At the Wikimedia-Hackathon-2017, align current and new activities to the goal of retaining at least a 10% of new developers.
- Offer personalized support to all newcomers at the event.
We had a very robust mentoring program at the hackathon. We advertised this program on the MediaWiki event page, by email directly to anyone who identified during registration as a newcomer, by email to all participants, and at the hackathon itself. We had multiple newcomer sessions and check ins. We had a large team of dedicated mentors at the hackathon.
- Follow up with them after the event, connecting them to tasks and mentors.
We have followed up with newcomers by asking about their experiences in the feedback survey and are also sponsoring three of them to attend Wikimania. More direct follow up is needed in the coming months. One idea is to inform them about the new featured projects tasks and let them know that they can participate remotely in the Wikimania Hackathon.
Developer Relations will work together to determine how to check retention levels and do more follow up with the Wikimedia Hackathon newcomers.
- Check retention levels in September and December.