I would like to re-think our reporting around technical events scholarships.
because of limited bandwidth and small scholarship numbers we have not recently (since 2017) required any reportbacks from scholarship recipients at our technical events.
Mostly we have between 20-30 scholarship participants and its easy for organizers to see that they are attending and participating in the event. As we grow our scholarship programs and hold more events we should implementing a better job of tracking recipients contributions and asking them to do a brief (and hopefully fun?) report back from the event.
Some ideas I have around this would be:
a) write a blog post
b) organize a tech talk about your hackathon project in collaboration with the technical advocacy team
c) organize a small local meetup at a cafe or library in your hometown (which we can re-fund up to $100 USD for snacks) about a wikimedia related technical topic
d) volunteer to help in an organizing capacity in next year mentoring program (we can only accept two new people per year to take this option)
e) some other options??
I just want to make sure that there are good options for all personality type. Introverts, people who don't feel comfortable presenting or writing in english, people that don't have a lot of time because they have full time jobs / families. But without to much more effort we can turn this into a really cool program.
We have some time to think this through as this obviously has to be announced in advance of giving someone a scholarship so they know what they are agreeing to (so this wont work for Wikimania) the next round of technical scholarships will be the techconf.
For now, lets discuss :)