Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2006-04-10/Wikimania report
Introduction to a series: Looking forward to Wikimania 2006
A Signpost series
|Apr. 17||Three years of meetups|
|Apr. 24||About Wikimania|
|May 1||Community involvement|
|May 8||Retrospective: 2005|
|May 15||Retrospective: 2005 pt.2|
|May 22||2006 themes|
|May 29||2006 project content|
|Jun. 5||Other international meetups|
|Jun. 12||Wikimania speakers|
|Jun. 19||Hacking Days|
|Jun. 26||Wikimania speakers II|
|Jul. 3||Posters and updates|
|Jul. 10||Wikimania panels|
|Jul. 17||Wikimania workshops|
|Jul. 24||Wikimania events|
|July 31||Wikimania last minute information|
|Aug. 7||Wikimania highlights|
|Aug. 14||Wikimania report and wrapup|
|Aug. 28||Other August wiki conferences|
This August, hundreds of Wikipedians from around the world will gather in Cambridge, Massachusetts – along with academics, teachers, technologists, and archivists – for a global meetup and Wikimedia conference. This will be the largest meetup to date, hosted on the Harvard and MIT campuses. The Signpost will cover issues relating to the conference in a series on meetups and international Wikimedia gatherings.
This week, the Signpost begins a series on Meetups and Newsworthy International Assemblages (M.A.N.I.A.) documenting preparations for Wikimania 2006, the second annual international Wikimedia Conference. The series will look back on last year's inaugural Wikimania, and ahead to this year's events, attendees and speakers; culminating in August with detailed reports from the event. It will also provide context for the event, documenting other international gatherings, related wikiprojects, and Wikipedia meetups since the project's inception.
About Wikimania 2006
Wikimania will be held in Cambridge from August 4 to August 6. Presentations and events will be held primarily at Harvard Law School, with outings into Boston and the surrounding area. In the three days leading up to the conference, there will be a smaller Hacking Days event for developers, at the MIT Media Lab.
More information about the event may be found on the planning pages on Meta, and the still-developing conference website and FAQ. There is also a Wikimania discussion list; it is currently low-volume, with a few emails a week.
The Wikimania program will consist primarily of workshops, tutorials, panels, poster displays, and presentations submitted by community members. This is the last week to submit a proposal for a tutorial or workshop. Submitting a proposal for a session involves registering with the conference software, and describing the proposed session in a few hundred words.
The Signpost hopes that this series will help the Wikipedia community become more aware of meetups around the world, and the joys of in-person gatherings and events, as well as the events planned for Wikimania itself.
Next week — The history of Wikipedia meetups.