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The schedule is under development. While mostly accurate, things can be changed, added, and removed up until and through the conference
Last updated on 07-29

Conference outline

WikiConference North America 2017 is taking place over the course of two days, and we have many exciting activities planned to welcome you to Montreal!

August 9 - Wednesday - Culture Crawl, Scan-a-thon, and Reception

The BAnQ Vieux, where WCNA is hosting an edit-a-thon, trainings, programming, and more.

Our second-annual Culture Crawl connects Wikimedians with Montreal's cultural institutions. The day's activities are a great chance to explore and connect with the city you'll be spending the rest of Wikimania in.

  • At McGill University:
    • Three unique tours, including backstage tours with their collections and archive.
    • Free access to the Redpath Museum
  • At the BAnQ-Vieux:
    • Canadian Women Edit-a-thon
    • Wikidata training sessions
    • Scan-a-thon / Source-a-thon with BAnQ's rare materials dating back over a century.
    • Tour of the BAnQ and its backroom archives.
  • A Photo Drive - take photos for the Commons throughout the day.

August 10 - Thursday - Programming
On Thursday we invite you to attend our three=track programming sessions, which includes:

  • Presentations from community members on their activities, projects, and more.
  • Technical workshops on Wikidata, the Outreach Dashboard, and more.
  • Roundtable discussion on innovating edit-a-thons and meetups
  • Lightning Talks (5 minutes) for anyone to get up and give.
  • Unconference - make it your own!


August 9 - Wednesday - Culture Crawl, Scan-a-thon, and Reception

Registration in Sheraton Lobby starting at 8:00 AM
Welcome Session, 9:00 - 9:30 AM in Sheraton Lobby

Meet in the lobby of Le Centre Sheraton for a welcome, housekeeping, and handouts.
Groups can meet here to depart to tours, the BAnQ, and photo sessions.

McGill University BAnQ Vieux-Montreal Other
  • All Day: Free admission at the Redpath Museum
  • 10:00 - 10:45 AM: Tour Visit with materials from McGill University Archives Rare Books and Special Collections (McLennan Library Building)
  • 11:00 - 11:45 AM: Tour Tour of the "Commemorating the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge" exhibition and the Canadian Architecture Collection (Lobby of McLennan Library Building)
  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM: Tour Tour of the Osler Library of the History of Medicine with Chris Lyons
  • 12:00 - 5:00 PM: Programming TBA (Room 2.28 & Auditorium)
  • 12:00 - 5:00 PM: Edit-a-thon Canadian Women (Jodoin East & West)
  • 5:30 - 7:00 PM: Evening Reception, Cash Bar
  • 6:00 - 7:00 PM: Tour of the BAnQ Vieux-Montréal
  • All Day: Photo Drive - Take photos of your experiences, buildings, artifacts, and more throughout the day for the Commons.
  • 11:00 AM: Photo walk from Sheraton to the BAnQ-Vieux.
  • 5:00 PM & Later: McCord Museum has free access to its permanent exhibition.

August 10 - Thursday - Programming

Registration in Sheraton Lobby

8:00 AM

Meet in the lobby of Le Centre Sheraton to sign in if you did not already on Wednesday.
Opening Session

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Meet us in Salon 5, Level 2

Introduction & Keynote Addresses

List coming soon

Keynote All Hands


10:30 - 11:00 AM

Catch a break and mingle with other Wikimedians.
Track 1
(Salan 5, Level 2)

Panels & Discussion
Track 2
(Hermon, Level A)

Track 3
(Jerry, Level A)

Session 1

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Education Community


  • Wikidata Hands-on Tutorial
    SPARQL/VizQuery/Games & Tools

  • Wikidata in use: SOAP (Sum of all paintings)
    (Maarten, Sarah Stierch)

  • Future of Wikidata+Wikipedia integration
  • Roundtable/facilitated discussion - Innovating edit-a-thons and meetups

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Lunch details TBA.
Session 2

1:30 - 3:30 PM

Tech Community

Tech Tools Wikidata

  • ORES - Introduction to machine learning and article rating

  • Outreach Dashboard overview


3:30 - 4:00 AM

Catch a break and mingle with other Wikimedians.
Session 3

4:00 - 5:30 PM


Evening Reception

7:00 - 9:00 PM

Welcome reception/dinner at Sheraton Hotel for all registered Wikimedia attendees, 7-9 PM