FUEL GILT Conference 2013

Marriott Courtyard - Bund Garden Road, Pune, India
September 6 - 7 2013

Speakers presenting at FUEL GILT Conference 2013


Sam Pitroda
Mr. Sam Pitroda is an internationally respected development thinker, policy maker, telecom inventor and entrepreneur who has spent 48 years in information and communications technology (ICT) and related human and national developments.

Credited with having laid the foundation for and ushered in India’s technology and telecommunications revolution in the 1980s, Mr. Pitroda has been a leading campaigner to help bridge the global digital divide. During his tenure as Advisor to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Mr. Pitroda led six technology missions related to telecommunications, water, literacy, immunization, dairy production, and oil seeds. He was also the founder and first Chairman of India’s Telecom Commission. In these roles, he helped revolutionize India's development policies and philosophies with a focus on access to technology as the key to social change.

Mr. Pitroda was recently Chairman of India’s National Knowledge Commission (2005-2009), set up to provide a blueprint for reform of the knowledge-related institutions and infrastructure in the country. The Commission has offered a series of recommendations on various aspects of the knowledge paradigm to help India meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Currently, Mr. Pitroda is Advisor to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovation, with the rank of a Cabinet Minister. He serves as the Chairman of the Smart Grid Task Force Committee to reform public broadcasting, modernize railways, deliver e-governance, and other developmental activities. He is also a founding Commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Digital Development.

Mr. Pitroda holds close to 100 worldwide patents and has published and lectured widely in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia.


Rajesh Aggarwal
Rajesh Aggarwal is a Secretary, Department of IT, Govt of Mahashtra. Rajesh Aggarwal did his B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT, Delhi (1983 - 87), before drifting to IAS (Indian Administrative Service) in 1989. In IIT, during B.Tech. his thesis was on Natural language Understanding and his main interests were Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence. During Field postings (1991 - 1998) he did a few small IT projects with help from district NIC Teams. But advent of Internet in Government offices starting around Y2K changed things.

During his stint at Election Commission of India, New Delhi (2003 - 2007), he developed lot of fuzzy matching techniques to dedupe the voter lists, worked with large databases (700 million voters and 500 million photographs) in more than a dozen Indian Languages, executed Photo Rolls project (as you can see your photograph printed in the Voter List), and convinced Delimitation Commission to make new Assembly and Parliament boundaries using GIS Maps from Census of India. Thereafter, he moved outside the Government for two years (2007 - 2009), managed Internet Exchange of India, where he worked with a team to dramatically decreased Domestic Internet traffic packets going outside the country, increased the number of .IN domain names considerably and introduced forward looking policies in both the fields.

Back to State Government in 2009, during his two week additional charge of Social Justice department, he could issue Government orders regarding scholarship money to kids going into their Bank Account directly. Thereafter, during a short stint as Secretary Accounts & Treasuries, his focus was on making treasuries cheque less, going totally electronic on Receipts and Payment sides. Now, as IT Secretary Maharashtra since about last 6 months, he is focusing on IT Fundamentals, and the name eGov 0.0 comes out of the philosophy that we should focus on fundamentals of Governance and IT rather than creating hype about eGov.


Satish Mohan
Satish Mohan has been hacking open source code professionally since the late 90s and has at various points in his career been an analyst, programmer, consultant, product manager, software engineering manager and director of software engineering. In his current role as Director of Engineering at Red Hat, he is responsible for creating and managing the charter of India Engineering Sites.

He is passionate about startups, open standards, functional programming and educating people on the potential benefits and perils of technology. Satish is a Fellow of the British Computer Society.


Mahesh Kulkarni

Mr. Mahesh Kulkarni is Associate Director at Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and heads GIST RESEARCH LABS:the language technology group.

After doing his Masters degree in Science (M.Sc) -Special Electronics he has worked in both Public and Private sectors. He started his career as a Development Engineer, working in area of ELCB/MCB and was Assistant Manager in NELCO-TATA Group of Company in Nasik & Mumbai for over a period of 09 years.  He has extensively worked upon Supermini systems & telecommunications systems and was instrumental in bringing the Technology to India.

Mr. Kulkarni has several publications to his credit in the areas of Research and Development - published in various journals and international conferences, ITiRA 2003, Cyberworld 2003 (CW2003), Singapore, Chartered Secretary journal, COCOSDA - SPLASH, International localization Summit. An articulate speaker he is much sought after at meetings both in Indian and abroad and has represented C-DAC as well as the DeitY at various foras and meetings pertaining to standardization, language issues, Internationalised Domain Names, Translation, Localisation to name a few.

