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African Wikimedia Developer program in Ghana - Day 1
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Summary of what happened in day 1 and all activities done during the event;

  • @Flixtey did a presentation on an overview of the Wikimedia movement and volunteer opportunities.
  • Participants learned about Phabricator, Git/Github, Technical Areas in the Wikimedia movement, Introduction to IRC and made known of the programming languages used to build MediaWiki.
  • We created an IRC channel for developers in Africa (#wiki-dev-africa) where all developers in Africa will come together and collaborate on projects.
    • The IRC channel was registered and will be used for follow up and subsequent trainings.
  • Participants during the event joined and introduced themselves in the #wikimedia-dev channel.
  • Many participants were interested in hacking mediawiki core and contributing in building APIs and very few on building mobile apps.
  • Participants have started dropping their emails on an etherpad here: @Rfarrand this is for you :). The list will keep building as they put in their emails.
  • Pictures taken will be uploaded to commons and the link will be put there.
  • A one on one talk with the participants after the event goes by;
    • Participants mentioned they learnt a lot of new skills and tools that they never knew anything about.
    • The event is exciting and willing to get more people to contribute to the movement etc..
    • After day 2 (tomorrow), a one-on-one discussion (short interview) will be done to the participants (if not all, some), and feedbacks will be jotted down and shared.
  • As at today, we have 98 members in the African Wikimedia Developers mailing list.

All in all, Day 1 was very successful as we did more than we we planned for (all the prerequisites - phabricator, git/github, discussion on technical areas, irc, overview of wikimedia projects etc...) and will focus on hacking on MediaWiki itself and building extensions.

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Thanks to all who supported this initiative we are glad that it happened and looking forward to what ensues. Read more about how it went here -