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WikiSwiss Award

A prize dedicated to the community volunteers

WSA Document

To recognize the extraordinary work done by the volunteers, this award is born which is dedicated to all those who collaborate on Wikimedia projects and the dissemination of free knowledge. Wikipedia was the first project, born in 2001, but without the community and without the enthusiasm of the volunteers, it would not have achieved the success it has today.

Volunteers deserve all the support for this.

2021 edition

To celebrate 20 years of Wikipedia, the prize will be awarded to users having these criteria:

  • Active during 2020;
  • Active for at least 5 years (i.e. since 2015);
  • Have contributed at least with minimum 10’000 edits on the main namespace on the following Wikimedia projects: Wikipedia, Wikisource, Wikinews, Wikibooks, Wiktionary, Wikiquote, Wikiversity;
  • Contribution in German, Italian, French, Alemannic or Romansh.

In addition to the previous four criteria, you should have at least two additional criteria:

  • Living in Switzerland;
  • Having contributed consistently to the Swiss related content (at least 50 edits and 1’000 bytes in a single article) in the main categories related to Switzerland.

In order to determine which people should be honoured, this list was created, which unfortunately is not complete yet. We therefore ask for your help! People who fulfil the mentioned conditions are asked to enter their name or to send a message to events(_AT_)wikimedia.ch!

To carry out these honours, we invite long-serving, deserving members of the community to a ceremony in Lucerne to be held on 12 June 2021. Those to be honoured who cannot come due to space restrictions, health handicaps, state requirements, etc. will receive the certificate of honour by post.

Award recipients 2021

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Event details


Neubad Lucerne

Netzwerk Neubad, Bireggstrasse 36, 6003 Luzern,

Wikimedia CH Organization-Team

  • Kerstin Sonnekalb (project manager, Communikation, Press):

Outreach & Communication WMCH, 078 813 13 26, kerstin.sonnekalb@wikimedia.ch oder press@wikimedia.ch

  • Ulrich Lantermann (invitation and award ceremony manager):

Community Manager WMCH, 044 586 44 54 oder 078 811 69 22, ulrich.lantermann@wikimedia.ch

COVID-protection measures

  • Throughout the event participants have to wear masks and should stay seated
  • When walking around, participants shall keep a distance of 1.5 m
  • The Catering COVID concept
    • Eating is allowed seated only
    • Neubad Lucerne will provide QR codes on each table where participants have to register their presence.


For organizational reasons, the registration deadline is June 6th. Please register at events@wikimedia.ch.

Theme of presentations and discussions

Monopolization and capitalization of knowledge:
What is knowledge worth in the digital age? 
Who will control access to knowledge in the future? 
How can knowledge be made more democratic?"

Keynote Speakers

  • Monique Morrow, an American telecommunications engineer who was CTO Consulting Engineer at Cisco Systems between 2012 and 2016, and is president and co-founder of Humanized Internet, a non-profit organization active in protecting the digital identities of under-represented populations.
  • Hannes Grassegger - u.a. Technology Reporter. Economist. Former Financial Analyst, journalism award-winner. Author of "Das Kapital bin Ich" (Kein & Aber Verlag, Berlin/Zürich, 2014), on why we should own our data. Writing a book about better platforms for Public Affairs (NYC). Working on a better platform for Switzerland.Member of the Global Future Council on Media, Sports and Entertainment 2020/2021. Member of the World Economic Forum's Global Experts Community. Former Swiss fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC.


  • Sophie Mützel, Professor of soziology, focus media and netzworks, Uni Luzern
  • Uwe Feuersenger, founder of a school in Zürich – planning an alternative non commercial search engine
  • Marc Holitscher, National Technology Officer Microsoft CH
  • Sibel Arslan Nationalrätin and advocate
  • Johan Rochel (Co-Founder Ethix - Lab for innovation ethics)


Nicola Forster: President of the Swiss Society for the Common Good and Co-Founder of [www.foraus.ch foraus] & Staatslabor


  • 10:30 – Opening the doors/Checkin/Corona-protection measures, get together with coffee, tea, croissants around the Pool  
  • 11:00 – welcome by Nicola Forster  
  • 11:05 – Greetings from Kanton of Lucerne
  • 11:10 – Greetings and introduction by WMCH-President Muriel Staub and/or WMCH-ED Jennifer Ebermann 
  • 11:20 – Keynote 1: Hannes Grassegger 
  • 11:35 – Keynote 2: Monique Morrow 
  • 11:50 – interactive expert discussion with
    • Sophie Mützel, professor for sociology with main focus on media and networking, University of Lucerne
    • Uwe Feuersenger, Founder of a School in Zurich – he is planning an alternative search engine without commercial background
    • Marc Holitscher, National Technology Officer Microsoft CH 
    • Sibel Arslan, National Councillors and lawyer 
  • 12:40 – Presentation of the results of he working groups
  • 13:00 – Networking Lunch around the pool (and in the Klub for special guests) 
  • 14:00 – Premiere of the WikiSwiss Award – ceremony  - incl. prize giving Wiki Loves Switzerland by Ilario Valdelli
  • 15:30 – End – venue must be cleared by 16:15