Wikimania 2011/Bids/Haifa

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Wikimania 2011 candidate cities:
Haifa (Q) - Montréal (Q) - New York City(Q) - Toronto (Q)

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Haifa (חֵיפָה; حَيْفَا) is the largest city in northern Israel, and the third-largest city in the country, with a population of over 264,900.

Haifa has a mixed population of Jews and Arabs. It is also home to the Bahá'í World Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is built on the slopes of the majestic Mount Carmel and along the beautiful Mediterranean beach of the Haifa Bay, which gave the city its name in ancient times ('Haifa' – or 'Hof Yafé' in modern Hebrew – means 'pretty beach'). Haifa has a history dating back to Biblical times (The earliest known settlement in the vicinity was a small port city established in the Late Bronze Age (14th century BCE)).

In the year 2011, Haifa will celebrate its jubilee - 250 years since the establishment of the new city. In 1761 Dhaher al-Omar, Bedouin ruler of Acre and the Galilee, destroyed the old city of Haifa and rebuilt the town in a new location, surrounding it with a wall. This event is marked as the beginning of the town's modern era.

Today, the city is a major seaport located on Israel's Mediterranean coastline. It is located about 90 km north of Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv and is the major regional center of northern Israel. Two respected academic institutions, the University of Haifa and the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, are located in Haifa,

The city hosts dozens of cultural and artistic festivals every year, festivals which celebrate the diversity of the city's inhabitants and the peaceful coexistence between the members of the various religions who live in it. The proposed venue is the Haifa Auditorium which has been hosting the Haifa International Film Festival for the past 26 years.

The wonderful Mediterranean coasts - which are among the best in Israel, and its proximity to various religious, cultural and historical sites make the city a center of tourism in the north of Israel.

Our Vision[edit]

We believe that there are two main principles that underline the purpose of Wikimania, namely offering a bird's-eye view on Wikimedia projects and the "Wiki phenomenon", and reaching out to people, especially those outside the North American and European "center" of the Wikimedia movement.

Wikimania is a unique opportunity for the Wikimedian community to comprehensively review all aspects related to the Wikimedia projects. It allows Wikipedians and other Wikimedians to step outside the daily routine, learn about the overall concept of Wikimedia, understand how it influences and is being influenced by society, and how it relates to other projects and ideas. The conference allows the attendees to exchange opinions and insights, and exposes them to the work and thinking beyond the projects themselves. We see the conference as an event that is at the same time educational, promotional, and social; our planning aims to support all of these aspects and purposes.

Haifa is a multicultural and multilingual city in which people from all around the world can feel at home. Beyond just feeling great, it provides and promotes an atmosphere that well suits the international and inter-cultural aspect of the Wikimedia movement and encourages productive, fruitful discussions.

Israeli scholars have been in the fore-front of research about the influence of the Internet, "Wiki culture", collaborative work and crowdsourcing on 21st century culture. Many Israeli researchers flew across the world to attend previous Wikimanias. This is a chance to meet these leading researchers in their homebase, and see recent fruits of their work. The "Matam" high-tech center and Haifa University with its large Sagy Internet research center on Internet and the Information-Age Society are just around the corner of the proposed Wikimania venue.

Israel is the center of the Hebrew-speaking community but it is also home to other linguistic communities, most particularly Arabic- and Russian-speaking. Haifa is the base of the Israeli Arabic Language Academy and of Arabic publishing houses. We plan Wikimania as an outreach event aiming at increasing the number of Wikimedians and free content adherents among Hebrew, Arabic, and Russian speakers and communities.

Haifa is also easily accessible to the Palestinian community, which is often left out of conferences such as Wikimania due to special difficulties. This community has a high rate of Internet usage but little first-hand acquaintance with Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects.

To increase awareness to this opportunity, we have secured sponsors for a large promotional budget (which will enable signs and large banners to be placed around the city of Haifa), and publications in various media outlets and in various languages.

Based on criticism we have read about some previous Wikimania events, we seek to strengthen the social ties and increase cooperation between wikipedians and wikimedians from around the world. In order to facilitate better social connections between the attendees, we have arranged that most meals will be buffet style, served in the venue's garden, allowing socializing throughout the event (without hindering the lecture periods). The dinners will take the form of a cocktail party on the first day, and an early arrivals cocktail party the day before enabling attendees to get to know each other from the beginning of the conference. There is also a beach party at the end. We have arranged for a 24 hour lounge, to enable socializing into the night.

We believe the city of Haifa is ideal for the advancement of the said goal, as it has wonderful weather in the afternoon and night enabling outside garden and beach parties (in the hot mornings - it is best to remain inside the air conditioned conference halls). The proximity of the city to various religious and historical sites lets us provide tours to the site. We see these tours as part of the social bonding activities offered to participants, allowing them to "adventure" together.


Location[edit]

About Haifa[edit]

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Geography[edit]

Panorama of Haifa at sunrise

Haifa is situated on the Israeli Mediterranean Coastal Plain, the historic "via Maris" - the ancient road between Europe, Africa, and Asia. The city is split over three tiers: The lowest is the center of commerce and industry including the Port. The middle level is on the slopes of Mount Carmel and consists of older residential neighborhoods, while the upper level consists of modern neighborhoods looking over the lower tiers. From here views can be across the Western Galilee region of Israel towards Rosh HaNikra and even Mount Hermon.

Climate[edit]

Haifa, its district and metropolitan area's location within Israel

Haifa has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and cool rainy winters. The average temperature in summer is 26 °C. Humidity tends to be high all year round, and rain usually occurs between October and April.

Weather data from www.ims.gov.il
Month July August
Mean temperature - maximum 31.1°C (87.98°F) 31.4°C (88.52°F)
Mean number of days with max temp > 30 deg C (86 F) 23.7 26.2
Mean temperature - minimum 23°C (73.4°F) 23.6°C (74.48°F)
Mean number of days with min temp < 5 deg C 0 0
Mean total precipitation 0 mm 0 mm
Mean days with rainfall 0 0

Brief History[edit]

Haifa has been controlled by several civilizations, including the Canaanites, Israelites, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders, the Mamluks, the Ottoman Turks and the British.

The city is first mentioned in Talmudic literature around the 3rd century CE, as a small fishing village and the home of Rabbi Avdimos and other Jewish scholars. Under Byzantine rule, Haifa continued to flourish, although never grew to great importance due to its proximity to Acre.

