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Same path but a different mindset

Probably 5 years ago, I don’t have that much good memory power but I started this journey of volunteering by launching the open source college community at Acme Engineering College, where I was pursuing my diploma degree in Computer Engineering. I still remember those faces of enthusiastic us, who actually used to fight with college departments to run all kinds of small and big events in the college premises. Truth to be told, actually I miss them 🙁

Today [April 21, 2018] sitting at my study table, I decided to look back my volunteering journey. Acme Open Source Community (AOSC) the first name from where it all started, a bunch of engineering guys who decided to run in the ground with the vision of Openness. Then the addiction and horizon started to grow because “OPENNESS” is the place where you will get an opportunities to see the compassion and connection of people. From AOSC to FOSS Nepal Community, Mozilla Nepal, Open Knowledge Nepal, OSM Nepal, Nepali Wikipedia – it just took me a couple of months. I will always remember my journey with Mozilla Nepal and Open Knowledge Nepal entire life, the source of my inspiration and I would always be grateful to Prakash Neupane, who guided me all the ways till now.

Another lovely thing about volunteering – meeting new people and attending the interdisciplinary event. I remember attending public speaking, entrepreneurship, technology, and many others different kinds of the workshop. Maybe because of this, I am more Project Manager type of guys although my academic background says that I am wannabe Computer Engineer. Till today I occupy different roles in different organization officially – CEO at Open Knowledge Nepal, Executive Member at FOSS Nepal Community, Council Member at U.S Embassy Youth Council, Project Manager at Code for Nepal and Co-founder & Contributors of some more – all voluntarily, I never charged them for the services and time.

One question which I used to receive frequently, “How did you manage your time?” and my answers were always simple “I don’t allocate time, I just do it cuz I love it”. But on my 24th Birthday [April 18, 2018] I make a harsh decision of quitting 90% of my voluntary work, which changed the whole scenario. The reason is very simple, I want to follow the revenue generating model to secure the future of my colleagues and family. I believe this will improve the quality of our day to day work. My ongoing vision is also quite straightforward, I will harness the business opportunities in the field of Technology and Data so, if you are someone working in this fields, I would definitely love to discuss a possible business partnership.

My mindset from today is to grow Open Knowledge Nepal as a pioneer and leading organization.

See you all on the other side of the journey!

Open Data Nepal

Making Nepal’s Data Accessible Online Perpetually through Crowdsourcing

Open Knowledge Nepal recently launched the beta version of Open Data Nepal – a crowdsourced open data portal with comprehensive features to make data related to Nepal accessible online perpetually in a central hub. The main objective is to make data available in machine-readable formats with open licenses so that anyone can use, reuse and redistribute these data following the open data philosophy.

Data nowadays is a very important factor in major decisions making process and the openness of data is one of the key characteristics to make government transparent, accountable and responsible. As the demand side of the data is increasing constantly but lack of a central data catalog makes the task of searching and using data more difficult. After working in Nepal for all these years, we realized that the main hindrance for the people willing to use data is that all the government data are shared in unstructured formats like PDFs, scanned images without any accessing information and are hard to find on the internet. On many occasions, we have frequently asked journalists, researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, and students the problems they are facing while accessing and using the data of Nepal. Most of the points they have highlighted are similar as these data are scattered around the websites, shared in unstructured and non-machine readable formats, licensing condition are not included and the main thing is those data are not permanently available.

As one of the open data pioneers in Nepal, we wanted to address the problems efficiently by building a centralized platform where all the government data are available in machine-readable formats with open licenses and metadata. So, we launched the Open Data Nepal as a solution which can be used by researchers, data activists, students, developers and common citizens can benefit from it. They can use the portal to search, use, publish and analyze data without any restrictions.

It will encourage people to make innovative products and services by using these data and the chances of arising new data-driven entrepreneurial business and startups with innovative services will increases which will improve the welfare of individual consumers and citizens. These days government are seeking opportunities to engage with private sectors, civil societies and citizens for effective planning, decision making to achieve sustainable development through the use of data. The Open Data Nepal will be a great chance for collaboration as it complies with all the significant situation. Opening up a huge amount of data will help to improve transparency and accountability in government. Another benefit of crowdsourcing and openness is many minded principles as fixing is faster with open data. Many eyes make all bugs shallow, your data may be used and analyzed by someone else and if there are any mistakes it can be fixed faster.

