Wikipedia:Wikipedia Takes Manhattan/Spring 2008
Wikipedia Takes Manhattan or WTM-1 was a scavenger hunt and free content photography contest coordinated with Columbia University and New York University students, aimed at illustrating Wikipedia articles covering the wondrous sights on the island of Manhattan.
The event was held on Friday April 4, and ran from 11:30 AM/noon to 11 PM/midnight. Everyone met up and checked in at the two starting points at noon, and after a day of subways, street rambles, photography and free culture goodness, the night concluded with a party back at Columbia.
The day was sponsored by Free Culture @ Columbia, the Columbia University chapter of Students for Free Culture, in cooperation with the NYU chapter Free Culture @ NYU, Wikimedia New York City and Wikipedia volunteers.
This was the first event of its kind anywhere on the Wikipedia Takes The City model. Wikipedia Takes Nashville followed quickly on in May, and the sequel NYC event Wikis Take Manhattan (WTM-2) was held in October 2008.
We got photos for 92 specifically requested sites (90 separate articles), nearly half of the 188 on our list:
Several of these photos also proved immediately useful in illustrating other existing articles:
Also, the existence of the list appears to have led several Wikipedians to contribute photos of these sites, without participating directly in the contest. Their contributions are appreciated as well.
Gallery of all our photos
All of our photos from this event, licensed CC-BY-SA 3.0, are on Wikimedia Commons in chronological galleries showing the teams' adventures throughout the day.
The gallery is really cool, you should check it out.
Some of our participants talked about how the event proved a great way to learn about their neighborhoods, which they had never really explored before.
Uploading party and winners
Photos by User:Becksguy
One-half of 1st-place winners Team "official-ly cool". Top prize given out by Nick, President of Columbia Free Culture.
User:Pharos has the honor of explaining barnstar symbolism.
2nd-place winners Team "New York Dolls"
The 1st-place winners were Team "official-ly cool": Eric Ramirez and Ashley McMasters.
The 2nd-place winners were Team "New York Dolls": Neha Solanki, Roochi Solanki and Melissa Hanna.
The top winners got iPod shuffles, and all winners received copies of Wikipedia: The Missing Manual (donated by O'Reilly Media), real life barnstars (donated by Wikimedia Board of Trustees member User:Mindspillage) and frisbees (donated by The Open Planning Project).
On the day of the event we talked to one reporter writing for the New York Post, and another reporter working on a WNYC public radio "Street Shots" project on street photography. The Post story didn't materialize, but the WNYC coverage should at appear on their blog in a few weeks.
We were also covered by student-produced Columbia Television News, and they produced a video segment on the event (unfortunately, we didn't quite get "hundreds" of participants, though).
This hardly counts as "media", but we've also covered Wikipedia Takes Manhattan: Our First Outreach Project on WikiNortheast, your friendly regional Wikimedia blog.