Following the success of the Google Kiswahili Wikipedia
in 2009, the WMF has been in touch with Google's Nairobi office about a
"Wikipedia Challenge" to be conducted in the languages Setswana, isiZulu,
and Afrikaans, to be held from early August 2011 to early October 2011.
This is basically a writing competition (translations are allowed) of
articles, with a proposed grand prize of a sponsored trip to Wikimania 2012
(in Washington D.C.), and several smaller prizes.
The competition is now at the planning phase, and we would very much like to
involve some of you at WMZA on several fronts. The first and most pressing
is finding volunteer judges for the articles that would be submitted.
Google wants 35 judges per language, expecting each judge to need to put in
2-3 hours a week for the duration of the competition. Are you able to begin
interesting your local communities in these languages and enlisting
volunteers for this?
And generally, could you identify an appropriate contact person? (or one
This could be a very energizing program for your chapter to engage with.
Google are doing most of the heavy lifting, funding-wise.
Thanks Kieran: this is a very interesting perspective on the situation, and
one that I wasn't aware of.
I would be perfectly happy to work with a profit-making organisation to help
them provide Wikipedia for Schools to a wider audience, as long as their
aims are compatible with ours, but I would never knowingly support an
organisation that is inimical towards software freedom, so I'll wait to hear
a bit more before committing my time to this.
On 13 May 2011 9:44 PM, "Jessie Wild" <jwild(a)wikimedia.org> wrote: