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Title of your proposal[edit]

Name(s) and/or username(s)[edit]

Cornelius Kibelka, Program and Engagement Coordinator for the Wikimedia Conference at Wikimedia Deutschland


  • Project management training: communication, organizing events

Type of submission (Please choose one)[edit]

  • Presentation (one-to-many)


Wikimedia gatherings and especially conferences have become quite popular over the last years in the Wikimedia movement. Many of these great conferences are volunteer-driven and volunteer-organized. However, many conference organizers focus themselves especially on the logistics of the conference – as logistics are essential, because without a conference doesn’t happen. Unfortunately, this leads to the case that many put more efforts into the logistics instead of the program which therefore isn’t as good as it could be.

Based on the experiences of the Wikimedia Conference – a staff-organized conference – and Wikimanias – mostly volunteer-organized conferences – Cornelius Kibelka presents five suggestions how to create a good conference program. The idea is to discuss these suggestions afterwards and ideally create more learning material (or guides) together with WMF’s conference support committee.

Expected outcomes[edit]

I'd like to start to discuss how we, in the movement, create good conference programs. This session could be a start.

Based on the session, further material will be published afterwards, mainly dependent on others' interest in that issue and the agreed next steps.

Duration (without Q&A)[edit]

presentation (20-25 min) + discussion (10-15 min)

Specific requirements[edit]

A projector would be nice. If possible, I'd like to present in a circle of chairs, as it supports a good discussion.

Slides or further information[edit]

Slides (pdf)

Interested attendees (Please add yourself, and you may indicate your questions to the presenter).[edit]

  1. --Gereon K. (talk) 07:05, 2 August 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  2. --Ivana Guslarevic (talk) 12:01, 2 August 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  3. --Packa (talk) 13:42, 27 August 2016 (UTC)[reply]