Wikimania Virtual Event Uses Multilingual Content to Break Down Global Barriers

In a scenario all too familiar to event organizers during the pandemic, the Wikimedia Foundation’s annual conference set to meet in Bangkok in 2020 was cancelled and rescheduled for the same venue this year. As the pandemic dragged on, those plans had to be scrapped as well, forcing organizers to announce that Wikimania 2021 would take place on August 13-17 as a virtual event for the first time in its 16-year history.

Far from a disadvantage, Wikimania’s international team of volunteer organizers say the virtual format has the potential to expand the conference’s global reach and blow through time zones and language barriers.

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