Critical issues presentations/How we organized a 1500 person meetup (and you could too)

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Submission no. 61
Title of the submission

How we organized a 1500 person meetup (and you could too)

Author of the submission
  • Sian Evans (author)
  • Daria Cybulska (presenter)
Country of origin

United States of America



  • Meet-ups
  • Outreach
  • Diversity
  • Gender Gap
  • Community Engagement

Over the weekend of International Women’s Day, March 6-8, 2015, approximately 1500 participants convened in 75 locations in 17 countries, on 4 continents, to edit Wikipedia articles on women and the arts. During, this day, nearly 400 new articles were created and over 500 articles received significant improvements. 1500 people attended globally, putting this event in line with attendance at Wikimania. The event was covered by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and ARTnews, among many others. This was a productive and substantial growth from the inaugural 2014 event, which had around 600 participants in 31 locations and created 101 new articles, and improved 90. For our efforts, the organizers of the 2014 edit-a-thon were named to Foreign Policy magazine’s list of Leading Global Thinkers and received the largest single Individual Engagement Grant that the Wikimedia Foundation has ever awarded.

We are proposing a presentation and/or workshop that will build on the presentation of the same title that took place at Wikiconference USA 2015. Wikimania 2016 takes place after the third Art+Feminism edit-a-thon in March of 2016, which has over 100 institutions that have expressed interest in holding node events at the time of this proposal submission. So, this presentation will be substantially different than the WikiCon presentation in that it will offer a report on the growth of Art+Feminism in its third year. Siân Evans will give a nuts and bolts overview of our organizational strategies and how they've evolved over the three years that we've been holding the Art+Feminism edit-a-thons. She will also reflect on some of the new developments around this year's edit-a-thon, namely an increased focus on harnessing WikiData to review the outcomes of Art+Feminism events, as well as the findings of our Diversity Subcommittee, which are aimed at helping all WikiProjects and Meet-Ups better address the challenges of building a diverse community of editors.



Interested attendees and comments

Interested attendees:

  1. --Gereon K. (talk) 06:54, 15 June 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]