundation

Seminar Rooms
(3 Days, 140/Room)
5 20000 0 Taken care by Kumbha Foundation

Lounge/Green Room
(3 Seater Sofa + 2 single sofas)
1 20000 0 Taken care by Kumbha Foundation

500 150000 0 Taken care by Kumbha Foundation

Local Transportation
(1 Day, Bus)
4 24000 0 Nashik Sightseeing, tour.
Taken care by Kumbha Foundation


- ID Card
- Notepad
- Pen, Pencil
500 22000 0 Taken care by Kumbha Foundation

Food ( 3 Days)

- Breakfast (75/Head)
- Lunch (250/Head)
- Snacks (75/Head)
- Dinner ( 250/Head)
500 950000 487500 50% Expenses will be Taken care by
Kumbha Foundation

Transportation - Scholarship
100 418000 418000 Approximate price, considering travel by Air and Train.

(4 Nights)
100 480000 480000

Administrative Cost
(2 People, 6 Month)
2 210000 0 2 Fulltime people will work
for the preparation for conference
including office space.
Taken care by Kumbha Foundation

100000 100000

150000 150000


  INR 2,844,000  

  INR 1,623,000  

Comment: Kumbha Foundation is supporting Nashik Wiki Community to host the 'Wiki Conference India 2016' at Nashik.

Local team[edit]

  1. Adesh Chopade (Talk to Me) 18:30, 12 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Surbhi Dusane (Talk to Me) 18:37, 12 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Anand Patil (talk) 18:46, 12 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Aishwarya Kolapkar (talk) 18:46, 12 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  5. Mahima Gupta (talk to me) 19:27, 12 october 2015 (UTC)
  6. Tejal Gavate (talk to me) 19:27, 12 october 2015 (UTC)
  7. Vinita Gangurde (talk to me) 21:10, 12 october 2015 (UTC)
  8. Yogiraj Malegaonkar (talk to me) 21:10, 13 october 2015 (UTC)
  9. Kulthe Akash (talk to me) 14:05, 18 october 2015 (UTC)
  10. Viraj Nene (talk) 11:41, 18 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  11. Dusane Akshay (talk to me) 21:54, 18 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  12. SantoshiWiki (talk to me) 13:15, 19 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  13. NehaShah2608 (talk to me) 14:25, 19 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  14. Shubham.Bhagat123 (talk to me) 14:25, 19 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  15. HalkarniNishad (talk) 19:14, 6 November 2015 (UTC)HalkarniNishad[reply]
  16. Shubhamtotala (Talk to Me) 07:38, 9 November 2015 (UTC)Shubhamtotala[reply]
  17. Sayalibhadke (Talk to Me) 08:04, 9 November 2015 (UTC)Sayalib[reply]
  18. ManishPandey (Talk to Me)
  19. Akash Shukla C2900i (talk) 14:35, 30 November 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  20. Suyogaerospace (talk) 17:31, 30 November 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  21. Catrawalkar (talk) 07:49, 2 December 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  22. Megha Thete (talk) 15:33, 2 December 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Support From Nashik Municipal Corporation[edit]

Support from Nashik Municipal Corporation

This Bid is supported by Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC). Please check the letter provided by NMC in support of WikiConference 2016.


