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Wikimania is an annual conference centered on the Wikimedia projects (Wikipedia and similar projects). It features presentations on Wikimedia projects, other wikis, free/open source software, free knowledge and free content, and the social and technical aspects which relate to these topics. The most recent Wikimania was in Mexico City in July 2015; the next Wikimania will be in Esino Lario, Italy, in June 2016.

Wikimania group photo, Hong Kong, 2013

Wikimania attracts Wikimedia project participants from around the world, including writers, editors, programmers, and photographers; Wikimedia Foundation staff; and members of the 40+ country-based Wikimedia chapters. Many independent researchers also attend and present. Attendance has ranged from 380 to 2,000 people, with representation from more than 80 countries. The conference is typically held on a different continent each year, and has taken place in nine countries on five continents to date.

Wikimania is organized by local volunteer teams, with support from international volunteers, and the Wikimedia Foundation and other sponsors. Conference location is determined by an international jury of community members, who review location bids submitted by teams from different locations. Guidelines for interested communities who wish to host Wikimania, and information about past bids, can be found below.

The conference program consists of presentations and workshops from community members, speakers from related projects, and wiki researchers, as well as social activities and informal discussions. Some formal research is presented, in addition to "best practice" knowledge sharing and presentations of ongoing work. Wikimania also features formal reports from Wikimedia Foundation board members and staff, renowned keynote speakers, and opportunities to interact with dedicated Wikimedia contributors from all around the world.

See also Wikipedia coverage of Wikimania (in German, English, French, Indonesian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovenian, Chinese, Italian, Dutch and Spanish).

Upcoming Wikimanias[edit]

The next Wikimania will be held in Esino Lario, Italy, in June 2016.

  • 2016: Western, Northern, and Southern Europe – Esino Lario in Italy; see, the official wiki-based site for the conference
  • 2017: Canada and United States – TBD
  • 2018: TBD – TBD
  • 2019: Western, Northern, and Southern Europe – TBD
  • 2020: Canada and United States – TBD
  • 2021: TBD – TBD

Past Wikimanias[edit]

presentation on meta organization summary location conference wiki feedback and suggestions
(general discussion at Talk:Wikimania)
bid pages Budget Scholarships
2015 2015 Mexico City,
wm2015 Wikimania 2015 lessons (also wm2015:Feedback), wm2015:Suggestions and wm2016:Brainstorming 2015 Bids 2015 Budget 2015 Scholarships
2014 2014 London,
United Kingdom
wm2014 Wikimania 2014 lessons (also wm2014:Feedback), wm2014:Suggestions and wm2015:Brainstorming 2014 Bids 2014 Budget 2014 Scholarships
2013 2013 Hong Kong SAR,
wm2013 Wikimania 2013 lessons (also wm2013:Feedback), wm2013:Suggestions and wm2014:Brainstorming 2013 Bids 2013 Budget 2013 Scholarships
2012 2012 Washington DC,
wm2012 Wikimania 2012 lessons (also wm2012:Feedback) and wm2012:Suggestions 2012 Bids 2012 Budget 2012 Scholarships
2011 2011 Haifa,
wm2011 Wikimania 2011 lessons (also wm2011:Feedback and the private wikimania) 2011 Bids 2011 Budget 2011 Scholarships
2010 2010 Gdańsk,
wm2010 Wikimania 2010 lessons (also wm2010:Scholarships/Survey) 2010 Bids
2009 2009 Buenos Aires,
wm2009 wm2009:Postmortem/Conclusions 2009 Bids
2008 2008 Alexandria,
wm2008 wm2008:Comments, Wikimania 2008/Wishlist 2008 Bids
2007 2007 Taipei,
wm2007 wm2007:Comments 2007 Bids
2006 2006 Boston,
wm2006 wm2006:Post conference comments, Talk:Wikimania 2006 2006 Bids
2005 2005 Frankfurt,
wm2005 Improving on Wikimania 2005 2005 Bids

People who have been to (almost) every Wikimania are listed at Wikimania/Frequent attendees.

Future Wikimania locations[edit]

The first and most critical decision to be made for each upcoming Wikimania is where it will be held. Most generally, this decision is based on which group of local volunteers is best equipped to accomplish the complex collection of tasks that lead to a successful conference; there is also a strong effort to ensure that conference locations are distributed fairly evenly around the globe from year to year.

The Wikimania Committee runs the selection of venue several years in advance:

  • Western, Northern, and Southern Europe
  • Canada and United States
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Latin America
  • Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia
  • South Asia (none held here yet)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (none held here yet)
  • Oceania (none held here yet)

The location is rotated around areas of the world, with the two community-dominant regions of "Western, Northern, and Southern Europe" and "Canada and United States" selected once every three years, and the following areas selected for the remaining years.

Historically the selection of venue was done using bids and a jury; this was scrapped in 2015.[1]

Getting involved[edit]


Suggestions and comments[edit]

See table above, #Past Wikimanias, for feedback from specific conferences; discuss general concerns on this article's talk page.