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WikiConference North America
Indianapolis — 4-6 October 2024
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WikiConference North America is a series of presentations, panels, workshops and roundtables led by the Wikimedia community and institutions of knowledge and technology. A call for proposals will be forthcoming. This page is a draft.

We invite submissions that explore how to interlink and collaborate between North America Wikimedia Chapters and User Groups. We will foster a variety of formats in broadcast, large-group, and small-group sessions over three successive days. While the theme and these focus areas will be particular topics the conference will revolve around, we welcome all submissions that are relevant to the Wikimedia movement - do not feel confined to the conference theme or focus areas if you have something great to share!

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Theme and focus areas

Our theme will be "Crossroads", inspired by the Indiana state motto and also alluding to the multiple meanings of the word—as the place where Wikimedians from across the continent cross paths, as well as what we hope will be a turning point for participants.

Whether it is the discussion of a North American Hub, or the impact of misinformation, AI, and attacks on global democracy and freedom of expression, this meeting takes place at an important inflection point. How do we ensure our projects remain vibrant and relevant in this new future?

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 update 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

Session types

We invite attendees to submit proposals for presentation, panel, roundtable discussions, workshop, around a topic: Tech, Safety, Editing, Free Culture, Structured metadata, etc. or any other topics that fall under topics related to Wikimedia projects or free culture.

Type Description Suggested Length
Lightning talk A very short presentation lasting only a few minutes; a data blitz. 5-8 minutes
Presentation A presentation on any topic within the themes covered by the conference. 15–30 minutes
Panel A facilitated discussion among three or more on a pre-selected topic. 30–45 minutes
Round Table A group-wide discussion on a pre-selected topic. 30–60 minutes
Workshop A facilitated group-wide tutorial and/or working session on a pre-selected topic. 30–75 minutes

Proposal Review Process

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. Committee scores are averaged, and the top portion of submissions will be accepted as they fit into the schedule.

You will be notified about the Program Committee's decision regarding your submission via email. If your submission is not added to the preliminary schedule, please do not be discouraged. WikiConference North America will have time set aside in the schedule for participants and attendees to participate in self-organized talks and working groups during our lightning talks and unconference sessions.

Existing submissions

Note: this list is a dynamic view of Category:Submissions/2024

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