MediaWiki Users and Developers Conference 2024

MediaWiki Users and Developers Conference 2024
Logo for the MediaWiki Users and Developers Conference 2024
Logo for the MediaWiki Users and Developers Conference 2024
By and for the third-party MediaWiki community
Conference Details
Location: Portland, Oregon, United States
In-person registration deadline: TBD
Conference Chair: James Hare
Program Chair: Cindy Cicalese
Registration Chair: Bryan Hilderbrand
Social Chair: Jeffrey Wang
Sponsor Chair: Ike Hecht
Technology Chair: Ryan Schmidt
Audience: Administrators, Business, Academia, Developers, Community, MediaWiki Users
Previous conference:
EMWCon Spring 2023
Next conference:

The MediaWiki Users and Developers Conference (MWUD, U&D, #MWcon), formerly EMWCon, will be held from April 17-19, 2024 in Portland, Oregon, United States. The conference is organized by the MediaWiki Stakeholders' Group with the help of its sponsors and partners.

The Users and Developers Conference will be a three-day conference featuring discussions of topics related to the usage of MediaWiki software by and within companies, non-profits, governments, organizations, and communities. If you use MediaWiki or you're interested in it, we would love to see you attend.

Sessions will be recorded and streamed. While this will primarily be an in-person conference, we will consider remote presentations on a case-by-case basis.

Event details[edit]

Jupiter NEXT
  • Dates: April 17-19, 2024
  • Times: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM PDT
  • Location: Jupiter NEXT, 900 East Burnside Street, Portland, Oregon


Register Now

  • MediaWiki Stakeholders Group Members:
    • Freelancer: $200
    • Professional: $400
  • Regular Registration:
    • Freelancer: $250
    • Professional: $450

Early bird registration ended on March 17. The prices were: freelancers $225, professionals $425. If you missed the deadline this year for an early bird discount, we encourage you to book at least one month in advance next year!

Local accommodations[edit]

The Jupiter NEXT and Jupiter Original are next door to each other. The NEXT, where the conference is being held, is a modern boutique-style hotel, while the Original is a mid-century motor lodge.

Use the links below to get the conference rate or use promo code "MEDIA240416-182748".

To keep the cost of the conference down, we strongly encourage you to stay at one of the Jupiter hotels if you are coming from out of town.

The conference does not have a minimum age requirement. However, the minimum age to check in to this hotel is 21 years old. In case you are considering attending but are under 21 years of age by April 17, please contact the Social Chair for further assistance.


If you are staying at the hotel, you will not need a car for any part of the conference. All events are either at Jupiter NEXT or within walking distance. If you require disability accommodations, please contact the Social Chair so we can help you arrange that.

You can take Portland's public transit system to get from Portland International Airport to the Jupiter Original and NEXT hotels. The one-way fare is $2.80 and you can conveniently pay with Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, or a contactless card. Take the MAX Red Line from the airport to the NE 7th Ave station. Then, walk due south on NE 7th Ave until you reach Burnside St, at which point turn left and walk two blocks east. The Jupiter Original and Jupiter NEXT will both be on the south side of Burnside St.

In case you are driving to the conference or if you want to rent a car for other reasons, there is first-come first-served surface level parking for $15 and FCFS underground parking for $25.


We are honored to have Ward Cunningham joining us to present the keynote talk, entitled, "New Discoveries Mining Federated Wiki’s Recent Changes". Ward, the inventor of the wiki, has contributed broadly to the field, including in the areas of design patterns and extreme programming.

Remote attendance[edit]

Talks will be livestreamed to YouTube during the event, with individual videos for the talks being made available shortly after the conclusion of the conference. Chat during the stream will be monitored, so feel free to ask questions to the presenters even if you are remote!


The first two days of the conference will be reserved for presentations. The third day of the conference will be a Create Camp, which will include tutorials, hands-on presentations, and small group hacking sessions. Sessions for the Create Camp may be added as topics of interest are discovered during the presentation days.

