SVAKSHA is a technologist and CS professional, an autodidact who crafts code while being an active FOSS contributor and advocates for libre technology, with interests in computational science and pure Science. Since 2005 she has worked within the following FOSS projects using the synecdoche (bahuvrihi in Sanskrit) mononym " स्वक्ष ", meaning "beautiful eyes" (which philosophically characterizes void, null or zero) ::

 FOSS projects :: Maintainer and Contributor

  • Creator and curator of 50-DI is a Diversity Index that lists grants, scholarships and FA that encourages diversity in STEM fields aimed at half the world's population - women (and those who identify as one) !
  • Writing IPython/ Jupyter notebooks for gene transcriptome analysis and learning biology via MOOC resources and research papers collected in a public repo:

SOFTWARE-CARPENTRY, Instructor training


 JULIA :: Contributor

  • Maintainer of Julia.jl containing curated decibans of Julia language and information about related Julia language packages and organized a one-day Julia-language workshop led by the core-developer on 22/06/2013 at, Bangalore, India.

 MODELTB :: Data models

  • Read epidemiology research publications from collaborating scientists and attended Skype meetings, looked at constructing models and representations to translate Epidemiological data for TB transmission into clinical policies.

 THE SCRIPPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE :: Bioinformatics Developer Intern

  • Worked on re-building the back-end architecture as a flexible plugin for a gene annotation (bioinformatics) data retrieval and query service portal that served data with MongoDB in the backend. She gave a talk about it at Pycon-CA 2012, Toronto.


  • Mentored students with Apertium installation issues, provided guidance for technical tasks and verified the translation quality for the Hindi language tasks during Google Code-In, held from 2010-Nov to 2011-Jan.

 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. In 2012, her code was used and integrated by the new students with the upstream mailman code base.

 PYTHON :: Contributor

{01/07/2009 ― Present}

 DEBIAN :: Contributor

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

 UBUNTU :: Contributor

{14/01/2006 ― Present}

  • Founder of Ubuntu-Women in 2006-January, for which she 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, she is the administrator for the UW mailing list and IRC channel, and also provides technical support and mentors women to participate and contribute to FOSS.
  • She was also an editor at Ubuntu-Fridge from 2006-2011, helped with the Ubuntu bug-squad team till 2008. On 2006-Aug-22, she had applied and became an Ubuntu member but did not renew the membership when it expired in 2008. Here is an old, unmaintained Ubuntu Wiki Page and a Launchpad account which contains details of older Ubuntu work.
  • Co-founded the Ubuntu-India team in 2006-March, but left the team within a few weeks because of sexism, harassment and misogyny.

 LINUXCHIX :: Contributor

{15/01/2005 ― Present}

 KDE-WOMEN :: Contributor

  • Was the list administrator for the KDE-Women mailing list from Mar-2007 till May-2010.


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॥ स्वक्ष ॥ SVAKSHA