WikiIndaba Conference is the regional conference for Africans both within and in the diaspora. The first edition was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2014 by Wikimedia ZA which happens to be the only Wikimedia Chapter in Africa. This brought together Wikimedians and people from the Open Community within Africa and in the Diaspora. In fulfillment of this tradition, Ghana wants to host the second edition of this Conference in Accra. This will be organized by the Wikimedia Community in Ghana with support from other Wikimedia Groups across Africa. The mission of Wiki Indaba is to strengthen the existence of Wikipedia and its sister projects on the African Continent through the collaboration of local communities. A serious discussion will take place to analyse the situation, exchange ideas, set a strategy, and find ways of support and cooperate in advancing this cause. This will also be used to foster ties between Africans on the African Continent and in the Diaspora who invariably contribute to promoting African content.
Group photo from Wiki Indaba 2017
Goals of the Conference
The main focus for this gathering is to foster growth within the African Continent, especially in a novice region now exploring the possibilities to spring up more vibrant communities enthused about Wikipedia and its sister projects. We intend to use this platform to build capacity amongst Africans. To equip participants with the necessary skills to thrive in the Wiki Sphere while we bring them abreast with certain key tools and resources that will compliment their journey as Wikimedians.
We also see this as an opportunity to connect Africans both within and in the diaspora who are keen on contents from and about Africa. To learn from each others experience, activities and plans for suitable projects.
- Applications open
- 14th - 30th November 2016
- Call for submissions
- 10th December - 31st December, 2016
- Participants announced
- Agenda finalised
- 20th - 22nd January 2017 (Confirmed)
NB: These timelines are subject to change as they depend on the proceedings of the grant. Continue to watch this space for a substantive timeline.
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