The Open Data Nepal have a different kind of comprehensive features like:

Explore: Searching and finding dataset will be easy as there are many filtering techniques like categories, organizations, tags, formats, licenses.

Download: Datasets can be downloaded in machine-readable formats like CSV, TSV, JSON, XML.

Visualization: You can generate visualizations like a bar chart, line chart of every dataset so that the finding facts in the data will be easier. You can embed these visualizations on your websites.

Metadata: Metadata, meta description and data dictionary will help for a better understanding of the data.

Publish: You can publish your dataset easily by providing information and suitable open license.

Data API: Automatically generated APIs to allow for more sophisticated online querying and interaction with datasets.

 

As Martin Luther King said “I have a dream”, we also have a dream to see Nepal achieving sustainable development through the use of open data.

Open Knowledge Nepal is a non-profit civic tech organization working on the field of open data since 2013. For any kinds of suggestion, contribution and feedback please contact us at data@oknp.org or visit www.opendatanepal.com

Open Data Nepal

Beta version of Open Data Nepal – a portal…

As the demand side of the data is increasing constantly but lack of a central data catalog makes the task of searching and using data more difficult. Also, the structured and usable data are hard to find online. So, Open Knowledge Nepal launches the beta version of the Open Data Nepal on the occasion of the International Open Data Day 2018.

3rd March 2018, Kathmandu, Nepal

Public agencies and local government generate and publish an abundance of data publicly. But the main hindrance is that these data are not readily available and are in non-machine-readable formats like PDFs, images etc, scattered into the websites of different public agencies.

The Open Data Nepal aims to make Nepal’s data accessible online perpetually in a central hub. The data available in the portal is harvested and crowdsourced from different public agencies and international organizations who work under the government of Nepal. One of the main features includes converting these data into a machine-readable format like CSV, JSON, TSV etc along with metadata and meta description. The portal can be used by researchers, journalists, private agencies, students, developers and Nepali citizens to meet their data needs. The harvested data will be shared online which can be used, reused and redistributed by anyone from any corner of the world to build innovative products, without any technical restriction. It invites users to download, upload and browse required data using different filtering mechanisms like search by categories, meta tags, formats etc. The user can also generate visualizations of every dataset for a better understanding of data by providing suitable parameters.

Data nowadays is a very important factor in major decisions making process and the openness of data is one of the key characteristics to make government transparent, accountable and responsible. These days government are seeking opportunities to engage with private sectors, civil societies and citizens for effective planning, decision making to achieve sustainable development through the use of data. The Open Data Nepal will be a great chance for collaboration as it complies with all the significant situation. The portal is the initiative of Open Knowledge Nepal – a nonprofit organization comprised of openness aficionadas, mainly self-motivated youths, who believes that openness of data is powerful in order to have a participatory government with civil society, eventually leading to sustainable development.

Open Data Nepal will help everyone who is looking and searching data to build the innovative solution, research, journalism and various other reasons. For example, journalists who want to investigate the pattern of government spending on the field of education over the years or the entrepreneur who wants to make traffic system of Kathmandu valley easier by using a mobile app. It also makes government sectors transparent, accountable and responsible more than ever. By bringing all kinds of government data to a centralized hub, we can easily fulfill the increasing public demand of data.

To know more about the Open Data Nepal, please contact Open Knowledge Nepal at data@oknp.org or visit the website opendatanp.org for more information.

Open Data

New survey reveals the importance of developing Nepal’s open…

On 30 November 2017, Open Knowledge Nepal completed a month long Open Data Awareness Program, including an Open Data Hackathon, which brought students and youths from different backgrounds under the same roof to work collaboratively on different aspects of open data. The awareness program sensitized more the 335+ youths and students from different colleges and youth organizations. It covered elleven colleges, one school and two youth organizations from seven different districts of Nepal. Most of the participants who joined the workshop were from diverse backgrounds like computer science, engineering,  management, arts, journalism, social work, and more. The participants were raised as digitals natives and could understand technology better than many current leaders, and are undoubtedly the future leaders and members of Nepal’s government, industry and civil society. The awareness program was based on the Open Data Curriculum and Open Data Manual, which was developed as a reference and best practice guide for anybody who wants to work and contribute to the open data sector.

