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Wikimania 2008

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Wikimania 2008 was held in Alexandria (Egypt) on July 17-19, 2008.

General information:

  • Official wiki:
  • Location: Bibliotheca Alexandrina
  • Attendance: 625, with quite a few local Egyptians coming and learning about the projects too.
  • Conference languages: English
  • Cost to attend: Registration; for a Wikimedia contributor the early bird price was ? and regular registration was ?
  • Accommodation: Delta Hotel (61 rooms), Windsor Hotel (77 rooms), Metropole Hotel (66 rooms) and Saint marc dorms (around 500 beds)
  • (Un)official theme song: I Will Revise


  • Keynote speakers: Ismail Serageldin, Elaine Metni, Ahmed Tantawi[1].
  • Program information: Schedule
  • Link to CfP: Call for Participation
  • Link to program proceedings:
  • Preconferences:
  • WMF organizational meetings, special meetings: WMF Board panel, open to all conference attendees
  • Session videos Kaltura,Archived Video Streams, Bibalex Downloads
  • Program software used:
  • Program review process used:
  • Themes: (4 tracks) Wikimedia Communities; Free Knowledge; Technical infrastructure; Scientific track.
  • Types of submissions: presentations, workshops/open discussions, panels, posters, artistic artifacts.
  • Parallel sessions: 4-5
  • Program committee:



  • Lead organizers (note! please add to and/or correct if necessary): Mido (local lead), Delphine (WMF), Biblioteca Alexandrina co-hosted
  • Planning wiki: mostly on teamwiki, some in the program software (pentabarf), some on the '08 wiki, lots in private documents
  • Program/registration software used: program software was pentabarf, registration was just a database and a form
  • Planning mailing list:
  • Bid page:: Alexandria (Bids)

Budget and funding:

Type Wikimedia contributor (US$) Corporate (US$) Egyptian Wikimedia contributor (LE)
Early bird (whole event: 3 days) 45 100 80
Regular registration 60 135 100
1 Day 25 30 60
2 Day 40 45 90
On-site/day 30 35 65