WMF at Maker Faire 2008, suggest a ‘best-of Wikimedia’ item

We’ve been graciously invited to participate in the 2008 Maker Faire here in the San Francisco Bay Area on May 3/4 of this year. In case you don’t know, Maker Faire (now in its third year) is a two-day, do-it-yourself, craft/technology extravaganza here on the US west coast. Last year the event attracted audiences of 40,000 – a great chance to spread the word and recruit more WMF project contributors.
For the Wikimedia Foundation this will be our first-ever, official appearance at a major public event (we recognize most chapters and active volunteers have been at it for a while 🙂 ).
Some gracious bay-area volunteers have offered to help, but we’re always looking for more! Let us know (via email below) if you’re interested. We have comp tickets too!
But here’s the real push: we want to profile the very best works of the Wikimedia projects from around the world on some big screens – and we need your help. Add your suggestions to this page, make a comment, or drop us a line and let us know what you think are the very best or as-yet-unseen projects, pages, or articles – whether it’s a project you work on, or one you think deserves exposure. We’ll incorporate them into a rotating presentation and get the word out to thousands of people on the ground. We’ll rotate this call and keep the list active for future presentations as well.
This is one of many public events to come! As chapters grow and the word gets out we hope to have an even bigger on the ground presence.
Thanks!
Jay Walsh, Head of Communications
jwalsh@wikimedia.org

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just swinging by in support of this blog, and thought I’d drop a small idea in here too; You may have seen some of the time lapse video on youtube ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrCQ9dUsfqU ) – I think it’s one of the best ways of showing how powerful and immediate a collaborative process can be (but I’d slow it down a bit, and change the soundtrack…!) also, I noticed you mentioned that chapters are increasing the ‘on the ground’ presence of WMF, and wondered if you have any plans or ideas for some kind of training / advice for directions chapters should… Read more »

“ps. am I right in thinking that the pic at the top of the page is the foundation’s ceiling?” – You are correct. 🙂 That’s the Office’s ceiling. “also, I noticed you mentioned that chapters are increasing the ‘on the ground’ presence of WMF, and wondered if you have any plans or ideas for some kind of training / advice for directions chapters should follow (I’m just getting up to speed on the new aussie chapter, and haven’t yet figured out exactly how these things integrate into the bigger picture…)” – I think that’ll be quite clear to them once… Read more »

This got mentioned recently on Foundation-l in another context; I thought it might make a cool display for Maker Faire:
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