During the workshop, Open Knowledge Nepal conducted a Pre and Post Data Literacy Survey to gather participants’ views regarding open data. The survey output clearly highlighted  the need for more local level awareness programs to promote open data at the grassroots level in Nepal. 76.1% of participants who attended the workshop and filled our the survey said that they haven’t heard of the term ‘open data’, although most of the students had studied data analysis, statistics, and database management systems in their college courses.

Do you know about Open Data?

Image: Participants understanding of open data according to our pre-survey.

According to the Open Data Handbook, open data should have three major components:

  1. Availability and Access: the data must be available as a whole and at no more than a reasonable reproduction cost, preferably by downloading over the internet. The data must also be available in a convenient and modifiable form.
  2. Re-use and Redistribution: the data must be provided under terms that permit re-use and redistribution including the intermixing with other datasets.
  3. Universal Participation: everyone must be able to use, re-use and redistribute – there should be no discrimination against any fields of endeavour or against persons or groups. For example, ‘non-commercial’ restrictions that would prevent ‘commercial’ use, or restrictions of use for certain purposes (for example, only in education), are not allowed.

Not just falling short in understanding, many respondents also lack the technical skills  which are required to work with data effencily. These include data extraction, analysis, and visualization. While most respondents know how to download data and information from the Internet, many were unaware about the process of reusing it.

Please rate how well you can perform the following acts?

(1 = not aware, 5 = fully aware)

Image: Participants’ expertise on Data Downloading, Extraction, Analysis and Visualization.

This is a significant barrier, because sharing data isn’t everything. We need to focus on the other aspects of data like reuse, so that people can build innovative products and collaborate on projects that leverage available data to solve pressing issues faced by Nepali citizens.

The findings of our survey also indicated that most of the participants know how to use Microsoft Excel and Google spreadsheets for basic data editing and analysis. But only few know about advanced scraping and analysis tools like Tabula and OpenRefine, which highlights that there is a lack of practical knowledge of data among youths and students.

Call to action

There is a huge opportunity in Nepal for open data advocacy to raise awareness and develop solutions for particular problems. The increasing number of civil society and government organizations working and supporting open data have already created a good momentum. Despite at times leisurely service delivery, the adoption of technology by government bodies might help generate digital reports and data and increase the availability of shareable information to public.

But, as our survey has shown, the weak demand side for technical skills has been a major drawback for Nepal’s open data ecosystem. To improve, both the supply and demand side need to expand concurrently, which is difficult with Nepal already lacking the human manpower and technical resources.

The Government of Nepal is slowly becoming decentralized following the new constitution, so it’s a prime time for Nepal’s civil society working in open data to decentralize themselves and reach out to the local people. For this, institutions, civil society and government need to shake hands and collaborate. If they can do so, it will be possible to increase the public’s consciousness about open data at the periphery level, which will hopefully lead to a greater number of local level awareness programs and projects beyond the developed cities. Civil society and institutions need to work together to generate more resources and help the public understand the value of open data in the context of Nepal.

Explore the full report, open data curriculum and open data manual from here.

Open Data

The ‘Tomorrow of Open Data’ in federal Nepal

Hundred years ago Nepal first started collecting data of population census – the time when data and information used to be hardly shared with the public by authorities. However, the movement of open data after one century became significant in terms of opening up government to some extent that makes data and information open in Nepal. In recent years, base on the philosophy ‘certain data should make freely available to citizens’ emerged in parallel lobbying of Right-to-Information (RTI) – one of the key reasons to realize open and transparent governance for public administrators.

According to its theme ‘, we open governments’, WikiLeaks, an international organization that publishes secret information, news leaks, and classified media suggests that open data is a necessary element of “transparent and accountable government.” As an impact, the uses of ‘Open Data’ in western countries have helped improve the efficiency of public administrations and services as well as the economic growth in the private sector over the past decades. Similarly, there are examples of data-driven watchdog journalism (based on open data) helping reduce corruption in some Latin and African nations in spite of having repressive governments there. To achieve the same, however, Nepal needs to go a long way; where open government bodies from national to periphery levels can share a spectrum of public records to its people as ‘free-to-use information’.

