Events Team Portal/Wikimania
Online communities, while primarily interacting through technology-mediated environments, should also include offline meetings between members, promoting interactivity and community building. These are crucial opportunities to deepen bonds through shared experiences, build alignment, and create group cohesion.
Wikimania is a key offline space where our global and diverse online community comes together yearly to meet each other, get inspired by the work of others, share their own work among peers and celebrate our movement. It has flagship event status within the community, and is the largest Foundation-sponsored convening for the Wikimedia movement.
The conference is typically held on a different continent each year, and has taken place in thirteen countries on five continents to date.
The selection of the country in which Wikimania is hosted is being determined through a community-led process, which is currently managed by the Wikimania Steering Committee. This Steering Committee is self-governed and is comprised out of past Wikimania organizers, people actively supporting Wikimania and at least one Wikimedia Foundation staff member.
The bids are submitted by following a checklist , outlining the requirements that the potential organizers need to comply with. These range from logistical requirements in order to successfully host approximately 1000 people, to appropriate lodging, and include details of event space logistics, transportation, registration, social events, travel and visa considerations, but also advice on how to go about program design etc.
A review of the bids is made and assessed on viability, and a recommendation is then made to the Foundation by the Steering Committee.