Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC/Wikipedia Day 2018

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Wikipedia Day 2018
When and Where
Date:Sunday, January 14, 2018
Time:10:00 am – 6:30 pm EST
Address:Ace Hotel
20 W. 29th Street
New York, NY 10001

The Wikipedia Day 2018 NYC was an all day celebration and mini-conference held on Sunday, January 14, 2018, hosted by Wikimedia New York City at the Ace Hotel in Manhattan. This Wikipedia Day celebrated Wikipedia's 17th birthday and we had about 150 attendees joining conversations about Wikimedia and allied projects presented by Free Culture Alliance NYC partners.

See videos at the Internet Society's own video page!

Please sign your name below with your Wikipedia account to register so that we can plan catering! Alternatively, register with Ace Hotel if you do not have a Wikipedia account, but you can create an account easily now if you like! Please see last year's schedule and recorded sessions if you need to see examples of what sorts of talks will happen this year!

You are encouraged to add your own contributions, so sign up for a lightning talk and/or for an open space session.

Event details[edit]

  • Date: Sunday, January 14, 2018
  • Time: 10:00 am – 6:30 pm
  • Location: Ace Hotel, Lower Level and Lobby, 20 W. 29th Street, New York, NY 10001 40°44′45″N 73°59′18″W / 40.7458°N 73.9882°W / 40.7458; -73.9882
  • Access: Please enter and use hotel entrance (not restaurant entrance)
Transit details

  • Participation: Participation (food and cake!) will be free, with room for ~100 participants
  • Welcome: All are welcome. 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. All attendees must agree to follow our Friendly Space Policies.
  • Wifi: There is wifi access, and we will give you the log in details on-site. N.B. Projectors will also probably be available for use by the various presenters.
  • Food: Ace Hotel's own restaurant The Breslin will provide a coffee, bagel, and fruit breakfast and a lunch suitable for vegans and omnivores. And it wouldn't be much of a birthday without cake, so we'll have plenty of that too.
  • Facebook: ---
  • Twitter: #WikipediaDay
  • Video Livestream: Livestream | Facebook simulcast
  • Video archive: (will be uploaded to Commons once converted to ogv)


Wikipedia Day 2018 will be a modified unconference, with dedicated plenary sessions (organized on this wiki), lightning talks to the whole assembly, and open space sessions. The Lightning Talks and Open Space will be determined during the event itself, so bring your ideas with you.


There are open rooms! The conference will feature opportunities for you or anyone else to speak on stage to all attendees and invite a small group to a breakout sessions to discuss any topic which matters to you! This is an interactive event so plan to participate!

The event will be in four areas on the lower level of Ace Hotel New York:

  • Liberty Hall is the main space for all plenary sessions. The Internet Society will livestream and record all talks here. See keynotes and panel sessions in this track.
  • Commons Bar, a breakout, chill space
  • Board Room, a breakout room with table for 15 people to have a focused discussion
  • The upstairs Lobby is an additional option for break-out spaces for small groups.


Liberty Hall Board Room Commons Bar
9:30 am Doors open and Welcome!
10:00 am – 10:15 am Calls for open space proposals
Propose a 30-minute discussion or presentation!
Coffee time, bagels and muffins
10:15 am – 10:30 am Welcome from Wikimedia NYC
Post open space proposals to schedule
10:30 am – 10:55 am Outreach campaign panel (open)
11:00 am – 11:50 am Keynote presentation: Jason Scott from and Internet Archive
12:00 pm – 12:55 pm Education panel Introduction to Wikipedia (chill space)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm LUNCH
2:00 pm – 2:50 pm Cultural Partners panel (chill space)
3:00 pm – 3:25 pm Reaching all languages Yuri Astrakhan presents Wiki Tech!
3:30 pm – 3:55 pm Lightning talks I
4:00 pm – 4:25 pm Jackie Koerner presents implicit bias Open Space: Wikipedia's Role in Free Culture and Net Neutrality
4:30 pm – 4:55 pm Andrew Lih presents Wikidata! Open Space: Paid Editing and COI
5:00 pm – 5:25 pm What's Wrong with Online Communities? Open Space: Copyright and Wikipedia
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Lightning Talks II and Closing

Panel sessions[edit]

Outreach Campaign Panel
Keynote Presentation
Outreach campaign panel

When Wikipedians plan outreach, which groups do we target for the most impact and why? Hear from three of the most successful outreach campaigns!

Keynote presentation — Jason Scott from and Internet Archive
Education Panel
Wikitongues Presentation
Education panel — moderator Ryan McGrady

Students edit Wikipedia too! Instructors and students will speak up in this panel to describe how they use Wikimedia projects in the classroom.

Reaching all languages

NYC has the greatest language diversity in the world. What projects can people in NYC support to increase the availability of information in all languages?

Cultural Partners Panel
Cultural partners panel

A panel with Wikipedians in residence sharing how they support their organization's wiki efforts. How do partnerships like these work?

Yuri Astrakhan presents Wiki Tech!
Implicit Bias Presentation
Jackie Koerner presents implicit bias
Wikidata Presentation
Andrew Lih presents Wikidata!
Race and Online communities

We point to our friendly space policy then have an expert presenter speak about being nice online!

Lightning talks[edit]

Add your 5-minute lightning talk topic here!
Present a brief talk about wiki topics or anything free culture-related. Actual schedule for lightning talks will be determined the day of event. Lighting talks with active discussions can break out into Open Space sessions!

Open space sessions[edit]

Add your open space topic here!

  • Notability and inclusion(ism)--Pharos (talk) 16:18, 11 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Promotionalism and conflict of interest, including paid editing DGG ( talk ) 02:15, 13 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Wikidata, its limitations, and its possibilities--Pharos (talk) 02:22, 30 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I have a scheduling conflict in the morning through mid-day, but will attend the last couple of hours, and would be glad to give an open space talk. Topic TBA. Newyorkbrad (talk) 22:44, 5 January 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Copyright and intellectual property issues
  • Role of Wikipedia/Wikimedia in a free and open internet
  • Wikipedia introductory workshop (for newbies)
  • An updated version of my presentation on how Wikimedians can lower the environmental impact of their wiki-related activities, now that I've seen Lukas Mezger's presentation on the Sustainability Initiative at last year's Wikimania. Daniel Case (talk) 21:59, 11 January 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Livestream and media[edit]

  • Simulcast:
  • Koerner, Jackie (25 January 2018). "I celebrated Wikipedia Day with Wikimedia NYC".

Past Wikipedia Days[edit]

To give you an idea of the range of activities and sessions:

External links[edit]

Sign up[edit]

Ace Hotel
To sign up for this event: Log in or create an account.

Don't have a Wikipedia account? Sign-up with our partners at the Ace Hotel.

Remote participation[edit]


  • sheridanford (talk) 11:56, 31 December 2017 (UTC). I'll be traveling to Mexico that day. If i could pull it together, could I share a video as a lightning talk? Learned so much more this year from hosting WikiEdu courses snd from my own editing.Reply[reply]
  • out of town for the holiday weekend :( Aude (talk) 16:17, 6 January 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Stuck in Florida with two types of doctors appointments next week. No way I could possibly make it. ---------User:DanTD (talk) 02:58, 13 January 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • ɱ (talk) · vbm · coi) 15:49, 13 January 2018 (UTC) Likely won't happen anymore due to sudden illness. Family and/or friends might try to attend anyway?Reply[reply]

Possible attendees[edit]

Likely attendees[edit]