Work in progress here: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Hackathon_101
Hello! I am trying to put together an FAQ (frequently asked questions) page that hackathon newbies can read before attending their first Wikimedia Hackathon so that they have a good sense of what to expect, how to prepare, etc.
Thank you @Darenwelsh for helping to come up with this idea!
I am going to send an email out to a few first timers from Lyon pointing to this task. It would be really helpful if people would be willing to write in as many specific questions (and even help with the answers if you know them) that they think should be in the FAQ.
Q: Should I be coming with my own project or will there be projects there for me to work on at the event?
A: Either one! If you have a project you want to work on you can spend the whole event working on it. It can try to recruit people to help and you will have access to other developers to help answer questions and get you started. If you do not have a project to work on there will be plenty of opportunities to learn about other projects and work on them with other developers. If you are a newbie, you do not need to know ahead of time how you will be spending your time.
Q: I am just starting out with MediaWiki, will there be mentorship possibilities or am I expected to come as an expert?
A: Yes, we will have newbie/new comer focused sessions to help you get up to speed. Most of the people who have been around for a while will have a project that they are working on and would be happy for your help.
(these are not perfect questions and answers - they are just a few examples)