  1. Dusane Akshay (talk to me) 21:54, 18 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Kulthe Akash (talk to me) 22:01, 18 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Tejal Gavate (talk to me) 22:01, 18 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  4. NehaShah2608 (talk to me) 22:01, 18 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  5. Shubham.Bhagat123 (talk to me) 22:01, 18 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Shubhamtotala (talk to me) 09:30, 22 November 2015 (UTC)Shubham totala[reply]
  7. Rishabh Tatiraju (talk) 20:30, 26 November 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Adesh31 (talk) 12:45, 28 November 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  9. Mahima Gupta (talk to me) 16:20, 29 November 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  10. Vinitagangurde (talk) 05:01, 30 November 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  11. Suyogaerospace (talk) 17:26, 30 November 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  12. Like the detailing of the conference and the bid Mokshjuneja (talk) 08:09, 1 December 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  13. Catrawalkar (talk) 07:47, 2 December 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  14. This does look like the best bid and supporting to encourage the team, however I would be a bit worried about lack of air connectivity & lack of experienced Wikipedians in the core team. AroundTheGlobe (talk) 09:22, 30 November 2015 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you for supporting and encouraging Nashik Bid. As for the connectivity issues, Nashik is fairly equidistant from the north and south cities of India. Also it is just 128 kms away from Mumbai (by train). If travelling becomes an issue, how can we expect Wikipedia to reach remote areas?
Having the conference in a city like Nashik is a great way to do Wiki outreach.
  1. Adesh31 (talk) 16:02, 30 November 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Previous Events[edit]

Wiki Workshops and Events[edit]

Media Coverage[edit]

Media Coverage about the Wikipedia Workshop held in Nashik.

[1] [2] [3] [4]

Duty chart[edit]

Our work will be evenly distributed among large committee of around 36-40 volunteers which involves 20 online volunteers and 20-30 offline volunteers. We will work with national volunteers to designate tasks. Local team as well as kumbha foundation will provide on ground support. Kumbha foundation is a large organization and it will provide facilities and work hand. The roles will be widely divided as organizing committee,media and publicity committee, Travel and accommodation commitee, Security committee, Help desk committee, Food committee, Hospitality committee, Fun and Filler committee etc.



City Details[edit]

Chandigarh has a domestic airport. We have a budding community in Chandigarh which recently organized their first meetup and we have a strong community in Patiala which is only 60 kilometers from the venue.

  • Country: India
                  Contact me at : jhammatgaurav(_AT_) 
  • Contact person(s): Satdeep Gill - 22783 edits (29 December 2015)
                  Contact me at : satdeep_gill(_AT_)

Statement of purpose[edit]

Punjabi Wikimedians User Group logo
Wikimania 2015 - Group photo
Punjabi Wikipedian Satdeep Gill with Jimmy Wales at Wikimania 2015, Mexico City.
  • Punjabi Community is one of the fastest growing Indic communities right now. We know that this event being organized to access our performance and that we hope to apply for a Wikimania in India soon.
  • This will be a first of its kind conference in North India. Southern communities have been doing many events and conferences. This will be a chance to activate communities in North India and to build a strong Indian community.
  • Punjabi Wikimedians has recently received recognition from Wikimedia Foundation as the first User Group in Indic languages. We are a group of dedicated Wikimedians who are motivated by their love of Punjabi language.

Punjabi Community’s interaction with pan-Indian and International Communities[edit]

