It seems Barcamp Pune will surely happen in June. I have been involved at the early stages having created the Wiki and the Yahoo group but then stealing time for the event has become increasingly difficult. The present teams of organizers seem to have zeroed in to two venues, both choices are good. The list of attendees has been swelling steadily and there is a good variety in the topics added to the wiki so far. I have decided to speak on “Indic Blogging: Opportunities and Challenges” and I hope I am able to prepare something good. If you are in Pune on June 17 do drop-in, details of Venue would be updated at the BarcampPune wiki. You may also join the BarcampPune mailing list.
Raman informs that Microsoft's BhashaIndia, a portal on Indic language computing featuring the Microsoft solutions, is coming up with its “Indic Blogger Award” for blogs in Indian languages. Boasting of eight categories with 11 Indic languages in the fray this sure will provide the necessary boost to bloggers like us. Wonder if they owe the idea to the Indibloggies that is the first Indian weblog awards to concentrate on Indic blogs also. Microsoft is also sponsoring two prizes at the Indibloggies 2005.
The Indibloggies 2005 edition BTW has started with a whopping 28 member Jury to rate the nominated blogs. Nominations would be done using Delicious this year and a detailed notification will follow on 15 Dec at the Indibloggies website. Like last year, there has been a tremendous response from the sponsors with prizes worth more than INR 50000 to be claimed.
Only when a natural calamity strikes we realize our limitations. In the recent earthquake that struck India and Pakistan thousands lost their lives and still more await help in the strenuous weather conditions that will only worsen in the wake of ensuing winter. Desipundit is the flag-bearer of a unique initiative by the Indi-blogdom that will hopefully spread awareness about the plight of the residents of the affected regions and encourage people to donate. Please click on the picture alongside to know how you can contribute. Thanks!