OK! Seriously sorry for the delay on any communication here.
This is what we are facing / things that you can help with / start thinking about / start working on:
- 10% of the hackathon participants are expected to be non technical, tech curious people. I will have a better idea from the registration specifically what their interests are and expectations are soon. For now we have to start coming up with a plan for these people to get some value from the hackathon. Some of them will want to learn about wikimedia tech, others can probably jump in and help with translation work.
- We should have between 10 -20 local Italian developers who are not already working on mediawiki / wikimedia projects. We will need a plan for on boarding them and getting them engaged. @Aklapper will be running his usual "Intro to Wikimedia Tech" and "Intro to Phabricator" sessions however we should have more than that.
- We will have some designers who are not developers. We need a way for these guys to find projects and find ways to help.
- We need to get people who are attending the hackathon and don't already have a project or something in mind to work on starting to think about community wish list ideas. Maybe coming up with an easy to understand and complete way to start getting people involved directly from the hackathon page: https://wikimania2016.wikimedia.org/wiki/Hackathon Edit away as you see fit.
- It would be good to help people to start self organizing and m on their own projects too if we can think of ways that would be helpful to the participants.
What I can send you:
- It will take a little while to compile, but I will send you the list of motivations for attending that the non-technical people have
- I can send you a list of names and user names and hackathon ideas from the registration list
Bottom line, there is always a better way to engage people and enable people at hackathons. We do it one way now, but that is not the way we need to do it. Lets come up with new ideas that are friendly to everyone - not just those that are comfortable with Phabricator and wikis.
Sorry to be so rushed, I wanted to write something instead of putting it off for longer!
@Qgil please add more things that need to be done in advance of the hackathon to this task