In this connection, Open Knowledge Nepal, an organization led by young people, focusing on ‘knowledge should be liberated for opportunity and prosperity, has recently completed a month-long ‘Open Data Awareness ‘ accompanied by Open Data Hackathon – a collaborative engagement of youths in computer programming.

Organized in seven different districts of Nepal, nearly 400 youths including students were sensitized – those came from a dozen of colleges, school and youth organizations. In a hope to see Nepal’s ‘digital tech-friendly’ future leaders who can better understand the essence of data, participants from a range of backgrounds like computer science, engineering,  management, arts, journalism, social workers were taught digital tools. The awareness program was based on the Open Data Curriculum and Open Data Manual which was developed as a reference and recommended a guide for the people who wants to work and contribute to open data sector.

Though being familiar working with statistics, however, ‘Open Data’ is still a new and unheard term for most of the attendees. It has urged the need of more local level awareness programs to promote open data in grassroots level of Nepal.

Making the data open means it should be accessible in a convenient and modifiable form, reusable and redistributable by anyone without any discrimination or restriction under certain standards.

Do you know about Open Data?

Fig: Participants understanding on open data according to pre-survey

The survey conducted among the participants suggested that sharing of the data isn’t everything. Focusing on other aspects is obligatory that enables people to build innovative products in order to solve the current issues or crisis faced by Nepalese citizens.

Please rate how well you can perform the following acts?

(1 = not aware, 5 = fully aware)

Fig: Participants’ expertise on Data Downloading, Extraction, Analysis and Visualization

Another pure downside, they lack the technical set of skills needed to work with data efficiently like data extraction, analysis, and visualization though they are quite acquainted with downloading data and information from the web.

Call to action

Without any delay, Nepal needs to take open data advocacy in local level at times when notable activities and interest already exhibited by civil society and public agencies, are creating a conducive atmosphere to go further. Despite the leisurely delivery to its citizens, government bodies deciding to use computer technology might help generate digital reports and data – technically shareable information to the public.

Having poor technical skills among citizens to access and use data is making the demand side feeble, one of the major challenges for open data actors and advocates. For this, infrastructures with sufficient technical human resources should be built concurrently that can play the role to manage supply and demand side of data.

Also, if to comply with a federal model of the political system; civil society, open data activists and local government should work together – to spark the consciousness of open data in periphery level.

Life

Strategic potholes: Unsuccessful 2017 and mental pressure ahead

December is here and now it’s time to look back the whole 2017 journey to pre-plan for 2018. On December 31, I listed down “My 12 goals for 2017” and today while looking it back, I found that out of 12 goals, I was able to achieve 5 – which is a clear disappointment and for a moment I feel so depressed, It also made me realize that the strategy which I follow was weak with lots of potholes.

Succeeding as an organization like reaching 7 districts for the outreach and events, organizing 2 international events, writing articles for different media and launching 4 different kinds of open data projects, but I failed to achieve personal goals like learning how to drive a motorbike, passing colleges exams, earning money and finding a new coffee date.

Question – why am I calling 2017 an unsuccessful year?

Because I was unable to explore more in the field of collaboration, while starting 2017 one of the dedicated aims of mine was to sign MOU with 10 different national and international organization, which was a complete failure. We signed only one official MOU that too with Open Knowledge International, looks like in 2018 we need to focus more on collaboration and sharing.

Launching new projects and organizing events – was that helpful?

Not in the huge level, but it was good. The projects like Open Data Handbook Nepali version, Election Nepal, Local Boundaries had helped us to mark our spot at the open data community. Events like Open Data Awareness Program, Open Data Day, Asian Regional Meeting and many other is helping us to gather volunteers who know how to gather and interpret data. But I believe we still can do more….

So, what next – advocacy or service, dropout or continue, stay Nepal or leave Nepal?

After lots of discussion with my mentors, obviously not going to drop-out from BE which means will stay in Nepal for more than 3 years and from onwards, no matters what – service will be the first priority.

Why services, what kind of services?

