The Wikimedia Hackathon is happening next weekend, and the Wikimedia tech community is excited to share some details about all the activities that will be taking place – and how you can get involved either in-person or online.
Building on experience from last year’s virtual hackathon, this year’s Wikimedia Hackathon will take a new approach: it will happen both online and in-person on May 20-22, 2022.
Collaboration is a key aspect of our community. The Wikimedia Hackathon is a great opportunity to meet others and work together on technical projects during a fun three-day event. The main Hackathon events will happen in an online game-style space, while local meetups organized by community members happen around the world. These two formats will have a diverse set of activities that everyone is welcome to join – no matter the technical background they have!
We’re expecting to have participants from many different places, so the schedule is planned to allow people in multiple time zones to participate comfortably. There will be core hours several times a day when most events will occur, and online social and hacking spaces open 24 hours a day throughout the three days.
Participating in a Hackathon doesn’t necessarily mean coding! Of course you’ll find sessions about technical topics, but you can also find sessions about culture, diversity, and some activities that can help you get skills to inspire and motivate your team. The Wikimedia Hackathon seeks to welcome a larger audience, beyond just developers.
If you would like to join the Hackathon, take a look at the different options that are available and find the ones that interest you the most:
- Host a session. You can check out our schedule page and pick an open slot in the category that best fits your topic, you just need to add yourself there!
- Contribute to or create a project. If you want to get involved in the hacking activities, check the Phabricator board and add a task.
- Attend in-person meet ups. Find out if there is a meeting near you here.
- If you want to explore other options, there are a lot of tasks you can contribute to! You can help out welcoming newcomers, contributing to translations or you can even just explore the virtual game space and meet new people. Check the list of activities we have for you.
Please feel free to reach out to anyone on the Wikimedia Hackathon team if you need any support or have any questions. Make sure to bring your best ideas to the table and be ready to work along with developers, designers, translators and other tech Wikimedians in a fun and collaborative environment!