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Among the crowd at last year's Wikipedia Day; notice the lightning talks on the whiteboard at left, and the open space grid in colored paper on the wall at right.
Wikipedians presented ideas to improve the encyclopedia as well as make it more accessible to users at the February 2013 meetup in New York City. Panelists (l to r): John Randall, Program Manager, Telecommunications Equality Project @ The Roosevelt Institute; Molly Deblanc, OpenCourseWare Department Liaison, MIT; Lane Rasberry, Wikipedian in Residence, Consumer Reports; Wesley Chen, Program Associate, Open ITP

The Wikipedia Day 12th Birthday Bash NYC was a celebration and mini-conference held on Saturday February 23, 2013, at the Washington Square Campus of New York University. It's hosted by NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and also supported by Wikimedia New York City, Free Culture @ NYU and other Free Culture Alliance NYC partners. It will be held at the NYU Tisch Interactive Telecommunications Program building (ITP), located at 721 Broadway, between Waverley Place and Washington Place.

NOTE: The northbound R will not stop at 8th Street - New York University station, the closest subway station to the location. As usual it will serve Union Square seven blocks away. People coming from north will not be affected. The closest station with full service will be Astor Place (IRT Lexington Avenue Line) on the 6 line. The A, C or E or the D and F will stop as usual at West 4th Street–Washington Square station which is also nearby.

The NYC celebration is one of a number of Wikipedia Day being held in the United States and worldwide.

See our past years' local celebrations at Wikipedia Day 2010 NYC, Wikipedia Day 2011 NYC and Wikipedia Day 2012 NYC.

You can register for the Wiki-Conference here—which can also be linked as bit.ly/wikidaynyu.

Event format[edit]

Participation (and pizza and cake!) will be free, with room for ~100 participants, who should bring a photo ID for the door. All are welcome, and we are especially interested in seeing newcomers to join the experienced Wikipedians/Wikimedians. We also hope for the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from cultural institutions interested in developing Open Education projects.

In addition to the party, the event will be a modified unconference, with dedicated plenary sessions (organized on this wiki), lightning talks to the whole assembly, and of course open space sessions (including an open space 'education track'). The Lightning Talks and Open Space will be determined during the event itself, so it will be good to bring your ideas with you.

There is wifi access, and we will give you the log in details on-site. Projectors will also probably be available for use by the various presenters.

Schedule of sessions[edit]

10:00-10:15 Intro Remarks
10:15-10:30 Intro to Open Space
10:30-11:00 Open Space Open Space Open Space Education Track
11:00-12:30 Panel A
Wikipedia Campus Ambassador Program
Lunch (pizza from Francesco's Pizzeria on West 4th)
1:00-2:00 Panel B
Free Culture Aliance
2:00-2:30 Open Space Open Space Open Space Education Track
2:30-3:30 Lightning Talks
Views from Wikipedians and Everyone Else
3:40-4:10 Open Space Open Space Open Space Education Track
4:20-4:50 Open Space Open Space Open Space Education Track
5:00-5:30 Open Space Open Space Open Space Education Track
Dinner and Party till 9
(Parmigiana, salads and pasta), cake, art, puzzles, quizzes, discussion, and bonus sessions)

Panel Sessions[edit]

Panel Session A: Wikipedia Campus Ambassador Program: Educational outreach with a focus on activities of Wikipedia Campus Ambassadors, Online Ambassadors and participating instructors and courses at New York area universities;


  • Ann Matsuuchi, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY User:Mozucat:


Panel Session B: Free Culture Alliance Panel: Exploring the intersection of free culture and wiki culture, and the role that free culture plays in facilitating a robust and generative and participatory information ecosystem (like Wikipedia!).


  • Jennifer Baek, Free Culture @ New York Law School; Conference Coordinator, Students for Free Culture.


  • Wesley Chen, Program Associate, Open ITP
  • Molly Deblanc,OpenCourseWare Department Liaison, MIT
  • John Randall, Program Manager, Telecommunications Equality Project @ The Roosevelt Institute
  • Lane Rasberry,Wikipedian in Residence, Consumer Reports

Lightning Talks[edit]

This could be you giving a "Lightning Talk" ; from last year's Wikipedia Day.
Add your 5-minute lightning talk topic you can personally present, about wiki topics or anything Free Culture-related. (actual schedule for lightning talks will be determined the day of). Last-minute entries always accepted!

Open Space Sessions[edit]

Add ideas you will bring for open space and sign up below (actual schedule for open space will be determined the day of). Last-minute entries always accepted!
Will be there. Peter.Ctalkcontribs 22:24, 9 January 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Education Track[edit]

A specialized section of the Open Space Sessions for the Wikipedia Campus Ambassador Program.
  • Hands-on workshop for the education program
  • Committee governance of classes and activities in the New York City area
Suggested additional topics:
update on the overall progress of the program
recruitment for additional classes DGG ( talk ) 04:44, 23 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]


Slice of Wiki-Cake, anyone?
Add your awesome evening party ideas.
  • Wiki-Desserts: Wiki-Cake, Wiki-Cookies?
  • -The annual wiki-trivia game show, to be determined.-User:Mitchazenia
  • -wiki-poutine: cheese curds in the shape of wikipedia puzzle pieces and the rest is made up of the original recipe.
  • -Enact a Wikipedia NYC version of the Harlem Shake to be recorded and uploaded to YouTube? I'll bring my Tanooki Suit if we get enough people! -- *Sidepocket (Sidepocket {talk})

Keep me notified! and registration[edit]

You can sign up for Wikipedia Day NYC at the off-wiki registration here.

