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Think about engagement/retention info when GCI contest finishes: Local chapter/usergroup; contacts and suggestions
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From https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Google_Code-in/Lessons_learned#2017 :

  • AKlapper: Maybe sync what to reply in last tasks before contest ends, to improve retention
  • RexxS: It's worth asking all mentors to encourage students to continue their engagement with Wikimedia after the event closes. Perhaps having a page on meta specifically targeting CGI (sic) students with leads, contacts, suggestions for how they can continue, etc. might be useful as well?
  • jayvdb: we should be helping the GCI students get connected with their local chapter/usergroup where possible, in order to engage with coding projects that their chapter is working on, or wanting, and may have a higher local impact. The high social impact is something Wikimedia GCI students often indicate made them want to participate with Wikimedia instead of some other org. Local engagement keeps student momentum between GCI, and helps them understand how their developer skills can be used to help the editing community.

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As no tasks can be commented on anymore in a few hours and as we do not have email addresses or such of GCI students, I posted a comment in the last task of each of the most active Wikimedia students:

Dear GCI participant,
GCI 2018 has come to an end - no more tasks can be claimed. GCI has been beautiful and intense, as usual. (For the organization admins there are a few more things to wrap up, such as deciding on the winners, which is always a tough task.)
Thank you so much for choosing Wikimedia and for all your hard work! Your work helps many people on this planet to access and share free knowledge.
We hope that you enjoyed GCI as much as the mentors and admins did.
We hope that you will stay in our community and plan to continue to explore and contribute to Wikimedia (and free and open software projects).
Feel free to subscribe to some of Wikimedia's or your favorite project's mailing lists (see https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo ) to follow and join discussions, to discuss in chat channels, to check out https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Good_first_bugs for more ideas what to work on (or any tasks which interest you, because those "first bugs" might have become too easy for you now), or to follow our weekly Tech News at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Tech/News for software stuff happening on Wikimedia servers.
The Wikimedia movement also has many chapters (see https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_chapters ) and local usergroups: Some chapters have projects which might welcome your skills. Or maybe you could be interested to join a local meetup or Editathon?
If you plan to write and publish a text somewhere about your GCI experience: Feel free to share it by linking to your text on our GCI2018 wikipage at https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Google_Code-in/2018#Blog_posts .
We also welcome your feedback what Wikimedia as an organization in GCI could improve at https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Google_Code-in/Lessons_learned#2018 .
Again thank you! See you around in chat channels, on mailing lists, in Phabricator, Github, Gerrit, or whatever you have used in the last weeks! Please stay curious and explore! :)
andre (a Wikimedia org admin)

Edit on 20181231: In a future round, also mention GSoC/Outreachy (pointed out in https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T200781 )?