Releasing videos from WordCamp Pune 2015

camera-497981_640We finally have most videos for WordCamp Pune 2015!

We have had these videos for a little while now but we’ve just been contemplating what to do with the situation we have with the videos. Finally, we decided to release everything as it is.

Unfortunately, partly because of our fault and partly because we couldn’t foresee the videographers’ mistakes, we only have low quality edited versions.

Second, due to some sort of miscommunication, they didn’t record any of the workshops and some other sessions. Four cameramen = three sessions. 🙁

Third, due to various reasons, we were unable to co-ordinate or supervise the process. So, we’d like to get some feedback and insight. If you have some expertise or experience with video recording and can give us useful advice, please get in touch with us.

One of the things that we will do is, start recording our meetups. We have learnt a lot of lessons and will be sharing those once we’re done wrapping up!

So, here’s the WordCamp Pune 2015 playlist, as it is:

Harish Iyer is the speaker we are the most proud of and he’s here to help your cause

Harish is the person who speaks up against every kind of injustice without fear. He makes sure his voice is heard and every cause that he stands up with can find the ears they’ve been looking for. At WordCamp Pune, he’s going to talk about the best possible use of WordPress and technology in Tell It Loud : Getting NGOs up to scale with technology.

Our short bio format can’t contain what Harish has done for this society, so head over to Wikipedia or his page. Here’s an intro from there:

Harish Iyer (aka Harrish Iyer aka Aham aka @hiyer) is an icon for the common people. An Equal Rights Activist, he is best known for his quirky campaigns for the rights of Homosexuals, Women, Children and Animals. His life and experiences have been the subject of a book and two movies.

The Business of WordPress is worth discussing!

WordPress is awesome for business, all of us know that. It is one of the primary reasons it has become the number one CMS! Apart from the business of creating websites and applications with WordPress, the business of creating plugins and themes for WordPress has also seen a definite rise in India. We get the leading businessmen from Pune and the rest of India to discuss the Business of WordPress and get you insights of how it all works and what it takes for a business to become successful in the WordPress world.

Karthikraj Magapu



Rahul Bansal


Sathish Nagarajan

SNR Technologies

Amit Singh


Preetinder Sehgal


Premanshu Manghirmalani

SunnyZ World

and many other experts in the audience right beside you! Read more about our panelists on the speakers’ page.

How to organise a WordCamp in your city?

WordCamps are awesome! WordCamps are fun! Who doesn’t want to see a nice little WordCamp in their own city? However, behind all the fun and glamour(?) is lot of hard work and dedication. WordCamps don’t spring out of the blue. They evolve from a healthy, thriving local meetup group. There are a lot of perils and some disappointment that paves the path. Then there’s the quintenssential debate about the community being GPL only.

Worry not, though; help is on the way. At WordCamp Pune we get together a couple of leaders from the community on a panel to deicuss Hosting a WordCamp in your city.

Aditya Kane

WordCamp Deputee, WordCamp Organiser, Meetup Organiser


Alexander Gounder

WordCamp Deputee, WordCamp Organiser, Meetup Organiser

Andy Christian

Community Contributor, WordCamp Organiser

Saurabh Shukla

WordCamp Organiser, Meetup Organiser

and many other experts in the audience right beside you! Read more about our panelists on the speakers’ page.

Shaunak De is here to make your WordPress site efficient

Sahunak De is a man of many hats and he’s talking about Security, efficiency and a touch of Varnish – Efficient WordPress for everybody.

Shaunak is a coder, a research felllow at IIT Bombay, teacher, writer, artist and budding standup comic. He’s very familiar with WordPress and interested in all things content as well as code.

He started tinkering with computers when he was a child, and has not stopped since. He lives, breathes and teaches web-development, security and computer science. Code-chef who turns complicated nerd-fodder into easy geek-chow.


Welcome to the Blogger Gym where Ramya Pandyan is your instructor

Ramya Pandyan has been blogging before blogging even became a thing. She has previously spoken at WordCamp Mumbai 2014 and 2015 edition. At WordCamp Pune she’s the awesome sauce helping us with some great speakers, organising the Word Lounge by Alphabet Sambar and conducting The Blogger Gym – an interactive workshop on blog creation in addition to all that. More about the workshop, in a while.

