SVAKSHA is a computing professional who has published papers, spoken at conferences and is an active FOSS contributor from India. An autodidact technologist, she crafts code with cross-sectional interests in computational science, ML and pure Science.

FOSS is the bedrock of the OpenAccess, OpenScience and OpenData movements and she has worked with and contributed to the following projects:


■ JULIA ✶ Contributor & Developer


  • Julia.jl , Creator & Maintainer, 2013Sep―Present :: Curated decibans of Julia language packages with useful information about related language resources as part of OpenData efforts.
  • 2013Jun22 :: Organized a one-day Julia-language workshop by Viral Shah the core-developer,, Bangalore, India.

Software Carpentry ✶ Instructor training


▐ PYTHON ✶ Contributor


▐ UBUNTU ✶ Contributor


  • Ubuntu-Women , Founder, 2006Jan―Present :: Designed, created, wrote and maintained the contents for the initial static HTML pages (which was used till 2012), including some wiki pages on the UW website wiki. Currently, the administrator for the UW mailing list and provide technical support and mentor women to participate and contribute to Foss.
  • 2006Jun―2011Apr :: Ex-editor at Ubuntu-Fridge and was on the Ubuntu bug-squad team till 2008. Became an Ubuntu member on 2006Aug22 but did not renew the membership when it expired in 2008. The Launchpad account and an (old, unmaintained) Ubuntu Wiki Page contains archives of past Ubuntu contributions.
  • Ubuntu-India , Co-founder, 2006Mar :: Left the team within a few weeks because of harassment , sexism and misogyny .

▐ LINUXCHIX ✶ Contributor



▐ THE SCRIPPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE ✶ Bioinformatics Developer Intern

  • Worked on re-building the back-end architecture for an OpenAccess/OpenData gene annotation (bioinformatics) data retrieval and query service portal that served data with MongoDB in the backend. Speaker at Pycon-CA 2012 , Toronto.

▐ GOOGLE CODE-IN ✶ APERTIUM ✶ Technical Co-Mentor


  • Technical co-mentor for teenage school students whose technical work was verified and validated for the Hindi language translation tasks and provided mentoring for technical tasks related to Indic language scripts and Apertium.

▐ GOOGLE SUMMER OF CODE ✶ SYSTERS ✶ Student Developer Intern

  • Wrote Python code for the Patches, Release and Testing Automation Project for Systers , a US-registered non-profit organisation for Women in Computing.

KDE-WOMEN ✶ Contributor

  • 2007Mar―2010May :: List administrator for the KDE-Women mailing list.

▐ DEBIAN ✶ Contributor (Localization)

  • 2005Oct :: Wrote a Sanskrit (SA) language locale, available in the Debian package “belocs-locales-data” and also in package “locales (version: 2.3.5-6)”.


✶ Technical Interests

  • Algorithms, AI, automation, biotechnology, computational science, cognitive science, data-science, FOSS, HPC, machine learning, NLP, neuroscience, scientific computing, web development, statistics, and science.

✶ Natural (HUMAN) Languages

  • English, German, Marathi, Sanskrit, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil.

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॥ स्वक्ष ॥ SVAKSHA