WikiStage Event Formats

WikiStage events are not only the main source of our video library, but they offer the opportunity to bring people from very different educational and professional backgrounds in direct contact with each other.  A WikiStage event is not an ordinary conference, but an extraordinary gathering of people passionate about open education and lifelong learning. It does not matter how old you are or where you come from, everyone has a personal puzzle piece to share. Most people have seen WikiTalks that were recorded at a WikiStage Conference in a big hall or theatre with many people. This, however, is only one of the ways that WikiTalks can be produced. There are the classic big WikiStage Conferences, the smaller WikiStage Café format as well as WikiStage Virtual Conferences. Organisers who obtain a license can choose between each of these three formats.   WikiStage Conference These events are entertaining conferences typically celebrated in a bigger venue such as a conference hall or a theatre. The first WikiStage event, for example, took place in the main lecture hall of a university in Paris with 400 people in the audience, It was a half-day conference that started after lunch and included two coffee breaks and a cocktail in the evening. while the biggest one was organised by WikiStage Algiers team in Algiers's Opera with 1200 attendees.   WikiStage Café WikiStage Café are smaller WikiStage Events. For those who prefer a smaller and often less formal location, the WikiStage Café is the right format. The first WikiStage Café was organized in a Café in Paris and took about 2 hours. In contrast to a WikiStage Conference, a WikiStage Café can also be organized as part of an existing event.   WikiStage Virtual Conference The third way to produce a WikiTalk is in an online format. Generally, a WikiStage Virtual Conference organiser can be any person or organisation that disposes over the technical equipment and the motivation to enrich the WikiStage video library with quality content.  These days, the coronavirus pandemic has caused many events around the world to be cancelled or postponed. While virtual events may seem like they’d be less engaging, you’d be surprised at the value they can bring. It allows you to bring together a wider audience. Travel costs that could have prevented attendees from being able to attend a live event are no longer an issue. In these times of uncertainty, online events are a smart way to connect with your attendees and motivate them.  The WikiStage Virtual Conference is attractive because organising an event takes time and the number of speakers is limited by the event’s duration. For those who want to record more WikiTalks in one go, the WikiStage Virtual Conference is the right format.
Many high-profile conferences and events lack gender balance, despite there often being no shortage of qualified women. The absence of women at public professional forums is a problem. Because speakers are usually male, audiences are given a narrow perspective. The lack of diversity limits the quality of the conversation and potential outcomes. As an event organizer, you are well aware of the role that speakers can play in the success of your event. Event organizers often tell us that they find it more difficult to find women speakers. Nevertheless, we think it is worth the extra effort to look for great female speakers. A good mix and balance is a very enriching ingredient in every WikiStage conference. WikiStage strongly encourages women speakers to speak at our events. For example, the #ShareHerVoice Conference was an inspiring and eye-opening experience aiming to support future gender equality champions. Amongst the speakers we welcomed on stage, there were a lot of amazing women. You can read more about this empowering event Empow’Her: Share Her Voice. Sometimes it feels like many people (women and men) fear public speaking more than anything else. Whether this is true or not, it is a hard reality that a lot of people are afraid of, or at least uncomfortable with, public speaking. If you have something valuable to say, then you have all the talent and "gift" required to speak. Now, what you need is skills, practice, and feedback. Coaching can also be very valuable. See why is it important to say "yes" to a WikiTalk request and how one of our speakers overcome podium panic: The Power of Saying YES to a WikiStage Talk Request. What is important in WikiStage is that WikiTalks are not exclusively provided by one small group of celebrities or just a handful of teachers. We want to encourage you to get involved to bring your perspective on stage; in your community and in your language. WikiStage empowers you and your community to take part in a global conversation. Add your piece of knowledge to our collaborative video library for learning.  Apply to become a WikiStage speaker HERE.
