The Wikimania 2012 conference will be held July 12-15, 2012, at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
- Meet the wiki community in Washington.
- Join a gathering of experts, enthusiasts, and those who are just curious, in a center of academia, culture, and technology.
- Engage at the official annual conference of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects.
Wikimania is the annual international conference of the Wikimedia community (which includes Wikipedia). It allows the community and the general public to learn about and share their experiences with free knowledge initiatives all over the world.
- Submit a talk/panel/workshop for Wikimania! – Deadline is March 18.
- Registration is now open! – Early registration discount until April 23.
This conference provides a unique opportunity for the Wikimedia community and its projects – Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikinews, Wiktionary, Wikispecies, Wikimedia Commons, and Wikimedia – to come together, share their common goals, and develop better ways to work together on an international level.
- July 6–9: Wikimania Takes Manhattan (special pre-conference event in NYC)
- July 10–11: Hackathon
- July 12–14: Main Conference
- July 15: Unconference
Pre-Conference hacking days and Unconference are open to all attendees. The program for these days will be primarily informal.
The Wikimania 2012 program structure is designed to create multiple opportunities for conference participants to actively engage with the subject matter, the environment, and, most importantly, each other. Washington, D.C, can play an important role in Wikimania 2012 as a locale that gathers interest in government, culture, media, and academia around the general goals of the Wikimania conference series.
- Wikis and the Public Sector
- GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) & cultural outreach
- WikiCulture and Community
- Research, Analysis, and Education
- Technology and Infrastructure
This weekend, Aug 26-28, kicks off the Manhattan Beach Open. The largest and most famous of all the beach volleyball tournaments which features 64 pro teams per gender, including top Olympic teams.
Often called the Masters or Wimbledon of beach volleyball. The players call it the holy grail due to its top prize money, massive media presence, and, most importantly, each winner gets enshrined in the “Volleyball Walk of Fame.”
This memorial features bronze statues that span the length of the Manhattan Beach Pier. It is definitely the “one tournament that all players want to play in”.
- Friday, Aug. 26, 8am – 7pm (16 courts)
- Saturday, Aug. 27, 8:30am – 7:15pm (16 courts)
- Sunday, Aug. 28, 9:15am – 5:30pm (4 courts)
- Women’s final at 2:15pm
- Men’s final (televised live on Versus) at 4pm
The total prize money is $200,000 and the event has a rich history dating all the way back to 1960. “The Manhattan Open was the precursor to everything that has developed in beach volleyball including the Olympics.”
This year, the 51st one, features a three-day, double-elimination tournament. Admission is free and the location is the south side of the Manhattan Beach Pier.
Just to get you excited, check out this trailer for the classic beach volleyball movie featuring C. Thomas Howell -