I'm interested in meeting persons who are willing to share their story of
their world of Wikimedia. We plan making a video documentary out of it to
share with other Africans and raise their interest in the world of wiki.
I've talked to a couple of persons already but looking for more.
>From wikidata to Wikiversity, I'm willing to talk to all. It shouldn't take
more than 10 minutes of your time.
Please lemme know your coordinates if interested and I'll teleport myself
rexford |google.com/+Nkansahrexford| sent from smartphone
soon we will starting the bidding process for Wikimania 2016.
Soon the Wikimania Committee will be kicking off the selection process
for deciding who should host Wikimania 2016.
Request for Proposals (RfP) is being published soon and we want to
invite volunteers to serve on the selection jury. The jury will evaluate
bids and make a recommendation to this committee and the WMF based on
published criteria, reviewing the bids from November onwards until the
final selection is made in December 2014.
This is roughly 30-40 hours' work, and is key to us making Wikimania a
strong, healthy community conference that we all can enjoy. The
Wikimania Committee will select a jury that is a balanced representation
of the community, from a diverse range of backgrounds, sexes, languages,
cultures and regions of the world.
What we are looking for:
* seven members
* geographical diversity
* experience with events of this kind - either outside or inside the
movement, as organiser or long-time Wikimaniac
* members are required to read the Wikimania proposals on Meta Wiki
* members are required to participate in six conference calls to discuss
with each Wikimania proposal team and with the jury, approximate
duration two hours, during the review phase (approx. one to two weeks
If you would like to serve on the jury, please e-mail Ellie Young
(off-list) eyoung @ wikimedia.org August 24. We will announce the jury
in two weeks' time.
On behalf of the Wikimania Committee with regards,
Manuel Schneider - Chief Information Officer
Wikimedia CH - Verein zur Förderung Freien Wissens
Lausanne, +41 (21) 340 66 22 - www.wikimedia.ch
Just a point of clarification, does 2014 simply refer to the date of this
Wikimania, or does it also mean the number of people who registered?
all the best
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I used the Wikimania Android app during the conference.
Obviously, it is not up to par with conference apps, like the Google I/O
Are there any plans to get an official app for use for subsequent
conferences of Wikimania? Or sponsors who happen to be app developers will
do us the honor?
I think this year's event was the tenth Wikimania. Launching an app to
celebrate that wouldn't have been a bad idea.
The app link above says "official Wikimania app", but not very official to
me as was built by one of the sponsors of the event.
Rexford | google.com/+Nkansahrexford | sent from Smartphone
If you were a Wikimania volunteer and are awaiting expenses, please be
assured that I'm still going through the boxes of claim forms. There are a
I'm doing it in order of how much is owed (greatest first), but if someone
has a pressing need - I know some of you are students on tight budgets -
please email me at richard.symonds(a)wikimedia.org.uk and I'll expedite your
I hope to have these all done by Wednesday or Thursday.
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Before all, congrats to the organizing team and all the volunteers ! I
liked that Wikimania a lot ! You did a great job guys.
Out of the pieces I will remember fondly (as in "to be continued"), I
will probably put
- the community village (great move; must be continued absolutely
- workshops (to keep and extend)
- and comedy (though it was sometimes hard to understand for non native,
I still had a lot of fun. May be particular particularly suited for this
Wikimania, not for others later).
I just finished filling up the Wikimania feedback form and here are my
I was very happy that WMF took the time to actually make a feedback form
and send it to all participants. But I was a bit wondering why it was
actually sent to participants as if it was a Wikimedia Foundation event.
I understand it is sent by the evaluation team and it might make sense
to evaluate the impact of an event largely funded/run by Wikimedia
Foundation. Still it would rather be expected from the Wikimania
organizers themselves. I thought it was a bit odd. Thoughts ?
Also, I think it would have been cool if the Wikimania committee somehow
had been involved in making that questionnaire. One of the reasons is
that each Wikimania comes with its own flavor and I think that beyond
the individual satisfaction of the attendee, we need to "measure" the
impact of the larger picture.
- the bid: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2014_bids/London
- the actual site:
One of the big core things pushed forward by the Wikimania 2014 team
during the bid was the fact it wanted to be an outreached event. Did you
know ? It was a sort of a tagline.
What was called "wikifest" in the bid gave birth to the "Community
Village" (open to the public and free). My "feeling" is that it was a
success. But that stays my "feeling". I think it was useful, joyful,
great place to see what groups/chapters/aligned organizations were
doing, provided great local food, opportunities to charge laptops or
store sweatshirt, easily crossed as we were going around. I saw
non-Wikimedians having a look.
But did it work as a "non-wikimedian" outreach ? Or did it rather worked
as a "wikimedian not involved in groups/chapters" outreach ? I actually
do not know exactly. But I have the vague feeling that this should be
The evaluation form stayed quite generic in terms (such as asking if we
learned stuff from the sessions (yeah, we did)). Or collect the usual
feedback (I guess everyone will mention that we would need more
electrical plugs right ? Just as every year by the way :)).
I kind of regret we had no opportunity to "slip" in the questionnaire
some questions related to the specificity of that conference to give
more body to the questions.
So may I suggest that this post evaluation be an opportunity for
collaboration between WMF evaluation team and Wikimania Committee in the
future ? :)
Third thought... as a current Wikimania committee member as well as
Wikimania jury member for 2014 bid process, I also would like to reflect
on some of the significant discrepancies I identified between the bid
and the actual event. Not in the spirit of confrontation and blind
criticism, but in the spirit of transparency, goals and "measures of
success". Side benefit: helping jury to better evaluate future bids (I
remind you that the call for volunteers is OPEN).
So bid link: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2014_bids/London
The London bid was bold. Big things planned and big budget. The largest
we ever saw. Cuts had to be made to the original bid and we ended up
with a three tier system, depending on the money collected ultimately.
(see the three tier)
My understanding is that the venue ended up being way more expensive
than it was originally budgeted (I'd love figures on this) and
obviously, fundraising did not go as well as hoped. I guess we wont have
details before several months, but rough budget figures would be lovely.
Some people outlined a few points as not compliant with the bid (oyster
cards or drinks and snacks throughout the day, same-day released edited
videos of sessions, venue open 24/24) or not in line with what was
announced in Wikimania 2013 (I was not there, this is earsay) such as
closing party at the Tate. Other points worked quite well (indeed the
wifi was good ! and all rooms were video equipped). Some thoughts on
this would be welcome.
To be fair, Wikimania London team was the first one to be so explicit in
what could be expected, so it is easy to criticize afterwards (in
comparison, Mexico bid is much more vague so it won't be possible to
list "what should have been done". But it tickles me a bit... and in
retrospect, I think bidders should provide clear statements on what they
will make every effort to provide. Or we should provide clear statements
in what is expected no matter what.
Again, overall, I am happy of that Wikimania and I think it generally
fullfilled the contract to a very large extent (in terms of program,
activities and services. Can't say in terms of budget). But I am
thinking of the future and in line with the general trend of
establishing criterias and measures of success, I think we should work
on providing more structured submission guidelines for next Wikimania.