Finally, things are taking shape. We got a very few but dedicated people interested to promote FOSS among women in India. After the first two meetings we decided to have this online event where
- we will have an online digital art competition
- a Mediawiki hackathon
- an event on localization.
Everything is in planning stage right now. But we want to make FOSS attractive for girls/women in India to first use it and then contribute to it. When they hear about this event or attend it, they should feel – yeah, it’s cool – I want to do this.
Have to plan some cool promotional materials for it.
There’s one big obstacle though. People, especially women in India think of FOSS as something “geeky” – not to be touched by everyone. That it is not easy to use.
If we do not address these myths, they will continue using third grade proprietary software without even trying any other alternative!
Please share your ideas/suggestions on how to make this event interesting and appealing to women in India.
In case you want to help, please join http://wfs-india.dreamwidth.org/ an participate in the irc meetings.