OSCAL 2015 aftermath

In 1982, Brian Eno said that while the debut album of The Velvet Underground sold only 30,000 copies in its early years, “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.”
I like to believe that the same happened with some of the youngsters that visited Open Source Conference Albania 2015. I like to believe that after this experience these kids will create their own FLOS initiatives, will present them to the next editions of #OSCAL2015, or will make their own events that will inspire the community.

It felt great to have all this inspiring speakers and workshop hosts from all around Europe in Tirana, all the energy from the volunteers, the kids from the Arduino workshop (one of them was my niece), all these supporters/sponsors and a great organizing team behind it. Talking about supporters, a special thank you goes to Mozilla for the long time support in many ways not only during the conference, but also during the preparation period.
Open Source Conference Albania 2015
Here are some of the moments of the conference a project I’m really proud of organizing in a  decentralized way along with a great team. Pics are from Andis Rado and published in Creative Commons license. Full album here.

Thanks for spreading open free libre source love once again and see you in 2016!
Open Source Conference Albania 2015

Full house in the main room, but also in the workshop rooms that were next to it.
Open Source Conference Albania 2015

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Creative Mornings Tirana 2015

CreativeMornings Tirana July 2015 Redon SkikuliI feel honoured and mega excited to be the mentor of the next session of CreativeMornings Tirana, a breakfast lecture series for the creative community, talking about a theme that is very close to what I’m working on the last years: Collaboration.
When: 17.07.2015 @ 9.30;
Where: Dada Bar, Tirana, Albania. OSM link here;
Website: creativemornings.com/cities/tir
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Some of my thoughts that will be shared during my talk.
“Collaboration is working with others to do a task and to achieve shared goals”. Collaboration means to work with others for completing a task and/or achieving shared goals. I actually looked through Wikipedia to find this out, which incidentally is also the largest, interactive and collaborative internet project at the moment, freely and easily accessible online. The Wikipedia article about collaboration can be accessed from Mozilla Firefox, a computer software developed by many volunteers located in different corners of the earth. Having said this, it is clear that in 2015 cooperation goes hand in hand with interaction. Think of it as the combination of Notorious BIG, Elton John, Destiny’s Child in 30 seconds of a mashup created with love and passion by Girl Talk. It is the development of operating systems such as Linux, of software such as Open Street Map and WikiCommons, and co-funding platforms like Kickstarter. And the list of similar geeky collaborative projects goes on until we understand that in 2015 collaboration will be streamed online and trolled.
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Domino Podcast #2: underdog

Domino Podcast 2 artwork

Image credit: flic.kr/p/NSvmj nga Flickr. Piublikuar ne: Creative Commons by-nc

Shkarkoje në formatin mp3 këtu: https://www.dropbox.com/s/k5h301mebrfy1t2/Domino_podcast_2.mp3

Edicioni i dytë i podcast-it personal. Me vetëdije për gabimet e shumta në produksion e shikoj të gjithë procesin si pjesën më të rëndesishme të përmirësimit personal.
Flasim për servilizmin, sistemin e kalbur të vlerave në vendin ku jetojmë, aktivitetet frymëzuese që kanë mbushur javët e fundit, udhëtimet në Bukuresht dhe Lyon për Mozilla Balkans dhe prezantim të Open Labs në European Lab, OSCAL2015, Wikipedia Weekend 2015 etj.
I bëjmë këto duke dëgjuar Kasabian nderkohë që lexoj The Dark Net nga Jamie Bartlett, një libër rreth bitcoin, decentralizimit teknologjik, shfletuesit TOR, Silk Road dhe gjërave të tjera të pista. Komentet më se të mirëpritura.

Shënim: përdorimi i muzikës është bërë për arsye personale dhe në asnjë mënyrë për përfitim financiar. Nuk posesoj copyright të muzikës në këtë episod.

Photoshoped memories

This is what happens when ex colleagues and good friends from Athens show you how they missed you. Thanks guys! Bring it on with more images!

For those who know: I have the feeling the ‘gries kai skiloi’ group will get reactivated ;)

Photoshoped by Kostas. K

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Domino Podcast #1: OSCAL, WikiAcademy Kukës dhe përditësime të tjera

Domino Podcast 1 maj 2015
Shënime dhe tema
> një podcast i regjistruar shumë herët në mëngjes.
> muzikë nga Baildsa. Tinguj ballkanikë të  mashapuara me rok, funk e ku di unë! Xhump, xhump, xhump!

Cfarë kam bërë këtë periudhë që kam humbur.
> WikiAcademy Kukës
Super fundjavë në Kukës me të rinj, të cilët krijuan mbi 30 artikuj në Wikipedia dhe publikuan mbi 1200 ftografi nga Kukësi dhe rrethinat në Wiki Commons.
> Mozilla Weekend
Takimi vjetor i komunitetit Mozilla në Tiranë me të ftuar Ardian Haxhën nga Prishtina.

Aktivitete të ardhshme
> Open Source Conference Albania
Edicioni i dytë me fokus në teknologjitë decentralizuese.
— Mozilla Balkans (në Bukuresht)
— Lyon për të prezatuar Open Labs bashkë me iniciativa të tjera kreative dhe me karakter komunitar në nivel Evropian.