About Alolita

A software engineer who believes good ideas can change the world.

Personal Mission

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 globalized content can generate unbounded opportunity for the development of innovative technology and economic prosperity.

Professional Profile

Alolita is Principal Technologist at Amazon Web Services (AWS). She drives open source strategy, code contribution and collaboration across several technology areas including cloud-based search, analytics, machine learning, conversational AI, NLP, language technologies.

Prior to AWS, she has headed several engineering teams to build web products and services for user engagement features, internationalization, localization, natural language processing at PayPal, Twitter, Wikipedia, IBM. Please see her LinkedIn profile for more details.

She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science. She also completed post-graduate work towards a Ph.D in Computer Science.

Technology Boards and Standards

Alolita is a board director of the Unicode Consortium which serves a vital role in language standardization and bridging the digital divide. Alolita wants to see all languages fully represented on the Web. She believes the way forward depends on the adoption of open source, open data and open standards. Unicode and standardized, open source language components like ICU, CLDR, webfonts. Alolita believes the Unicode Consortium serves a vital role in language standardization and bridging the digital divide.

Alolita is an invited expert on the W3C Internationalization working group and chairs the W3C Indic International Program (IIP) taskforce.

Alolita currently also serves on the boards of Wikitongues.org and the Software Freedom Law Center (India). She served as an officer and on the board of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and is a passionate advocate of open source, open standards and the open web.

Open Source

Alolita contributes actively on open source language technology projects, in multilingual content communities as well as languages technologies and standardization. She has been working with open source software and has promoted open source adoption for more than two decades.

Alolita co-founded India’s first open source business conference LinuxAsia in 2004 and ran the conference from 2004-2008. LinuxAsia helped establish a deep foundation for open technology innovation and collaboration across top Indian universities, government and industry.

While at Wikipedia, Alolita created the Open Source Language Summit in collaboration with Red Hat to seed and accelerate development of Indic language computing tools and technology to support Indian language scripts on Wikipedia and other open platforms. The summit was held twice a year. Fall 2012 | Spring 2013 | Fall 2013

Books and Writings

Open Sources 2.0: Alolita is one of the co-authors of Open Sources 2.0 – The Continuing Evolution published by O’Reilly Media.

Linux For You (LFY): Alolita was one of the chief contributing editors for Linux For You, India’s first open source monthly magazine from 2003-2008. She also published a monthly column on technology trends in open source in LFY.

All opinions, views and ideas on this site are my own.

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