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 🙂


मोजिल्ला ग्लोबल स्प्रिन्ट २०१७ काठमाडौंमा आयोजना हुँदै



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।


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.

Code for Nepal

Twitter thread turns into impactful project

Last week we the team of Open Knowledge Nepal and Code for Nepal launched the first Beta version of Election Nepal Portal. It’s a crowdsourced open portal that brings all kind of Data related to Nepal’s Local Election together in Open and Visual Format. Election Nepal project will contain data forms various sources which are accumulated in the local election which is due on 31st of Baisakh, 2074 (14th May, 2017).

Today I this post, I wanna share how it all started and the awesome story behind it. Personally, I consider this as one of the cool examples of working openly. On 20th March 2017, I started this discussion of Twitter quoting “Let’s run an #LocalElection data camping for a month, visualizing data and publishing facts at the newspaper, who is with me, let’s discuss” and shared the same post on Facebook too.

The response was simply amazing, within 3 days more than 15 volunteers who were interested in contributing were already with us. Sad part none of them were girls and good part many of them were also new to me. Once again we failed in making the diverse team in terms of gender. But, that didn’t stop us, the process of asking email address for starting email thread started.

Introduction Session
Introduction Session
Portal MockUp Discussion
Portal MockUp Discussion
Project Name Voting
Project Name Voting

And from there we didn’t look back and we never met physically for discussion. Everything we did was completely online and collaborative. We made the best use of technology, using Slack for discussion and introduction, GitHub for code collaboration, Google Docs for content collaboration and Google Hangout for virtual discussion. Yes, try everything and this thing worked. I think 2 weeks were enough for us to partially complete everything with showable results. Project name, mockup discussion everything 🙂

All these things were possible because of the contribution of many on the same project. We used the partially open methodology for it and today there are people who contribute data, code and contents with regular feedbacks about improving it. There is still some question about making the project sustainable but we will constantly work on it and I am super proud of those open minded people who were part of this journey.

Let the world know, what we had built:

Election Nepal Portal
Election Nepal Portal
Open Access

Open Access and Open Data gaining momentum in Nepal

For the 5th time in a row, Open Knowledge Nepal team led the effort of organizing International Open Data Day in Nepal. This year it was a collaborative effort of Kathmandu Living Labs and Open Knowledge Nepal. It was also the first official out of Kathmandu Valley event of Open Knowledge Nepal. Organizations like Code for Nepal, Gandaki College of Engineering and Science and Open Access Nepal were the partners for the event. In Nepal, the event aims to served as a platform for bringing together open knowledge enthusiasts from different backgrounds, and support a series of collaborative events for enhancing knowledge and awareness about free and open source software, open data, open content, and various open knowledge technologies. There were 4 different major activities of the event: Presentation Session, Open Street Mapathon, Open Research Data Hackathon and Treasure Hunt.

The check in started around 10:30 AM (NPT), with the participants, slowly joining the venue and with some informal discussion having around and was formally started by Mr. Ashok Raj Parajuli, Vice-Principal of Gandaki College of Engineering and Science at 11:20 AM (NPT) by giving brief introduction of Open Data and why it is important for the country like Nepal. After him, Nikesh Balami from Open Knowledge Nepal gave an event orientation. He shared how Open Data Day was started and history of Open Data Day celebration at Nepal. After having a brief orientation about major activities, the presentation session was started.

Mr. Ashok Raj Parajuli starting the event

Gaurav Thapa from Kathmandu Living Labs was the first presenter of the event. He gave the presentation about Open Map Data and the concept of 2C (Secondary City) Pokhara. He also demonstrated the work done by Kathmandu Living Labs in Pokhara with the help of other organizations and asked participants to join them for contribution and collaboration. He also shares about the app “Prepare Pokhara”, an app which uses the data of OpenStreetMap with different kinds of filtering techniques, by using that app user can easily filter and navigate all kinds of important places and destination of Pokhara in Map.

Gaurav Thapa from Kathmandu Living Labs presenting about Open Map Data

After the presentation of Gaurav Thapa, Kshitiz Khanal representing Open Knowledge Nepal participated in presentation session, where he presented about Open Access, Open Science, and Open Research. He started from the basic introduction of OPEN and highlighted the condition of Open Access in Nepal. He also demonstrated, how Nepal government and others different bodies of Nepal government are creating Open Access barriers for users. He shared about Open Science Taxonomy and talks a little about the Open Science and Research practices in Nepal. He motivated the participants to read research article frequently so that we can make the best use of publicly funded research. His presentation can be accessed from here.

Kshitiz Khanal from Open Knowledge Nepal presenting about OA, OS and OR

There was a small break after the completion of Presentation Session and the rooms for Open Research Data Hackathon and Mapathon was divided after that break. Participants interested in joining Hackathon moved towards the Lab and those who were interested in Research Data Hackathon stayed in the same room.

