Itzik writes:

> If we want to talk about the cost of Wikimania it will be great if the
WMF and the local team will share the costs.
> Maybe I missed something, but it's strange that such discussion takes
place without a real budget breakdown.
> To summarize 2 huge event to "1$ million USD" does not make sense.

Agreed 1million%.  It would be important to see a rough cost breakdown, &
compare that to the best-budgeted Wikimanias.

On Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 9:52 AM, Tomasz Ganicz <> wrote:

> 2016-02-10 6:06 GMT+01:00 Samuel Klein <>:
> > FUDCons
> Also it is hard to compare Wikimanias with FUDCons as it is
> a) much  smaller (usually bo more than 200 attendees)
> b) divided by regions - for example in 2015 there were 3 FUDCons
> (Argentina, India, Spain) and 2 Flocks (NY and Kraków) -  so they are
> rather like our Iberecop or CEE meetings than the global conferences.

Thanks.  Similar to regional events perhaps, not Wikimania.  Still worth
comparing budgets perhaps, if available.

But I was wondering about the trend over time: whether extensive funding
during the RedHat days made the events less useful, in the years after that
funding was reduced.

> And also Fedora developers have many potential sources of external funding
> - mainly from IT companies which uses free software and want to apply for
> their specific needs and for whom they quite often work.

True.  But attendees to GLAM or education conferences also tend to have
many potential sources of funding - mainly from archives or educational or
technical companies who curate knowledge or develop education tools. And we
have IT industry partners who are similarly willing to support Wikimanias.
Not entirely dissimilar.

> But anyway, Fedora offers scholarships for attendees, see:

Yes, wiki conferences should as well - that part of conference funding is
important.  Even early Wikimanias with almost no WMF support had
significant scholarship pools.

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