March 2013 WMUK media event
On 5th March 2013 TechHub at Campus London hosted a media event where journalists could meet Jimmy Wales and some of the Wikimedia volunteers to learn more about some of the awesome projects being worked on, such as Wikimania (the annual international community conference), the visual editor, Wikivoyage, Wiki Loves Monuments and more.
We have invited journalists from the mainstream media and tech media to come along. The event was informal and friendly, a chance to meet and greet journalists. The event was also be open to TechHub members and a chance for the journalists to see the kind of things people are working on within TechHub and Tech City.
Venue[edit | edit source]
TechHub at Campus London. The address is:
- 4-5 Bonhill Street
- EC2A 4BX
TechHub is a short walk from Old Street tube station. Details of how to find the venue can be found here.
The event started at 18:30 and finished around 20:30.
Attendees[edit | edit source]
Niki MayYoung – Civil Society
Dave Lee – BBC
Murad Ahmed – The Times
Cassie Vinograd – Associated Press
Raphael Satter – Associated Press
Kate Solomon (tentative) – Tech Radar
Stuart Miles – Pocket Lint
Nate Laxton – Wired
Olivia Solon – Wired
Lee Price – The Sun
Volunteers and interests
Fabian Tompsett – education / Wikiversity
James Knight – Wikimania
Ed Saperia – Wikimania
David Gerard – Wikipedia / key media volunteer
Chris Keating – Chair
Gemma Griffiths – PR / WP
Andrew Gray – Commons and WIR
Katie Chan – VSO
Tom Morris – Wikivoyage
Richard S + Panyd – photography / video
Rebecca Ford - Digital literacy
Stevie Benton – Communications Organiser
Richard Nevell – Office Support
Jon Davies – Chief Executive
Outcome[edit | edit source]
Jimmy's talk on Tuesday night - here.
About 50 to 60 people attended the event (the final list is yet to be finished) and the meeting space was crowded when Jimmy Wales turned up. His talk covered topics ranging from Wikipedians in Residence to WMUK's activities, and from Wiki Loves Monuments to London's Wikimania bid. Jimmy intended to leave by 7:10, but an engaging Q&A session meant he stayed longer than scheduled. After the Q&A session came to an end, attendees mingled with Wikimedia UK volunteers in an informal environment and discussed the various Wikimedia projects. Merchandise was laid out on a table at the back of the meeting space and many attendees took introduction to Wikipedia booklets. The networking resulted in contacts with Civil Society.