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Wikimedia Work 2017 - Present

In my role as a Developer Advocate at the Wikimedia Foundation, I contribute to the organization’s efforts to support the work of our volunteer developers and grow usage of Wikimedia APIs and participation in technical projects. This work involves:

  • Participation in outreach programs and events to onboard and mentor new volunteers to contribute to Wikimedia technical projects.
  • Researching the needs and requirements of technical contributors and experimenting with new ways to onboard and retain developers.
  • Coding and developing tutorials to help introduce new concepts.
  • Collaborating with external organizations to engage technical contributors in free and open source software projects.
  • Events

  • Mentored new developers, reviewed scholarship applications, and supported event organizers in Wikimedia and Wikimania Hackathon in 2017 and 2018. Link to the Blog post from hackathon in Vienna.
  • Organized a two-day workshop (materials) around Google Code-in and Wikimedia during the ChickTech High School Kick-off 2017.
  • Presented the projects made by Wikimedia students at the Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit 2017.
  • Delivered a talk at FOSSASIA 2017 and guest lecture at University of Berkeley Coding Bootcamp entitled: “The Wikimedia free software community: Learn ways to get involved.”
  • Organized one of the Write the Docs San Francisco Meetup and writing day for MediaWiki project at Write the Docs Portland.
  • Co-organized unconference and remote participation in Wikimedia Developer Summit 2017. Link to the blog post.
  • Outreach programs

  • Mentoring a Wikimedia project around improving MediaWiki API docs in Outreachy (ongoing).
  • Collaborated with two initiatives: Mozilla’s OSSN and Teaching OpenSource’s POSSE to engage more university students in contributing to open source projects and support professors in their efforts of teaching open source through Wikimedia projects.
  • Coordinated Wikimedia’s participation in Google Summer of Code 2017, 2018, Outreachy Round 14, 15, and 16 and 17. Roles and responsibilities as an organization administrator in various phases of these programs are documented here. Some primary steps:
    • Recruit mentors, curate beginner-friendly projects, and promote them to prospective candidates through mailing lists and other venues.
    • Host an online information session for candidates before and project showcase after the program.
    • Collect changes for improvements throughout the program, document lessons learned, and revise Outreach Programs accordingly.
    • Provide a group communication tool to interns and mentors and stay connected with them. Share with interns opportunities to stay involved after the internship.
    • Facilitate selection process tips and project evaluations with mentors.
  • Research

  • Summarized key findings from new developers quarterly reports covering activities, metrics, survey results and lessons learned to understand how and why new developers start contributing and stay or leave.
  • Developed a tentative plan to improve outreach and increase retention of new Wikimedia developers.
  • Suggested potential initiatives for the Onboarding New Developers annual program (logic model).
  • Code and tutorials

  • Investigating and improving MediaWiki Action API docs and developing code samples and tutorials (Github repository) demonstrating how to use various modules of the API (ongoing).
  • Developed a Gerrit newcomer bot (Github repository) to welcome new developers and track their patches. Link to the blog post.

  • Wikimedia Hackathon Barcelona 2018 - mentorship session

    Participants at the Mentors and Mentee matching session at the Wikimedia Hackathon 2018

    Srishti Sethi, Amy, Rupika Sharma & Who, Asian Wikimedians meetup at Wikimania 2018 (01)

    Asian Wikimedians meetup at Wikimania 2018

    Group photo: Wikimedia Hackathon 2018, Barcelona

    Wikimedia at ChickTech's High School Kick-off 2017 (2)

    Wikimedia crew at ChickTech workshop 2017

    Newcomers at Wikimedia Hackathon 2017

    Newcomers setting up MediaWiki development environment at Wikimedia Hackathon 2017, Vienna

    Write the Docs San Francisco May 2017 Meetup at Wikimedia Foundation 12

    Write the Docs San Francisco May meetup 2017