I'd be really interested in attending a UK hackathon. I'm a bot developer,
Toolserver tool operator, and occasional MediaWiki hacker.
That said, the dates would be really important to me. It's either got to
be a weekend in September (too close) or some time in December. Sorry.
Anyway, best of luck with the whole initiative.
On Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 1:14 PM, Lewis Cawte <lewiscawte(a)googlemail.com>wrote;wrote:
Right, I'm not going to bore you with the long back story of this, but I
was reading about the recently announced New Orleans hackathon, and as I
normally do when I can't get to an event because its abroad or whatever, I
go onto IRC and do my normal whiney thing (which I really hate myself for).
But anyway, I got talking with 'sumanah, who is the Volunteer Development
Coordinator at the Wikimedia Foundation (I guess that makes hackathons and
stuff part of her job), but she suggested that if I can't get to these, why
don't I organise my own...
So anyway, then we got talking about some stuff, and we decided that it
would be best, especially for my first event not necessarily worry about
international developers and participants as much, and that I should focus
the event locally.
A few of the main hurdles with me not being able to get to the other
hackathons are that my age, I'm 14 (15 in early September), so it makes
finding a simple flight or whatever harder to find (because my parents don't
have passports, and would not be able to afford coming with me, or finding
something else to do), and cash to pay for hotel room and travel is also a
problem. These problems also kind of apply to me running a hackathon, and a
few solutions that came up were that 1, I hold it somewhere in Brighton, or
somewhere rather close, and 2, that I contact my local chapter (if
memberships a problem for no chapter support, I'll get the application in
for the next meeting).
And basicly I need to know,
- How many of you would be interested in coming to a MediaWiki
Hackathon, will be before Christmas this year, which would last a day or
two, depending on the level of support and interest we get. There may be an
opportunity for a chapter/GLAM/board meetup depending on
time/venue/interest, but I still need to find out the relevant information
before that can be arranged fully. I plan to cross post an announcement to
- What support I can get from the chapter, I don't have a lot of
money, and I don't get a lot either, if anything, how much would the chapter
be willing to put into this event.
- Would anyone interested be willing to pay a small fee to attend,
like £5/10 a day? This has yet to be decided but it would help especially if
the chapter doesn't have much money it can spare...
- How many MediaWiki developers, toolserver users (not toolserver
tools users, but people that have their own tools/bots on toolserver) do we
have here, because I personally don't know of that many, but it'd be nice if
we could have some kind of workshop thing or mentoring program, because if
we don't have a few, we're going to have a lot of bored people sitting in a
room for a couple of days. I've spoken to a few of the other developers in
#mediawiki, and I know one or two people that have said they would be happy
to travel into the UK if I can get one organised and run by Christmas...
- Deputy Event manager like person. As I've said, I'll be 15 when
this happens, and I'm not comfortable running this by myself, or booking
stuff in my name... or being the emergency contact on the time of the event,
mainly because I'm a stupidly heavy sleeper. I am happy, however to go to
the event, do some speaking, go shopping or order shopping for snacks, work
out transport routes and stuff, and I'll go along with someone to visit the
venue if need be...
Oh yeah, and if anyone doesn't know what a hackathon is, I've probably
left it a bit late to explain, but its a meetup with a few talks and a lot
of coding and bug fixing (and for this one, specifically MediaWiki related
tools (so toolserver, pybot etc as well)).
Hope I haven't forgotten anything,
-- Lewis Cawte
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