Grants:Project/Rapid/WM PT/WikiCon Portugal/Report

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This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2019-20 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.
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Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went?

Absolutely, we were able to have about 40 participants from the Wikimedia community from Portugal not including some great speakers from elsewhere that made this the the largest event we have organized. We tried to keep our expectations low because it was the first time that we were organizing a national conference and we were not sure if people would be interested or enthusiastic, but of course they were and everyone seemed to find the conference of some use and interesting.


Please report on your original project targets.

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
20-30 participants ~40 participants We were able to get around 40 participants. Wikimedia project editors, OpenStreetMap enthusiasts, other FLOSS communities joined as well.
5 organizers 4-5 organizers As this was a long process, the main organizers would be more active throughout all the organization steps, but we had numerous people helping out along the way. I would particularly wish to acknowledge our colleagues from ANSOL that helped us get wifi during the event, as the venue only had one cable connection.


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?

We were able to get many participants through word of mouth as we have been working on many collaborations throughout the year, and we kept encouraging people to sign up. It was great the we were able to get so many great speakers about the different projects people have been working on and the workshops provided by Asaf Bartov will for sure foment participation in Wikidata. It was also great the we were able to discuss the Wikimedia 2030 recommendations just as they were about to be launched, and we were grateful that Lucas Teles and Francesc Fort were there to lead that discussion.

  • What did not work so well?

It was difficult to keep on schedule particularly on the first day, due to some initial technical difficulties, and because we needed to change venue in one of the days to a nearby location but we had some buffer built in to the schedule, so we were able to accommodate all the talks and workshops we had planned by moving a talk to the last day.

  • What would you do differently next time?

We would have liked to have recorded the session or even livestream them, but we did not have the budget for it. Something for next time.

We would also appoint someone to post updates on our social media during the conference. Luckily the participants were very active on Twitter for example, so people were able to follow #WikiCon_Portugal to keep updated.


Grant funds spent[edit]

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

Type of expense Ammount (in Euros)
accomodation 862.42
travel 568,92
bank transfers 6.64
other 38.64
Total 1476.072

Remaining funds[edit]

Do you have any remaining grant funds?

Remaining funds from this grant have been returned to WMF in the amount of 312.70 USD.

Yes, there is 287.38 euros left. We would like to use the remaining funds to kickstart some initiatives after the COVID19 pandemic is declared finished, hopefully toward the end of the year or early next year (definitely after the September 15 mark, as determined by the WMF), such as our No municipality without a photo project or Equal street names initiative. Both these projects gathered a lot of interest from participants at the WikiCon, so it seems adequate to use these funds towards these goals.

Anything else[edit]

Anything else you want to share about your project?