Hi all,

We are excited to have this opportunity to host WikiConference North America 
2017<https://wikiconference.org/wiki/2017/Main_Page> (August 9th & 10th) this 
year ahead of Wikimania and we hope to see you there!  As in 2016, the first 
day of WCNA is designated as our Wiki Culture Crawl Day and the second day is 
fully programmed.

Wednesday, August 9th will be a Culture Crawl Day! This is a day-long event 
where we collaborate with local museums, libraries, and cultural institutions 
to host free backstage tours, edit-a-thons, and more. These crawls are a 
fantastic opportunity for conference attendees to experience the local culture, 
as well as collaborate with local institutions to improve Wikipedia.

This year we have established relationships and are planning free access and 
events with the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) and McGill 
University. At the BAnQ, we plan to have an edit-a-thon, where Wikimedians 
utilize the Archive's resources to improve Wikipedia's coverage of Montreal's 
people - and ending with an evening reception. A photo 
drive<https://wikiconference.org/wiki/2017/Photo_Drive> will be occurring 
throughout the day.

Thursday, August 10th will be a day of programming. If you are interested in 
participating in programming at WCNA, such as a presentation, panel discussion, 
or an unconference session (lightning talk, open space, etc.) on Thursday, 
August 10th, please submit your proposal 

We are seeking volunteers to help during the conference. Please sign up as a 
 if you are interested.

For both days of WCNA 2017, you will need to 
register<https://wikimania2017.wikimedia.org/wiki/Registration> through the 
 Please be sure you are registering for the August 9 & 10, Wikiconference North 
America sessions. For those attending the August 9th Cultural Crawl, there is a 
promo code available (wmcon2017); note that if you use the promo code, you may 
not attend other pre-conference events on August 9th. Only use the promo code 
if you plan on only attending our Culture Crawl, as if you register for the 
incorrect event with the promo code, you may be barred from entry to that 
pre-conference event and/or session.

Kelly & the WCNA ’17 Planning Committee

/ Kelly Doyle
Wikipedian in Residence for Gender Equity
West Virginia University
(304) 293-0342

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