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Self-satisfaction and happiness: 2018 journey

Growing older isn’t that pleasant feeling especially when you can see the transformation from “Nikesh – Brother – Dai – Sir” by your naked eyes. But unfortunately, nobody in this world is gifted with the power to control time. The years/time passes – waiting for none and here we stand, buckling up to welcome yet another new year. I have been setting the yearly resolution since 2017 to keep myself focused. Some years has been disappointing, and some were full of hopes and enthusiasm.

The holiday’s mood is already ON, with “ZERO” email and no deadline works, which gave me enough time and opportunity to reflect 2018 – a year of self-satisfaction and happiness.

  1. The success of Open Knowledge Nepal – small steps but huge impact. 2018 has been a productive year with lots of different activities which kept us busy throughout the year. Kudos to the hard working team (especially Sagar and Shubham) and volunteers for keeping the enthusiasm alive. Open Data Nepal is going to be the next big thing for Nepal in 2019.
  2. Goodbye volunteering, hello to new roles – In 2018, I dropped 90% of my volunteering works. Many suggested that it was the right decision taken in right age. I also joined Artificial Intelligence for Development (AID) as co-founder and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Nepal community as an executive member.
  3. Reaching Far-West and others parts of the country – Many thanks to the project “PAHICHAN” and “Digitizing Janakpur Workshop”, I got an opportunity to visit Province 2, 3, 5 & 7 to train youths. The hospitality, environment, and foods outside Kathmandu Valley is awesome.
  4. Synchronizing online:offline education – I happily invested quite some time to complete “Principles of Economics” online course provided by Stanford University and attended quite few semester exams of my undergraduate degree. The education part was pretty much disappointing in 2018 and I hope to improve it in 2019.
  5. My first international trip – Representing Open Knowledge Nepal, I got an opportunity to attend UN World Data Forum 2018 at Dubai, which I will remember for a long time as my first international trip because nobody counts reaching Darjeeling and Banbasa as a foreign land. The 3 days experience of learning, networking and exploring was awesome.
  6. Your Government Your Responsibility – The civic engagement project of US Embassy Youth Council “I Know My Government” was another impactful project, which I was lucky and grateful to lead. We developed lots of educational resources and interacted with many school students.
  7. Books – I made a huge investment in buying lots of fiction books. Looking back, I realize that this year I was pretty much lost in the fiction world – where the love and corruption of Chetan Bhagat’s “Revolution 2020” distracted me,  Haruki Murakami’s “Kafka on the Shore” added the power of perspective and Subin Bhattarai “Saya” made me emotional with sisters love.
  8. Health first – One of the very important steps, Started from November last week – I have started the morning exercise schedule to keep myself fit. Daily, I run 3 KM  – 5 KM and do around 100 Set-Up. A plan is to get a six pack before summer.

So, what next? – this was all about past. What are the plans for 2019?

Truth to be told, I am completely blank with no plans and vision. Maybe I will focus more on Data Science rather than Open Data, Maybe I will prefer completing undergraduate degree rather than focusing on online courses, Maybe I will gather more money to travel other countries rather than wasting it in Mo:Mo and tea.

2019 is going to be a year with no resolution and plans – you probably may see me suffering, exploring, confused, lost, happy, smiling and ………

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Open Standards Seminar on the Occasion of Document Freedom…

Document Freedom Day is “A day where policy-makers, government officials, civil society organization (CSO), journalist, programmer and other valuable individuals come together and raise attention towards the ever growing importance of Open Standards”. Open Knowledge Nepal & Center for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) Nepal collaborated to organize Document Freedom Day 2015 at Maitighar, Kathmandu, Nepal, where Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Nepal Community and UNI-Global Union played celebrating partners role. On the occasion of Document Freedom Day 2015, “Half Day Seminar on Open Standards” was organized. At seminar, members of Open Knowledge Nepal and FOSS Nepal Community gave presentation and training.