IdeaSmith is the digital doppelganger of Ramya Pandyan (intrepid train-traveller and frequent spouter of post-midnight rhymes and rants). As IdeaSmith she battles obscurity and slays boredom with her stories about men, books, digitalia and Mumbai. She performs live and also blogs, tweets, Instagrams, Facebooks, +G’s, Youtubes and Goodreads all as IdeaSmith.

She also runs a forum for aspiring writers called Alphabet Sambar, which brings the Word Lounge to WordCamp Pune 2015. Ramya’s verbal performances air at The Idea-smithy and XX Factor. Tweet-bomb her at @ideasmithy.

Michael Eisenwasser is your buddy when it comes to BuddyPress

Michael is flying half way across the world to help you see BuddyPress as more than a mere Facebook clone and speak about how to Increase user engagement with BuddyPress.

He is a BuddyPress enthusiast, with experience designing and building themes and plugins.

He is co-founder of BuddyBoss, a company that helps entrepreneurs to create successful BuddyPress communities. He previously managed the development and growth of, one of the most highly-trafficked websites in the world with over 100 million annual visitors. He has spoken at BuddyCamp Brighton (UK), WordCamp Miami, WordCamp Columbus, and several universities about BuddyPress and web design.

Six Women at WordCamp Pune

There’s an ongoing discussion/debate on women in technology in general and WordPres in particular. While the technology industry is as misogynist as any other, the WordPress community is known to be more inclusive compared to anything else. The speaker line-ups at WordCamps and other tech events, the ratio of audience members don’t reflect the actual number of women working with WordPress is what many of us feel.

Maybe that is because such events are male dominated and we pass of men’s t-shirts as unisex! To send a message across to women so that they see if this community or this particular WordCamp is any different and if they should take the effort and time to come to Pune, we spoke to six Women attending WordCamp Pune in various roles!

What role does WordPress play in your profession?

Priya It’s the easiest and most flexible CMS I’ve ever used. It made it easy for me to create websites and blogs without having to pay for expensive developer fees. My business, as a blogger and social media marketer, exists today thanks to WordPress.

Juhi My profession started with WordPress. I joined rtCamp as a Quality Analyst. I make WordPress themes and plugins better. As I learn more about WordPress, my interest increases day by day.

Sheeba I am a freelancer since the last 2 years providing web development & support services. Primarily, I use WordPress for most of my web development services. I found WordPress easy to understand and most important I have been getting great support from the WordPress community. Though I did not have any PHP coding experience, I still found that I could setup WordPress and learn along my way. And I have never looked back  and definitely thankful to WordPress to make my transition from a 9-5 job to freelancing so fruitful.

Nisha WordPress is very important in my professional career; because of WordPress I am where I am. My journey started as a Quality Analyst in WPoets technology testing sites and themes built on WordPress. Now I spent my free time testing themes on

Ranjitha I work as a Web Developer and have recently started exploring and working on WordPress. I find it very exciting as there are plenty of tutorials, howto guides and help available for WordPress newbies and I never feel lost.

I also realized how big the economy around WordPress had grown. I want to know even the minute details of how WordPress works and want to become an expert in Plugin development and want to create and release my own plugins in near future.

Shilpa To say that WordPress has played a huge role , is an understatement, to say the least. It’s been absolutely fantastic – the whole being-part-of-a-community-feeling is something I have never experienced before , in any other platform that I have worked with.

Do you think the community treats you differently because you are a woman, for good or for worse?

Priya Not really. I do think we get some advantages as a result of being women (like being featured in a post on women in WordPress 🙂 ) but otherwise I think we get treated like any other professional.

Juhi I don’t think so. Why they should treat us differently? I have always been against of reservation. People should be treated on the basis of their skills not on the basis of gender, race etc.

Sheeba I have not felt nor sensed any discrimination which is another reason probably for me feeling more comfortable with this community. The community has been very supportive  & cooperative towards everyone approaching them.  As a women, I found community treating all equally and with respect and I found the overall setup and approach flexible.

