Wikimania

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Wikimania is an annual conference centered on the Wikimedia projects (Wikipedia and similar 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 was in in Hong Kong in August 2013; next Wikimania will be in London in August 2014.

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 30+ country-based Wikimedia chapters. Many independent researchers also attend and present. Attendance has ranged from 380 to 1'400 people, with representation from more than 50 countries. The conference is typically held on a different continent each year, and has taken place in seven countries on five continents to date.

Wikimania is organized by local volunteer teams, with support from international volunteers, and the Wikimedia Foundation and other sponsors. Conference 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.

See also Wikipedia coverage of Wikimania (in German, English, French, Indonesian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovenian, Chinese, Italian, Dutch and Spanish).

Upcoming Wikimania[edit]

The next Wikimania will be held in London, in August 2014.

Past Wikimanias[edit]

presentation on meta organization summary location conference wiki feedback and suggestions
(general discussion at Talk:Wikimania)
bid pages
2014 2014 London,
United Kingdom
wm2014 Wikimania 2014 lessons (also wm2014:Feedback), wm2014:Suggestions and wm2015:Brainstorming 2014 Bids
2013 2013 Hong Kong SAR,
China
wm2013 Wikimania 2013 lessons (also wm2013:Feedback), wm2013:Suggestions and wm2014:Brainstorming 2013 Bids
2012 2012 Washington DC,
USA
wm2012 Wikimania 2012 lessons (also wm2012:Feedback) and wm2012:Suggestions 2012 Bids
2011 2011 Haifa,
Israel
wm2011 Wikimania 2011 lessons (also wm2011:Feedback and the private wikimania) 2011 Bids
2010 2010 Gdańsk,
Poland
wm2010 Wikimania 2010 lessons (also wm2010:Scholarships/Survey) 2010 Bids
2009 2009 Buenos Aires,
Argentina
wm2009 wm2009:Postmortem/Conclusions 2009 Bids
2008 2008 Alexandria,
Egypt
wm2008 wm2008:Comments, Wikimania 2008/Wishlist 2008 Bids
2007 2007 Taipei,
Taiwan
wm2007 wm2007:Comments 2007 Bids
2006 2006 Boston,
USA
wm2006 wm2006:Post conference comments, Talk:Wikimania 2006 2006 Bids
2005 2005 Frankfurt,
Germany
wm2005 Improving on Wikimania 2005 2005 Bids

People who have been to every Wikimania are informally in the Perfect Attendance Club.

Future Wikimanias[edit]

The first and most critical decision to be made for each upcoming Wikimania is where it will be held. Most generally, this decision is based on which group of local volunteers is best equipped to accomplish the complex collection of tasks that lead to a successful conference; there is also a strong effort to ensure that conference locations are distributed fairly evenly around the globe from year to year.

The first step in the process is the selection of a jury, which will solicit and evaluate bids from local volunteer teams. Jury selection typically takes place in November, about 18 months before the conference is to take place, and bidding opens shortly thereafter. The jury's final decision is typically announced in April, which allows time for organizers to attend and observe that year's Wikimania as they begin ramping up efforts for the following year.

Bids for upcoming Wikimania conferences[edit]

Getting involved[edit]

Documentation[edit]

Suggestions and comments[edit]

See table above, #Past Wikimanias, for feedback from specific conferences; discuss general concerns on this article's talk page.