As I've never been to a Wikimania, how much space do they take up? I was reading http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2011/Bids/Montr%C3%A9al#Venue and it seemed like they had a fairly large amount of space. The Bay has plenty of large spaces, that isn't the issue, but getting them, costs and all the other logistics would be.
Previously there has been some talk of doing a West Coast Wiki-Conference. Much smaller than Wikimania, but bigger than our meetup (more to the tune of RCC). Maybe we should consider doing something like that for early 2011 and use it a dry run for a Wikimania bid of 2012.
I'm willing to help be it 2011 or 2012 bid. I think 2011 could be done, but someone really would need to pick up the torch and run like hell, though I'd think 2012 is probably better.
How far ahead do we have to talk to convention venues to get space in
this area? I would think they need a loooong lead time.
Στις 27-01-2010, ημέρα Τετ, και ώρα 14:59 -0800, ο/η phoebe ayers
> On Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 2:50 PM, George Herbert
> <email@example.com> wrote:
> > I would think that properly planning a proposal for something like
> > this would take a lot more than 2 weeks - I've done conference and
> > convention organization work before, and even the rough plan for a
> > proposal took more than 2 weeks, including finding and getting
> > preliminary agreements with venues etc.
> Agreed! To clarify: Feb 8 is just the deadline to put down the city
> name as a possibility. You then have until March 29 to work up the
> full bid (with team and venue information, etc). Two *months* is still
> a tight timeline for the amount of information required, though.
> > The 2012 proposal would be more reasonable, on the basis of having a
> > year to get a team and proposal ready to go.
> > However, if someone here wants to go gung-ho for 2011 as a practice
> > run or if you think you could actually pull a credible proposal
> > together that fast, more power to you. It would be a good excuse for
> > some gettogethers at least...
> Indeed :)
> I have worked on planning Wikimania for several years now -- so if
> anyone has questions about this feel free to ask me directly. Note,
> I'm not personally committing :) -- but I thought I'd find out if
> there was any community interest (or pent-up desire!) to host
> -- phoebe
> > -george
> > On Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 10:14 AM, phoebe ayers <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> >> Hi all,
> >> I was asked if the SF-area Wikimedia group had any interest in putting
> >> in a bid for Wikimania 2011:
> >> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2011
> >> The deadline to do so is February 8 -- two weeks away (just to list
> >> the bidding city's name; the deadline for full bid info is March 29).
> >> If that's too hard, there's an unofficial page for 2012 already as
> >> well: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2012
> >> If you don't know what Wikimania is, see
> >> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania or
> >> http://en.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania.
> >> What do y'all think?
> >> -- phoebe
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