Bristol is bidding to bring the international Wikimania conference to the city in 2013. Wikimania is an annual event attended by influential speakers, writers and users of wiki projects such as Wikipedia. Run by the Wikimedia Foundation, if Bristol wins the bid to host the the week-long event, it could welcome the likes of Stephen Fry, Cory Doctorow, Jimmy Wales, Clay Shirky, and Tim Berners-Lee.
Bristol’s bid was submitted on Friday and now there is an online campaign growing to gather support. The city is up against competition across the world, including Hong Kong and Surakarta. Rival bids closer to home are London and Naples, Italy. Bristol recently welcomed Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, and also hosts the annual Festival of Ideas which attracts known writers and thinkers. Bristol’s bid promises that if successful, it will:
* Create a wide, generous and secure platform for the active involvement of community groups
* Build a bridge to the non-Wiki community (the Wikiless), inspire a new generation of volunteers
* Create a place and space where working relationships can strive, thrive and develop
* Spread the Wikipedia editing ‘privilege’ to involve more cultures, more women, more wisdom
* Enhance public understanding of shared, free and open source knowledge
* Celebrate and promote successful partnerships and Wiki achievements
This year’s Wikimania will take place in July in Washington DC.
To find out more visit the Bristol bid wiki.