On January 15, Wikipedia will turn 10. To mark this event and celebrate the Wiki spirit that binds them together, the community of Wikipedians in Bangalore are organising a day-long ‘Wiki meet-up.'

Slated to be held at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, the event will see Wikimedia Foundation experts and members of the community coming together. The day-long event commences at 9 a.m. The agenda includes sessions to introduce Wikimedia projects to the public with a view to spur both consumption and creation of knowledge on various Wikimedia projects, i.e. expand the community. There would also be updates from various Wikimedia projects. Skill-sets that help one become a Wiki editor such as image creation, map creation, keeping an eye out for random vandalism attacks, will be discussed.

“Our celebrations are open to participation by anyone who wants to join in reflecting on our collective accomplishments and goals for the future,” says Tinu Cherian, a Wikipedian involved in organising the Bangalore event. Similar events are being held in at least 35 cities across the country, and over 120 around the globe.

Forum for embedded designers

Microchip Technology Inc, a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, has announced the second annual Embedded Designers' Forum, which is a series of training events where hardware and software engineers can learn about innovative technologies that will enable them to differentiate their products. This year's seminars will focus on human interface, connectivity and low-power technologies.

The forum will run from January to March 2011 in nine locations — Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Chennai, Kochi, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, New Delhi, and Pune. Attendees will also enjoy significant discounts on a broad range of Microchip Development Tools.

To register, or for more information, visit Microchip's website http://www.microchip.com/get/FUCL. Admission for this event is free.

Going international

Elina Networks, a Bangalore-based networking and IT management solutions company, is all set to go ‘international'. Elina is looking to expand its business footprint in the emerging markets of Middle East and Africa, according to a press release issue by the firm.

Elina has established alliances with Meridian Technologies in Nigeria and SABME in the Middle East. It has helped partners to position themselves as valued advisers to customers, bringing business transaction continuity and enterprise visibility to customers business, the release added. Shekar Nair, managing director and chief executive officer of Elina Networks, says: “Our international partners like SABME and Meridian have an excellent list of customers and a strong presence in their respective regions, and they find our products to be the right answer to some of the key customer pain points.”