The Byzantine ruled the settlement until the 7th century, when the city was conquered – first by the Persians, and then by the Arabs. In 1100, it was conquered again by the crusaders, after a fierce battle with its Jewish and Muslim inhabitants. Under crusader rule, the city was a part of the Principality of Galilee until the Muslim Mameluks captured it in 1265.

The Carmelite order was founded at, and named after, Mount Carmel, in the 12th century.

In 1761 Dhaher al-Omar, the Bedouin ruler of Acre and Galilee, rebuilt the town in a new location, surrounding it with a wall. This event is marked as the beginning of the town's modern era. After El-Omar's death in 1775, the town remained under Ottoman rule until 1918, except for two brief periods: in 1799, Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Haifa as part of his unsuccessful campaign, but withdrew in the same year; between 1831 and 1840, the Egyptian viceroy Mehemet Ali governed, after his son Ibrahim Pasha wrested control from the Ottomans.

The arrival of the German Templers in 1868, who settled in what is now known as the German Colony of Haifa, was a turning point in Haifa's development. It was in the late 19th century that the area rose to importance in the Bahá'í Faith as the remains of the Báb were moved in 1909 to Haifa.

At the beginning of the 20th Century, Haifa had emerged as an industrial port city and growing population center.

Panorama of Haifa. View from Mt. Carmel

Culture, Tourism and Leisure[edit]

Haifa has 13 hotels with a total of 1,462 rooms. The city is a coast city with 17 kilometers of beaches.

Haifa's main tourist attraction is the Bahá'í World Centre, with the golden-domed Shrine of the Báb and the surrounding gardens. Between 2005 and 2006, 86,037 visited the shrine. The restored German Colony, founded by the Templers, the Stella Maris Monastery and Elijah's Cave also draw many tourists as well as great warm swimming beaches (May-October) and surfing and windsurfing, Bat Galim beach.

Located in the Haifa district are the Ein Hod artists' colony, where over 90 artists and craftsmen have studios and exhibitions, the Mount Carmel national park, with caves where Neanderthal and early Homo Sapiens remains were found. Also nearby are the Druze villages where a majority of the Druze population in Israel is located.

Despite its image as a port and industrial city, Haifa is the cultural hub of northern Israel. The Haifa Cinematheque, founded in 1975, hosts the annual Haifa International Film Festival during the intermediate days of the Sukkot holiday.

The most popular museum is the Israel National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space, which recorded almost 150,000 visitors in 2004. The museum is located in the historic Technion building in the Hadar neighborhood. The Haifa Museum of Art houses a collection of modern and classical art, as well as displays on the history of Haifa. The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art is the only museum in the Middle East dedicated solely to Japanese art.

Other museums in Haifa include the Museum of Prehistory, the National Maritime Museum, the Hecht Museum, the Dagon Archeological Museum, the Railway Museum, the Clandestine Immigration and Navy Museum, the Oil Industry Museum, and the Mane Katz Museum.

About Israel[edit]

Israel (officially the State of Israel) is a country in Western Asia located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It borders Lebanon in the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan in the east, and Egypt on the southwest, and contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area.

Israel has a population of about 7.5 million people, of whom approximately 5.7 million are Jewish. The largest ethnic minority group is the segment denominated as Arabs, while minority religious groups include Muslims, Christians, Druze and Samaritans, most of whom are found within the Arab segment.

Israel is approximately 20,770 square kilometers (8,019 sq mi) in area, of which two percent is water.

Despite its small size, Israel is home to a variety of geographic features, from the Negev desert in the south to the mountain ranges of the Galilee, Carmel, and the Golan in the north. The Coastal Plain on the shores of the Mediterranean is home to seventy percent of the nation's population. East of the central highlands lies the Jordan Rift Valley, which forms a small part of the 6,500-kilometer (4,040-mi) Great Rift Valley. The Jordan River runs along the Jordan Rift Valley, from Mount Hermon through the Hulah Valley and the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the surface of the Earth.

Venue[edit]

The Haifa Auditorium Complex. View from the garden. On the left is Rapaport Hall, in the centre - the Auditorium, and on the right - the Hecht Building
Floor sketch

The Haifa Auditorium has been the annual host of the Haifa International Film Festival for the past 26 years, and the nearby Hecht building and Auditorium complex has hosted numerous conventions and events. The Auditorium has three large lecture halls, and the Hecht Building has seven smaller halls.

The Hecht building is a renovated historic building originally built as a hotel by the Templers during the late 19th century.

Nearby is the Carmel Center shopping and leisure district, which has several hotels of all values. The Carmelit (Haifa's metro) has a station nearby, making access simple and easy.

Student dorms of the Downtown Port Campus and Haifa University are located near the Carmelit station and bus stations, enabling visitors who stay at the dorms to reach the Auditorium with great ease, from Paris Square Carmelit Subway station adjacent to the Downtown Port Campus, a 7 minute ride, or 15 minutes by bus to the Carmel Center Stations and a 2 minute walk to the Auditorium. 8 Hotels around the Carmel Center are all within easy walking distance to the Auditorium.

Provided for Wikimania's use, will be:

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    • All rooms set up for presentation (and simultaneous translation) and taping of the proceeding (with possible simultaneous webcast)
    • All rooms are air conditioned.

The Auditorium has facilities for check-in (receiving the delegates packs) and on-site guidance, and provides all security services.

On-site is a small shopping mall where restaurants and supplies can be found.

The Auditorium is located at the heart of the Carmel Center shopping and leisure district, in which there are cinemas, dozens of coffee shops and restaurants and many pubs, some of which are open 24 hours, and two shopping malls, one directly below the Auditorium and Panorama Center, in the podium floors of the Dan Panorama Hotel Tower.

The entire site allows easy access to mobility-reduced participants, as well as aids to persons with limited visibility.

The entire site will remain available throughout the evening and nights (complete 24hr access) for socialization and meetings; one of the two lounges will provide snacks throughout the day and night as well as coffee, tea, water. Both lounges will have WiFi, and in one of them electronic screens will show the schedule of the events as well as twitter updates from the various lectures. One of the lounges will only be open to the participants of the conference, ensuring the safeguarding of valuables therein. An attendant will be located at the entrance to the Hecht building ensuring that only conference members will enter the building.

The Reception center's garden and exhibition area will also be open for the participants throughout the conference. Both lounges and the garden (which will have garden furniture) will provide the participants with places to relax and to socialize.

Should it be decided that the conference schedule be extended by several days, the venue will be available.

