What is a Hackathon?
A hackathon is an event in which a large number of people with different skills meet and work together on a common goal. It can last between a few hours and several days.
Wikimedia Hackathons normally last between 2 and 4 days and focus on technologies and projects powering Wikipedia and thousands of MediaWiki installations. Wikimedia hackathons are essentially large development community meetups that attract many developers and designers who care deeply about the issues and technology impacting MediaWiki and the Wikimedia projects. You will get a chance to work together with other developers, designers and Wikimedians, in a productive, fun, and supportive environment.
Wikimedia hackathons play an important role energizing our engineering community and connecting it to local groups. We need more of them in different places!
What do we want to achieve at hackathons?
- Work on prototypes, sprints, and other collaborative efforts to be showcased at the end of the event.
- Strengthen community health and developer ties through working together on projects and other ways of mingling.
- Reach out to new developers, onboard them during the event, and turn them into regular contributors.
- Make progress on the most recent community wishlist, featured projects list or on a project (or projects) specific to the hackathon.
I want to participate in a Hackathon
I have ideas to improve future Hackathons
We want to improve! Help us get better by sharing your feedback and ideas.
We appreciate all of your suggestions for future Hackathons, from participants and organizers alike.
I am thinking about hosting a Hackathon in the future
I am already working on a Hackathon
- Handbook for organizers - or the navbox below
- especially the Timeline
- Check out the Previous hackathons listed above