WikiStage events are a great opportunity for university students to develop their skills, build a stronger personality and reinforce their background. Besides getting involved in a unique humanitarian experience, while offering a chance to hundreds of young participants to expand their knowledge and to get a dose of motivation, being an organizing member comes with multiple advantages.    1. Meeting great people  No matter what career you’re aiming for, it’s important for you to develop a good network. During your journey to organizing a WikiStage event, you will be brought to look for speakers, sponsors, partners, and co-organizers. Amongst these, you might meet entrepreneurs, artists, professors, leaders, as well as other students or graduates. Not only will this let you get in contact with interesting people who may become your friends for life, but it can also introduce you to exceptional opportunities for working, training or traveling abroad. For many WikiStage organizers, the event was the start of a life path full of adventures.    2. Learning how to organize an event  Organizing a WikiStage event, no matter the size isn’t an easy task. You will need to set your targets and write down every innovative idea, gather a team, find attractive speakers, look for sponsors, manage a budget, plan carefully for the whole event and do everything you can to avoid any potential problems before, during and after the big day. This experience will enable you to learn how to manage an event. If you do it right, this proves you are ready to lead a promising adult life.    3. Working in teams  As you build your way through your WikiStage journey, you will need to hire additional organizers to help you set up a great event. Generally, WikiStage organizing teams include community managers, graphic designers, content writers, photographers, filmmakers, video editors, as well as members with strong communicational skills in order to establish a contact between your team and the speakers, partners, sponsors and the audience. Without decent teamwork abilities, you simply cannot get all those parts to work together in order to bring the best of their potential into one output: a successful event. Being part of the WikiStage community will teach you how to manage a team and how to deal with the internal conflicts you may encounter during every phase of the organization.    4. Enhancing your skills and earning experience  WikiStage events are the best opportunity for students and young graduates to sharpen their skills in different areas, as being an organizer of these events won’t require professional experience. If you think you are good at public speaking, digital marketing, writing, graphic design, animation or at communicating, and want to volunteer in a universal event so you can take your abilities to a higher level, enhance your public image, reinforce your resume and boost your self-confidence, WikiStage is the best place to start. Former event organizers are actually perceived as mature, responsible individuals who can perform greatly at leading a project, and have, therefore, better chances of being hired when applying for a job.    5. Dealing with various problems  The virtual image of the ideal event, going exactly as planned, and that of what truly happens, are really two different images. You will meet a great number of obstacles on your way to organizing a WikiStage event, mainly internal problems within your own team, financial, administrative problems and other technical issues. You will see that organizing such an event will surely improve your problem- solving skills.    6. Learning to communicate effectively  Whether you are the manager of your team or a simple member, you will have to communicate effectively if you want the event to be fruitful. You may need to do oral presentations, meet new people, negotiate with potential partners and organize regular meetings with other members where you will have to expose openly your ideas and suggestions. If you are afraid of public speaking or lack self-confidence, this could be a great opportunity to get rid of your doubts and fears. 