CIS-A2K TTT 2015 - Group photo
Wikisource Conference Vienna - Group photo
Swatantra 2014
Wikimedians during the Wikipedia track at Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest 2015.
  • Charan Gill and Satdeep Gill participated in TTT 2013 held at Bangalore.
  • Satdeep Gill participated in Indian Community Consultation, 2014 held at Bangalore.
  • Parveer Grewal participated in Swatantra 2014, Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Gaurav Jhammat and Satdeep Gill participated in Bengali Wikipedia 10th Anniversary Celebration, 2015 held at Kolkata.
  • Satdeep Gill and Charan Gill participated in Hindi WikiSammelan, 2015 held at New Delhi.
  • Gaurav Jhammat participated in TTT 2015, Bangalore.
  • Nachhattar Dhammu participated in MediaWiki TTT 2015, Bangalore.
  • Satdeep Gill participated in Wikimania 2015 held at Mexico City, Mexico. Satdeep Gill was one among the two who received honorable mentions being considered for Wikipedian of the Year by Jimmy Wales.
  • Satdeep Gill participated in First Wikisource Conference, Vienna from 20-22 November 2015.
  • Dr. Manavpreet Kaur represented Punjabi Community at Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, December 15-17, 2015.
  • Punjabi Wikimedians are going to organize a meetup in early January to select a delegate to represent the organization at Wikimedia Conference, Berlin from 22-24 April 2016. We will also be facilitating Wikimedians in filling their applications for Wikimania 2016.
  • Satdeep Gill, Charan Gill, Dr. Manavpreet Kaur and Nachhattardhammu have completed #100wikidays challenge. They were the first among Indian Community to complete this challenge successfully. Right now, Nachhattardhammu has started this challenge for the third time and Parveer Grewal, Bhairupa Satwinder, Gaurav Jhammat and Stalinjeet have taken the challenge as well.
  • Punjabi community members participated and helped in organizing Wiki Loves Food. At least 13 new images were uploaded by Punjabi Wikimedians during this contest.
  • One of our Wikipedians in Canada, Sukhwant Hundal is a Professor of Punjabi at University of British Columbia. Each year he gives credit based assignments to his students to write Wikipedia articles. Last year he had 8 students and this time 13 students are going to do that.
  • Paramjit Kaur is a Punjabi Wikipedian from United Kingdom. She works mainly on articles related to Punjabi culture and folklore.
  • Punjabi Wikimedians User Group received official recognition from Wikimedia Foundation on 18 November 2015. We have been doing various events and workshops before that as well.
  • Punjabi Community participated in Wikipedia Asian Month and two editors with more than 30 articles were chosen as Wikipedian Asian Ambassador from the Punjabi Community.
  • We have been doing collaborations with other Wikipedia Communities such as Afrikaans-Punjabi Collaboration and Esperanto-Punjabi Collaboration. We are also planning an edit-a-thon Saanjh to strengthen the bond between Punjabi Wikipedia and Western Punjabi Wikipedia communities.

Similar Events[edit]

Punjabi Wikipedia Workshop, Chandigarh (16-17 October 2015)[edit]

Punjabi Wikipedia Workshop, Chandigarh (16-17 November 2015) - Group Photo
India Community Consultation Meet -2014 (Most of the) Participants
Indic language Wikipedians during Bengali Wikipedia 10th Anniversary Celebration, Kolkata
Hindi WikiSammelan - Group Photo
MediaWiki Train the Trainer Program - Group photo
CIS A2K - Train the Trainer 2013 - Group photo
Punjabi Wiki Meet - 8 August 2015
Punjabi Wiki Meet - 14 March 2015
A picture by a Punjabi Wikimedian taken for Wiki Loves Food.

We recently organized "Punjabi Wikipedia Two-Day Workshop" at Chandigarh, in which 15 active editors of Punjabi Wikipedia were given scholarships to attend the event and around 20 new editors joined from Chandigarh. We had many presentations and sessions on Basic Wiki Editing, ProveIt, HotCat, Content Translation, Visual Editor and other tools as well. We worked real-time and created 44 articles plus 18 entries on Punjabi Wiktionary as well.

Online Competitions and Edit-a-thon[edit]

We have also done many online competitions and edit-a-thons which have helped in improving Punjabi Wikipedia. Some of the examples are:

  1. Punjabi Wikipedia Article Writing Competition (1-30 November 2014)
  2. Punjabi Wikipedia International Women's Day Edit-a-thon (6-8 March 2015)
  3. Punjabi Wikipedia 13th Anniversary Edit-a-thon (1-30 June 2015)
  4. Wikipedia Asian Month (1-30 November 2015)

Upcoming Collaborations with International Communities[edit]

We believe in making a united Indian sub-continental community and we are helping in organizing collaborative edit-a-thons with communities from Nepal and Pakistan.

  1. Saanjh (15th January 2016 to 31st January 2016) is a collaborative edit-a-thon between Punjabi Wikipedia and Western Punjabi Wikipedia.
  2. Nepal-India Wiki-Friendship Edit-a-thon aims to improve the relationship between the Wikipedia communities from both the countries.

