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Title: Wikimania 2023 Closing Plenary and Handover to the 19th edition of Wikimania



Wikimedian since 2005, Wikimania 2020, 2021, & 2023 COT Scholarship lead for all three, member of the current Wikimania Steering committee. ESEAP co-lead for 2022 ESEAP conference, and scholarship coordinator. Photographer with over 4,000 uploads of photographs, videos and maps to Wikimedia Commons and established Commons Quality Images program. Foundering member of Wikimedia Australia, President from 2015 to 2017, Vice President 2017/18, 2013-2015.

Butch Bustria

Butch Bustria is an Overseas Filipino Worker / Wikimedian (OFW) based in Singapore, He use his spare time in doing Wikimedia projects. His first edit was in December 2005 with a series of edits about the Philippines’ hosting of the Southeast Asian Games. In 2010, he along with 4 others co-founded Wikimedia Philippines, the second Wikimedia chapter in Southeast Asia. In 2017, he joined in organizing the first ESEAP conference in Bali, Indonesia and the first ESEAP Strategy Summit in Bangkok, Thailand. He also part of the core organizing teams of the second ESEAP Conference in Sydney, Australia and is an Event lead for Wikimania 2023 in Singapore. He is also part of the Wikimania Steering Committee since 2020 and the ESEAP Regional Funds Committee since 2021. Image : https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimedia_Summit_2019_-_Portrait_Butch_Bustria.jpg License: cc-by-sa-4.0 Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.

Robert Sim (User:Robertsky)

A Singaporean Wikimedian, editing primarily on English Wikipedia avidly since 2019. Creator of the indexing script that maintains Index of Singapore-related articles. Profile image cropped from c:File:Post ESEAP 2022 - Singaporean Wikimedians 2.jpg.

Maciej Artur Nadzikiewicz

Venus Lui

Raised in Hong Kong, now based in Berlin, Germany. I have been participating in the Wikimedia Movement for a while (10 years +) and am interested in Open Education/ GLAM/ Opendata.

Szymon Grabarczuk

Senior Community Relations Specialist at Wikimedia Foundation. I work on major software changes: the Vector 2022 skin, IP Masking, Accessibility for reading, Dark mode, etc. I’ve been a Wikipedian since 2010. A few years ago, I was a Vice-President & Secretary of Wikimedia Polska. Currently, as a volunteer, I’m a member of the Wikimania 2024 Core Organizing Team and the Wikimania 2023 Technology team. More information about me: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:SGrabarczuk_(WMF)


I am a Vanj Padilla, Juris Doctor and a Filipino Wikimedian. I have been a volunteer community founder and organizer since 2009, from Google Business Group to Pangasinan ICT Council, Pangasinan Scholars, Pangasinan and Norte Bloggers and Shared Knowledge Asia Pacific. I have organized, led and designed events and built strategic partners with NGOs, the business sector, the media, the academe, government instrumentalities and corporate partners local and international. I have also been granted scholarships, sponsorships and overseas training from Google, Stanford Graduate School of Business, MaGiC Malaysia and Foundation for Community Educational Media. The knowledge I am about to share are learnings I have gained from the entities that have given me a chance to hack my own growth as well my community.

Nur Fahmia

Javanese and Indonesia Wikimedian


My name is Agus_Damanik. I am Indonesian Wikimedia based in Medan who is involved in many wikimedia Project. Mainly, i contribute Indonesian Wikiource, Indonesian Wiktionary, Wikispecies and Indonesian Wikipedia. I am also administrator for Indonesian Wikipedia and Indonesian Wikisource

Wojciech Pędzich

Athikhun Suwannakhan

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Room: Plenary Hall

Start time: Sat, 19 Aug 2023 16:45:00 +0800

End time: Sat, 19 Aug 2023 17:30:00 +0800

Type: No (pretalx) session type id specified

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Submission state: confirmed

Duration: 45 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

The closing plenary for Wikimania 2023 is the final event of the conference, where the participants will reflect on their learnings, achievements, and challenges, as well as to look forward to the 19th edition of Wikimania in Krakow, Poland. The ceremony will feature a speech by a prominent Wikimedian, a presentation from the Central and Eastern European Wikimedians, and a farewell message from the ESEAP Wikimania 2023 Core Organizing Team.

Description[edit source]

The objectives of the closing plenary are:

● To summarize and highlight the main outcome and impact of Wikimania 2023 ● To acknowledge and appreciate the contributions and efforts of the participants, speakers, partners, and volunteers ● To inspire and motivate the participants to continue their involvement and engagement with Wikimedia ● To introduce the host location and theme of the 19th edition of Wikimania

The closing ceremony will be held on August 19, 2023, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. The ceremony will be a hybrid event, with both in-person and online components. The in-person attendees will be able to enjoy some refreshments and souvenirs at the venue, while the online attendees will be able to join via a live stream and interact through a chat platform.

The ceremony will consist of four main segments:

Featured speech: A renowned Wikimedian will deliver a speech that will entertain and inspire fellow Wikimedians to enjoy contributing in the Wikimedia projects Reflection: This program section will showcase some of the achievements and impacts of Wikimania 2023, such as new partnerships, collaborations, projects, initiatives, and innovations.

Handover: The host location and theme of the 19th edition of Wikimania will be announced and introduced by a representative from the organizing committee from the Wikimedians of Central and Eastern Europe. The announcement will include some information about the location, date, venue, and theme of the next Wikimania, as well as an invitation for potential participants, speakers, partners, and volunteers.

Farewell message: The organizers of Wikimania 2023 will deliver a farewell message to thank the participants, speakers, partners, and volunteers for their support and participation. The organizers will also share some of the lessons learned and experience faced in organizing Wikimania 2023, as well as solicit some suggestions and feedbacks for improvement for future event planning.

Further details[edit source]

Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

This session relates to the themes of diversity, collaboration, and future in the following ways:

Diversity: This session showcases the diversity of the Wikimedia community and its projects, as well as the diversity of the participants’ perspectives and experiences. We aim to create a space for reflection and evaluation, as well as appreciation and recognition, of the differences and similarities among the participants.

Collaboration: This session fosters collaboration among the participants, both in-person and online. We encourage the participants to share their feedbacks and suggestions, as well as their learnings and achievements, with each other. We also acknowledge and appreciate the collaboration of the speakers, volunteers, partners, and organizers in making Wikimania 2023 a success.

Future: This session inspires and motivates the participants to continue their involvement and engagement with Wikimedia. We share our vision and insights for the future of Wikimedia, as well as address some of the key issues and challenges that Wikimedia faces in the global and local contexts. We also announce and introduce the host location and theme of the 19th edition of Wikimania and invite the participants to join us in the next edition of Wikimania.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Everyone can participate in this session

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Tick Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Empty Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand