[WikimediaMobile] Let's applaud the India Hackathon

Philip Chang pchang at wikimedia.org
Tue Nov 29 21:54:24 UTC 2011

We recently completed a Hackathon in India where the themes were:
* localization
* mobile
* offline

In summary, over one weekend more than 50 volunteers from many parts of
India added their hard work and insights to the technical foundation of
Wikipedia. In the mobile area alone, volunteers contributed to 17 features,
as listed here (features that were worked on are marked with an "H"):


We also got support and input from most of the major mobile operators in
India about how to make our user experience better. Free access to
Wikipedia is moving forward on a number of fronts, as we identified several
forms of collaboration, not just in the form of Wikipedia Zero. For
example, there seems to be widespread interest in using an RSS feed of the
Article of the Day, and the top 5 languages in India are important.

This was our first hackathon in India and all in all, it was a resounding

For those of you who were at the event, many thanks and congratulations for
your achievements in such a short period of time! We certainly hope you
continue to stay involved and continue to contribute.

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Phil Inje Chang
Product Manager, Mobile
Wikimedia Foundation
415-812-0854 m
415-882-7982 x 6810
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