HACKER SUMMER CAMP 2023 GUIDES —Part Twelve: Wikimania 2023

DCG 201
32 min readAug 6, 2023

Welcome to the DCG 201 Guides for Hacker Summer Camp 2023! This is part of a series where we are going to cover all the various hacker conventions and shenanigans both In-Person & Digital! This year in 2023 somehow bigger than it was in 2022 and thus we will have a total of 15 guides spanning 3 Months of Hacker Insanity!

As more blog posts are uploaded, you will be able to jump through the guide via these links:

HACKER SUMMER CAMP 2023 — Part One: Surviving Las Vegas & Virtually Anywhere

HACKER SUMMER CAMP 2023 — Part Two: Capture The Flags & Hackathons

HACKER SUMMER CAMP 2023 — Part Three: SummerC0n

HACKER SUMMER CAMP 2023 — Part Four: Zero Gravity by RingZero

HACKER SUMMER CAMP 2023 — Part Five: The Diana Initiative

HACKER SUMMER CAMP 2023 — Part Six: BSides Las Vegas

HACKER SUMMER CAMP 2023 — Part Seven: Black Hat USA

HACKER SUMMER CAMP 2023 — Part Eight: SquadCon by Black Girls Hack

HACKER SUMMER CAMP 2023 — Part Nine: DEFCON 31

HACKER SUMMER CAMP 2023 — Part Ten: USENIX + SOUPS

HACKER SUMMER CAMP 2023 — Part Eleven: Chaos Computer Camp

HACKER SUMMER CAMP 2023 — Part Twelve: Wikimania 2023

HACKER SUMMER CAMP 2023 — Part Thirteen: HackCon XI

HACKER SUMMER CAMP 2023 — Part Fourteen: Blue Team Con

HACKER SUMMER CAMP 2023 — Part Fifteen: Hack Red Con

HACKER SUMMER CAMP 2023 — Part Sixteen: SIGS, EVENTS & PARTIES

Wikimania Singapore 2023

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 16th — Friday, July 19th

Location: Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre (1 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039593)

Website: https://wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/2023:Wikimania

Tickets: https://eventyay.com/e/8f889410

Virtual Platform(s): Eventyay

— Schedule —

Wiki: https://wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/2023:Program

GUI: https://eventyay.com/e/8f889410/schedule?date=2023-08-16

Source: https://pretalx.com/wm2023/schedule/

Live Streams:

Virtual Chat: Zoom Chat

Android App: https://github.com/Wilm0r/giggity

Affordability: N/A

Code Of Conduct: https://foundation.wikimedia.org/wiki/Policy:Universal_Code_of_Conduct | https://foundation.wikimedia.org/wiki/Policy:Friendly_space_policy | https://wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/2023:Photography_policy

Wikimania is the annual conference celebrating all the free knowledge projects hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation with days of conferences, discussions, meetups, training, and workshops. Hundreds of volunteers and Free Knowledge leaders from around the world gather to discuss issues, report on new projects and approaches, and exchange ideas.

This 18th edition will be a collaboration among volunteers, chapters and user groups of the Wikimedia East, Southeast Asia and the Pacific (ESEAP).

Wikimania 2023 will run from 16–19 August in Singapore at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre and online.
Workshops, hackathon and pre-conference activities happen on 15 August while post-conference and city tours happen on 20 August.

A convention happening a week after Vegas in Singapore and mostly accessible online, Wikimania this year is for those who are either digital academics that care about the data and information side of things and/or the Free Culture section of the hacker community. If you need your Citations Needed and are a true believe of Copy-Left Freedom of Information online, this is a convention NOT to miss!

LOCATION RECON & SINGAPORE INFO

The event will be held at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre in downtown Singapore. It includes the pre-conference, hackathon, opening ceremony/reception (dinner), main conference, and closing plenary (handover).
Exact location: 1° 17′ 36.96″ N, 103° 51′ 18″ E.

There are also a side event pre-conference activity on August 15 at the Google Asia Pacific Office in Pasir Panjang, Singapore.

Emergency Numbers

  • 995 (ambulance & fire emergency)
  • 999 (police emergency)
  • 1777 (ambulance non-emergency)
  • 71999 (police emergency SMS)

FLYING TO SINGAPORE

All travelers are required to submit their online SG Arrival Card before arriving in Singapore (72 hours before arrival or less), except:

  • Only transiting/transferring through Singapore (Singapore Changi Airport) without seeking immigration clearance; and
  • Singapore Residents travelling through the land checkpoints.

No forms required to be filled for travelers departing Singapore.

COVID-19 requirements for travelers arriving in Singapore are no longer needed starting 13 February 2023, regardless of vaccination status or traveler profile.

All travelers, including Singapore residents, with travel history to countries with risk of yellow fever transmission (i.e. wholly or partly endemic for yellow fever) in the six (6) days or more prior to arrival in Singapore are required to have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate and present it to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority officer at the immigration counter upon arriving in Singapore. Please refer to this link for further details.

