Proposal for Wikimania 2014 in London, UK
Our chosen theme is outreach. Editorship is the lifeblood of the movement, and it is a primary strategic objective of the Wikimedia Foundation to increase the number of active editors. This theme is expressed as follows:
We propose to run two events simultaneously in neighbouring parts of the venue;
- Wikimania: the "traditional" community conference.
- Wikifest: open to the public and comprising an exhibition, workshops and two tracks that are specifically programmed with talks designed for outreach.
Wikifest will be marketed to the general public, but Wikifest tickets will not allow entry to Wikimania, though tickets to Wikimania will allow access to Wikifest.
This bid proposal covers the Wikimania component only. Wikifest is an independent initiative run by the bid team in conjunction with WMUK and fundraised independently. However, that Wikifest is being run simultaneously may be considered a positive addition to the Wikimania experience, and will lead to cost reductions in the Wikimania budget due to economies of scale.
The following videos express some of the thinking behind why we believe this is a good idea, and why London is the best place to do it.
Clay Shirky - Professor, New York University
Cory Doctorow - Editor, Boing Boing
Jimmy Wales - Co-founder, Wikipedia
Boris Johnson - Mayor of London - "As Mayor of London I would be delighted to see London host the Wikimania conference in 2014. It is a great honour for the city and a warm welcome will be extended to you throughout this prestigious event."
Blue=Wikimania Sessions, Yellow=Wikimania Breakout/Hackathon, Red=Wikifest
- August 2014
- 6th & 7th: Hackathon
- 8th, 9th & 10th: Wikimania & Wikifest
Venue: The Barbican Centre
A stimulating, characterful venue that is the largest performing arts centre in Europe. It's centrally located with great transport links, and amongst other facilities, it has two theatres, two art galleries, two resident orchestras, three cinemas, a large library including a dedicated arts library, music library and historical book collection, three restaurants, a handful of bars, and the second largest conservatory in the city.
Venue Map: http://www.barbican.org.uk/conferences/venue-list/3d-venue-map
||Breakout & Catering / Hackathon
||Breakout / Hackathon
||Sessions: Unconference & Workshops / Hackathon
||North Frobisher Rooms
||Sessions: Interface & Infrastructure
||South Frobisher Rooms
||Sessions: GLAM & Free Culture
||Frobisher Auditorium 1
||Sessions: Outreach & Education
||Frobisher Auditorium 2
||Sessions: WikiCulture & Community
||Wikifest Exhibition & Workshops
||Wikifest Outreach Track I
||Wikifest Outreach Track II / Wikimania Plenary Sessions
- Powerful Wi-Fi
- 24-hr venue access
- Video-recorded sessions
- Comedy & classical music concert in The Barbican
Basic Amenities (budget permitting)
- Same-day released edited video of sessions
- Pre-paid Oyster cards (travelcards) for delegates
- Closing party
Luxury amenities (budget permitting)
- Multi-camera setup in auditoriums
- City bus tour
- VIP dinner
- Extra scholarships/subsidies
Some of these may talk as part of Wikifest, but Wikimania attendees will be able to attend their talks.
I spend a lot of time in London, and believe I can help significantly with ensuring a well-funded conference at a great venue, with VIP speakers (academics, politicians, media, entertainment). I have extensive and good relationships with the UK press and believe I can help land great press coverage for the conference. I'm a big fan of this bid.--Jimbo Wales (talk) 16:36, 27 July 2012 (UTC)
- the wub "?!"
- Chase me ladies, I'm the Cavalry (talk)
- Marek.69 talk
- Steven Sethi
- Tango (talk)
- Gordo (talk)
- cfp (talk)
- David Gerard (talk)
- Mike Peel (talk) 12:40, 10 July 2012 (UTC)
- Zak123456789 (talk) 10:34, 18 July 2012 (UTC)
- Varnent (talk)
- — Joseph Fox 15:33, 16 July 2012 (UTC)
- MrKev82 "?!"
- merik egy (talk)
- I have never set foot outside North America but I will be editing the bid page and helping in anyway I can. Marcus Qwertyus (talk) 07:05, 17 July 2012 (UTC)
- Filceolaire (talk)
- Thine Antique Pen (talk)
- bobrayner (talk)
- --Confusedmiked (talk) 18:40, 21 November 2012 (UTC) I've been involved in organising a couple of international conferences in London, and would be happy to help out in any way I can.
- Would be alright to have an event more local for a change. Rcsprinter123 (talk) 23:16, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
- --Guerillero 01:34, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
- Kevin Rutherford (talk)
- Chris Sloan
- Rich Farmbrough 00:09 12 February 2013 (GMT).
- AroundTheGlobe (talk)
- Happy to help however I can from Cape Town. Discott (talk) 12:52, 19 February 2013 (UTC)
- London is calling and I will answer! Marcio De Assis (talk) 01:21, 26 February 2013 (UTC)
- Let's do it! Leutha (talk) 23:10, 4 March 2013 (UTC)
- A Wikimania in the UK is long overdue. I don't live in London, but I will help out in what ways I can if the bid is won. Looking forward to a great conference! CT Cooper · talk 06:45, 6 March 2013 (UTC)
- notafish }<';> 16:56, 8 March 2013 (UTC) Just spent some time with some members of the organizing team, sounds like an exciting and well thought out bid ;)
- wonderful city, great team, perfect bid! Rlbberlin (talk) 09:24, 10 March 2013 (UTC)
- Mark M (talk) 09:38, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
- Abbasjnr (talk) 05:35, 1 April 2013 (UTC)
- Lawsonstu (talk) 16:55, 6 April 2013 (UTC)
- Dan Blows 18.104.22.168 17:31, 6 April 2013 (UTC)
- I would love to visit London for Wikimania. EVula // talk // 23:06, 12 April 2013 (UTC)
- Raph D'Amico. Awesome team - good luck guys!
- QuiteUnusual (talk) 13:41, 3 June 2013 (UTC)
- Great choice for me! --Dthomsen8 (talk) 18:06, 18 June 2013 (UTC)