Wiki Indaba

Last updated
Inaugurated2014;5 years ago (2014)
Most recent2018
Organised byLocal volunteer teams
Filing statusNon-profit

Wiki Indaba is an official conference of the Wikimedia Foundation with interest in African content. [1] [2] Topics of presentation and dialogue include Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia, other wikis, open-source software, free knowledge, free content and how these projects affect the African continent.

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Wiki Indaba 2014.jpeg WikiIndaba 2014 June 20–22Johannesburg, South Africa [3]
WikiIndaba 2017.jpg WikiIndaba 2017 January 20–22Accra, Ghana [4]
WikiIndaba2018 Tunisia v2.0.svg WikiIndaba 2018 March 16–18Tunis, Tunisia [5]
Promotion banner WikiIndaba 2019 01.png WikiIndaba 2019 November 8–10Abuja, Nigeria [6]

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