  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Benin
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Colombia
  • Congo (Republic)
  • Congo (Democratic Republic)
  • Cote d’ Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • Ecuador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Ethiopia
  • French Guiana
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Togo
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uganda
  • Venezuela

SINGAPORE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

Public transport directions from Singapore Changi Airport to some hotels

ParcRoyal on Beach Road

Village Hotel Bugis

On Foot

Singapore is a large city, which makes it difficult to explore entirely on foot. However, you’ll want to walk through individual neighborhoods to absorb the local atmosphere and sights. Visitors centers, run by the Singapore Tourism Board, provide free street maps and suggested walking tours. The city’s numerous parks are another place to stretch your legs.

SMRT Subway

The MRT subway system is extensive, clean, efficient, inexpensive, and easy to understand — everything you want from public transit. Maps are available at every station. Fares are based on the distance you travel and usually range from SG$1 to SG$2.50 (about $0.74 to $1.85). Instead of purchasing single fare tickets, consider purchasing an EZ-Link rechargeable card for SG$12 (about $9) to save some extra coin and avoid ticket lines if you’re in Singapore for an extended period.

EZ-Card: http://home.ezlink.com.sg/get-your-ez-link-card/where-the-cards-are-sold

Car

Home to more than 5 million people, Singapore definitely has some traffic. Driving can be a huge hassle, and parking will cost you an arm and a leg in the city. Not to mention driving is done on the left in Singapore. However, if you really want a car, there are rental offices at the airport and throughout the city.

Taxi

If you want to get somewhere in a hurry, flag a cab. Taxis are reasonably priced: The meter starts between SG$3 to SG$5 (about $2.24 to $3.75) and around SG$0.22 (about $0.16) per kilometer thereafter. Most drivers will speak English, so be sure to chat with them for local tips.

Bus

Buses traverse the entire country and can take you everywhere you need to go. That is, if know which ones to take. The numerous bus routes may overwhelm or confuse first-time visitors. Fares are based off distance traveled, time of day as well as traveler type (adult, children and senior citizen fares are offered). Based on all those factors, you could end up spending the same amount that you would for a metro ride.

Nearest medical facilities from Suntec Convention Centre & National Library

  • Raffles Medical Hospital

585 North Bridge Road Singapore 188770 Singaporerafflesmedicalgroup.com.sg

  • Tan Tock Seng Hospital

11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng Singapore 308433 Singaporettsh.com.sg

  • Singapore General Hospital

Outram Rd Singapore 169608 Singaporesgh.com.sg

  • Mount Elizabeth Hospital Novena

38 Irrawandy Rd Singapore 329563 Singaporemountelizabeth.com.sg

Pharmacy Chains

  • Guardian

guardian.com.sgStores near Suntec

  • Unity

unity.com.sgStores near Suntec

  • Watsons

watsons.com.sgStores near Suntec

LGBTQ+ Guide: https://www.travelgay.com/destination/gay-singapore/

COMMUNICATION

Telegram

IRC

Connecting to Libera.Chat

Libera.Chat can be accessed using an IRC client.

Connect to Libera.Chat with TLS at irc.libera.chat on port 6697.

Additional regional and address-specific hostnames are available:

Defaultirc.libera.chatEuropeirc.eu.libera.chatUS & Canadairc.us.libera.chatAustralia and New Zealandirc.au.libera.chatEast Asiairc.ea.libera.chatIPv4 onlyirc.ipv4.libera.chatIPv6 onlyirc.ipv6.libera.chat

Additional ports are available:

Plain-text6665–6667, 8000–8002TLS6697, 7000, 7070

Accessing Libera.Chat Via TLS

Libera.Chat provides TLS client access on all servers, on ports 6697, 7000 and 7070. Users connecting over TLS will be given user mode +Z, and is using a secure connection will appear in WHOIS (a 671 numeric).

In order to verify the server certificates on connection, some additional work may be required. First, ensure that your system has an up-to-date set of root CA certificates. On most linux distributions this will be in a package named something like ca-certificates. Many systems install these by default, but some (such as FreeBSD) do not. For FreeBSD, the package is named ca_root_nss, which will install the appropriate root certificates in /usr/local/share/certs/ca-root-nss.crt.

Certificate verification will generally only work when connecting to libera.chat. If your client thinks the server’s certificate is invalid, make sure you are connecting to irc.libera.chat rather than any other name that leads to Libera.Chat.

For most clients this should be sufficient. If not, you can download the root certificate from LetsEncrypt.

Client TLS certificates are also supported, and may be used for identification to services. For instructions, see our guide on CertFP. If you have connected with a client certificate, has client certificate fingerprint f1ecf46714198533cda14cccc76e5d7114be4195 (showing your certificate’s SHA512 fingerprint in place of f1ecf46…) will appear in WHOIS (a 276 numeric).

Accessing Libera.Chat Via Tor

Libera.Chat is reachable via Tor using our onion service.

Configuration requirements with details below:

  • Update torrc configuration file to map to the onion service.
  • Configure your client to use your Tor SOCKS proxy (typically localhost:9050).
  • Configure public-key (not plain) SASL authentication.
  • Connect to palladium.libera.chat.
# torrc entry for libera.chat onion service
MapAddress palladium.libera.chat libera75jm6of4wxpxt4aynol3xjmbtxgfyjpu34ss4d7r7q2v5zrpyd.onion

This service requires public-key SASL authentication using either the EXTERNAL or ECDSA-NIST256P-CHALLENGE (but not PLAIN) mechanisms. See our guide on setting up CertFP for more information.

