Manchester Wikimania Bid

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Wikimania Manchester 2013
The Wikimedia Foundation's annual free knowledge conference.
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In a nutshell

Country: United Kingdom

City: Manchester

Venue: Manchester University

Proposed dates:

Planned attendance: Any Wikimedian!

Contact:

Location: Manchester, United Kingdom

History & Culture[edit | edit source]

Conference: Venue

University Place[edit | edit source]

University Place is Manchester University's newest conference venue. Located at the centre of Europe's largest urban higher education precinct, this fantastic venue is highly suited to hosting an international conference like Wikimania. The largest of the rooms is a 1000 seat auditorium. This auditorium is complete with both audio-visual and computer facilities for delivering presentations. The ground floor for the auditorium also has wifi reception but it should be feasible to increase the wifi strength with signal boosters to reach the rest of the facility.

Some general information includes:

  • 1,000 seat semi-circular auditorium (divisible into two theatres of 600 and 270)
  • Additional 24 flat-floored seminar rooms accommodating 20-120 delegates
  • 500 sq m exhibition area and adjacent marquee space
  • 400 seat restaurant
  • Wi-fi access to exhibition, restaurant and auditorium areas
  • On site audio visual aids and professional technicians on site
  • Adjacent to Roscoe and Schuster buildings offering a further 6 lecture theatres seating from 150-474

Conference: Accommodation

Manchester University[edit | edit source]
Hotels[edit | edit source]
Hostels[edit | edit source]

Conference: Parties

VIP Party[edit | edit source]
Attendee Party[edit | edit source]

Transport: Getting to the United Kingdom

International travel to the United Kingdom is extensive. Access to the UK is provided by 30 international airports providing travel to 200 destinations, 8 ports with international passenger ferry services to Europe, and a rail link to mainland Europe via the Channel Tunnel.

Train (via Belgium and France)[edit | edit source]

Eurostar high-speed trains run between London (St Pancras International), Ebbsfleet and Ashford through the Channel Tunnel to Paris (Gare du Nord), Lille and Brussels. During the summer an additional weekly train operates to Avignon and during the winter a weekly service runs a ski service direct to the French Alps. Through tickets and connections are available in Lille, Paris and Brussels from many European cities to most large UK cities.

Journey times average two hours fifteen minutes to and from Paris, and one hour fifty minutes to Brussels. A second class return from Paris to London costs between €85 and €230. While it can be cheaper to fly from London to Paris using a low-cost airline, bear in mind that the journeys to the airports can be expensive and time-consuming.

Ferry[edit | edit source]
Air[edit | edit source]

Transport: Getting to Manchester

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Transport: Getting around Manchester

Bus[edit | edit source]
Metrolink[edit | edit source]
Metroshuttle[edit | edit source]
Taxi[edit | edit source]

Manchester became the first city in the UK to acquire a modern light rail tram system when the Manchester Metrolink opened in 1992. The present system mostly runs on former commuter rail lines converted for light rail use, and crosses the city centre via on-street tram lines. The 23 mi ({{Rnd/bExpression error: Unexpected < operator.|Expression error: Unexpected < operator.|(Expression error: Unexpected < operator.)|Expression error: Unexpected < operator. }} km)-network consists of three lines with 37 stations (including five on-street tram stops in the centre). An expansion programme is underway.

The city has one of the most extensive bus networks outside London with over 50 bus companies operating in the Greater Manchester region radiating from the city and the city also operates a three route zero-fare bus service called Metroshuttle which carries commuters around Manchester's business districts.

Organisation: Timeline

  • Rough draft budget - June-August 2009
  • Venue Viewing - Late Summer 2009
  • Creation of Budget, Bid documents, venue selection, approaching potential sponsors etc - 2010/2011
  • Start working on bid page and forming wikimedia volunteer bid team - Summer 2011
  • Bidding officially opens - January 2012
  • Bidding closes and winner announced - May 2012
  • Conference - July/August 2013

Organisation: Expenses budget


Historical
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Wikimania Manchester 2013
The Wikimedia Foundation's annual free knowledge conference.
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Category Items Description Total cost Items Description Total cost Items Description Total cost Notes
GBP (£) USD ($) GBP (£) USD ($) GBP (£) USD ($)
Venue Venue hire, tech. facilities, hot and cold buffet lunch and two lots of tea and biscuits. up to 700 attendees, 3 days 81900 Venue hire, tech. facilities, hot and cold buffet lunch and two lots of tea and biscuits. up to 1000 attendees, 3 days 117000 Venue hire, tech. facilities, hot and cold buffet lunch and two lots of tea and biscuits. up to 1000 attendees, 3 days 117000 Commercial Day delegate rate of £39 pounds per person for three days will be reduced for the foundations charity status.
Accommodation No subsidies 0 0 Large subsidies for speakers and scholarship holders, small subsidies for all Large subsidies for all
Insurance for 700 attendees for 1000 attendees for 1000 attendees
Catering 700 attendees * 3 days 1000 attendees * 3 days 1000 attendees * 3 days
Promotional Materials 700 attendees * 3 days 1000 attendees * 3 days 1000 attendees * 3 days
Conference Materials 700 attendees * 3 days 1000 attendees * 3 days 1000 attendees * 3 days
Organization team Conference fee 5 people Travel, conference fee, pizza 10 people Travel, conference fee, accommodation, restaurant meal 15 people
Conference organiser 1 month full time equiv salary 2000
Scholarships Travel and conference fee 30 scholarships Travel and conference fee 50 scholarships Travel and conference fee 60 scholarships
Speakers Travel 5 speakers Travel 10 speakers Travel 15 speakers
Party Cheap general party 400 attendees Good general party 500 attendees Fancy general party 600 attendees
No alternative entertainment 0 0 Simple alternative entertainment Up to 500 attendees Substantial alternative entertainment Up to 400 attendees
Good VIP party 50 VIP Fancy VIP party 70 VIP Amazing VIP party 100 VIP
Contingencies
Total amount to be raised

calculated assuming 1 GBP = 1.42 USD (16th March '09)

Organisation: Sponsorship

Sponsorship Levels[edit | edit source]
Confirmed Sponsors[edit | edit source]
Potential Sponsorts[edit | edit source]

Miscellaneous

Currency[edit | edit source]
Climate[edit | edit source]
Telecommunications[edit | edit source]