This is to inform you that the assessment phase for the submissions we
received for our "Critical Issues" talks at Wikimania 2016 is in progress.
The reviews are, however, taking more time than initially expected; the
members of the Programme Committee needed some effort to get familiar with
the EasyChair conference platform we are using, which, as I can testify
having configured it and managed it so far, is not entirely intuitive to
interact with. Needing more time to complete the reviews, we have to
postpone the date of the notification of acceptance to February 1st. If you
need further information, please do not hesitate to ask.
Sorry for the inconvenience to all who are affected,
(Wikimania 2016 Programme Committe)
Two days ago, around the 15th birthday of Wikipedia, the Dutch Wikipedia
community awarded in seven categories the users and projects most valued
for their contributions to Wikipedia in the past year.
In seven categories a WikiOwl has been awarded, symbolizing the ancient
Greek owl for wisdom and knowledge. Free knowledge!
The WikiOwls given recognition and appreciation for all the work done by
the users and their projects. Recognition and appreciation that stimulates
and gives much enthusiasm to enrich the world of free knowledge even more,
essential for Wikipedia's continuation.
This makes me think again about Wikimania in the past years. The
conferences are great and have a nice program. At the same time I sense
something important is missing. I miss in the large plenary sessions the
attention for specific users and their projects that are of most value for
Wikimania is the conference intended for contributors to share their
experiences, learn about best practises, work together to use the synergy
to get done more. That is what this community conference is about.
Hopefully we will fill this small but important gap of the plenary
session(s) with the coming Wikimania, and have more attention for the
specific contributions that we as community value most. Let's have many
many users inspired by great ideas that they can bring home and into
> Perhaps it is a little early, but I just want to get some ideas. I want
> to perform a PGP signing party  at Esino Lario, but I believe it
> wasn't done before during a Wikimania.
we had one at Frankfurt, at the very first Wikimania.
I planed also to do one at the next Wikimania, maybe we should join forces?
PGP: 0x7CD1E35FD2A3A158 (pka und OpenPGPKey funktionieren)
I’m writing to seek your feedback on the consultation to improve Wikimania,
open until 18 January 2016. If you have already contributed, we are most
The goals are to (1) build a shared understanding of the value of Wikimania
to help guide conference planning and evaluation, and (2) gather broad
community input on what new form(s) Wikimania could take (starting in
Feedback on both of these goals is welcome on a survey provided on the
project page, and can also be given on the project discussion page. In
addition, I also invite you to share any personal experiences you have had
at at a Wikimedia movement conference, including Wikimania. We plan to
compile and share back outcomes from this consultation in February.
I look forward to working with you to develop a Wikimania that better
serves the needs of your communities.
WMF Events Manager
just a friendly reminder that the deadline for submitting critical
issues presentation for Wikimania 2016 is approaching. The deadline is
*January, 17th* at 23:59 of your own timezone.
This is the link you should follow:
Please read carefully the "Guidelines" section. If you want to know more
about the other presentation formats, you can look at these slides:
This deadline is *only for critical issues presentations*. The calls for
collecting discussions, posters and meetups are not opened yet, you'll
have more info in the following weeks.
If you submitted a discussion or a poster using the critical issues form
don't worry: we will take care of redirecting all the non-critical
issues proposals in the right channels.
We are waiting for your ideas!
Programme Committee General Coordinator
Scholarship applications for Wikimania 2016 which is being held in Esino
Lario, Italy on June 22–27, 2016 are now being accepted. Applications are
open until Saturday, January 09 2016 23:59 UTC. Applicants will be able to
apply for a partial or full scholarship. A full scholarship will cover the
cost of an individual's round-trip travel, shared accommodation, and
conference registration fees as arranged by the Wikimedia Foundation. A
partial scholarship will cover conference registration fees and shared
accommodation. Applicants will be rated using a pre-determined selection
process and selection criteria established by the Scholarship Committee and
the Wikimedia Foundation, who will determine which applications are
successful. To learn more about Wikimania 2016 scholarships, please visit:
https://wikimania2016.wikimedia.org/wiki/Scholarships To apply for a
scholarship, fill out the multi-language application form on:
https://scholarships.wikimedia.org/apply It is highly recommended that
applicants review all the material on the Scholarships page and the
associated FAQ ( https://wikimania2016.wikimedia.org/wiki/Scholarships/FAQ
) before submitting an application. If you have any questions, please
contact: wikimania-scholarships at wikimedia.org
<wikimania-scholarships(a)wikimedia.org> or leave a message at:
Two important reminders concerning Wikimania 2016, which will be held in
Esino Lario, Italy on June 22–27, 2016:
The Submission deadline has been extended by the program committee to
January 17th. See:
The deadline for applications for the WMF Scholarship program is
approaching! Applications are open until Saturday, January 09 2016
Applicants will be able to apply for a partial or full scholarship. A full
scholarship will cover the cost of an individual's round-trip travel,
shared accommodation, and conference registration fees as arranged by the
Wikimedia Foundation. A partial scholarship will cover conference
registration fees and shared accommodation.
To learn more about Wikimania 2016 scholarships, please visit:
To apply for a scholarship, fill out the multi-language application form on:
It is highly recommended that applicants review all the material on the
Scholarships page and the associated FAQ (
https://wikimania2016.wikimedia.org/wiki/Scholarships/FAQ ) before
submitting an application.
If you have any questions, please contact:
wikimania-scholarships at wikimedia.org
or leave a message at:
I'm writing to inform you that the deadline to submit a presentation
proposal for Wikimania 2016 has been extended. *The new deadline is
We received some complaints about the fact that the deadline has been
anticipated with a too short notice and in a holiday period for a lot of
people. We regret this miscommunication and we hope that the new
deadline will make things better. The reason why we decided to not
reinstate the initial deadline (January 31th) is that we don't want
to be too distant from the scholarship committee timing, in order to
take into account the contribution that the participants will give to
the conference and the kind of topics which are going to be discussed
during it .
We know that we are a movement of very committed and hardworking people,
who can make wonderful things in two weeks!
Before submitting a proposal, don't forget to read more about the
structure of the programme:
and about the kind of presentation formats we will have during Wikimania
For any suggestion about the user digest presentations you can refer to
the liaisons or to me.
In the next month(s) we will set up the collection of discussions and
General Coordinator, Wikimania 2016 Programme Committee
 Just to be clear: this doesn't mean that people who are presenting
during Wikimania will automatically receive a scholarship. The Programme
Committee and the Scholarship Committee are two indipendent bodies, but
we think that the process of knowing who will come and what we will talk
about should not be too disconnected.
 If you like colours, we also have some slides
We published a 9 minutes teaser of the Wikimania 2015 in Mexico City
documentary. The 30 minutes full version will be released soon on a
premiere in the Cineteca Nacional (Mexican Film Archives) where a copy will
be kept for the future and in TV educational channels with national reach.
I hope that you can come live again emotions and good moments that we had
*Presidente - Wikimedia México A.C.User:ProtoplasmaKid @protoplasmakid*
Hemos creado la más grande colección de conocimiento compartido. Ayuda a
proteger a Wikipedia, dona ahora: