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.
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 the UNDP Albania project.

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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

source: http://on.fb.me/1muCvYM

 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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OSCAL 2014 in pictures

‘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.

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panoramic view of the main conference room

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Checking in

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Opening of the second day by Elio and myself

 

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Supporting resetthenet.org initiative in June 5, 2014

“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.”

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