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General Information

What is the Wikimedia Diversity Conference?

The Wikimedia Diversity Conference is a conference about diversity in the Wikimedia movement on a variety of axes. The conference will be held on June 17-18 at the National Archives in Washington, DC. The program will be devoted to topics concerning diversity in the Wikimedia movement worldwide.

What will happen at the conference?

The conference program will include a variety of sessions, including presentations, panels, workshops, or round-table discussions. If you do not want to attend a scheduled session, you are welcome to socialize with other attendees in the open spaces at the venue.

Who should attend?

This conference is open to everyone, but is particularly geared for those who have an interest in Wikipedia, the Wikimedia movement, open knowledge and/or free culture. A primary goal of the conference is to bring together those with a variety of experiences and expertise. Participants in other free knowledge, free software, collaborative and/or educational initiatives are also encouraged to attend.

Do I have to be a Wikipedia editor to attend?

You do not have to be a Wikipedia editor to attend. However, the conference is Wikimedia-centered, and you may not find the conference interesting or useful to you if you do not wish to participate in any Wikimedia projects.

We invite newcomers to experience The Wikipedia Adventure, a beginner’s introduction to Wikipedia.

Is the conference just for English Wikipedia?

The conference will be conducted in English, but anyone editing Wikipedia or other Wikimedia projects in other languages is welcome to attend.

Do I need to register?

All attendees must register for the conference in advance. There will be no on-site registration.

How much does the conference cost?

The registration fee for Diversity Conference is $10.

What is the hashtag to be used for social media?

The hashtag for the Wikimedia Diversity Conference is: #divcon16.

Venue Information

How do I get to the conference venue?

The National Archives is located on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, between 7th and 9th Streets NW. It is recommended you take public transportation, as parking may be hard to come by. The Archives is served by the Archives–Navy Memorial Station on the Green and Yellow Lines; the Archives is also a short walk from the Gallery Place–Chinatown Station on the Red, Green, and Yellow Lines.

Enter from Constitution Avenue, preferably to the right of the main stairs.

Is the venue compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements?

The National Archives is fully ADA compliant. If you have any specific questions or require special accommodations, please contact info@wikimediadc.org.

Will there be food at the conference?

No; however, there will be coffee, tea, and water. There are a variety of affordable places to eat near the venue.

Will there be WiFi available at the conference?

Yes.

Will the conference be recorded and livestreamed?

Some sessions will be recorded and/or livestreamed.

Is there a code of conduct for the conference?

The Safe Space Policy applies. All conference attendees are expected to read and agree to the policy.

Accommodations

Where can I stay near the conference?

There is a wide variety of hotels near the conference venue and around DC. Consider visiting the Wikivoyage guide for suggestions.

Scholarships

How do I apply for a scholarship to attend the conference?

See the scholarships page for more details.

How do I know if I qualify for a scholarship?

See the scholarships page for more details, but in general, have some history of participation in a Wikimedia project and be ready to describe in your application.

Conference Program and Schedule

What should I do if I have an idea for a workshop or panel?

Propose it! There are multiple conference tracks and the conference is being organized so that attendees of the conference can present to each other. We invite you to be creative with your proposals and welcome proposals for workshops, panels, case studies, training, and any other session formats you can think of!