Apart from initiating various Research projects within C-DAC, he has been instrumental in getting and executing projects from various Multinational companies. As a part of the EU funded projects, he has spearheaded international conference, EU workshops and many more.  Mr. Mahesh Kulkarni has participated in "World Hindi Conferences" organized at "Paramaribo", "New York" and “Johannesburg”.

During his long association with C-DAC, Mr. Mahesh Kulkarni has to his credit Patents as well as copyrights pertaining to language and language technology.


Rajesh Ranjan
Rajesh Ranjan is a localization professional, journalist and writer. Currently he is working as Language Maintainer, Hindi with Red Hat. He is the vision behind the FUEL Project and he is coordinating the project since he started it in 2008. He has done pioneering work in bringing FOSS Computer in Hindi. Also, he is coordinating Hindi language community of Fedora, Mozilla, and Libreoffice. He is associated with GNOME and KDE along with several open source projects. He is a Fedora Ambassador and Mozilla Reps as well. Rajesh also mentored Maithili Localization community to bring Maithili Computer. Before joining Red Hat, he worked with reputed media company like The Indian Express Group and Literate World, Inc as a journalist. Recently he wrote a techincal book on how to make your own computer in your language titled 'Apna Computer Apni Bhasha Mein' in Hindi, published by Samayik Prakashan.


Ankitkumar Patel
Ankitkumar currently manages the team of Engineering Localization and Documentation at Red Hat.

Ankit is an engineering graduate with Information Technology from North Gujarat University. In the beginning of 2004, Ankit has started his journey into the world of corporates, Open Source, Linux, Localization and Free Software from a startup company called Magnet Technologies as a Software Developer before he joined Red Hat as Language Maintainer - Gujarati in mid 2004.

Ankit's main focus area in his current span of career till date has been towards Localization or Language Technologies and Open Source. To work towards his passion, Ankit has played various roles like Technical Translator, Language Maintainer, Software Programmer, Web Developer, System Administrator, Project Management Professional and so on.

Ankit maintains a blog at http://www.ankit644.com/ to publish his ideas and efforts related to Language Technologies and various other topics.


Chandrakant Dhutadmal
Mr. Chandrakant Dhutadmal is a post graduate in computer engineering from university of Pune. Starting his career as a University of Pune approved faculty in computer engineering stream, he served various engineering colleges for a period of five years before joining Centre for development of advanced computing (C-DAC) in January, 2006 as Member Technical Staff.  

Currently he is working as Senior Technical officer, in Graphics and Intelligence based scripting technology (GIST) group of C-DAC. His specialization includes Localization and Internationalization, Project Management, Software and Quality Engineering and is currently working on various research projects of State and National importance. He is a Certified Localization Professional (CLP Level 1) from The Institute of Localization Professional (TILP) since 2010 and Distinction holder in online certification course in eGov of Govt. of Maharashtra. He is also active member of free and open source projects like “Mozilla Firefox” and “FUEL” project.

During his tenure at C-DAC, Mr. Dhutadmal has been instrumental in getting and executing various projects like www.marathivishwakosh.com and others from state govt. He has participated in various National and International events like elitex, agis , "16th Annual LRC Internationalisation & Localisation Conference" in Limerick, Ireland and "Hindi World Conference" at Johanesburg, South Africa.


Arjuna Rao Chavala
Arjuna Rao Chavala is Chief Consultant of Arc Alternatives with focus on Engineering and Program Management and Open source. He has been editing Wikipedia from 2007. His primary wikipedia is Telugu. He has cofounded and served as the first President of Wikimedia India during Jan 2011- Oct 2012. He currently serves as Member of Funds Dissemination Committee of WMF.


Rajat Gupta
Rajat Gupta holds a bachelor of engineering degree in Information technology from University of Jammu and a diploma in Advanced computing from CDAC ACTS Pune, India. He also has three years of research experience from University of limerick, Ireland and some publications in national and international journals. Having 7+ years of software development experience he is associated with Centre for Development of Advanced computing, Pune as a Member Technical Staff.


Pravin Satpute
Pravin Satpute has been working in the field of internationalization for the past 8 years. He is working in all aspects of i18n i.e. Input, Storage and Display. His proposed characters for Kashmiri Devanagari are available in Unicode 6.0 standard. Pravin is the project lead for Lohit and Liberation fonts family. Lohit is an open source font for the Indian languages. It is used in the Open source distribution Fedora, Debian and Ubuntu. It is also used by Wikipedia as a webfont and some Lohit fonts are available in Android ICS. Liberation fonts are default in LibreOffice.

Inventor of Indic typing booster project.

