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WikiIndaba 2019 in Abuja will be the fourth edition of the annual African conferences which provide a unique opportunity for the Wikimedia community in Africa and the disapora to come together, share their common goals, and develop better ways to work together.

Whether you are a community member of one of the Wikimedia projects (such as Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikidata, Wikisource, Wikinews, Wikimedia Commons, Wiktionary, Wikiversity, MediaWiki or others), or a fellow open content creator or consumer, we welcome your proposal for a session at WikiIndaba 2019.

WikiIndaba will be held in November 2019 and will consist of several concurrent tracks, including workshops, presentations, roundtables, invited speakers and tutorials. This is a call for submissions for the conference.

If you would like to propose a speaker for the Keynote and Invited tracks (including yourself), you may do so by contacting: wikiindaba2019program(_AT_)gmail.com. We will give particular consideration to allies and leaders of the Free Knowledge movement who can provide a new, fresh perspective on our projects or their communities.


WikiIndaba presentations are about topics related to the work of Wikimedians and the Wikimedia projects. Submissions may be about any area of Wikimedia work, including:

  • Wikimedia Research
  • Technology and infrastructure
  • Outreach and education
  • Legal and social aspects
  • Project community and community development
  • Project content.

Submissions can be about ongoing or new projects and initiatives, related projects outside Wikimedia, and research related to the Wikimedia projects. Presentations, workshops and discussions can be aimed at any audience, including experienced Wikimedia contributors, new or beginning Wikimedia contributors, or current Wikimedia contributors who want to learn new skills or start work in a new area.

We especially welcome new WikiIndaba presenters, presentations about issues of current concern to the Wikimedia community, reports from Wikimedia's sister projects and discussions of the current work and future of these projects, and roundtable/birds of a feather discussions meant to discuss and solve current issues relating to the Wikimedia projects and community.

This will be a monolingual conference, and only presentations in English are welcomed. However, you can make your submissions in other languages, after rendering the English version.

All presentations and discussions are encouraged to be as interactive as possible and facilitate learning and sharing by the attendees.

Submission types[edit]

There will be several formats, including lectures, panel presentations, roundtable discussions, and workshops focused on skill development. There will also be sessions of lightning talks and birds of a feather sessions. We are also open to new and original program format ideas, including combinations of types, art installations, photohunts, and so on; please contact the program committee with any questions.

  • Lectures: where one or two presenters offer a presentation in front of an audience. Lectures are generally intended to be 25 minutes long, but a limited number of 55-minute slots may be made available. A projection screen will be provided for the display of slides or video material; please specify if you have additional needs.
  • Panels: 3-6 presenters share a 55 minute presentation slot to discuss a topic. A projection screen will be provided for the display of slides or video material; please specify if you have additional needs.
  • Roundtables: a forum to discuss an issue in participation with the audience, in which presenters are expected to lead and moderate the discussion over a 55 minute session. Spaces for roundtables are more intimate, with a layout to favor discussion, and are only provided with projectors if requested.
  • Workshops and tutorials: these are presentations with a focus on practical work directed either to acquiring a specific skill or doing a specific task. Sessions are 55 minutes led by the presenters in a classroom space suitable for laptops and work.
  • Lightning talks: these are brief (5-minute) presentations, shown together during one of the three themed sessions in the primary theatre during the conference. One session will be dedicated to each of: technical topics, community topics, or project-related topics. Submissions should include the name and affiliation of the presenter, and the topic of the presentation.

Proposals for presentations, (lectures, workshops, roundtables and tutorials) will be accepted until 14 October 2018.

Proposals for Lightning talks will be accepted until 10 November 2018.

How to submit[edit]

All submissions should include:

  • The name and affiliation of the presenter or moderator if any
  • The title of the presentation
  • An abstract describing the topic of the presentation and what attendees can expect to take away from the session.
  • A description of what attendees can expect to take away from the session.

In addition:

  • For presentations, panels and discussions, please state the expected or intended audience of the session (new contributors, experienced contributors, or all).
  • Roundtable and birds of a feather discussion should indicate what the outcome of the discussion is hoped to be.
  • Panel presentations should include the name of the presenters, if confirmed, and a brief synopsis of what each presenter will contribute.
  • Workshop submissions should include the level of the workshop (beginning, intermediate, experienced), what attendees should do to prepare for the workshop, and a description of the workshop presenter's experience.

To submit, please fill out the form below, under Submissions.

Questions? Please contact the Programmes Committee at wikiindaba2019program(_AT_)gmail.com

Acceptance and important dates[edit]

If your paper is accepted and you need an invitation letter to apply for a visa to attend the conference, please contact wiki-indaba-2019-team(_AT_)googlegroups.com as soon as possible. (Visa applications can take at least 30 working days to process.) Please identify yourself as a presenter and include your mailing address in your email. Presenters for lightning talks, posters, and birds of a feather sessions will be notified of acceptance by mid-June.

By submitting a paper, you agree that at least one of the authors will attend the conference to present it. If the conference registration fee will pose a hardship for the presenter of the accepted paper, please contact us. A limited number of stipends will be available for accepted speakers who need assistance with travel and accommodation. Complete program and registration information will be available in January 2018 on the conference website.

  • Call for proposals opens: 18 September 2018 Done
  • Deadline for submissions: 14 October 2018 Done
  • Notification of acceptance for submissions: 8 October 2019 Done

Your proposal will be discussed and rated by the program committee, and you will be notified through the contact information you supplied of the committee's decision.

If there are multiple similar submissions on the same topic, the program committee may suggest combining these submissions.

Program Committee[edit]

  • Sam Oyeyele
  • Shola Olaniyan
  • Isla Haddow-Flood
  • Dumi Ndubane
  • Bobby Shabangu
  • Houcemeddine Turki


By submitting a proposal, you must agree that:

  • your proposal's abstract and any slides associated with it will be released under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike Licence 3.0; and
  • if accepted, the session may be broadcast and/or recorded and made available in audio and/or visual form under said licence.

If you object to these requirements (for instance, if you would prefer not to be filmed), please talk to a Programme Committee member before submitting a proposal.

Note: You need to login (or create an account here) in order to submit a proposal.

Proposal Submissions for WikiIndaba 2019 is now closed

For a list of currently submitted submissions, see WikiIndaba 2019 submissions.