About conference organizers
Wikimania 2015 is organized at a local level by Wikimedia México A.C. (WMMX), chapter of Wikimedia Foundation.
Wikimedia Mexico has quickly become a relevant chapter in the Wikimedia movement and one of the most active in the Spanish speaking countries. Since its recognition has been involved at least in 300 events, including workshops, conferences and more, which has made grow the chapter exponentially, having permanent activities in different states of the country, such Puebla and Guadalajara.
WMMX has a strong collaboration and links with the culture, education, TI companies and government sectors and lot of NGOs and communities that help us consolidate our work in the country. Among the institutions that we have worked with, are: Fine Arts Palace Museum (Museo Palacio de Bellas Artes), Center for Digital Culture (Centro de Cultura Digital), Chopo University Museum (Museo Universitario del Chopo), Soumaya Museum (Museo Soumaya), National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM), National Polytechnic Institute (IPN). It's worth mentioning our work with Iberoamerican University (UIA) with whom we broadcast the only radio show about Wikipedia, called Moëbius, aired by UIA's radio station, Ibero 90.9 FM. In Puebla we are supporting the Wikipedistas en Puebla initiative to form a future Wikimedia User Group.
We have also participated in massive technology events such Campus Party, TagDF, Aldea Digital and each year in many FLISoL's locations. The chapter has a strong media strategy: only in 2013 we had more than 90 mentions in radio, newspapers and television.
About initiatives and proposals, we always try to provide something creative and new, for example, in our two Wiki Loves Monuments editions. In 2012 Mexico was the country in Latin America with more pictures. In 2013 we offered to WLM participants a more comprehensive program: in addition to the contest we held some photography workshops and historical tours in different locations of the country.
WMMX hosted Iberoconf 2013 and was considered, along with Argentina, a strategic location in Latin America by the Wikimedia Foundation.
Finally, two of our board members are part of the decision areas of Wikimedia: our President, was member of the Grant Advisory Committee and our Treasurer is part of the Affiliations Committee (AffCom).
Meet the team
The key persons for Wikimania are:
Ellie Young, WMF Conference Coordinator
Rachel Farrand WMF Hackathon Coordinator
Ivan Martínez (User:ProtoplasmaKid)
Ivan, historian and journalist by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and long-time Wikipedian. Currently president of Wikimedia Mexico until 2016. Also, served as member of Grant Advisory Committee of Wikimedia Foundation. Devoted mid time as a Wikimedia volunteer in Mexico. In addition, he worked for five years as a professional creative, project manager and production staff for massive events such as the Bicentennial of Independence and Centennial of Revolution of Mexico for the Federal Government of Mexico, as well as several events of the Presidency of Mexico.
Carmen Alcázar (User:Wotancito)
Carmen, politologist by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She served as the main Wiki Loves Monuments 2013 coordinator in Mexico. Currently, member of Wikimedia Mexico Chapter as Secretary. She participates in activities and initiatives related to the diffusion and dissemination of knowledge, as well as activities about free culture.
Is responsible for promoting and coordinating the project Student Club Wikipedia in different schools of higher education over the country; she is the liaison with government authorities and cultural institutions to promote initiatives like GLAM, Wikipedia and the Indigenous Languages Project.
She has been a main speaker in various venues to talk about Wikimedia and Free Culture projects such as the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM), Palace Museum of Fine Arts, among others. She has given talks in Argentina and Chile in name of the Wikimedia movement in Mexico.
Christian Cariño (User:Christian Cariño)
Christian, biologist by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), volunteer of WMMX since 2013. At this moment works with the project of wikiCONABIO, improving the articles about endangered species in Mexico. She also gives some talks about Wikipedia at universities and institutes such as National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM), Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and The National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO). Was recently appointed as a volunteer collaborator of finances in WMMX. For Wikimania Mexico 2015 she will organize lodging, activities for kids (she is a scrapbookaholic) and registration services.
Andrés Cruz y Corro (User:Andycyca)
Andrés, environmental Engineer by the Polytechnic University of Morelos, UPEMOR, WikiGnome since 2008 and volunteer of WMMX since 2013. He has helped in Wikimedia Projects as a translator since 2007. In 2013 he assisted in logistics and social media teams for WIkiLovesMonuments Mexico and assisted in its Photo Tours. Research technician by day; amateur writer and gamer by night. Weak to cookies.
Omar David Sandoval Sida (User:Omar sansi)
Omar, software Developer by the National Polytechnic Institute, he is a mobile & web developer, currently is a Computer Science Engineer student at National Polytechnic Institute (Instituto Politecnico Nacional). He collaborates in many digital tech communities and free software clubs, currently is the community manager of Wikimedia Mexico. He promotes FLOSS movement with events and workshops.