Last 4 speaking engagements:
  • International Unicode Conference 36th 2012 - Developing an OpenType font for complex scripts using Fontforge
  • Fudcon 2011 - Next Generation input methods for Indian languages
  • W3C 2010 - Standardization aspects of Internationalization in W3C
  • Foss.in 2009 - Creating language architecture on Desktop for New languages


Isaac Rooskov
Product Manager for Zanata, Isaac also supervisors the localization and translation efforts for JBoss, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Cloud business units.

Isaac came to Red Hat in 2007 after completing a bachelor in Information Technology and a bachelor in Creative Industries: Communication Design. Since then he has worked as a lead technical writer on many open source products including the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and JBoss Developer Studio.


Guntupalli Karunakar
Karunakar is an active member in Indic FOSS activities. As project coordinator of the Indian Linux Project (http //www.indlinux.org), he drove Indian language enablement of FOSS software and making a fully Indian language enable Linux distribution for languages like Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Oriya, Telugu etc. As Hindi coordinator for GNOME & KDE, he has driven the voluntary localization efforts for Hindi. As Internationalization expert and trainer he has presented in many forums and helped bootstrap many language initiatives and organize Indic events like Indic Fonts Workshop (2003), Indic Developers meet (2004, 2005) and several localization sprints. He has been active in standardization efforts for Hindi translation terminology. In past, he has worked with organizations like FreeOS.com, Netcore Solutions, Sarai - CSDS, Symantec. At present he working with Avaya Inc as I18N Architect.


Gora Mohanty
Gora Mohanty has a doctorate in astrophysics but nowadays finds software and information technologies more to his taste. His expertise lies in the area of application architecture , Information retrieval, analysis, and visualization, application development on hand-held devices, processing of large data sets using multi-variate analysis. Additional interests are in Indian language computing, language-neutral interfaces, optical character recognition (OCR), and geographical information systems (GIS). He is part of the FOSS community in India and elsewhere, participating locally in activities of the Indian Linux Users Group, Delhi, and other FOSS groups.


Mrini Gorla
Mrini Gorla is a Senior Project Leader in ADP, Hyderabad, and manages a technical writing team. She has about 12 years of experience in the field of information development. She has worked in various software project and product companies including CA and Synopsys. Mrini has done her BE and MBA from Nagpur University, Maharashtra. She has been working in ADP for the last 2.5 years. At ADP, she is a part of the Globalization and Agility initiatives and currently working on creating best practices and guidelines for Agile software development and product globalization.


Radhika PC
Radhika PC, an open-source enthusiast at Citrix, brings in more than 9 years’ experience in different flavours of Technical Communication, including IT Journalism, Courseware Development, Science Journalism, and Software Documentation. She is an Apache CloudStack committer and Apache CloudStack India Meetup Co-organizer. A Gold-Medallist in MA Mass Communication & Journalism from Mysore University, Radhika has a degree in Computer Science. She has rich experience working in open-source projects, such as GNOME and Apache.


Anivar Aravind
Anivar A. Aravind is a social entrepreneur, Technology consultant and free software advocate currently based on Bangalore. Anivar is a Free and Open source Software(FOSS) Evangelist & Developer with more than 10 years experience and He is currently working as a Consultant at International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS). He is the present secretary of Swathanthra Malayalam Computing, a free software collective engaged in development, localization, standardization and popularization of various Free and Open Source Software’s in Indian Languages with a special emphasis on Malayalam. He has substantial experience in mentoring many free and open source software projects and startups in Social technology space to find their feet, assisting in various capacities from part- time adviser to chief technologist. Anivar has worked on many fronts like Open standards, Internet Governance, language technology , FOSS Licensing, Accessibility, ICT public policy and coordinating remote and scattered teams. He contributed to the launch and maintenance of many thematic and regional networks and his activism has always focused on bridging the awareness gap between digital rights activism and general public in India. He is well known in Indian FOSS communities.


Ravishankar Shrivastava
Ravishankar Shrivastava is a Hindi blogger from Ratlam, India. After working with State Electrical Distribution company for 20 years as an electrical equipment maintenance engineer, he opted for voluntary retirement and started freelancing in technical writing and technical translation. He has done pioneering work in bringing Linux OS in Hindi. He has translated hundreds of applications, installers etc, that includes complete KDE 3.2, Gnome 2.0, XFCE 4.0, Debian Installer, Open Office Help and PC BSD Installer to Hindi. His witty Hindi blog was adjudged the Best Hindi Blog in 2006 by Microsoft BhashaIndia. In July 2007 he was awarded with Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, in 2008 his Hindi team got FOSS.in award, and in 2009 got Manthan award for KDE Chhattisgarhi Localization.


