[Wikimedia-l] Selection of winning bid for Wikimania 2014: London

Sarah Stierch sarah.stierch at gmail.com
Wed May 1 17:28:15 UTC 2013

Congratulations to the London team, and great work on all parties for
proposals. It's quite a task, and one that is at times just as emotional
and intensive in actually planning Wikimania.

I look forward to lending a hand with London, and I really look forward to
partying at the Tate Modern ;) (Can we get Kraftwerk to play the

[1] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaLVvju6WZ8

On Wed, May 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM, James Forrester <jdforrester at gmail.com>wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians,
> On behalf of the Wikimania 2014 selection Jury, after review and
> evaluation of the two final bids, we have awarded the conference to
> London. Congratulations to the London team, and to the Arusha team who
> also put forward a solid effort.
> We were concerned this year to see that both bidding teams put forward
> proposals which were costly and complicated, in contrast to the
> Wikimania tradition. The Jury briefly considered re-opening the bid
> for other teams, and asked both bids to present a simpler core budget
> and lower-cost options for attendees.
> The London team took our comments to heart and decreased their core
> budget to 20% of their initial proposal, and have committed to finding
> ways to reduce the cost for community attendees.
> We encourage future bidding teams to not give up their dreams, to keep
> aiming for the stars, but at the same time, to not forget the spirit
> of Wikimedia: a volunteer movement that makes creative use of limited
> resources. We look forward to the proposed Wikimania Committee setting
> out clearer guidelines on these principles.
> The process to bid for hosting Wikimania requires a substantial time
> investment, and we thank both candidate teams for their submissions
> and hard work.
> Yours,
> James Forrester
> Moderator, Wikimania 2014 Jury
> For the Wikimania 2014 Jury
> --
> James D. Forrester
> jdforrester at gmail.com
> [[Wikipedia:User:Jdforrester|James F.]] (speaking purely in a personal
> capacity)
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*Sarah Stierch*
*Museumist, open culture advocate, and Wikimedian*

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