Wikimania – Submission deadline expires with a blaze of proposals

Image shows the blue, white and red logo of Wikimania London
Wikimania 2014 logo

This post was written by Matthew Wood, Wikimania / Wikimedia UK volunteer

As many will no doubt be aware of by now, Wikimania, the annual global conference of the Wikimedia movement, arrives in London for the first time this summer. The conference, hosted at The Barbican, Europe’s largest conference venue,  with the main body of events running over a long weekend from the 8th -10th August and activities happening from the 4th – 11th August.

Over the past few weeks, Wikimania 2014 has been inundated with open session proposals related to several tracks as detailed by the conference organisers. These proposals, workshops, presentation and talks from people connected to the Wikimedia movement, revolve around and incorporate the following themes:

  • Wikiculture and community
  • Social machines
  • Legal and Free Culture
  • GLAM outreach
  • Education outreach
  • Open scholarship
  • Open Data

The deadline for submission for these exciting topics expired 31st March. Everyone involved in Wikimania and would like to thank all of those who took the time to submit proposals for Wikimania 2014 in London. It is with great pleasure that we can announce the reception of 514 unique and exceptional proposals, all of which will be scrutinized thoroughly and intensely.

Difficult choices will be made over the next couple of weeks in order to refine the sessions for acceptance to be presented in a variety of ways at the conference itself in August. We wish you all the best throughout the assessment process and thank you once again for your eagerness to contribute to Wikimania and the Wikimedia community.