Wikimania 2022: the Festival edition brings together Wikipedia volunteers from all over the world

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For Virtual and In-Person Celebrations of Free Knowledge

From August 11-14, the 120 conference sessions will feature Wikimedia volunteers, partners, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Wikimedia Foundation CEO Maryana Iskander

Each year, hundreds of Wikimedians – the volunteers who make the Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects possible – come together to celebrate free knowledge at the annual Wikimania World Conference. Now in its 17th edition, the conference is different this year than in the past. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shape global gatherings, Wikimania 2022 is, for the first time, a hybrid event with opportunities for attendees to come together virtually and in person across more than 40 events around the world .

Taking place August 11-14, this year’s conference is co-hosted by Wikimedia volunteers and the Wikimedia Foundation, the global non-profit organization that supports the Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects.

The conference program includes more than 120 sessions on a wide range of global topics, including the annual Wikimedian of the Year awards, presented by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. The awards recognize volunteers who have gone above and beyond for their contributions to Wikimedia projects and the broader free knowledge movement.

The conference has been designed with global inclusion at the forefront, including a time zone-friendly program, simultaneous live translation of sessions in 13 languages, and thousands of attendees expected from around the world, a majority of whom are expected to be newcomers. on Wikipedia and Wikimedia Projects.

“This year’s Wikimania will be a celebration of the depth and diversity of our global communities,” said Maryana Iskander, CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation. “Wikimedia projects provide access to trusted information in more languages ​​than any other platform or movement in the world. Wikimania is an opportunity to recognize this work and to continue building – not just imagining – a world in which every human being can freely share the sum of all knowledge.

The theme of this year’s conference is “The Festival Edition”. After more than two years of isolation and uncertainty amid the global pandemic, this year’s Wikimania is meant to spark lightness, fun and joy. The theme encourages Wikimedians to foster closer ties with each other and celebrate what the free knowledge movement can achieve next.

Saturday August 13 is the day of the conference which will highlight programming from across the African continent at a time zone suitable for those in the region. Highlights of the program include a traditional South African dance festival, a celebration of Africa through the cultural heritage of the Igbo tribe of Nigeria, a session highlighting the participation of young people, including African youth, to the Wikimedia movement, a discussion of the strides Nigerian volunteers have taken to address climate issues through Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects, and a look back at African Library Week. Alongside the virtual program, more than 40 in-person events will take place around the world, hosted by local Wikimedia affiliate groups. These events include virtual conference watch parties, meetups, a Wiki World Fair, hackathons, edit-a-thons, and cultural celebrations.

Venus Lui, Wikipedia volunteer and member of the Wikimania 2022 core organizing team, said, “I look forward to four days that strengthen and celebrate our growing array of content and our community of volunteer editors. It will also be an opportunity to dive deeper into the many projects the community is working on to make free knowledge more accessible and available than ever before – including the latest ways we’re evolving our technology and programs to fill knowledge gaps. knowledge.

Wikimania 2022 Highlights:

  • The Wikimedian of the Year Awards, led by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. The award recognizes outstanding movement volunteers in seven categories.
  • A panel discussion discussing examples of knowledge as a service and knowledge equity, the two pillars of strategic direction to guide the future of the Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects. Panelists include:
    • Maryana Iskander, CEO, Wikimedia Foundation (moderator)
    • Guillaume Paumier, Senior Program Manager, Wikimedia Foundation (moderator)
    • Dr. Nkem E. Osuigwe, Director of Human Capacity Development and Training for African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA)
    • Olga Paredes, a Bolivian Wikimedian working for knowledge equity
    • Lydia Pintscher, Product Manager, Wikidata
  • Sessions assessing the impact of the Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects on the rest of the world, particularly with regard to human rights, climate issues and the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Interested participants are invited to consult the full conference program and to register at Wikimania.

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