May 2017 Opportunities
Learn to edit Wikipedia at this exciting event

What: AfroCROWD Wikipedia Seminar at the
Brooklyn Library Skillshare

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 2:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: The Brooklyn Central Library Balcony Conference Room

10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238

You are invited to this month's AfroCROWD Wikipedia Seminar at the Brooklyn Library Skillshare. We will join this festive, all day event that will attract makers and innovators in the New York City area for a day of learning. The event runs from 10am-6pm. Join us in the Balcony Conference Room to learn about the world of Wikimedia and how to edit Wikipedia. You can also join us to improve your Wikipedia editing skills and meet other Wikipedians.

As always, each of our events are free. All levels of Wikipedia exposure and languages are welcome. Wikipedia coaches will be on hand to help.

*While a limited amount of laptops are available, please bring a laptop if you can and register for a Wikipedia account ahead of the event.

Other Happenings

[The Black Lunch Table (BLT) project will host an edit-a-thon in conjunction with Telling Untold Histories unconference at Rutgers University - Newark from 2:10pm - 3:25pm on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Join BLT for a workshop of social Wikipedia editing! A training session will be held, but help is available throughout the event. Register for the conference, BRING YOUR LAPTOP and feel free to bring a friend!
Click here to Sign up
AfroCROWD is a proud supporter of the Haiti Film Fest taking place all this weekend May 11-14th. Head to haiticulturalx.org/haitifilmfest2017 for more information.
Wikimania 2017
Join us! August 9-13, 2017 in Montréal, Canada.

Wikimania 2017, the 13th annual international conference of the Wikimedia movement, is being held August 9-13, 2017 in Montréal, Canada. This is an action packed, fun, global conference of all things Wikipedia that is open to the public. Each year the conference is held in a new country. This year, we are happy to have it in our back yard.

Whether you actively edit Wikipedia, mostly enjoy reading the content, have thought of doing more with Wikipedia, or are just curious about the free knowledge movement, Wikimania is for you. Learn more about Wikimania 2017 here. More registration information coming soon.

WikiConference North America 2017

We are pleased to announce that WikiConference North America 2017 will be held in Montreal on Wednesday and Thursday, August 9-10th as a pre-conference to Wikimania (Friday-Sunday August 11-13th).August 9-10 in Montreal, Canada
  • Wednesday, August 9th: Culture Crawl at various cultural institutions in Montreal. Focus: galleries, libraries, archives, museums, and monuments.
  • Thursday, August 10th: This day will be full of programming, with a keynote, tracks, and lightning talks followed by the official Wikimania kick-off reception that evening at the conference venue, Le Centre Sheraton Montreal.

Interested in providing feedback and helping make WikiConference great? We've set up a quick feedback form for you to send us your ideas; also feel free to e-mail us at info@wikiconference.org.

For more info head to: Website - Twitter - Facebook

Don't miss the Wiki-Train!

On August 8, Wikimedia New York City is planning a Adirondack Wiki-Train Ride, a special pre-conference train ride from New York City to Montreal. This is a day-long train trip mostly through the beautiful Upstate New York countryside (8:15 am - 7:11pm). If you are interested in attending, check out the event page and sign up!

We are also working on getting low cost accomodation for the conference. Right now they are as low as $40/night. Stay tuned.

Sign up for
Wiki Wednesdays

Have Wikipedia questions? Want to meet other Wikipedia editors in a relaxed town hall type of setting? Join us for Wiki Wednesdays, the Wikimedia New York City Chapter monthly meetings. All are welcome. Food is provided. Click here to Sign up.

Recent Events
Wikimedia Conference, Berlin

Congrats to our Alice Backer, who attended the annual Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, Germany last month as a delegate representative of Wikimedia New York CIty where she is a vice president. The event is a coming together of Wikimedia community leaders from around the world to, among other topics, strategize the future of Wikipedia. [Images: Top left: Alice Backer (center) stands with African Wikipedians at Wikimedia Con. Top right: Group photo by Wikipedian Jason Krüger of Wikimedia Con 2017 attendees taken in Berlin Germany.]
Wikipedia Med is everywhere!

AfroCROWD was pleased to join the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Columbia University's School of International Public Administration (SIPA) for two events focused on Wikipedia in the medical community. At Icahn Mount Sinai we delved into the contributions of women and people of African descent in medical history and at Columbia, we witnessed the launch of a device that will bring offline medical information to doctors and medical professionals working in rural areas around the developing world using Kiwix, Wikimedia technology. Exciting suff that may save lives.
Images: Top: The group at our Blacks In Medicine Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Great event. Right: The Internet in a Box Kiwix Offline device as presented at Columbia SIPA.
Join the Global Wikipedia Community today with AfroCROWD!
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If you have editing ideas, or are looking to
partner with AfroCROWD for a coming event,
please contact us today:
Founder, Executive Director - Alice Backer- Alice@AfroCROWD.org
Program Manager, Public Outreach - Sherry Antoine, MPA: Sherry@AfroCROWD.org
Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD) is an initiative which seeks to increase the number of people of African Descents who actively partake in the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements. Since its launch during Black Wiki History Month in 2015, AfroCROWD has sensitized thousands in its target audience about free culture crowdsourcing and the need to close the multicultural and gender gaps in Wikipedia. AfroCROWD has also held monthly multilingual edit-a-thons in partnership with renowned cultural institutions, museums, galleries, educators, libraries, and archives in the New York Metro area and beyond. AfroCROWD has also trained future trainers in the target community.
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