So after several urgent reminders I expressed in past days in mails and on IRC, that we did not receive anything yet and the tracking still says the transfer has been initiated but the goods not picked up yet, with basically no response, I realized by calling to the FedEx CZ office short time ago (they were very helpful with tracking down the package, they spent about an hour by checking all possibilities), that the sending company did not send the package to us yet with 99% probability (there is still one very complicated way how it could have been send & delivered, but they mentioned, the probability almost equals zero).
Now, this is obviously critical, as it seems we are going to have an event - concert - without anything, which - to be honest - sucks (I apologize, if this word is too dirty or inappropriate, but I don't know any synonym for that, so please pardon me for using of it.) and changes our plans quite a lot.
My idea: Can whoever responsible please find an express carrier that is able to deliver the package on time (because FedEx is not able to, since they have 2-3 days delivery time), please? We are +8 hours from San Francisco, so if there was a company with either 24hrs delivery guarantee and/or the company which delivers on Saturdays as well, it is still doable, if the manufacturer will send it immediately. I am willing to help to it by picking up the package in delivery central storagehouse (as long as it is in Prague or nearby) if delivering to the exact address would require an extra day or so. However the most important is to arrange the overseas transport, which must be done by whoever in USA / SFO.
Can we make it?
Thanks for help!
of Wikimedia Czech republic
We had two events in San Francisco this weekend: the West Coast
WikiConference (http://2011.westcoastwikicon.org) which was organized
by the local meetup group here, and an evening party, which was hosted
by the Foundation. Both were quite successful!
Around 100 people attended the conference throughout the day, which
featured two keynote speakers: Ward Cunningham and Kevin Kelly
(co-founder of Wired magazine). We also had up to 80 people watching a
live stream of the conference. The rest of the day featured breakout
open space sessions, where participants chose the topic of discussion.
Notes from many of these conversations can be found on our wiki,
above. Some highlights of the day were a discussion about video on
Wikipedia and about HTML5 implementation. While most of our attendees
were from California and the local area we did have people from all
over the west coast, the rest of the U.S., and even a couple of
In the evening, we all went over to a local arts space in San
Francisco, where we had food, a cash bar, and a great DJ for a
club-like atmosphere. We had a raffle for prizes, watched the Jimmy
Wales video, and I gave a (very) short speech welcoming and thanking
everyone. Then we cut our massive cake :) We had many invited guests
as well as conference attendees, and the space was decorated with some
beautifully designed signs and posters featuring all the Wikipedia 10
There's a pic of our cake & the conference group here:
Thanks to everyone who helped out with organizing and participating in
these events. It was a great time.
* I use this address for lists; send personal messages to phoebe.ayers
<at> gmail.com *
On January 22, Saturday, Kyoto will cerebrate the Wikipedia 10th anniversary
one week later. The anniversary party consists in academic talk and
say, speech and beer.
We'll fortunately have net connection in the first part and plan to
provide streaming of talks.
The URL will be later announced at [[ten:Kyoto]] and WiKansai wiki.
Besides the above, in the party time, we'll be happy to have you on
skype voice chat.
>From 1730 till 1830 at the local time, 0830 till 0930 at UTC of this Saturday,
if you are available online and say hi to Wikipedians in Kyoto via skype,
please contact me offline by mail.
KIZU Naoko / 木津尚子
member of Wikimedians in Kansai / 関西ウィキメディアユーザ会 http://kansai.wikimedia.jp
As many of you were quite enthusiastic about the Prague event, I want to inform you about the outcome of the event.
The general report can be read on Czech Wikinews, photos are on Wikimedia Commons (see page "Wikipedia 10 Concert Prague"). The concert was quite successful, it had a great atmosphere in a great venue, we were just a little sorry that more people did not come (some 50 to 60 spectators were in the auditorium)... The recordings will be supplied by our hired technician (well - "hired" - at the end, he decided to work for free!) by the end of the week, then we will consult with the artists, which recordings are good and suitable for publishing. I believe that the recordings will be available within a month.