Media Coverage[edit]

Wikimedia Blog[edit]

Other Media In English[edit]

Other Media In Punjabi[edit]

Pre-Conference and Post-Conference Events[edit]

Workshops in Chandigarh[edit]

  • We are planning to have at least one Wikipedia workshop at the host institute to get students acquainted with Wikipedia. We can choose interested students to volunteer for the event as well.
  • We are planning to organize at least 5 workshops in educational institutes in Chandigarh to ensure more participation.
  • We also plan to do some workshops in other regions of Punjab which will help in attracting more participation in the Conference.
  • We expect to create more than 100 accounts during this period.

Wikipedia Indian Month, 2016[edit]

Wikipedia Indian Month, planned to be organised in April, 2016, is a month-long Edit-a-thon in all Indic language Wikipedias, in order to learn about the diverse cultures of India. It will help build collaborative relations and increase communication among different Indic language communities. Wikimedia communities from other countries are also welcome to participate in the event. This event is inspired by the successful completion of Wikipedia Asian Month, 2015, where Wikipedians from all over the world joined hands to build articles on Asia in their respective languages. Wikipedia Indian Month aims to involve more than 100 participants from 10 Wikimedia communities from all over the world and create more than 1000 articles in respective languages.


  • We will be having meetings with different organizations and institutes with hopes of possible collaborations:
  1. Panjab Digital Library has digitized a lot of books and many of them are in public domain. We will try to collaborate with them to get those books on Wikisource.
  2. Language Department, Punjab has published many important books. We hope to collaborate with them to get their content in Creative Commons License.
  3. We also plan to educate publishers about the benefits of CC licenses.

Friendly Space Policy[edit]

First Aid[edit]

University campus has a dispensary where first aid will be provided in case of any small accident.


An ambulance will be present 24 hours at the conference venue.

Local Team[edit]

Banner of Punjabi Wikimedians User Group
  1. Gaurav Jhammat (talk) 12:01, 17 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Parveer Grewal (talk) 12:03, 17 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Stalinjeet (talk) 12:14, 17 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Nitesh Gill (talk) 12:14, 17 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  5. Balwinderchahal (talk) 12:15, 17 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Lillottama (talk) 12:17, 17 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  7. Keshu (talk) 12:18, 17 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Harpreet Sandhu (talk) 13:12, 11 December 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  9. Ashwanipu (talk) 12:18, 17 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  10. Jaswant.Jass904 (talk) 12:19, 17 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  11. Mahi ginda (talk) 12:21, 17 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  12. Harvinder Chandigarh (talk) 12:23, 17 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  13. Jaggijagtar singh (talk) 12:24, 17 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  14. Kawal preet pu (talk) 12:25, 17 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  15. Kaur virpal (talk) 12:27, 17 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  16. Satdeep Gill (talk) 19:59, 26 November 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  17. Wikilover90 (talk) 11:12, 27 November 2015 (UTC)[reply]


  1. Gaurav Jhammat (talk) 12:02, 17 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Stalinjeet (talk) 12:14, 17 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Nitesh Gill (talk) 12:15, 17 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Gurbakhshish chand (talk) 12:17, 17 October 2015 (UTC) -[reply]
  5. Lillottama (talk) 12:17, 17 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Nachhattardhammu (talk) 12:19, 17 October 2015 (UTC) -[reply]
  7. Jaswant.Jass904 (talk) 12:20, 17 October 2015 (UTC) -[reply]
  8. Kawal preet pu (talk) 12:21, 17 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  9. Bhairupa satwinder (talk) 12:22, 17 October 2015 (UTC) -[reply]
  10. Kaur virpal (talk) 12:27, 17 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  11. Rsrikanth05 (talk) 05:25, 22 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  12. Wikilover90 (talk) 11:12, 27 November 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  13. Harpreet Sandhu (talk) 13:11, 11 December 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Community Consensus[edit]

Link to local village pump.

Tentative Dates[edit]

29,30,31 July 2016

Most of our volunteers are post-graduate students and they will be done with their semester end exams by June 2016.

Plan A[edit]

Plan A is to organize the event at an educational institute.

