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Wikimania 2017 press[edit | edit source]

Welcome to the press page for Wikimania 2017! If you are a member of the press and you're interested in covering Wikimania 2017, you can find more information here on media accreditation for the conference, registration, press materials, how to schedule media interviews with spokespeople, and more.

Press accreditation[edit | edit source]

Media credentials are available for Wikimania 2017. Credentials include free registration to all conference days, press room access (Friday only), interview opportunities, and access to the opening ceremony of Wikimania 2017 on Friday, August 11th (the press event for Wikimania 2017). If you're interested in getting a media credential, please contact:

For Canadian media:

Helene Reeves
Reeves & Associés
Office: (450) 656-4420
Mobile: (514) 573-6892
helene@reevescom.ca

For all other media outside Canada:

Wikimedia Foundation
Juliet Barbara
press@wikimedia.org

Media interviews[edit | edit source]

Select spokespeople will be available for interviews leading up to and during the conference. If you're interested in arranging interviews, please email press@wikimedia.org.

Spokespeople[edit | edit source]

Jimmy Wales - founder of Wikipedia

Katherine Maher - Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation

Christophe Henner - Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

Juliet Barbara - Communications Director of the Wikimedia Foundation

Press materials[edit | edit source]

Press releases[edit | edit source]

Brand materials[edit | edit source]

Conference logistics[edit | edit source]

Conference location:

Centre Sheraton Montréal
1201 Boulevard René-Lévesque O
Montréal, QC
H3B 2L7


Press room location: Salon 2, level 2 of the Centre Sheraton Montréal
** the press room is available to registered press from 8:30am - 12:30pm on Friday, August 11, 2017.


Press event:

Opening ceremony - Friday, August 11, 2017 | 9:00 - 10:30am

Room: Centre Sheraton Montreal, Level 4


Guest speakers
Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
Katherine Maher, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation
Christophe Henner, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation
Harout Chitilian,Vice-president of the Executive Committee, City of Montreal
Maureen Clapperton, Director general of the National Library, BAnQ

Frequently Asked Questions[edit | edit source]

What is Wikimania?

Wikimania is the annual conference centered on the Wikimedia projects (Wikipedia and its sister projects) and the Wikimedia community of volunteers. It features presentations on Wikimedia projects, other wikis, free and open source software, free knowledge, and and more. Wikimania 2017 marks the 13th year of the conference.

What is Wikipedia? Wikipedia is the world’s free knowledge resource. It is a collaborative creation that has been added to and edited by millions of people from around the globe since it was created in 2001: anyone can edit it, at any time. Wikipedia is offered in hundreds of languages containing a total of more than 40 million articles. Wikimedia and its sister projects are the largest collection of free knowledge in human history.

What is Wikimedia Canada?

Wikimedia Canada is an independent nonprofit organization committed to the growth, development and distribution of free knowledge in Canada, mainly by supporting the development of content on the Wikimedia projects, including Wikipedia. The organization's work focuses on supporting and engaging Canadian individuals and institutions to collect, develop and disseminate knowledge and other educational, cultural and historical content in all languages of Canada, including Aboriginal languages, under a free licence or in the public domain.

What is the Wikimedia Foundation?

The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that supports and operates Wikipedia and its sister free knowledge projects. Wikipedia is the world’s free knowledge resource, spanning more than 40 million articles across nearly 300 languages. Every month, more than 200,000 people edit Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects, collectively creating and improving knowledge that is accessed by more than 1 billion unique devices every month. This all makes Wikipedia one of the most popular web properties in the world. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants.