Wikimania 2008/Auckland

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City details[edit]

Conference venue[edit]

  • SkyCity Conventions in SkyCity Auckland (official website)
  • They offer a combination of rooms, with each floor containing 4 medium rooms, 2 small rooms, and four medium/large rooms plus a thin but long hallway in between, and these rooms have (re)movable walls in between.
  • They have two floors like the above, plus a bottom floor with atrium etc available for signins, registration, etc.
  • You may book only certain rooms, or combinations of certain rooms
  • They offer accomidation at the adjoining SkyCity Hotel, which has an above-road walkway to the facilities on level 5.
  • It is right next door to the Sky Tower, a popular tourist spot, and the tallest building in New Zealand.
  • They offer catering
  1. Main hall: On each floor, a combination of four rooms+wide hallway in the main area, which has (re)movable walls.
  2. Seminar rooms: Four medium rooms on each floor
  3. Lounge facilities: Two business suites on each floor (small)
  4. Other rooms (organisation, staff, speakers, interviews/press, storage): Kitchens, large cargo lifts (enough to lift vehicles), Some of the business suite could be used for this
  • No current communication
  • Technical facilities
    • Existing technical installations
      High speed broadband
      Customisable networks
      Conference microphone system
      Video conferencing
      Data projection
      Motorised screens
      Lighting, stage, and sound
      High-end sound systems
      Intelligent stage lighting
      Permanent Curtain Track
      Rigging for trussing and banners
      Substantial patching for audio, visual, and IT needs
      Experienced technicians and event managers
      Control rooms
    • Wireless Network implementation
They have customisable networks and high-speed broadband, and the hotel provides broadband as well.


  • Location of main accommodation facilities
Directly over the road, via a skybridge between level 5 of the facilities and the hotel complex
  • Room details and price range
4+ Star Hotel, 344 rooms. Rooftop swimming pools, gym, etc. Grand hotel also available across road if full, 5 star. All part of the SkyCity complex, including casinos, cafes, restaurants, etc website
  • Catering (one meal a day, breakfast is a plus)
In-conference catering available, with a choice of menus etc, can also be customised or done in-house. Choice of cafes and restaurants available in SkyCity complex. Meals available as part of meal plans at hotel.
  • contacts with accommodation partner(s)
No current contact

Party opportunities[edit]

Wikimania traditionally hosts two parties, one for attendees (capacity of 250-350) and one for sponsors and VIPs (capacity 40-60).

  • Attendees party propositions

Either same location several days before, in the main room, or one of the adjoining facilities

  • Sponsor party proposition

Smaller side room, with capacity of around 80-100 people

Transportation and visa[edit]

Local sponsorship opportunities[edit]

Possibility of local sponsorships

  • Contacts
To find

Local team[edit]

  • Matt (TheFearow), can help set up. I can offer networking, lighting, etc design and setup. I know the location as have previously been there on a Microsoft conference



  • Weaknesses of the proposed location ...and how to overcome those weaknesses
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  • Strengths of the proposed location
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