Events Team Portal
Welcome to the Events Team Portal!
The Community Events Team is a part of the Operations Department at the Wikimedia Foundation. Our team is here to support you in any of your community events needs. We see our work with all events organizers as a partnership and wish to provide you with the best service possible. This portal was designed to give you background; updates; answers and resources to all event related needs. If you have any questions or concerns that you couldn't find answers to, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.
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As in-person movement events were put on hold due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Wikimedia Foundation's Events staff took the opportunity to reevaluate the strategy, design, and logistics of Foundation-funded and produced movement events to illuminate opportunities for making events more effective, as well as making the event experience better for both participants and organizers.
In June and July of 2020, we conducted 12 interviews with 24 Foundation staff that work strategically with movement events, as well as 9 interviews with 13 Wikimedians (a preliminary discussion) that represent major stakeholders in the event ecosystem. These stakeholders are represented in affiliate leadership from emerging and established communities, movement organizers, and an independent body from the Foundation like the Wikimania Steering Committee. Through these groups of people we were able to get necessary insights for improving the scoping and delivery for events.
We have summarized the common themes of these interviews and recommendations for improving Foundation-supported events once in-person convenings resume. For more info, please see the Events Refresh.