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WikiConference North America 2022 • Online
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WikiConference North America 2022 takes place November 11–13 online. We are currently accepting submissions from the community for presentations, workshops, round tables, or any other type of session format you can think of! As our schedule is filling up, we encourage everyone to get their submissions in by end of day, Sunday, October 23. Submissions may remain open after Sunday, but acceptances will be highly subject to available space.

This year's theme is open knowledge allies. This year's WikiConference NA is being held in conjunction with the OpenStreetMap US event Mapping USA 2022. We invite submissions that explore how to interlink and collaborate between Wikimedia and OpenStreetMap. 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!

If you're interested in giving a lightning talk or creating an unconference session, feel free to place ideas on the Unconference page.

Submit a Session Proposal
Note: You must create an account on this wiki first.

Existing proposals may be viewed at Category:Submissions/2022.

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.

Terms of Participation

By submitting a proposal, you agree that the text of your proposal, your presentation slides, and any video recordings can be distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License or a similar license (note that NC and ND licenses are incompatible with Wikimedia projects).

You also agree that, under the terms of the license, recordings of your presentation may be broadcast live, recorded, and made available for download later. If you prefer not to be recorded, please contact one of the conference organizers, we are happy to accommodate your request.

By submitting a proposal, you agree to abide by the terms of the Safe Space Policy.

Submission Notes

Presentation Types

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


In additional to traditional programming, we have set aside time for Unconference sessions. These sessions give time for anyone to propose or spontaneously organize a mini-presentation, discussion, or workshop on a wiki-related topic. We'll have lightning talk sessions for short (typically 3-5 min) presentations.

Visit our Unconference page to brainstorm ideas.

Proposal Themes

We invite attendees to submit proposals for panels, workshops, seminars, and other presentations in topics that fall under topics related to Wikipedia or free culture.

Our theme this year is open knowledge allies, and will be the biggest portion and focus of our program. We also have five other 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!

2022 Theme: Open knowledge allies

This year, WikiConference North America's theme is the open knowledge allies.

Submissions can be classified as lightning-talk, panel, training, perhaps duration (long, short, or other time choices); and by topic: Tech, Safety, Editing, etc.

Some examples of topics that would fit fell in this track include:

  • Similarities, differences, and interconnections of OpenStreetMap and Wikimedia
  • Geographical workshops on maps and structured metadata
  • Wikidata
    • Contributing
  • Wikimedia Commons
  • Integration between projects
  • Wikivoyage
  • Tools to edit Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, and Wikidata
  • Tools in development
  • Tools for offline events