Participation at Software Freedom Kosova 2014

SFK 2014 participation RSSFK (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.

SFK14 RS speech

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Pannel coordinator at IT bootcamp for “Tech Entrepreneurs” in Tirana

YUNUS Social Business Albania IT Entrepreneurs 2014Yunus Social Business (YSB) Albania in collaboration with Open Labs invited the tech community (Thursday, 2nd of October) @ Bar E Jona to the event: ACCELERATOR PROGRAM “Tech Entrepreneurs”.

I had the pleasure to coordinate and also be part of the panel ‘Where we stand and opportunities ahead’ with special guests from different fields of the tech community in Albania and Kosovo. It was nice to be back in touch with good friends like Celik, to hang out again with Edlira from Protik and meet Endri from Startup Grind Tirana. Most important it was one of those events where you could see youngsters in Tirana be really interested in ideas and technology.

RS Tech Entrepreneurship Event from Yunus Social Business

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RS Tech Entrepreneurship Event fromYunus Social Business

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Presenting at Social Good Summit 2014 in Berat, Albania

Social Good Summit Berat 2014

 

The Social Good Summit is a two-day conference examining the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. Held during UN Week from September 21-22, the Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders and grassroots activists to discuss solutions for the greatest challenges of our time. The theme of the conference, #2030NOW, asks the question, “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?” During the Social Good Summit, global citizens around the world unite to unlock the potential of technology to make the world a better place.Social Good Summit Berat Albania RS 2014 2
As part of the Albanian initiative I was asked to present my vision of a world where we all are working on making a better world using open source technologies. Excited to see Berat for the first time and be part of this interesting UNDP Albania initiative that combines technology and doing good.
You can read more details about that day here, in the mean time below are some pics.

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During my presentation

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Wikipedia Weekend 2014, Tirana

Wikipedia Weekend 2014 Open Labs
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!

More info and updates (in Albanian) will be published here: openlabs.cc/wikipedia-weekend.
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Panelist at DOKU:TECH 2014

Dokute.ch 2014 participation
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.

Panel at DOKU:TECH

source: twitter.com/Dokutech

DOKU:TECH 2014 panel day 3

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 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

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