Grants:IdeaLab/Innovate Beta

Innovate Beta
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An innovation eco-system based on harnessing the ideas of the community and the foundation.
idea creatorRogol Domedonfors
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created on12:03, 13 August 2016 (UTC)

Project ideaEdit

What is the problem you're trying to solve?Edit

Innovation is currently at a low ebb in the Community/Foundation interfaction. There is some movement towards tactical, responsive tool-building. What I want to see is a vibrant eco-system of related sites tools and apps building out from and supporting the Foundation initiatives

What is your solution?Edit

Initially a portal, growing out into a network or virtual community layered on top of the MediaWiki community. In person interactions developing into physical locations in various cities linked to existing research innovation and development communities. Long-term research co-funded by WMF with an innovative context.


I see Innovation as happening in three overlapping stages.

  • Fostering an innovation mindset and culture across the movement – community engagement and outreach, horizon scanning and road mapping, research and development
  • Developing an innovation ecosystem around the Wikimedia mission – partnerships in academia and startups, hubs and spokes in global innovation centres
  • Implementation – spinout

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About the idea creatorEdit

Some experience on the English-language Wikipedia. Experience of funding and commissioning research and strategic advice to the research community



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