Developers, engineers, laptops, food, and wi-fi.

MediaWiki developers and Wikimedia engineers have flown from all over the world to meet up in Berlin.

For the third time, Wikimedia Deutschland is organizing a “hackathon”, a coding event where developers work together to improve the MediaWiki software and the technological platform for Wikipedia.

The event started today at the betahaus, a coworking and social space in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighborhood, close to Moritzplatz. It will last until Sunday; a rough schedule is available.

Two other groups of Wikimedians are also meeting this week-end at the betahaus: Wiki loves Monuments enthusiasts, and the Language Committee.

Work at the hackathon is notably focused on improvements in MediaWiki’s text editor, development tools, improvements in the parser, mobile apps, and bug fixing. We’re also having a few lightning talks.

These developer days are included in the program of the Berlin Web Week, a series of events happening in Berlin in May and bringing together Internet and software communities and industry players.

To participate remotely: join us on Twitter and, where we’re using the #mwhack11 hashtag. We’re posting links there to our public notes taken in real time.

You can also watch the live video stream (all talks are recorded), join us on IRC in #mwhack11 or #mediawiki on Freenode, and check out the event page on facebook.

This year’s motto is “talk less, code more”. Happy coding!

Guillaume Paumier