A buffet lunch will be served at the Auditorium Garden. All food will be Kosher. We take into account attendance of at least 500, of which 150 will be vegetarian.

Accommodations[edit]

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Location of hotels in the vicinity of the venue

We have received the sponsorship of both the Haifa University and the Technion Institute who will provide dorms at no cost.

For the budget traveler, the city has several budget hotels - all with bed and breakfasts. The densest collection of hotels is within walking distance from the Haifa Auditorium. Three of these hotels are four and five-star hotels. Several luxury boutique spa hotels are also within walking distance.

Most hotel rooms in the vicinity have rooms that are accessible to the disabled.

In the Carmel Centre area there are 8 hotels of varying standards. Several hotels are located in other parts of the city. Also Haifa hosts four dormitories, all of which can accommodate about 300 people.

Wikimedia Israel has negotiated rates with three four-star hotels in the vicinity of the venue. We have received an offer for about 165 double or triple occupancy rooms. About 100 rooms in the Har Hacarmel Hotel, about 50 rooms in the Nof Hotel, and 15 in the Dan Gardens Hotel. The price per person per night is $50 ($55 in the Dan Gardens).

In total, four nights will cost $200 per person (bed and breakfast) in a double occupancy room ($220 in the Dan Gardens; a bit less - about $185 in a triple occupancy room).

The price includes a continental breakfast at both hotels, and in Har Hacarmel hotel – access to the gym and pool area. Free WIFI has been agreed upon with both hotels. If we book at least 50 rooms in the Nof Hotel for most of the convention (three to four nights), additional discount has been agreed upon.

A single occupant may use a standard room for four nights at the Har Hacarmel and Nof Hotels for $340 and a superior room at the Nof Hotel for four nights for $440. A single occupant standard room four four nights at the Dan Gardens will pay $380.

All three hotels are within walking distance of the venue (Dan Gardens and Nof Hotels – 10 minutes walk, Har Hacarmel – 15 minutes), however Wikimedia Israel will provide a shuttle bus which will travel hourly between the hotels and the venue.

For participants who can not afford hotel accommodation, Wikimedia Israel has negotiated and obtained 150 beds (most in single occupancy rooms) in various dorms around the city. The actual cost of the dorms is NIS 20,000 (approximately $5,000). This amount has already been obtained by Wikimedia Israel. A shuttle will travel hourly between the dorms and the venue, due to the distances between the dorms and the venue. Negotiations to obtain agreements for more beds are ongoing.

Wikimedia Israel will be able to arrange for centralized registration for the hotels for the participants.

Wikimedia Israel will also place welcome desks (information and assistance desks) at the main hotels in which the participants will stay throughout the entire conference.


Student dormitories[edit]

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Hotels and Hostels[edit]

Three and Four Star Hotels[edit]

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Five Star Hotels[edit]

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Transportation[edit]

Getting to Haifa[edit]

A direct train links Israel's Ben Gurion Airport with Haifa. The train rides take about an hour and a half. A cab service enables reaching the city of Haifa from the airport within 1 hour and ten minutes.

Representatives will await the participants at the airport, ensuring the participants board the correct trains, and provide the participants with free or subsidized train tickets. Transportation will be provided in Haifa from the train station to the hotels or the conference area.

Haifa has its own airport, Haifa Airport, which serves domestic flights to Tel Aviv and Eilat.

Air Travel to Israel[edit]

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All the prices quoted below are the two options of the two cheapest available round trip tickets for adults, without extra charges.
If the Non-stop flight is the cheapest option - only the non stop option is displayed. If the difference between the cheapest option and the second cheapest is more than USD 100, only one option is displayed.
Travel time includes waiting time for connecting flights. If the cheapest flight took unreasonably long without a large price difference, it was omitted.
Information Source: All info is from expedia web site. We have chosen the dates of 4th August 2010 to 8th August 2010 as a rough estimate for these dates in 2011.




Air connections to Ben Gurion Airport from European cities
City Airfare Airlines Number of stopovers Stopover cities Travel time Additional remarks
Amsterdam USD 456/
USD 604
Tarom-Romanian Air Transport/
LOT
1 Warsaw /
Bucharest
8h15/
6h50
-
Athens USD 476 /
USD 488
Turkish/
El Al
1/
0
Istanbul/
Non stop
6h30/
1h55
-
Budapest USD 529/
USD 546
Alitalia/
El AL
1/
0
Rome/
Non Stop
7h20/
3h10
-
Brussels USD 558/
USD 574
Czech Airlines /
LOT
1 Prague /
Warsaw
8h10/
7h20
-
Frankfurt USD 371 El Al 0 Non Stop 4h05
Helsinki USD 545/
USD 569
Czech Airlines/
LOT
1 Prague /
Warsaw
11h55/
7h10
-
Liverpool USD 646 KLM 1 Amsterdam 7h45 -
London USD 525/
USD 545
Alitalia/
EL AL
1/
0
Rome/
Nonstop
6h25/
4h55
-
Madrid USD 636 Iberia 0 Nonstop 4h40 -
Moscow USD 402/
USD 589
Aerosvit Airlines/
El AL
1 Kiev/
Non stop
9h10/
4h0
-
Paris USD 610 Swiss International Air Lines 1 Zurich 6h10 Non stop option by Air France or El AL is USD 825 and takes 4h25
Prague USD 517/
USD 546
Aerosvit Airlines/
Turkish Airlines
1 Kiev/
Istanbul
12h35/
5h40
An EL AL nonstop flight costs $581 and takes 3h50
Rome USD 523 Turkish Airlines 1 Istambul 5h45 An Alitalia non-stop flight cost USD604 and takes 3h10
Istanbul USD 430 Turkish Airlines 0 nonstop 4h05 -
Stockholm USD 438 Austrian Airlines 1 Vienna 6h55 -
Vienna USD 621/
USD 635
Alitalia /Lufthansa 1 Rome/
Frankfurt
6h35/
6h35
An Austrian Airlines direct non-stop flight costs USD675 and takes 3h25
Vilnius USD 540 Lufthansa 1 Frankfurt am Main 7h25 -

Air connections to Ben Gurion Airport from African cities
City Airfare Airlines Number of stopovers Stopover cities Travel time Additional remarks
Cairo USD 635/
USD 685
Royal Jordanian /
El Al
1/
0
Amman /
Non-stop
6h00/
1h20
Dakar USD 1,135 Iberia 1 Madrid 16h05 -
Johannesburg USD 955 Ethiopian Airlines 1 Addis Ababa 12h35 -
Nairobi USD 779 Turkish Airlines 1 Istanbul 11h25 -

