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Wikimania 2006[edit]

Wikimania 2006 was held in Boston in USA on August 4-6, 2006.

General information:

  • Official wiki:
  • Location: Harvard Law School campus buildings
  • Attendance: 400[1]
  • Number of attendee countries:
  • Conference languages: English
  • Cost to attend:
  • Accommodation: Dorms in Boston 690 beds in the law school dorms (+ ~100 rooms Lesley College dorm)[2].


  • Keynote speakers: Jimmy Wales, Lawrence Lessig, Brewster Kahle, Mitch Kapor, David Weinberger[3].
  • Program information: pdf program and Schedule
  • Link to CfP: Wikimania 2006 Call for Participation
  • Link to program proceedings:
  • Session videos:
  • Preconferences: Hacking Days beforehand (at OLPC, organized by Ivan Krstic); Citizen journalism post-conference
  • WMF organizational meetings, special meetings: WMF Board panel, open to all conference attendees, chapters meeting, more
  • Program software used:
  • Program review process used:
  • Themes: (5 themes) Technical infrastructure; Wikimedia projects and content; Free knowledge and access to information; Wiki social science; Law and Policy.
  • Types of submissions: Panels, Workshops, Presentations, Posters, BOFs (Birds-of-a-Feather/discussion sessions), artistic submissions (artistic submissions are only mentioned).
  • Parallel sessions: 6 (plus an open space).
  • Program committee: Angela Beesley - Wikia, Inc. / Wikimedia Foundation, Inc; Nicholas Boalch - University of Durham; Andrea Forte - Georgia Institute of Technology; Ivan Krstic - Harvard University; Cormac Lawler - University of Manchester; Joseph Reagle - New York University; Martin Roell - Unaffiliated; Alex Schenck - University of Rhode Island[4].



  • Lead organizers (note!please add to and/or correct if necessary): sj (local general organizer), Delphine (remote general organizer); phoebe (program chair); Austin (registration); Erica (at the Berkman center) (logistics); many others
  • Planning wiki: mostly on meta, teamwiki, some on the '06 wiki
  • Program/registration software used: Indico for the program/CFP (deployed and run by Ivan); '06 wiki for proceedings; in-house software written by Austin for registration
  • Planning mailing list:
  • Bid page: Boston (Wikimania 2006/Bids)

Budget and funding:

  • Total budget:
  • Scholarship budget:
  • Total scholarships awarded:
  • Link to budget breakdown:
  • Funds from the WMF:
  • Sponsors: Berkman Center for Internet and Society (partner organization). Patron: Benefactors:, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Nokia, wikiHow; Friends: wetpaint,, yahoo, socialtext. Supporters: IBM, FAQ Farm, Elevation Partners, One Laptop per Child, The Sunlight Foundation. List of the sponsors.





  1. The Many Voices of Wikipedia, Heard in One Place. New York Times, August 7, 2006.