Some clients lack SOCKS4a or later support. In this case you will need to change your torrc file to map a private IP address to the onion service address instead and disable TLS hostname verification in your client. Onion service names securely identify a service. The connection will still be secure.

The default tor configuration only optimizes some ports for long-lived connections: For IRC, only 6667 and 6697. If you use a different port, you may face frequent disconnects unless you update LongLivedPorts in your torrc file.

#wikimania — This Year’s Channel

#wikimaniaconnectWikimania Discussions

#wikimania-staff — Wikimania Staff

#wikimedia-sg — Wikimedia Singapore

EXPO SPACE

Main Hall Expo Space (Level 4)

  • Audience: Expo Space in the Main Hall is an area open only to conference attendees.
  • Structure: Spokes fence style will contain community posters.
  • Open: Wednesday, 16 August, until Saturday, 19 August. only when the Plenary room is open
  • Activities:
  • There will be a scattering of small tables where volunteers can offer one on one help on specific projects.
  • Posters on display: Posters in this area are suitable for conference attendees and are designed specifically for community members.
  • Thursday night, 17 August, there will be a special Poster Session that will also include a fireside chat with Wikimedia Foundation staff on the main stage.

Concourse Expo Space (Level 3)

  • Audience: The Concourse is a large area open to the public with various sections for Wikimania activities.
  • Structure: One of the sections in the Concourse is a dedicated Expo Space with sponsor booths and a special Post Office.
  • Open: Tuesday 15 August until 19 August from 9am until close
  • Activities:
  • Post Office: At the special Post Office, you can buy Wikimania 2023 stamps issued by the Singapore Post. You’ll be able to mail postcards to Community members, family, and friends.
  • Singapore Wiki Loves Living Heritage: The Singapore Wiki Loves Living Heritage (WLLH) will have its final judging take place during Wikimania. We will be printing the ten best photos judged by the WLLH jury, which will be displayed on the Concourse. We ask you to vote for the best image. Judging will close after the lunch break on the Saturday with the top three announced during Wikimania’s closing ceremony.
  • Posters on display: Posters in this area are suitable for a wider audience. It is an ideal space for global projects that want to attract new contributors. It is well-suited for posters associated with external activities (Eduwiki, Wikiwomen, Wiki Loves, etc.), as well as those looking to attract new contributors to the movement. If you want to create a project-specific poster (Commons, Wikidata, Wikipedia, Wikisource) poster in any language, then please submit them to Commons.
  • Thursday night, 17 August, the Concourse Expo Space will also be part of the Poster Session and Connectathon.

Wikimania 2023- Singapore Tours

Wikimania 2023 is being hosted in Singapore, a country full of rich diversity, culture, and traditions. The Wikimania COT has been working with multiple local partners to enrich the experience of the Wikimedians traveling for Wikimania to Singapore and has curated the following tours/experiences for you all.

Important Note:

  • Some tours are limited and subject to availability.
  • While most of the tours are free, some of them are subject to payment to the organizer
  • Please read the details carefully and registration is available on a first come first serve basis.

1. Tours by The National Library of Singapore: Registration Mandatory

2. Tours by MyCommunity

In partnership with MyCommunity a non-profit organization that works to capture and preserve community stories, reconnect people to places and social networks, and deepen heritage appreciation and expression across the country and advocates for greater community involvement in cultural management and urban governance processes.

We have curated a list of three tours that have been customized to a 90-minute duration in locations that are in close proximity to the attendee hotels and Suntec. (Please note: The tour stops/flow will be different from the one listed on MyCommunity’s website as we have reduced the duration to accommodate for our attendees).

Bookings are on a First-Come-First-Serve basis

3.Tours by The National Heritage Board

Discounted Tour of the National Museum

Through our partnership with the National Heritage Board, we have secured a 20% discount for all attendees of Wikimania 2023.

The National Museum of Singapore is the nation’s oldest museum that seeks to inspire with stories of Singapore and the world. Its history dates back to 1849.

Known then as the Raffles Library and Museum, the museum moved to its current premises on Stamford Road in 1887.

D iscount Terms

The discount applies to the Permanent galleries or Special Exhibitions Adult tickets. And is open to any walk-ins who are carrying their Wikimania 2023 ID cards along with the lanyard.

Important Note: The discount is not applicable for combined tickets of Permanent galleries & Special Exhibitions or all-access tickets, as they are already discounted.

T o know more about the National Library

Dates: Any Wikimania 2023 Day (15th — 20th August 2023)

4. Visit to Singapore Botanic Gardens

5. Paid Guided Tours: Registration Mandatory

We crafted a collaboration with World Express Pte. Ltd., a renowned Destination Management Company in Singapore. Embark on fascinating journeys filled with rich storytelling and discover the hidden gems that make Singapore truly unique. Please kindly register now to secure your spot. All tour’s pick up point is at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre.

WIKIMANIA HACKATHON

It will take place at the Wikimania venue, concurrently with the main program, from Tuesday, 15 August to Saturday, 19 August.

