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We need to start planning the activities of the Wikimedia-Hackathon-2016. These activities will depend on many factors, and one of them is the developer communities that we engage. This is an exercise of offer and demand:
- Which established communities specializing in technologies relevant to Wikimedia can we potentially / realistically attract?
- From these approachable communities, on which ones should we focus in order to get actual results at the hackathon and establish longer term relationships after the event?
If we have a good idea of the developer groups we can engage, then we can look for Wikimedia projects / groups that would fit well at the hackathon.
In 2015 Lyon we did probably our best outreach to local groups, receiving the visit of 10-20 developers, most of them CS students. Different visitors had different levels of integration with ongoing activities, but most of them stuck together in an own project. The end reslt was a coupl of prototypes showcased (very good!) but apparently no continuity of the work at the hackathon, and no conversions to regular Wikimedia contributors. :( In this sense, the longer term local impact of the hackathon in Lyon was probably close to zero, same as in previous editions.
Can we do better in Jerusalem?