Wikimedia Foundation Learning Days

From Wikimania

In addition to the core Wikimania conference in Cape Town, the Learning and Evaluation team at the Wikimedia Foundation organizes pre-conference Learning Days. During these days, there will be workshops on program design, evaluation, and community learning on both Wednesday, July 18 and Thursday, July 19.

This year, participants will be selected along two tracks according to practice and knowledge:

  • Traditional Learning Days Track (London room ): Pre-conference participatory workshop sessions on program design, evaluation, resources, learning, & community engagement for folks working to implement programmatic and community engagement activities in their home communities.
  • Leadership Development Track (Hong Kong room): Pre-conference sessions for affiliate representatives who are focused on developing leadership for programs and community building through train-the-trainer and other skills development approaches in their home communities.

If you would like to focus on developing programs for the first time in your community and have never attended a Learning Day before, we will have options prepared for you.

Alternatively, if you have attended Learning Days before in past conferences and have already accrued experience in implementing Wikimedia Programs, we need your help! Aside from having advanced workshops for experienced program leaders focused on leadership development, we also want your help in co-hosting trainings and presenting what you know to others.


Registration & Selection

Registration for Wikimania 2018 open mid-April. To attend Learning Days, you must select at least one or both of the Pre-Conference day tickets. In the registration form, you may indicate your interest in the pre-conference Learning Days among a handful of pre-conference opportunities. By stating your interest, you are automatically registered for the Learning Days selection process; however, only a limited number of slots are available.

Selection will begin when registration goes live, and continue on a rolling basis. For the best opportunity for selection, please register well before May 18. Qualified participants who registered after May 18 will only be approved if there are available slots.

Should demand be less than expected, restrictions may be loosened. Follow-up communications and notifications will be sent directly to registrants beginning in May. If you have any questions, please reach out to Maria Cruz at

Selection Criteria:

The selection criteria for Learning Days is as follows. All participants must be endorsed to participate by their affiliate group, and demonstrate evidence of at least 3 of the following to qualify for participation. Please note that qualification does not guarantee selection or participation.

  • You want to teach back home what they want to learn
  • You have implemented one or more programmatic activities in the last 12 months OR you plan to implement one or more programmatic activities in the next 12 months.
  • You have engaged, or plan to engage, in learning and evaluation practices in order to learn about their program outcomes.
  • You are interested in teaching about community programs and/or engagement activities at Learning Day.
  • You have taught or presented in a Learning Day event in the past.
  • You have demonstrated the application of something learned at a past Learning Day event.
  • You are working to develop and/or leadership skills training workshops for leadership development in your home community (e.g., skills development for community engagement, community health, program design, and evaluation).


No more than one participant per affiliate group.

Exceptions may be made for relevant teaching partners from the same host affiliate, and/or people associated with an affiliate group but acting as representative of a committee or other movement body.