On Thursday, May 15, 2014, sankarshan <foss.mailinglists(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On Fri, May 9, 2014 at 11:18 PM, Harsh Kothari
As everyone know that currently Wikimedia
Hackathon 2014 is going on at
Zurich. Tomorrow at 9:30 AM (Zurich) and (1:00 PM IST) we are going to
discuss about Wikimedia Hackathons / Devcamps in India / Asia. So
is welcome to join this discussion.
Here is the link of Hangout :
Did anyone make a set of notes from the session? It helps to go
through those along with watching the video.
Sorry, we didn't take notes. I'm not aware of further discussion or action
The bottom line is clear: the Wikimedia technical community misses annual
hackathons in Asia, and specifically in India. The (European) Wikimedia
Hackathon is a successful model that could be followed:
* Unconference model focused on hands-on work, training, and technical
* Run in a different location every year, with different local organizers
supported by the Wikimedia Foundation's Engineering Community team and
other volunteers in volved in previous years' events.
* Lightweight organization focused on simplicity and effectiveness, with
almost no overhead.
* Budget for the organization approved in advance (currently via FDC, we
are discussing the possibility of a direct grant from the WMF) + support
from the WMF and different chapters for travel sponsorship.
* The amount of participants is secondary. A critical mass is needed (say
30-40 people?) but becoming a bug event is not a goal. The focus is
productive collaboration and consolidation of the local technical community.
We discussed that October-November could be a good time for this event.
Pleasant weather in India and other popular Asian destinations, and good
separation from EU Hackathon, Wikimania, and Architecture Summit in USA.
I'm hoping to send a formal call for EU Hackathon venues later this week. I
was thinking of reusing the call for Asia and other territories interested
in organizing hackathons in the next 12 months.
Engineering Community Manager @ Wikimedia Foundation