Wikimedia & wikiHow mobile updates

5:30pm: Doors open. Pizza & drinks. Time to chat.

6pm-ish: First talk starts.

 

The Wikimedia mobile challenge

by Brion Vibber, Lead Software Architect at the WMF Mobile team.

Solving the mobile problem for the English Wikipedia is a complex task: how to display all kinds of text formats and content types in different browsers and mobile platforms, how to let users edit, contribute, discuss and socialize, how to make the most of the mobile experience e.g with geolocation. Add to the equation 285 languages, from Afrikaans to 中文. And that was only Wikipedia, we have also Wikimedia Commons, Wikibooks, Wikiversity, Wikivoyage and more.

It takes a lot of product management and development effort to get this equation right, and this is why the Wikimedia mobile team keeps hiring and expanding. There are also many venues where technical volunteers can contribute and get involved in mobile.

Brion Vibber was one of the first MediaWiki developers and the first Wikimedia Foundation employee. As you can see he keeps pushing the technical edge of Wikipedia.

 

wikiHow's new mobile redesign and editing tools

by Reuben Smith, Senior Engineer and Jack Herrick, Founder.

 

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  • Quim G.

    Hi, a streaming experiment:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ccTm_IdZBw

    IRC questions taken from #wikimedia-office at irc.freenode.net

    We will start around 6pm-ish. Guests are already here, enjoying drinks, pizza and chat.

    February 21, 2013

  • Asheesh L.

    Might have to leave early, but very much looking forward to it!

    1 · February 21, 2013

  • Sumana H.

    Sorry, out of town.

    February 19, 2013

  • Fabrice F.

    Look forward to catching up with two great teams!

    February 5, 2013

  • Suyash J.

    @Oraganizer: Can you please move the start time to 6:00pm or 6:30pm? For those coming from South Bay after work, 5:30pm is not reasonable in the current traffic.

    February 5, 2013

    • Pete F.

      Hi Suyash, I don't know for certain, but past meetups have had an hour or so for informal conversation and snacks ahead of time. Hopefully an organizer will confirm, but I think the program will not start until 6:30 or so.

      February 5, 2013

    • Quim G.

      Yes, it is as Pete explains. I have updated the description of the event and we hope this timing fits everybody. After the talks thre is more time to chat and, in fact, we don't close the office until all guests feel it's time to go. :)

      February 5, 2013

  • Judy T.

    +maiki

    January 25, 2013

  • Brion

    Whee I'm speaking!

    January 22, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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