The expert speeches at WikiStage events are called WikiTalks. They are at the very heart of WikiStage. A speaker enjoys the audience’s uninterrupted attention for 3, 6 or 9 minutes to address one specific question. The vision of WikiStage is to create a free and open library of knowledge. Where Wikipedia has articles, WikiStage has WikiTalks. Our video platform for learning and debate can only exist because people like you are mobilising to add their piece to this global puzzle of free and open knowledge. We challenge you to share your insights with us and the world - with a short WikiTalk.   Why speak at WikiStage?   We invite you to give a talk to contribute to the knowledge of the world and add your piece to a global debate about the most important and most interesting questions that we can collectively think of. The video of your talk may help to stimulate others to build on your ideas. A great talk has the potential to inspire people many years after it has been recorded. In fact, if WikiStage had existed earlier, we would have loved to invite Einstein, Mozart or Picasso for a talk or a performance on stage to capture a part of their legacy. WikiStage is the place where you can share your passion with both a local and a global audience. It is a chance for you to break prejudices and rectify misconceptions. By sharing your particular insights, you may well gain or foster a reputation as an expert in your field. WikiTalks are watched in many different countries in the world. WikiStage events are splendid opportunities to meet fascinating people - become part of the community. The three golden rules of a WikiTalk   1. Address a question - Chose a question as the title for your WikiTalk Speakers at WikiStage are encouraged to go deep instead of broad. Use a short time on stage to focus on one clear message or lesson. To help you focus your thoughts and to help the users to quickly find the right talk, we ask you to formulate one specific question for your talk. Nobody expects you to exhaustively answer a complex question in 3 minutes. The idea of a WikiTalk is rather to give an introduction and make your audience curious to find out more. 2. The length is 3, 6 or 9 minutes - Keep it short. Rehearse the timing There are three possible lengths for a WikiTalk: either 3, 6 or 9 minutes. We recommend shorter talks because shorter videos are more likely to reach a larger audience and shorter talks create a more dynamic atmosphere at an event. Whether you are invited to speak for 3 or 6 or 9 minutes depends on your event organiser. Our recommended time for the WikiStage Studio is 3 minutes. For a WikiTalk at a WikiStage Session or WikiStage Conference, we recommend the 6 or 9 minute format. 3. No promotions in a WikiTalk - A WikiTalk is not a project or sales pitch All WikiTalks are completely free of any kind of promotion. The purpose of your WikiTalk is to add a piece of knowledge to the video library. We do not allow any speaker to promote a company, product, book, project, religion, political party or dogmatic worldview. For this reason, we ask you to not use your company logo or any other kind of promotional references in your presentation. Don't try to sell us something - share your curiosity and passion! You want to share your ideas with the world and become part of WikiStage global network?  Apply to become a speaker here. We can't wait to hear your WikiTalk!
Throughout the whole world, innovators and inspired people aim to share their stories, encourage others and make a difference. WikiStage is an open and global community which helps them to share Ideas for Change. Here in Algeria, WikiStage is considered the most popular and magnificent event, the one that draws attention and interest of individuals and students from all Universities, mainly scientific ones. Its first edition came here in 2014 followed by around 100 other ones! That speaks loud how much people of Algeria truly love WikiStage and what benefits and amusement it's bringing to them.  "Share what matters" - this great idea came out of a great man named Johannes Bittel, the founder who made the world a better place aiming only for goodness and prosperity to happen between people. Recently, Algeria - specifically Annaba ZENITH Club of ESTI-Annaba (Superior School of Industrial Technologies of Annaba) was honored to host such an amazing person and of course his collaborator Natasha. Attendees of the meeting were members of WikiStage teams who are also members of student clubs such as Zenith Club, Enigma Club, and Titanium Club.  As well, some previous WikiStage events organizers came too from other cities such as Geulma, Skikda, Jijel… crossing miles just to meet Johannes. the founder of this educational and non-profitable association.  Johannes took us into another world recounting the story of his inspiring journey and how starting from scratch was never easy, yet not impossible. Eventually, he made it through. He created a platform that gathers different subjects, different perspectives ideas, visions, and motivates people to make their dreams come true.  Beside listening to his debut story and his ambition to create that kind of special platform, we managed to set a small workshop under his guidance, in which, as groups of 5 members we discussed the methods, problems, solutions, and desires WikiStage organizers face, we gave one another tips on how to overcome presented issues. We have learned so many things in a short notice and came out with favorable results. Teamwork spirit dominated the room, all attention was on Johannes - the aurora around this man is indescribable, he’s so humble and cheerful, a true leader. That was an unforgettable and exceptional day for all of us who met Johannes Bittel, the founder of WikiStage for the first time on our lands. This was his first time being in touch with Algerian people and organizers who respect him and admire his work. We all hope that gathering will happen again in the near future.
