Project title: Hybrid event production for QueeringWikipedia 2023 for Outreachy 2022 intern
Summary: We are looking for an intern that is both informed and enthusiastic over the work with LGBT+ community *(sensitive to issues of safety and privacy) and tech savvy to help run the registration system, setup a public website and execute a plan of tech production for a live hybrid event Queering Wikipedia 2023, which is due in the first half of year.
- Test technical setups of server platforms (primarily FLOSS, likely Jitsi and BBB) and client side consumption/interaction for different modalities of hybrid events (with special focus on inclusivity and simplicity).
- When possible adapt and customize software with information and branding for the explicit use case.
- Support event participants coming from different levels of tech know-how, backgrounds/languages/parts of the world/infrastructural limitations and types of hardware/software setup to participate and contribute.
- Document both optimal and minimum-base setups, its possible issues in practice (especially on accessibility).
MORE DETAILS on QueeringWikipedia (QW for short)
CONTEXT: In 2019 the WM LGBT+ User Group planned its first global conference of members, supporters, partners and people interested in LGBTQIA topics and Wikipedia/Wikimedia scheduled to be in May 2020, in Linz (AT) with support of Wikimedia Austria and under the name QueeringWikipedia. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Queering_Wikipedia
The pandemic delayed the conference and plans changed to develop different online and hybrid events, developed during the first annual UG meeting QW Working Days in 2021. In 2022 LGBT+ UG looks forward to organize QW Meeting sessions in October and November, to advance work to QueeringWikipedia Conf. in 2023. For this we need intern assistance.
We have several Wikimedia affiliates (including WM DE and WM UK who have explicit experience in hybrid event organizing) interested in supporting with know-how and hours.
AIMS & GOALS: For 2022 the User Group would like to develop capacity to deliver online and trans-local hybrid events that are more accessible, diverse, inclusive and equitable, as well as better online coordination, working together and online socializing. The needs include consideration of abilities to use multiple languages, access to different services/software setups, low hardware requirements, scalability for different network setups (both bandwidth and anonymity). For this reason we would like to test, setup, customize, deploy and document different services, software and hardware. Preferences would be with FLOSS and self hosting.
IMPACT: This project would ideally inform and inspire both the WM LGBT+ User Group members (with services matching specific needs and branding) and the wider Wikimedia community with proactive work in the field of hybrid event making that aligns with movement values and priorities (not just using business or entertainment commercial services). Hopefully this could also extend to FLOSS projects that can benefit from interaction (at least feedback and visibility, but also potentially mutual support).
OUTPUTS: Website and its content, including documented tests, experience and customized configurations of software and services targeting use of non-privileged participants *(both for tech accessibility, but also with safety concerns).
NEED: In the Outreachy program we would look to attract candidates that are knowledgeable of media systems and willing to spend time both following precise instructions, researching and experimenting on different setups, as well as to document them with support of the WM LGBT+ User Group. Wikimedia volunteers and affiliate staff members may also be available for support.
RESOURCES: WM LGBT+ User Group commits at least 6 hours a week for 3 months:
at least one continuously engaged mentor for 2 hours/week,
at least 2 other interchangeable mentors for another 2 hours/week and
at least 2 advisors and assistance individuals for specific issues for 2 hours/week.
Depending on funding available and support from Wikimedia professionals this might expand.