The following Wikipedians/Wikimedians have expressed an interest in attending:

  1. When it comes to ordering the pizza and dinner, I should be present. Mitch32(Victim of public education, 17 years and counting) 19:27, 20 December 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  2. I'll be there!--Pharos (talk) 19:34, 20 December 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Blue Rasberry (talk) 19:38, 20 December 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Ocaasi t | c 19:48, 20 December 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  5. You goddamn better believe I'll be there. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 20:17, 20 December 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Peter.Ctalkcontribs 22:10, 20 December 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  7. Yep! A fluffernutter is a sandwich! (talk) 22:39, 20 December 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Assuming that nothing else comes up in the mean time. T. Canens (talk) 01:44, 21 December 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  9. DGG ( talk ) 09:03, 21 December 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  10. as always :) --Aude (talk) 17:25, 21 December 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  11. Jim.henderson (talk) 02:22, 24 December 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  12. Mozucat (talk) 19:38, 27 December 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  13. The evening is Purim, so I might not be able to come, or I might have to leave early.- Mblumber (talk)
  14. In my calendar. Wwwhatsup (talk)
  15. This is always a lot of fun; I'll be there for the first few hours :) Invertzoo (talk) 13:31, 2 January 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  16. Planning on attending at least part of the day. Jweiss11 (talk) 23:57, 3 January 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  17. RoyGoldsmith (talk) 19:44, 4 January 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  18. --DThomsen8 (talk) 16:00, 5 January 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  19. I'll try to come from Boston. GabrielF (talk) 23:06, 5 January 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  20. Wouldn't miss it! Outis010 (talk) 03:28, 7 January 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  21. I'll be there; driving in from DC. If anyone in the DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia or otherwise en route areas wants a ride, let me know. I have space for 2-3 other people. Emw (talk) 02:36, 15 January 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  22. I may even qualify as of those newcomers who seem to be in demand. — daranzt ] 20:23, 16 January 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  23. I remember fondly meeting my fellow WPers at meetups I attended in the past, including a few I organised long ago. Perhaps I may be able to attend again and enjoy the conviviality.--ColonelHenry (talk) 18:18, 2 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  24. I generally try not to miss this one. Daniel Case (talk) 05:15, 3 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  25. This'll be my first meetup, but when the meetup comes to within 2 blocks of my front door, I'm really out of excuses. RayTalk 04:21, 5 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  26. Why not. Hotcop2 (talk) 18:36, 5 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  27. Will put it on the calendar.-- Patrick, oѺ 03:26, 11 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  28. Will try. — Dispenser 04:29, 13 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  29. Yurik (talk) 12:27, 13 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  30. Courcelles 20:13, 13 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  31. +1 excited newcomer! Thomas Craven (talk) 21:42, 13 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  32. So near, gotta be there. Ccyber5 (talk) 07:31, 16 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  33. I think I can make this one. Kafziel Complaint Department: Please take a number 15:27, 17 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  34. I'm signed up on the offsite registration, but I'll be there. Protonk (talk) 03:10, 19 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  35. Planning to come from DC. Haven't figured out details. --Econterms (talk) 20:52, 20 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  36. Signed up as soon as it was announced.-Scottandrewhutchins (talk) 22:24, 20 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  37. Antony–22 (talkcontribs) 07:01, 21 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  38. Planning to present a lightning talk and excited to be there! KallosEsq (talk) 19:04, 21 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  39. Jeremyb (talk) 19:08, 21 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  40. Becksguy (talk) 05:10, 22 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  41. EdJohnston (talk) 07:02, 22 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  42. I'll try to make it.--Tomwsulcer (talk) 16:18, 22 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  43. I'll be there, looking foward to it! LoreMariano (talk) 21:02, 22 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  44. Longtime fan, newbie contributor inetplumber (talk) 21:28, 22 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  45. dm (talk) 20:12, 23 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]


  1. Sorry, it's the wife's birthday. Probably best to avoid the "Happy Birthday; enjoy the day alone!" speech. Arg342 (talk) 14:14, 9 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Very much to my regret, I will miss this year's conference because I'll be out of the country next week. Newyorkbrad (talk) 02:02, 11 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Another one I've got no chance of attending. An eye doctor appointment on Thursday means no drives from Florida to NYC before then. ---------User:DanTD (talk) 16:02, 20 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  4. I wish -- Sorry! -- kosboot (talk) 22:13, 20 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  5. Apologies, I planned to attend but woke up feeling quite lousy today. Sorry. ResMar 14:59, 23 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  6. I'm a New Yorker, but can't you guys start doing Sunday meetups? NintendoFan (Talk, Contribs) 08:22, 5 December 2013 (UTC)[reply]


The webcast is archived at http://livestre.am/4m0fB . It is over 7 hours long, but it can be fun and rewarding to just to drop in randomly on the timeline. Big thanks to Jennifer Baek (and her dad) for use of their Mac. There is a short missing piece where the Internet went down at the end of the Lightning talks. I do have separate HD video, and I may post a few presentations on YouTube later. Feel free to request on my talk page. Wwwhatsup (talk) 01:01, 25 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Hey thanx for doing this.--Tomwsulcer (talk) 02:21, 25 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
Ditto, thanks so much for putting this up. Was there a part missing at the end of the morning panel as well? I was looking for Ben's and Prof. Bjork-James's presentations (should have started around 02:27...). Glad most of it was captured though. Will parts of this be uploaded to the Commons later? Greatly appreciated, Mozucat (talk) 21:31, 27 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
Right. Let me have a look for that. Wwwhatsup (talk) 16:38, 6 March 2013 (UTC)[reply]

HD Video[edit]

Manhattan Neighborhood Network[edit]

An edited version of Panel Session A was screened on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network's Ch.2 (TWC56|RCN83|FiOS34) on Wednesday March 13 2013 at 2-3pm EDT. Wwwhatsup (talk) 05:54, 12 March 2013 (UTC)[reply]