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From: Pharos <pharosofalexandria(a)gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Dec 10, 2020 at 10:06 AM
Subject: WikiConference North America: Fri to Sun online event
To: Wikimedia U.S. Chapter <wikimediaus-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
WikiConference North America has gone virtual! Join the Wikimedia
community, 11-13 December 2020 online for talks, training, gatherings, and
The content is focused on North America, but Wikimedians anywhere in good
standing are welcome to attend for free. The conference will be
free-flowing, with lightning talks, open space sessions and a virtual
lounge space. Attendees must abide by a safe space policy.
How can you get involved?
- Register (for free) to attend and be informed of the latest information -
- Check out the schedule at http://wcna.wiki
- Join the Telegram chat as the "home base" for the latest information
throughout the conference - https://chat.wcna.wiki
Participate in scheduled talks and discussions:
- For Friday or Saturday, sign up to give 5 minute Lightning Talks -
- For Sunday, the Open Sessions are for users to propose editing meetups,
discussions or other activities at - https://program.wcna.wiki
- Join the virtual lounge space to walk around and interact with
participants throughout the conference. We are using Wonder.me (Chrome and
Firefox preferred) for video and audio chat - https://lounge.wcna.wiki
The Friday Culture Crawl focuses on GLAM Wiki and cultural heritage. The
weekend sessions are made of events hosted by partners and original
content, such as an update on activity by North American Affiliates and a
session on the state of the Wikimedia 2030 movement strategy process.
It's not all business - the conference is also designed for social
interaction and fun. The presence of a WikiCheese meetup is rumored but
unconfirmed, and bring your own beverage and munchies for social activity
time. You'll be able to mingle in the various virtual small rooms for
topical chats, or perform at the Sock Puppet Stage or Talk Page Theater.
Hang out with friends old and new in the many zones in the virtual lounge.
For all the conference details: http://wcna.wiki
Register here: http://register.wcna.wiki/
I was so happy to see A's email about a New England Public Domain day
event! I would love to see this happen and we have some ideas from MIT to
contribute (more soon!). It was also a good reminder to send this note, as
I am thinking about the *20th anniversary of Wikipedia,* which will happen
on Friday, January 15th, 2021.
Though we can't gather in person, I'd like to mark the occasion with a
series of talks and events - perhaps formatted as a mini-conference. I've
made a page to propose this -- please add any and all ideas here, and sign
if you'd be interested in attending:
This is just an outline of an idea, so propose anything you'd like to see
(including things for days/times that aren't Jan 15).
Along these same lines - the WikiConference North America crew is
developing a virtual conference for December 11-13, two weeks from now. It
will feature an exploration of open culture sites on Friday, talks on
Saturday, and edit-a-thons on Sunday. Join for any part you can; all are
I hope to see you all virtually very soon!