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This week we are happy to welcome Cai Blanton
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:CBlanton_(WMF)> to the Wikimedia
Foundation and to the Abstract Wikipedia team! I will let Cai introduce
herself with her own words.
“I am thrilled to be joining WMF as the Senior Engineering Manager for
Abstract Wikipedia. From my beginnings as a full-stack UX-focused software
engineer, I have focused my career on building products that make people’s
lives better, spanning from education to employment technology. At the
heart of it all lies my passion for DIBE (Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging,
and Equity) and drive to create an environment where collaboration is
personal and fun.
“Languages and the nuances of cross-cultural communication have fascinated
me since grade school when I took my first Spanish class. This interest has
only grown through my further language studies, stint as a linguistic
major, and time living and working abroad in a multinational environment in
Western Europe and Scandinavia. The Abstract Wikipedia vision is
particularly compelling to me for these reasons.
“I look forward to working together with the community to advance global
We are also happy to welcome Adesoji Temitope to our team. Adesoji joins
joined us together with Lindsay
from ThisDot. Adesoji <https://twitter.com/temitopedavid_> is on Twitter.
Here is his introduction in his own words.
“I am Adesoji Temitope, a software developer at Thisdot. I am currently
based in Lagos, Nigeria.
“I love to play football and first-person shooter games.
“Started learning to code in my last year in high school and worked on a
lot of personal projects using PHP. I luckily got into a school that had a
lab setup by one of the lecturers and I was able to really start learning
to work with people and had my first live code. I owe a lot of my early
assistance to my brother.
“Really love researching about communities and I am excited about the
opportunity to join the Wikimedia team.”
Please join us in welcoming Cai and Adesoji to the team!
On October 15, Houcemeddine Turki
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Csisc> will present Wikifunctions
<https://www.wikiarabia2021.com/en_GB/event/propose-2/agenda> at next
week’s WikiArabia conference <https://www.wikiarabia2021.com/en_GB/> organized
by the Wikimedia Algeria User Group
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Algeria>. The presentation will
be in Arabic.
We also presented Wikifunctions and Abstract Wikipedia at the Russian
Moscow, Russia, organized by Wikimedia RU
The presentation was translated live into Russian. Thanks to Gulnara for
the translation! We will link to the recordings when they are available.
We also presented Wikifunctions and Abstract Wikipedia at the German WikiCon
<https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiCon_2021> in Erfurt, Germany,
organized by the German-speaking Wikimedia community with support from
Deutschland <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Deutschland>. The
presentation was given in German. We will link to the recordings when they
Thanks to the communities and the organizations for organizing these hybrid
events. It is beautiful to see the communities come together again, but
also the effort to continue to allow people to participate online. It is a
lot of work, and thank you all for your efforts.