Grants:Project/Rapid/Wikimedistas de Ecuador/WikiCafé Ecuador 2018 II
Please see the sample Meeting application before drafting your application.
Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.
- Organize a community project
- Recruit new editors
- What is the purpose of the meeting and why is it important to your community?
- To organize new community projects and start partnerships that will allow us further our mission in our country. It is important because we will not only start new projects, but we will also expand our community with new members in different cities.
- If applicable, what benefits have you seen from doing this kind of meeting in the past?
- Our first experience with WikiCafé Ecuador (which didn't require of a grant at the time, since we were testing this model of project where we didn't edit or teach how to edit at all, but tried to explain our mission to attendees) taugh us first that people are more interested in learning about how Wikipedia works if it's not in the environment of a talk or a workshop. This led to people participating and talking more about our project and our mission in their own social spaces.
- The first WikiCafé we had this year in Guayaquil had 30 attendees, and was one of the most successful ones. Thanks to this, we were able to connect with teachers and high-rank directives from educational institutions in this city, and our community started to grow. Two of the most important outcomes from this one were our workshop at Colegio Delta, in which we taught 20 teachers how to edit Wikipedia with very good results  , and our talk at Universidad de Guayaquil.
- In cities like Machala, they decided to go for a Wiki Takes Machala, which fits more the profile of the participants of the first WikiCafé: They were mostly amateur and professional photographers who wanted to contribute to Wikimedia projects with pictures of their city, and they did so.    In Riobamba, even though it was the city that had the less attendees, we got to meet passionate people to help us further our mission. Thanks to one of them we had the chance to talk in ESPOCH (Escuela Superior Politécnica del Chimborazo), which is the biggest university in the city and had 60 attendees to that talk, counting students and teachers.
- Cities like Quito and Cuenca went with editing workshops instead.
- How will you let participants know about the meeting?
- Potential participants will be invited by the people in their own cities. We have a team of ten people (two per city) that will spread the word around in their communities to invite them. Use of social media will be fundamental during this new round of WikiCafé Ecuador, and also we plan on using the Central Notice Banner again, since it was key to our communication the first round. CentralNotice/Request/WikiCafé Ecuador was the banner we first used for the first round.
- Also, our mailing list will be the main communication way to let people from our core group to be informed about the event.
- How will you keep participants engaged after the meeting is over?
- One thing we learned about our first round of WikiCafé is that people love social media communication. To keep them engaged we created WhatsApp groups for each city and start discussion on topics like editing Wikipedia, projects people want to be a part of in their own cities and keep the conversation around Wikipedia topics. We collected their e-mails to add them to our mailing list and their cellphone numbers in a spreadsheet that was going around the table when we had our wikicafés.
- In this new round, we will do the same, and we are planning ahead about one or two possible events per city to have something to do after the WikiCafé is over.
- Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?
- This is the first grant we hope will be finally granted, and we are excited to do so with this project. Even though it seems like it has no impact at the first moment, we are proud to see our first five cities (Guayaquil, Machala, Riobamba, Cuenca and Quito) going on with their events and it's been amazing to have more volunteer engagement which was one of our first goals to improve this year, thanks to what we learned from international meet-ups like IberoConf and Wikimedia Conference.
- We think this time we will be able to explore a little more about what we can do as a team to reach out to new users and learn about the impact that user groups have on their communities, to translate that into Wikimedia projects' impact.
Note: In addition to your project-specific measures of success, you will also be asked to report on some Global Metrics at the end of your final report. Please keep this in mind as you plan, and we'll support you as you begin your project.
- Number of total participants: 60 (10 per event in each city)
- Number of people who will help organize the event: 10
- $30 USD per bus ticket (round-trip) to each city for 1 person x 6 cities in total = $180
- $3 for coffee and local delicacies per person x 30 = $90 x 6 = $540
- $100 for printing 500 flyers about Wikimedians of Ecuador for all the events = $100
- 10% of the pre-total budget for unforeseeable expenses = $82
Total: $902 USD
- Lucifer8k (talk) 16:50, 7 August 2018 (UTC) Support
- Sageo (talk) 18:43, 18 August 2018 (UTC) Support
- Jfbeltranr (talk) Support
- Ceancata (talk) 14:34, 22 August 2018 (UTC) Support
- Tanuyeiro (talk) 17:24, 22 August 2018 (UTC) Support because it will help us spread our mission around the country, and it will be great to see the emerging communities from these cities evolve and start projects on their own.