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Wikimedia Hackathon 2017/Register and Attend

< Wikimedia Hackathon 2017
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19 – 21 May 2017 | Vienna, Austria



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Register & Attend!



Registration is closed since April 21, 2017
In case you have any questions regarding the registration process, please contact us via

Interested technologists and hackers of all backgrounds are welcome at the hackathon. Some experience with the MediaWiki software is beneficial – newcomers are welcome to join the mentoring program. Registration and participation are free, but places are limited and candidates will be chosen according to their motivation, contribution to free knowledge and Wikimedia projects, as well as relevant experience.

Wikimedia Österreich   will hold preparatory meetings for Austrian developers before the hackathon. Those who are not well acquainted with MediaWiki are encouraged to download and read about it here on or in any other available source.

Please note that all participants of the Hackathon are expected to respect and abide by the Wikimedia Friendly Space Policy and the Code of Conduct for Wikimedia technical spaces. Individuals not cooperating with these policies may be asked to leave the event.

Mentoring programEdit

For this year’s Hackathon we will be implementing a mentoring program for newcomers to our movement.

Information for Newcomers:Edit

This program will give newcomers the chance to dive into the Wikimedia movement and try out projects. Projects will be designed in a way that will give newcomers the chance to hack with on something that can be completed by the end of the weekend together with an experienced Wikimedian as a mentor. While hacking, the newcomers on the team can get to know the Wikimedia movement and see what impact they can have.

We would like to create an event which will offer newcomers the opportunity to engage closely with Wikimedia projects. Pre-assigned hacking groups for newcomers will be kept small, with only four to six participants per project. It will be a unique chance to get to know some of the coolest projects and coders out there and become part of the Wikimedia community!

Newcomers who are interested to be part of the mentoring program during the Hackathon please also indicate this in the registration form together with some information on your coding skill level and interest areas so that we can match you with suitable mentors and fellow mentees.

Information for Mentors:Edit

We are looking for Wikimedians who would like to attend the Hackathon exclusively as mentors! The first part of your job will be to come up with a newcomer friendly project broken into small and large easy-to-accomplish tasks. Then you will attend the hackathon and work together with newcomers guiding them through the project from start to finish.

The mentoring program is a new approach that we are trying out for the first time, to get more newcomers into the movement, help them with the whole onboarding process, and make their way into the great Wikimedia tech community as easy and as much fun as possible.

Since the mentoring program is something new this year - much more guided and focused than previous initiatives (like e.g. the buddy system) - we want to make sure that everyone is on the same page.

Being a mentor means:

You will be at the hackathon exclusively as a mentor! You will create projects that are newbie-friendly and you will work on them together with the newcomers  for the whole weekend. You will not get as much done as you would on your own, but you will contribute an incredible amount of value to the community by sharing your knowledge and helping the movement grow.

  • Before the hackathon, everyone will come up with newcomer friendly projects, broken into small and large, easy to accomplish tasks. We will collect them on Phabricator on the Wikimedia Hackathon 2017 workboard, and you can also put yourself down as a mentor for projects on the Community Wishlist. Detailed instructions (what to contribute where) will follow asap, please stay tuned!
  • Before the hackathon, we will keep sending you emails with updates on the mentoring program as we will develop it together – since this is a first time for all of us, we really value your feedback and contributions!
  • At the opening ceremony, the mentoring program and the mentoring team (as a group, not personally) will be introduced and greeted with a round of applause.
  • After the opening ceremony, mentors and newcomers will meet in person and get to know each other, and both mentors as well as newcomers can decide with whom, and on which project they want to work together for the weekend.
  • And, as a special thank you: you will get some mentors-only goodies, and your commitment to teach others will be much, much appreciated!


International scholarshipsEdit

By using the registration form above you are asked whether you want to apply for a scholarship for participating in the Wikimedia Hackathon 2017. Our international scholarships are designed to cover your travel expenses and your stay at the hotel.

An international scholarship committee decides about the scholarship requests. These scholarships are funded by the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Deutschland.

The deadline for applying for a scholarship was February 26, 2017.

Scholarships by local Wikimedia affiliatesEdit

  • Wikimedia Norge: Apply for scholarship from Wikimedia Norge. Deadline 15. February 2017.
  • Wikimedia Nederland. Apply for scholarship by mail to info(at)wikimedia(point)nl. More information on our wiki. . Deadline 1 March 2017.
  • Wikimedia Deutschland: If you live in Germany, please use the registration form to apply for a scholarship. Your request won't be handled by the international scholarship committee but directly by Wikimedia Deutschland.
  • Wikimedia Czech Republic: Apply for a scholarship to become a member of the Wikimedia Commons app team at the Prague Pre-hackathon as well as the main event in Vienna.
  • Wikimedia Österreich: If you live in Austria, please use the registration form to apply for a scholarship. Your request won't be handled by the international scholarship committee but directly by Wikimedia Österreich.
  • Wikimédia France: Apply for scholarship by mail to hackathon-2017-bourses(at)lists(point)wikimedia(point)fr. More information on Meta. Deadline (likely) April 1st.

Contact: hackathon
This e-mail address can be used for all inquiries or questions regarding the event.