Wikimania 2009/Philadelphia

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States - The Cradle of Liberty would be an ideal host city for Wikimania in 2009.

More to come.

City details[edit]

  • Country: United States of America
  • City proposed: Philadelphia
  • Proposed dates : Friday to Monday, possibly in July/August.
  • Contact person(s):

Conference venue[edit]

  • brief description of venue (room sizes, number of rooms etc.)
  1. Main hall:
  2. Seminar rooms:
  3. Lounge facilities:
  4. Other rooms (organisation, staff, speakers, interviews/press, storage):
  • Socializing areas (Garden, lounge etc.), their capacity and the hours at which they are opened/closed:
  • Contacts with conference venue (emails, price quotes etc.)
  • Technical facilities
    • Existing technical installations
      (on site Audio-visual...)
    • Wireless Network implementation
(existing? to be built? easiness of implementation?)


  • Location of main accommodation facilities
(where can the attendees be hosted. On site, off site, how far from conference venue? For attendees? For VIPs?)
  • Room details and price range
(What's the accommodation like? Dorms, B&B, Hotel? Singles, doubles? How much does it cost per person and per day?)
  • Catering (one meal a day, breakfast is a plus)
(Where do we eat, how much it costs)
  • Contacts with accommodation partner(s)
(Have you contacted the proposed locations, exchange of emails, price quotes etc.)

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(ies) propositions
(location, how to get there, what's cool and relaxed about it)
  • Sponsor party(ies) proposition
(location, how to get there, what's chic and high profile about it)

Travel and transportation[edit]

  • Estimation of travel costs from all continents: see table below
  • Distance from international airport(s)and how do we get to the location:
Philadelphia is at the heart of the w:Northeast Corridor enabling rail access from all points in the Mid-Atlantic and southern New England and overnight from more distant points. w:Philadelphia International Airport, a hub airport for w:US Airways domestic and international service, lies on the near edge of the city limits and is less than 30 minutes by SEPTA rail from Center City. Amtrak also connects to w:BWI Airport and w:Newark Liberty International Airport, enabling further potential flight options for those willing to self-transfer.
  • Local transportation and local social opportunities
Many restaurants in the area of every cuisine possible, there is SEPTA transportation within the city and into the suburbs, reaching as far as Trenton and Wilmington.
  • Visa issues
(who needs a visa, how easy is it to obtain it)
  • Tourism opportunities
Philadelphia is a major tourist destination in the United States, particularly the immediate area in and around Independence Hall, where the w:United States Declaration of Independence was signed.

Airfare costs[edit]

The following table summarize estimated cost for round-trip flights from all continents for August 2009, based on search results at online travel agencies (,, and Typical prices for August 2009 will not be available until September 2008, so the prices in this table are for 14-20 August 2008

The estimates given are likely not to be as high as is given (estimates for 12 months out are not horribly reliable), and cheaper fares may be found through other carriers and websites. The fares for some cities listed here are cheaper than the fares for the cities they connect through! Looking for your own fare is heavily encouraged.

From Costs (in US$) Airline
North America
Icons-flag-us.png Chicago $250 US Airways
Icons-flag-us.png Los Angeles $360 Frontier Airlines
Icons-flag-mx.png Mexico City $350 Continental
Icons-flag-us.png New York $86 Amtrak
Icons-flag-us.png San Francisco $320 Continental
Icons-flag-ca.png Toronto $415 Air Canada
Icons-flag-ca.png Vancouver $500 Air Canada
Icons-flag-us.png Washington $84 Amtrak
Icons-flag-nl.png Amsterdam $1025 US Airways
Icons-flag-de.png Frankfurt $1055 Lufthansa
Icons-flag-uk.png London $980 Air France
Icons-flag-ru.png Moscow $1205 Air France
Icons-flag-fr.png Paris $1060 Air Canada
Icons-flag-it.png Rome $950 British Airways
Icons-flag-at.png Vienna $1181 Delta Air Lines
Icons-flag-pl.png Warsaw $953 Lufthansa-US Airways
From Costs (in US$) Airline
Icons-flag-th.png Bangkok
Icons-flag-cn.png Beijing
Icons-flag-ae.png Dubai
Icons-flag-in.png Delhi
Icons-flag-hk.png Hong Kong
Icons-flag-kr.png Seoul
Icons-flag-cn.png Shanghai
Icons-flag-sg.png Singapore
Icons-flag-tw.png Taipei
Icons-flag-il.png Tel Aviv
Icons-flag-jp.png Tokyo
Icons-flag-nz.png Auckland
Icons-flag-au.png Brisbane
Icons-flag-au.png Melbourne
Icons-flag-au.png Perth
Icons-flag-au.png Sydney
Icons-flag-eg.png Cairo
Icons-flag-za.png Johannesburg
South America
Icons-flag-ar.png Buenos Aires
Icons-flag-br.png Rio de Janeiro
Icons-flag-ve.png Maracaibo
IATA code Airline offical website
AC Air Canada
AF Air France
AI Air India
BA Britsh Airways
CI China Airlines
CX Cathay Pacific
EK Emirates
JL Japan Airlines
KE Korean Air
KL KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
IATA code Airline offical website
LH Lufthansa
MH Malaysia Airlines
NH All Nippon Airways
QF Qantas
SQ Singapore Airlines
TG Thai Airways International
UA United Airlines
VN Vietnam Airlines

Local sponsorship opportunities[edit]

Possibility of local sponsorships

  • Contacts
(no name needed, just "company X, 4000 USD or will provide 300 beds)



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