SFK (Software Freedom Kosova Conference) is the biggest annual nonprofit conference in Kosovo established to promote software freedom, open source software, free culture and open knowledge.
The Conference gathers each year academics, users, developers and people who share the idea that software should be free and open for the community to develop and customize to its needs; that knowledge is a communal property and free and open to everyone. Each year SFK succeeded in its mission; educating Kosovo youth on Free and Open Source Software, its ideology and the great community behind it. SFK conferences had great impact on creating strong bonds of friendship between the local community and foreign one.
I have been there the previous years and can confirm that is one of these conferences where you can really feel the sense of a community that is working together with one goal in mind: to spread free software and grow the community even more.
This year I’ll have a speech on the importance of usage of FOSS on public administration with a focus on wikis during the second day (16.30-17.00) and will also help with Open Labs booth and the Mozilla presence along with the Mozilla Albania team and our friend Giannis Konstantinidis – you remember him from OSCAL right?
See you in Prishtina during 24,25 and 26th October 2014.
Wikipedia Weekend, is probably the biggest community event in Albania about Wikipedia and wiki related projects. Organized by Open Labs (floss, community, hackerspace) and the WikiAkademia Shqiptare project with love and passion, it was hosted during the first week of November 2014 in Tirana, Albania and gathered enthusiasts of the free software and open source community, academics and wiki-enthusiasts, with the same goals in mind: growing the community further and doing same thing we do every night: try to take over the world!.
The main agenda included presentations, projections and workshops from wikiculture geeks from Albania, Kosovo, Serbia and USA . Here are some moments from one of the event I’m proud of being part of.
During the first day
During the first day
Group photo from day 1
Workshop about gender gap in Wikipedia hosted from Sanja Pavlovic & Arandjel Bojanovic.
Group photo from day 2 with friends, Open Lab-ers and minister Harito
More info and updates (in Albanian) are published here: openlabs.cc/wikipedia-weekend.
From the press release of the event: DOKU:TECH explores and challenges the social implications of technological innovations through connectivity, content, openness and security. Taking place in the beautiful city of Prizren, Kosovo the event will gather reputable speakers, observers, explorers and builders from around the world to talk about open knowledge, digital security, privacy, social entrepreneurship and business. Event will offer a unique and inspirational way to participants to have the opportunity to listen and challenge speakers during events and participate in lively discussions during the programme.
I was at one of the panels discussing about “Digital Transformation of Public Sector” Day 3, 21.08.2014 at 7pm. Representing the Ministry of Culture, I had the opportunity to announce for the first time the project of the creation of a database of the public data of the ministry. This was the first time, as far as I know, that there is a debate about such an important issue and most important: involving governmental participants from Kosovo, Albania and civil society. I have to admit it was a very good start.
Fun side of the activity: a workshop about beer brewing, where I had the opportunity to get involved. If you are in Kosovo try one of the Sabaja beers