We have extended the deadline for submitting presentations, panels,
roundtables and workshops to Wikimania until *April 10*. The deadline for
posters and birds-of-a-feather sessions remains *May 15*.
Please see below for the call for submissions for Wikimania, and submit
your ideas! Please also note, for those who have already submitted, there
is now a field in the registration form for "completed" or "in-progress"
submission. When you are ready to have your submission reviewed, please
note that it is "completed". Thank you!
Please contact us with any questions: wikimania-program(a)wikimedia.org
On Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 10:10 AM, phoebe ayers <phoebe.wiki(a)gmail.com>
> I'm very pleased to send out the Wikimania Montréal Call for Submissions,
> which can be found in French here:
> and in English here:
> On behalf of the Wikimania programme committee,
> Phoebe Ayers
> Que vous soyez un membre de la communauté de l’un des projets Wikimédia
> (tels que Wikipédia, Wikibooks, Wikidata, Wikisource, Wikinews, Wikimedia
> Commons, Wiktionnaire, MediaWiki ou autres), un créateur de contenu libre
> ou un consommateur, nous recevrons avec plaisir votre proposition pour une
> session lors de Wikimania 2017.
> *dates importantes*
> Appel aux propositions ouvert : 2 février 2017
> Date limite de soumission des présentations (conférence, panneau, table
> ronde et atelier) : *15 avril 2017*
> Date limite de soumission des brefs exposés, affiches et réunions
> d’oiseaux de la même plume : 15 mai 2017.
> Notification d’acceptation des présentations : 20 avril 2017
> Notification d’acceptation des brefs exposés, affiches et réunions
> d’oiseaux de la même plume : 10 juin 2017
> *Types de soumissions & Comment soumettre: *https://wikimania2017.
> *Des questions ?* Merci de contacter le Comité du programme par
> Whether you are a community member of one of the Wikimedia projects (such
> as Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikidata, Wikisource, Wikinews, Wikimedia Commons,
> Wiktionary, MediaWiki or others), or a fellow open content creator or
> consumer, we welcome your proposal for a session at Wikimania 2017.
> *Important dates*
> Call for proposals opens: February 2, 2017
> Deadline for submitting presentation (lecture, panel, roundtable and
> workshop) submissions: *April 10, 2017*
> Deadline for submitting lightning talks, poster, and birds of a feather
> submissions: May 15, 2017
> Notification of acceptance for presentations: April 20, 2017
> Notification of acceptance for lightning talks, poster and birds of a
> feather submissions: June 10, 2017
> *Submission types & how to submit:* https://wikimania2017.
> *Any questions?* Please contact the Programme Committee at
> wikimania-program at wikimedia.org
* I use this address for lists; send personal messages to phoebe.ayers <at>
If any chapter/affiliate is going to offer a scholarship program for people
to attend Wikimania 2017, please get in touch with me so that we can add
this information to the conference wiki site.
Also, if a chapter would like access to applications after the WMF funded
scholarships have been awarded (sometime after mid-April), please get in
touch with me directly to arrange.
If you are a representative of an Affiliate, committee, or other
organized group in the Wikimedia Movement, please read this email
carefully and forward it to your peers.
I am writing you today in my role as the Movement Strategy Lead for
organized groups (Track A), and would like to encourage you to
actively participate in Wikimedia’s movement strategy process.
Together with you, we would like to find answers to the question “What
do we want to build or achieve together over the next 15 years?”
https://2030.wikimedia.org is the universal start page to the strategy
portal on Meta.
== This is our time! ==
This is the time many of us have been waiting for for years. I would
love to see each and every one of you make your voice heard and take
the chance to shape the future of our movement together.
== Timeline and process ==
The timeline up to Wikimania 2017 is organized in 3 consecutive
discussion cycles that are designed to explore, cluster and sharpen
the strategic direction and define 3-5 focus areas for the movement.
After Wikimania, we will discuss the movement structure, roles, as
well as 3-5-year goals and starting in 2018, organizations will
incorporate the findings into their strategic and annual planning.
Today, we are kicking off cycle 1 which is running until 15 April.
Organized groups will find all relevant information on the Meta page
for Track A.