All talks are 30 minutes long including questions unless stated otherwise. Times listed are PDT (UTC -7).

Conference Day 1 - Wednesday, April 17, 2024
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Welcome, Logistics, and Introductions (15 minutes) - James Hare and Cindy Cicalese

MediaWiki product ramp-up - direction and approach to sustainability (45 minutes) - Birgit Mueller (remote)

Using MediaWiki for Organizational Risk Management at NASA GRC-ATF - Rich Evans (linkedin)

10:30 AM- 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM MediaWiki as a generic rapid-development platform - Anil Sethi, Selfiie

Beyond Wikidata: building a universal knowledge graph with MediaWiki and Wikibase - James Hare

KnowledgeGraph extension - Bernhard Krabina (remote)

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 🍴 Lunch
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Make the most of MediaWiki with Juggel - Ad Strack van Schijndel (remote)

AI at MyWikis - Jeffrey Wang, MyWikis

MediaWiki based Raspberry Pi kiosk for a museum - Tina Tenbergen and Mark P.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Don't be a [[Square]]! Keeping up with wikitext changes - C. Scott Ananian

Creating a directory of extension and skin usability - Yaron Koren

🔗 A maintenance calendar for wikis - Ike Hecht, WikiTeq

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM 🍷 Wikimedia Happy Hour, Superette Bar at the Jupiter NEXT
Conference Day 2 - Thursday, April 18, 2024
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Keynote: New Discoveries Mining Federated Wiki’s Recent Changes - Ward Cunningham (1 hour)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Introducing GoogleTagManagerEvents, an extension for sending events to GTM required for Google Analytics 4 - Devendra Yerukumajji (remote)

Announcement of MWCon Fall 2024 (10 minutes) - Bernhard Krabina (remote)

State of Canasta, Spring 2024 - Jeffrey Wang

The Return of MEZA - NASA's MediaWiki-EZ-Administration Project - Greg Rundlett (linkedin) (remote)

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 🍴 Lunch
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Difficulties in introducing MediaWiki to technical and non-technical audiences - Mark P. and Tina Tenbergen

Introducing the WikiTide Foundation - Brent Laabs

🎥 DRUID infoboxes - Megan Cutrofello (remote video)

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Orchestration with Puppet - Daniel Scherzer, WikiTeq

MediaWiki is a bit like math for knowledge (10 minutes) - Tina Tenbergen

🔗 Adding comments to a page with InlineComments extension (15 minutes) - Brian Wolff

Introducing Codex, the new Design System for Wikimedia (10 minutes) - Eric Gardner

Let's discuss CreateWiki (10 minutes) - James Hare

How MediaWiki helps NASA avoid mishaps at GRC-ATF (10 minutes) - Rich Evans (linkedin)

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM 🍴 Conference dinner, The Eastburn
Conference Day 3 - Friday, April 19, 2024
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Graph visualization of WikiSearch data (15 minutes) - Wout Gevaert, Wikibase Solutions

What's new in FlexForm (15 minutes) - Charlot Cobben

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Create Camp
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 🍴 Lunch
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM Create Camp (continued)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Create Camp Closing Session (60 minutes)

Notes for presenters[edit]

In order to make the conference go more smoothly, presenters should abide by the following guidelines. Please contact the Program Chair as soon as possible to request any exceptions.

  • All presentations will be by presenters in attendance in person at the conference unless approved in advance by the Program Chair. Please contact the Program Chair as soon as possible to request a remote presentation.
  • There will be no live demos during the presentation days. Prerecorded demos with the speaker talking over the video are fine.
  • Presenters will provide the Program Chair with their presentations by Monday, April 15. If your file format is non-typical, please discuss this in advance with the Technology Chair or Program Chair.
  • All presentations will be presented from a conference laptop. No switching between multiple laptops for presentations.
  • If a Create Camp session has any special technology needs, please coordinate in advance with the Technology Chair.


Please note that certain people have pre-ordered their lunch choices ahead of time for Wednesday and Friday. If you did not get a chance to pre-order your lunch, rest assured we have food for you, but please kindly allow people who made pre-orders to grab their choices first. On the other hand, all breakfasts and Thursday lunch options are first-come first-served.

If you have questions or concerns about your dietary restrictions, please ask the Social Chair on-site for further clarity.



  • 1x sausage and potato frittata casserole
  • 2x veggie frittata casserole


Sandwiches (total 25):

  • 4x Albacore tuna sandwich
  • 3x Turkey club sandwich
  • 4x Chicken salad sandwich
  • 4x Curried chickpea sandwich
  • 3x Turkey and cheddar sandwich
  • 3x Egg salad sandwich
  • 4x Tempeh and quinoa wrap

Chips (total 25):

  • 11x sea salt
  • 4x jalapeno
  • 5x salt and pepper
  • 5x backyard BBQ


  • Willamette Valley salad
  • House salad
  • Chicken Caesar salad


The Wikimedia Happy Hour at the Superette Bar will feature a bar and light hors d'oeuvres.

Please refer to the attendee Signal group for further plans.



  • 12x bacon breakfast sandwich
  • 14x veggie sausage breakfast sandwich


Casseroles (all dairy free):

  • Chicken enchilada verde
  • Vegetarian enchilada roja (vegetarian)
  • Chicken pot pie
  • Mac & cheese (vegetarian)


  • Willamette Valley salad
  • House salad
  • Chicken Caesar salad


Conference dinner at The Eastburn.


  • Caprese platter
  • Caesar salad


  • Mac & cheese
  • Puttanesca pasta without anchovies (vegan)


  • Lamb roast
  • Wild Alaskan salmon
  • Chicken Diane


  • Roasted fingerling potatoes
  • Green bean almondine



  • 12x chili con queso breakfast burrito
  • 14x bacon breakfast burrito


Friday sandwiches (total 25):

  • 4x Curried chickpea sandwich
  • 3x Turkey club sandwich
  • 4x Turkey and cheddar sandwich
  • 3x Ham and swiss sandwich
  • 4x Chicken salad sandwich
  • 3x Egg salad sandwich
  • 4x Tempeh and quinoa wrap

Friday chips (total 25):

  • 11x sea salt
  • 5x backyard BBQ
  • 5x salt and pepper
  • 4x jalapeno

Friday salads:

  • Willamette Valley salad
  • House salad
  • Chicken Caesar salad

Social events[edit]

Superette Bar at Jupiter NEXT
  • Wednesday: Happy Hour (hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation) with Selena Deckelmann, Chief Product and Technology Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation, at Superette Bar at the Jupiter NEXT at 6:00pm PDT (900 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214)
  • Thursday: Conference dinner at The Eastburn at 7:00pm PDT (1800 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214)
The Eastburn

Dietary restrictions for the conference dinner should be communicated ASAP to the Social Chair. If you contact the Social Chair by March 29, 2024 with your dietary restrictions, we will likely be able to accommodate it. We will be submitting our order to the restaurant at the end of March and we may not be able to accommodate your dietary restriction after that date.

For more information about any social event or to propose a social event for the conference, please contact the Social Chair.


This will primarily be an in-person conference. Sessions on the first two days will be streamed as well as recorded. This will allow remote viewing both during the conference as well as later. Remote participants will be able to ask questions via chat during the streamed sessions.

In person[edit]

Feel free to list yourself below if you are attending. Note you still need to register if you plan on attending.



The current sponsors of MediaWiki Users and Developers Conference are:




Visa assistance[edit]

Please view on Wikipedia the visa policy of the United States. If your nationality is not included in the Visa Waiver Program and you need assistance with applying for a B-1/B-2 visa, please contact the Social Chair if you need an affidavit of this conference.