Participants at all levels of experience are welcome. Do you study or work with software and databases but are new to the Wikimedia movement? Come join the dedicated newcomer track, and explore which projects could be a good fit for you with the help of a mentor. Or do you work on or with the Wikimedia projects professionally, for instance in a GLAM institute? Come learn how you could automate some of your workflows, by pairing with someone who can help you learn the technical skills.

And if you are an experienced technical contributor, you will find the familiar unconference-style session format, and of course, plenty of dedicated hacking space to work and collaborate on your projects.

Location

The Wikimania 2023 Hackathon will be held at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, in the same space as the main Wikimania conference. Additionally, for after-hours hacking, participants will have access to a dedicated space at the Village Hotel on Thursday, 17th, and Friday, 18th.

Format

This year, the Hackathon will feature two distinct tracks:

  • Newcomer Track: An introduction to Wikimedia Tech featuring intro sessions and beginner-friendly workshops, along with a program to pair novices with projects or people who can provide orientation.
  • Unconference Track: One or more breakout rooms will be available on most days for sessions that are added to the program just before or during the event itself as a need for them is identified.

A main hacking space will be available throughout the event where attendees can sit and work on projects together.

Schedule

Main page: Special:MyLanguage/2023:Hackathon/Schedule

Tuesday, 15 August:

  • The day starts with the Hackathon’s opening session, followed by orientation for newcomers, mentor matching, and finally, project matching. If you miss the opening session and don’t know where to start, a Welcome Desk will be available for assistance and guidance throughout the event.
  • In the afternoon, there will be newcomer-friendly introduction sessions, as well as space for unconference sessions. The day at the Suntec Convention Center will conclude at 4:30pm.
  • Following this, we invite you to join us for a social event at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015. The visit starts at 5pm and is followed by having dinner together at a hawker center (food court), where a variety of local delicacies can be enjoyed. This will be at your own expense, but is generally inexpensive, with prices starting from S$3.00 to S$5.00. More details can be found in this page: Visit to Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Wednesday, 16 August:

  • We will have one breakout room available in addition to the main hacking space, dedicated to newcomer-friendly workshops. Unconference sessions won’t be held on this day. The main hacking space will operate from 9am to 7pm, and the breakout room from 10am to 7pm.

Thursday, 17 August

  • The main hacking space will be available from 9am to 7pm. In the evening, it will be possible to continue hacking in a dedicated space at the Village Hotel. Two breakout rooms will be available for unconference sessions between 5pm and 7pm.

Friday, 18 August

  • The main hacking space will operate from 9am to 7pm. As on Thursday, hacking will continue at the Village Hotel’s dedicated space. Two breakout rooms will again be open for unconference sessions between 5pm and 7pm.

Saturday, 19th August

  • The final day will see the main hacking space open from 9am until 12:45pm. After the lunch break, we invite all participants to the Plenary Hall for the hackathon Showcase and closing ceremony. During the showcase, participants who wish to present their project will be given a 2-minute slot.
  • The Hackathon Showcase will provide a platform for all participants to present their projects to the entire Wikimania community. Stay tuned for further details as we approach the event date. It’s a fantastic opportunity to share your work and achievements with fellow attendees. We look forward to seeing the incredible projects that emerge from the Hackathon!

Preparing for the Hackathon

  • Registration | Registration for the Wikimania Hackathon is seamless! If you’ve already registered for the main event, you’re all set — no need for a separate registration. Get ready to hack and participate without any additional steps.
  • Projects
  • Feel free to add your own projects or browse and comment on others’ hackathon projects on our event’s Phabricator work board. As the event date approaches, more projects will be added, so remember to check back regularly for updates and new opportunities. Let’s collaborate and make this hackathon a great success together!
  • Hacking table directory: Project Locations TBD.
  • Participants list | You have the option to add yourself to the Hackathon participants list using your username to protect your identity. Remember, listing yourself is completely voluntary. We encourage everyone to join in and contribute, but your privacy and comfort are our top priorities.
  • Newcomer Resources

Volunteering Opportunities

The Wikimania hackathon is an event run for and by its participants, and is therefore running its own Volunteer Program. Everyone attending the hackathon can take as much personal responsibility to co-create the event and improve it as they like. Below you will find some pre-defined ways in which you can help make the event better for everyone. If none of these volunteer roles sound like a good fit for you, you can find small ways to help. A core principle of our hackathons is that if you see a problem, be part of the solution to fix it. If someone has a question, help them answer it. If someone looks lost, help them find their way.

More details about the volunteering program will be coming soon! If you would like to help in any way, please contact the organizers.

  • Hackathon help desk | Assist in welcoming and supporting participants
  • Mentoring | Help in matching developers with suitable projects and mentors.
  • Help us document the event | Be a note-taker or link finder during the opening and closing sessions.
  • Photography and documenting the event | Coordinate your efforts and upload your photos of the event to commons. Make sure you read the Wikimania photography policy

Communicate

The following channels are traditionally used to connect with other participants; some of them are more or less active throughout the year:

Media

Wikimedia Commons has media related to 2023:Hackathon.

