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From Wikimania 2012 • Washington, D.C., USA
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Wikimedia Meetups are planned or spontaneous gatherings of Wikimedians to discuss ideas, collaborate on articles, create a new wikiproject, meet new people or just simply be. This page is for coordinating, and eventually archiving, meetups at Wikimania 2012. It is referenced in the conference program and where folks will be sent for updates on Meetups.

Have an idea for a meetup that you think others will enjoy as well?

Add it to the list below and create a page on this wiki with more information.

Please keep these pages updated as you're able to arrange location, times, and other details.

See also Pre-conference.

Organizing a meetup

There are tips available on Wikipedia for organizing meetups. However, the idea is relatively simple, get a group of Wikimedians together who share a common interest or quality into a room together and discuss said interest or quality. Connecting that discussion to the world of Wikimedia is a nice bonus, but community building for the sake of community is fine too.

Keep in mind

  • There will be a designated gathering place - details coming soon. Note that this place is just for gathering and not for holding the meeting. You are responsible for finding your own room to use for the actual meetup.
  • The rooms used for Wikimania workshops and activities are not available after 7:00pm.
  • Not everyone can get into bars or pay for a complete restaurant meal - please be respectful and accommodating of all interested participants.
  • Any meetups violating the spirit of conference civility, wikietiquette and Wikimedia Foundation policies will not be tolerated.
Evening - after group tours
Morning break - 10:20-10:50
Coffee break - 14:30-15:10
Evening - after 16:30
Early morning break - 10:00-10:30
Lunch break - 13:30-14:30
Evening - after group photo disperses at 17:30
Wiki Unconference! - all day

Adding a meetup

Anyone can use this example to add your event, in ascending order of starting time, to the appropriate list below:

===Example Meetup===
*[[Meetup|More details]]

Be sure to link to the wikipage you've created on this wiki (or elsewhere if you have already created one). If hosted on this wiki, please add it to the [[Category:Meetups]].


Wikimedians from Central and Eastern Europe


Travel Guide

  • Doc James
  • Date and time: Thursday, July 12th, 13:00 - 14:00
  • Where: In the Lunch room
  • Description: discussion of the new travel guide proposal [1]

Wikipedia in Education

  • Coordinators: Elly Koepf (WMDE) and Denis Barthel (WMDE)
  • Date and time: Thursday, July 12th, 6 p.m. - whenever
  • Where: At the Wikimedia Deutschland Booth in the Continental Ballroom
  • Description: We would like to invite Wikipedians, different Wikimedia chapters and everybody else interested to discuss ideas addressing different target groups for Wikipedia. The idea is that the diversity of target groups can enrich educational efforts. As a kick-off, Wikimedia Deutschland will present some of its ideas and will enrich them with the whole range of experiences already existing in other chapters. We would like to share knowledge about education to get a better idea of what "Wikipedia in education" could mean to all of us. Come and bring your ideas and experiences!
  • You can sign in and share ideas here

Wikiproject medicine meetup

  • Coordinator: Doc James
  • Date and time: Friday, July 13, 12:10-13:10
  • Where: Room 308
  • Description: For the discussion of medical related issues
  • You can sign in and share ideas here

Wikimania Scholarships

  • Coordinator: Jessie Wild (WMF)
  • Date and time: Friday, July 13, 14:30-15:10
  • Where: TBD (any suggestions would be appreciated!)
  • Description: Every year, WMF spends over $100K on scholarships to attend Wikimania and chapters often contribute quite a bit to scholarships as well. We want this process to be as fair and smooth as possible - let's brainstorm on how to make it better! The big topic of conversation will be around the Selection Committee.
  • You can sign in and share ideas here

Bias and knowledge diversity: Wikipedia is representing the knowledge of whom?

  • Coordinators: Fabian Flöck (KIT Karlsruhe, RENDER Project) and Angelika Adam (WMDE, RENDER Project)
  • Date and location: Friday, July 13th, 17:00-19:00
  • Where: Room 307
  • Description: Following a well visited and very productive session about the same topic at the Wikipedia Academy 2012 in Berlin, we want to discuss (apart from the gender issue) #1. for which part of the (world) population which part of the knowledge in Wikipedia is actually representing their viewpoints, as well as facts and issues of interest #2. if a misrepresentation is really a problem and if yes, to what extend, #3. if the diversity of knowledge inherent in the articles contents in different languages (and related, cultures) should be made available to other language editions' readers so they can take a different perspective on topics, #4. if readers need more transparency in who is actually writing the content they read and which tools could help, #5. all other issues related to this problem space that you bring to the table.
  • You can sign in and share ideas here

Encyclopedia seeks Women!

