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LP 17[edit]

Rooms : Recent Wikimanias have utilized the following. (The WMF Conference Coordinator will share a more detailed meeting specifications upon request.)

  • Lecture Hall: Herb Brooks Arena or Jack Shea Arena (both can hold crowds in excess of the required 1,000+ capacity)
  • 8-10 meeting rooms to accommodate anywhere from 25-150 people, classroom and lecture style: The smaller rooms can be classrooms located in the Lake Placid Middle/ High School. Larger rooms can be either in the Conference Center (which can accomidate events of up to 1,000) or at a number of Lake Placid hotels. The largest of these can utilize the Ballrooms at the conference center and hotels; the Gym, Cafeteria, and auditorium at the school; and the USA Rink.

Such hotel sites can include the Mirror Lake Inn's 700 sq ft 'Executive Board Room', Algonquin Room spaces, 1,875 sq ft (subdividable) Adirondack Conference Center space; 2,400 Wikoff Dinning Room space; and their Kiwassa Suite space. Or at the High Peaks Resort it can include such spaces 'The Great Range' (2,684 sq ft with a capacity of 310, and which can be subdivided); 'Sentinel Range' (1,748 with a capacity of 194, and which can be devideo into two spaces); 'McIntyre Range' (3,456 sq ft and a capacity of 400, and which can be subdivided, one subdivision space is 1,980 with a capacity of 150).

  • 6-8 meeting rooms for 10-25 people: Classrooms at the school. Hotel facilities may also be used (such as the High Peaks Resort's 228 sq ft Marcy Boardroom, which has a capacity of 12) or Mirror Lake Inn's 700 sq ft 'Executive Board Room'.
  • For Hackathon: First 2 days: one room to accommodation up to 200 people; 3-5 additional smaller meeting rooms; area for lunch and breaks; 3 days during conference: 1-2 rooms.

An area for a conference lounge/gathering area with internet and seating for 200+ people Accessible and well-located areas for set up off conference registration, information desk and a chapter’s village. Foyer or meeting rooms to host refreshments and lunches close to sessions. This will be held at the Herb Brooks Arena and adjacent conference center. Ample enough facilities should be available. Internet capabilities will have to be investigated though. Other options could be the Herb Brooks Arena, USA Rink, or the school's gymnasium (which served as the primary workspace when the school served the role of Main Press Center during the 1980 Winter Olympics). Facilities at the High Peaks Resort might be highly suitable, and may be the best location for the Hackathon.

  • Additional outdoor space (Optional, but a big plus is some outdoor space so attendees can get fresh air, and can serve as additional "lounge" space.): The Olympic Oval in the heart of all the primary conference facilities would be perfectly suitable.


  • Conference room for popular sessions seating about 400 or more:The conference center (can accomidate events up to 1,000) or the Jack Shea Arena.
  • Three to four additional rooms sitting between 150 and 200: Lake Placid Middle/ High School auditorium, Lake Placid Middle/ High School Gymnasium, USA Rink, facilities at hotels.
  • Two rooms for seminars seating up to 50 participants: There are a great variety of options

The following are a short distance from the Olympic Center complex, and all are directly near one another

  • Mirror Lake Inn (which has for 30 concecutive years been awarded with AAA Four-Diamond, “Exceptional” status) has meeting spaces
  • High Peaks Resort contains 10,000 sq ft of flexible meeting space
  • Lake Placid Summit Hotel contains banquet and meeting spaces


  • Courtyard by Marriott Lake Placid features 500 sq. ft. meeting and banquet facilities.
  • Econolodge Lake Placid has conference facilities.

Nearby colleges have spaces that can be utilized. Nearby colleges are North Country Community College and Paul Smith's College.

The Lake Placid United States Olympic Training Center has spaces that can be utilized.

Lake Placid Elementry can be used

Private schools in Lake Placid can be used. Northwood School, St. Agnes Elementry

Churches in Lake Placid could be utilized.

Performance venues in Lake Placid can be utilized.

Public schools in nearby towns can also be used, such as Tupper Lake High School.

The buildings of the recently-closed National Sports Academy (only a walk from the Olympic Center complex) might be available. Since they were vacated at the end of the 2014-2015 school-year, it is unlikely they will be redeveloped by 2017. Thus, this space might be unused and available for a great variety of uses during Wikimania.


  • Proximity to conference accommodations, as well as to restaurants and shopping areas: Facilities located very compactly, are in in walking distance of many restaurants, retail, and visitor accomidations.
  • Availability of public transportation, including to and from conference accommodations: Lake Placid is a very walkable town. A number of hotels offer resort shuttle services. After for transit inti Lake Placid, alternatives to driving would include the Adirondack Scenic Railroad (which connects Lake Placid to Utica, from where one can transfer to an Amtrak train) and bus lines (such as Greyhound and Adirondack Trailways).

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