Greece report: WLE awards and exhibition, outreach and education
Wiki Loves Earth 2018 Award Ceremony
- By MARKELLOS
On November 16, 2018, Wikimedia Community User Group Greece honoured the winners of the Wiki Loves Earth 2018 contest. The contest was held this year for the third consecutive time in Greece by the Wikimedia Community User Group Greece. This year, for the first time, the award ceremony took place in Thessaloniki and more precisely at Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki. The ceremony was attended not only by many of the winners, whose images were promoted in the international competition, but by their relatives, friends and others.
The ceremony began with a presentation by Konstantinos Stampoulis, who presented the Wikimedia Community User Group Greece and its actions. Then the awards were given to the winners by MARKELLOS, the WLE 2018 coordinator. The first three winners received gift cards worthing € 400, € 300 and € 200 respectively. All ten winners received a big size poster of their photos as well as certificates.
The winners who attended the event presented their photographs, shared information, with the attendees, on their inspiration and conditions under which their photographs were taken and the techniques they used. The images the winners who couldn't attend the event were also presented to the public.
Afterwards, Konstantinos Stampoulis, being the only attending member of the contest jury referred to the difficulties the jury faces in choosing the best ten images between a plethora of photos. A mini workshop about Wikimedia Commons and uploading free content was also conducted.
After the aforementioned ceremony, the winning images from WLE 2018, as well as pictures from previous photo competitions held in Greece, Wiki Loves Earth and Monuments but also Science Photo Competition, were exhibited in Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki until November 21st, 2018.
Voxxed Days Thessaloniki 2018
Voxxed is a technical news website for developers, which covers a wide range of technologies. Voxxed Days is an international series of conferences that take place in many different cities of the world and are organised for, but not limited to, the Voxxed community.
This year, Voxxed Days Thessaloniki took place in Ioannis Velidis Congress Center on 19-20 November, hosted more than 20 speakers, and was attended by more than 500 people. Wikimedia Community User Group Greece kept the tradition to support the conference, and was represented by a member of our usergroup plus our own banner. Besides our member, there were two more attendees representing the community who won the 2nd Edit contest of creating and developing articles in Wikimedia for computers and technology, organised by Wikimedia Community User Group Greece.
Congratulations to the organizers and we hope to get the chance next year to attend the conference again.
School of Medicine @ AUTH
- By Geraki
Following a series of educational activities since 2012 in the School of Medicine at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with dozens of medicine articles created or translated in Greek Wikipedia, once more a lecture about was given to medicine students by Konstantinos Stampoulis. The lecture presented data on how Wikipedia is the most popular health content resource and why students should help make it more complete and reliable. A workshop followed on Wikipedia content policies, Visual Editor, and Content Translation tool. It is expected that the project will continue next month with the creation of articles by the students themselves.