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Submission no. 2045 Subject - C10
Title of the submission

Bringing Wikimedia conferences to the next level – Experiences and learnings from three years of organizing

Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)


Author of the submission

Cornelius Kibelka (WMDE) & Nicole Ebber (WMDE)

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In 2015, the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Deutschland jointly agreed to host the conference of the Wikimedia movement, the Wikimedia Conference, for three years in a row in Berlin, Germany. The Wikimedia Conference is the annual meeting of all Wikimedia organizations as well as other committees to discuss the future of the Wikimedia movement in terms of collaboration, structures and organizational development.

The agreement between the Foundation and WMDE gave us the chance to plan the conference with a long-term perspective, both in terms of logistics and program, and, more importantly, gave us as well the chance to link the 2015, 2016 and 2017 conferences to each other and improve it every year from the learnings of the previous conferences.

We also established links between the Wikimedia Conference and other movement conferences, because we think that Wikimedia events should be linked and integrated in a wider range of events, and not be “one shots”, siloed events. Finally, we brought the conference to a next level, with making it more productive, more outcome-oriented and more sustainable.

In this session, we would like to highlight the important learnings and experiences from the Wikimedia Conference. We will show what we have learned, what worked and what did not. We want to highlight what other movement conferences can learn from the Wikimedia Conference in terms of program design and logistics, and would like to propose a model for future system of conferences in the Wikimedia movement.

Together with other movement conference organisers and thought leaders we aim to improve our general conferences experiences and outcomes jointly, because we strongly believe in the power of being learning partners in the movement.

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  • WikiCulture & Community
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25 minutes

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