2017 has flown by in a blink of an eye. I can hardly believe it’s October. It’s been the most eventful year to date (no pun intended). I’ve worked with some amazing organizations and it has opened up my world in a way that I’m so grateful for.
This summer, I worked with the Wikimedia Foundation to produce Wikimania 2017 in Montreal. Wikimania is the annual community conference for Wikipedia’s editors. Wow, right? I had to pinch myself a few times that I was working with WIKIPEDIA.
What’s amazing about the Wikipedia community is that they voluntarily create and edit Wikipedia articles because they are passionate about making information accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. I learned about so many interesting projects that editors are working on and how powerful Wikipedia can be. Projects like documenting indigenous languages that are dying off.
The conference takes place in a different city each year and is hosted by a community chapter that has been formed by the local editors. This year, the Canadian chapter got the opportunity to be the host.
I was the main producer on the conference working closely with the Canadian chapter and the Wikimedia Foundation. I brought together the logistics around the venue, registration, audio-visual and anything involved with the content and sessions.
Best of all I brought on a longtime colleague, Erin, to work with me! Having colleagues that you can trust on a project is priceless.
Over the course of five days we had over 900 attendees from 50+ countries, 100+ sessions and countless awesome conversations and connections about open, accessible information.
I have so much gratitude for working with such an impactful organization. I even signed up for a Wikipedia account! Now, I can FINALLY utilize my very useful knowledge about pop culture. 😛