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Wikimania is the official annual conference of the Wikimedia Foundation Topics of presentations and discussions include Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia, other wikis, open-source software, free knowledge and free content, and social and technical aspects related to these topics

Since 2011, the winner of the Wikipedian of the Year award has been announced at Wikimania


  • 1 Overview
  • 2 Conferences
    • 21 2005
    • 22 2006
    • 23 2007
    • 24 2008
    • 25 2009
    • 26 2010
    • 27 2011
    • 28 2012
    • 29 2013
    • 210 2014
    • 211 2015
    • 212 2016
    • 213 2017
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Wikimania conferences
Logo Conference Date Place Attendance Archive of presentations
Wikimania 2005 August 5–7 Frankfurt, Germany 380 slides, video
Wikimania 2006 August 4–6 Cambridge, Mass, United States 400 slides and papers, video
Wikimania 2007 August 3–5 Taipei, Taiwan 440 Commons gallery
Wikimania 2008 July 17–19 Alexandria, Egypt 650 abstracts, slides,video
Wikimania 2009 August 26–28 Buenos Aires, Argentina 559 slides, video
Wikimania 2010 July 9–11 Gdańsk, Poland about 500 slides
Wikimania 2011 August 4–7 Haifa, Israel 720 presentations, video
Wikimania 2012 July 12–15 Washington, DC, United States 1,400 presentations, videos
Wikimania 2013 August 7–11 Hong Kong, China 700 presentations, videos
Wikimania 2014 August 6–10 London, United Kingdom 1,762 presentations, videos
Wikimania 2015 July 15–19 Mexico City, Mexico 800 presentations, videos
Wikimania 2016 June 21–28 Esino Lario, Italy 1200 presentations, videos



Play media "Wikimania – the Wikimentary", Documentary about Wikimania 2005, featuring Jimmy Wales, Ward Cunningham

Wikimania 2005, the first Wikimania conference, was held from 4 to 8 August 2005 at the Haus der Jugend in Frankfurt, Germany, attracting about 380 attendees

The week of the conference included four "Hacking Days", from 1 to 4 August, when some 25 developers gathered to work on code and discuss the technical aspects of MediaWiki and of running the Wikimedia projects The main days of the conference, despite its billing as being "August 4–8", were Friday to Sunday of that week, from 5 to 7 August Presentation sessions were scheduled all day during those three days

Keynote speakers included Jimmy Wales, Ross Mayfield, Ward Cunningham, and Richard Stallman who spoke on "Copyright and community in the age of computer networks" The majority of sessions and conversations were in English, although a few were in German

Sponsors of the event included Answerscom, SocialText, Sun Microsystems, DocCheck de, and Logos Group


Attendees break for lunch, 2006

Wikimania 2006, the second Wikimania conference, was held from 6 to 8 August 2006 at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society in Cambridge in Massachusetts, United States, with about 400–500 attendees

Speakers included Jimmy Wales, Lawrence Lessig, Brewster Kahle, Yochai Benkler, Mitch Kapor, Ward Cunningham, and David Weinberger Dan Gillmor held a citizen journalism unconference the day after

Wales' plenary speech was covered by the Associated Press, and printed in numerous worldwide newspapers He chronicled how the Foundation evolved from him "sitting in his pajamas" to the maturing corporate structure that it is now; the frequent push for quality over quantity; Wikipedia will be included on computers distributed through One Laptop per Child; both Wikiversity and the creation of an advisory board were approved by the Foundation board; and that Wiki-WYG is in development thanks to private investment by Wikia, Inc and Socialtext

Answerscom was the Wikimania 2006 patron sponsor, while Amazoncom, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, Nokia, WikiHow were Benefactors-level sponsors, Wetpaint, Askcom, Yahoo!, and Socialtext were Friends-level sponsors, and IBM, FAQ Farm, Elevation Partners, One Laptop per Child, and the Sunlight Foundation were Supporter-level sponsors of the conference

Three other teams submitted hosting bids, for the cities of London, Milan, Boston, and Toronto; only Toronto and Boston were passed to the second round of consideration by Wikimania organizers In Toronto's case the event would have been hosted in the University of Toronto's Bahen Centre