  • Social media hashtag: #wmhack
  • Live streams on YouTube: TBD

Organizing Team

You are welcome to contact the organizers with any questions, although if your question can be asked in public, we encourage you to ask it on the Talk page

Contact:

  • Slavina Stefanova: sstefanova@wikimedia.org, Telegram: @blancadesal
  • Robert Sim

Friendly Space Policy & Code of Conduct

To ensure a positive and inclusive environment, all Hackathon participants must adhere to both the Wikimania Friendly Space Policy and the Code of Conduct for technical spaces. We prioritize respect and cooperation among attendees. Failure to comply with these policies may result in being asked to leave the event. Let’s work together to create a welcoming and safe experience for everyone involved.

WikiMapathon

The Wikimaps User Group organizes WikiMapathon, a series of mappy activities at Wikimania 2023 on 17 August. Join the mapathon, present your project at the popup session or join one of the presentations sessions.

August 17

More information

Here you can add information about your popup session or links to instructions for the mappers, for example.

OSM-Wikidata Map Framework

Presentation/demo about OSM-Wikidata Map Framework (Daniele Santini). The demo will briefly explain some connection patterns and follow roughly the same steps of the Demo section of this presentation. Daniele will participate remotely and pre-record the demo as a backup.

Historical mapping

The current state of tools for working with historical maps in Wikimedia. To get familiarized with Open HistoricalMap, see the slides from Old Richmond mapathon/workshop at SotMUS 2023 by Adam Cox (OldInsuranceMaps) and Jeff Meyer (OpenHistoricalMap).

WikiWomen Summit

Historically, the Wikimedia movement has organized different global events focused on closing the gender gap and advancing gender equality within the Wikimedia projects. Over the past few years, highlights of these collective efforts include the WikiWomen Camp in Argentina in 2012, and WikiWomen Camp organized in Mexico City in 2017. Building on these collective efforts, the next WikiWomen Camp will take place in India in October 2023! We recognize, celebrate, and honour the efforts of gender organizers and contributors in the movement who have worked tirelessly to get us to this moment.

As we work collectively to advance gender equity and inclusion across the projects, for the first time in our movement’s history, this year, the WikiWomen Summit at Wikimania (Summit), will be launched. The Summit will be a gathering, that has been co-designed in feminist solidarity, focused on gender inclusion and equality. The events under this banner will take place at Wikimania Singapore 2023.

This year, the Summit has been co-designed to celebrate the work of making the Wikimedia movement more gender equitable and inclusive. We aim to create a safe and inclusive space to share strategies, debate, reflect, and forge alliances and common agendas. Organizing in the Wikimedia movement often happens online, so the opportunity to meet in person and build relationships is irreplaceable for connection strengthening and skill building; which is essential for us to thrive individually and collectively in the Wikimedia movement.

This year’s Summit will feature several events organized, including panels, learning sessions, a Women’s Lunch, and an opportunity for all interested parties and allies to help shape our collective strategy for closing the gender gap and building an inclusive Wikimedia movement. You can see more details in the program below (details subject to change).

Going forward, the intention is for Summit to become a recurring event at Wikimania. So next year, in 2024, gender organizers and contributors will be able to meet again during Wikimania Krakow!

What to expect at this year’s WikiWomen Summit @ Wikimania?

More details to be announced soon

Tuesday, 15 August 2023

  • Mind The Gap (Session: Empowering Women in Wikimedia Projects for Inclusive Knowledge Sharing)
  • Time: 9:00–15:00
  • Location: Google Asia Pacific office. Transportation (bus) will be provided (details will be shared later).
  • Program: presentations, discussions, and edit-a-thon.
  • Details: The program is a part of the “Mind The Gap” event hosted at Google Asia Pacific to discuss women empowerment in Wikimedia Projects content creation and education.
  • How to participate: Google Doc registration form is required. The link to the registration form is located in the “Mind The Gap” section of this Wikimania page.

Wednesday, 16 August 2023, Morning

  • Time: 10:00–13:15
  • Location: Suntec, Level 3, Room 311
  • Program: WikiWomen lectures, panels, workshops
  • Details: The program will be dedicated to lectures, workshops, and panel discussions by gender organizers from around the globe. The first portion covers language diversity and gender and the second portion gender organizing. Please check the program schedule for the details.

Room capacity is limited, so please add your name below if you will be attending this session in person

Wednesday, 16 August 2023, Afternoon

  • Time: 14:15–16:30
  • Location: Suntec, Level 4, Main Hall, Rooms 401/402
  • Program: WikiWomen keynotes, lectures, panels, QnA
  • Details: This session will be devoted to conversations on shared priorities for closing the gender gap. There will be an opportunity to identify collective needs and goals, which will feed into discussions at the WikiWomenCamp in October 2023.