………………………. * I decided not to share it *

Together we will build a “Home for Open Knowledge – A world where knowledge creates power for the many, not the few.” Join us and let’s explore.

Open Access

ओपन नलेज नेपालद्वारा खुल्ला डाटा पुस्तिकाको पहिलो संस्करण प्रकाशित

ओपन नलेज नेपालद्वारा आयोजित “खुल्ला डाटा पुस्तिका” को प्रथम नेपाली संस्करण बिमोचन कार्यक्रम  २०७४ साल साउन २३ गतेका दिन मुड्स लंज त्रीपुरेश्वोरमा भब्य कार्यक्रमका बीच सम्पन्न गरियो।  उक्त कार्यक्रममा ओपेन डाटाको क्षेत्रमा  लाग्नुभएका विभिन्न व्यक्ति तथा संस्थाहरुको उल्लेखनीय सहभागिता थियो। कार्यक्रमा राष्ट्रिय सूचना आयोगका प्रमुख सूचना आयुक्त्त श्री कृष्णहरि बास्कोटा, काठमाडौँ लिभिंग ल्याब्सका कार्यकारी निर्देशक डा. नम राज बुढाथोकी र ओपेन नलेज नेपालका प्रमुख कार्यकारी अधिकृत निकेश बलामीको हातबाट विमोचन गरेर  सुसम्पन्न गरियो | यस पुस्तक सरकार, नागरिक समाज तथा खुल्ला डाटाको क्षेत्रमा काम गर्ने संघसंस्थाहरुले खुल्ला डाटा परियोजनाहरुको लागि परिचयात्मक पुस्तिकाको रुपमा प्रयोग गर्दछन् ।

खासगरी यस पुस्तकको मूल संस्करण अंग्रेजी भाषामा उपलब्ध छ । उक्त अंग्रेजी संस्करण ओपेन नलेज इन्टरनेसनल द्वारा लिखित तथा व्यवस्थित गरिएको छ । ओपेन नलेज इन्टरनेसनल एक गैर नाफामुखी संगठन हो जो समाजमा खुल्ला डाटाको महत्वमा केन्द्रित रहेर नागरिक समाज समूहहरूलाई डाटाको पहुँच र प्रयोग गरेर सामाजिक समस्या समाधान गर्न मद्दत गर्दछ । यो पुस्तिका चाईनिज, फ्रेन्च, जर्मन, स्पानिश, रसियन र अहिले नेपाली गरि १८ वटा भन्दा बढी भाषामा अनुवाद भइसकेको छ । सबै भाषामा अनुवादित पुस्तकहरु www.opendatahandbook.org वेबसाइटमा उपलब्ध छ ।

यस खुल्ला डाटा पुस्तिका नेपाली संस्करणमा खुल्ला लाइसेन्स, सूचनाको हक, अङ्ग्रेजि खुल्ला डाटा पुस्तिका र खुल्ला डाटामा आधारित विभिन्न नेपाली परियोजनाहरुको बारेमा समावेश गरिएको छ । यसकारण यो पुस्तिका सरकार, नागरिक समाज र पत्रकारहरुको लागि धेरै नै आवस्यक देखिन्छ ।

ओपेन नलेज नेपालका प्रमुख कार्यकारी अधिकृत निकेश बलामीले उक्त पुस्तिका  नीतिनिर्माणकर्ता, नेतृत्वकर्ता  लगायत सम्पूर्ण नागरिकले आफ्नै मात्री भाषामा  खुल्ला डाटाका बारेमा जान्न र बुझ्न सहयोग गर्ने कुरामा बिस्वस्त रहेको जानकारी गराउनुभयो । साथसाथै स्थानीय समाचार पत्रकारिता गर्ने व्यक्तिहरु जो  रिपोर्टको लागि डाटाको खुल्लापनमा निर्भर रहन्छन्  तथा  नागरिक समाज संगठनले गर्ने खुल्ला डाटा जागरुक कार्यक्रमको लागि पनि  उक्त पुस्तिका प्रयोग गर्न सकिने  कुरा अवगत  गराउनुभयो । अन्त्यमा  पुस्तिका अनुवाद गर्न, समिक्षा गर्न र आफ्नो अमुल्य प्रतिक्रिया दिएर  सहयोग गर्नुहुने सम्पूर्ण योगदानकर्तालाइ धन्यवाद दिनुभयो ।

