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 will be hosted during the first week of November 2014 in Tirana, Albania and will gather enthusiasts of the free software and open source community, academics and wikienthusiasts, with the main goal of growing the community further and doing same thing we do every night: try to take over the world!.
The main agenda (not finished yet) will include, but will not be limited to presentations, projections, workshops and socializing through an unofficial party. I’ll be involved in the organizational part of the event and will probably host a talk during the event. Looking forward!
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
‘If it’s not documented it didn’t happen’ they say, which this is probably true. That’s why we are publishing a set of pictures taken from the magic hands of Andis Rado, our tireless OSCAL 2014 photographer, who agreed to publish them using a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license. Once again thanks to the amazing volunteers, the conference working group inside Open Labs, our sponsors and everyone who made it a reality. For us as organizers it was amazing to say at least see all the community come together in one place.
See you at OSCAL 2015!
Note: this article was first published at OSCAL blog first.
“On June 5, I will take strong steps to protect my freedom from government mass surveillance. I expect the services I use to do the same.”
As some of you might have heard, Open Labs and the Albanian Mozilla Community had the pleasure to host the first ever Mozilla Weekend in Tirana, Albania, on 8th and 9th February. Elio and myself, both the only reps in Albania for the moment, had planned the event since November 2013. Annoyingly, due to the difficulties of finding the right venue, we needed to push the event 4x. Finally we went for 8th and 9th of February and fortunately kept the promise. We were very excited to be the first organizers for such a big event, but also a bit anxious because the Albanian community was the first to host it.
But anyway, to keep it short, I’m relieved to say that the event was a huge success!
We were able to gather 100 different people from different Albanian cities, Kosovo and Greece for 2 days. Throught the weekend we hosted workshops, discussions, presentations, talks and snack & drinks breaks for more than 12 hours – 6 hours for every day. Here are some moments captured in photos from the crew and participants.