Air connections to Ben Gurion Airport from Asian cities
City Airfare Airlines Number of stopovers Stopover cities Travel time Additional remarks
Beijing USD 1,241 Turkish Airlines 1 Istanbul 19h20 -
Hong Kong USD 1,125 Cathay Pacific, Royal Jordanian 2 Bangkok, Amman 19h15
New Dehli USD 714 Turkish Airlines 1 Istanbul 12h00 -
Riyadh USD 2,160 Etihad Airways, Royal Jordanian 2 Abu Dhabi, Amman 12h50 -
Seoul USD 2,064 Thai Air International 1 Bangkok 19h00 -
Tokyo USD 2,041 Swiss International Air Lines 1 Zurich 21h20 -

Air connections to Ben Gurion Airport from Australian cities
City Airfare Airlines Number of stopovers Stopover cities Travel time Additional remarks
Perth USD 2,389 Qantas Airways, Swiss International Air Lines 2 Singapore, Zurich 28h00 One stopover in Hongkong with Cathay Pacific and El Al costs USD 2,639 and takes the same amount of time.
Sydney USD 2,222 Qantas Airways, Royal Jordanian 2 Bangkok, Amman 21h50 One stopover flight with Cathay Pacific and El AL costs USD 2,481 and takes 22h35

Air connections to Ben Gurion Airport from North American cities
City Airfare Airlines Number of stopovers Stopover cities Travel time Additional remarks
Chicago USD 1,278 Iberia 1 Madrid 15h05 -
Dallas USD 1,392 Iberia 2 Chicago, Madrid 18h15 -
Los Angeles USD 1,575 Air Canada 1 Toronto 17h00 An El AL non-stop flight costs USD 1,878 and takes 14h30
Mexico City USD 1,708 British Airways
Continental
1 London
Newark
23h45
18h40
-
Miami USD 1,278 Iberia 1 Madrid 15h40 -
New York USD 1,191 LOT 1 Warsaw 21h40 An Iberia flight through Madrid costs USD 1,441 and takes 13h25
A Delta non-stop flight costs USD 1,490 and takes 10h50
San Francisco USD 1,575 Air Canada 1 Toronto 17h00 -
Toronto USD 1,464 US Airways 1 Philadelphia 20h16 A non-stop Air Canada flight costs USD 1,664 and takes 10h55
Vancouver USD 1,829 UNITED, Swiss International Air Lines 2 San Francisco , Zurich 24h30 A one stop Air Canada flight through Toronto costs USD 2,049 and takes 17h00

Air connections to Ben Gurion Airport from South American cities
City Airfare Airlines Number of stopovers Stopover cities Travel time Additional remarks
Bogota USD 1,631/
USD 1,732
Iberia 1 Madrid 24h45
16h20
Same company - USD 100 difference for the shorter wait
Buenos Aires USD 1,473 American Airlines, El Al 1 New York 27h00 -
Rio de Janeiro USD 1,562 TAM Brazilian Airlines, KLM 2 Sao Paulo, Amsterdam 28h15 A one stop Iberia flight through Madrid costs USD 1,811 and takes 16h05

By Train[edit]

Haifa is well connected by train lines to Tel Aviv, Akko (Acre), Beer Sheva and the Ben Gurion International Airport. The cost of the travel from Ben Gurion to Haifa is ₪ 37
$  10.05 / €  7.39 / £  6.51 [1]. The trip takes a little over an hour and during peak hours there are as many as 3-4 services hourly.

There are 4 train stations in Haifa:

  • Hof ha-Carmel — adjacent to the Central Bus Station that serves lines connected to the cities south of Haifa and direct buses to all parts of the city.
  • Bat Galim — Close to Elija's Cave and the cable car to Stella Maris Carmelite monastery.
  • Haifa Center HaShmona — Adjacent to the Downtown Port Campus dorms, Haifa port, the Carmelit underground funicular which connects to the Carmel Center and the Haifa Auditorium, lower entrance to the Bahá'í garden, German colony, and the downtown pubs and clubs.
  • Lev ha-Mifratz — Adjacent to the Northern Bus terminal that connects to the Acre, the Galilee and Northern Israel.

From Haifa Center HaShmona, the cost of the Carmelit subway ride to the Carmel Center is ₪ 6.4
$  1.74 / €  1.28 / £  1.13, taking 7 minutes. A bus ticket from Hof ha-Carmel Station to the Carmel Center is also ₪ 6.4
$  1.74 / €  1.28 / £  1.13, taking 15 minutes; a cab ride is approximately ₪ 30
$  8.15 / €  5.99 / £  5.28 (including extra charge for luggage). One regular bus ticket can be used repeatedly free of charge for 75 minutes on all city buses.

By Car[edit]

From the south, route 2 is the coastal highway which links Haifa with Tel Aviv. This journey from the airport to Haifa takes up to one and a half hours.

Special Shuttle Service[edit]

Wikimedia Israel will attempt to arrange buses from Ben Gurion Airport to the convention area on the day of the convention.

Currency[edit]

The currency used in Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (₪). There are currency changing offices everywhere, and some stores even allow payment in US dollars.

Cost of living[edit]

Food
  • McDonald's "BigMac" Meal (with fries and a drink)
₪ 29.90

$  8.12 / €  5.97 / £  5.26[2]

  • 3 course meal with a glass of wine at a high-end
    restaurant
₪ 200

$  54.32 / €  39.93 / £  35.21 [3]

  • 3 course meal without wine at a high-end restaurant
₪ 155

$  42.1 / €  30.95 / £  27.28[3]

  • "Pizza Hut" personal pizza with 3 toppings
₪ 30

$  8.15 / €  5.99 / £  5.28[4]

  • "Pizza Hut" Large pizza with 3 toppings
₪ 92

$  24.99 / €  18.37 / £  16.19[4]

  • "Snickers" candy bar, 57g
₪ 4

$  1.09 / €  0.8 / £  0.7

  • Large Sandwich
₪ 24

$  6.52 / €  4.79 / £  4.22[5]

  • Almond Croissant
₪ 15

$  4.07 / €  2.99 / £  2.64[5]

  • Burekas cheese / potato
₪ 13

$  3.53 / €  2.6 / £  2.29[5]

