Thank you!! I am really excited to hear about any responses received. :)
Mon, Nov 6
Hi @CCicalese_WMF - I am happy to start the scheduling and announcing process for this talk. Are you still interested and able to hold this in November? If yes - we can get started! :)
Wed, Oct 25
Oct 13 2017
Oct 12 2017
Because google and youtube have joined together the same people have access to our MediaWiki account as have access to our YouTube account. The list of people with access is:
Oct 10 2017
Text from Today's public demo: "I am an event manager working for the Wikimedia Foundation. I work with various people in the wikimedia communities to organize events for computer developers both paid and volunteer – like hackathons, unconference, and a yearly developer summit.
Also - one other final comment.
In the Mozilla Open Leadership program that I am taking part in I am needing to get on different tools I have not used before. GitHub and Gitter (chat program) for example.
I think another way to frame this is to say that getting on IRC and getting familiar with it with the help of your mentors and program leads is actually a net-positive instead of net-negative.
If you want to be a developer in the open source community you probably should know how to use IRC... and we at WMF are offering training and support to get people going.
So just a bit of different framing could help. Don't say "we know it sucks and its going to be hard, but please use IRC because thats how we do things." Say "IRC Is a big part of open source developer culture, we can help you work through the set-up process"
IRC is of course very hard to use for newbies; enough has been said about that already.
In response that this, I used to agree but don't anymore. If you are installing IRC on your own computer, reserving a nickname, and trying to set up a bouncer (and all of the rest of the crazy stuff you need to do) it is quite challenging.
Oct 5 2017
37 for Vienna and 47 for Montreal
Sep 28 2017
Good news - I believe I will be getting a list of "no-shows" for the Montreal hackathon in the next few days so we can makes sure we are not tracking people who did not arrive.
As long as I get this information by then I think we will have pretty accurate date for the number of newcomers that actually attended our last two hackathons.
Sep 27 2017
This is where I am going to be drafting my README
The description of this task is my "Vision Statement" here is a very rough first draft of my "Open Canvas" https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1fE29DkKVQWi5eRt9Hj6uSw1GcmgxdY7An-m-W_M-SNU/edit#slide=id.p
I will give a formal "last chance" for the Montreal / Vienna newcomers and also to combine the lists onto one spreadsheet but in different tabs.
Currently we have narrowed it down to two venue options. Will do site tours of both on Monday next week. We will decide on the other logistics after deciding on the venue & understanding the final number of participants.
As per discussion with @Qgil I am removing myself from owner of this task.
Sep 13 2017
Wow, thanks @Envlh !
Sep 12 2017
@Milimetric Yay! Sure! :)
Please let me know how I can assist. :)
I believe I created this task just after the Wikimedia Hackathon 2016 in Israel. I think a group of us had a discussion about fewer and fewer people remaining who have the entire picture and how tragic it would be if this information was ever lost or no one remained who was around for (mostly) everything.
I think this talk would be REALLY interesting and good to have a verbal history somewhere.
Maybe @MelodyKramer could help? Like send a list of history related questions to some of our dinosaurs (meant very respectfully) and we can put it all together and then find someone who like public speaking to present the results?
Not sure any one person will actually take the time to go write down / research / remember everything themselves?
Yes - I need to review notes and make sure all "next steps" or ideas are at least slightly more widely circulated.
Will put some thought into this task after the Dev Summit venue is sorted :)
Sep 11 2017
Sep 9 2017
Sep 8 2017
Text to use at all events: "Please be aware of the friendly space policy and the code of conduct for technical spaces. Please realize there are different kinds of diversity. If you see something that you think is not okay, please do something. Someone else might need your help. If you don't feel comfortable reporting something that happened to you, ask someone else you trust to help you report it or report it for you. These policies exist to set clear expectations of behavior and we are committed to providing you with a harassment free conference experience. Photos of people you can talk to are on the main hackathon page on the Wikimania wiki."
Thanks for the reminder, I have sent an email.
Sep 5 2017
For the future - we need a better strategy to understand who we should follow up with, what we should follow up with them on and how we can help them.
Unless someone wants to do this, I am declining it.
During the developer summit - we will publish Position Statements from all attendees along with name or user name.
Aug 30 2017
Aug 29 2017
Aug 21 2017
Might be worth getting @MelodyKramer 's opinions also.
She had some good ideas for our survey from Vienna.
What type of contribution are you involved in with Wikimedia? Select all that apply.
