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Organize a Wikimedia developer contest to recognize and promote best projects
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This is a known model: organizing a developer contest in order to find great projects and the great people behind them. Do we have any precedent in Wikimedia?

This is a proposal targeting the Technical Collaboration annual plan FY2017-18. We would need to be in sync with the rest of Community Engagement, Product, and Comms. If you like the idea, let's plan for it and let's request the necessary budget.

How this could work:

  • Being the first edition, the requirement would be to just be a stable and active project during 2016. In future edition we might want to restrict eligibility for new projects only, if there are enough of them.
  • We could have different categories:
    • Projects using Wikimedia APIs (one option would be to start small only with this category, then grow other categories if needed in future editions).
    • Extensions
    • Gadgets
    • Bots
    • Templates
    • Skins
  • The criteria to select winners could be a combination of qualitative factors (innovation, originality, usefulness...) and popularity. A jury would be in charge of the selection.
  • Potential prizes:
    • Organization of a small hackathon or workshop with the winner and a selection of developers, UX designers and users to improve the project and get new ideas.
    • Invitation to the Wikimedia Hackathon / Summit / Wikimania with some extra spice (i.e. some days of leisure and you can invite a partner).
    • Invitation to a special activity organized by a Wikimedia partner e.g. a workshop at the Internet Archive, a guided tour to NASA premises, an activity by any GLAM institution... also with some extra leisure spice for the winner and one partner.
    • Wikimedia merchandising, books, knowledge-related subscriptions...
    • Of course media coverage in the form of press release, blog post, promotional video...

Event Timeline

Qgil created this task.Oct 6 2016, 6:58 AM
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Qgil claimed this task.EditedDec 20 2016, 2:45 PM
Qgil removed a project: Internet-Archive.
Qgil moved this task from Backlog to Ready to Go on the Developer-Advocacy (Jan-Mar-2017) board.

Assigning to myself while we discuss whether we go for this new project in the context of T153007: Technical Collaboration annual plan FY2017-18. The organization itself would be done most probably by someone else.

Qgil removed Qgil as the assignee of this task.Jan 17 2017, 8:24 AM

We can use the Developer-Wishlist (2017) to check how much interest there is for this idea.

This project is selected for the Developer-Wishlist voting round and will be added to a MediaWiki page very soon. To the subscribers, or proposer of this task: please help modify the task description: add a brief summary (10-12 lines) of the problem that this proposal raises, topics discussed in the comments, and a proposed solution (if there is any yet). Remember to add a header with a title "Description," to your content. Please do so before February 5th, 12:00 pm UTC.

Qgil added a comment.Feb 20 2017, 9:03 AM

This request ranked #29 out of 76 in the Developer Wishlist Survey results, with 14 votes. This alone doesn't provide a clear indication on the priority we should give to this task. In terms of planning, organizing a proper contest or not is not a light decision. We need to think and discuss this proposal better.

Pushing this task to Developer-Advocacy (Jan-Mar-2018) because that will be the time to think about the annual plan for FY2018-19. If this idea makes sense then, fine. If not, let's decline it.

Qgil lowered the priority of this task from Low to Lowest.Feb 7 2018, 3:04 PM

It is Annual Plan time and this task doesn't seem as relevant as to make it into our short term plans. I am sending it back to the backlog.

Aklapper closed this task as Declined.Mar 20 2019, 11:20 AM

Boldly declining as nobody plans to work on this. Feel free to reopen if you plan to take responsibility and drive this task.

Regarding "potential prizes", stuff like invitations to hackathons or blog posts can already be done for "great projects" and don't need such a contest.

Tgr added a subscriber: Tgr.Nov 4 2019, 5:03 PM

In the gadget/module/off-wiki tool categories this has happened: Coolest Tool Award.