  • Large Tuna Salad
₪ 34

$  9.23 / €  6.79 / £  5.98[5]

  • Large Chicken Salad
₪ 39

$  10.59 / €  7.79 / £  6.86[5]

  • Breakfast (2 eggs, 2 cheeses, salad, hot
    and cold drinks)
₪ 39

$  10.59 / €  7.79 / £  6.86[5]

  • Inside-out Sushi with Salmon (8 units)
₪ 30

$  8.15 / €  5.99 / £  5.28[6]

  • Thai Noodles with Meat
₪ 48

$  13.04 / €  9.58 / £  8.45[6]

Drinks
  • Sprite/ Coca Cola
₪ 8

$  2.17 / €  1.6 / £  1.41[5]

  • Short Espresso
₪ 7

$  1.9 / €  1.4 / £  1.23 [5]

  • Double Espresso
₪ 10

$  2.72 / €  2 / £  1.76[5]

  • Cappuccino
₪ 11

$  2.99 / €  2.2 / £  1.94[5]

  • Hot Chocolate
₪ 15

$  4.07 / €  2.99 / £  2.64[5]

  • Tea
₪ 11

$  2.99 / €  2.2 / £  1.94[5]

  • Chai Latte
₪ 14

$  3.8 / €  2.8 / £  2.46[5]

  • Beer
₪ 17

$  4.62 / €  3.39 / £  2.99[5]

  • Iced Tea
₪ 10

$  2.72 / €  2 / £  1.76[5]

  • Turkish Coffee
₪ 8

$  2.17 / €  1.6 / £  1.41[5]

  • Mineral / Sparkling Water
₪ 8

$  2.17 / €  1.6 / £  1.41[5]

  • Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
    / Lemonade
₪ 12

$  3.26 / €  2.4 / £  2.11[5]

  • Freshly Squeezed Carrot Juice
₪ 14

$  3.8 / €  2.8 / £  2.46[5]

Suggested Itinerary[edit]

We suggest the following Itinerary for the leisure activities of the event:

  • Tuesday-Wednesday - Hacking days commence in Beit Hecht.
  • Wednesday night - Early comers Gala Cocktail at the Japanese gardens of the Tikotin Museum
  • Thursday - 10:00 - 13:00 Opening session at the Haifa Auditorium
    • 13:00 - 13:45 lunch at the Auditorium Garden
    • 13:45 - 18:45 Conference Sessions and the third Wiki Academy event which will take place alongside the Wikimania conferece.
    • 19:30 - Opening Gala Cocktail at the gardens of the Auditorium center
  • Friday - Reception for VIP's at the City Council Hall.
    • 10:00 - 13:00 Conference Sessions
    • 13:00 - 13:45 lunch at the Auditorium Garden
    • 13:45 - 18:00 Conference Sessions
    • 19:00 Festive Shabbat Dinner (sit down dinner)
    • Later at night - shuttles will take the party goers to Tel Aviv with its numerous pubs, discotheques and parties
  • Saturday
    • 10:00 - 13:00 Conference Sessions
    • 13:00 - 13:45 lunch at the Auditorium Garden
    • 13:45 - 16:00 Conference Sessions
    • Saturday late afternoon and evening - beach party
    • Saturday late afternoon - VIP party at the Garden of the Japanese Museum. Afterwords, VIP's will join the beach party.
  • Sunday: Wikimedia Israel is planning to provide the attendants with various entertainment and educational options:
    • Tours:
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  • Monday: for visitors who wish to stay an additional day, and have chosen to tour the city of Haifa on Sunday:
    • Tours of Acre and Nazareth

Guide: An official guide provided by the Haifa Municipality

Itinerary:
8:00 Departure from Haifa
8:45 Old City of Acco: Crusader Halls, El Jazar Mosque Turkish Hamam, Templar's underground escape tunnel, Khan El-Umdan
12:30 Lunch at a restaurant in the waterfront
13:15 Old city Market
14:00 Leaving Acco to Nazareth
15:15 Nazareth - church of Annunciation and Miriam's fountain
16:15 Leaving Nazareth to Haifa
18:30 Return to Haifa

Budget and Financing[edit]

The Haifa Municipality and the Haifa University have agreed to provide financial support to the event, as well as visibility and both will assist in raising local sponsorships and support.

Several companies have already agreed to support the event and we have a realistic expectations that a global budget of about $200,000 will be raised.

In view of the large number of attendees at local events such as Wiki meetings and Wiki Academy we expect an attendance of more than 700 participants.

Budget[edit]

Service Description For Cost Additional information
Venue lecture halls, press room, technical assistance The main Auditorium for 1 day, The Rapaport Auditorium and The Haifa Cinematheque - 4 days (3 days for convension and 1 say for set up), Hecht House and gardend 5 days - in order to host Hacking Days ₪ 29000

$  7876.15 / €  5790.27 / £  5104.74

Amount already obtained by Wikimedia Israel
Accommodation Free student dorms for all participants who request it, or assistance with hotel accommodation based on obtaining sponsorship. Arrangement for cheaper prices were made with some hotels. 250 beds * 5 days ₪ 33000

$  8962.52 / €  6588.93 / £  5808.84)

Dorms costs negotiated and already obtained by Wikimedia Israel. Possible cost decrease for hotels through sponsorships
Technical WiFi, A/V, laptops, projectors, equipment for translation, etc. 5 days ₪ 10000

$  2715.92 / €  1996.65 / £  1760.25)

video streaming and video gallery of the event - sponsered by Kaltura
Medical backup 500 participants ₪ 10000

$  2715.92 / €  1996.65 / £  1760.25

Medical backup by local medical organization and by municipal sponsorship
Insurance Accidents, liability insurance 500 participants ₪ 6000

$  1629.55 / €  1197.99 / £  1056.15

Different discounts possible
Catering 4 lunches and snacks throughout the day 500 participants * 4 days (additional lunch for 100 participants in hacking day) ₪ 160000

$  43454.64 / €  31946.33 / £  28164.06

some of which by sponsorships and through donations
Promotional materials Brochures, flags, t-shirts, gifts, ID badges... 500 participants ₪ 80000

$  21727.32 / €  15973.17 / £  14082.03)

Some of which prepared by sponsors
Participant package Programme, lecture overview, city plan, etc. 500 participants ₪ 20000

