Wikimedia Australia to host ESEAP Conference

Apply for up travel assistance to join us in Sydney in November
, Caddie Brain.

Wikimedians across the East, Southeast Asia, and Pacific (ESEAP) region will gather in Sydney, Australia in November, following the lifting of the Wikimedia Foundation’s Covid Travel Policy.

As one of the most underrepresented and diverse regions within the Wikimedia community, ESEAP Conference 2022 is a critical opportunity for community and affiliate representatives to come together, share ideas and explore new ways to overcome the many challenges contributors and organizers are facing.

As only the second in-person regional event, ESEAP Conference 2022 will see the continuation of the many conversations that began in Bali in May 2018 that brought together participants from Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam.

Hosted by Wikimedia Australia, ESEAP Conference 2022 will take place from Friday 18 November until 20 November at the University of Technology, Sydney and will feature strategic discussions, particularly in regards to regional Hub development as well as partnership, leadership and skills development aimed at building networks that can support a greater diversity of participants enabling future growth.

The call for program submissions will also open on 8 August 2022, closing on 23 September 2022.

Session proposals can be submitted as lectures, panels, workshops, lightning talks and roundtables, as well as posters which can be publicly displayed in the venue during the course of the conference. Sessions will be streamed online for remote access also.

The ESEAP Conference organizers are also calling for volunteers to support the event in the areas of programming, communications and event management.

Apply for an international travel scholarship

Scholarships are available to support travel costs for participants from any country in the ESEAP region and are open until Sunday 24 July 2022 with general registrations opening on 8 August 2022.

Wikimedians, representatives from the galleries, libraries, archives and museums sector or anyone with a passion for community development and sharing free knowledge from the Pacific region, or those countries without an official chapter or user group are particularly encouraged to apply.

Two members of each affiliate or community from the ESEAP region have been invited, as will the core organising team for Wikimania 2023 which will be hosted in the ESEAP region. There may also be scholarships awarded to interested Wikimedians from outside the region, for keynote speakers and sessions relevant to the development of the ESEAP community.

Apply for an Australian community scholarship

The ESEAP Conference 2022 will feature an Australia community stream and will also follow the Worlds of Wikimedia Conference at the University of Sydney on Thursday 17 November and Friday 18 November 2022.

Wikimedia Australia want to support Australian Wikimedians to attend, offering a $4,000 in scholarships to support Australian community members who wish to apply for travel or accommodation assistance. Scholarships are open to an Australian with a demonstrated commitment to Wikimedia activities in Australia.

This limited scholarship round is now closed.



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