Wikipedia:Meetup/Boston/Wikipedia 20

Let's celebrate the 20th anniversary of Wikipedia

The English Wikipedia was launched on January 15, 2001. The 20th anniversary will be January 15, 2021.

Although we cannot celebrate in person, we will have several events to mark the occasion. All are welcome!

Friday, January 15 2021 scheduleEdit

Time (EST) Title Organizer Link to join
11:00-12:00 (convert time) Global broadcast: virtual birthday celebration of Wikipedia Wikimedia Foundation YouTube
12:30-14:00 (convert time) Wikipedia @20 panel
Join contributors to Wikipedia @20, published by MIT Press, as they discuss the history and future of Wikipedia. What's changed -- or even flipped -- over the 20 years of Wikipedia's development, and what has stayed the same?
Phoebe, Reagle View on Youtube here. (You can register here to get a reminder email/calendar invite, registration not required)
17:00-18:00 (convert time) Happy Birthday Wikipedia happy hour
Join friends and colleagues to socialize in the lounge, see a quick video retrospective and toast to Wikipedia's 20th birthday (at 17:30EST), sponsored by WikiConference North America
Phoebe, Fuzheado WCNA lounge
18:00-19:00 (convert time) Wikipedia Day 2021 NYC
We will begin the event with the debut of a new video celebrating our New York City community. This will be followed by a panel discussion with some of the 20 Wiki-Yorkers you'll see in the video talking about Wikipedia's 20th anniversary, and the amazing work they do on Wikimedia projects locally angd globally.
Wikimedia NYC YouTube
one of the many, many Wikipedia birthday cakes that have been made over the years

Wikipedia @20 detailsEdit

Join us Friday, Jan 15 at 12:30EST for a panel with contributors to the book Wikipedia@20, co-hosted by Wikimedia New England, Wikipedia Weekly and the MIT Libraries. You can view the panel here, via the Wikipedia Weekly channel. Panelists will include:

Moderated by Andrew Lih, author of the The Wikipedia Revolution

View on Youtube here.

You can register here to get a reminder email/calendar invite, registration not required.

We had a similar panel with different contributors to the collection at WikiConference North America, in November 2019; see video of that panel here.

Other events happening before / afterEdit


  • Everyone is welcome. Registration is not required, but you can register for the panel here in order to get an email reminder. You can also sign up below to indicate interest: