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Cape Town bids for Wikimania conference

By   |  September 27, 2007

Cape Town has launched a bid to host Wikimania 2008. Wikimania is the annual conference of the Wikimedia Foundation, and attracts around 400 delegates.

At the conference, researchers and speakers present studies and experiments on Wikipedia and other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation, on wiki culture and technology.

The 2008 event will be the fourth Wikimania. Previous events were held in Frankfurt (2005), Boston (2006) and Taipei (2007). There are four cities left in the running to host Wikimania 2008; Atlanta, Alexandria, Toronto and Cape Town. London and Karlsruhe, the other official bidders, have dropped out.

Bid coordinator Ian Gilfillan says that "Cape Town is an ideal venue, as it has a vibrant Free Software and Free Content community. We hope that by hosting the event here the ties between these related communities can be strengthened, and that we’ll start to see active Wikipedias, as well as other projects, in all the official languages."

Currently the Afrikaans version of Wikipedia has just over 8000 articles, while the Wikipedias in the nine official local languages are still very small.

"We have a strong bid; a beautiful city, a great venue in the Convention Centre, and a vibrant community. We are working hard at securing more sponsorship so as to convince the jury that the event here will be viable, and a success"

Cape Town will also be hosting a Wikipedia Academy early in the new year. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and iCommons executive director Heather Ford will be involved in workshops to teach people how to edit articles in Wikipedia at SA universities.

The host city will be chosen on October 6th by a Wikimedia Foundation jury, and the event will take place in July or August 2008.

For more information about the bid, contact Ian Gilfillan at This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License and was published initially on IOLTechnology.


One Response to “Cape Town bids for Wikimania conference”

  1. Marcus Sorour
    September 28th, 2007 @ 1:17 pm

    Holding thumbs for Cape Town! This would be great for the local economy as well as Wiki fans.

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