To know more about Event Visit: http://bit.ly/1BS1P4x

Event Day:

Student from engineering & CSIT background started to enter venue from 02:00 PM (NST) for discussion session. A separate discussion session of one hour was hosted for students, where we discussed about the situation of Open Data and Open Standards at Nepal. We also discussed about what kinds of role Information Technology (IT) students can play to improve the condition of Open Standards at Nepal and how they can help different non-profit community/organization to do so.

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But the main seminar session of presentation and training was started only after 03:00 PM (NST), where more than 35+ representative of different government organization, students and labors union joined seminar venue. The event was started by Mr. Durga of CLASS Nepal by welcoming all participants and he also introduced CLASS Nepal in-between participant with a short speech. He then invited Mr. Lekhnath Pokhrel, representative of UNI-Global Union in the event. He requested all participant to take full advantage of seminar and announced they will be organizing event related with Open Standards and Open Data in coming future too.

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After all those introduction of organizer, Mr. Nikesh Balami of Open Knowledge Nepal & FOSS Nepal Community was called for his presentation on the topic “Open Knowledge, Open Data, Open Standards and Open Formats”. Before starting his presentation Mr. Balami showed his interest in knowing the participants background to create a friendly environment. For a couple of minutes, participants introduced themselves, also stating their professional background. Then He started his presentation by defining the value of Document Freedom Day and tell that this is an 3rd celebration of DFD here at Nepal.

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He shared the whereabouts on what Open Knowledge Nepal is doing and how Open Data can help all citizen/people in the coming future. He shows different steps of making data open and also gave a small talk about Open Standards & Open Data Formats. You can check his presentation slides from his SlideShare Account.

Right after Nikesh presentation Mr. Kshitiz Khanal of Open Knowledge Nepal started the session of Data Filtering and Data Visualization. Mr. Khanal started by QA session, he asked participant what kinds of problems they are facing while working with data and participant shared their problems with each-others. Then he demonstrated the different tricks of data filtering and define what kinds of visualization we need to create while working with data. Volunteer of Open Knowledge Nepal helped participant to understand data visualization and teach them to create visualization by using different tools.

Overall the whole seminar run in an smooth way, around 35 participants take the direct advantage from an event. #DFD15 #DFDNepal

DFD15(42)Check more Photos of an event from Wikimedia Commons: http://bit.ly/1NaKcCf

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Moz Maker Party @ Acme Engineering College

Date: 7th March 2014, Friday
Venue: Acme Engineering College, Banasthali, Kathmandu
Time: 10:30 AM
Acme Open Source Community [AOSC] and Mozilla Club of an Acme Engineering College “Acme Firefox” decided to celebrate one Mozilla Webmakers party at International Women Day 2014 and named it “Moz Maker Party – Building better web”. In that event, I got a chance to represent Mozilla.
Event Detail at Wiki: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Acme_Firefox#Moz_Maker_Party

I started Talking about Mozilla by playing the video “The Mozilla Story” and tell them what is Mozilla, what is Mozilla mission and so on.

Then there was a small talk on Firefox Student Ambassador & Firefox OS. I told them the benefits of being Firefox Student Ambassador.

After that, the main event was started “Moz Maker Party” with the introduction of Mozilla Webmaker, what kinds of tools are there and what are the benefits of those tools.

The group was divided into a small team for some work and different Teamwork on different topics. Some decided to work on the theme “International Women Day 2014” and some decided to learn how to remix others pages.

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Some outputs made by the team:

Kapil’s Team :

Surendra’s Team: https://surendragrg.makes.org/popcorn/1t4g

Niranjan’s team: https://niranjan2052.makes.org/thimble/the-ingredients-of-me

and it was a Zocef (participant) sister birthday so Zocef Team decided to make one Popcorn Video wish his Sister and I was quite impressed with their work.

Zocef’s Team :

After the Output discussion we discuss again Firefox Student Ambassador (FSA) and at last President of Acme Open Source Community, Rabin Tamang ended an Event.

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