Woot! time to break out your best ideas for showing/telling our favorite projects. Things that are big and manipulable might be good... (cutouts of wiki syntax?), ideas for printed posters, signs, stories (a display about 10M files on commons? A display about Wikipedia around the world, from Wiki10?) are also great. Maybe we could even come up with a theme this year?? (10 years of Wikipedia would be pretty obvious, but maybe there's something else?)

Our two most successful games ever are the 10 degrees of Wikipedia game and guess the language. More games and cool visualizations would be super.

Thanks for doing this, Stephen. Everyone sign up for a volunteer slot! And for those new on the list, here's the information about maker faire from last year: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/San_Francisco/Maker_Faire_2010#About_the_Faire_and_our_booth


On Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 6:04 PM, Stephen LaPorte <stephen.laporte@gmail.com> wrote:
Good news, we have a spot for Maker Faire on May 21 and 22! This gives us ~3 weeks to plan an amazing booth.

Since this is a '''Maker''' faire, I think we should should brainstorm some simple opportunities to allow people to make/build/contribute at our booth! Last year we had computers with Wikipedia games (the language guessing game and the article race game), a larger screen with a map of recent changes, and volunteers talked to people and answered questions. Simple and interactive work best. It can be noisy and crowded, but that article race game last year had people engaged. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/San_Francisco_12 for last year's planning notes.

If you have any ideas, stories from previous years, or are interested in volunteering, please let me know and/or share on wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/San_Francisco/Maker_Faire_2011


PS, ...here are some bizarre/practical suggestions for this year, from Jon circa 2010: "Temporary tattoo's, new games (Jimmy side scroller, "Citation Needed" - guess the fact), Offline Presentations & Auxiliary internet access methods."

On Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 8:29 AM, phoebe ayers <phoebe.ayers@gmail.com> wrote:
Awesome! Thanks Stephen!

On Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 11:46 PM, Stephen LaPorte <stephen.laporte@gmail.com> wrote:

I just submitted a late application for Maker Faire, and I will keep everyone updated if we get space!


On Apr 7, 2011, at 5:07 PM, phoebe ayers wrote:

Hi SF,

As you know Wikimedia-SF has had a booth at Maker Faire the past three years. Maker Faire is awesome! It's a fair amount of work to put together, however. Last year Jon Davis and I coordinated the booth. Unfortunately this year we have both been super busy all spring, and we missed the deadline for sending in the registration form. 

If anyone else is interested in leading the Maker Faire efforts, we could still ask if there are any last-minute places. But we would need to act very quickly -- so please speak up if you want to do this (or just do it -- contact info is on the website). And if no one is interested in leading the booth, we will take a break from Maker Faire this year (and return triumphantly next year???)


p.s. How would people feel about a get-together in a couple weeks ... the weekend of the 23rd? Maybe Sunday the 24th? It's been a long time since we've had a casual meetup.

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