Nisha I have not felt any difference because of my gender and I hope that community does not treat people differently based on gender or race.

Ranjitha As I have just started with WordPress, I do not have any direct experiences of same. This is one of the main reasons I want to be part of WordCamp Pune and want to Volunteer to interact with other WordPress community members in Pune.

What I feel is, regardless of the gender, people want to work with someone they enjoy being around. Luckily, I have never been treated differently just because I am a woman.

Shilpa If there are any women out there who might have faced discrimination , my heart goes out to them. I consider myself blessed to have been brought up to expect no special favours or tolerate any discrimination, by virtue of being a woman.

Does WordPress hold any special value for women?

Priya Only in the sense that it makes it easier for women who write blogs to express themselves. Also for women entrepreneurs to set up websites at a low cost. Otherwise I don’t think it holds special value to women or men.

Juhi No, I don’t think so.

Sheeba No, in my opinion, there is no need for it to hold any special value for women. We are just developers, quality analysts etc and I am happy it is this way. We don’t want to feel inferior by this treatment.

Nisha For me WordPress is special because I started my web journey with WordPress, I am not sure about women in general.

Ranjitha WordPress being a very easy to use CMS allows all women including professionals employed across different industries, work from home Moms, hobbyist etc find it really easy to use WordPress and start a blog & their own website. is a great platform for new users to get started and then move onto their own websites when they are ready and confident.

Shilpa Does it hold any special value for men?

So, it looks like WordPress is no different when it comes to men or women and it’s the same with the community. Looks like the reason why women don’t participate as much as men in activities and events for some other reasons. In case you are reading this and stayed away till now thinking this is going to be another unisex event, maybe you can buy your ticket now!

Priya, Nisha and Shilpa are speaking at WordCamp Pune. Sheeba organises both the WordCamp and the local meetup group and Ranjitha is a volunteer. Juhi is attending a WordCamp for the first time.

Raghavendra Peri is blind but he will help you see the merits of accessibility

Raghavendra Peri is someone who works on accessibility day in and day out. His opinions on accessibility are all the more important since it comes from his own experience. Which is why he’s the most appropriate person to conduct An Experiential Workshop on Accessibility with WordPress. You can experience websites the way a lot of people do and see why it’s awesome when websites are accessible, first hand!

Raghavendra is a Digital Accessibility Consultant at Deque
Systems. He is also a Digital Marketing Strategist, Speaker, and
Blogger & Entrepreneur. At the age of 8, he was diagnosed with a
degenerative eye condition called Retinitis pigmentosa that rendered
him totally blind at the age of 26. But that did not stop him from
pursuing his dreams. He keeps himself actively involved in the
technology space & uses various assistive technologies in his day to
day life.

He loves travelling, listening to audio books, partying, socializing,
trekking, running and giving motivational talks at schools & colleges,
apart from his day today work.

He is currently pursuing his bucket list of 101 things to do before I die

Vachan Kudmule promises to solve your Indian Payment Gateway problems

Vachan Kudmule is an active member and organiser of the Mumbai WordPress community and has even initiated a WooCommerce Meetup. He’s going to talk about Indian Payment Gateways for your WordPress powered eCommerce sites in Marathi, Hindi and English.

Vachan became an entrepreneur in 2002, at 17, when he started his firm KDC (Krazy Devil Creationz). It has grown into a full-fledged web solutions agency. He’s studied architecture and started his second firm KDC Inc in 2006 which provides architecture and interior design solutions. He ventured into eCommerce Consulting in 2009 and started KDC Pay which assists startups in building full fledged eCommerce sites with Payment Gateway accruing and integration. At present Vachan is involved with all the three while also heading the design and technology teams for White Shadows, a digital marketing agency.

Vachan’s motto is “everything can and must be designed”. He’s passionate about FOSS (Free Open Source Software) and helping start-ups grow their business. Self learning and exploring new ideas keeps him motivated and he has pioneered many industry first concepts in alternative access mediums. He’s presently experimenting with Native Mobile App Development.

Vachan means a promise in Sanskrit. For those of you who couldn’t catch the wordplay in the title because of the language!