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Some ways to help

  • Students: ideas for working w/ uni, high school, and younger students
  • Wiki communities: liaising w/ major wikiprojects, chapters, and the wmf
  • MIT community: engagement w/in the venue + on campus (see SJ, Sarah, Phoebe)
  • Credibility + journalism communities:
  • Program: help w/ workshops, tracks, and hackathon;
  • Speaker support: rallying + tending to speakers
Virtual conference
  • Remote participation for people across N. America (and the world)
  • Connecting local wikimedians in the other 22 countries; language + networking issues (see Global Voices)
Partners + sponsors
  • Sponsors+partners: institutions, foundations, companies, and in-kind sponsors
  • Local partners: food, drink, venues, and city partnerships
  • Handling submissions + final format of talks
Quality of conf
  • Food: local catering (see Antonio + J8)
  • Parties: organizing opening + closing (+ other optional) parties
  • Lodging: couchsurfing and room shares for visiting students (hotels: see Antonio)
Website + publicity
  • Maintaining the site + imagery
  • Announcements, dealing w/ press
  • Registration: online + in-person reg, total event-size management
  • Other logistics: Help organizing local volunteers, manning tables

Speaker ideas


  • Ward Cunningham, Erin McKean
  • JI/Z

Non-wm speakers

  • Trad news publishing: AG Sulzberger, ?
  • Trad social news platforms: ?
  • Reliable source vetters: ?
  • Collab news sources: WikiTribune, GlobalVoices (in en, es, fr)
  • Someone from PRSA or similar type of organization who can discuss ethical engagement in Wikipedia for PR professionals.

Ideas for the 2019 conference

General structure

  • Theme: Credibility + Incredibility (co-planned w/ CredCo)
  • Dates: November 9-11 (Sat-Mon, a long weekend)
    November 8 for satellite events, in nearby spaces (a few 20-50-person gatherings)
  • Venue: We currently have most of the Stata Center reserved, w/ spaces on the 1st + 4th floors. Looking for spaces for satellite events, dinners, parties.
  • Lodging: We're looking for inexpensive options for visiting students. Perhaps we have enough locals to support couchsurfing for some?


  • A Hatnote installation w/ delicious acoustics
  • A related dynamic world-map... (of people and bots, data / images / minor edits / major edits / new pages / new accounts)

Potential subthemes

  • WikiCite (possible on the satellite day)
  • News crediblity (hello CurrentEvents, Wikinews, Wikitribune, Civil? The Correspondent?? FB local news???) (possibly on the satellite day)
  • Disinformation and AI (ORES, other mechanisms, non-wiki approaches)
  • Education (WikiEdu is often a sponsor, hopefully again this year)
  • Librarianship and curation
  • Experimentation and unreliable drafts (importance of simplicity + all-can-edit!)
  • Wikipedia and international students and/or English language learners

Potential events / fun sessions

  • Sockpuppet Theatre (reprise, for all ages)
  • Sessions for high-school and younger students
  • Web 2.0 Elevator Pitch Contest (reprise)
  • Creative childcare (for attendees w/ kids)
  • Wikipedia edit-a-thon or chapter sticker or button exchange
  • Wikipedia PR sharing table: with posters for events, other materials created for PR

Potential wiki moments (just dreaming here...)

  • Get Ward C + some Meatballers to join
  • A vigorous Federated-MediaWiki/Federated-WD/
  • A vigorous WN/WTrib/CurrentEvents showdown
  • A vigorous Wikiversity/Wikieducator/OCW/EdX showdown