This is the report page for the 2015 Wikimania evaluation survey from the event in Mexico City. The survey was carried out by WMF Learning and Evaluation team. Conferences and hackathons had been identified as key programs to develop evaluation insight. This second survey offers more information and data on the process and outcomes of the conference. It is intended as a means for participants to share what they got out of the conference and a platform to collect information on how we might improve future conferences and their evaluation. We hope that the lessons learned through the years help inform the creation of future issues of Wikimania. Share, comment and discuss!
- Online survey via Qualtrics (Preview of questions)
- Data collection:
- July 23rd – August 16th, 2014 (after the Conference closing)
- Conference participants: 886 attendees (133 were members of the press)
- Survey Respondents: 260 completed survey
- 43% of those emailed the survey request
- 35% of all non-press participants
- 73% of survey respondents were between the ages of 25 and 44
- 36% identified as women
- 34% indicated it was their first Wikimania
94% of respondents said the conference was «excellent» or «good».
- 98% agree that the conference helped them to gain knowledge from others.
- 91% agree that the conference helped them to share my knowledge with others.
- 90% agree that the conference helped to motivate me to contribute to Wikimedia and its projects.
- 88% agree that the conference helped them to gain a better understanding of others' viewpoints.
- 75% agree that the conference helped them connect to resources.
- 75% agree that the conference helped them to join or start a project or initiative
- 72% agree that the conference helped to broaden my understanding of the larger open sector (i.e., Wikimedia and beyond)
- Please share at least one learning experience that you will apply to your own work
Nearly all respondents reported having made new contacts they would follow-up with to collaborate on projects.
Conference Design and Content FeedbackEdit
- 94% said that the conference gave me the opportunity to exchange ideas with others on Wikimedian issues.
- 93% said that the conference was suitable for my background and experience.
- 92% said that the conference provided useful information.
- 80% said that the conference contributed to reaching a shared understanding of the future of open knowledge.
- 74% said that the conference increased my understanding of the open knowledge movement.
Liked bests and Next TimesEdit
The top three favorite sessions were: Bringing free education to the world (Louis von Ahn); My life as an Autistic Wikipedian (Guillaume Paumier); and The coolest projects of Wikimedia Chapters - be inspired (Deror Av).
At the Hackathon, the level of experience for the 111 participants who reported was very mixed, with 50% with no experience, novice or beginner experience as a developer and 50% with intermediate, advanced, or expert experience as a developer.
87% of the respondents said the hackathon was a positive or very positive experience for them. About 14% said the experience was neither positive or negative, and no one reported the hackathon being negative.
The majority (53%) of Hackathon participants discussed future work, and the second-highest mentioned accomplishment was fixing bugs (34%)
|What different tasks did you accomplish during your hackathon time? (Select all that apply)||N||%|
|Discussed future work (RFC, specifications, etc.)||54||53%|
|Added features to an existing tool||30||30%|
|Answered research questions||29||29%|
|Wrote code for a new tool or project||24||24%|
|Presented in the Hackathon Showcase||16||16%|
|Pulled research data||14||14%|
|Completed a demoable project||14||14%|
|Ran a session in a breakout room||11||11%|
|Ran statistical analyses||9||9%|
|Deployed updates to live sites (operations)||5||5%|
|Made updates to deployment tooling||4||4%|