As the last note, we published the special number of our journal Wikimedium (fifth altogether since 2009) for the anniversary and for the event, everyone can download it from www.wikimedium.cz.
Wikimedia Czech Republic
Who should I check with to ensure a package was sent to our event? I sent
this address to Steven Walling, on 4 Jan, then tried to confirm on the 11th,
but I'm sure everyone was busy last week.
Can we get an express delivery somehow? I think people will feel special
with bumpf from Wikipedia and like they are part of an international event.
We have secondary school students, teachers and groups of families coming to
the event. We expect around 75-100 people.
*Please send the package to:
> Fionnula Carter
> County Sligo VEC
> Quay street
> Sligo town, Co. Sligo
See more about Sligo VEC: http://www.sligovec.ie/
*MEXICO JOINED THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF WIKIPEDIA*
Mexico City, January 15, 2011. In a festive atmosphere with an attendance of
over 400 people, the celebration for the first decade of Wikipedia was held
in Mexico, adding to the 411 commemorations made across the globe.
Wikipedians, citizens and journalists gathered at lounge Pasagüero, located
in the historic downtown of Mexico City, to join this global celebration.
Around 18:00 h. on Saturday 15, January 2011. Attendees began to witness the
celebration in Mexico with the documentary *Truth in Numbers? Everything,
According to Wikipedia*, which outlined the birth and evolution of the fifth
most visited site on the Internet.
Then, a welcome video by the founder of Wikipedia and president emeritus of
Wikimedia Foundation, Jimmy Wales, was presented. Wales thanked the
attendees for their participation and urged them to continue to engage with
the world's largest collaborative project.
Thanking citizens who have maintained and sustained this project based on
human knowledge, Wales said: "It's great to see that such donations are
voluntary and each one of the readers can contribute to enlarge them freely.
Unlike a physical encyclopedia, which has a limited number of volumes,
Wikipedia has an unlimited space because it is so infinite as the Internet."
The day went on with interactive conference attendees, offered by Miguel A.
Solís, a wikipedian and a member of the Free Software Foundation (FSF),
followed by Pablo Nieto and Hugo Mercado Chávez Carvajal, from
Conaculta-Joven Alas y Raíces, who spoke about the project Wikidf; then
Cecilia Estrada Borde, a historian by UNAM, addressed the issue of the
benefits of collaborative online education. Finally, the attendees listened
to Jorge Hidalgo, a professor and researcher from Universidad Anáhuac, who
spoke about hypermedia identities, and Iván Martínez from Wikimedia Mexico,
on the benefits of using and participating in Wikipedia, including a
discussion with the audience, with whom he engaged in an exchange of ideas
about the importance of Wikipedia.
During his speech, Iván Martínez, wikipedian and formal organizer of the
Wikipedia 10 event in Mexico, said: "Wikipedia has changed the way you can
organize a organization. We do not receive any payments for editing,
controlling or creating new articles. It's a people's project for the
people." Martínez urged all Mexican citizens to collaborate, with emphasis
for women: "Only three out of 10 wikipedians are women." Finally, Iván urged
everyone: "Please don't be afraid to press the button 'Edit'. Both you and
the whole world have a lot of knowledge, share it."
Also, speakers agreed that one of the main objectives of this project is
that everyone living in the world can have access to a source of easy and
reliable information. "We know there are many people in Mexico who don't
have access even to electricity, a computer or the Internet. This is the
real challenge for those who perform this project. We want knowledge to be
for everyone, without distinction of wealth, creed, ethnic origin,
sex preferences, ideology or country of birth. In Wikipedia all should
participate, it is for everybody", Martínez said to the audience.