== Get involved! ==
Last week I reached out to all Chairs and EDs of Affiliates as well as
to active members of other organized groups and committees. While I
have heard from many, I would like to remind everyone to appoint a
discussion coordinator for your group that will act as the linker to
the strategy process.
As an organized Group, you can invite all your stakeholders to join
your conversation: Board and staff members, members, external partners
and allies as well as members of your communities. Track A is closely
connected to Track B (Individual Contributors), as many organized
Groups have close bonds with their local or thematic communities. We
encourage Track A and Track B coordinators to sync on their plans.
Your conversations can happen on- and offline. To host a conversation,
please read the discussion guide that provides material to prepare,
conduct and document each conversation in each format. Before you and
your peers enter the conversation, please make yourself familiar with
the briefing which provides a high-level overview of what we know
about the future and about our movement today.
I also look forward to seeing many of you at the Wikimedia Conference
in Berlin where we will discuss our future, generate thematic
statements, identify keywords and create thematic clusters of our
ideas. The rough outline of the program will be adjusted in the coming
Let’s make this happen! Please reach out to me with any question or
feedback you might have.
 Sign-up to become a Discussion Coordinator here:
 Overview of organized groups’ discussions
Adviser International Relations
Movement Strategy Track Lead: Organized Groups
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,
A reminder that the deadline for submissions for Wikimania '17 is in two
weeks - March 30!
Please spread the word!!!!
The Wikimania Montréal Call for Submissions can be found in French here:
and in English here:
On behalf of the Wikimania program committee,
Que vous soyez un membre de la communauté de l’un des projets Wikimédia
(tels que Wikipédia, Wikibooks, Wikidata, Wikisource, Wikinews, Wikimedia
Commons, Wiktionnaire, MediaWiki ou autres), un créateur de contenu libre
ou un consommateur, nous recevrons avec plaisir votre proposition pour une
session lors de Wikimania 2017.
Appel aux propositions ouvert : 2 février 2017
Date limite de soumission des présentations (conférence, panneau, table
ronde et atelier) : 30 mars 2017
Date limite de soumission des brefs exposés, affiches et réunions d’oiseaux
de la même plume : 15 mai 2017.
Notification d’acceptation des présentations : 20 avril 2017
Notification d’acceptation des brefs exposés, affiches et réunions
d’oiseaux de la même plume : 10 juin 2017
*Types de soumissions & Comment soumettre: *
*Des questions ?* Merci de contacter le Comité du programme par
Whether you are a community member of one of the Wikimedia projects (such
as Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikidata, Wikisource, Wikinews, Wikimedia Commons,
Wiktionary, MediaWiki or others), or a fellow open content creator or
consumer, we welcome your proposal for a session at Wikimania 2017.
Call for proposals opens: February 2, 2017
Deadline for submitting presentation (lecture, panel, roundtable and
workshop) submissions: March 30, 2017
Deadline for submitting lightning talks, poster, and birds of a feather
submissions: May 15, 2017
Notification of acceptance for presentations: April 20, 2017
Notification of acceptance for lightning talks, poster and birds of a
feather submissions: June 10, 2017
*Submission types & how to submit:*
*Any questions?* Please contact the Programme Committee at
wikimania-program at wikimedia.org
For folks going to Wikimania or other conferences, I recommend looking into
camera insurance that insures you for loss against theft in particular. I
realize that most of us don't have $5,000 in camera gear, but even a $1,000
loss would be a big deal for some of us, and I'm aware of an incident of
camera equipment being stolen after a previous Wikimedia conference. A
mid-range camera and lens combined can easily cost over $1,000. You may be
able to purchase camera insurance as an extension of your homeowners' or
renters' insurance, which I was able to do at a surprisingly low cost. I'd
encourage others to look into this, particularly those planning to travel
to Wikimania or other conferences.
One big limitation: if a camera is used for commercial purposes, you may
need commercial camera insurance, which seems to be significantly more
expensive than insurance that you might be able to add to your homeowners'
or renters' policy if you use your camera only for noncommercial purposes.
My understanding is that cameras which are owned by affiliate organizations
would need commercial insurance, although affiliates may still decide that
the cost is worthwhile, particularly if they have lots of cameras and
lenses that they loan to their members.
I hope that's helpful info.