by Haritha Harikumar (@harithaharikumar28) on Saturday, 26 November 2016

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Technical level
Beginner

Media

Abstract

For millions of Students and people across the world, when it a project work our first choice would be Wikipedia. Wikipedia with millions of users across the world has been powered by a global open source organisation named Wikimedia Foundation. Wonder what powers these wiki pages?

Mediawiki is the engine behind all the wiki pages. Mediawiki is a free and open source software written in PHP for Wikipedia. The use of Wiki Pages become more consistent and efficient to use which is only possible with the contributions of the wiki user. Be a developer or a novice in Wikimedia, there are various opportunities which you can explore.

Outline

If you are a person who uses Wiki Pages more and you found something wrong with the pages. You have no idea where to report it? Have you got a suggestion in improvement of wiki pages?

Mediawiki offers different projects and tasks for beginners to start with. The code base written in PHP where you can contribute to different areas like Mediawiki core, extensions, OOJ’s and more. With a wonderful team of developers you are always offered support in any difficulties with your work.

This session would provide you with a chance to contribute to Wikimedia Foundation. With millions of users across the world it is an added advantage to contribute to Mediawiki.Your contributions to the community can give you chances to travel around world to attend any conference or talk for free. Moreover for students Wikimedia offers different scholarships like Google Summer of Code, Google Code-In and many grants.

Requirements

Enthusiasm to contribute to Open Source Software.

Speaker bio

I’m a rising senior from Amrita School of Engineering, Amritapuri and a FOSS enthusiast. I am an active member of a very enthusiastic FOSS community, FOSS@Amrita. Being part of the community has always imbibed in me the importance of sharing the knowledge I have learnt.

I have been contributing to Wikimedia Foundation since the last two years and a Google Code-In 2017 mentor for the community. I have organised a community MediaWikiToLearn-Editathon along with my community in my college. I have organised a Google Code-In workshop for school children at different schools.

Internationally,I am mentor for SHE++ Program in organised by the Women in Computing Community, USA. I have achieved scholarship to attend a Cyber security course at Tel-Aviv University, Israel.