Wikimania 2021: The Virtual Edition

Our first-ever virtual Wikimania will be taking place on 13-17 August 2021. Wikimania is the Wikimedia movement’s annual conference celebrating all the free knowledge projects made possible by the volunteer community. The largest gathering of the Wikimedia movement, this year’s virtual Wikimania will be bigger than ever and enable more Wikimedians to come together to create, celebrate and connect with each other!

WIKIMANIA’S THEME + SCOPE

The theme for this year’s 2021 virtual Wikimania is around Wikipedia’s 20th Birthday. We will look back at our movement’s past and celebrate the present and the future. The focus is on the humans that drive our projects. This year’s theme is a  great way to spotlight people across our global and diverse movement. 

EVENT PARTICIPANTS

This year’s virtual Wikimania will be a key opportunity to open up participation to a wide group of people, with different levels of knowledge and expertise.The content of the event therefore should be accessible to newcomers, people with intermediate knowledge, and the more experienced community members among us. 

PROGRAM DESIGN

We will be sharing more about the skeleton for Wikimania’s program design in the next few weeks. However, we wanted to already share what to expect. The program of the event will be delivered through a mix of live and on-demand content. We will archive all of the content delivered on Wikimedia Commons. 

Main Stage – the space where keynotes, endnotes, entertainment and other key content will be delivered.

Movement Groups and Affiliates Track – a track curated by movement organizations. Submissions to this track are open to all affiliates in the Wikimedia movement. 

Individual/Collective Track – a track curated by the Core Organising Team (COT), specifically for individuals or a collective of individuals. Submissions to this track are open to everyone.

Unconference track – as the name suggests, this is a free space, where the wider community has complete freedom to curate the track

Hackathon – as traditionally done, Wikimania will also have the first 24 hours of the event dedicated to the Hackathon. 

Networking Space – Wikimania will have several virtual venues where attendees can socialize and meet other wikimedians from around the globe and link up to work together on new or established projects. More information will be provided soon.