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.
panoramic view of the main conference room
Opening of the second day by Elio and myself
“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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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.
Group photo | Mozilla Weekend 2014 in Tirana
A friend of mine asked me some days ago about the reason I spend so much energy to promote projects related to free open source technologies that don’t always pay the bills. I was also asked the reasons I dedicate so much time in knowledge-sharing with others. I didn’t respond at the time, but I remembered the first moment I realized I need to do more things that matter to me than make me (financially) rich. One of these things is definitely OSCAL.
OSCAL | Open Source Conference Albania is the first international annual conference in Albania organized to promote software freedom, open source software, free culture and open knowledge, a global movement that originally started more than 25 years ago. The Conference will take place at 3 May 2014 & 4 May 2014 in Tirana and will gather free libre open source technology users, developers, academics, governmental agencies and people who share the idea that software should be free and open for the local community and governments to develop and customize to its needs; that knowledge is a communal property and free and open to everyone. Continue reading