Around 22:00 h. on Saturday, January 15, 2011, Jimmy Wales, in a
videoconference from London, England, spoke to attendees at Pasagüero in
Mexico City. "I thank each and every one of you have attended, celebrated,
and follow everyday working with Wikipedia. Only with the support of all
this is possible," said the founder of Wikipedia to the Mexican public. He
added: "Wikipedia demonstrates the power of people like us to do
extraordinary things. Wikipedia is written by people like us, word by word.
People like us provided the funds, donation after donation. It's the proof
of our collective potential to change the way we do things." Iván Martínez
added: "This is another step to concrete the Mexico chapter of Wikimedia, so
that all Mexicans can collaborate with this global project. Mexico is a
strategical country in the continent. Therefore, Mexico will promote
Wikimedia projects, in order to make more people join it; we can all make
contributions to support these projects, as well as helping other
organizations to use the contents of The Free Encyclopedia.
The celebration closed with more than 400 people who celebrated and
danced with the rythm of Sonido Changorama, DaPuntoBeat and the dj set of
Camilo Lara by Instituto Mexicano del Sonido, and finally with sound mixes
by DJ Clapping Hand and VJ The Offland Graphics.
During the following days the upcoming activities in Mexico by Wikimedia
Mexico future chapter will be announced.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Ayoub ELADRAOUI <communication.ayoub(a)gmail.com>
Subject: Wikipedia Anniversary in Rabat, Morocco
Dear Mr Wales,
I am writing you concerning the 10th Anniversary of Wikipedia that we would
like to host in the Capital of Morocco, Rabat.
Below are some infrormation about the event and the organisers:
*What ? *
Discussion on Wikipidea 10 years for the liberty of information
*Format : *
Presentation & Round Table,
JCI <http://www.jci.cc/> Rabat (Jeune Chambre Internationale, UN)
AMEC <http://www.facebook.com/AMEC.ma> (Morccan Association of
between end Jan and Beginning february
Celebrate the 10th Anniversary
Raise Awareness around princples of sharing information : Ex Wiki
Insipire youth to use internet in order to share information about their
ciltures and heritages
ESIG ( A school in Rabat)
and we'll take pro-pictures, and maybe a video of the event
Is there a possibility to recieve the Wikipedia's promotional goodies ?
Thanks a lot in advance
For the Comittee:
Wikimedia Portugal <http://wikimedia.pt>
(351) 963 953 042
*Imagine um mundo onde é dada a qualquer pessoa a possibilidade de ter livre
acesso ao somatório de todo o conhecimento humano. É isso o que estamos a
2011/1/17 Béria Lima <beria.lima(a)wikimedia.pt>
> cross posting because i believe that should be read for everyone who works
> in Fundraising and 10th aniversary
> *Béria Lima*
> Wikimedia Portugal <http://wikimedia.pt>
> (351) 963 953 042
> *Imagine um mundo onde é dada a qualquer pessoa a possibilidade de ter
> livre acesso ao somatório de todo o conhecimento humano. É isso o que
> estamos a fazer.*
> 2011/1/17 Itzik Edri <itzik(a)infra.co.il>
>> Most of the anniversary events are behind us so I finally can seat and
>> write the things I feel during the last week..
>> I'm part of this movement for more than 4 years, and the last 3 months was
>> absolutely amazing.
>> From the most successful fundraising we had to the amazing 10th
>> anniversary events and cover. It's was 3 hard and intensive months for all
>> of us – from the foundation staff, to the chapters and for all our
>> Just to see the amazing cover we got and the amount of the events around
>> the world shown us how strong we are as a movement.
>> Many thanks to the foundation staff, we know all of your work really hard,
>> around the clock, during the fundraising and still working now on the 10
>> th events – supporting each chapter or group with their requests and
>> Many thanks for all the chapters and the groups, who absolutely did a
>> great job. To most of us, who part of the movement as volunteers – to do all
>> that it's really not easy thing while you are doing that on your free time –
>> and lots of time during on your job time.
>> Thanks everyone. It's was a really great months, and I proud to be part of
>> this movement.
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