Social media channels are very powerful tools for promoting events. Platforms like Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn can be excellent ways to spread a word about your WikiStage conference. Make sure you’re present online in order to reach your conference’s target audience, engage with them and keep them informed!   1. Choose Social Media channels The first step is to choose the right social media channels based on your target audience. Choose between Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or Snapchat which are best suited to your target audience’s demographics, interests, and online behavior. You can use more than one or all of them but keep in mind that all your accounts should be actively managed - sometimes it’s better to focus on one single platform and do it right. Many WikiStage organizers chose Facebook.   2. Create an event on Facebook and promote it on your event page Creating an event gives your audience a place to find the details, see who’s attending, and ask questions. This is also a great place to encourage networking before the event. The advantage of an event page is also sharing by attendees.   3. Use targeted advertising Facebook allows you to target your promotions in extremely specific ways. This requires an investment, but it can make it easier to connect with people who still don't know for your event. This investment doesn't have to be big to help you reach a large audience.     4. Share a teaser video It’s a good idea to give potential participants a teaser of the great experience that awaits them at your event. Share some of the most interesting bits of information to show them that your event is exactly where they should be.      5. Create images featuring each speaker Feature the achievements of your speakers to really shine the spotlight on them, inform your audience about their short biography and what they will be talking about. This can be free publicity if your guest speaker decides to share the image with his audience.   6. Post relevant quotes from speakers  People love quotes and they enjoy sharing them, which will grow your engagement on this kind of posts. Show your audience exactly what they can expect to learn from your speaker by featuring a great quote on a shareable image.   7. Announce the opening of the registration form Promote the date of the opening of the registration form using an image to catch followers’ attention. This way you keep your audience updated and informed when they can register to attend the event.   8. Engage with followers by creating a poll on Facebook If you have some doubts during the preparations of your event, ask your audience questions to find out what exactly they are looking for. You will make them feel directly involved in the planning process and you will be able to prepare a better event for your specific audience.   9.  Share behind-the-scenes visual content This content is super engaging for your followers. It builds an emotional connection by creating a sense of being an insider to the event. When your audience sees how much hard work your team is investing in the preparations, they will get more excited about the event.   10. Use live video on the event day YouTube enables live streaming and so does Facebook through its Facebook Live feature. This is really easy to do it's extremely engaging.   Use all of these social media advantages to entice the people to your event - be creative! It’s important to try a variety of tactics and see what works best with your audience. Also, don't stop interacting with your audience once your event is finished. You can keep the momentum going and attract even more people to attend your next event.
Hello everybody, my name is Aniss and I was the main organizer of the 4th edition of WikiStage HEC Algiers: Leaders 2.0! Before jumping onto our main subject, I wanted to thank you all for being part of our WikiStage family. I encourage you to keep making efforts for a positive change in your environment because organizing a WikiStage event is all about impact. My main goal while I’m writing you today is to share with you how we as a team managed to get help from companies, and most important - what things were most difficult for us during the process of organizing an event that hosts 600 people each year and has a team of 60 organizers. Let’s start with the things you should do if you want to make a successful WikiStage event:   1. Start early! No matter what’s the size of your event, no matter how many people will be organizing it, if you start 2 months before the set date of your WikiStage event it’s too late. Sponsors tend to prefer being part of the process of organizing an event quite early, so the earlier you start the better. Companies also don’t like working in the urge so it’s always better to reach out to them months before the due date. Something I’d also like to share is that as a Project Manager, I was too focused on networking and that made my team uneasy and doubtful about the chances of making it. We ended up having some minor grudges during the process. This leads to the next point.   