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This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2017-18 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.
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Participants to WikiFemHack by gender

Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went?

The event showcased Gender Gap, focused on finding the roots of this phenomenon and ways to mitigate it. Among others, our main goal was to welcome women, inform them and increase their participation in technology, programming and in Wikipedia.

The event had two constituents. In the first room there were talks from Greek and international researchers about Gender Gap in Wikipedia and also community projects like Wikimedia, thesswiki, etc. At the same time, in the second room an editathon on Greek Wikipedia and a Hackathon took place. The attendees had continuous support from Wikimedia Foundation programmers and volunteers.

WikiFemHack aimed at designers, scientists, educators, students and graduate and PhD students with no or a lot of experience in similar projects. Our aim was to inform and exchange views and opinions so we could, through conversation, take a step towards mitigating the Gender Gap in Technology.

Everyone that attended had the chance to learn about the rules and code behind Wikipedia and the rest of the Wikimedia Foundation projects, enrich the Greek Wikipedia with content and also show off their coding skills.

A report in Greek can be found here.



Please report on your original project targets.

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
100 participants 56 participants (15 men, 40 women, 1 transgender) The weather was pretty bad that day and many people (we had 142 registered) probably chose not to leave their homes.
40 new editors 49 new editors The system of creating a pre-registration form and promoting the event at the Universities worked in recruiting new people. Still creatin accounts during an event is time consusing.
20 articles created or improved 15 articles created or improved Only a group of girls worked in creating articles. Most of the people who appeared came for the Hackathon.

32 participants filled in the "Why Women Don't Edit Wikipedia?" questionnaire which helps to understand better the reason of gender gap on Wikipedia and helps us decrease it.



Projects do not always go according to plan. Sharing what you learned can help you and others plan similar projects in the future. Help the movement learn from your experience by answering the following questions:

  • What worked well?

Introducing newcomers to the Wikimedia movement and its different projects taking into account that most likely they know nothing about the movement and its initiatives. Some of the attendees did not even know they could edit Wikipedia, so taking the time to explain the projects that were presented in an informal fashion helped everyone to get a better grasp of the talks that were hosted.

  • What did not work so well?

Even though we managed to have really interesting talks, we realized that some were complicated for newcomers. It would be excellent if the schedule was shaped in a way that during talks that might be more suitable for more experienced Wikimedians, newcomers could participate in something else.

  • What would you do differently next time?

Some people were interested in both the hackathon or the editathon and in the talks. This should be a two day event consisting of a talks-only day and a hackathon-editathon day. It would be nice if attendees hadn't had to choose whether they want to attend one thing or the other.



Grant funds spent


Please describe how much grant money you spent for approved expenses, and tell us what you spent it on.

No Category Description Units Cost/unit Total Amount Actual cost Comments
1 Print materials Paper, name tags, pens etc. 100 0.50 €100.00 14.30
2 Print materials Printing of handouts, certificates 100 0.35 €100.00 35.00
3 Staff t-shirts T-shirts with Wikipedia logo 10 15.00 €150.00 150.00
4 Posters Colourful posters for the event to distribute to the University etc. 20 0.50 €10.00
5 Soft drinks For the coffe breaks 10 bottles of 1.5lt 3.00 €30.00 30.00
6 Bottles of water For the coffe breaks 18 bottles of 1.5lt 0.17 €20.00 2.97
7 Snacks, coffee, sugar, juice, plastic cups, rolls of paper etc. For the coffe breaks 30 2.00 €60.00 25.81
8 Lunch, plastic cups, rolls of paper Pizza 18 6.40 €60.00 115.20
9 Post-event breakfast For the stuff and the collobarating teams 20 6.00 €120.00 57.50
10 Travel Train/Bus tickets for 1 speaker to come to the event 1 25.00 €50.00 30.00
11 Travel Taxi fare for the speaker 1 10.54 €50.00 10.54
12 Incidentals Expenses that are not projected in the budget but may still occur n/a 30.00 €30.00
Total cost 471.32

Remaining funds

The funds remaining from this grant in the amount of 78.86 EUR were deducted from another grant payment for Grants:Project/Rapid/UG GR/Wiki Loves Earth in Greece 2018.

Do you have any remaining grant funds?

78.86 EUR which we plan to use to the Wiki Loves Monuments 2017 ceremony.

Anything else


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