Chunghwa Telecom press conference, sponsor of Wikimania 2007 in Taipei

As announced on September 25, 2006, Wikimania 2007, the third Wikimania conference, was held from 3 to 5 August 2007 in Taipei, Taiwan It was the first Wikimania event to hold a volunteer training course

Three other teams submitted hosting bids, for the cities of London, Alexandria, and Turin Bids for Hong Kong, Singapore, Istanbul, and Orlando failed to make the shortlist The winner was announced on 25 September 2006

On August 3, 2007, New York Times reporter Noam Cohen reported: "The conference has attracted about 440 attendees, a little more than half from Taiwan, who want to immerse themselves for three days in the ideas and issues that come up making an entirely volunteer-written encyclopedia The workshops cover practical topics like how to collaborate peacefully; what importance to give 'expertise' in a project that is celebrated for allowing anyone to contribute, including anonymous editors"


Group photo after the 2008 closing ceremony

Wikimania 2008, the fourth Wikimania conference, was held from 17 to 19 July 2008 at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt, with 650 attendees from 45 countries Alexandria was the location of the ancient Library of Alexandria

Three proposed cities were in the running at the end, the other two being Atlanta and Cape Town Proposals for Karlsruhe, London and Toronto were also submitted, but later withdrew There was a controversy about the conference, and even a call to boycott Wikimania 2008 because of Egypt's alleged censorship and imprisoning of bloggers during Mubarak's era Mohamed Ibrahim, a graduate of Alexandria University who worked to bring the conference to Alexandria, told the BBC "I think we have the right to develop and to make freedom of expression on a larger scale" One of his goals was to help grow Arabic Wikipedia which he contributes to since early 2005 An Egyptian cabinet minister spoke at the opening ceremonies on Mubarak's behalf


2009 group photo

Wikimania 2009, the fifth Wikimania conference, was held from 26 to 28 August 2009 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with 559 attendees The final selection was made between Buenos Aires, Toronto, Brisbane and Karlsruhe, with the final selection coming down to Buenos Aires and Toronto


Jimmy Wales gives the keynote address at Gdańsk

Wikimania 2010, the sixth Wikimania conference, was held from 9 to 11 July at the Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk, Poland The starting day on July 9 overlapped with the end of the WikiSym academic conference Bids for Amsterdam and Oxford for Wikimania 2010 lost by a small margin

It was the first conference which included a big focus on the cultural aspects of the hosting nation, particularly a concert of a philharmonic orchestra, celebrating the tenth anniversary of the death of the most important contemporary Polish composer Władysław Szpilman and the premiere of the film Truth in Numbers At the conference, Sue Gardner, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, said that the foundation's aim was to grow the number of visitors to Wikimedia sites from 371 million to 680 million a month, over the next five years


Opening session of Wikimania 2011

Wikimania 2011, the seventh Wikimania conference, was held from 4 to 7 August 2011 in Haifa, Israel The conference venue was the Haifa Auditorium and adjoining Beit Hecht cultural center on Mount Carmel Keynote speakers at the conference included Yochai Benkler, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and Joseph M Reagle Jr of MIT, author of Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia Head of the Science and Technology Committee at the Knesset, Meir Sheetrit, also spoke at the conference, as did Yonah Yahav, the Mayor of Haifa One of the sponsors of the event was Haifa University The conference featured 125 sessions in five simultaneous tracks and was attended by 720 Wikimedians from 56 different countries, including some that have no diplomatic relations with Israel

In an interview with Haaretz, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales noted that there had been boycott calls against the conference in Israel, as there had been against having it in Egypt in 2008 He said that despite conflicts among editors on the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and efforts by a pro-Israel group to recruit more Wikipedia editors, he believes Wikipedia articles largely remained neutral on the topic; he stated "NPOV is non-negotiable"

Wikimedia Foundation executive director Sue Gardner spoke to the conference about the Western, male-dominated mind-set characterizing Wikipedia At the end of the August 7 closing ceremony, Jimmy Wales was presented with the first day cover of a special stamp edition issued by the Israeli postal service in honor of Wikipedia's 10th anniversary Among new projects discussed was collaboration with cultural institutions such as galleries, libraries, archives and museums After the conference, participants were offered a free tour of Haifa, Jerusalem, Nazareth or Acre Shay Yakir, outgoing chairman of Wikimedia Israel, said that for Israel, holding the conference in Haifa was like hosting the Olympic Games