Saturday, 19 August 2023, Annual WikiWomen Lunch

  • Women’s Lunch Table
  • Time: 12:45 to 2:15 pm
  • Location: Suntec, Level 3:
  • Pick up your lunch in the Concourse lunch area
  • Bring your lunch to Room 324. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6e8Z_oEltc
  • Description: The WikiWomen Lunch is a long-time tradition at Wikimania. It is an opportunity for women+ contributors, staff, newbies, and veterans from across the movement to come together for a shared meal. There will be an opportunity to hear and share experiences of movement work, challenges and opportunities, and to build and deepen relationships among this Wikimania’s attendees.
  • Program:
  • WikiWomen social media launch!
  • Open discussion
  • Group photo

Questions

  • Q1 Can anyone participate?
  • A1
  • Anyone can participate in the WikiWomen Summit x Wikimania events on Wednesday, 16 August 2023 if they are allies, participants, and supporters of gender equity work in the movement.
  • For the Google event (Tuesday, 15 August) and Lunch Table (Saturday, 19 August), preference will be given to women+ movement participants.
  • To ensure the safety and comfort of all participants, the UCOC will be applied and enforced in the space. Participants are also requested to be mindful of using inclusive, equitable language during the sessions and to ensure that all those wanting to make a contribution have space to do so.
  • Q2 How can I participate?
  • A2
  • To join WikiWomen Summit (Wednesday, 16 August) you need to be registered for Wikimania in-person or online participation. Regarding the morning session, please indicate your desire to participate in-person on the specific section above (please add your name to the list).
  • For the WikiWomen activity at Google (Tuesday, 15 August), a separate registration is necessary; see the section above related to Google.
  • For the WikiWomen Lunch, you do not require any special action besides the regular registration for Wikimania.
  • Q3 How was this Track created?
  • A3 The Summit is the outcome of ongoing efforts in the movement to share learnings and best practices about closing the gender gap. Following the overwhelming submissions dedicated to closing the gender gap, and the identification of Gender as a shared movement priority in 2023/24, the Summit was identified as the best space to coordinate the movement’s efforts under one banner.
  • Q4 What’s the difference between the WikiWomen Summit x Wikimania and the WikiWomen Camp?
  • A4 The Summit is a gathering of Wikimedians committed to addressing the gender gap who will attend the Wikimania event in Singapore to share their projects, knowledge, and best practices with other Wikimedians across the movement. WikiWomen Camp will focus on bringing together gender contributors in the movement to identify shared priorities, needs, and collective experiences of barriers and hurdles in their work in closing the gender gap. The Camp, to be held in India in October 2023, will also include training, upskilling, and capacity building for women organizers, project leads, and young and upcoming women who will lead the movement in the future. The strategy cohort of the Camp will focus on designing a two-year plan for engagement with mid-term goals set for review at WikiWomen
  • Q5 What will happen after the Summit?
  • A5 After the Summit, we will facilitate creating a shared space of solidarity and learning among gender contributors in the movement. We will hear from previous and future WikiWomenCamp organizers and movement catalysts on the changes in the gender landscape of the movement, what is required to move the needle forward in this work, and what to expect at the next WikiWomen Camp in October 2023, and the next WikiWomen Summit x Wikimania 2024.

POSTER SESSIONS

The Poster track is an opportunity for participants to showcase their own projects at the conference. Topics presented will not be restricted to the general conference theme. Whether participants plan to be in Singapore or somewhere else in the world, they were encouraged to submit for review their poster ideas, in any language, as a meaningful way to participate in the conference. All accepted submissions will be printed in Singapore and will be featured in the Expo space, viewable by attendees during the duration of the conference.

The Poster session will include all accepted posters. The poster session will occur on Thursday, 17 August, 9:00 UTC and will be one of the prime events in Wikimania. It is an opportunity for participants to interact with their audience one-on-one, for a longer time, and in greater depth. It will be the primary venue for attendees to showcase their own projects at the conference. The Poster session enables many more submissions to be accepted, as they are presented simultaneously, and allows people who are less confident in public speaking to participate fully.

This is the official category on Commons for accepted Wikimania 2023 Posters.

Knowledge Beyond Boundaries: Strengthening Wikimedia and Libraries

Wikimania 2023 in collaboration with the National Library Board, Singapore is hosting a side event where different Wikimedia projects and Libraries will converge to discuss advances made in knowledge sharing and accessibility.

This special gathering provides us with an opportunity to learn and hear about the innovative projects, partnerships, and initiatives that highlight the effective leveraging of Wikimedia and Libraries: whether using state-of-the-art OCR for free with WikiSource, connecting our collections with the largest Linked Open Data database (Wikidata) or enriching the biggest online Encyclopedia (Wikipedia). And most importantly, the pivoting role that Wikibrarians play in curating, safeguarding and digitizing knowledge for all.

Event Details

Date/Time: Sunday, August 20th, from 09.30 to 16.30 (SGT)

Location: Level 5, The Imagination Room, The National Library of Singapore, Lee Kong Chian Reference Library

Wikimedia | © OpenStreetMap

Location of the National Library, Singapore

Important Information

  • Transportation will not be provided- please self-organize.
  • The organizers will be providing refreshments during the event.
  • Registration does not mean confirmed participation. Please wait for our confirmation emails before finalizing your plans.
  • Maximum Capacity: 60

Session Schedule

DCG 201 TALK & WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS FOR WIKIMANIA SINGSAPORE 2023 (SGT)

This is the section where we have comb through the entire list of talks on both days and list our highlights for the talks that stand out to us. Note that this does not invalidate any talks we didn’t list, in fact, we highly recommend you take a look at the full convention schedule beforehand and make up your own talk highlights lists. These are just the talks that for us had something stand out, either by being informative, unique or bizarre. (Sometimes, all three!)

