This is the official home page for Wikimania 2018 in Cape Town.
What is Wikimania?
Wikimania will be coming to Cape Town in July 2018. Bridging knowledge gaps, the ubuntu
Wikimania is the annual conference celebrating all the free knowledge projects hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation - Commons, MediaWiki, Meta-Wiki, Wikibooks, Wikidata, Wikinews, Wikipedia, Wikiquote, Wikisource, Wikispecies, Wikiversity, Wikivoyage, and Wiktionary - with three days of conferences, discussions, meetups, training, and workshops. Hundreds of volunteers and Free Knowledge leaders from around the world gather to discuss issues, report on new projects and approaches, and exchange ideas.
Themes of past conferences have included the advancement of Free Knowledge, the role of academic and cultural institutions within the movement, privacy and rights, and the role of technology to further those objectives. The theme of Wikimania 2018 is "Bridging knowledge gaps: the Ubuntu way forward," with the aim of focusing on what and who is still missing from our sum of all human knowledge, and building shared strategies to bridge these collective gaps.
There are other related events: the pre-conference Hackathon where members of the technical community connected with Wikimedia projects gather to work and contribute to code.
This year's Wikimania will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 18th July to 22nd July, 2018. All are welcome, whether you're an expert, enthusiast, beginner, or just curious!
Program outline - Detailed schedule on Program page
For an explanation of the various session types, see the submissions page.
The Wikimania pre-conference meetings will be held on 18 July 2018 to 19 July 2018; the main program will be held from 20 July 2018 to 22 July 2018.
July 18th - Wednesday
July 19th - Thursday
- Preconference: Hackathon, Chapter and user group meetings, upload marathon and more to be scheduled
July 20th - Day 1 - Friday
- Welcome, opening ceremony
- Presentations & sessions, community village, meet ups, etc.
July 21st - Day 2 - Saturday
- Presentations & sessions, Community village, meet ups, etc.
July 22nd - Day 3 - Sunday
- Presentations and sessions
- Closing ceremony
July 23rd onwards
- See: Cape Town Water shortage
Due to the ongoing water shortage in Cape Town this year the organising team have setup a dedicated page to keep attendees informed and updated on the situation as it evolves. Fortunately the conference occurs during the rainiest season (July), however that is no guarantee the water crisis will be over. The team has been actively in touch with the venue host, hotel and tourism officials to stay briefed on the situation. (Update as of February 1, 2018).