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Wikimania is an annual conference centered on the Wikimedia projects. It features presentations on Wikimedia projects, other wikis, free/open source software, free knowledge and free content, and the social and technical aspects which relate to these topics.
- The most recent, Wikimania 2021, was held completely online, from 13 to 17 August 2021
- Wikimania 2020 was planned to take place in Bangkok, Thailand between 5–9 August, 2020, but was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic and subsequently canceled.
- The one before that, Wikimania 2019, was in Stockholm, Sweden, between 14–18 August 2019.
What do people do at Wikimania?
Wikimania group photo, Hong Kong, 2013
Wikimania attracts Wikimedia project participants from around the world, including writers, editors, programmers, and photographers; Wikimedia Foundation staff; and members of the 40+ country-based Wikimedia chapters. Many researchers also attend and present. Attendance has ranged from 380 to 2,000 people, with representation from more than 80 countries. The conference is typically held on a different continent each year, and has taken place in thirteen countries on five continents to date.
Wikimania is organized by local volunteer teams, with support from international volunteers, the Wikimedia Foundation and other sponsors. The conference's location is determined by an international jury of community members, who review location bids submitted by teams from different locations. Guidelines for interested communities who wish to host Wikimania, and information about past bids, can be found below.
The conference program consists of presentations and workshops from community members, speakers from related projects, and wiki researchers, as well as social activities and informal discussions. Some formal research is presented, in addition to "best practice" knowledge sharing and presentations of ongoing work. Wikimania also features formal reports from Wikimedia Foundation board members and staff, renowned keynote speakers, and opportunities to interact with dedicated Wikimedia contributors from all around the world.
Wikimania 2007 Wikiball!
Planning meeting in Alexandria, 2008
Wikimania 2009 coffee break
Wikimedia board members address Wikimania 2010 participants in Gdańsk
Wikimania 2011 group photo
Wikimania presentation, Washington DC, 2012
Attendants leaving following Wikimania 2013's closing ceremony
Wikimania 2014 opening ceremony
Wikimania 2015 Group photo
Wikimania 2016 group photo
Wikimania 2017 group photo
Wikimania 2018 group photo
Wikimania 2019 group photo
Most generally, the decision in where to hold the conference is based proposals that are vetted by the WMF and Wikimania Committee. The WMF Event Manager works closely with interested people and groups in exploring that possibilities and drafting a proposal. There has also been a strong effort in the past to ensure that conference locations are distributed fairly evenly around the globe from year to year.
Historically the selection of the venue was done using bids
and a jury
; this was scrapped in 2015.
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