Wikimedia Person of the Year
January 18, 2022
Wikimedian of the Year is an annual award that honors Wikipedia editors and others who have contributed to Wikimedia projects to highlight key achievements in the Wikimedia movement. The award was established by Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales in August 2011. Wales selects and honors its recipients at the Wikimedia Foundation's Wikimania annual conference; except in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the recipient's name is announced at the online meeting. From 2011 to 2017, the award was named Wikipedia Person of the Year (Wikipedian of the Year). In 2011, the first honor was awarded to Rauan Kenzhekhanuly for his contributions to Kazakh Wikipedia. In 2012, the award went to an editor called "Demmy" for creating a bot that translated 15,000 short English articles into Yoruba, a language spoken in Nigeria. In 2013, Rémi Mathis of Wikimédia France and French Wikipedia was named for her role in the article controversy. In 2014, the award went to Ukrainian journalist Ihor Kostenko, who actively promoted Ukrainian Wikipedia on social networking sites and was killed in a riot. Wales honored an undisclosed figure in 2015 and hopes to one day talk about that person's story. In 2016, the first joint award went to Emily Temple-Wood and Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight for their efforts to combat harassment on Wikipedia and increase content about women. Other recipients include Felix Nartey, Farhad Fatkullin and Emna Mizouni. In addition to the main award, Susanna Mkrtchyan and Satdeep Gill are the first to receive the Honorable mention in 2015. In 2021, there are more Newcomer of the Year awards, the 20th title. (20th Year Honoree), Tech Innovator and Rich Media.