WikiSangamotsavam is the annual conference of people interested in Malayalam Wikimedia projects. This month, the Malayalam Wikimedia community will be hosting the second Wikisangamotsavam in Alappuzha, Kerala, India from December 21-23, 2013. The conference, which is supported by the Wikimedia Foundation Grants Program, will bring together hundreds of Wikimedians and well wishers from all over India.
The Malayalam Wikimedia community cordially invites all Wikimedia users to participate in this event. Please fill in this form to participate in WikiSangamotsavam-2013. The Malayalam Wikimedia movement at large gives scholarships to individuals from other language Wikimedia communities to participate in this event. The scholarships will cover food, shared accommodation and a round trip train ticket for second class non-air conditioned sleeper from the Indian city of the applicant to Alappuzha. The maximum number of scholarships will be 30 and applications will close on December 5, 2013. Participants requiring a scholarship should mention that in the registration form. The eligibility criteria for applying for the scholarship can be found here.
For WikiSangamotsavam-2013, the Malayalam Wikimedia community has been conducting a range of pre-conference events that anyone can join. Wiki-Yuva-Sangamam (ml), a gathering of young women and men interested in Wikimedia and open knowledge, was conducted in the Town Square, Alappuzha, Kerala. A workshop for digitizing articles for Wikisource, typing in Malayalam and contributing to Wikipedia, was conducted for the participants of Wiki-Yuva-Sangamam. A bicycle rally was conducted in the host city on November 30, 2013, with colorful Wikimedia banners to create awareness among the public about Malayalam Wikimedia projects. A series of workshops will be conducted in different parts of Kerala state to bring in new contributors to Wikipedia and its sister projects in December 2013.
The talks and presentations at WikiSangamotsavam-2013 will be in four tracks: Technology, Community, Outreach and Language. The call for proposals is now open. Please list your talk suggestions on the schedule page here or write to wikisangamolsavam(at)gmail.com. A Wikiquiz and a workshop for differently-abled users of Wikipedia will be conducted on the first day of the conference. The traditional inaugural ceremony and various talks in English and Malayalam languages will be held on Day 2 of the conference.
WikiJalayatra is an exciting event that will take place on Day 3 of the conference. The participants will be given an opportunity to take a boat-ride on the beautiful Vembanadu backwaters in Alappuzha, Kerala. The boat tour will cover many of Alappuzha’s attractions. The pictures taken by volunteers during the boat ride will be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. Those interested in participating in WikiJalayatra should indicate so in the registration form.
In 2012, WikiSangamotsavam was held in Kollam, Kerala, India. WikiSangamotsavam-2012 attracted participants from all over the state, which you can read about at the link.
We look forward to welcoming all the participants at this year’s event.