speaking

I have given several public talks and facilitated a number of workshops every year since 2010.

Talks


Open Science in the Public Interest

Mozilla Science Lab,  Bi-monthly Community Call

In this talk, I speak about my ongoing action research with the social movement organization Science of the People, Atlanta. Have a look at the handout to know more about my work.

What did we learn in School today: An OPW retrospective

LibrePlanet 2015, MIT
What did you learn in school today? An Outreachy Retrospective

This talk intended to voice my experience with the internship program called Outreachy that intends to bridge the Gender Gap in technology, as well as my thoughts and concerns around the program as a student, a mentor, and a professional in the free software domain, and as an earnest observer of the chaos that is formally called ”The Internet.” With a focus on the Why, the What and the How of the Gender Gap in free software, the talk ventured answers to those, as conveyed by the OPW initiative.

 

Your webapps should talk not just in English, but in español, Kiswahili, 廣州話 and অসমীয়া too

LibrePlanet 2014, MITJSFOO 2013, Bangalore

This talk was intended to help web developers understand what localization is and why it is important. The speaker will explain how MediaWiki / Wikipedia handles internationalization and how you can do it for your own apps, via jQuery.i18n (or other frameworks).

 

Coverage for basic language support components — A Dashboard view

FOSDEM 2014, Brussels

In the talk, a basic introduction to LCMD was given, along with a demo of the product. While the basic features was shown in the demo, there was a discussion about that in the talk followed by a detailed description of the architecture and the technologies used.

 

Making language selection smarter in Wikipedia

Open Source Bridge 2014, Portland

The talk focused on the need for a compact language selector; how we achieved it in an Outreach Program for Women project; what criteria we use to determine which languages might be most useful to a user, and why; how we implemented the feature; what concerns we heard from the Wikimedia community about this project; and, how everyone can help pitch in to make this project a success.

 

We, the people

Open Source Bridge 2013, Portland

It  was a simple talk about the Free Software and Open Source community in India. Things were explained as they were around us, how we got into the community, and offered suggestions on how people can help more people get into the Open Source community from a similar environment.

 

Where are the Women?

Wiki Conference India 2011, Mumbai

The panel consisted of students, academics, and researchers – some of whom are contributors to wikipedia. It explored firsthand the experiences of women who edit wikipedia in English and indic languages, and tried to understand how ‘gender’ is a significant factor affecting this experience. Did women contributors necessarily – or always – had different experiences from male contributors? What’s similar? What’s different? What could be attributed to gender? What could not? How would having more women editors shape Wikipedia’s content?

 

Expanding the Bengali Wikipedia

Wiki Conference 2011, Mumbai

 

 

Workshops


I have conducted several MediaWiki workshops to introduce contributors to the MediaWiki codebase, and helped them create extensions, gadgets, and userscripts for Wikipedia. Some major workshops include:

Bengali Wikipedia 10th Anniversary Celebration Conference,

Jadavpur University, Kolkata (2015)

 

Building Wikipedia Gadgets Made Easy: A MediaWiki Workshop,

Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research (SICSR), Pune (2013)

 

Spring Fest,

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (2013)

 

Mozilla Conference,

Indian Institute of Science and Technology, Shibpur, Kolkata (2013)

 

Wiki Academy,

Netaji Subhash Engineering College, Kolkata (2013)

 

Wiki Academy,

Netaji Subhash Engineering College, Kolkata (2013)