Are there any plans to add ticket
options that are more affordable, especially for volunteers?
Even with Early Bird discount, $270
is... a lot, frankly (and after today, $375). Prior to Montreal
two years ago (Cape Town last year was also similarly expensive),
the registration cost of Wikimanias for Wikimedia contributors was
generally in the 30-50€ range for the whole event - even Esino
Lario, where food and full accommodation were included in the
default ticket, also had a 'simple' ticket option skipping this
that was still in the usual price range. Is there any chance we
could bring this practice back? Or... something?
This isn't even just that I can't
afford this (which I can't - the registration costs more than the
plane ticket would), a lot of us probably aren't going to
be able to. Wikimania isn't like most conferences, where attendees
are being sent by their companies or organisation; many of us who
would consider going are individuals. Not only do we not
necessarily have any larger organisations to fund our attendance,
we're largely not getting paid for any of this, either - we're
donating our time to be a part of this movement, and now we're
expected to pay hundreds of dollars, as community members, to
attend an event that used to be specifically for the community?
This is especially going to be a major
turnoff to any newcomers, as it precludes people just registering
and checking it out, seeing what's up, unless they have a lot of
money to throw around on things they're not sure about. And based
on the conversations I've had with various newcomers over the
years who have been drawn into such events (previous wikimanias,
hackathons, other conferences) and been highly engaged and
inspired by their experiences, this is apt to be a major loss.
I'll also note that while scholarships
do resolve this issue for some people, the scholarship budget is
limited, and also generally focussed on travel and accommodation
costs for folks who would otherwise not be able to get there, not
attendance costs for people who can get there just fine but would
prefer to spend that 250€ on something else, like a couple of
months of groceries. There wasn't a 'just cover the registration
fee' option with the scholarship applications at all. Not that...
there should be?
Basically, would it be possible to
maybe get some more options here?
On 24/05/2019 23:33, Isabel Cueva
Also, don’t forget: If you want to make a presentation, run a workshop, or display a poster during Wikimania, the Call for Submissions is NOW OPEN
Attention Everyone (and please spread the word):
Early Bird Registration is now open for Wikimania 2019 on our Eventbrite page.
This discount pricing ends on May 24th so don’t delay!
Online registration will be open from today to July 30th, 2019.
For more information please visit: https://wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/Registration
Wikimania 2019 will be held at Stockholm University, Sweden, from 14th to 18th August 2019.
The venue will host the majority of the conference, hackathon, meetups, and pre-events.
We would like to encourage all speakers and attendees to register early and book their flight and travel as soon as possible. If you have questions about visas, please visit our wiki visa page.
If you have any questions with regard to the conference, please contact:
Don’t forget: If you want to make a presentation, run a workshop, or display a poster during Wikimania, the Call for Submissions is NOW OPEN
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