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Hackathon[edit | edit source]

Participants of the Wikimedia Hackathon 2018

Wikimania Hackathon 2018 will take place on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 and Thursday, 19 July 2018 during the Wikimania 2018 pre-conference in Cape Town.

Developers, designers, translators, documentors, testers and anyone interested in collaborating on a technical hacking project are welcome at the Hackathon.

Is this your first hackathon? Read this!

Friendly Space Policy and Code of Conduct[edit | edit source]

All participants in the Hackathon are expected to respect and abide by the Wikimania Friendly Space Policy and the Code of Conduct for technical spaces. Individuals not cooperating with these policies may be asked to leave the event.

People you can talk to about Friendly Space Policy and Code of Conduct for Technical Spaces issues: (more will be added before the event) Ambox warning yellow.svgUpdate

Registration[edit | edit source]

Participants of the Wikimania Hackathon 2017

See Registration and register for Pre-Conference Day 1 and Pre-Conference Day 2.

Focus Areas[edit | edit source]

This year's focus areas will be:

(more details about each area soon)

Between now and the hackathon, all participants are welcome to start thinking about sessions they are interested in proposing. Closer to Wikimania we will outline a process here to propose sessions.

  • Session covering any of the Wikimedia’s technical areas
  • Skillshare on topics around technology stack of Wikimedia projects
  • Sprint for making progress in a specific area of a project (e.g. documentation, translation, design, etc)
  • Featured Projects suitable for new developers proposed by project contributors

If you have your own ideas for a large-scale sprint, track or other project for the Wikimania hackathon and would like some help in advance coordinating please email Rachel Farrand <rfarrand@wikimedia.org> so we can work out the specifics.

Program and Schedule Information[edit | edit source]

New sessions are added to the hackathon throughout the event by participants, therefore we do not print the program on paper. You will need a laptop or mobile device connected to wifi or data in order to access the program. There will be a physical up-to-date program at the help desk as well.

Schedule your own sessions or check out our program here:


Newcomer Program[edit | edit source]

Hackathon participants should have a technical background or be interested in contributing to the design, documentation or translation of a technical project. We will have a newcomer track that will help to introduce people to Wikimedia Tech and also a program to help connect those who don't know what to work on with a project or person who can help to get your oriented.

Volunteering at the Hackathon[edit | edit source]

The Wikimania Hackathon is an event run for and by its participants. Everyone attending the hackathon can take as much personal responsibility to co-create the event and improve it as they like. Soon we will define some roles you can sign up for to help make the event better for everyone.

Participants[edit | edit source]

Hackathon Showcase[edit | edit source]

The hackathon showcase will be an opportunity for 30 hackathon participants to present their hackathon projects to all Wikimania participants. Presentations should be concise and understandable by non-technical Wikimania participants.

Recommended Items to Bring[edit | edit source]

  • Laptop and charger, it will be very hard to participate without these!
  • Power plug converters
  • Phone charger
  • Preferred note taking tools
  • Reusable water bottle (there are ways to refill these)
  • Video output converters for possible presentations
    • (For chargers, converters etc, consider labelling them with your name/email address)

Media[edit | edit source]

Organizing Team[edit | edit source]

Contact: Rachel Farrand, Event Manager, rfarrandAt sign blue.svgwikimedia.org

Rachel Farrand, event manager
Srishti Sethi, newcomer support and mentoring program
Siebrand Mazeland, showcase and general organization