Wikimedia Hackathon IIT Roorkee 2016



The open source culture is not very popular in the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT R) as of now. A major reason for this could be the high entry level barriers to the open source communities and the very sparse understanding, at a student level, of how can one get started as a contributor to some open source software organization.

Poster for the Wikimedia Hackathon, IIT Roorkee

In order to solve this issue, for the very first time in the history of IITR, MediaWiki is organizing a one-day session to help students understand the working of the MediaWiki community. The day long hackathon would include every aspect - from installing the software, setting up the environment to fixing some easy bugs and submitting the patches for review. (Don't worry if some of the words don't make any sense now, we're here to answer all your queries!)

Added Benefit[edit]

Are you willing to apply for Google Summer of Code (GSoC) but don't know how to start?

Well, that's problem everyone faces at the onset of joining the open source communities.

Attending this workshop would give a clearer picture to anyone who's willing to apply to the open source scholarship programs like Google Summer of Code (GSoC)and/or Outreachy but lacks direction or information. This workshop will leave you with a better understanding on how you may proceed with contributing to an organization of your choice, thus significantly boosting the probability of you getting selected! \o/\o/


Date Saturday, March 12, 2016
Time 10 AM to 8 PM
Venue LHC-002, IIT Roorkee
Contact ankitashukla707 [at] gmail [dot] com, 01tonythomas [at] gmail [dot] com
Hashtag #wikihackIITR
Register Register here.
IRC #mediawiki on FreeNode
Photos View here
Bug fixes and links to patches : View/Add here



Fill this Google form to register yourself for the workshop. Since we have limited slots available, we'll keep the event limited to the registered students.


To make sure all attendees are at the same phase, please ensure that you have the following setup in your machine:

  1. Any working Linux environment, with LAMP server installed. You can find the installation steps for LAMP in Ubuntu here
  2. Any powerful PHP IDE, PHPstorm recommended. You can find the instructions here.
  3. An account in Wikitech, Gerrit, Wikimedia Phabricator, and Github
  4. Try cloning and setting up Gerrit in your machine following the instructions given here
  5. Try connecting with #wikimedia-dev on IRC freenode channel

Important: We are expecting the participants to have a clone of MediaWiki-core downloaded and installed in their machine before hand, so that we can start early with the contribution phase. You can find the detailed instructions on how to setup development environment for Mediawiki in the Gerrit/Tutorial

In case you do not have any prior know-how of PHP, Version control or web applications : You are welcome to try setting up a simple registration and login web application in PHP beforehand, in your machine. You can find sample code for the same here. You will have to setup LAMP or similar stack in your machine to test the code locally.


10:00 - 10:30 Welcome, short overview of what are trying to achieve, quick introduction to GSoC/Outreachy programs.
10:30 - 11:00 Talk covering Mediawiki code review process, Wikimedia Phabricator, how to search and find your first easy bug, how to get help
11:00 - 12:30 Participants are encouraged and to select their first bug, connect with IRC channels, and guidelines given on making their first contribution
12:30 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 4:30 Hacking continues, with community volunteers helping out participants on blocks, show case of bug fixes/ any relevant milestones in between
4:30 - 5:00 Snacks + Tea
5:00 - 7:00 Hacking continues, with show-case of bug fixes, relevant milestones in between.
6:30 - 7:00 Talk covering Coming up with a strong proposal, working with the Wikimedia community, sticking later after the internship period
7:00 - 8:00 Show case of relevant bug fixes during the Hackathon, Talk on other opportunities, and careers

Why Should You Attend?[edit]

  1. Reading through large open-source code base and contributing as code: Increasing their technical and code scripting skills, solving simple to complex real time problems existing in Mediawiki software. 
  2. Motivated students reaching out and getting into internship opportunities like Google Summer of Code and Outreachy: Along with building a strong hold in technical stuff, internship programs like GSoC and Outreachy allow its interns to work on major problems, proposing and implementing their solution under expert mentorships. The selected students gets a considerable stipend, and its a major addition to the institutional record too. IIIT Hyderabad had 62 selects and IIT Bombay 13. (Source)
  3. Active community engagement and other opportunities The workshop would add to the technical know-how of the participants, while working closely with a worldwide Wikimedia community, which is the fun part.


  • What you need to know
    • You need to have some sort of prior experience developing stuff (web apps, mobile apps, data mungers, anything at all!). There are a variety of things you can do (CSS/JS hacks, webapps that use the API, Mobile apps, data mining) that pretty much anyone with some developer experience is bound to find something fun to do. This is a hackathon, and not a workshop.
    • Knowledge of Free Software License, comfortable using any Online Project hosting websites (like Github) since we would want you make the code you write for the hack freely available, online.
  • What language can I use
    • Any programming language you are comfortable with and can make sense of the MediaWiki code base
    • Life would get easier if you have some prior programming experience in PHP since most of the MediaWiki code is written in PHP
  • How can I prepare for the hackathon
    • Read through links in Resources, check out the Examples.
    • Feel free to ask questions! Contact us.
  • What qualifies me to come
    • Show us some code you have written, tell us what you know, tell us why you love hacking (and Wikipedia) in general, and you'll get the pass :)
    • Please sign up here.
  • How to spread the word
    • Pass on the word to your fellow geek friends.
    • Use #wikihackIITR on Twitter.