  • Coordinators: Anja Ebersbach (WMDE Board) and Julia Kloppenburg (WMDE) (available for any questions!)
  • Date and time: Friday, July 13th, 4:30 pm. - as long as we want to discuss
  • Where: At the Wikimedia Deutschland Booth in the Continental Ballroom
  • Description: One of the important aims in 2012 is to enthuse more women for Wikipedia or related projects. Let´s talk about the current situation of Wikimedia Germany, how we try to get more women and why we think this is important. And of course we are interested in what you do in your chapters or what you plan to do. Come over, have a coffee with us and let´s talk!
  • You can sign in and share ideas here

Semantic MediaWiki Meetup

Main page: Semantic MediaWiki Meetup

  • Coordinator: Yaron Koren
  • Date and time: Friday, July 13, 16:45 - 19:00
  • Where: Room 310
  • Description: Learn about Semantic MediaWiki and some of its uses, and meet SMW users and developers (whether or not you're one of those already). We'll try to recreate the SMWCon experience on a small scale. Light snacks will be included, and then we might go out for dinner afterwards. If you're interested, please add your name on the Semantic MediaWiki Meetup page.

Commons as an umbrella for social transformation: Wikimedia and free knowledge as digital commons

  • Date & Time: Friday, July 13th, 16:30pm-18:30pm
  • Location: 301
  • Description: There is an each time larger emerging Commons paradigm. It builds upon commons tradition such as the natural commons well described by Nobel Economic Prize 2009 Elinor Ostrom, and it is reinvented by the new models of digital commons, such as Wikipedia. In this regard, we would like to reflect and exchange experiences and lessons on how commons as metaphor and umbrella for social transformation might open up new opportunities for Wikipedia/Wikimedia meaning, impact, expansion and networking.
  • Further program and overall information Digital Commons Meetup
  • Facilitators: Mike Linksvayer and Lilaroja e-mail mayo.fuster(at)eui.eu


    • Round of presentations and interest why attending a workshop on commons from the audience.
    • Short interventions:
    • General discussion

Additionally, we will share some regional snacks and fresh drinks.

Dispute Resolution Workshop

  • Our dispute resolution process is our collective tool for content disputes, and its importance cannot be understated.
    Steven Zhang, Wikimedia Fellow, and Lord Roem, of the Mediation Committee, will be hosting a workshop for interested Wikimedians to learn dispute resolution techniques - ways they can tackle and resolve disputes, along with general discussion about dispute resolution, and a get-together. Refreshments provided.
  • Date & Time: Friday, July 13, 5-7 p.m.
  • Where: Room 404

Wikimania Happy Hour at Capital Fringe Festival

Wikipedia Education Program meetup

  • Wikipedia Education Program meetup
  • Date & Time: Friday, July 13, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Saylor Foundation offices, 1000 Wisconsin Ave NW

Wikisource dinner

Just sit down and talk as a group among Wikisource people and friends.

  • Date and time: Friday, July 13, 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: Whole Food near Foggy Bottom, 2201 I street

Wikia celebrates Wikimania

  • Coordinators: Sarah Manley, Community Manager @ Wikia and Jen Burton, Vice President of Community Support @ Wikia
  • Date & Time: Friday, July 13th, 6pm - 9pm
  • Location: Famous Luigi's Pizza, 1132 19th Street NW, Washington DC, 20036
  • Description: Join us some pizza and drinks while we chat about wikis, Wikia and just have fun! Questions? Contact Sarah Manley.
  • Register: Sign up now!

"Afrophone" Wikis

  • Contact(s): User:A12n
  • Date and time: Saturday, July 14, 10:00-10:30
  • Location: Lounge area, 1st floor, Marvin Center
  • Description: African language editions of Wikipedia
  • You can sign in and share ideas: Meetups/AfrophoneWikis

Wikimedia Asia

  • Contacts: Deryck Chan, Yuyu
  • Date & Time: Saturday, July 14th, 13:30 to 14:30 (conference lunchtime)
  • Location: Lounge area, 1st floor, Marvin Center
  • Wikimedia Asia project is having its annual lunch gathering at Wikimania again! All Wikimania attendees from Asia are invited; those interested in the development of Wikimedia in Asia are also welcome. We will discuss collaborations between Asian Wikimedia chapters for the coming year, including Wikimania 2013 in Hong Kong.

