In May 2022, hundreds of people logged into the Wikimedia Hackathon online platform to build projects, solve bugs, translate documentation, socialize, learn new skills, and more. For three days, community members led over 50 sessions, worked on over 75 Phabricator tasks, and watched one stellar live piano performance. In addition, hackers in Nigeria, Ghana, India, the U.S., Greece, and Germany came together for community-led in-person meetups to celebrate the Hackathon and teach newcomers how to contribute to Wikimedia technologies.
Now, in just two weeks, the technical community will come together again for the Wikimedia 2022 Hackathon!
How do I join the Hackathon?
To take part in the Hackathon, register for Wikimania to gain access to the platform. This information is kept private. You can also optionally list yourself publicly as a participant on the Wikimania Wiki.
When and where is the Hackathon?
The Hackathon will take place virtually in time blocks:
- 16:00 – 22:00 UTC August 12
- 12:00 – 17:00 UTC August 13
- 15:55 – 16:45 UTC August 14
The Hackathon will take place on Pheedloop, the Wikimania platform. This platform complies with WCAG 2.1 AA, and will support screen readers, font adjustments, and many other accessibility features. Video sessions will be held in Jitsi through this platform.
What will happen at the Hackathon?
A pre-hacking showcase
On the first day, there will be a pre-Hacking showcase to share project ideas and find collaborators. Anyone can present a project, and anyone can come as an observer. This informal gathering is a great way to meet new people around the world and start working together.
Throughout the next two days, technical contributors around the world will come online to hack together, starting new projects, maintaining existing software, updating and translating documentation, and playing with tools. To propose a project, add a task to the Phabricator board.
Technical and social activities
Throughout the Hackathon, take a break from hacking to learn about Wikimedia Cloud Services, attend a newcomers social, or offer a session of your own! Anyone can claim a slot on the schedule to arrange an activity for the group.
A final showcase
Finally, there will be a final showcase to share and celebrate the projects worked on during the Hackathon. Show off what you built to an audience of technical contributors around the world, as well as other Wikimania participants curious to learn more about the technical community.
Is the Hackathon good for newcomers?
Yes! If you’re new to the technical community, check out the resources for newcomers. Don’t miss the pre-Hacking showcase, which is a great opportunity to find people to work together with.
Visit the Hackathon page on the Wikimania wiki for additional event information, a list of useful resources, and links to other exciting Wikimania activities.
See you soon!