Proposed Venue[edit]

  1. Chandigarh University (a private university on the outskirts of Chandigarh) has offered to give Infrastructure support. They have signed a letter of support and we are working on getting a copy of that to upload here.


  • Volunteers from the institute.
  • Fits to the budget.
  • Chandigarh University has offered High Speed Internet.
  • Hostel Accommodation at the venue.
  • Coordinator at the proposed venues has previous experience of editing Punjabi Wikipedia.
  • We can easily get around 50 volunteers from the host institution as well.

Estimate Budget[edit]

Item Details Cost
Conference Hall (3 Days, 300 People) 18,000
Seminar Halls 5 Halls (3 Days, 100 People each) 30,000
SWAG 300 T-shirts, Notepads, Pens etc. 1,50,000
Food 3 Breakfasts (150 people), 3 Lunches (300 people),
4 Dinners (150 people), 6 Tea/Coffee (300 people)
Travel Scholarships 100 Scholarship recipients 15,00,000
Accommodation 100 scholarships -50 volunteers -(4 Nights) 6,00,000
Internet Chandigarh University has offered free Internet -
Local Transportation To go sight-seeing 1,00,000
Miscellaneous Unforeseen 1,02,000
Total Estimate Cost 30,00,000

Duty Chart[edit]

User Edit Count Role in the Conference
Charan Gill 47179 Organizing Committee, Scholarship& Awards Committee
Satdep Gill 21615 Organizing Committee, Fund management Committee, Event Conduct Committee, Redressal Committee
Nachhattar Dammu 7731 Organizing Committee, Hospitality Committee, Reception, Registration & Help Desk
Parveer Grewal 4023 Organizing Committee, Fund management Committee, Scholarship & Awards Committee
Harvinder Chandigarh 2605 Media and Publicity, Accommodations and Security & Safety, Advertisement Committee
Gaurav Jhammat 1593 Organizing Committee, Scholarship& Awards Committee, Redressal Committee, Event Conduct Committee
Param Munde 1164 Accommodations and Security & Safety, Advertisement Committee
Gurbakhshish Chand 880 Organizing Committee,Reception, Registration & Help Desk, IT Support, Record Maintenance Committee
Stalinjeet 731 Media and Publicity, Advertisement Committee
Nitesh Gill 695 Reception, Registration & Help Desk,Social Events Committee, Record Maintenance Committee
Dr. Manavpreet 357 Media and Publicity,Reception, Registration & Help Desk, Social Events Committee
User:Bhairupa satwinder 204 Redressal Committee,Hospitality Committee
Keshu 197 Reception, Registration & Help Desk, Social Events Committee
Wikilover90 162 Venues Infrastructure and Facilities, Redressal Committee
Lillottama 147 Reception, Registration & Help Desk,Social Events Committee
Jaswant Jass 143 Redressal Committee, Event Conduct Committee
Virpal Kaur 55 Reception, Registration & Help Desk,Social Events Committee
pa:User:Kawalpreet 26 Record Maintenance Committee, Reception, Registration & Help Desk
Harpreet Sandhu 129 Organizing Committee, Venues Infrastructure and Facilities, IT Support



City Details[edit]

  • City - Ahmednagar
  • State - Maharashtra
Ahmednagar is a small and equi-distant centralised place with educational hub city and Pune airport is just 3 and half hour away, Pune airport to Ahemadnagar taxi services would be easily available. Five majior districts of Maharashtra are equidistant namely Pune, Aurangabad, Nasik, Jalgoan and Bid besides Wai in western Maharashtra which is main place for Marathi Wishvkosha hub of encyclopedic writer of Marathi is also just a four hours journey from Ahmednagar.
Besides Ahemdnagar is easily accessible by trains from all corners of India since trains to Ahemednagar ply from Dhanbad, Nagpur, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Goa, Delhi and many more places.
As location importance of the location is concerned is near by from education hub Pune, Ahemednagar is known across India for few things Ralegan Siddhi a successful model of village development Ralegn Siddhi of Anna Hazare is just an hours journey so as religios places like Shirdi which is well known for Saibaba, Besides one of the first literary acomplishment in Marathi language Dnyaneshwari was written by Sant Dnyaneshwar at Newasa in Ahemednagar district. Newasa is known for its archeological importance too. At the same time brief encyclopedia of Indian History "The Discovery of India" was written by India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru during his imprisonment in 1942–46 at Ahmednagar Fort.
  • Contact person(s):
  1. संतोष दहिवळ contact at
  2. Mahitgar contact at

Local Team[edit]

  1. संतोष दहिवळ (talk) 18:23, 17 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]


  1. Rahuldeshmukh101 (talk) 22:42, 17 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Mahitgar (He who knows ,wants to know and and loves to keep others informed) (talk) 01:41, 18 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Harish satpute (talk) 08:57, 19 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  4. --Abhinavgarule (talk) 15:45, 19 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  5. --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 05:25, 22 October 2015 (UTC) Striking vote. After carefully going thru the page AGAIN, I figured, unlike Nashik, A'nagar has very bad connectivity. ----Rsrikanth05 (talk) 17:16, 30 November 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  6. --User:join2manish (talk)
  7. Adesh31 (talk) 05:33, 6 December 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Dr.sachin23 (talk) 01:46, 9 December 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Local village pump[edit]


Estimate Budget[edit]

Item Details Cost
Conference Hall (3 Days, 500 People) 2,40,000
Seminar Halls 2 Halls (3 Days, 250 People each) 60,000
T-shirts, Notepad, Pen, Clear Bag
500 People 1,50,000
Food 3 Breakfasts (500 people), 3 Lunches (500 people),
4 Dinners (500 people), 6 Tea/Coffee (500 people)

Transportation - Scholarship
100 8,00,000

100 scholarships
-50 volunteers
-(4 Nights)

Looking to get it for free 1,00,000

Local Transportation
To go sight-seeing 80,000

Unforeseen 1,00,000

Estimate Cost 28,30,000

WCI 2016 host city selection announcement[edit]

Following is the report handed over by the WCI 2016 host city selection jury. On behalf of all the volunteers involved in WCI 2016, we thank the jury for their valuable time and commitment in arriving at this decision. --Ravi (talk) 12:48, 18 January 2016 (UTC)[reply]

WCI 2016 host city selection announcement

The five member panel of jury nominated by the Wikimedia communities of India at large, has assessed all available information from the bids presented for conducting and successfully completing the upcoming Wikimedia Conference India - 2016 and from several interactive sessions through the internet relay chat, has asserted to choose CHANDIGARH as the winning host.

Of the three bids, the one from Ahmednagar was rejected at an early stage for lack of sufficient documentation and presentation. The remaining two cities showcased their bids in an attractive and thorough manner. The Jury adapted several parameters as shown below. Weightages are given in parentheses:

  • Thoroughness and degree of realistic projections demonstrated through the bid (6%)
  • Additional Financial support and cost efficiency (10%)
  • Available Infrastructure and logistics as projected (23%)
  • Previous Experience in conducting large scale Wikimedia-related events (10%)
  • Accessibility and facilities for inbound travel from different parts of India (6%)
  • Strength and dedication of the actual field team on ground (25%)
  • Potential outcomes to the advantage of Wikimedia movement in general and participating Indic communities in particular (15%)
  • Perceived Risks of abandoning, postponing or cost over-running of the program (5%)

The jury has appreciated the tireless efforts put into the bids by both teams viz. Nashik and Chandigarh. According to the individual members of jury, both bidders have scored neck-to-neck in each parameters. Chandigarh came up with a score of 72.91 % against a runner-up score of 69.69% by Nashik.

Participated Members of the jury:

  1. Ashwin Baindur (User:AshLin)
  2. Abhay Nathu (User:अभय नातू)
  3. Kalyan (User:BengaliHindu)
  4. Netha Hussain (User:Netha Hussain)
  5. Viswanathan Prabhakaran (User:Viswaprabha)