Grants:TPS/Ckoerner/SMWCon Fall 2015/Report

Event name


SMWCon Fall 2015

Participant connections


I was introduced to an entirely new continent of SMW admins, developers, and users. We had about 50 folks in attendance from various background. Some of the individuals that stand out to me are Lex Sulzer, Sabine Melnicki, and Toni Hermoso. Lex and Sabine were two people that not only showed generosity in helping get around the city, but were also gracious in sharing their knowledge and ideas with the community. Toni was a hero helping to organize the event and being a superb host.

I was fortunate enough to have been asked by one of the organizers to host the Introduction to Semantic MediaWiki session on the first day. We had a lot of folks not only new to SMW, but to MediaWiki itself! Being able to guide folks through common wiki concepts like Categories, Namespaces, Templates and more felt really good.

My session was well received and spurred seemingly endless conversations and tasks!


Option 1: Shared Experience: What is one way you shared something from your experience with your community (either locally or globally), after the event?
Add a link here to a blog post or newsletter you wrote about your participation afterwards, or to a meet-up you organized to share your experience with your local community.

At the event I helped to introduce the MediaWiki Stakeholders' Group to attendees and we were successful in getting new folks to say they're interested and want to get involved. One of our goals for the next few months is to work with members of our group to put together a proposal for the Developers Summit in January. We've created a few tasks to guide our work in Phabricator and I've written a recap of my exercise for (our user groups' wiki).


  • Travel (airfare): $1,408.30 (US)
  • Accommodations (Hotel): $293.24 (US)
  • Total: $1701.54

That brings me to a few dollars more than what I was approved for ($23.54). I understand that I'm responsible for remaining costs (Conference fee, food, etc. as they were not covered by our agreement) and would happily pay the overages as described.

Amount left over


None to report. I paid for the event's registration and other expenses out of my own resources.

Anything else