Video launched to boost Bristol's bid to host Wikimania 2013
A video has been launched to support Bristol's bid to bring the international Wikimania conference to the city in 2013.
Wikimania is an annual event attended by influential speakers, writers and users of wiki projects such as Wikipedia.
If Bristol is successful in its bid to host the week-long event, the city could play host to the likes of Stephen Fry, Cory Doctorow, Jimmy Wales, Clay Shirky, and Tim Berners-Lee.
The new promotion video features interviews with Lord Mayor of Bristol Geoff Gollop, Bristol City Council leader Barbara Janke, Andrew Kelley from Bristol Festival of Ideas and Kathryne Davis from Destination Bristol.
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Councillor Gollop said: "I see Bristol very much as a city at the cutting edge of developing new technologies, new means of communications …it's crying out to nail its flag to the mast as somewhere that's at the forefront of modern technology."
Councillor Janke added that the context of Bristol was "ideal" for the Wikimania conference.
She said: "One of the things I'm most proud of about Bristol is the very successful economy we have here and the strength that we have in microelectronics industries - particularly creative media and digital."
Bristol’s bid to host Wikimania, run by the Wikimedia Foundation, was submitted at the end of last month.
The city is up against competition across the world from Hong Kong to Delhi, although the closes rival bid is from London.
However, Bristol’s bid promises that if successful it will:
• Create a wide, generous and secure platform for the active involvement of community groups
• Build a bridge to the non-Wiki community (the Wikiless), inspire a new generation of volunteers
• Create a place and space where working relationships can strive, thrive and develop
• Spread the Wikipedia editing 'privilege' to involve more cultures, more women, more wisdom
• Enhance public understanding of shared, free and open source knowledge
• Celebrate and promote successful partnerships and Wiki achievements
To find out more visit the Bristol bid wiki.