Submissions:2016/Wikimania's Yellow Army: Behind the scenes

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Title

Wikimania's Yellow Army: Behind the scenes

Theme

Community

Academic Peer Review option

No

Type of submission

Presentation

Author

Andrés "Andy" Cruz y Corro

E-mail address

andycyca@gmail.com

Username

Andycyca

Affiliation

Wikimedia Mexico

Abstract

Slides available here Wikimania 2015 was done largely because of its unique group of volunteers, dubbed informally as "The Yellow Army" due to our bright-colored shirts. As Head of Volunteers, my role was to recruit, train and organize a group of very different people, with equally different skillsets, interests and even ways of working. In hindsight it was a success, but not everything went according to plan, and there are lessons to be learned. This is my point of view as an organizer, as a volunteer, as a coordinator and as a Wikimedian.

In this presentation, I wish to explain some of the internal workings of this unique group, what went well, what could have been better and what we, as a community, can learn from this amazing group. Hopefully, this discussion will help future events and organizations within Wikimedia.

Length of presentation

30 minutes

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Preferred room size

50

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