Wikimedia Engineering/WMF Tech Days 2013

WMF Tech Days is an annual meeting of Wikimedia Foundation engineering staff and contractors, held next to the Wikimedia Foundation all-staff meeting. All Wikimedia Foundation employees and most engineering contractors will participate.

Due to limited space, this is an invitation-only event, but we'll aim to document things in public as much as possible.

To mitigate people's exhaustion and stress level, this event will not be held on a weekend, and the second day will be less meeting-focused and structured more like a hackathon.

What, when, and where, summary edit

  • Tue, Sep 10
    • Location: The SPUR SF - 2nd Floor: 654 Mission St and WMF HQ: 149 New Montgomery St. 3rd Floor
    • Official start at 10 AM.
  • Wed, Sep 11:
    • Location: WMF HQ - 149 New Montgomery St. 3rd Floor
    • Official start at 10 AM.

Web references edit

  • Use this very wiki page for schedule and clean, readable information about the event.
  • Use the brainstorming subpage to help organize potential topics/sessions.
  • Use [1] for event meeting notes.
  • Here are photos from our first tech day. Please contact Fabrice if you are concerned about any picture that includes you. The best pictures will be posted on Commons shortly.

September 10 agenda edit

Day 1 (Sept 10):

(9am – 10am: Onsite prep)

10:00 - Start; team introductions

The SPUR SF - 2nd Floor: 654 Mission St

12:30 - Lunch

13:30 (1:30) - WMFHQ - 149 New Montgomery St. 3rd Floor

Tuesday Afternoon Schedule
Time 6th floor Collab North side of 3rd Floor R37 R66 R31 R36 R34 R35 R33
1330 - 1430 (1:30-2:30) PRODUCT:

Product & Data Workshop


Front End Engineering


Remote Working

1445 - 1530 (2:45-3:30) ENGINEERING:

Architecture discussion


Design @ WMF

1530 - 1615 (3:30 - 4:15) PRODUCT:

Community & Transparency

1630 - 1730 (4:30 - 5:30) ALL:

Career Paths at WMF

18:00 (6:00) - Dinner, Drinks and Music

The SPUR SF - 4th Floor: 654 Mission St

20:30 (8:30) - Drinks/Social event ends

September 11 agenda edit

Day 2 (Sept 11):

(9am – 10am: Onsite prep)

10:00 - Start.

10:00 - 17:00 - Hackathon (all day). WMFHQ - 149 New Montgomery St. 3rd Floor

10:00 - 12:30: 6th floor collab space: Appreciative inquiry session to share agile team practices (optional! ScrumMasters, Product Managers and others have been specifically invited)

10:00 - ?: Volunteers. This is a merge from different proposals: Lessons learned re. mentorship programs, Local FLOSS communities and How can we successfully engage volunteers.

10:00 - 17:00 - More discussions and other collaborations. WMFHQ - 149 New Montgomery St. 3rd Floor

  • to schedule a room, Rachel has put up a schedule in the south side of the 3rd floor, reserve the use there
  • e.g. skillshare (marked tables/rooms indicating what you want to learn or teach)

12:30 - Lunch

17:00 (5:00) - Pizza, drinks & Music @ WMF 3rd Floor (south side) - people can continue working if preferred (north side) 

General logistics to know edit

  • The SPUR SF is less than two blocks walking from WMF.

Wishlist / parking lot edit

Photos edit

Here are photos taken by Fabrice Florin of the Wikimedia Foundation's 2013 Tech days, held at SPUR and WMF offices in San Francisco, from September 10th to 11th, 2013.

See also this gallery of photos from our All Hands Offsite, held later in the week.

For more photos from both events, check out my full photo set on Flickr.