For its first participation at Wikimania, the User Group of Côte d'Ivoire, represented by its vice-chair Samuel Guebo, took part in 34 activities out of more than 180, roughly 18%. These 34 activities were split over the learning days (pre-conference) and the other three days of the Wikimania conference itself.
Interacted with Wikimedians from Brazil, Macedonia, Tunisia, Algeria, USA, France, South Africa, Columbia, Chile, India, AfroCrowd
Wikimedia Canada: While attending their general elective assembly, we seized the occasion to send our User Group board's regards, congratulate them for hosting Wikimania 17, and expressed our wish for further collaboration.
You can't attend all activities. This was already learned at WikiIndaba 2017 in Accra but was more palpable at Wikimania where over 180 sessions happened in 5 days. It's crucial to target sessions in advance and check the programme for any change. Be also flexible, discuss with people can sometimes make you choose a great session which you hadn't planned to attend originally.
Visa can be a strong barrier restraining the global South from attending such pivotal moments. 6 wikimedians from Africa who were granted a scholarship to Wikimania could not make it to Montreal due to visa issues. Something has to be done about it, either hosting Wikimania in countries where getting a visa might be less daunting
There is much more about Wikimania than just sessions. Wikimania 2017 with its learning days had nearly 200 sessions, panels, talks, etc. These are great places for learning about a wide range of projects, tools, and wikimedia-related experiences. Aside from these, another key aspect of Wikimania is informal discussion. This is where you get the chance to meet people, learn more deeply about their initiatives, successes, and challenges.