Reports 17Nov12/Events

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Report title
Events report
Author
Daria Cybulska/Events Organiser
Date
17-18 November 2012
Status
For Information / decision
Report description
The report highlights the events that Wikimedia UK has been focusing on supporting for the last two months, and outlines the future projects.

Decisions and actions required:

  1. Who is leading on choosing the organisations we will partner with to have WIRs, and who will work on the details of the partnerships. I am maintaining a list of questions that organisations asked, help is required to tackle these.
  2. Martin Poulter is keen to have a 'Schools educational conference' in 2013. Who would be the budget holder in this case responsible for making decisions (e.g. amount of funds, shape of the event).

Projects from the last two months

Two main projects that dominated September and October were:

  1. Ada Lovelace Day (Outreach event focusing on Women in Science) 19 October in partnership with the Royal Society (London), supported by Comms Organiser. Valuable event both in terms of publicity generated and the networks created – locally with organisations interested in cooperations, and internationally with Women Outreach Wikipedia groups.
  2. Train the Trainer 27-28 October 2012 (London) – 12 trainers attended (full course), 6 of which new to the Community and not previously involved in any Wikipedia training events. They will be encouraged to get involved with delivering training. I am supporting the feedback process that will lead to accreditation, and working with Midas and relevant parties in WMUK to formalise the processes involved.

Additionally:

  1. Events/office interns have now finished, with positive feedback. Thank you for everyone who supported the project.
  2. Other events delivered/supported since the last report: Wikipedia Takes Coventry,[1]EduWiki Conference 2012, GLAMcamp London, Ethical Properties Wikipedia Workshop/September event, Reading meetup, Wikipedia and images workshop/October 2012 (for donors), Imperial College Wikipedia Society Freshers' Fair, Cambridge University Wikipedia Society launch, Parkinson's UK Wikipedia training, Ada Lovelace Day event and Women in Science editathon, Oxford, Black History Month event, Train the trainer workshop, October 2012, Ethical Properties Wikipedia Workshop/November event. Estimated 800 people have been reached directly via events in the last two months (including 400 for both of the student fairs), and 150 people trained to edit Wikipedia.

Projects in the next three months

  1. There will be fewer events delivered in the period till Winter holidays (two main ones Manchester Girl Geeks editing day, Wikipedia and images workshop/December 2012) , which may give me more capacity to work on the 2013 programme of events and evaluation of the events from 2012.
  2. Potentially a lot of work resulting from the WIR application process which needs to be specified. Contacts will need to be maintained and developed as well.

Notes

  1. This event was supported by the office, but the majority of the work was done by HJ Mitchell and Rock Drum