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 enabling open source at Amazon Web Services. Previously, she has headed several engineering teams for internationalization, localization, natural language processing (NLP) and web products at PayPal, Twitter, Wikipedia. Please see her LinkedIn profile for more details.

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 core non-Latin languages fully represented on the Web. She believes the way forward depends on the adoption of open source and open standards like Unicode. 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 Layout taskforce.

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. She has served on the boards of the Software Freedom Law Center (India), the Open Source Initiative (OSI), Wikitongues.org and is a passionate advocate of open source, open standards and the open web. She was one of the co-authors of Open Sources 2.0 – The Continuing Evolution published by O’Reilly Media.

She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science. She speaks internationally on topics in language technologies and best practices including Unicode standards, internationalization (i18n), localization (L10n) pipelines, deep learning, natural language processing (NLP) on web, mobile and cloud platforms as well as on open source and women in technology.

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

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