Grants:Project/Rapid/Wikimedia Ghana User Group / re:publica Accra/Report
The re:publica Accra conference happened from 14 – 15 December 2018 in Accra – Ghana. As a conference dedicated to digital societies, Wikimedia Foundation was an official partner and the user group attended as an exhibitor at the Digital Rights Lounge of the conference, a facilitator of Wikimedia workshops on Wikipedia and Wikidata, and also to start a petition for Freedom of Panorama (FOP) in Ghana. Ghana currently has no FOP.
The CEO of Wikimedia Foundation was also invited as a keynote speaker as she had attended re:publica in Berlin previously. However she could not make it.
To handle the conversation on FOP, we invited Douglas Scott (Discott) of Wikimedia ZA, who has experience in petitioning for Freedom of Panorama in ZA to lead a session on the topic, so a similar petition can be started in Ghana.
Our goals were not entirely met but we are happy.
|Goal||Targeted Outcome||Outcome||Comments and Learning|
|Number of total participants||60||53||We engaged with hundreds who attended the conference, at our stand and gave them Wikimedia branded stickers for purposes of brand awareness.
|Number of articles created or improved (if applicable)||Each participant will make at least a contribution each||Participants could not make edits||It was a talk/presentation, rather than a hands-on workshop due to limited time and late attendees.
|Freedom of Panorama session & petition||A session on FOP which will call for FOP in Ghana.||See comments and learning column||The session was led by Douglas Scott (Discott) and had more than 20 participants. Following the conference, a petition is currently up for signing and will be later delivered this year to the Chief of Staff at Ghana's presidency where many petitions usually go for action.|
|Number of photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons (if applicable)||Not given||We have pictures from all Wikipedia and Wikidata sessions that happened at republica Accra. It also has pictures from activities that happen at our stand during the conference days.
|Number of photos used on Wikimedia projects (if applicable)||Some of the photos uploaded on Commons will be used to improve the article of re:publica.||–||User:Owula kpakpo will handle this.|
What we have learnt
|Partnerships and conferences||Logistics||Volunteering||Structuring Our Events|
|Affiliates have to be clear of what can be achieved when they agree to join/partner with conferences based on how much time and space organizers are willing to give for participation.
||The user group is looking into acquiring laptops for secretarial/administrative work.
||The 53 people we registered as part of our promise to engage them in subsequent events, will be given the chance to join our next funded event around Art+Feminism.
Grant funds spent
|Item||Description||Quantity||Unit Price GHS||Amount Budgeted
|Data for MTN 4G WIFI Router||Data cost only||2||289||578||199||Only 1 bundle was purchased|
|Food||Light brunch and lunch break for 10 volunteers for 2 days||10 volunteers||60||600||600||–|
|Water||Water for 2 days||3 boxes||20||60||0.00||No purchase was made|
|T-shirts||T– shirts for instructors, volunteers, prizes for top contributors out of the 60||15||25||375||725||Volunteers needed t-shirts so number had to be increased|
|Pullup Banner||Pullup banner for our lounge at re:publica||1||400||400||800||We needed an additional banner for visibility due to the layout of the conference venue|
|Stickers||Stickers for workshop participants||400||¢2.00||800||1,000||Additional stickers were needed for community and Wikipedia brand visibility|
|Graphics Design||Designing works for printing for republica||N/A||N/A||300||300||–|
|Extension sockets||3||100||300||200||We bought 2 instead of 3. The conference organizers provided 1.|
|Volunteer transportation||Transportation for conference preperation and activities||N/A||N/A||3050||1241||Fewer trips were made|
|Cost of phone calls||Communication between user group organisers, trainers, other partners||N/A||N/A||100||100||–|
|Total in GHS||7,270.00||5186.73|
GHS 2083.27. We would like to use the remaining funds for Art+Feminism 2019.