For several years I have asked the organizers of Wikimania to formalize
thematic meetups because I think they are essential. This is where we
gather by group of interests, we develop relationships, making friends,
organize projects together, etc.
For the first time since the beginning of Wikimanias, thematic meetups are
included in the official schedule. Isn't that wonderful? So we are done
with meetups on the corner of a table, between two sessions and two
sandwiches! We can meet without schedule worries, every morning from 9.00
to 10.00 and every evening from 18.00 to 19.00. The thematic meetups are
held at the primary school of Esino Lario.
If you wish to organize a thematic meetup, there are still some available
spots. If you have questions, special needs, or anything else for your
meetup, please contact me.
For all details, please visit:
Vice president, Wikimedia Canada, National Chapter supporting Wikipedia.
Coordinator, WikiFranca, Francophone Chapters Association of Wikimedia.
535 Viger avenue East, Montreal (Quebec) H2L 2P3
Dear Wikimania participants,
Eight weeks ago, around 200 people met in Berlin for the Wikimedia
Conference. You can find the documentation of the conference on Meta.
Our approach for the Wikimedia Conference is to carry the thematic
conversations and conference strands throughout the year instead of
organizing one-shot events. This is why we introduced the role of the
Program and Engagement Coordinator. Wikimania is a perfect place to
follow-up on the process and conversations and we invite all interested
participants – no matter if you attended WMCON or not – to join us for the
“WMCON Follow-Up Day” on Thursday, June 23. At this event, you will find
the opportunity to discuss five different topics. For each topic we will
have around 90 min, which should be sufficient to discuss details and lay
the ground for further steps.
The Follow-Up Day will take place in the “Gym Palace”, the biggest
hall/room in the western part of the village. You can find all the
information in the Wikimania wiki:
For an easier planning and to increase the chances for coordination and
engagement between participants/speakers during preparation, please sign up
I’m really looking forward to seeing you!
Program and Engagement Coordinator (PEC)
for the Wikimedia Conference
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
Tel. (030) 219 158 26-0
Stellen Sie sich eine Welt vor, in der jeder Mensch an der Menge allen
Wissens frei teilhaben kann. Helfen Sie uns dabei!
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg unter
der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für
Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/029/42207
I just sent an email to everyone who registered with an accommodation
package in Esino Lario. Another email with check-in information for
everyone else will be sent soon.
The organizers are reviewing the airport manifests for the shuttle service
from Linate and Malpensa airports to see if they can open up space on the
buses for other attendees who wish to purchase this service. More
information about this will be posted soon.
It seems Milan pride parade will be happening in June 27th . It's
exactly the day after Wikimania and due to the recent events, some people
might want to show their support.
Is it possible to do some coordination and/or guide where should people go,
when is better, etc.
Reading the recent posts on this mailing list and elsewhere, I realised we
never got around to sending you an update on the roundtable
discussions/Discussion Room for the upcoming Wikimania! So let me try to
make that up to you. You can find the final schedule here
<https://wikimania2016.wikimedia.org/wiki/Discussions>, and I hope to find
many of you involved in at least one of the discussions!
This year we have scheduled 18 round table discussions on a wide range of
topics. Besides the 18 scheduled 'regular' round table discussions, we will
also organise a number of round table discussions with board members on
themes, to replace the traditional 'Q&A' with the board. Hopefully we can
offer you some more interaction and in-depth conversations this way.
After our calls for suggestions, we got an overwhelming number of
many good ideas for potential discussions. With a committee of five
experienced Wikimedians, we discussed those submissions, and pronged a bit
with questions - what could the discussion result in, what kind of outcomes
are possible, etc. Based on these proposals, questions and answers we made
selections of what would be the most likely fruitful discussions - along
with criteria like diversity in the schedule. After much discussing, we
ended up with the selection linked above.
I realise many people will feel somewhat disappointed that their topic was
not selected. I would have liked to give every proposer at least a personal
comment on it, but unfortunately due to time constraints we were unable to
follow up sufficiently. Sorry for that.
We still have some details to work out for the discussions, so please bear
with us (facilitators, the details of the session itself).
I'm looking forward to a lot (!) of constructive conversations in the
'Primary School' building in Esino Lario. See you there!
On 13 June 2016 at 20:13, Marta Pigazzini <mc.pigazzini(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> For those of you arriving at the train station in Varenna (please do not
> confuse with Ravenna), there will be a volunteer that will welcome you and
> will show you to the bus directed to Esino. Note that the bus stop is just
> outside the small train station. Buses directed to Esino will be clearly
> visible and will be indicating both Wikimania and Esino, so it will be
> impossible to miss them.
The question - which I asked earlier today, but which remains
unanswered - is whether we (full scholarship recipients, partial
scholarship recipients, independent travellers) need to book in
advance for these buses. If so, how?
Likewise for the return journey, on the 27th.
[resending this, as it went to Andrew, not the list]
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From: Andy Mabbett <andy(a)pigsonthewing.org.uk>
Date: 13 June 2016 at 15:19
Subject: Re: [Wikimania-l] Accommodation
To: Andrew Lih <andrew(a)andrewlih.com>
On 13 June 2016 at 14:58, Andrew Lih <andrew(a)andrewlih.com> wrote:
> Iolanda, I find this entirely unsatisfactory:
> “If you did not buy a ticket for your direct transport from and to the
> airport, you do not have direct transport from and to the airport.”