ON-DEMAND PROGRAMMING

BASIC WORKSHOPS

The Wikimedia Basic workshops are designed for beginners who want to get started with editing and uploading content on the Wikimedia platforms. They will cover the basics of:

  • Wikipedia: the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Learn how to create and improve articles, add references and images, and avoid common mistakes.
  • Wikimedia Commons: the free media repository that anyone can contribute to. Learn how to upload and categorize files, add descriptions and licenses, and use media on other projects.
  • Wikidata: the free and open knowledge base that anyone can edit. Learn how to create and edit items, add statements and sources, and use tools and queries.
  • Wikisource: the free library of source texts that anyone can improve. Learn how to transcribe and proofread texts, add metadata and annotations, and use tools and templates.
  • Wiktionary: the free dictionary that anyone can edit. Learn how to create and edit entries, add definitions and translations, and use tools and formats.

The workshops will be held on Tuesday, August 15 until Wednesday, August 16, 2023, at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, as part of the pre-conference activities of Wikimania 2023. They will be led by experienced Wikimedians who will guide you through the basics and answer your questions.

To register for the workshops, you just need to be registered to register for Wikimania 2023 first. Then, you can select the workshops you want to attend on the program page. The workshops are free of charge, but seats are limited.

Wikidata 1Tuesday, 15 August — 10:00 AM-4:30 PM — Room 324

Wikidata 2Tuesday, 15 August — 4:45 PM-7:00 PM — Room 324

WiktionaryTuesday, 15 August4:45 PM-7:00 PM — Room 311

Wikisource 1Wednesday, 16 August — 10:00 AM-1:15 PM — Plenary Hall, Halls 401/402

WikipediaWednesday, 16 August — 10:00 AM-1:15 PM — Room 310

Wikisource 2Wednesday, 16 August — 2:15 PM-4:30 PM — Room 311

Wikimedia CommonsWednesday, 16 August — 2:15 PM-4:30 PM — Room 310

Tuesday, August 15, Pre-conference workshops, no live streaming

Room 324

SPARQL: access and analyze data from Wikidata

Asaf Bartov (WMF)

11:15am — 12:45pm

Creating a Lexeme Database from Scratch

Leon Liesener

2:45 pm— 3:45pm

Data use and reuse: Unlocking the Potential of Frictionless Data for Wikidata

Open Knowledge Foundation, Nikesh Balami, Shashi Gharti

6:00pm — 8:00pm

Wednesday, August 16

Plenary Hall, Halls 401/402

Portable Museum and low-cost digitization with mobile phones for GLAM collections

Carolina Matos, Open Knowledge Foundation

10:00am — 11:00am

Room 311

Using LLMs to Overcome Bias: An Experiment

Colleen D Hartung, Christine Meyer, Rosalind Hinton

10:10 am— 10:22am

Workshop on Manuscript Digitization of Wikisource Loves Manuscripts (showcase)

Ilham Nurwansah

3:35pn — 4:20pm

Helping Wikisource recognize handwritten documents

Satdeep Gill (WMF), Kinneret Gordon

3:20pm–3:50pm

Room 325

Internet-in-a-Box + Hardware Addons

Suyash Dwivedi, James Heilman, Tim Moody

4315pm–3:45pm

Using Kiwix as a tool to enhance equitable access to educational resources in Africa

Ruby D-Brown, Eugene Masiku

3:45pm–4:15pm

Room 326

Grow a “Spore” on Wikispore: A Gardener’s Guide to Wiki Founding

Richard Knipel

3:15pm — 4:15pm

Thursday, August 17

Plenary Hall, Halls 401/402

ChatGPT vs. WikiGPT: Challenges and Opportunities in harnessing generative AI for Wikimedia Projects

Netha Hussain, Andrew Lih, Galder Gonzalez, Shani Evenstein Sigalov, Jimbo Wales

11:15 am— 12:15pm

Giving Contexts to Places We Love — The Power of OpenStreetMap and Wikidata

James Amattey

2:55pm–3:15pm

Room 309

Improving Content Quality with ORES: A Demonstration of the Objective Revision Evaluation Service Tool

Joris Darlington Quarshie

11:15am — 11:55am

There’s an App for that: a mobile-native way to interact with the movement

Amal Ramadan, Marina Azevedo MAzevedo (WMF)

3:15pm–3:55pm

Recording voices and local languages with Lingualibre

hugo

2:55pm–3:15pm

Room 311

Teaching with Wikidata: A Resource for Educators and Students

Carla Toro

10:40am — 11:00am

WikiLearn: a learning and training space for the Wikimedia movement

Asaf Bartov (WMF)

12:15pm — 12:45pm

IP Masking: Big Change to Protect Editor Privacy

Niharika Kohli, Madi Moss

4:00 pm— 4:30pm

Room 324

Empowering senior citizens through Wikimedia: promoting digital literacy and preventing misinformation.

