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Wikimania 2016 Esino Lario is the annual conference celebrating Wikipedia and its sister free knowledge projects with conferences, discussions, meetups, training and a hackathon. Hundreds of volunteer editors come together to learn about and discuss projects, approaches and issues. In Esino Lario Wikimania is a site-specific event designed to bring together closely our community and to produce an impact beyond our event. In the small village of Esino Lario, Wikimania reconquers the strongly interactive nature of gatherings, where people meet, discuss and collaborate together during a three-days structured conference.

City: Esino Lario, Lake Como area, Province of Lecco, Lombardy Region, Italy. Esino Lario on OpenStreetMap.
Dates: Last week of June 2016. 21-28 June 2016.
Pre-conference wednesday 22 June - thursday 23 June 2016.
Conference friday 24 June - sunday 26 June 2016.
Post-conference monday 27 June 2016.
Number of participants: Event designed for 1’000 participants. 1365 people registered.
Support by Wikimedia Foundation: 200.000 euro.


The conference is organized in a new way, with a series of working sessions which focus on a theme and on the different interests, expectations and expertise of the participants; the participants can attend plenary sessions, presentations (user digest presentations and critical issues presentations), discussions, training sessions, meetups, technical sessions (Hackathon and a 24/24 open collaborative space) and the community village with the posters. The program also includes excursions, evening events and activities for children.

Registration & Participants

The conference takes place in a series of buildings in the middle of Esino Lario, all at a walking distance from each other and right next to bars, restaurants and the majority of the accommodation.


  • Conference Guide
  • Accommodation: participants will be mainly hosted in Esino Lario at a walking distance for the venue. Other accommodation will be provided in Varenna and Perledo.
  • Food: what we are going to eat and where.
  • Journey: traveling to Esino Lario and moving around.


Social Media


Please note that all the legal responsible for Wikimania 2016 Esino Lario is the Associazione Amici del Museo delle Grigne Onlus, an association with all its documentation under cc by-sa since 2006. The documentation produced by Wikimania Esino Lario and by all its active volunteers joining the event by signing the agreement is under cc by-sa.

Evaluation and reports

Please note that Wikimania 2016 Esino Lario is organized in the larger frame of the project Wikimania Esino Lario - Protagonismo culturale offline e online (ending in May 2018). The full report will be available in 2018 at the end of the entire project. The report of Associazione Comitato Wikimania 2016 Esino Lario – managing the participants and the fundings related to the registrations – will be available at the end of its fiscal year December 2016 (expected approved final report by March 2017).


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