Ravikant is a bilingual historian, writer, and translator. He read, researched, and taught modern Indian and world history in various colleges of Delhi University before joining the Centre’s Sarai programme at its inception in 2000. At Sarai Ravikant coordinated projects on language, free software, and media for a decade; this involved editorial, administrative, and intellectual engagements with the programme’s tech and Indic language networks including independent and free software Fellows. Ravikant’s collaboratively edited books include Translating Partition: Stories, Essays, Criticism with Tarun K. Saint (2001); Deewan e Sarai 01: Media Vimarsh: Hindi Janpad (2002), Deewan e Sarai 02: Shaharnama with Sanjay Sharma (2005); Working Questions: Independent Research and Interdisciplinary Practice (with Vivek Narayan); Betilism Raat, a translation (by Yogendra Dutt) of Wolfgang Schivelbusch's Disenchanted Night: The Industrialisation of Light in the Nineteenth Century and Sarvahara Raatein, a translation (by Abhay Dubey) of Jacques Rancière's The Nights of Labour; Ummeed Hogi Koi: Gujarat (2002–06) by Saroop Dhruv, and the Medianagar series edited by Rakesh Kr. Singh. His collaborative filmography includes Andaz Production's Kali Shalwar (2001), an adaptation of Saadat Hasan Manto's eponymous story, and Jo Dooba So Paar (2011).

Ravikant’s current social history project, 'Words in Motion Pictures', navigates inter-media sites such as print, broadcasting, and web in an effort to offer creative connections between these media forms and their diverse publics. He also works for the Indian Languages programme at CSDS and its peer-reviewed journal Pratimaan. Some of his recent writings can be found on weblogs such as Kafila, Rachnakar, Gadyakosh, Janaki Pul, and the Deewan mailing list, which he manages.


Satyabrata Maitra
An open source enthusiast, currently working with Red Hat, since the Year 2006, in Quality Engineering Services, active contributor as far as QA in Language technology is concern, involved in QA cycle in Fedora releases, Fedora Test Days, and other qa events supported by Red Hat, handling the Internationalization Language support QA in Red Hat for all of its product lines since joined. One of the inventor of Rendering Engine Test System.


Rahul Bhalerao
An engineering graduate with IT major and MBA graduate from IIM Kozhikode, Rahul Bhalerao recently co-founded GnowTantra with an objective of making technology more useful and accessible to everyone. Rahul's focus areas have been education, free and open source software, accessibility and economical solutions and globalization. He has been contributing to FOSS for 9 years. In past, he has worked for Red Hat’s i18n team and MindTree’s Enterprise Services Consulting Group.


Chandan Kumar
An opensource enthusiat Chandan Kumar contributes to various open source projects through Hindi Localization. He has added Magahi Locale and working with a dream of Magahi Computer. Right now, he is doing GSOC 2013 under KDE community and he is an intern in Red Hat as well.


Bulusu Karteek Pradyumna
S.S.Naresh Kumar
Harish K.
Fourth year, B.E. Computer Science Engineering
Meenakshi Sundararajan Engineering college(affiliated to Anna university)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India


Ani Peter
Ani Peter is the Language Maintainer for Malayalam, working with Red Hat since 2006, translating all Red Hat manuals and documents along with coordinating and contributing to Open Source Community Projects ensuring the correctness of the language taking care of its culture. Ani coordinates Malayalam localizations for Fedora, Gnome and Mozilla projects. She is also a member and active contributor of Swathanthra Malayalam Community (SMC), one of the most active group in Malayalam community engaged in development, localization, standardization and popularization of various Free and Open Source Software in Malayalam language.


Kartik Mistry
Kartik Mistry is contributing to Free and OpenSource Software since 2004. He is Debian Developer and contributing to fonts, input methods and Indic localization in various projects like Wikipedia, KDE, TuxPaint etc. When not dealing with computer, he can be found running or cycling.


Sushma Chitta
Sushma Chitta is a Senior Technical Writer from ADP, Hyderabad. She has 3 and half years of experience in Technical Writing. Prior to ADP she has worked in TCS for 3 years. She has done her B.Tech in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from GNITS, Hyderabad. She has 6 months of experience in ADP. While at TCS, she has conducted various Technical Writing sessions such as Documentation Guidance Program, Effective Technical Writing, and User Manual Writing etc. At ADP, she is a part of a special interest group - ‘ADP India writers’ where writers research on new trends and technology in technical writing field and recommend solutions for implementing in ADP products. As a part of this group, she circulates various tips on English (Grammar and Writing) among ADP associates through weekly mailers.