Carla Toro

10:00 am— 10:20am

Black Lunch Table: Pedagogy and Programming from 2019-present

Black Lunch Table- eliza myrie and Kearra Gopee

11:45am — 12:05pm

The AID Project Experience: Indigenous people, Creativity, Culture and Knowledge through the lens of endangered Igbo dances

Euphemia Uwandu, Emmanuel Obiajulu, Chibuike

12:05pm — 12:25pm

Decolonizing knowledge — a perspective from the Ukrainian community

Anton Protsiuk, antanana

12:25 pm— 12:45pm

Room 325

Preserving Puyuma Heritage Through Digitalization: A Case Study of Language Revitalization Efforts in Taiwan

Yucheng Lin

12:10 pm— 12:25pm

Some Indonesian maps are … problematic

RXerself

4:10pm — 4:20pm

Room 326

WikiShtetl: Preserving the memories of lost communities

Tehila Hertz

3:15pm — 3:35pm

The effects of IP address range blocking on contribution to the free knowledge

Tochi Precious, Antoni Mtavangu, Bobby Shabangu

3:30pm — 4:15pm

Room 307 (No livestreaming, No cameras)

What I learned from studying Wikipedia bias for 18 years

Heather Ford

2:15 pm— 2:45pm

What exactly does Trust and Safety do? A background, history, and explainer

Joe Sutherland

3:30pm — 4:00pm

Friday, August 18

Plenary Hall, Halls 401/402

The future of CC licenses and public domain tools

Kat Walsh, Creative Commons

10:00am — 10:40am

Motivating volunteers and retaining newcomers — case study of Wikimedia Ukraine’s “wiki condensed milk” program

Anton Protsiuk

4:55pm — 5:00pm

Sign Languages of the world : increase mutual understanding with Lingualibre SignIt.

hugo

5:40pm — 5:45pm

Age-Verification on Wikimedia Projects

Dimi_z

5:55pm — 6:00pm

Taboo Articles

Kaylea Champion, Benjamin Mako Hill

6:05pm — 6:10pm

Room 310

Surpassing RfCs: how to improve the governance of large software changes

Tisza Gergő

11:15am — 11:45am

How to free copyrighted media for Wikimedia

J. N. Squire

3:50pm — 4:10pm

Room 311

Co-creating platforms and products: how the Wikimedia Cloud Services team works with the larger Wikimedia technical community to build and maintain Cloud VPS, Toolforge, Quarry, PAWS, and more

Bryan Davis, Andrew Bogott, Taavi Väänänen, YiFei Zhu

10:20am — 11:00am

Discuss improvements to our collective decision-making processes for software releases

Olga Vasileva, Szymon Grabarczuk, Johan Jönsson

2:15pm — 3:15pm

Empowering Wikidata and Wikipedia with Generative AI: Unlocking the Potential of Scholarly Publications

Houcemeddine Turki

4:00pm–4:30pm

Room 325

Internet Archive: The Annual Wikimania Update

Mark Graham

11:15am — 11:35am

Afrika Baraza

Felix Nartey, Bobby Shabangu, WISCOM, Belinda Mbambo

4:45pm — 7:00pm

Room 326

Why tackling climate change needs open science and culture

Brigitte Vézina, Monica Granados

11:15am — 11:35am

West African Media Literacy Project

Harriet Bayel

12:05pm — 12:35pm

Scaling Wikidata Query Service — unlimited access to all the world’s knowledge for everyone is hard

Lydia Pintscher

2:15pm— 2:45pm

Wikidata for Education

Sailesh Patnaik, Dnshitobu

3:50pm — 4:20pm

WikiCafé: A New Approach to Onboarding New Developers

Joris Darlington Quarshie

4:45pm — 6:00pm

Room 307 (No livestreaming, No cameras)

When public becomes private and everybody is a suspect — freedom of expression in early 21st century

Anna Mazgal

11:15am — 11:45am

Open up! Stories and lessons from copyright advocacy across the Wikimedia movement

Ziski Putz / FPutz

2:15pm — 3:15pm

Saturday, August 19

Plenary Hall, Halls 401/402

The Importance of Real Transparency in Internet Platforms

Ashley Boyd

11:15am — 12:00pm

Room 309

Duplicating Everywhere All at Once

Alex Lum / Canley

10:00am — 10:30am

Television in Wikipedia — Internationalization of Wiki Loves Broadcast

Jan-David Franke

2:35pm–3:15pm

Room 310

Lift Wing: WMF’s machine learning model serving infrastructure

Wikimedia Machine Learning Team

10:30am — 11:00am

Room 311

Archival Speech Data For The Win: How Archival Audio-Visual Recordings Could Help The Future Of The Wikimedia Movement

Subhashish Panigrahi

10:40am — 11:00am

Wiki Loves in Numbers

Lodewijk Gelauff

11:35am — 12:05pm

Wikitopia! In Three Easy Puzzle Pieces

Pharos

3:50–4:30

Room 324

AfroCROWD Talk on Wiki Diasporas

Sherry Antoine

10:40am — 11:00am

Exploring the Values That Will Shape AI for a Better internet

Nate Angell, Creative Commons

11:15am — 12:00pm

Livestreaming editing

Jan Ainali

3:50pm–4:30pm

Room 325

Let’s systematically back up all libraries in the world to Wikimedia Commons!

維基小霸王

10:40 am— 10:50am

WikiSihat and WHO

Taufik

2:55pm — 3:05pm

Room 326

Wikeys, a pedagogical game to discover Wikipedia

Mathilde Louis

11:15 am— 12:15pm

Seniors write Wikipedia — how to keep them engaged in the long term run?

Lucie Schubert

2:55pm — 3:15pm

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