$  5431.83 / €  3993.29 / £  3520.51

In part to be covered by sponsors, Haifa municipality agreed to participate in part.
Transport VIP to and from airport by shuttles, particpants - train tickets to Haifa, shuttles from train station to hotels and shuttles from hotels to venue 500 participants + 50 VIPs ₪ 83685

$  22728.14 / €  16708.93 / £  14730.68

Some of these costs to be covered by sponsors, a sponsorship of $3,000 already obtained
Organizing committee volunteers (50), security ₪ 20000

$  5431.83 / €  3993.29 / £  3520.51)

provided in part by the Haifa University and the Municipality
Guests - VIP all inclusive (accommodation at the Dan Panorama Hotels, transport[7], meals) 20 VIP's * 5 days ₪ 170200

$  46224.88 / €  33982.91 / £  29959.51)

In part by sponsorship
Scholarships 30 full scholarships ₪ 77700

$  21102.66 / €  15513.94 / £  13677.17

$700 per scholarship, We hope these to be covered by sponsors
Interpreters volunteers 10 people No costs
Parties 4 Parties for attendees (Early Comers Party, Opening cocktail, Shabat Dinner, Beach Party) - these include a full dinner buffet style, exept for the Shabat dinner which is a sit-down dinner. This item also includes entertainment for the parties 500 attendees (100 for early commers) ₪ 165000

$  44812.6 / €  32944.65 / £  29044.18

Haifa Municipality provides 2 of the three venues
VIP party 80-100 VIPs ₪ 20000

$  5431.83 / €  3993.29 / £  3520.51

to be covered by sponsors; Haifa Municipality provides the venue
WikiExpedition Tours, Museum passes, accommodation, fuel, etc - lunch for the participants. 250 participants ₪ 41650

$  11311.79 / €  8316.03 / £  7331.46

lunches to be covered by sponsors; Haifa municipality provides some of the tours. Guides will be professional volunteer guides
Unforeseen expenses ₪ 50000

$  13579.58 / €  9983.23 / £  8801.27

Amount obtained by Wikimedia Israel raised to ensure feasibility and security
Total ₪ 976215

$  265131.72 / €  194915.54 / £  171838.58

Comments:

Cost for Attendees[edit]

Our goal is to keep payment by the attendees as low as possible. We have already obtained funds through sponsorship and donations, enabling at least 150 participants who wish to stay at the dorms at no cost to do so (Negotiations with the dorms have already taken place and the costs will be subsidized in full by Wikimedia Israel). We hope to obtain additional funds and dorms rooms for 100 more participants. Other participants will only have to fund the flights and the hotel costs (subsidized hotel costs amount to a total of about $220 - $250 for five nights at a 3-star hotel, including a complete Israeli breakfast; Four nights would cost $180 - $200, and three nights about $120 - $150). Prices have been arranged with the hotels and about 200 rooms are available at said price (enabling about 500 participants to stay at double or triple occupancy rooms).

The above budget is based on raising sufficient funds to cover full board to all participants, and includes breakfast for the participants who stay at the dorms, and lunches and dinners for all participants.

It is our view that only minimal conference fees will be charged and that contributors to Wikimedia projects will not need to pay conference fees (for example, only from Israelis who are not contributors and who wish to attend the lunches and dinners will have to participate).

It should be noted that the conference itself is only three days, so participants who do not intend to attend the tours and the hacking days and do wish to stay at a four star hotel need only pay for the flights and about $120.

Possible sponsors and funds already obtained[edit]

We have planned the budget based on one catering proposal we have received and the bus company general fare. This was done in order to have an accurate evaluation of the amounts. We believe that via negotiation with several firms as well as the railway company, we may reduce the transportation budget by about 50% and the food budget by about 25% i.e. achieving a discount of about NIS 100,000.

We have approached many Israeli high tech companies and have requested sponsorship for the event. These companies include inter alia Teva, Elbit Systems, IBM Israel, Intel Israel, NetVision, Checkpoint, Google Israel, HP, Microsoft Israel. We hope that during the upcoming year we will be able to find sponsorship for the remaining NIS 800,000 that need to be raised. Several companies, as well as the Haifa University and the Haifa Municipality, have already agreed to sponsor some of the costs (detailed above as amounts already obtained).

we have already obtained about NIS 100,000 through sponsorships and donations.

Parties[edit]

This section of the budget is in fact the dinners served for the participants in a buffet style at the garden of the venue or at one of the other sited provided by the municipality. The cost is in fact the actual cost of the food and drinks for the entire participants of the conference as most entertainment costs and all venue costs are sponsored by the municipality. We place great importance on the socializing aspect of the event and these dinner parties are the tool we provide to facilitate this goal. We believe that an opportunity must be provided from the beginning of the event and all throughout the event to enable the participants to get to know each other, thus promoting social ties between different wiki communities.

VIP Budget[edit]

The 20 VIPs whose the travel and lodging expense are provided for in the budget are the key speakers, important guests speekers and the Foundation members. We understand that the Foundation usually cover these costs, however Wikimedia Israel hopes to find sponsorships to cover these costs as well. There are no VIP guests of Wikimedia Israel and the organizing committee, and were thinking mostly of special speakers.

Tours[edit]

The costs of the tours amount to $10,000. This includes buses for a whole day for 500 people, and lunches for all attendees. All tour guides (which will be professional) are volunteers, and all admission costs will be sponsored. As the registration for the tours will be in advance, we will know the actual amount, which may be lower. As mentioned, we view these tours as one of the tools we have to promote the social ties between the participants.

Visa requirements[edit]

Visa requirements for Israel are detailed on the website of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism [1], an updated list of visa requirements for each country is available on the website of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs [2], and is the basis of the following information. All information refers to regular passports in usual circumstances.

General requirements[edit]

All visitors to Israel must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months ahead. Visa-free or regular tourist-visa visitors are usually allowed to stay in Israel for up to 90 days.

Annually, numerous international conventions take place in Israel, many of which in Haifa, in one of the two international convention centers in the city. We have spoken with both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Tourism Ministry, and the Haifa Municipality, with regards to obtaining visas for the participants. According to these officials, there is no problem for nationals of countries who do not have diplomatic ties with Israel to obtain visas to enter the country. These visas are granted on an individual basis, and after some security checks are made.

