WikiIndaba conference 2018/Submissions/Getting started in new countries. Example: Rwanda

Submission no. 060
Title of the submission
Getting started in new countries. Example: Rwanda
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, birds of a feather discussion)
lecture / presentation
Author of the submission
Gereon Kalkuhl and, by Skype, Rudolf Simon
Language of presentation
E-mail address
Gereon K. and RudolfSimon
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Gereon K.: none;
RudolfSimon: former board member of Wikimedia Deutschland
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

There are entire countries without editors, countries where not many people are aware of the existence of the Wikimedia projects. Different approaches to raise awareness and to start a community have been tried.

Wikipedia presentation in Kigali in November 2017

Rwanda had a wonderful Wiki Loves Africa participation in 2017, but there are not many editors of Wikipedia. Rudolf Simon, who cannot attend WikiIndaba himself, but who will talk to the conference via Skype, gave a Wikipedia presentation in Kigali, Rwanda. For the initiative One Laptop per child (OLPC XO) he visited Rwanda and met many Rwandan leaders of art, publishing and industry. The Goethe-Institut Kigali provided an opportunity to hold a Wikipedia presentation to 40 invited attendants. All were very interested in Wikipedia. A goal was to advertise contribution to Wikipedias in local languages, in the case of Rwanda Kinyarwanda (rw.wikipedia) and Kirundi (rn.wikipedia).

This shows that there are ways to start initiatives in neglected countries – by cooperating with NGOs and culture institutes.

In case Asaf Bartov cannot attend I would like to inform the attendants of his project to provide editors with free used laptops.

What will attendees take away from this session?

Attendants should get ideas about how to make contacts in neglected countries, how to cooperate with other players in the Open Movement. Ideally plans for projects in neglected countries will come out of the session.

Theme of presentation
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
40 minutes
Will you attend WikiIndaba if your submission is not accepted?
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Special requests
Is this Submission a Draft or Final? Final

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  1. Alangi Derick (talk) 08:57, 25 January 2018 (UTC)

Committee decisionEdit


Reason: The audience of the conference are all from countries where Wikimedia movement exists.

Comment from submitter: @Csisc: Ok, we all know that. I did not know that this is a conference for Affiliates only, I thought it is about editing, building communities and how to help whole African countries without editors and community as well. --Gereon K. (talk) 18:35, 31 January 2018 (UTC)
Gereon K.: Well, this is true. But, there was a work that was presented in WikiIndaba 2017 about the same topic. However, no one from the audience of that conference used the techniques provided in the presentation to build a Wikimedia movement in new African countries. --Csisc (talk) 19:27, 31 January 2018 (UTC)
Ok, thank you. That is an explanation of the rejection that I can understand. :) --Gereon K. (talk) 19:33, 31 January 2018 (UTC)