stevewanjau at wikimedia
May 3, 2012, 12:28 AM
Post #8 of 8
Congratulations to Hong Kong.
Re: Selection of winning bid for Wikimania 2013: Hong Kong
[In reply to]
This year it will be in the West and the next in the East.
On Thu, May 3, 2012 at 8:57 AM, Mateus Nobre <mateusfnobre [at] gmail> wrote:
> Hope to be there.
> On Wed, May 2, 2012 at 8:52 PM, James Forrester <jdforrester [at] gmail>wrote:
>> On behalf of the Wikimania 2013 selection Jury, I can announce
>> that we have awarded the conference to Hong Kong. Congratulations to
>> the bidding team, and to the London team who also did a particularly
>> excellent job.
>> There were five official bids: Bristol, Naples and Surakarta, as well
>> as the two finalists of Hong Kong and London. The Jury and the
>> bidding teams discussed them in three public IRC meetings in April. We
>> determined that Hong Kong and London were the strongest contenders,
>> and decided to focus on these two as the finalists. After further
>> e-mail enquiries, and considering evaluation by Wikimedia Foundation
>> staff, a final, private meeting was held to reach a final decision.
>> The Jury was pleased by the high quality in both the final bids, and
>> required over three hours' discussion to reach the final verdict. We
>> considered each bid according to the criteria, focussing on
>> following factors: Venue, Program, Geo-location & Logistics, Local
>> Opportunities, Accommodations, Team & Chapter, and Budget & Finances.
>> We found consensus that the Hong Kong bid was the stronger, especially
>> because of their strong advance planning; solid support by the local
>> Wikimedia Chapter, the community, local government, and a partner
>> organisation that is experienced in planning conferences; and their
>> good combination of venue and accommodation.
>> The Jury has confidence that the Hong Kong bidding team will pull off
>> a magnificent Wikimania, and we are pleased for our global community
>> to return to Asia once again. With a motivated group of volunteers who
>> have experience in organizing smaller Wikimedia activities, and a
>> partner with experience in organizing larger-scale events, they have
>> found a good mix to create a successful conference. The Jury did also
>> identify some weaker points in each the bids, and will be happy to
>> share those privately with the teams so that the Hong Kong team can
>> use that to their advantage in organizing Wikimania 2013, and the
>> other teams can use the feedback to improve their bids for a future
>> We thank all candidate teams - the process is gruelling and requires a
>> very substantial time investment. They are all to be commended for
>> their submissions.
>> To use this soap-box for a moment, as Moderator I would like to remind
>> the community that we hope that this time was the last that we use
>> this ad-hoc process to decide on the Wikimania venue, and encourage
>> everyone to engage with the discussion on Meta about how we might
>> select Wikimania 2014 and beyond in a more open, community-led way.
>> Please, do join in the discussions.
>> James Forrester
>> Moderator, Wikimania 2013 Jury
>> For the Wikimania 2013 Jury
>>  - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2013
>>  - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2013_jury
>>  - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2013_bids
>>  - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2013_judging_criteria
>>  - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_Advisory_Group
>> James D. Forrester
>> jdforrester [at] wikimedia | jdforrester [at] gmail
>> [[Wikipedia:User:Jdforrester|James F.]]
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