Wikimedia Hackathon 2018/Prehackathon Olot


PREHACKATHON IN OLOT | 2 – 4 Feb 2018 | Olot, Catalonia

Olot is a quite town rounded by volcanoes
Olot is a quite town rounded by volcanoes

The pre-hackathon in Olot will take place between 2 and 4 Feb 2018 in Olot, Catalonia, at Faber Residency (web). It is a warm up event linked to Wikimedia Hackathon 2018 and it will be focused on multilingualism, one of the key aspects of the whole Wikimedia movement. It's an event organized by Amical Wikimedia and Wikimedia Foundation, in collaboration with Faber Residency.


Edward Bernard's Orbis eruditi, comparing all known alphabets as of 1689

One of the main tracks of the Wikimedia Hackathon 2018 that will take place in Barcelona is multilingualism. As said at 2016's Wikimedia Foundation Annual Report, most Wikipedia articles are in a language other than English. This is why we want to focus this Olot event on it. Developers, humanists and academics are welcome to attend. We want to create a safe and calm space where attendees can talk and discuss about the potentials and challenges of multilingualism in Wikimedia projects, in order to create some interesting wishlists for the Barcelona Hackathon and to start drafting, sorting and developing some prototipes. Two of our own wish lists topics are Non latin alphabets and Wikipedia's content translator tool, but attendees are more than welcome to add their own proposals. We are looking for a variety of profiles, so we can get the best out of this diversity. Our goals are preparing tasks for the May hackathon and deepening into the linguistic issue, trying to determine which are the technical challenges on Wikimedia in order to reach real multilingualism.



Olot (Catalan pronunciation: [uˈɫɔt]) is known for its natural landscape, including four volcanoes scattered around the city center. The municipality is part of the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park. Olot is also well-known for its cultural activity, with historical art movements like Olot school or imaginary schools, which contributed to the location in the city of a big Design and Arts & Crafts school. It's 90' away from Barcelona city center and there is public transportation available. Olot is a small town, so everything is easy to reach on foot. There are many nice and easy walks and bike routes around Faber. Please check the maps and books you will find in the apartment.

Faber Residency[edit]

Faber, the Arts, Sciences and Humanities Residency of Catalonia in Olot is a place for writers, translators, artists of diverse disciplines, scholars and scientists to stay together and to work on their personal projects for a time in the context of a thematic stay. Faber organizes several thematic stays during the year. Each one is made up by a few professionals who come to work on their professional projects related to the subject of the period. The Residency is a contemporary space which acts out of the interests of the hosting society. It collects ideas, opinion trends and worries of contemporary world. Amical Wikimedia has been partnering with Faber since 2016 and we are happy to collaborate with them again organising this prehackathon.

Weather forecast[edit]

  • It seems its gonna be cold, check the weather forecast here

Prehackathon program[edit]

Etherpad here, or IRC on freenode in #wmhack.

Program outline[edit]

Friday 2nd[edit]

Friday is the travel and check in day. It's thought as an open conversation where people can get introduced into Wikimedia world and

Time Agenda
15-17h Open welcome (hotel check in)
17-20h Introduction to Wikimedia world. Specially addressed to academics, researchers and newcomers. Wikipedia, Wikidata....
20h-20:30h Round of personal introductions and wishes
20:30-22h Dinner all together
22:30- Working space is open, you can start if you can't wait until Saturday morning ;)
02:00AM Go to sleep! Tomorrow is a looong day

Saturday 3rd[edit]

Time Agenda
7:30-9:45 Hotel breakfast is open. Enjoy local food!
10AM Formal presentation of the prehackathon
10:30 Pitch of proposals, projects and ideas
13:30 Lunch
20:00 1st Wrap up so far
20:30 Dinner time!
22:00 HACKING TIME (if you feel so)

Sunday 4th[edit]

Time Agenda
7:30-9AM Hotel breakfast is open. Enjoy local food!
9:30 AM state of the question so far
13:30 Wrap up
14:30 Farewell lunch
16:30 Go home!