2012 group photo

Wikimania 2012, the eighth Wikimania conference, was held from 12 to 15 July 2012 at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, United States, with over 1400 attendees from 87 countries In addition, the US Department of State, in conjunction with Wikimania 2012, hosted a conference labeled Tech@State:WikiGov which focused on "Collaborative knowledge and the use of wikis in the public sector"

Prominent conference themes were the need to update the old and "dowdy" interface with new Wikimedia tools in order to attract and retain more editors and to make Wikimedia sites more inviting and friendly to users, including especially women The Atlantic featured charts displayed at the conference which showed how the number of new administrators has dropped precipitously over the last few years

During the opening plenary founder Jimmy Wales commented on Wikipedia Blackout of January 2012, stating "When I go and visit government officials now, they’re a little bit afraid" However he reiterated Wikimedia’s commitment to political neutrality except regarding "the most serious things that directly impact our work" Wales agreed with keynote speaker Mary Gardiner, co-founder of the Ada Initiative, that Wikimedia had to do more to increase the number of women editors She stated: "As a project of social change, even if it's not an activist project, the Wikipedia community has a responsibility both to its mission and to the people out there in the world to always be on a journey toward diversity — to increase the size of the umbrella of the world"


Play media Wikimania 2013 documentary

Wikimania 2013, the ninth Wikimania conference, was held from 7 to 11 August 2013 at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, with 700 attendees from 88 countries Candidate cities were London UK, Bristol UK, Naples Italy and Surakarta Indonesia

One of the parties for the event was held at the tallest building in Hong Kong, the International Commerce Centre A closing party was held at Shek O Beach Topics discussed included Wikipedia's gender disparity and Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales' proposal for Wikipedia to begin using Secure Socket Layer to encrypt its pages


Wikimania 2014 attendees

Wikimania 2014, the tenth Wikimania conference, was held from 8 to 10 August 2014 at the Barbican Centre in London, England, United Kingdom Bidding officially opened in December 2012 London was chosen in May 2013 as the host city with the only other bid coming from Arusha Tanzania The conference was held from 8–10 August 2014 at the Barbican Centre The keynote address was given by Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International The event was also the first Wikimania addressed by the Wikimedia Foundation's new Executive Director, Lila Tretikov The event was preceded by a two-day hackathon, and a series of fringe events

The conference had five tracks, alongside the annual 'State of the Wiki' round up These were: Social Machines, The future of Education, Democratic Media, Open Scholarship, and Open Data The conference was documented by the television program 60 Minutes in a program titled 'Wikimania'


Play media Wikimania 2015 documentary

Wikimania 2015, the eleventh Wikimania conference, was held from 15 to 19 July 2015 at the Hotel Hilton Mexico City Reforma in Mexico City, Mexico Bidding officially opened in December 2013

Other candidate cities were: Arusha, northern Tanzania; Bali, a province in Indonesia; Cape Town, in South Africa; Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania; Esino Lario, province of Lecco, Lombardy, Italy, and Monastir, in Tunisia Shortlisted were Mexico City, Cape Town and Monastir Mexico City was selected in April 2014

The main venue was the Hilton Mexico City Reforma hotel The organising entity was Wikimedia México, AC, the Mexican local chapter representing the interests and goals of the Wikimedia Foundation


Play media Wikimania 2016 documentary

Wikimania 2016, the twelfth Wikimania conference, took place from 24 to 26 June 2016, with peripheral events from 21-28 June, in the mountain village of Esino Lario, Italy Esino Lario had bid unsuccessfully for the 2015 Wikimania The venue is the first that is not a major city During the event, it was announced that the Wikimedia Foundation's interim Executive Director, Katherine Maher, was appointed permanently


Wikimania 2017, the thirteenth Wikimania conference, is scheduled to be held in Montreal, Canada, from 11 to 13 August 2017