त्यसैगरी राष्ट्रिय सूचना आयोगका प्रमुख सूचना आयुक्त श्री कृष्णहरि बास्कोटा ज्युले सरकारी कार्यालयहरुमा खुल्ला डाटाको महत्व बुझ्ने अधिकारीहरुको आवस्यकता रहेको जानकारी दिनुभयो । मन्तब्यको क्रममा उहाँले युवाहरुलाई  खुल्ला डाटाको  क्षेत्रमा योगदान गर्न प्रोत्साहन गर्नुभयो साथै  नेपाल सरकारद्वारा आफुसँग  भएको विभिन्न किसिमको  डाटाहरु खुल्ला गर्नका लागि भएको कामको  प्रगति बारे जानकारी गराउनुभयो ।  

काठमाडौँ लिभिंग ल्याब्सका कार्यकारी निर्देशक डा. नम राज बुढाथोकी ज्युले आफ्नो मन्तब्यको क्रममा डाटाको आपूर्ति र माग पक्ष बीच सन्तुलन हुनुपर्ने र यो समय सिर्जनाबाट प्रयोगको  चरणमा फड्को मार्नको लागि उपयुक्त समय भएको कुरामा प्रकाश पर्नुभयो । उहाले OpenStreetMap तथा घरेलू सर्वेक्षणको माध्यमबाट खुल्ला डाटा सिर्जना गरेको आफ्नो अनुभवहरु सहभागीहरु बीच राख्नुभयो । र अन्त्यमा खुल्ला डाटाको प्रयोग अहिलेको आवस्यकता भन्ने कुरा स्वीकार गर्दै आफ्नो मन्तब्य टुंगाउनुभयो ।

यस पुस्तकले बिशेष गरि खुल्ला डाटाको बिभिन विषय : नागरिक सशक्तिकरण, अवसरहरू सिर्जना र सामाजिक समस्या समाधान गर्ने जस्ता विषयमा सकारात्मक प्रभाव रहने कल्पना ओपेन नलेज नेपालले गर्दै आएको छ । उक्त बिषयमा केवल डाटाको पर्याप्त आपूर्तिले मात्र प्रभाव पार्न सकिदैन । जसकारण प्रकाशित भएको डाटाको प्रयोग बाट नवीनता, सहभागिता र पुन: उपयोगिता बनाउन आवश्यक पर्दछ, जसले डाटाको माग पक्षमा पनि बलियो र भरपर्दो भएको सुनिचित गर्दछ ।  

यो पुस्तिकाले सरकारी कर्मचारी र नेपाली जनतालाई आफ्नै मात्री भाषामा खुल्ला डाटाको बारेमा सजीलै बुझ्न मद्धत गर्दछ । यसो गर्नाले डाटाको आपूर्ति र माग पक्ष बीच एक संतुलित वातावरण सिर्जना गर्न मद्दत मिल्नेछ, जसले गर्दा  लामो समयसम्म पारदर्शिता, नागरिको  उत्तरदायित्व र संग्लग्नता लाई बढावा दिन साथै  व्यवस्थित गर्न मद्दत मिल्दछ।

Event Participant

यो खुल्ला डाटा पुस्तिका नेपाली सस्करणलाई ओपेन नलेज इन्टरनेसनल, काठमाडौँ लिविंग ल्याब्स, रूस्टर लजिक, पाथवे टेक्नोलोजी एन्ड सर्भिसेस, लोकल इन्टरभेनसन्स समूह र सिटिजेन क्याम्पेन फर राइट टु इन्फोरमेसन नेपालले समर्थन गरेको छ ।

Life

I Travel to inspire and question myself

As a grown-up kid with good numbers of responsibilities in the shoulder, it’s normal to search for the definition of success and meaning of happy life. Yeah, pretty confusing – what happy and successful life really means? How we will measure the impact – from the money we earn or by counting the number of peoples who follow us. If you are also of my age (above 20 – below 25), you probably also have the same type of question cuz this is the age in life where you will make decisions and receive lots of question. I personally believe the people of my age are the one who easily gets frustrated, has lots of confusion and questions, search inspiration and mentors.