Open Research Data Hackathon

Open Research Data Hackathon

Open Research Data Hackathon was facilitated by the team of Open Knowledge Nepal. Nikesh Balami from OKN started the hackathon by giving a short presentation about Data and demonstrating different kinds of tools they can use during Hackathon. After an orientation, the group was divided. There were 4 groups, who worked and brainstorm different kinds of ideas for the entire day. A group pitched a project twice, in the first pitch, they share the brainstormed idea and in the second pitch, they share about how they are doing that project, possible partners, challenges, and opportunity. The proposed idea of all 4 team was entirely different from each other, some work in Election Data and some work in using Machine learning to extract research data from users search queries. Some team worked in the use of data disaster prediction and some in Blood data.

It will be interesting to see the progress of their projects in coming days.



Mapathon was facilitated by the team of Kathmandu Living Labs. In Mapathon participants used satellite image to map Bardiya district of Nepal at OpenStreetMap, where participants got an opportunity to play with Open Map Data and OpenStreetMap. The team of KLL also led Treasure Hunt in-between to make Mapathon interesting and interactive, where participants went to the fields in the search of treasures which was hidden at different places by the KLL team. Participants used OpenStreetMap for this and enjoyed the activities so much. In fact, Mapathon was interactive where participant got hands-on training on how to contribute at OSM, did some contribution and also tried using it in their real life.

The whole event was closed at 04:30 PM by thanking participants and supporters. The promise of organizing this kind of International events outside of the main valley of Nepal was made by the representation of Open Knowledge Nepal and Kathmandu Living Labs. This year International Open Data Day 2017 was organized at four different places of Nepal. Two inside Kathmandu, one by YoungInnovation Pvt. Ltd. and one by Accountability Lab. In Pokhara, it was organized by Open Knowledge Nepal and Kathmandu Living Labs. Kathmandu University Open Source Community (KUOSC) also organized ODD first time in Kavre. This clearly shows that the momentum of Open Data is increasing in Nepal, which we (Civil Society Organization) can take it as a plus point.

Group photo and selfie 🙂


Event Page:

More photos from our Facebook page here.


Technology meets government: Digital Governance Hackathon being organized on…

Today was an exciting day because I got a chance to discuss the vision for a Digital Governance Hackathon being organized in Kathmandu on Feb 11-12.

As a member of Open Knowledge Nepal and representative of Code for Nepal, it was pretty interesting to meet the people behind the event and discuss ways to make the event successful.

As it turns out, the event is going to be one of the biggest hackathons in recent times in Nepal. But the real difference I found was that the event has a clear vision to sustain ongoing projects rather than start new ones. I’ve seen and started a lot of projects around open data and open governance in the last few years, and I know from experience that it is almost always easier and productive to support than start.

I had a good discussion over coffee with Punit Jajodia, founder of He is supporting the event by finding the best developers in Nepal to work on projects which span different verticals like Civic Engagement, Digital Accessibility, Journalism, Education and Financial Technology.

American Embassy, Hello Sarkar Nepal, National Federation of Disabled-Nepal(NFD-N), Federation of Nepali Journalists(FNJ), MaxConnect,, Code For Nepal and Programiz are supporting the event and it will be interesting to see if the hackathon is able to make an impact on the digital governance scenario in Nepal.


Tough decision: Demolishing our old house

Tough decision but we made it, Almost after 2 years of devasting April earthquake 2015, we decided to demolish our old damaged house, looking at the security of our neighbors living around. Controlling our emotional feelings and memories attached to that house was difficult but finally, we thought to move on was the right decision. We (me and my sisters) all spent our childhood there, which makes it more special for us. A bunch of good memories attached…

Here are some photos:








[Poem] रक्सीको सम्झना आउँछ

जब रगतको सट्टा शरीरको नसामा रक्सी बगन थालछ।

तब आफुले सामना गरको कठिनाइको सम्झना आउँछ।

तब आफुले हासिल गर्न बाँकी सपनाको सम्झना आउँछ।

जब आफुले सोचेको सपना प्राप्त हुन सुरु गर्छ।

तब आफुले जीवनमा गुमाएको मानिसको सम्झना आउँछ।

तब आफुलाई उनीले दिने प्रेमको सम्झना आउँछ।

जब आफुन मनले जीवनको नयाँ कथा तयार गर्न सुरु गर्छ।

तब त्यो कथाको भागहरु आधी हुने डरको सम्झना आउँछ।

तब त्यो गोरेटोमा बिशेष कोही छुटिनी डरको सम्झना आउँछ।

जब जिन्दगीमा…………………

त्यसपछि फेरि रक्सीको काम आउँछ।

जीवन चलाउन, बाँच्न सेकाउन, खुशी बनाउन सबै काम आउँछ।


Preplanning 2017, thing which I wanna achieve: My 12…

Always be prepared, always try your best to pre-plan, that’s how you increase your chance of touching success. Since its almost the end of the year 2016, a year with lots of ups and downs. Here I am ready to welcome 2017 with my pre-planned list. Things which I plan to do, things which I want to conquer. 12 things which I wanna achieve in 2017, Here it goes:

1) Visit 7 different district/places of Nepal.

