[Wikimania-l] Wikimania 2013 - Request for Bids and Jury nominations

James Forrester jdforrester at gmail.com
Wed Nov 23 18:47:01 UTC 2011

Dear all,

It's getting towards the end of November, which means it is time to
run the Wikimania bidding process for 2013[0].

Given the traditional absence of a formal system, I'm putting myself
forward as Jury[1] co-ordinator - a non-voting person who helps the
Jury form and Bids get started up, sets the timeline[2], and hopefully
makes sure everything happens smoothly.

In this role, I would like to make two requests:

Firstly, I'm sure the whole Wikimedia community would love to see as
many good bids as possible. There are already a few bids[3] on Meta,
but if you or your local community are thinking about putting one in,
I'd urge you to get started now - there's not much time left before
new bids will not be accepted. Making a good bid for Wikimania can be
a lot of work, but we all benefit from there being a strong field of

Secondly, I would like to invite volunteers to serve on the Wikimania
2013 jury. There is a list of general requirements on Meta[4], but to

* The Jury will have some from the Wikimedia Foundation's Board and
staff alongside the community volunteers;
* You can't be on the Jury if you're closely involved in a Bid (it's a
conflict of interest);
* You need to have some free time during the selection period (January-March);
* We want to represent the community across the different projects and
activities; and
* We of course want a mix of people from a diverse range of
backgrounds, sexes, cultures and regions of the world.

If you wish to be involved in the Jury, please e-mail me (off-list) at
jdforrester at gmail.com - I hope we can announce the Jury in the first
week of December, so please contact me as soon as you can.

Please also consider passing this message on (and translating it!) for
your wiki's community forum for those that don't read these mailing

Thank you, and good luck to all Bids.

[0] - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2013
[1] - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2013/Jury
[2] - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2013/Bids/Timeline
[3] - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2013/Bids
[4] - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_jury

James D. Forrester
jdforrester at wikimedia.org | jdforrester at gmail.com
[[Wikipedia:User:Jdforrester|James F.]]

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