Deadline October 14, 2018

WikiIndaba Conference is the regional conference for Africans both within and in the diaspora. The first edition was held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2014 by Wikimedia ZA, while the latest edition was held in Tunis, Tunisia in 2018 by Wikimedia TN Usergroup. The 2019 edition of the conference will be hosted in Abuja, FCT, Nigeria by the Wikimedia UG Nigeria.

WikiIndaba 2019 in Abuja will be the fourth edition of the annual African conferences which provide a unique opportunity for the Wikimedia community in Africa and the disapora to come together, share their common goals, and develop better ways to work together.

Whether you are a community member of one of the Wikimedia projects (such as Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikidata, Wikisource, Wikinews, Wikimedia Commons, Wiktionary, Wikiversity, MediaWiki or others), or a fellow open content creator or consumer, we welcome your proposal for a session at WikiIndaba 2019.

WikiIndaba will be held in January 2019 and will consist of several concurrent tracks, including workshops, presentations, roundtables, invited speakers and tutorials. This is a call for submissions for the conference.

If you would like to propose a speaker for the Keynote and Invited tracks (including yourself), you may do so by contacting: We will give particular consideration to allies and leaders of the Free Knowledge movement who can provide a new, fresh perspective on our projects or their communities.


WikiIndaba presentations are about topics related to the work of Wikimedians and the Wikimedia projects. Submissions may be about any area of Wikimedia work, including:

  • Wikimedia Research
  • Technology and infrastructure
  • Outreach and education
  • Legal and social aspects
  • Project community and community development
  • Project content.

Submissions can be about ongoing or new projects and initiatives, related projects outside Wikimedia, and research related to the Wikimedia projects. Presentations, workshops and discussions can be aimed at any audience, including experienced Wikimedia contributors, new or beginning Wikimedia contributors, or current Wikimedia contributors who want to learn new skills or start work in a new area.

We especially welcome new WikiIndaba presenters, presentations about issues of current concern to the Wikimedia community, reports from Wikimedia’s sister projects and discussions of the current work and future of these projects, and roundtable/birds of a feather discussions meant to discuss and solve current issues relating to the Wikimedia projects and community.

This will be a monolingual conference, and only presentations in English are welcomed. However, you can make your submissions in other languages, after rendering the English version.

All presentations and discussions are encouraged to be as interactive as possible and facilitate learning and sharing by the attendees

Submission types

There will be several formats, including lectures, panel presentations, roundtable discussions, and workshops focused on skill development. There will also be sessions of lightning talks and birds of a feather sessions. We are also open to new and original program format ideas, including combinations of types, art installations, photohunts, and so on; please contact the program committee with any questions.

  • Lectures: where one or two presenters offer a presentation in front of an audience. Lectures are generally intended to be 25 minutes long, but a limited number of 55-minute slots may be made available. A projection screen will be provided for the display of slides or video material; please specify if you have additional needs.
  • Panels: 3-6 presenters share a 55 minute presentation slot to discuss a topic. A projection screen will be provided for the display of slides or video material; please specify if you have additional needs.
  • Roundtables: a forum to discuss an issue in participation with the audience, in which presenters are expected to lead and moderate the discussion over a 55 minute session. Spaces for roundtables are more intimate, with a layout to favor discussion, and are only provided with projectors if requested.
  • Workshops and tutorials: these are presentations with a focus on practical work directed either to acquiring a specific skill or doing a specific task. Sessions are 55 minutes led by the presenters in a classroom space suitable for laptops and work.
  • Lightning talks: these are brief (5-minute) presentations, shown together during one of the three themed sessions in the primary theatre during the conference. One session will be dedicated to each of: technical topics, community topics, or project-related topics. Submissions should include the name and affiliation of the presenter, and the topic of the presentation.

Proposals for presentations, (lectures, workshops, roundtables and tutorials) will be accepted until 14 October 2018.

Proposals for Lightning talks will be accepted until 10 November 2018.

Submission Details

All submissions should include:

  • The name and affiliation of the presenter or moderator if any
  • The title of the presentation
  • An abstract describing the topic of the presentation and what attendees can expect to take away from the session.
  • A description of what attendees can expect to take away from the session.

In addition:

  • For presentations, panels and discussions, please state the expected or intended audience of the session (new contributors, experienced contributors, or all).
  • Roundtable and birds of a feather discussion should indicate what the outcome of the discussion is hoped to be.
  • Panel presentations should include the name of the presenters, if confirmed, and a brief synopsis of what each presenter will contribute.
  • Workshop submissions should include the level of the workshop (beginning, intermediate, experienced), what attendees should do to prepare for the workshop, and a description of the workshop presenter’s experience.

To submit, please fill out the form below, under Submissions.


Questions? Please contact the Programmes Committee at

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