2) Sign partnership MOU with 10 different organization (National and International).

3) Buy new One Plus 3T.

4) Publish a minimum 7 article in National and International news portal.

5) Read 12 Novel of different writers (Nepali, Hindi, and English combined)

6) Learn how to drive a motorbike and apply for licenses.

7) Organize a minimum 2 international events in Nepal.

8) Clear pass 3rd and 1st Sem of Bachelor Degree at Acme.

9) Write and publish minimum 2 guidebook or whitepaper on any topics.

10) Launch 4 project or product, which clearly supports Open Data, Transparency, and Accountability.

11) Find a new coffee and movie Date (Obviously a girl).

12) And definitely, earn some money to support my education and above goals.

Welcome 2017!!


Amateur Nikesh, Amateur Journey: Looking Back 2016

Reflection is something that makes you emotional, at some point, you enjoy the taste of success and at some point, you almost cry remembering the journey you travel. Memories of old new friends make you feel sad and the enthusiasm of making your future bright push you harder to move forward. The year 2016 was one of the confused years for me, where I struggle to make a big decision, in the beginning, lost my Grandfather, planned something and did something else!! Here are some Ups and Downs of my journey of the year 2016, Where enthusiasm of junior was stronger than the pressure of senior, where people criticize me for my childish behaviors and at the same time some people support my never giving up attitude.

1) Joining Acme once again

A confused year and a totally confused decision made in 2015 and realized in 2016. Gaps, Bachelor Degree, Future, Friends and much more. Was Engineering my right decision, I doubt so but I am still confused. Let’s see how long I can go!!

2) Launching Nepal Open Data Index

The work of 2015 but was launched in January 2016, the result of crowdsourced open data survey done in 10 different districts of Nepal, which helps us to understand the condition of open data and technology in the local cities of Nepal.

3) Organizing International Open Data Day 2016

Officially the first event of the year, Yes once again we organize International Open Data Day in Kathmandu. This year we organize Datathon, where we collect the information of different Public Bodies of Nepal. Thanks go to awesome teams, supporters and well-wishers, with limited resources and time, we did something great that day.

4) Loosing Grandfather started drinking alcohol

One of the moments of 2016, which I never wanted to remember, yes never. Maybe that’s the reason why I started drinking alcohol, to forget that pain and memories. The pain of losing grandfather, the pain of being alone.

5) FOSS Nepal PoC and celebrating Software Freedom Day 2016

Working to shape the FOSS Nepal Community structure was another thing where I worked hard by bringing the concept of FOSS Nepal Person of Contact (PoC) but was unsuccessful at the end. Yes or Maybe, I don’t know but the Software Freedom Day 2016 celebration was a huge success. The preparation was good and execution was perfect, Kudos to the team, those new faces, and their enthusiasm. Ohh Gosh, I love them and miss them, they were awesome.

6) Working on Open Data Handbook Nepali Version

One of the 75% completed core project of Open Knowledge Nepal, where we work hard for translation, which isn’t really that much good but we did it. I personally work lots in writing so that we can do fundraising for that project, let’s see, we plan to launch that project in 2017 since the review of the handbook is still left.

7) Virtually marking Open Access Week 2016

For the third time in a row, I decided to mark the Nepal presence in Open Access Week. Since Open Access Week falls in festival season, it’s always challenging to celebrate it through physical events, my previous experience of organizing it says. But this year the plan was something different, We did QA with some know and active Open Access Activist of Nepal so we can gather the info about is the current situation and share it with others.

8) Joining Code for Nepal as AskNepal Initiative lead

I was always the secret well-wishers of Code for Nepal, the things which they are doing or trying to do is really awesome. In October 2016, I decided to join them as an AskNepal Lead. A project which I think is very impactful in the context of Nepal.

9) Receiving Shuttleworth Flash Grant

The highlight of the 2016 end, being nominated by the Founder of Open Knowledge Internation for Shuttleworth Flash Grant to recognize my contribution in the field of Open Knowledge and Data in Nepal. I was one of the grantees of Flash Grant.

10) Structuring Open Knowledge Nepal

Last planning of 2016 and first work in To-Do list of 2017, giving right structure to the work and projects of Open Knowledge Nepal. Lots of works are already done, planning is in the right stage, let’s see how well we can execute it in the year 2017.

2017 I am ready for you, Come on!!