Wikimania 2013 is coming to Hong Kong this summer. Wikimania has been, since 2005, the premier annual international gathering of the Wikimedia community, with participation from experts, academics, and Wikimedia enthusiasts who are empowering people around the world through free access to global knowledge. Wikimania has been held previously in Frankfurt, Germany; Boston, USA; Taipei, Taiwan; Alexandria, Egypt; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Gdańsk, Poland; Haifa, Israel; Washington DC, USA. Expected attendance this year is 1000+ global participants.
On August 9, Wikimania’s opening session will feature Makoto Okamoto, project leader of the saveMLAK Initiative, an initiative saving Museums, Libraries, Archives and Kouminkans (community centers) in Japan struck by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The session will also feature Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, the world’s largest online encyclopedia with over 25 million articles in 285 languages, as he presents his “The State of the Wiki” speech to the audience.
The theme this year is “Future of Wikipedia & Wikimedia,” and more than 100 presentations out of 300 global submissions will be presented. Presentations are divided into five categories: Wikis in Asia; Cultural and Educational outreach; WikiCulture and Community; Analysis and Public Engagement; and Technology & Infrastructure. More information is available at www.wikimania.hk Here.
Wikimania 2013 Hong Kong Announcement http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/Wikimania_2013_Hong_Kong_Announcement
Wikimania Hong Kong 2013 press conference announcement http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/Wikimania_Hong_Kong_2013_press_conference_announcement
Press passes are available. Journalists interested in obtaining Press Credentials should register here
A press conference will follow the Opening Session in the Jockey Club Auditorium. It will include Makoto Okamoto, Jimmy Wales, Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner, and Wikimania Organizer-in-Chief Jeromy-Yu Chan.
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Matthew Roth (Wikimedia Foundation)
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- Email: mrothwikimedia.org
Jeromy-Yu Chan 陳予
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