We are delighted to welcome Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and internet and tech entrepreneur to the Oxford Foundry on 7th June for a fireside chat and Q&A.


Jimmy Wales is the founder of the online non-profit encyclopaedia Wikipedia and co-founder of the privately owned Wikia, Inc. including its entertainment media brand, Fandom powered by Wikia. Wales serves on the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit charitable organisation he established to operate Wikipedia. In April 2017, Jimmy launched WikiTribune – a news website involving volunteers to curate fact checked and reliable articles. In 2006 Jimmy was named in Time magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’ for his role in creating Wikipedia.


In a conversation with our moderator, Jimmy will discuss the origins of Wikpedia, how apparent failures set him up for later success, the role of Wikipedia in overcoming current challenges to humanity, and much more!


The fireside chat will be followed by Q&A and there will be time for snacks and drinks afterwards too.


See you there!




Undergraduates – Postgraduates – DPhil candidates




All students must have a membership card in order to gain access to the Foundry for co-working, and to participate in Foundry workshops and events. If you are not already a member, you can complete your online membership form (available here) and attend the event thereafter. Your membership card will be ready to collect from reception after 2 working days, but you can attend events in the interim, as long as you have completed the online form.


STUDENT IDS WILL BE CHECKED ON THE DOOR. Please bring your Bodleian card and Foundry membership card with you.


Photography and filming will take place during this event. By entering and participating, you are giving your permission to be photographed and recorded, and for the Oxford Foundry to use this in the future.

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