Adam Baso is an Engineering Director at the Wikimedia Foundation, where he supports teams responsible for Wikipedia
and Wikimedia Commons
user experiences and infrastructure serving over a billion users in hundreds of languages. Adam has worked at Wikimedia for about 7 years, developing Wikipedia Zero
and contributing to the Wikipedia apps for iOS
and Firefox OS
before taking on strategic management duties. Prior to Wikimedia he worked as a freelance consultant, an application and geospatial developer in government, and an information security professional in banking and retail. Adam enjoys applying data analysis and machine learning to real world challenges.
The early days of the open web encouraged a collaborative model of software development – technology built from the ground up, systems that were developed collectively and without hierarchy. For the past two decades, Wikipedia has succeeded to a large degree because of that collaborative model. It invites contributions, from our content down to our code. This talk will discuss how to build a truly participatory product development model, the opportunities and challenges Wikipedia has faced as a result of its open approach to technology platforms, and what the future looks like.