2. Your theme needs to be chosen wisely Depending on the theme of your WikiStage event a company is more or less likely to be your partner. Why? Because some companies don’t like to be involved in politics, for example, an industrial company has nothing to do in an event that’s aimed for agriculture and so on... So chose wisely, and target companies that share the same values as the theme you want to work on.   3. Teamwork You can’t possibly do everything alone, trust your teammates and associate them to your decisions as hard as it can be for us to not be in control... it’s for the better. As a project manager you can’t be in charge of everything, so make one of your team members responsible for sponsoring part. The time is limited and if you can’t give your full trust to the team, the event won’t happen! One of the mistakes I made was that I relied too much on myself at first. Listening to your teammates and exposing your problems to them might help you have a better chance of getting a sponsor. For example: I had approached a company without any contact while one of my teammates knew someone in there. If I had shared with my teammates this info I would have gained lots of time. So - share your thoughts and listen to your team more often. The communication between all team members is really important. In the end, what is crucial is that during the process of getting sponsors and partners you need a maximum of contacts and the best network.   4. Your sponsoring document is your ID! If you want to have an interview for an eventual sponsoring, your sponsoring document needs to be the best, not just good, the absolute best! It has to contain all the information about what you achieved as a team before, your event, why you are organizing it, when, where etc... all information needed for sponsors to understand better the context of your event.   5. Always choose a direct contact with the company Most of the companies will start by asking you to send your sponsoring folder (like I said it’s your ID) but sometimes it happens that they ask directly for an interview.  Never refuse that! If you can get in touch with one person from the company directly, you are more likely to get something from them.   6. Be honest about your intentions, problems, strengths, and weaknesses The relationship between a sponsor and a young team trying to make an event like WikiStage is bound to fail if it starts by lies. No company will ask you to be the perfect team and to have everything ready... what they see in you is potential and talent and they want to help by any means not only money. Just be honest, be ambitious, and be tenacious because you are going to fail multiple times before getting your first partner. Be patient - good work often takes times.   I prefer sharing my mistakes with you - the future organizers of WikiStage, hoping that you won’t do the same when the times comes:   - Never go unprepared to an interview with a company. If they see that you are not in control of your subject, you have nearly 0% chances of succeeding - Be sure to have the means necessary to receive the money, goods, or any support the company might accept to give you. One of the few mistakes we made as a team was to reach out to companies that agreed to support us, but in the end, we couldn’t receive that help because we didn’t have a bank account for example. So, try to see the limitations that you have, and find solutions to overcome it as quickly as possible. - Organizing an event = making a plan: I can hear you from my place saying: I have everything in control don’t worry... Yeah, I know, but write it down and expose it to your team. You can plan everything in your head but your solutions may not be the best and another point of views are always welcome. In addition to that, sponsors won’t read your mind, they want to see your plans black on white, written in a perfect, clear and easy to understand language. W.R.I.T.E. I.T. D.O.W.N.! - This one is quite difficult... it may vary depending on your region/country but as hard as it may be, you have to affirm yourself as the Chief/Leader/Manager (depending on your personality) and even if it displeases some people (or others don’t consider you as such) you have to keep going on and make the project the priority and make things move. As a WikiStage Project Manager you may have to lead teams like mine, which had about 60 people, so be patient and try hearing out everybody and solve the interpersonal issues. Depending on the situation you may have to take the decision of dropping a partner for the benefit of the other, so don’t be scared and take the best decision you can think of. Egos are not something you should care about, your goal as an individual and as a team is to make the conference a reality, and decisions need to be taken. - Last but not the least, don’t forget that it is supposed to be FUN! You are friends, you are a team, you’re in a process of learning how to work as a whole not as individuals. If you can sell yourself as a team, it will be easier to get sponsors.   As silly as my advice may appear, they are quite effective. And here’s why:   • During our edition of WikiStage HEC Algiers, more than 50% of our contacts came from our team members, more than 50% was set up thanks to the same team members, and the final sponsors were all with us because of same those team members • We were taken seriously because we had a plan, a vision, and a document to attest of what we were aiming for • We never lied nor gave promises we couldn’t accomplish • Even if we had conflicts, we always put the event before anything else • Problems always happen, but it’s how you deal with them that changes everything • Trust your team and let them take responsibility (even when it means not taking credits for something you did) nobody will be remembered as THE ORGANIZER, but THE TEAM will be remembered as the best   Organizing an event is not like solving a math problem, you will all have a different result even if you follow the same steps. So be patient, try finding the right solutions and don’t waste time blaming people. As for me, you can contact me whenever you want if needed.   Once again, thank you for being part of the great WikiStage family and good luck! May the force be with you!
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