> The link never worked the many times I tried. Andy Mabbett and I have
> reported to you the problems with the Eventbrite link being listed as
I missed the quoted part of Iolanda's comment, as it was prefixed (on
a separate line) with "Pleonastic", which I misread as being someone's
I have never been presented with a working opportunity to "buy a
ticket for your direct transport from and to the airport", not least
for the reasons Andrew cites.
I have just been told in private email that I may, at an unspecified
time today or tomorrow, "buy a return ticket" for bus transfer, via
I do not want a return ticket. I am travelling - as I was advised to
do - from central Milan to Varenna-Esino-Perledo by train. I therefore
need a bus from VEP to EL on the 21st.
We have conflicting information about the need to book the latter in
advance (Where? How?), or on arrival at VEP. There is (as I recently
highlighted) conflicting information about regular scheduled service
and specially-commissioned buses. No guarantee has been given, that
everyone will be able to get a place on the buses
On the 27th, I need a bus from EL to Malpensa airport.
I still do no know whether I can obtain this; what it will cost, or
when I should try to do so: will there be many people competing for
few tickets? Will they go one sale at a time when I am in a meeting,
If I cannot get a bus from EL to Malpensa airport on the 27th, then I
must get a bus from EL to VEP, and train to Milan. The issues noted
above again come into play.
I too, am doing this as a volunteer, and am spending time today, when
I should be doing paid work, to make up for not earning any money
during Wikimania, trying to sort out these issues.
Dear Wikimania Team, could it be possible to know the bed assignment before leaving? it would be reassuring to know we have not been “forgotten”.
For me it is still not clear how we can come from the bus station. I read there is a bus (which number, in which direction?). As I dont speak italian I would like to be sure it will be easy with the train option.
Also is it possible to get an idea of the cost of a taxi to Esino Lario - maybe you could provide a number for the Blablacar mentioned on the web page (I have no clue what a blablacar is) For this we also need a destination address I suppose.
Sorry to bother with such questions.
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> Iolanda, for those of us traveling from outside of Europe, we will normally
> have to provide a proper destination address as part of our customs and
> immigration process. "Esino Lario" won't normally be enough; in fact, it's
> my experience that at least half the time when traveling to Europe, I
> have had to show my reservation confirmation. We also need our destination
> address to include it in our luggage so that if it is misdirected, there is
> still some chance that it might find us before the conference is over.
> Having had my luggage go missing on more than one transatlantic flight -
> knowing that my destination address is well identified in association with
> my luggage is a Big Deal. Again, just "Esino Lario" isn't going to cut
> it. An actual address is required.
> On 13 June 2016 at 08:24, Iolanda Pensa <iolanda(a)pensa.it> wrote:
>> dear all
>> Everyone – who has got a ticket with accommodation in Esino Lario and
>> received a confirmation from eventbrite – has accommodation in Esino Lario.
>> Marta and Patrizia have assigned all the beds.
>> You will be given your address and keys in Piazza Italia in Esino Lario at
>> your arrival; we expect you to arrive the 21st or the 23rd according to to
>> the 5 or 3 days ticket you got.
>> Marta will send you today some further information about your travel and
>> Pleonastic, but
>> If you did not buy a ticket with accommodation in Esino Lario, you don’t
>> have accommodation in Esino Lario.
>> If you did not buy a ticket for your direct transport from and to the
>> airport, you do not have direct transport from and to the airport.
>> Eventually you can get worried if you don’t have an eventbrite
>> I personally consider wikipedians and wikimedians the most intelligent
>> people I can spend time with. We certainly pretend you to get to Esino
>> Lario, to find the right bus, to take the train in the right direction
>> (please note that Tirano is not Torino), to sign up for events and to read
>> (and cite) all necessary sources. Certainly… it’s the beginning of a great
>> Il giorno 13 giu 2016, alle ore 13:03, Harry Mitchell <hjmwiki(a)gmail.com>
>> ha scritto:
>> Nothing here, and with only a week to go before I start my travels. I
>> sympathise with the organisers who are being bombarded with all sorts of
>> questions and no doubt have many other things to worry about. I remember
>> how that felt in 2014. But these are not minor details for people
>> travelling long distances, especially for those of us who have taken time
>> off work and spent our own money to get there.
>> Could we trouble the organisers at least for a date by which we'll have
>> some information on where we're staying?
>> Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
>> On Mon, 13 Jun, 2016 at 11:47, Andy Mabbett
>> <andy(a)pigsonthewing.org.uk> wrote:
>> On 6 June 2016 at 15:26, Mardetanha <mardetanha.wiki(a)gmail.com> wrote:
>>> as elllie put on her previous emails, you will receive details separately
>>> very soon
>> A week has passed since the above reply; I'm concerned that I still
>> have no information about where I shall be staying, nor indeed whether
>> I have somewhere to stay. Does anyone else?
>> Andy Mabbett
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