WikiConference North America 2023 – Call for submissions is now open!

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The WikiConference North America is back in person, and we know you can’t wait!

The WikiConference North America 2023 is the tenth annual gathering of wikimedists, institutions, and professionals from across North America, including Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The event will be held at the Toronto Reference Library in Ontario, Canada, from November 9th to 12th, 2023.

This year, the theme is Recent Changes:

Emerging out of crisis in society, in tech, and in knowledge itself, we come together again as info-activists seeking a brighter future. How can we reimagine our communities and build that future based on the shared humanity of our free and open knowledge projects?

This theme covers the vast changes in our world since the last in-person meeting in 2019, including:

  • COVID and future of health
  • Climate change
  • Information threats
  • Artificial intelligence as promise and peril
  • Technology trends
  • Regional communities revival
  • Latest research and updates on Wikipedia / wiki projects

We also have various focus areas the community has expressed interest in. Don’t worry if your proposal does not exactly fit in one of the below categories; you are welcome to submit proposals on any relevant topic!

  • Community Initiatives
  • Education
  • Equity, Inclusion, Community Health
  • GLAM, Heritage, Culture
  • Governance
  • Languages
  • Legal, Advocacy, Risks
  • Open Data
  • Research, Science, Medicine
  • Technology
  • Wild Ideas

The Call for Submissions is now open! You can submit your proposals until July 15th. We are looking for presentations, workshops, and roundtables led by the Wikimedia community and institutions of knowledge and technology. Any other topics that fall under topics related to Wikimedia projects or free culture are also welcome. Newcomers are also encouraged to make a proposal. You probably have a lot to share!

TypeDescriptionSuggested Length
Lightning talkA very short presentation lasting only a few minutes; a data blitz.5-8 minutes
PresentationA presentation on any topic within the themes covered by the conference.15–30 minutes
PanelA facilitated discussion among three or more on a pre-selected topic.30–45 minutes
Round TableA group-wide discussion on a pre-selected topic. 30–60 minutes
WorkshopA facilitated group-wide tutorial and/or working session on a pre-selected topic.30–75 minutes
Session types

Proposals will be reviewed by a Programming Committee.
Each submission is rated on a variety of factors, including the likely level of impact and expected outcomes, expected community interest, and how well-connected the submission is to the theme or a focus area. Accepted proposals will be notified by mail.

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