Bringing Wikimedia conferences to the next level – Experiences and learnings from three years of organizing the Wikimedia Conference
Over the last three years, the Wikimedia Conference has developed to be a conference with three different paths, each with its own program focus and audience. This is reflected in the “dimensions” of the conference, and the chapters of this document are structured accordingly.
Dimension 1 - Creating a great one-time experience for everyone
This is the basis of the conference: what are the needs and wishes of the participants, and how are they different? How to create a socially supportive environment to enable better networking? And the 1 million $ question: How to make logistics run smoothly.
Dimension 2 - From a one-shot event to a multi-year event
The new signature of the Wikimedia Conference is Program and Engagement Coordination. How to improve participant commitment? How to create a better program design? What are the benefits of establishing links to other conferences, and supporting participants in following up on certain topics? Ideally, the target group for the Program and Engagement coordination would consist of all participants. But in reality it has turned out to be primarily staff from the WMF and larger chapters – why is that?
Dimension 3 - Improving the Wikimedia movement by being a constant forum for conversations about our future
The third dimension deals with the Wikimedia Conference as a space where affiliates participate in conversations about the direction and future of the movement.