Dear Plone Board,
This is Sreekanth S Rameshaiah. I represent Mahiti.org. We are based in
Bangalore, India. I have attached a one-pager about mahiti.org to this
First of all I would like to thank you for giving me an opportunity to
submit proposal for the Plone-Conference 2005.
Mahiti would like to organise the Plone Conference 2005 in Bangalore,
India for 3 days.
Mahiti has successfully organised following International events in the
* OneWorld South Asia partner training programme for participants from
4 south asian countries .
* Media workshop for South Asian Women journalists for 6 days.
* Workshop on use of ICT in SME (in collaboration with University of
* AsiaSource 2005 ( 140 People from 40 countries from around the world
participated in this event)
Preferred Time: any time between September - November will be ideal. If
possible we suggest that the conference be used as event to launch the
some major release of Plone/ Plone products.
Some of the silent features of the City of Bangalore that may add-up to
the value of the event include:
# Bangalore is directly connected to Many international destinations
through direct flights. Bangalore is extremely well connected to Train
and National Highways! Flights are only expensive in December - January
as its a tourist season. India is a commonwealth state known for its
non-aggressive foreign policy. People from 40 different countries
visited India for AsiaSource including some from Pakistan and
# Currently USD 1.00 = 44 Rupees. 1 Euro = 60 Rupees. People from
almost every country will find Bangalore quite affordable. We can get
hotel rooms for rent starting from $5.00 to $500.00. Many hotels has
websites and accept on-line booking. Average meal for 2 in a good
restaurant costs Euro 2.00. Mug of beer costs Euro 50 cents or less.
# Proposed venues have many of the equipment needed for the event and
provide the same on rental basis to the organisers of the event. Also
there are many vendors who specialise in equipment rentals for events.
Mahiti has some equipment available in-house as we conduct events
# We propose a participation fee of $20 for people in south asia ( we
are open to expanding this list to include other countries having low
dollar conversion rates in consultation with the PF ) and $50 for
participants from rest of the world.
# Proposed Venues:
* JRD Tata Auditorium ( support 5 parallel tracks of 750, 250, 120,
90, 60 people each )
* Ambedkar Bhavan ( Supports 4 tracks of 1200, 500,250, 250 each)
* There are at least 10 5-star hotels with conference facilities to
support multiple tracks.
# The conference expense includes cost of Lunch ,tea + snacks everyday
and one gala dinner on the final day of the event.
# We will get sponsorship for the event. One of the key focus will be to
get big IT companies in India to come forward and sponsor the event.
# In consultation with plone foundation we will setup a media desk and
facilitate Press-Releases and Media coverage for the event. Mahiti has
contacts in both India and International media to enable this during the
# Bangalore if known a PUB-City of India and has plenty of night-life
for those interested
# Bangalore is close to many major tourist destinations of India
Also Mahiti will conduct this event in a not-for-profit basis and any
additional money thats unspent will be given back to PF along with the
copy of the book-of-account of the event.
MAHITI aims to provide affordable and appropriate Information
Technology services. We specialise in the areas of web / Intranet /
kiosk / multimedia applications, consultancy and training. We design and
execute projects in the areas of resource mobilisation, collaboration,
advocacy, e-governance, e-commerce, process automation, supply chain
management, content management systems and knowledge sharing. We
specialize in implementation of Free & Open Source Software.
Over the last 6 years we have serviced more than 500 clients directly.
And around 3000 clients indirectly. Our clients are spread across south
Asia, UK, USA, south America. They include Ashoka.org, Indian Foundation
for the Arts, Institute for Bio-Informatics, Explocity Pvt. Ltd.,
Geopost UK, Cristain AID, University of Manchester, One-World, CCF,
National Law School of India University, IIMB, IISc, I2 Technologies,
Datacons, Datamations, Eximsoft, Mindtree Consulting and Aztec.
MAHITI is also institutional CTO for Tarahaat.com [Rural ICT Project],
ICICIcommunities.org [Donation Portal for the Indian voluntary sector
funded by ICICI Bank] and Explocity.com [City Centric Portal funded by
NewsCorp]. As institutional CTO we play a wide range of roles from
envisioning the technological road map right through to design,
development, deployment and withdrawal.
MAHITI provides user interface, information architecture and multimedia
design and production services. For example a reporting system for I2
Technologies, a study of application servers for Datamations, an
automobile dealers MIS for Datacons and a grant recipients portal for
the World Bank, interactive courseware CDs for Development alternatives,
project simulation for sustainable urban design.
MAHITI is working on a fund-raising software to be developed in
collaboration with MCC and supported by Ford Foundation. This is only
meant for small and medium organization as it can handle on 10,000
addresses. It is very similar to a customer management system. With
features such as profiling, case handling and mass personalized email.
This product will be licensed under General Public License.
MAHITI is also a founder member of Bangalore Cares - an online and print
directory of over 780 voluntary organizations in Karnataka. In addition
to being a core group member of the Credibility Alliance a consortium of
voluntary sector networks that represent over 15,000 organizations in
India. The Credibility Alliance is working towards enhancing the
credibility of the sector by evolving and establishing standards and
encouraging public disclosure of information. MAHITI is also founder
member technical forums such as the Indian Zope and Python User Group
and Indic Computing. MAHITI team members are also members of Plone
MAHITI conducts customised training/ workshops. In the last couple of
years we have conducted workshops & trainings for University od
Manchester, OneWorld, HIVOS, GKP, IIMB, Open Society, UNDP, UNICEF,
CristianAid, Sarai, Center for Knowledge Society, Mindtree Consulting,
Gandiva Infotech, Basic Needs, Voices, Community Radio Network, Sristi,
VIIT, Azim Premji Foundation, Khoj International artist workshop to name
a few. We have tied up with Murray Culshaw Consulting to design and
deliver technical modules as part of their training ciruculum.
MAHITI has many partners both non-profit and for-profit for different
types of collaborative projects. Murray Culshaw Advisory Services
[fundraising-india.org] for communication and fund-raising consultancy.
Together we constantly update and maintain a database of 7,500 voluntary
agencies. Mithi Technologies [Mithi.com] for multilingual technologies.
Deep Root Linux [Deeproot.co.in] for advanced server appliances. VXL
Instruments [Vxl.co.in] for thin clients and diskless nodes. Vishwa
Infotech for rural information and communication technology strategies.
Pantoto for community platforms. Alternative Law Forum for legal and
intellectual property issues.
Free and Open Source Software(FOSS) advocacy:
We have trained more than 300 IAS officers from different parts of India
on use of FOSS for e-governance. We have conducted advocacy workshops in
different parts of south asia in collaboration with OneWorld ( 200
partner NGOs), GKP (journalists from south Asian countries), community
radio networks of south Asia, UNDP - APDIP, Open Society.
MAHITI has a 25 member team located in Bangalore, South India. MAHITI is
headed by Sunil Abraham, an Ashoka Fellow.