Some difficulties are expected when arranging visas to visitors from Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Yemen and maybe Afghanistan too. There are some other countries that technically do not allow their citizens to visit Israel, but do not mind much if they do, as long as they keep low profile while in Israel (e.g. Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Indonesia, Pakistan, Gulf states, and a few others). International conferences are held in Israel quite often, occasionally with attendees from the aforementioned countries (the low profile strategy is probably the reason why these visits do not catch much attention). The Baha'i center in Haifa is the venue of this community's international conferences, despite the existence of a large Baha'i community in Iran. Reports in the Iranian press suggested that Iranian Baha'i leaders went occasionally to these conferences, though we cannot confirm these reports. Obtaining visas to Wikimania attendees presented some challenges in the past. When Wikimania was held in Alexandria, Iranian and Palestinian passport holders could not obtain a visa. Getting a visa to Taiwan and the US was not easy to all nationals, and yet Wikimania was successfully held in all of the aforementioned countries. In all cases the organizing teams did their best to extend help, and this time will not be an exception. Palestinians will not have a problem attending Wikimania in Haifa, as we can arrange entry permits for them quite easily.

A request for a visa may be filed through someone in Israel, in a third nearby country (for example - in Thailand or Hong Kong), or by mail through another country (through the US for example). Once the visa is obtained, entrance and exit from Israel is allowed. It should take about three weeks to process the visa application and costs about $21. As mentioned passports are not stamped in order to avoid causing problems to the guest when he gets back home.

We believe that given enough time in advance, we can assist in arranging visas for most if not all major participants who wish to attend the conference, and suggest that registration begin six months in advance. This will also better assist with logistics.

We are also planning to have volunteers waiting for participants at the airport arrivals hall to guide them through the passport control procedures if required.

Special issues[edit]

  • No Israeli representation in my country - According to the website of the Israeli Ministry of Internal Affairs, a permanent resident of Israel can act on behalf of a foreign national in making the necessary arrangements for obtaining a tourist-visa in case there is no Israeli consulate in the applicant's country. The organizers will take the duty of acting on behalf of visitors who encounter such problem.
  • Icons-flag-ps.png The Palestinian Territories - Palestinians who live in the Palestinian Territories (the West Bank and the Gaza Strip) are not considered foreign visitors, but enter Israel according to special arrangements. The organizers will extend their help should there be any hindrance in obtaining entry permit.

Visa-free access[edit]

Citizens of the following countries have visa-free access to Israel:

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Visa required[edit]

Citizens of the following countries are required to get a visa in one of Israel's consulates around the world. Visa issuing costs US$ 17.

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Publicity and online broadcasting[edit]

  • The Municipality of Haifa, as host of the conference, will install "Welcome to Haifa -- Wikimania 2011" signs in city entrance roads.
  • The regional radio station (Haifa Radio) will be broadcasting live from the conference.
  • Wikimedia Israel and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be inviting foreign reporters to cover the event.
  • As in last year's Wikipedia Academy which was held on Tel Aviv, the talks in the main auditorium will be broadcast live on the Internet site of Israel's Channel 2 (biggest commercial TV station), as well as on one of the major Israeli Web portals.

Live Feedback[edit]

  • LCD screens will be installed in the open spaces between the conference rooms, displaying messages and updates about the conference from various social networks (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), and occasionally live footage from the rooms, to attract people inside.
  • The video team will prepare short clips for the opening and closing assemblies, conveying the atmosphere throughout the conference, and featuring brief sound bytes from participants, suitable for embedding in reports on social networks etc.

About Wikimedia Israel[edit]

Wikimedia Israel is an Israeli non-profit organization working in cooperation with the international Wikimedia Foundation. The organization is working to promote knowledge and education in Israel by gathering, creating and distributing free content. For the past two years Wikimedia Israel has participated in various projects involving the promotion of free contents and Wikimedia projects.

Wikimedia-Related Events in Israel[edit]

The first annual Wikipedia Academy in Israel took place last year, and included presentations about Wikipedia and Wiki technology in education (both secondary and academic). The conference, which was held in the Tel Aviv University, was a success, won wide media attention, and hosted about 250 participants. Wikimedia Israel organized the main event celebrating 100,000 articles in Hebrew Wikipedia. The event took place in the Tel Aviv University Law School, was attended by 100 wikipedians, and attracted, through the work of Wikimedia Israel, a wide media coverage. Wikimedia Israel organizes and financially assists the Elef Milim image gathering project, the Israeli Wikimedia Loves Art project, and wiki meetings throughout the year. Every year, between two to three wikimeets take place in Israel, attended by about 75 - 100 wikipedians. Since its founding, Wikimedia Israel organizes or assists in organizing the events.

Media relations[edit]

Wikimedia Israel has very good relations with the Israeli press. The Wikimedia Israel Spokesperson communicates daily with most of the reporters and editors. Most of Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects got massive exposure and maximal press coverage. For example, Jimmy Wales's last visit to Israel and the Hebrew Wikipedia 100K articles celebrations got covered over all the national press – from TV news editions, through every major news website and newspaper, to regional and local radio stations and university magazines. Wikimedia Israel also has a pro-bono agreement with the "Donitza" PR firm for press and marketing strategy and press support.

Here is a list of known Israeli media with connection to Wikimedia Israel. The list does not include local media and international correspondents (like AP, Reuters, Bloomberg, etc.) with whom we work as needed.

