The joy of volunteering with open technology and culture

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Scheduled: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in B304


Volunteering is a fun way to explore your interests and passions. In this talk, I will detail my experiences in volunteering with open projects like Wikipedia and Mozilla. I will also talk about fun ways to introduce newbies into volunteering based on my experience with conducting outreach sessions for open projects.


Volunteering helps you to expand your network, increases your social skills and advance on your career. Volunteering with open projects will help you to relate to open culture and free knowledge movement. I will talk about my experiences with mentoring people to volunteer for Wikipedia and Mozilla. I will touch upon my designs of zero-cost outreach strategies to bring volunteers to Wikipedia. My talk will also deal with my experiments in bringing in diversity of participation to Wikipedia. I will speak about the common hurdles faced by newbies in getting started with volunteering and approaches to tackle them.


Wikipedia, volunteering, diversity, mentoring

Speaking experience

I have presented sessions at Wikimania 2013 ( and Wikimedia Diversity Conference 2013 ( I have co-facilitated a session at Mozilla Summit 2013, in Brussels. I have conducted several outreach sessions in India to introduce Wikimedia and Mozilla projects to the public.