Preparing for the pre-hackathon[edit]

  • Download and install Git (optional recommendation: also install the GitHub Desktop client, this is especially recommended for people who are relatively new to Git)
  • Think about topics you may like to work with

Tentative plans for hackathon[edit]

  • We will sent a message to confirmed attendees and we will write here a program proposal some days before the event. This will be just a proposal, some guidelines, not mandatory at all.
  • some topics to think about (if you want to, this is just a pre-wish-list)
    • Lexeme
    • Interwikis linking to sections?
    • How can we improve life of non latin alphabets on Wikipedia?
    • What if there is no keyboard on that language? (aka: igbo experience)
    • What happens when there is no browser in that language, how we can better "outreach a language version" > eg. gaelics
    • Can ORES integrate fixing typo proposals?
    • How to better interact between Apertium & Content translation
    • Have your ideas? Paste them here or on Etherpad!


Those receiving a scholarship will be paid a hotel room in same building during the event. The topic of the pre-hackathon will be the linguistics, specifically related to improvement of the multilinguals feature.

  • Do you want to participate? Contact: Amical Wikimedia is the host of the event and has provided several scholarships for those who will attend. If you are planning to attend the hackathon as well, you will need to register separately for that. See here.

Confirmed Attendees[edit]

Name Languages Affiliation Comment/Skills
ÀlexHinojo Amical Wikimedia organizer
Toniher Amical Wikimedia organizer, developer
Xavi Ivars Softcatalà
Dària Serés UAB researcher
Ivan bea Amical Wikimedia developer, local tech node
papapep Amical Wikimedia developer
Maite Melero UPF researcher, expert in language processing
Marta Villegas UPF researcher, expert in language processing
Marcmiquel UPF+Amical Wikimedia, researcher, project Wikipedia Cultural Diversity Observatory [only on saturday]
Joseba Abaitua Universidad de Deusto semantic MW user. historical entities markup
Jaume Ortolà developer
Irene Burukina researcher
Vicent Cubells+1 developers
Elisabetta Broglio it, ca, es, en, fr CRG researcher, citizen science, open science
Amir E. Aharoni WMF developer
Pau Giner +1 ca, es, en WMF designer
Mikel L. Forcada ca, es, en, eu researcher, Universitat d'Alacant Arriving Friday at around 17.00; Apertium, machine translation
Shervin Le Du student, University Paris Diderot
tiputini ca, es, en Amical Wikimedia, Content translation [Only on Saturday]
Alzinous [Only on Saturday]
Fabricio Cardenas Fr-En (Es-Ca) WM-FR
Medol Amical Wikimedia [Only on Saturday]
Kepa Sarasola eu, es, en researcher, Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea Arriving Friday at around 23.00; NLP, machine translation
Laura Vincze ro, it, en, fr, cat Università Roma 3 researcher

 please send us an email if you want to attend

How to get there[edit]

From Barcelona to Olot and back[edit]

The best way to come from Barcelona Airport to Olot is by bus; first you have to take a bus from Barcelona Airport to Barcelona city centre, and then another one from Barcelona to Olot. The Aerobus service is an express bus service that links Barcelona airport to Barcelona city centre. This service normally runs every 5 or 10 minutes within its fixed hours of operation. You can catch the Aerobus from outside both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The Aerobus will then take you to the city centre, Plaça de Catalunya. Tickets from both T1 and T2 cost €5.90 for a single and €10.20 for a return (return ticket is only valid for 15 days).

Once you arrive at Plaça de Catalunya there’s a ten minute walk (map) to the bus station at Pau Claris Street in order to take the bus to Olot. You can look for “Teisa Pau Claris” in Google or OSM Maps. Teisa is the name of the bus company, and here you have the timetable. The cost of the ticket is about 17 € (approximately, depending on the hour).

From Girona Airport to Olot and back[edit]

You have a bus from Girona Airport to Girona Bus Station every hour from 5:30 AM to 00:30 AM (except 10:30). Please note you don't have any bus between 00:30 and 05:30. The cost of the ticket is 2,75 €. Once you arrive at Girona Bus Station, buses are going to Olot every hour from 06:45 to 21:00 (timetable) The duration of the trip is about an hour. The cost of the ticket is 7,45 €.


Faber is located at Hotel Riu Fluvià, on the Carretera de Santa Pau, 200 m from Vial Sant Jordi, a wide street that acts as Olot ring road. It’s only 15 min walking from the Bus station.


If you want to come by private car: OSM. There is free parking at the door of the building.


This event will follow the Friendly space policy for Wikimedia Foundation events, attendees must read and follow our Code of Conduct.


Outcomes of the work during the prehackathon and the following hackathon work:

Related research[edit]

  • Linguistic Neighbourhoods What explains common co-editing interests between language communities on Wikipedia? (PDF)
  • feel free to add more useful links

Get in touch[edit]


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

External links[edit]