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Wikimanía México Survey Results[edit]


Wikimania 2015 group photo at Museo Soumaya


This is the report page for the 2015 Wikimania evaluation survey from the event in Mexico City. The survey was carried out by WMF Learning and Evaluation team. Conferences and hackathons had been identified as key programs to develop evaluation insight. This second survey offers more information and data on the process and outcomes of the conference. It is intended as a means for participants to share what they got out of the conference and a platform to collect information on how we might improve future conferences and their evaluation. We hope that the lessons learned through the years help inform the creation of future issues of Wikimania. Share, comment and discuss!

Methodology[edit]

  • Online survey via Qualtrics (Preview of questions)
  • Data collection:
    • July 23rd – August 16th, 2015 (after the Conference closing)
    • Conference participants: 886 attendees (133 were members of the press)
  • Survey Respondents: 260 completed survey
    • 43% of those emailed the survey request
    • 35% of all non-press participants

Demographics[edit]

  • 73% of survey respondents were between the ages of 25 and 44
  • 36% identified as women
  • 34% indicated it was their first Wikimania

Overall rating[edit]

94% of respondents said the conference was «excellent» or «good».

Overall Rating of Wikimania 2015
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What is your rating of the conference overall? N %
Excellent 107 47.56%
Good 105 46.67%
Average 11 4.89%
Poor 2 0.89%
Very Poor 0 0.00%
Total 225


Excellent + Good 94.22%
Average 4.89%
Poor + Very Poor 0.89%

Conference Outcomes[edit]

Learning[edit]

  • 98% agree that the conference helped them to gain knowledge from others.
  • 91% agree that the conference helped them to share my knowledge with others.
  • 90% agree that the conference helped to motivate me to contribute to Wikimedia and its' projects.
  • 88% agree that the conference helped them to gain a better understanding of others' viewpoints.
  • 75% agree that the conference helped them connect to resources.
  • 75% agree that the conference helped them to join or start a project or initiative
  • 72% agree that the conference helped to broaden my understanding of the larger open sector (i.e., Wikimedia and beyond)
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For each of the aspects listed in the statements below, please rate the extent to which you agree or disagree that meeting people at the conference % Agree or Stronly Agree
98%
90%
88%
91%
72%
75%
75%


Please share at least one learning experience that you will apply to your own work
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Networking[edit]

Nearly all respondents reported having made new contacts they would follow-up with to collaborate on projects.

Number of Contacts to Pursue New project with in the future
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Of the contacts you made at Wikimania 2015, how many will you pursue NEW projects with in the future? N %
None 6 3%
1 to 5 126 55%
6 to 10 62 27%
11 to 15 24 10%
16 to 25 5 2%
Other (please specify) 8 3%

Conference Design and Content Feedback[edit]

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  • 94% said that the conference gave me the opportunity to exchange ideas with others on Wikimedian issues.
  • 93% said that the conference was suitable for my background and experience.
  • 92% said that the conference provided useful information.
  • 80% said that the conference contributed to reaching a shared understanding of the future of open knowledge.
  • 74% said that the conference increased my understanding of the open knowledge movement.
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For the following, please rate to what extent you agree or disagree.The conference... N Strongly disagree Disagree Neither Agree nor Disagree Agree Strongly Agree % Agree or Stronly Agree
... was suitable for my background and experience. 240 2 2 13 117 106 93%
... provided useful information. 240 3 1 15 119 102 92%
... contributed to reaching a shared understanding of the future of open knowledge. 239 2 10 35 113 79 80%
... gave me the opportunity to exchange ideas with others on Wikimedian issues. 240 3 2 9 63 163 94%
... increased my understanding of the open knowledge movement. 240 2 13 48 97 80 74%

Liked bests and Next Times[edit]

The four aspects of the conference that respondents agreed more with being satisfied:
Your hotel accommodations 96%
Conference venue 96%
Conference catering 90%
Help for any problems you may have had 89%
The four aspects of the conference that respondents agreed less with being satisfied were:
Communication by the program organizers 76%
Conference Wifi 68%
Conference navigation 63%
Outings and evening events 57%
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Satisfaction with different aspects of conference venue and logistics % Agree or Strongly Agree
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89%
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81%
77%
76%
68%
63%
57%

Favorite Sessions[edit]

The top three favorite sessions were: Bringing free education to the world (Louis von Ahn); My life as an Autistic Wikipedian (Guillaume Paumier); and The coolest projects of Wikimedia Chapters - be inspired (Deror Av).

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Session Count
Bringing free education to the world - Louis von Ahn 29
My life as an Autistic Wikipedian - Guillaume Paumier 16
The coolest projects of Wikimedia Chapters - be inspired - Deror Avi 13
Coloniality of power in Wikimedia, a vision from Global South - Salvador Alcántar 13
Copyright reform in the EU - What you can expect to happen - Julia Reda 13
Content Translation - Translathon and discussion - Amir Aharoni, Niklas Laxström,& Runa Bhattacharjee 11
#100wikidays - Vassia Atanassova 9
Engaging with Community Engagement - Luis Villa 8
Pitfalls, protocols and prior planning: A panel on making the most of the Education Program - Anna Koval & Vassia Atanassova 8
State of the Wiki: Free expression and Wikipedia - Jimmy Wales 8

Hackathon[edit]

Participation[edit]

At the Hackathon, the level of experience for the 111 participants who reported was very mixed, with 50% with no experience, novice or beginner experience as a developer and 50% with intermediate, advanced, or expert experience as a developer.

Hackathon attendees experience as developer
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How would you describe your experience as a developer? N %
No experience 23 21%
Novice 15 14%
Beginner 18 16%
Intermediate 25 23%
Advanced 15 14%
Expert 15 14%
Total who responded to the Hackathon survey 111

Satisfaction[edit]

87% of the respondents said the hackathon was a positive or very positive experience for them. About 14% said the experience was neither positive or negative, and no one reported the hackathon being negative.

Hackathon Attendees: Hackathon Experience
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How would you describe your overall experience at the Hackathon? N %
Very Positive 34 31%
Positive 62 56%
Neither Negative nor Positive 15 14%
Negative 0 0%
Very Negative 0 0%

Direct products[edit]

The majority (53%) of Hackathon participants discussed future work, and the second-highest mentioned accomplishment was fixing bugs (34%)

What different tasks did you accomplish during your hackathon time? (Select all that apply) N %
Discussed future work (RFC, specifications, etc.) 54 53%
Fixed bugs 34 34%
Added features to an existing tool 30 30%
Answered research questions 29 29%
Wrote code for a new tool or project 24 24%
Created templates 19 19%
Presented in the Hackathon Showcase 16 16%
Pulled research data 14 14%
Completed a demoable project 14 14%
Ran a session in a breakout room 11 11%
Added citations 10 10%
Ran statistical analyses 9 9%
Packaged software 5 5%
Deployed updates to live sites (operations) 5 5%
Made updates to deployment tooling 4 4%
Other 18 18%
More on Wikimania 2015 Hackathon Lessons Learned