Hello everyone,

**Wikipedia’s 15th birthday is coming. We want to celebrate with you. Read
this whole email for more information about resources and plans, and join
us on the Meta page to participate and coordinate:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_15**

As many of you know, the first Wikipedia was created January 15, 2001. That
means that the idea of our movement is nearly 15 years old! After the
celebration of Wikipedia’s 10th birthday <http://ten.wikipedia.org/> five
years back, we’re eager to coordinate celebrating this upcoming milestone
with you on January 15, 2016.

Wikipedia’s 10th birthday <https://ten.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page>
resulted in 470 events across 113 countries, providing our global community
with an opportunity to gather, share stories, and bake many, many cakes
<https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedia_10_cakes>.

As a way to kickstart planning around the 15th, there is a page on
Meta for Wikipedia
15 <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_15> (thanks to User:Pharos
and User:JSutherland (WMF)) for coordination. Eventually, we plan for the
page will have resources including:


   1.

   Resources plan events and meetups locally to celebrate the 15th.
   2.

   More information on sharing birthday photos, videos, stories, Wikipedia
   content, and other media.
   3.

   Tips for pitching to local media to cover your event.


Many of the sections on the meta page are blank for now, but we’ll be
working with you to add more information to the page over the next few
months leading up to the birthday celebration in January. Please feel free
to add, edit, and discuss what you’d like to see for Wikipedia’s 15th
birthday!

We look forward to working with you to celebrate Wikipedia’s 15th!

-The Wikimedia Foundation Communications team

If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to Joe
Sutherland (jsutherl...@wikimedia.org) and Sam Lien (sl...@wikimedia.org).


-- 
Katherine Maher
Chief Communications Officer
Wikimedia Foundation
149 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

+1 (415) 839-6885 ext. 6635
+1 (415) 712 4873
kma...@wikimedia.org
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