See also

  • Wiki Conference India
  • Wiki Conference USA
  • WikiSym
  • Wikipedian of the Year


  1. ^ a b Main Page – Wikimania 2005 wikimediaorg
  2. ^ a b "The Many Voices of Wikipedia, Heard in One Place" New York Times August 7, 2006 
  3. ^ a b c "In Taipei, Wikipedians Talk Wiki Fatigue, Wikiwars and Wiki Bucks" New York Times Noam Cohen, Saul Hansell ed August 3, 2007
  4. ^ a b James Gleick, Wikipedians Leave Cyberspace, Meet in Egypt, Wall Street Journal, August 8, 2008
  5. ^ 2009 Wikimediaorg
  6. ^ a b Wikimania 2010 site – Attendees wikimediaorg
  7. ^ a b Wikimania 2011 in Haifa
  8. ^ "Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2011–12" WikimediaDC Retrieved 30 April 2013 
  9. ^ "Wikimania 2012" groundreport Retrieved 30 April 2013 
  10. ^ " 2013 attendance figures" wikimediaorg Retrieved March 29, 2015 
  11. ^ " Wikimania 2014" wikimediaorg Retrieved March 29, 2015 
  12. ^ "Il bilancio di Wikimania a Esino: Oltre 1200 presenze, di 70 nazioni" La Provincia di Lecco in Italian 27 June 2016 Retrieved 28 June 2016 
  13. ^ DocCheck Medical Services GmbH "Europe's biggest community for healthcare professionals – DocCheck" DocCheck 
  14. ^ "The neutrality of this article is disputed" Reason Magazine August 15, 2006 
  15. ^ Jimmy Wales' plenary speech at Wikimania 2006 MP3 suploadcom
  16. ^ Wikimania 2006: Sponsors wikimediaorg
  17. ^ a b Wikimania 2007 wikimediaorg
  18. ^ "Volunteer Training 2006" wikimediaorg
  19. ^ "Talk:Wikimania 2007 Bid List" Wikimediaorg
  20. ^ a b Noam Cohen, Wikipedia Goes to Alexandria, Home of Other Great Reference Works, New York Times, July 17, 2008
  21. ^ "Is there a boycott of Wikimania 2008" Los Angeles Times July 2008
  22. ^ "In Egypt, Wikipedia is more than hobby" International Herald Tribune July 21, 2008
  23. ^ Spreading the wiki footprint, BBC, July 23, 2008
  24. ^ "Wikimania" wikimediaorg 
  25. ^ Wikimania 2010 main page wikimediaorg
  26. ^ Wikimania 2011 main page Wikimania2011wikimediaorg Retrieved on April 20, 2012
  27. ^ Avigayil Kadesh July 14, 2011 "Israel hosts Wikimania 2011" mfagovil Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Retrieved October 2, 2011 
  28. ^ a b Levin, Verony August 5, 2011 "Wikimania Conference at Its Peak; Founder Jimmy Wales to Speak Tomorrow" TheMarker in Hebrew Retrieved August 12, 2011 
  29. ^ Editor Aug 7, 2011 "Wikimania 2011-Haifa" University of Haifa Retrieved October 29, 2012 
  30. ^ Wikimania hits Israel as conference opens The Jewish Chronicle 2011-08-05 Retrieved on April 20, 2012
  31. ^ Aliyana Traison, Wikipedia founder: Israel-Palestine is heavily debated, but we're vigilant on neutrality, Haaretz, August 5, 2011
  32. ^ When Knowledge Isn't Written, Does It Still Count, New York Times
  33. ^ Israel Philatelic Federation
  34. ^ Yaron, Oded 2008-04-02 Wikipedia leaders outline their vision as conference opens in Haifa Haaretzcom Retrieved on April 20, 2012
  35. ^ Haifa hosts Wikimania Conference Ynetnewscom 1995-06-20 Retrieved on April 20, 2012
  36. ^ Nicholas Bashour, Wikimania 2012 swan song, Wikimedia website, July 17, 2012
  37. ^ US Department of State Hosts Tech@State:WikiGov Conference, press release issued by US Department of State on July 9, 2012
  38. ^ Wikipedia hits defining moment in social Web era Agence France-Presse, July 14, 2012
  39. ^ Hayley Tsukayama,Wikimania hits DC as Wikipedia faces changes, Washington Post, July 14, 2012
