Alolita Sharma – A software engineer who believes good ideas can change the world.
Open source technologies are powerful enablers for spreading education and opportunity to all peoples irrespective of economic stratum. Technology can reduce stress on society and can be used to build more sustainable and peaceful nations.
I’m interested in seeing more change and transparency in India and other nations leveraging open source with its collaborative knowledge model. My experience has taught me the importance of being a “knowledge bridge” to help lower barriers, create new markets and increase awareness of new ideas.
I’ve worked on many projects to enable change via technology in India as well as the US and believe that open source, open standards, open data and localized content can generate unbounded opportunity for the development of innovative technology and economic prosperity.
My professional bio:
Alolita is a board director of the Unicode Consortium which serves a vital role in language standardization and bridging the digital divide.
She is also senior engineering manager for internationalization and localization engineering at Twitter. She leads development of tools and infrastructure for globalizing Twitter’s products and content. She built the language engineering team at Wikipedia supporting more than 300 languages for Wikipedia.
Alolita contributes actively on open source language technology projects, multilingual content communities as well as i18n standardization. She holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in Computer Science and is passionate about mentoring, getting more women to be scientists in computer science and engineering.
She has been working with open source software and has promoted open source adoption for more than a decade. She has served on the boards of the Software Freedom Law Center and Open Source Initiative and is a passionate advocate of open source and the open Web.
She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science and speaks internationally on multilingual web, mobile language technologies and standards, open source, women in technology and building successful developer communities.
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