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SOFTWARE FREEDOM KOSOVA 2016

The 7th edition!

October 21-23, 2016, Prishtina, Kosovo

about SFK

Software Freedom Kosova Conference (SFK) is one of the biggest and oldest annual non-profit conferences in the region established to promote software freedom, free culture and open knowledge, a global movement that originally started more than 25 years ago.


Software Freedom Kosova Conference (SFK) is one of the biggest and oldest annual non-profit conferences in the region established to promote software freedom, free culture and open knowledge, a global movement that originally started more than 25 years ago.

The Conference gathers each year developers, academics and users 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 principles and the great community behind it. SFK conferences have had great impact on creating strong bonds of friendship between the local and communities.

SFK provides a fertile ground to build and enhance networking within the tech community, both in the country, in the region and worldwide by being used as a meeting point for a network of individuals and companies with the aim of sponsoring and initiating projects which benefit the people of Kosovo and which should also result in benefits for the surrounding region.

Available to both the general public and the technical community, SFK offer it’s attendees:

  • Hands-on training and in depth talks from local and international speakers with a focus on the following subjects:
    • Basics: What is Free and Open Source Software
    • How it works: How open source software gets funded and made (e.g. Mozilla, Red Hat, etc.), how OSS communities operate, the beauty of sharing code and data to build a better future
    • Business: How can free and open source software help you develop your business?
    • Government: How can OSS support government goals and plans open government data and open data formats for connecting with constituents.
    • Education: Advantages of free and open source software for Education
    • Non-profit sector: How can public and private institutions benefit from free and open source software
    • Use and Development: Tools, desktop environments and distros, languages, web/web 2.0, standards, multimedia and video production, communities, security, servers, system administration, networks, mobile, databases, cloud computing and more.

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Schedule

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.
There will be a separate registration for workshops available very soon...

Conference Venue: RIT Kosovo (AUK).

Shpetim Robaj Str. No.nr.
10000 Prishtina, Kosovo

Workshops Venue: ICK (Innovation Centre Kosovo).

Rexhep Mala Str. 28A,
10000 Prishtina, Kosovo

Workshops Venue: PRNHS (Prishtina Hackerspace).

Ganimete Tërbeshi Str, No. 2,
10000 Prishtina, Kosovo

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WORKSHOPS: Please bring your own laptop.
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Please register only for workshops that you will attend.

Registration for the conference will be available at the venue as well!

Organizers

FLOSSK

Free Libre Open Source Software Kosova (FLOSSK) is a non-governmental non-profit organization established in order to support, promote and develop:

FLOSSK is the organizer of Software Freedom Kosova Conference for the fifth year now, gathering this way people who are interested in creating, developing or simply using free and open source software – based on code that can be altered by the users themselves.

FLOSSK’s website: http://www.flossk.org


A little History:

Since, an initiative to promote the plenty fold benefits of free software had not been undertaken until then, on September 2008, James Michael Dupont started an initiative to gather interested parties in the organization of the first Free and Open Source Software in Kosovo.

The virtual event attracted around 600 people and this served as an incentive for a group of close-knit partner organizations to be built and start putting the conference into action.

On March 22nd 2009, the first general assembly of what came to be called FLOSSK was held. The assembly set the aims and goals of the organization: focusing in gathering all IT and non-IT people interested in creating a single movement in creating a Free and Open Source Software community in Kosovo.


About Us:

Volunteer team working on the conference: Ardian Haxha, Arianit Dobroshi, Violeta Islami, Albert Lekaj, Shkumbin Brestovci, Vleran Dushi, Jeton Ahmetaj, Lulzim Gashi and many supporters.

Code of Conduct

In October we meet for three amazing days of SFK! What we discuss, share, build, learn and create together will stretch us in awesome and challenging ways. By the end of it, and beyond… each one of us will be changed in some small way; each having learned at least one new thing, made at least one new friend and changed what we thought we knew for certain at least once. Learning, connecting and being open and adaptable to change are the things that will most profoundly impact our work, our lives and the FLOSS community as we head into the future.

The following is a list, certainly not definitive, of Five Ways to Have a Great SFK. These "5 Ways to Engage" are meant to capture the spirit of some practical things that will help us have meaningful, shared experience with one another. Many of us practice them day-to-day, so they will be intuitive and habitual. And, being explicit about our best practices is a recognition of how much we already know will contribute to a great conference. So let's all do that!

Participate

The work of changing the world can happen only through active participation. Commit to pushing hard to go beyond what’s easy: embrace a new idea, ask a dumb question, lead a session, close your laptop. If a session does not move you, find another that does (it’s okay to shift). You alone get to decide what interests you, stretches you and ultimately helps you grow.

Make room

We don't all understand English fluently. Some of us are hard of hearing and visually impaired. When speaking, do it slowly and clearly. Check in with others as you go to make sure they understand. Some of us have physical limitations that make getting around difficult. Offer open structures with the idea of universal access, rather than waiting for special requests. Provide clear information on access. Make room (literally and metaphorically) for all before anyone has to ask. Seek to understand, then to be understood. Practice empathy. Assume positive intent.

Practice respect

SFK is a space where you can safely be your true self – why would you be anything else? – and a time to respect others’ true selves as well (even if it bothers you from time to time). Respect their space and freedom and uniqueness, as much as our own. Take care of yourself, body and mind. We only have three days together and they will be long. FLOSSK needs you at your best. Rest, eat, drink water, laugh a lot. Take care of the space and each other. Pick up trash. Share your power cord.

Be helpful

If you see a problem, try to help. If you can’t help, help find someone who can. Don’t quietly tolerate unacceptable behavior. Stand up for your fellow attendees. If someone’s words make you feel unsafe or uncomfortable — a comment, a joke, a slide — and can’t address it with them directly, consider involving an intermediary. If you’ve made someone feel unsafe or uncomfortable, be open to adjusting your presentation or public speech and apologize directly when needed.

Have fun

SFK is our opportunity to pause and celebrate who we are and all that we have accomplished. It’s a chance to meet other amazing humans, to connect, to dance, to build things, to break them too. It’s your moment to dig in and have fun.


Code of conduct adopted from Mozilla Summit

contact

You can find us at:
Prishtina Hackerspace

Ganimete Tërbeshi Str, No. 2,
10000 Prishtina, Kosovo

E: info [AT] flossk [DOT] org