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Submissions/Wikimedia office in Pakistan

After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2015 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this July.

Submission no.
Title of the submission
Wikimedia office in Pakistan
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Discussion, presentation
Author of the submission
Rafhan Shaukat
E-mail address
Captain Assassin!
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Some but not relevant.
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)
I know it'll be impossible or even hard to think but there should be a Wikimedia office located in Pakistan. I know a lot of people especially students here who use wiki but don't edit or don't share their knowledge to the people through Wikpedia. Actually they don't want to, even so many people who use wiki, consider it as a false information website which I always try to correct them by telling them how accurate is Wikipedia and how it is referenced by notable sources and all.

I think a little office with just 2-3 employees should be made in Pakistan, which will create interest in people to share their knowledge by creating meetups and conferences through that office. I know people will follow us when we'll tell them and we'll advertise a little bit. We will distribute some wiki shirts, bags, and pens, etc, to encourage editors. We'll even get collection of funding money here at the office, by which we'll create conferences and attract more people to write and use Wikipedia.

There is another thing, our native language, Urdu. Which no one even use, and it is like it don't exist on the wiki, which will be also shared at meetups managed by the office. I don't even use Urdu Wiki, but I want to use it, and I want to meet people who use Urdu language and know better than me. I'll share more thoughts about my proposal at the presentation.

Education Outreach
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
25-30 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Maybe / Depend on the scholarship
Slides or further information (optional)

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