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Wikimania 2023, the 18th Wikimedia conference, was an in-person and online event. You may visit the event page at 2023:Wikimania.



Wikimania 2023 took place from August 16 to 19, 2023. It was an in-person event in Singapore as well as a hybrid event.

Core Organizing Team (COT)


Wikimania 2023 Core Organizing Team (COT) is drawn primarily from East, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Regional Cooperation (ESEAP).

ESEAP Wikimania 2023 Core Organizing Team
(L-R) Robert Sim, Agus Damanik, Butch Bustria, Vanj Padilla, Athikhun Suwannakhan, Nur Fahmia, Venus Lui, Gnangarra..
  • Butch Bustria (Philippines), Event Lead and Program Subcommittee Chair
  • Gnangarra (Australia), Scholarships Chair and Exhibitions Chair
  • Robert Sim (Singapore), Technical Events (Hackathon) Subcommittee Chair and Event Technology Selection Subcommittee Chair
  • Nur Fahmia (Indonesia), Communications Subcommittee Chair and Chair for Social Media & Visual Designs
  • Vanj Padilla (Philippines) Events related to Equity and Inclusion Chair, Social Media & Public Relations and Event Documentation
  • Venus Lui (Hong Kong), Trust and Safety Subcommittee Chair
  • Agus Damanik (Indonesia), Volunteer & Human Resource Coordination Subcommittee Chair
  • Athikhun Suwannakhan (Thailand), ESEAP Community Relations and Wikimania 2020 Event Lead
  • Andrew Lih (United States), Lead Adviser and Liaison to the Wikimania Steering Committee


  • Ameisenigel, Wikimania wiki translations admin
  • Gisca Syalindri, Scholarship Coordination
  • Naila Rahmah, Visual designs
  • Adien Gunarta, Visual designs
  • Wikimedia Foundation Movement Communications
    • Mayur Paul
    • Lisa McCabe
    • Mehrdad Pourzaki
    • Elena Lappen
    • Rachit Sharma
  • Others from the Wikimedia Foundation include Sakti Pramudya (Strategic partnerships), Kelsi Stine-Rowe (Evaluation), Lucas Pascual, Brooke Camarda and Lauren Dickinson (Social Media), Trust and Safety Team, Digital Safety Team.


  • Program Subcommittee
  • Scholarship Subcommittee
  • Technology Selection Subcommittee
  • Technology Events (Hackathon) Subcommittee
    • Video uploads/ archiving
  • Volunteer Coordination Subcommittee
    • Onsite (Singapore)
    • Virtual
  • Expo Subcommittee
  • Trust & Safety Subcommittee
  • Report Documentation & Event Communication Subcommittee

Sub committees


In the past the Wikimania COT's relied on the support of subcommittees to help assess Scholarships, Programming, and Trust & Safety. For 2023 we intend to return to this format and expand it to include new features as part of enabling hybrid components building on the successes of 2021 and 2022. We ask that if you are interested, please add yourself below and identify the specific area(s) or committee(s) you'd like to help with. The COT lead for each will contact you from this page first, these roles are not location-dependent and are open to everyone in the community. Please ensure that your user account preferences on this wiki have your email address enabled so that organizers would reach back to you for the result of your submitted expression of interest.



The Wikimania 2023 Core Organizing Team and ESEAP thank you for offering your support, and there will still be more opportunities if you haven't already signed up.

See #Updates for the latest information.



Updates as the Core Organizing Team (COT) and Steering Committee (SC) progress with Wikimania 2023 planning. Now over on

September 20, 2022

  • Call for volunteers has concluded for Phase 1. Thanks to all who have generously signed up! There will be additional opportunities to volunteer, as we will need more help as Wikimania approaches. You can visit wikimania:2023:Volunteer to find out more.

The Wikimania 2023 Core Organizing Team and ESEAP thank you for offering your support, and there will still be more opportunities if you haven't already signed up.

What happens next: The COT will review the offers on what areas volunteers have indicated. Some of the immediate roles will require volunteers to undergo a Wikimedia Foundation Trust & Safety review as signing a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) due to having access to private information. Once this is completed, we will send invitations to join a subcommittee.

Don't despair, this phase will take some time, and our focus will be on the areas that the COT need to get underway early, like the Scholarship teams. As a hybrid event, Wikimania will be merging two events (in-person and online) so there will be many opportunities coming up.

As the COT starts testing options, we will also call on you to participate in those discussions, using various tools that will be available.

If you have missed this call, there still is an ongoing call for volunteers as we are still imagining what is possible. Please go over to the volunteer page on wikimania:2023:Volunteer for more information.

September 6, 2022

  • Call for volunteers has started, and put out on multiple channels – Wikimedia-L, Telegram groups, Facebook groups, on-wiki. Deadline 19 September 2022.

September 5, 2022

  • The call for 2023 Core Organising Team has been closed with the new teams members notified

September 1, 2022

  • COT, Steering Committee, WMF discussing
    • integration of the IRL, Online, Satellite event formats
    • venue options
    • timeline of preparations for program submissions, scholarships, and satellite events
  • Phabricator ticket to request be made ready for 2023
  • COT & SC are exploring a deeper dive into the impact of Wikimania features, activities, and formats

August 26, 2022

  • City: Singapore – confirmed
  • Date: July/August -
  • COT: growing see above call out
  • Theme: Power of diverse collaboration: Sharing knowledge brings people together – tentative original theme for 2020

Event Design