Have you organized an event or been a part of something and midway down you realize that it has a whole world out there, well that’s how I felt once we were onto Wikicamp. All that we knew about wikis was redefined in the entire day and we got to know the guys behind the wiki. Of course we had the opportunity to brush shoulders with the indomitable spirit of Wikipeadia, Jimmy Wales but this synergy brought about a lot more than that. We met some good wiki administrators and bureaucrats of wikis. Jimbo was so down to earth and so full of words for the knowledge foundation that Wikicamp was the first of its kind (Wikimania is a conference of Wikipeadia and wikis) . TKF got a good pitch to voice our views and to invite more volunteers for our activities in this part of the world and with Jimbo there what more could we ask for!
The day started with Bhadani coming in at 6 am to the venue and helping me out with typical un conference spirit. We had core organizers like ragavan, kiruba, sukumar, ramanujam, arvind, ganeshapp, govind, dinesh, sanjay, vimal, sunil, jayant, labsji and all come in and chip their part in setting the place up. Credits go to all these people who were in some way or other contributing to the event.
Siddhi, Sukumar, vimal, moyeen at the registration desk doing a lightning job. Sudhir was there to help me and kiruba to carry the press meet smoothly. Great work buddy both in organizing it and moderating it. We had NDTV, CNN-IBN, India today, The Hindu, Deccan Chronicle and all leading dailies in that room. The day took a great beginning with Jimbo kick starting event with his presentation followed with Bhadani, Ganesh(bot), Arun Ramrathanam, Atul Chitnis and all. Afternoon we had a big fight moment with topic Blog Vs Wiki and this shook up everyone. Actually I was supposed to be donning the neutral role of moderator and finally the blogger in me ceded to the whims of the argument and it was total fun ended with Atul coming in force to pacify all of us.
Now coming to what we all missed in this event….This time the concept of splitting the events into 2 streams really spoiled the flow of the topic. There was one more factor that we all got an overdose of was that there was too much of media presence in the event. Jimbo attracted a lot of publicity for the local media and in a way it was a deterrent to the spirit of the un conference. The publicity sideshow turned out to be a big dampening effect on the event . End of the day the wiki users were happy to have found a common pitch to share their knowledge, Jimbo was happy to have found the growing base of wiki users. But for those amateur wiki users we still had not much to take home from this event.
But as an organizer you know what I took home from this event …. the confidence and determination that we can pull off an event of this magnitude with the sheer help of a spirited team (Who said we need an event managers ??? ) Today we have a great team of simple individuals who proved their synergy when put together is taller than anything ! Hats off to all of you guys !
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