Grants:PEG/WM US-NYC/Wiki-Conference New York 2

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Legal name of chapter
Wikimedia New York City
Grant contact name
Richard Knipel
Grant contact user-name or e-mail
Grant contact title (position)
Project lead name
Richard Knipel
Project lead user-name or e-mail
Full project name
Wiki-Conference New York and Wikipedia Day NYC
Amount requested (in USD)
Provisional target start date
August 1, 2010
Provisional completion date
February 1, 2011

Project scope[edit]

Wikimedia NYC would like to hold two new events over the coming year, which will be the successors of Wiki-Conference New York 2009 and Wikipedia Day NYC 2010.

Wiki-Conference New York 2010 will be a regional-scale conference for North American Wikimedians (particularly from the Northeast US) and others interested in the Wikimedia projects, and hopefully will further establish this as an annual event, in collaboration with one of the institutions (such as the local universities and libraries we are in discussions with) that will be willing to host us without charging a space rental.

Wikipedia Day NYC 2011 will be a similar but somewhat smaller event held in conjunction with Wiki X and the global Wikipedia 10th anniversary celebrations.

Both conferences will be free to all participants. Funding for these projects will go toward the logistic preparation for the event day, such as printed materials and conference supplies, food, possible incidental expenses like security fees.

Wiki-Conference New York 2 is provisionally planned as a two-day event for August 2010, and Wikipedia Day NYC as a one-day event for January 2011.

Project goal[edit]

The goal of this project is to promote dialogue among North American Wikimedians, interact positively with the broader free culture and institutional communities, and to further the effort for chapters and chapter-like entities in North America.

Non-financial requirements[edit]

Putting notice out to Wikimedians, and getting the word out to free culture and institutional communities, and as well as assistance with a press release to media outlets beforehand would be helpful if possible.

Fit to strategy[edit]

The project will reach out to a large number of Wikimedians and non-Wikimedians who would not find it easy to attend a global Wikimania, and who can hopefully build relationships both among North American Wikimedians and between Wikimedians and other communities on a grass-roots level for the future.

Other benefits[edit]

Big ideas tend to be nurtured in open communities when events of this kind are held, and people from a broad cross-section of the community are able to interact in new and interesting ways.

The conferences would be interesting events that have the potential for good media coverage.

Firmly establishing these conferences as annual events for us will increase our credibility as an organization, and further our ability for long-term planning with partners.

Measures of success[edit]

We will consider this project a success if we successfully hold Wiki-Conference New York 2010 with 100-200 participants, and Wikipedia Day NYC 2011 with 50-100 participants.