This question needs to have an "other" or a "fill in the blank" section
Thanks @siebrand & @Legoktm :)
Good idea because of the play-on-words, but yeah - we agreed in person in Montreal to leave alone any controversial or serious issues when working on Goatifying Wikimedia. :)
OK! I think this lessons could be carried over to next year's wikimania and only have one install party there.
I think it would be worth continuing to try for two in Barcelona.
The two hackathons are different enough that lessons learned at one might not carry over to the other.
What do you think?
Aug 18 2017
Whatever you think makes the most sense, I can work with.
How many people did we help this time?
Thank you, this is all really great. Especially I like the idea of changing the name of the program to "Newcomer Support."
I think we have been struggling with names for things in this area for a while and this suggestion makes more sense to me and also makes the intention more clear.
So, would the "Mentors" now be called "newcomer supporters?" or ...?
Wikimania Hackathon in Montreal was a success. Everything went as planned and the showcase can be seen here:
Sessions that occurred can be seen here: https://wikimania2017.wikimedia.org/wiki/Hackathon/Program
@CKoerner_WMF please add any notes or lessons learned from the volunteer group here so we don't loose them for next time and then close the task when you are ready. If you are not ready to close the task because you have some following up to do or need help with something please also list those details here.
I have emailed Melody to discuss both a blog about the organization of the Wikimania Hackahton as well as a joint effort blog from scholarship recipients
@Quiddity please add any notes or lessons learned from the volunteer group here so we don't loose them for next time and then close the task when you are ready. If you are not ready to close the task because you have some following up to do or need help with something please also list those details here.
@Halfak please add any notes or lessons learned from the mentoring program here so we don't loose them for next time and then close the task when you are ready. If you are not ready to close the task because you have some following up to do or need help with something please also list those details here.
This was meant to happen in Vienna and did not. We will do a better job with this in 2018.
I am closing this task as @CKoerner_WMF brought 3d printed plastic barn starts to Wikimania and some were distributed! :) :)
Hopefully we can continue this tradition, I forgot to give out the few I intended to give out.
Developer Relations will be following a similar process to the process followed for Vienna.
More details coming later!
Everything is changing so significantly for 2018 that we will need to begin again. The will be extensive follow up on 2018 if it is a success and we decide to keep the model.
We have done this in both Montreal and Vienna with some success. We will continue in the future!
Thank you very much to everyone who volunteered at the Help Desk. It was a success and fun to have so many different people helping.
Looking forward to another round of help-desk-ing in South Africa. There will be a similar volunteer group and process.
There is a tentative timeline. It has been readjusted to work with travel's schedule.
Currently we are in the process of creating a "straw man" proposal for the registration and attendee decision process.
Aug 17 2017
Aug 16 2017
Can we close this as resolved or do we need another goat-a-thon?
Darn it! I wish that I had heard that correctly at the time. I would have said "yes!"
Can we have an update on this task? I still am not able to award this task a goat token. :)
@Addshore add a photo of Lea's goat robot for structured data here if you can! :)
I have placed an order for 60 goat tattoos using this design: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Goatification_logo.svg
from this company: https://www.stickeryou.com/2
WikiGoat History as far as I know it: WMDE had a cat wall. WMDE is moving offices spaces and considering to take the cat wall or not. @Bmueller wondered "why cats? what about goats instead?" Birgit talks about goats for months with quite a lot of push-back from the cat community. Rachel and Birgit put a goat immagein their hackathon presentation in Vienna. Rachel and Siebrand wonder "which memes do we use for the opening of the Montreal hackathon?" Rachel decides to go with Goats. @siebrand takes this to the next level. The goat community grows and takes on traction throughout the Wikimania hackahton. Many informal, spontaneous goat-meetups take place where people brainstorm goat-puns and projects that can use goats. By the start of Wikimania the goat community is strong and healthy. The largest, most impressive, collaborative, happy and touching more areas of Wikimedia hacking project that Rachel has ever seen begins to form. Lots of goat art is created. People meet, have fun, laugh and constructively do things to further goats @ Wikimania. A goat-a-thon takes place to add more goats to our projects like Wikipedia, WikiData, etc. Some parts of the WMF board and main Wikimania organizing team are convinced to mention goats officially. The Wikimania social telegram channel and the wikimania hackathon social telegram channel basically become wiki-goat-observation/pan-channels. Most goat related projects are tracked here: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/project/view/2926/ if there are questions about the greater relevance of any specific thing I think its best to ask on that specific task. If there are any wiki-goat efforts that are not on that board, please add them. Make sure to check the closed tasks as well.