Name Type Language Level of Wikipedia-issues Coverage Website
Channel 1 - Israel Broadcasting Authority TV Hebrew Normal iba.org.il
Channel 2 – Leading TV channel in Israel TV, Internet Hebrew Normal www.mako.co.il / www.reshet.ynet.co.il
Channel 10 – Leading TV channel in Israel TV, Internet Hebrew Very Good www.nana.co.il
Channel 9 TV Russian None
Israel National Radio Radio, Internet Hebrew, Arabic and International stations Very good (on the Hebrew station) www.iba.org.il
IDF Radio (Galey Tzahal) Radio, Internet Hebrew Very Good www.glz.co.il
Yedioth Achronot (Israel's leading newspaper, readership of over 75%, includes news, business and magazine supplements) Newspaper Hebrew Very Good www.ynet.co.il
Haaretz- An independent daily newspaper with a broadly liberal outlook both on domestic issues and on international affairs. It has a journalistic staff of some 330 reporters, writers and editors. Haaretz plays an important role in the shaping of public opinion and is read with care in government and decision-making circles. Newspaper Hebrew, English Very Good www.Haaretz.co.il
Maariv (The second largest newspaper in Israel) Newspaper Hebrew Good www.nrg.co.il
Israel Hayom- The most distributed free daily newspaper Newspaper Hebrew Low www.IsraelHayom.co.il
Jerusalem Post – Israel's best-selling daily paper in English and English website most read by Israelis Newspaper English Low www.jpost.co.il
The Marker - the leading business media and information source in Israel, with the biggest readership both in print and online of all business publications. It is published as part of Haaretz, one of Israel's biggest dailies. Newspaper, Internet Hebrew Very Good www.themarker.com
Globes - "Globes" is Israel's business newspaper. Newspaper, Internet Hebrew Very Good www.globes.co.il
Calcalist - A business daily that is part of the Yedioth Ahronoth Group, which is Israel's largest media group Newspaper, Internet Hebrew Very Good www.Calcalist.co.il
YNET- Most popular news website owned by Yediot Achronot media group News Websites Hebrew, English Normal www.ynet.co.il
NRG- news website of Maariv News Websites Hebrew Good www.nrg.co.il
WALLA- The largest private news website News Websites Hebrew Good www.walla.co.il
NANA- Managed by TV Channel 10 News Websites Hebrew Very Good www.nana10.co.il
MAKO- Managed by Channel 2 News News Websites Hebrew Good www.mako.co.il
THE COM.- One of the leading websites covering technology, media and IT News Websites Hebrew Very Good www.Thecom.co.il
DailyMaily & Pc Magazine News Websites Hebrew Very Good www.pc.co.il

Our Team[edit]

Nick Areas of responsibility Skills Languages Experience
Deror Avi Coordination, Venue Attorney, translator and tour guide he-N, en-N Public speaking, Wikimeets organizer, Head of the Elef Milim Project, co-organized the Israeli Wiki-Academy
Shay Yakir Coordination Chairman of Wikimedia Israel he-N, en-3 Public speaking
Liron Dorfman Coordination, Accommodation Works in the IT field. Studied Computer Science and Information Studies at the Bar-Ilan University. he-N, en-5 Coordination of international education projects
Itzik Edri Media coverage and public relations Spokesperson of Wikimedia Israel, co-organized the Israeli Wiki-Academy he-N, en-4 Media coverage and public relations
Asaf Bartov Organization Founding editor of Project Ben-Yehuda (the Hebrew Gutenberg Project); classicist; tour guide he-N, en-N Co-organized the Israeli Wiki-Academy in 2009; founded and chaired the Israeli Role-Playing Society NGO, produced multiple roleplaying conventions 1998-2003
Hana Yariv Coordination, Venue Holds BAs in Economics, Accountancy and Business Administration, all from Haifa University. Her passion is for archaeology, hence in Wikipedia, Hana contributes mainly in the Archaeology of Ancient Near East field. he-N, en-5 Now a retiree, Hana worked as financial controller and CFO in several companies in Israel and served also as an implementer of Oracle ERP Finance module.
Harel Cain Program committee, public speaking Long time contributor to Hebrew Wikipedia, one of its three bureaucrats. I work as a security architect in a technology firm. he-N, en-5, de-3 I held many public talks in various forums about Wikipedia, I serve on the audit panel of Wikimedia Israel and was one of its founders, and I attended Wikimania 2007.

Distances Gallery[edit]

Distance: Gallery of photos with approximate distance from the conference venue. The distance is measured according to google maps. For distances of travel by public transport - cost by bus.

Support[edit]

The Haifa municipality and the Haifa University support hosting the conference in Haifa. We have further obtained the support of several companies.

Self-evaluation[edit]

Strengths[edit]

  1. Haifa is a beautiful city, known for being a symbol of peaceful coexistence between Jews, Arabs, Christians, Muslims, Druze and Baha'i. It is also known for its wonderful beaches
  2. Haifa is within one hour to one and a half hours drive from main tourist destinations in Israel: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the Galilee.
  3. Haifa has two major universities: The Haifa University which has research centers focusing on the use of wiki technologies and the Technion - one of the leading technical institutes in the world.
  4. Haifa is the heart of a cultural and industrial metropolis with good transportation systems and easy access to various multilingual media outlets.
  5. Haifa is the location of MATAM - Israel's Silicon Valley, and the location of development centers for major Hi Tech companies such as Intel, Google, Microsoft, IBM and Elbit.
  6. Wikimedia Israel is a very active chapter which has organized many conferences, wiki meets and events. It runs several large projects aimed at generating free content and the advancement of the foundation's goals. The chapter receives high esteem for its work, and has ties with both the Israeli government and various media outlets.

Weaknesses[edit]

  1. The Haifa Airport is used only for flights from nearby Mediterranean countries. The major Israeli international airport - Ben Gurion Ariport, where international flights arrive from all countries, is 110km away.
    • However, excellent public transport links are available from the Ben Gurion Airport. This airport is about 75 minutes by train from a station inside the airport and about same by car (90-100 minutes during rush hours). Greeters will be stationed at the airport, to welcome all arrivals for the conference, as well as at the Haifa Hof Hacarmel Train Station. Transportation will be provided from the station to the hotels.
  2. Israel is perceived as an expensive location and is not in the euro zone.
    • However, costs of hotels in Haifa, as well as cost of living is considerably lower than most European and North American cities, and it is also significantly cheaper than Tel Aviv.
    • Dorms provided at no cost for about 200 attendees will reduce expenses.
  3. The Dorms are not within walking distance from the venue.
    • While the hotels are all located within short walking distance from the venue, the dorms are further away (25 minutes away by car in the rush hours). However, Wikimedia Israel will allocate funds to provide transportation on hourly basis (or more should it be needed, based on the number of attendants staying at the dorms) from the dorms to the venue, and vice versa. Such transportation will also be provided from the three main hotels to the venue (even though it is within a short distance).
  4. Difficulties in obtaining tourist visas to nationals of certain Arab and Muslim countries.
    • The organizing team will be in close contact with the relevant Israeli authorities, in order to guarantee a visa to any participant who would encounter difficulties. Special arrangements for people who have to keep their visit to Israel secret (for personal safety in their home countries) are also available."

References[edit]

  1. cost of train travel in Israel
  2. Macdonalds Israel
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  6. a b Giraf Noodles Bar
  7. Assuming cost of $1,500 per air ticket, and 5 nights at the hotel - single occupancy rooms
  8. Due to recent severance of diplomatic relations, visa requirement might change. Please keep updated.
  9. German citizens born on or before 31 December 1927 do need to apply for a visa in advance.
  10. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Visa arrangements should start long time in advance. Organizers will provide assistance if required.