Hackathons/Handbook/Montreal Lessons Learned

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THIS PAGE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS AND NOT COMPLETE - THIS MESSAGE WILL BE REMOVED WHEN THE PAGE IF FINALIZED

These are lessons learned and feedback statistics from the 2016 Wikimania Hackathon which was part of the pre-conference days in Esino Lario.

This page is a combination of feedback from a survey sent to participants and ideas from the organizers.

For more information about the event please see: https://wikimania2017.wikimedia.org/wiki/Hackathon

Contents

The Best[edit]

The Worst[edit]

Suggested Changes for next time[edit]

Background on Feedback Survey[edit]

  • This feedback about the Wikimania Hackathon 2017 was a section in the main Wikimania feedback survey which was shown only to respondents who indicated that they had attended the hackathon.
  • The survey was first sent out on ADD DATE
  • 52 people responded to the Hackathon Feedback Survey

Qualitative Feedback[edit]

This feedback is based on fill in the blank comments, grouped into similar themes, interoperated by rfarrand and listed in order of most-commented

Mentoring Program and Newcomers[edit]

What worked well with the mentoring program?[edit]

  • Good mentors
  • Visible
  • Matching interests
  • Results achieved
  • Met people
  • Got help
  • Learned
  • Telegram worked
  • Posters worked

What should be improved about the mentoring program?[edit]

  • Not enough mentees / not enough mentees in my area
  • More projects
  • Whiteboards instead of paper
  • Where to go for different programming language help
  • Helpdesk and mentoring area should be close
  • After poster session newcomers had time finding mentors

Questions for Newcomers[edit]

How did you experience the amount of new information you got? (e.g. I wanted more, I felt overwhelmed, I followed along well)[edit]

  • I followed along well / it was the right amount / good: 15 people
  • Wanted more information: 2 people
  • Wanted less information: 2 people
  • Didn't get much new info: 1 person

How did you experience the social atmosphere?[edit]

  • It was good / something positive: 18 people
  • Mentions the friendly atmosphere: 4 people
  • Hard to meet people: 3 people

After attending the hackathon, would you feel prepared enough to keep working on MediaWiki projects?[edit]

  • Yes: 17 people
  • I am already paid to do this: 2 people
  • Not yet: 2 people
  • Not specifically on mediawiki: 1 person
  • probably: 1 person

What did you find most confusing about the existing Wikimedia technical documentation?[edit]

Which Wikimedia technical documentation pages were the most useful for you?[edit]

What Wikimedia technical documentation did you want to find, but couldn't find?[edit]

What was the most interesting conversation which you had with other community members?[edit]

Programs and Collaboration

Opening / Closing Sessions

Sessions/Schedule

Accomplishments

Anything else?

Quantitate Feedback[edit]

This is data straight from the feedback survey

How would you describe your experience as a developer?[edit]

(Choose the option that best describes your experience level)

52 responses

  • I am not a developer: 17.3%
  • Beginner (just starting out): 9.6%
  • Intermediate (less than 5 years) 21.2%
  • Advanced (more than 5 years or have a high level of knowledge in my area): 51.9%

Including this event, how many Wikimedia or Wikimania hackathons have you attended?[edit]

52 responses

  • 1: 13.5%
  • 2: 13.5%
  • 3: 17.3%
  • 4:7.7%
  • 5: 5.8%
  • 6 or more: 42.3%

How would you describe your overall experience at the Hackathon?[edit]

52 responses

  • Very Positive: 48.1%
  • Positive: 50%
  • Neither Negative nor Positive: 1.9%
  • Negative: 0%
  • Very Negative: 0%

Mentoring Program and Newcomers[edit]

Did you participate in the mentoring and newcomers program[edit]

52 responses

  • Yes, as a newcomer: 9.6%
  • Yes, a mentor: 19.2%
  • I helped in another way: 11.5%
  • No: 59.6%

If you participated please rate your overall experience with the mentoring program[edit]

21 responses

  • Very Positive: 19%
  • Positive: 38.1%
  • Neither Negative nor Positive: 42.9%
  • Negative: 0%
  • Very Negative: 0%

Questions for Newcomers[edit]

Did you also attend the main Wikimania Conference?[edit]

39 responses

  • Yes: 100%
  • No: 0%

How useful did you find the sessions for newcomers?[edit]

27 responses

  • Completely Useful: 3.7%
  • Mostly Useful: 14.8%
  • Moderately Useful: 7.4%
  • Somewhat Useful: 0%
  • Not at all Useful: 0%
  • Did not attend: 74.1%

Programs and Collaboration[edit]

How useful did you find the skill share board?[edit]

50 responses

  • Completely Useful: 2%
  • Mostly Useful: 18%
  • Moderately Useful: 14%
  • Somewhat Useful: 4%
  • Not at all Useful: 2%
  • Did not use: 60%

How was it to find people to work with?[edit]

48 responses

  • Very Easy: 18.8%
  • Easy: 41.7%
  • Neither Easy nor Difficult: 33.3%
  • Difficult: 6.3%
  • Very Difficult: 0%

Did you participate in the volunteering program?[edit]

21 responses

  • Event Photography: 5 people
  • Event Blogging: 2 people
  • Host: 0 people
  • Mid-event Phabricator and Wiki-updates: 4 people
  • Help Desk: 9 people
  • Others mentioned in fill-in-the-blank: workshop with skillshare, telegram, session, search and discovery table.

Opening / Closing Sessions[edit]

How useful were each of the following sessions?

Hackathon Opening Session[edit]

  • Not at all: 0
  • Somewhat: 4 people
  • Moderately: 2 people
  • Mostly: 21 people
  • Completely: 16 people
  • Did not attend: 7 people

Hackathon Showcase Session[edit]

  • Not at all: 0
  • Somewhat: 1 person
  • Moderately: 2 people
  • Mostly: 13 people
  • Completely: 17 people
  • Did not attend: 18 people

Sessions/Schedule[edit]

How satisfied were you with the selection of breakout sessions?[edit]

42 responses

  • 1 (not satisfied): 0%
  • 2: 0%
  • 3: 21.4%
  • 4: 61.9%
  • 5: 16.7%

Accomplishments[edit]

51 responses (people could answer more than one response)

  • Improved a Community Wishlist task: 6
  • Wrote code for a new tool or project: 14
  • Added features to an existing tool: 20
  • Fixed bugs: 24
  • Created templates: 2
  • Answered research questions: 9
  • Worked on  research / analytics: 7
  • Agreed on a solution to an old problem: 21
  • Discussed future plans in a formal meeting: 17
  • 16 other responses in fill-in-the-blank

Anything else?[edit]

Attending this event was worth my time[edit]

  • Strongly agree: 34 people
  • Agree: 15 people
  • Neither Agree or disagree: 2 people
  • Disagree: 0 people
  • Strongly disagree: 1 person

The opportunity to meet fellow developers and Wikimedians was valuable to me[edit]

  • Strongly agree: 46 people
  • Agree: 5 people
  • Neither Agree or disagree: 1 person
  • disagree: 0
  • Strongly disagree: 0

I would like to attend this event again next year.[edit]

  • Strongly agree: 36
  • Agree: 15
  • Neither Agree or disagree: 0
  • disagree: 0
  • Strongly disagree: 0