Hi Wiki-Yorkers, You are invited to join a specially discounted train trip from New York City to Montreal for the international Wikimania conference, departing on Tuesday August 8. There will be a return trip on Monday August 14.
https://wikimania2017.wikimedia.org The cost for travel is $30 each way, which does not include accommodation or conference registration costs. (Conference registration is ~$164 USD, and accommodation ~$40 per night for cheaper options - if you want to book at the Sheraton, do so by June 30.) https://bit.ly/wiki-train <http://bit.ly/wiki-train> The Wiki-train gets you to Montreal in time to participate in the two days of pre-conference, as part of WikiConference North America, which is still accepting submissions for presentations. ==Wiki-train trip== It is a day-long train trip mostly through the beautiful Upstate New York countryside (8:15 am - 7:11pm), and we can probably get exclusive car seating for Wikimedians (this involves a US-Canada border crossing). We are primarily coordinating the New York City → Montreal leg of the trip on Tuesday August 8 as a group activity. We are planning discounted tickets for the one-way trip, $30 instead of approximately $60. Other travel (and accommodation) is on your own. There is also an option to purchase tickets for a return trip from Montreal → New York City directly after Wikimania, on Monday August 14, for the same price. ==Join and present at the pre-con WikiConference North America== The Wiki-train gets you to Montreal in time to participate in the two days of pre-conference, as part of WikiConference North America. https://wikiconference.org We highly encourage you to submit a presentation for WikiConference North America, sharing your Wikipedia/Wikimedia or related project: https://wikiconference.org/wiki/2017/Submissions If you'd like to volunteer for WikiConference North America, fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/MNnIw4ZsP1RV0Y6C3 ==Conference registration and accommodations== You will still have to register for Wikimania itself, which will cost $215 Canadian Dollars, which is currently ~$164 American Dollars. The Wiki-train train gets you to Montreal in time to participate in the two days of pre-conference, as part of WikiConference North America. To have coverage for the two days of pre-conference included in your ticket, follow these instructions: 1. Go to wikimania2017.eventbrite.com 2. Click on the green button that says REGISTER 3. Click on ENTER PROMOTIONAL CODE in the top righthand corner of the box that pops up 4. Enter in *wmcon2017 *and hit Apply Code. The price of Pre-Conference Day 1 will then be discounted 100% 5. Select your conference tickets and hit CHECKOUT 6. In the registration questions under PRE-CONFERENCE DAY 1 MEETING SELECTION (AUGUST 9), select *Wikicon North America* 7. Under PRE-CONFERENCE DAY 2 MEETING SELECTION (AUGUST 10), select *WMCON Followup Day at Wikimania* 8. Complete the remaining registration questions. Additionally, accommodation will be available in Montreal as part of the regular Wikimania event the night of August 8 and after, for as low as ~$40/night. Inexpensive options include Concordia University dorms, or splitting a room at the conference venue for up to four people, at the Le Centre Sheraton Montreal (if you book at the Sheraton, do so by June 30): https://wikimania2017.wikimedia.org/wiki/Accommodation ==Important note for visitors== The train trip involves a crossing of the US-Canada border (including a passport check), and you will need permission to enter both countries. ==Questions== Let me know if you have any questions about the train trip, Wikimania, or presentations at WikiConference North America in the precon.. You can also write back to me **before Friday** if you are interested in joint rooms at the Sheraton, and I will try to group people together. Thanks, Richard (User:Pharos)
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