The tenth anniversary of Wikipedia was celebrated at Madras Institute of
Technology, Chennai. It was attended by ~70 people including English,Tamil
and Malayalam Wikipedians. The event started with a cake cutting ceremony.
Ravichandar spoke about English wikipedia. Mahir spoke about Tamil
Wikipedia,Wikinews and Wiktionary. A book "Tamil Wikipedia"(in Tamil)
written by Tamil wikipedian and writer Theni.M.Subramani was released by
Badri Sheshadri(Publisher,New Horizon Media). Badri then spoke about
Wikipedia,importance of language wikipedia and how books like the one
released is essential in reaching out to masses. There were discussions and
then there was a live chat with Jimmy wales over Skype.
I would like to thank CSMIT for providing the venue, Wikimedia Foundation
for the merchandise and Manian for the cake.
I would also like to thank Manian / Ravishankar (Parithimathi) / Mahir /
Ravichandar for making this event happen.
I would get all the pictures into one place in commons and post the same.
There is a video of the book release / Jimmy chat is available here
Great to hear about all of the events and look forward to seeing pics.
Thanks to everyone involved in organizing celebrations large and small across India and the region. It was a true community celebration. The level of participation in all locales is a testament to the deep passion for Wikipedia and the enthusiasm for the future potential of our free knowledge projects here and around the world.
It was wonderful to be with the Mumbai and Pune communities yesterday. Many thanks for the extraordinary warm reception and for allowing me to share in the fun (though I do have a sugar hangover after three cake cuttings) ;)
Let's make the second decade even greater!
All the best,
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