Joining Hands with Communities

  • Coordinators: Martin Rulsch (WMDE Board) and Denis Barthel (WMDE) (available for any questions!)
  • Date and time: Saturday, July 14th, 5:45 pm. - as long as we want to discuss
  • Where: At the Wikimedia Deutschland Booth in the Continental Ballroom
  • Description: It is a fundamental of Wikimedia's work and one of its most basic and advanced tasks at the same time: to act supportive to volunteers in the communities of Free Knowledge in all the many ways they can make use of it. There is an hilarious amount of opportunities and ideas and Wikimedia Deutschland realized some of them. But what are the structures making sure that we serve volunteers and communities the best way? Discuss the things we already do and share your ideas and wants with us - let's make a difference!
  • You can sign in and share ideas here

Francophone meetup

Main page : Meetups/Francophones

  • Coordinators: Benoit Rochon (Wikimédia Canada) and Sylvain Boissel (Wikimédia France)
  • Date and time: Saturday, July 14th, 18:00 pm - 20:30.
  • Where: Room 301, Marvin Center, George Washington University (map) at 6:00 pm; nearby after 7:00 pm.
  • Description:
    (English) In order to better coordinate the actions of Francophone Wikimedia sister projects, we wish to form a task group which will include several chapters of French-speaking countries: France, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, etc. We will benefit from the presence of several francophone Wikimedians to meet us and discuss the future of such a group.
    (French) Dans le but de mieux coordonner les actions des projets frères francophones de Wikimédia, nous désirons former un groupe d'action qui inclura plusieurs chapitres des pays francophones : France, Suisse, Belgique, Canada, etc. Nous profiterons de la présence de plusieurs wikimédiens francophones pour nous rencontrer et discuter du futur d'un tel groupe.
  • You can sign in and share ideas here


  • Coordinators: LGBT Outreach Project, Wikinews LGBT Portal, WikiQueer, Varnent
  • LGBT Meetup
  • Friday, July 13th @ 16:30
  • Room 310
  • After party at nearby LGBT venue TBD
    • Woohoo, it was a great success! 40 people joined in with the diversity discussion, way over our expectations, and many went on to have a fun night out at the most quiet LGBT bar in DC (which means you still had to shout). Check out the Outreach page for the mailing list details and to join in with developing future activities and discussion. Cheerio until next time :-D --

Speeddating sessions about Free Knowledge

  • Coordinators: Kasia Odrozek (WMDE) (available for any questions!)
  • Date and time: Thursday, July 12th 3:20-3:40 pm (second coffee break), Friday, July 13th 2:30-3:10 pm (second coffee break) Saturday, July 14th, 11:50- 12:10 am (second coffee break).
  • Where: At the Wikimedia Deutschland Booth in the Continental Ballroom
  • Description: Detailed Program You have always wanted to have a face-to-face conversation with like-minded people on topics like editor support, lobbying, CC licences or communications? Speed dating sessions at the booth will give you this chance. WMDE staff and board members will be there, ready to chat about specific topics, talk about best-practice and exchange experiences. Pass by and get involved in a fast-paced talk that might change your point of view on many things! You will have 5 minutes on 4 different topics every day.

Attracting New Editors, Gender Gap, GLAM Outreach, Political Engagement on Thursday 3:20-3:40 pm:

Reusing WP Content, Developing Your Organization, Supporting the Community, Diversity & Quality Improvement on Friday 2:30-3:10 pm:

Diversity in WP, Communications, Wikipedian in Residence, Community Projects Budget on Saturday 11:50-12:10 am:

  • You can sign in here

Turkic Wikimedia Community meetup

If you are Turkish, Azerbaijani, Chuvashes, Kazakhs, Tatars, Kyrgyz, Turkmens, Uyghurs, Uzbeks, Bashkirs, Qashqai, Gagauzs, Yakuts, Crimean Karaites, Krymchaks, Karakalpaks, Karachays, Nogais or one of the people who want to attend this meeting please join us.

  • When: Friday, 13 July at 4:30pm
  • Where: Room 307
  • You can sign in and share ideas here


japanese Meetup


Thursday, July 12 Friday, July 13 Saturday, July 14 Sunday, July 15
11:50 – 12:10
12:00 – 13:00
13:00 – 14:00
13:30 – 14:30
  • Wikimedia Asia
14:00 – 15:00
14:30 – 15:10
15:00 – 16:00
15:20 – 15:40
16:00 – 17:00
16:30 – 18:30
16:45 – 19:00
17:00 – 18:00
17:00 – 19:00
17:00 – 02:00
17:30 – 19:30
17:45 – 18:45
18:00 – 19:00
19:00 – 20:00

See also


Questions about organizing or coordinating meetups can be directed to the Program Committee.