Wikipedia:Meetup/San Francisco 19

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
  In the area? You're invited to
   San Francisco Meetup # 19
  Date: March 15, 2014
  Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm
  Place: 149 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor San Francisco, CA 94105
  prev: Meetup 18 - next: Meetup 20 | All SF meetups & events

Bassel Khartabil

Bassel Khartabil (known online as Bassel Safadi) is an open web developer and dedicated Internet volunteer who has been imprisoned (without charge) in Syria since March 2012. He was Creative Commons lead in Syria and started the first hackerspace (Aiki Lab, Damascus) in the Arabic-speaking world, in addition to numerous other open source and free culture projects.

This Saturday 15 March marks the second anniversary of his arrest, as well as the third anniversary of the Syrian uprising. In support of Bassel and in efforts to raise the profile of his case, #FreeBassel day events are being held around the world to mark this date.

Here in SF, #FreeBassell supporters and members of the open community are gathering at the WMF offices for community-building event organized around a Wikipedia edit-a-thon in Bassels honor. We'll be working to improve and add articles related to Bassel and articles of interest to him that he may be editing now if he weren't in prison.

Experienced Wikipedians are encouraged to come, learn about Bassel from his friends and via media produced through the #FreeBassel campaign, and help others to make their first edits.

Event details[edit]

  • Date: Saturday, March 15
  • Time: 12–4 pm
  • Location: Wikimedia Foundation offices (149 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor San Francisco, CA 94105) – Google Maps view
  • Event: An edit-a-thon, pot luck, and more! Learn how to contribute to Wikipedia and collaborate with others to show your support for Bassel.
  • Hashtag: #freebassel

What to bring[edit]

  • A laptop
  • Ideas for topics or articles you might want to work on (though suggestions will be provided for those just looking to be put to work)
  • Any relevant reference materials you might have
  • A friend – we love to meet new would-be-editors! (you can also bring your spouse, kids, family, etc.)
  • A dish to share, if you can (but don't worry if you can't)
  • Or, if you don't have any of the above, just bring yourself

Todo list[edit]

We can collect potential topics and suggested articles for improvement here. Some topic areas could include Syria, computers, technology in the MENA region, open source web development, and peace, to name a few... or feel free to work on an on-going project!

Related WikiProjects
Ideas for things to do

Sign up[edit]

Feel free to mention if you'll be bringing a friend, or family member. Children are welcome.


(Simply click the edit button, add “* ~~~~” on a new line and hit save page.