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WikiConference North America

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WikiConference North America
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WikiConference North America is the annual conference of Wikimedia enthusiasts and volunteers in the United States, Canada and Mexico. This year's conference will take place in Montreal on August 9-10 as a pre-conference to Wikimania 2017 on August 11-13. An exciting program includes a Culture Crawl, photo drive, speakers, lightning talks, and more.

Official WCNA program →

Registration and check-in

  • Registration for WikiConference North America is done through Wikimania's registration system. While online registration closed on July 31st, registration is available on-site beginning Tuesday evening. If you have registered for Wikimania, you are welcome to attend WikiConference North America's activities.
  • Check-in is available August 8, 9, 10 at the Sheraton headquarters (Le Centre Sheraton Montreal). Here, you'll receive your lanyard, name badge, etc. which you'll need in order to participate in WCNA events.


We invite you to submit a proposal for a workshop, seminar, tutorial, panel, or presentation! Programming will take place on Day 2 of the pre-conference, August 10.

If you are presenting at Wikimania 2017, but would also like to present at WikiConference North America, we still encourage you to submit a proposal; there will be many concurrent tracks at Wikimania, and presenting twice will allow you to reach more people who may otherwise miss out on your presentation.

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Presentation types

Type Description Length
Panel A facilitated discussion among three or more speakers on a pre-selected topic. 30–45 min.
Workshop A facilitated group-wide discussion or hands-on tutorial/work session on a pre-selected topic. 30–75 min.
Presentation A presentation on any topic within the themes covered by the conference. 15–30 min.
Unconference Lightning talk, open space, and other informal formats. Various

Proposal themes

  • Advocacy & Outreach
  • Technology & Infrastructure
  • Education and Academic Engagement
  • Community
  • GLAM

Wiki Culture Crawl

Canadian Architecture Collection tour group at McGill University McLennan Library.jpg

Each WikiConference North America hosts a Culture Crawl - a day-long event where we collaborate with local museums, libraries, and cultural institutions to host free backstage tours, edit-a-thons, and more. These crawls are a fantastic opportunity for conference attendees to experience the local culture, as well as collaborate with local institutions to improve Wikipedia.

This year's Culture Crawl was held on Day 1 of the pre-conference, August 9. There was free access and events with the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) and McGill University. At the BAnQ-Vieux, we held an edit-a-thon, where Wikimedians utilized the Archive's resources to improve Wikipedia's coverage of Canadian women. We ended the day with an evening reception.

Check out our one pager on the event.

Learn more →

Photo drive

This large gathering of Wikimedians presents a great opportunity to help photograph and cover Montreal on the Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia, and Wikidata. The goal: photograph notable buildings and historical sites (both inside and out), as well as photographing the artifacts and works found with our Culture Crawl collaborators (such as the century-old works provided by the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec. Prizes will be available, with more details to come.

Learn more →


Plans are still developing, and we welcome you to sign up, expressing your interest in volunteering or attending. Although this is a regional-oriented conference, all participants are welcome.

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