Today, while writing this I also have lots of question in my mind about future, works, friends, family, successful and unsuccessful stories of mine. But in my case, this question is not my frustration or depression question, this is the question which is helping me to keep going in life and I never search the answers of it’s in the books, movies, super heroes or super billionaire.

I always search for the answer when I travel especially in public vehicles and speak with unknown people about the meaning of life. Trust me every person of this universe has a unique story to tell, Many time I had managed to grab that opportunity to listen to their unique and unknown story with lots of ups and down. Some stories are painful and many of them are inspirational. Sometimes, I take pieces of their stories as a source of my inspiration and this is also teaching me the value of compromisation.

Dreaming big is good but it’s not necessary to start big always, talk with new people, share your ideas, collect small sources of inspiration, question yourself cuz that how the algorithm of happy life works in view. Life will keep moving and I will keep traveling to inspire and question myself.

Life in Beautiful, enjoy it 🙂

Mozilla

मोजिल्ला ग्लोबल स्प्रिन्ट २०१७ काठमाडौंमा आयोजना हुँदै

 

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आउदो जेष्ठ १९ र २० गते नेपालमा पहिलो पटक मोजिल्ला नेपाल र विभिन्न खुल्ला समुदायसँगको सहकार्यमा मोजिल्ला ग्लोबल स्प्रिन्ट २०१७ काठमाडौंमा आयोजना हुनेभएको छ। ग्लोबल स्प्रिन्ट मोजिल्लाद्वारा आयोजना गरिने दुई दिने विश्वव्यापी कार्यक्रम हो। यो नेपाल सहित विश्वको धेरै देशहरूमा आयोजनाहुँदै छ।

यो दुई दिने कार्यक्रममा विद्यार्थी, वैज्ञानिक, शिक्षक, कलाकार, ईन्जिनियर र अरु विभिन्न क्षेत्रका मान्छेहरु कार्यक्रम स्थानमै वा अनलाइन भेला भई रमाइलो साथै खुल्ला इन्टरनेटको लागि नयाँ नयाँ परियोजनाहरूको निर्माण गर्छन्। विद्यार्थी, डिजाइनर, विकासकर्ता, अनुसन्धानकर्ता, प्रोग्रामर आदि सबै जाना यस मोजिल्ला ग्लोबल स्प्रिन्टमा सामेल हुन सक्नेछन्।

तपाईंसँग नयाँ वा राम्ररी स्थापित कुनै पनि किसिमको खुल्ल परियोजना छ भने, तपाईंले ग्लोबल स्प्रिन्टमा ति परियोजनाहरुको प्रस्तुति दिएर आवश्यक मद्दत र योगदान सहभागीहरूसँग माग्न सक्नुहुन्छ। योगदानहरु कोड, सामग्री, डिजाइन, सम्पादन, लेखन, परीक्षण, सल्लाह, आदि जे पनि हुन सक्छ तर ती परियोजनाहरू खुल्ला सफ्टवेयरको परिभासा अन्तर्गत पर्नु पर्दछ जो, संसारभरि जहाँसुकै भएको मानिसहरूले प्रयोग, पुनः प्रयोग र पुनः वितरण गर्न सक्छन।

यस वर्ष मोजिल्ला ग्लोबल स्प्रिन्टमा पाँच फरक तर प्रमुख मुद्दाहरुमा ध्यान दीइदै छ। खुल्ला नवाचार, गोपनीयता र सुरक्षा, डिजिटल समावेशता, वेब साक्षरता र ईन्टरनेट दीसेन्त्रिलैज ती पाँच प्रमुख मुद्दाहरु हो। यो मुद्दाहरुले सबैका लागि खुला र पारदर्शी इन्टरनेटको सिर्जना गर्न मद्दत गर्नेछ। काठमाडौंमा पनि ३० भन्दा बढी सहभागी विभिन्न फरक विषयहरूमा मिलेर काम गर्नेछ।

ग्लोबल स्प्रिन्टमा कोडिङ सँग फरक विषय मा प्रस्तुति पनि हुनेछ। जहाँ परियोजना नेतृत्वहले आफ्नो परियोजना बारे प्रस्तुत गर्नेछन र विश्वभरिका भइरहेको ग्लोबल स्प्रिन्टको प्रत्यक्ष प्रसारण पनि देखाइने छ। मोजिल्ला ग्लोबल स्प्रिन्ट २०१७ रियल टाईम सोलुसन्स, धोबिघाट, ललितपुरमा आयोजना हुँदै छ।

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Diversity and Enthusiasm: My take on Digital Nepal Conference,…

As we know, things are pretty unpredictable in Nepal. Right before the Digital Nepal Conference – Janakpur, because of unfortunate and tragic events, a strike was announced. After monitoring the situation closely, talking to people, and considering the high demand from youths in the region, Code for Nepal decided that it would be OK to go forward with the conference.

I had only been to Janakpur once as a child many years ago. As someone who had not really explored the southern parts of the country, I decided to go to Janakpur despite the challenges of the strike. Frankly, my friend, Avinash, and I were both a bit nervous. However, we were also very excited.

We decided to fly on March 8. I almost did not make it to the airport on time because of heavy traffic on the road in Kathmandu. After all the hassle, when we landed safely in Janakpur, Ravi and the Code for Nepal team were there to greet us at the airport. It was so reassuring to see familiar faces. Half of the passengers who traveled on that plane were attending the conference. Isn’t that amazing?

From the airport, we took a Tuk Tuk. It was my first time riding a Tuk Tuk. On the way to the hotel, I realized how clean and beautiful Janakpur had become (Ravi says the town used to be cleaner when he was growing up there). Most importantly, the weather was perfect. Later that day, we also visited Janaki Mandir and surrounding ponds. Janakpur is such a religious and historical town. People are friendly.

That evening, there was a journalism workshop for local journalists of Janakpur. It was a normal kind of workshop, similar to ones I used to see more frequently while attending events in Kathmandu. The workshop was facilitated by Dietrich Ayala, David and Ravi Kumar Nepal, where participants learned about using technology for storytelling. But it was when the team of Accountability Lab started the discussion about Open Government, that I saw the enthusiasm of participants. They openly discussed how the concept of Open Government can be helpful for all Nepalese citizens. Some also shared problems that they are facing, which can only be solved by governments.

Since there was a strike that day, there was nothing much to expect. But thanks to Pratap Adhikari from Association of Youth Organizations Nepal (AYON) who made our night awesome. He took us on a Janakpur tour, during which we visited almost all the important temples and ponds of Janakpur. We also enjoyed watching puja happening at Ganga Sagar, and more importantly, enjoying the taste of Janakpur lassi was an awesome feeling.

On the 2nd day of the conference, I joined Alisha Chettri from the Women Development Advocacy Center at the registration desk. This gave me a chance to understand how diverse the conference was going to be. Yes, diverse – which is hard to see in Kathmandu-based events. Young students, housewives, shopkeepers, journalists and community leaders were there to attend the conference. Female participants were also in a good number.

The conference started and as usual, I started snapping photos to post them on our social media account, which I believe is one of the best ways to do documentation of an event. Taking photos, listening to speakers and going Facebook Live sometimes, I was enjoying it. However, I found it interesting when participants started asking questions to presenters. This showed how enthusiastic they were. They were engaged in all presentations and panel discussions. Asking questions, sharing their views, interactions were from both sides. After all the presentations and panel discussions, a token of love was given to each presenter, and t-shirts were given to all participants. Some left the venue and the rest of us went for a group photo. Ohh, group photo and my selfie 😛

After the conference ended, we caught up with Pratap Adhikari again and went to taste Janakpur fish. Don’t know whether I should be saying it or not, but that evening I came to know that strong beer is found only in Terai districts. After enjoying the fish, we went for dinner where Ravi gave us a treat, and I must say that the food was amazing. Later that night, Dietrich and I enjoyed an omelet of a duck egg also.

I must say that my three-day-visit of Janakpur was awesome, and this time my experience was different. My contribution at Digital Nepal Conference was limited, but the conference gave me an opportunity to enjoy and interact with nice people of Janakpur. Hope this kind of event will be organized outside of the valley more frequently.