EMWCon Spring 2020

EMWCon Spring 2020
EMWCon brings together developers, users, and organizations of "enterprise MediaWiki" from around the world.


Conference details
Location: Kalahari
Sandusky, Ohio, USA
Start: April 1, 2020
Finish: April 3, 2020
General chair: Richard Evans
Program chair: Cindy Cicalese
Registration chair: Yaron Koren

The Enterprise Mediawiki Conference Spring 2020, or EMWCon Spring 2020, will be held on April 1-3, 2020 in Sandusky, Ohio (50 miles west of Cleveland). EMWCon is a three-day conference featuring discussions of topics related to "Enterprise MediaWiki", i.e. the usage of MediaWiki software by and within companies, non-profits, governments, and other organizations. The intended audience of EMWCon Spring 2020 is anyone who uses, or would like to learn to more about, MediaWiki within organizations.

This year the conference will be preceded by an optional, informal two day hackathon on March 30 and 31.

Event detailsEdit

Important datesEdit

Registration Deadline March 2 Required for inclusion in all pre-planned events - NASA tour, dinner, etc.
Talk Submission Deadline March 16 Please help us design a well-planned program by submitting your talk proposals before March 16.


To register for EMWCon, please go to the EMWCon Spring 2020 page at Eventbrite.

The cost for the three-day event is:

  • $450 - corporate rate
  • $150 - students and freelancers

(If you would be paying your own way, go with the lower rate. If your company or organization is paying, the corporate rate applies.)


If you would like to give one or more talks, please put the talk title and your name below.

  • "Data Everywhere: Opportunities and Challenges for Enterprise MediaWiki" - Yaron Koren
  • "Maintaining your wiki: You know you have to" - Ike Hecht
  • Potential topics by Daren Welsh (I might be motivated by votes)
    • "Measuring Knowledge Management Success"
    • "Algorithms in Wikis"
    • "Structured Spaceflight Analog Testing in Wikis"
  • "Upcoming changes to MediaWiki" - Cindy Cicalese
  • "EMW for The Internet Court of Lies: Liecourt.com" - Bob Thibadeau, Ph.D.
  • Something Cargo/Lua - TBD if 1 or 2 talks - Megan
  • Site Reliability: monitoring and alerting in 3 easy steps - Greg Rundlett

Lightning talksEdit

To give a short (5 minutes or so) lightning talk, plus put the title and your name below.

  • Mediawiker SublimeText plugin - why this is the best thing ever & how to set up - Megan



Create CampEdit

more soon

Technical TourEdit

We are planning to a provide a tour of NASA's Plum Brook Station:

  • details tbd

Social activitiesEdit

We are planning a few social activities:

  • Dinner (tbd)

Tuesday evening meetupEdit

Unofficial conference sign-upEdit

To indicate that you are interested in attending, please add your name below. (And if you do plan to attend, it is a good idea to "watch" this page, for further updates.)

  1. Richard Evans
  2. Yaron Koren
  3. Cindy Cicalese
  4. Ike Hecht
  5. Peter Meyer
  6. Megan Cutrofello
  7. Bryan Hilderbrand
  8. Greg Rundlett
  9. Bawolff (talk) 22:53, 30 December 2019 (UTC)
  10. Stanley Gould
  11. Billy Coffield
  12. Sam Wilson
  13. Vincent Brooks
  14. David Every
  15. Lex Sulzer
  16. Daren Welsh
  17. Lucas Billett
  18. Tom Harriman
  19. Joris Darlington Quarshie
  20. Mark A. Hershberger
  21. Bob Thibadeau
  22. Jared Olson
  23. Christian Huerta-Lopez
  24. Tgr (talk)

Pre-conference hackathonEdit

For the first time, due to popular demand, the conference will be preceded by an optional, informal two-day hackathon. The hackathon will occur March 30 and 31. There is no cost to attend the hackathon if you are registered to attend the conference. There will be a conference room at the hotel for people to meet. Suggest topics below that you would like to explore with other attendees. Or just take the time to work side-by-side with other MediaWiki enthusiasts in a collaborative setting. The hackathon is not limited to the "traditional" definition of a hackathon. So if you're new to the community and want to form a group to talk about how to get started, please add it to the list. Please sign up below so we know how many people we can expect to attend.

  1. Cindy Cicalese
  2. Daren Welsh
  3. Bryan Hilderbrand
  4. Lex Sulzer
  5. Vincent Brooks
  6. Sam Wilson
  7. Yaron Koren
  8. GregRundlett (talk) 17:56, 17 February 2020 (UTC)
  9. Megan Cutrofello
  10. Tgr (talk)

Suggested topics:


The conference will take place at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio. The Kalahari is a family-friendly "all-in-one" conference center, hotel and resort, featuring one of the world's largest water parks. Anyone who stays at the hotel gets free admission to the water park.

Please be sure to book your rooms at the Kalahari using the following link:


See the resort map here.

Getting thereEdit

The nearest major airports are Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), which is 50 minutes away by car, and Toledo Express Airport (TOL), which is about an hour away by car. There is also Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), which is around two hours away by car.

If you are arriving at Cleveland Hopkins Airport, it may be possible to carpool with others to get to the Kalahari. If enough people arrive at a certain time, we may even be able to arrange one or more shuttles. If you would like to share a ride to the venue, please put your name and approximate arrival time below:

Sunday (March 29th)

  • Bryan Hilderbrand - 6:31pm (Renting a car, waiting for Lex to arrive)
  • Lex Sulzer - 8:14pm (riding with Bryan)
  • Daren Welsh - TBD (this is what I want to do, but am waiting on approval)
  • Cindy Cicalese - 2:14pm (Renting a car)
  • Sam Wilson - 6:24pm
  • Greg Rundlett - 11:16pm (Renting a car)

Monday (March 30th)

Tuesday (March 31st)


The current sponsors of EMWCon are:

To become a sponsor, please contact Richard Evans at richard.k.evans@nasa.gov