Speaker Spotlight : Arnav Sonara

Arnav Sonara, a 21 Year old Computer Engineering student in Pune. Open source enthusiast and contributor to various FOSS projects. Involved mainly in volunteering for Wikipedia and sister projects.

Arnav Sonara

Arnav Sonara

Below is a brief conversation we had with him :

What are your thoughts about WordPress community in India?

Well, until now I have only interacted and followed WordPress users (bloggers), the number is quite big and surely does create an impact in the world of Internet, but much more could be done !!! Proper outreach needs to be done and to explain people how exactly WordPress works. How they can use it and contribute to it or using it.

Brief about the topic on which you’re going to speak at WordCamp Baroda, 2013

I will be speaking about WP != WP (Wikipedia is not WordPress), my target audience would be the Bloggers using WordPress. Keeping in mind that WordCamp is often attended by number of Social media enthusiasts and people working in SEO industry, there are number of people who try to have an Article (or Page) of their own or their company or something on Wikipedia, and often end up doing it either wrongly or paying heavy amount for it.

Wikipedia is not created by paid editors, thousands of volunteers from round the world collaborate and donate their to time to write Wikipedia. Being one of the volunteers of Wikipedia, I will tell how exactly Wikipedia works. I would like to keep the session as interactive as possible and try to answer the attendees’ questions.

Why have you decided to be a part of WordCamp Baroda 2013?

I love to meet new people, especially the ones whom I keep in touch only over the internet. WordCamp Baroda will give me a chance to get myself introduced to the amazing WordPress community and learning out of the many other talented speakers and their awesome presentations.

What are you most looking forward to during WordCamp Baroda 2013?

Meeting new people, interacting with WordPress users (bloggers) !!

Who in WordPress community inspires you the most? Why?

Kartik Mistry (http://kartikm.wordpress.com/) and Amir Aharoni (http://aharoni.wordpress.com/) both are localization geeks and amazingly helpful people. I am very much inspired by them because of their blogs in their respective languages reaching out to the native readers who do not understand English.

About Rahul Banker

Rahul Banker is a blogger from Baroda, Gujarat, India who loves technology and gadgets. A great supporter for open source and communities. He's also the head of Google Developers' Group, Baroda and he's been an active member of WordPress community in India. You can know more about him on FacebookTwitter or from his Technology Blog
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