  40. ^ Robinson Meyer, 3 Charts That Show How Wikipedia Is Running Out of Admins, The Atlantic, July 16, 2012
  41. ^ Jennifer Martinez, Wikipedia co-founder: Officials 'afraid' when our site goes dark, The Hill, July 12, 2012
  42. ^ Jason Koebler, Wikipedia Open to Future Blackout Protests of SOPA-Like Bills, US News and World Report, July 12, 2012
  43. ^ Amar Toor, Jimmy Wales, Mary Gardiner address Wikipedia's gender gap at Wikimania conference, The Verge, July 15, 2012
  44. ^ Wikimania 2012 tackles diversity issues, Wikinews, July 14, 2012
  45. ^ Zara, Christopher 19 August 2013 "Wikipedia's Gender Gap Persists: Why Don't More Women Contribute To The Online Encyclopedia" International Business Times Retrieved 29 September 2014 
  46. ^ Chan, Wilfred 9 August 2013 "Wikipedia founder calls for new model of journalism in 'era of Snowden'" CNN Retrieved 29 September 2014 
  47. ^ "Wikimania 2014 London" 
  48. ^ "Announcement on ''Wikimania-l'' mailing list" Listswikimediaorg Retrieved 2014-08-08 
  49. ^ "Wikimania 2014 London" 
  50. ^ Kiss, Jemima 23 July 2013 "Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales explains its mission to be mainstream" The Guardian Guardian Media Group Retrieved 4 November 2013 
  51. ^ a b c "Programme – Wikimania 2014 in London" Wikimedia Foundation Retrieved 12 August 2014 
  52. ^ "Wikimania" cbsnewscom 
  53. ^ "Wikimania 2015 in Mexico" Wikimedia Mexico Retrieved 19 August 2014 
  54. ^ a b "Wikinoticias note about the election of Mexico City as the venue for Wikimania 2015" in Spanish 
  55. ^ a b "Wikimania 2015 bids/Mexico City" wikimediaorg Retrieved March 29, 2015 
  56. ^ Young, Ellie " Announcement regarding Host for Wikimania 2015" Retrieved 19 August 2014 
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  58. ^ "Wikimania 2015 bids/Mexico City" wikimediaorg Retrieved March 29, 2015 
  59. ^ Related links:
    • Ellie Young "Announcement regarding Host for Wikimania 2015" Wikimedia, April 21, 2014
    • Meta page about Wikimania 2015 in Mexico City
    • Note in Wikinews about the election of Mexico City as the venue of Wikimania 2015 Spanish
  60. ^ Wikimania 2016 bids/Esino Lario, retrieved 2015-05-17
  61. ^ https://listswikimediaorg/pipermail/wikimania-l/2015-December/007120html

External links

  • Wikimania at Meta-Wiki, a Wikimedia project coordination wiki

News reports

  • "Worldwide Wikimania" Sean Dodson, The Guardian, August 11, 2005
  • "Rewriting the rule books" Alan Connor, the BBC, August 15, 2005
  • "The Many Voices of Wikipedia, Heard in One Place" Robert Levine, The New York Times, August 7, 2006
  • "Anybody can edit: A weekend of Wikimania" Ian Sands and Jess McConnell, The Boston Phoenix, August 11, 2006
  • "The Neutrality of this Article is Disputed" Katherine Mangu-Ward, Reason, August 15, 2006
  • The China Post – "Wikipedia founder rewards volunteers" Monday, August 6, 2007 – By Dimitri Bruyas
  • "Wikimedia fans meet to discuss Wikimania" Andy Goldberg, Newscomau, July 12, 2012 1:37AM retrieved 2012-07-15
  • "How Kate Middleton’s Wedding Gown Demonstrates Wikipedia’s Woman Problem" Torie Bosch, The Slate posted Friday, July 13, 2012, at 18:12 PM EDT retrieved 2012-07-15
  • "Wikimania hits DC as Wikipedia faces changes" Hayley Tsukayama, The Washington Post, July 14, 2012

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