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Wikimania is an annual conference centered on the Wikimedia projects. It features presentations on Wikimedia projects, other wikis, free/open-source software, free knowledge and free content, and the social and technical aspects which relate to these topics.
- Contribute to the planning and organisation of Wikimania 2023.
- The most recent, Wikimania 2022, was held completely online, from 11 to 14 August 2022.
- The one before that, Wikimania 2021, was held completely online, from 13 to 17 August 2021.
- Wikimania 2020 was planned to take place in Bangkok, Thailand between 5–9 August 2020, but was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic and subsequently canceled.
- The one before that, Wikimania 2019, was in Stockholm, Sweden, between 14–18 August 2019.
What do people do at Wikimania?
Wikimania attracts Wikimedia project participants from around the world, including writers, editors, programmers, and photographers; Wikimedia Foundation staff; and members of the 40+ country-based Wikimedia chapters. Many researchers also attend and present. Attendance has ranged from 380 to 2,000 people, with representation from more than 80 countries. The conference is typically held on a different continent each year, and has taken place in thirteen countries on five continents to date.
Wikimania is organized by local volunteer teams, with support from international volunteers, the Wikimedia Foundation and other sponsors. The conference's location is determined by an international jury of community members, who review location bids submitted by teams from different locations. Guidelines for interested communities who wish to host Wikimania, and information about past bids, can be found below.
The conference program consists of presentations and workshops from community members, speakers from related projects, and wiki researchers, as well as social activities and informal discussions. Some formal research is presented, in addition to "best practice" knowledge sharing and presentations of ongoing work. Wikimania also features formal reports from Wikimedia Foundation board members and staff, renowned keynote speakers, and opportunities to interact with dedicated Wikimedia contributors from all around the world.
- See also Wikipedia coverage of Wikimania in dozens of languages.
Wikimania 2007 Wikiball!
Planning meeting in Alexandria, 2008
Wikimania 2009 coffee break
Wikimedia board members address Wikimania 2010 participants in Gdańsk
Wikimania 2011 group photo
Wikimania presentation, Washington DC, 2012
Attendees leaving following Wikimania 2013's closing ceremony
Wikimania 2014 opening ceremony
Wikimania 2015 Group photo
Wikimania 2016 group photo
Wikimania 2017 group photo
Wikimania 2018 group photo
Wikimania 2019 group photo
Wikimania 2023 group photo
Most generally, the decision in where to hold the conference is based proposals that are vetted by the WMF and Wikimania Committee. The WMF Event Manager works closely with interested people and groups in exploring that possibilities and drafting a proposal. There has also been a strong effort in the past to ensure that conference locations are distributed fairly evenly around the globe from year to year.
The Wikimania Steering Committee runs the selection of venue several years in advance. The location is rotated around areas of the world.
- Join the Wikimania mailing list, or browse its archives.
- The Wikimania/community group is a WikiProject for supporting Wikimania. Please list yourself there if you have experience working on Wikimania or would like to help out.
- Visit the online IRC chat room #wikimaniaconnect (see IRC instructions for help.)
- Telegram group "Wikimania chat" https://t.me/wikimaniachat
- Wikimania checklist – a general checklist of things that need to be done to run a conference (especially Wikimania).
- Wikimania Handbook – This is a few years out of date, but is good for historical purposes.
- Unofficial advice for running a Wikimania conference, written up in 2007 by Phoebe: User:Phoebe/Wikimania
- wm2014:Videos and wm2013 and earlier videos
See table above, #Past Wikimanias, for feedback from specific conferences.
Discuss general concerns on this page's talk page.