Wikimedia Hackathon 2022/How to/Newcomers

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What to do if you're new[edit]

A Wikimedia Hackathon attendee standing on a rope while juggling.
Hackathons involve fun and friendly people. Don't be afraid to say hello!

Welcome to the Wikimedia technical community! We're so glad you're here.

There are several ways to participate in the Hackathon as a newcomer.

Attend the newcomers social session[edit]

This will be held on Friday, May 20, in the Hackathon event space.

Attend sessions marked as good for newcomers[edit]

All sessions list whether or not they are good for newcomers. Here are a few we strongly recommend:

  • Overview of technical areas and projects in the Wikimedia ecosystem
  • Ask anything about Phabricator
  • Discussion about writing technical documentation: what helps and what gets in the way?
  • Scribe: Open-source Language Keyboards Based on Wikidata Lexicographical Data

Join a project[edit]

Explore the Hackathon workboard in Phabricator, where people are tracking projects and sessions.

There are many resources to learn about Phabricator, if you're unfamiliar with the platform.

Ask questions[edit]

Stop by the Help Desk or the Newcomers room in the event space (these will be right near the entrance).

A person scratching their head in front of a laptop with bugs on it
Help solve a bug!

Introduce yourself to others[edit]

This is a great chance to meet people

Explore resources for newcomers[edit]