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SFK | Software Freedom Kosova is the annual international conference held in Kosovo organized to promote free/libre open source software, free culture and open knowledge, now in its 8th edition and 10th anniversary (yaaay!). It is organized by FLOSSK, a non governmental, not for profit organization, dedicated to promotion of software freedom and related philosophies. Almost all sessions will be held in English. Entry is free, thanks to our partners and supporters, but you have to register.


Audience

Our audience comes from Kosovo, the region and further away. We love to have a diverse audience so it provides opportunities to connect and learn from each other. We will soon publish hostels and hotels where you can stay at discounted rates.

Media

If you would like to help us promote SFK in Kosovo and abroad, we will be happy to talk to you.
Please email us at info@flossk.org to arrange media presence.

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.

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


 

participants

 

workshops

 

talks

 

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speakers

speakers

Flavia Marzano

Rome city councillor for smart city.

Flavia Marzano

Dijon Vula

Product, Hardware & Design freak, technology and nature lover.

Dijon Vula

Andra Waagmeester

Andra Waagmeester is a biomedical informatician working on the semantic web, wikidata and quality control of linked data

Andra Waagmeester

Joseph Hinchliffe

Jo is a Libre Space Foundation team member working primarily on communications, outreach and documentation but is involved in numerous projects across the hardware branches of LSF activity.

Joseph Hinchliffe

Douglas Arellanes

Douglas Arellanes bridges the worlds of media, technology and social change. He is the founder of Mural, a Czech company making tools for visual storytelling, and has long been an advocate and creator of open source tools for media.

Douglas Arellanes

Sam Tuke

Sam is an entrepreneur and Open Source activist. CEO at phpList, Startup Mentor, EMBA Scholar, previously manager at Collabora, GnuPG, FSFE.

Sam Tuke

Flakerim Ismani

Flakërim is CEO at Urbanway and a promoter of open web, believing that the more you share, the more you get back.

Flakerim Ismani

Buda Kristi

Buda is just someone who loves to express his thoughts through the combination of different basic units of programmable colour on an output surface and projecting mechanism that often shows graphic images to you.

Buda Kristi

Daniel Pocock

Professional software engineer and consultant, Debian Developer, radio amateur.

Daniel Pocock

Aldo Ziflaj

Self-proclaimed "somewhat funny" engineer, with a grudge for trendy tech.

Aldo Ziflaj

Nita Skenderi

A software engineer with 3+ years of experience in developing end-to-end web apps, who loves sharing knowledge and learning from others.

Nita Skenderi

Betim Drenica

Betim is a software architect with more than 15 years experience on building different products throughout the world. Currently he's leading Kuest as CEO and CTO.

Betim Drenica

Flamur Mavraj

Strong-willed, responsible and chocolate addict, Flamur has been on the good side of technology for more than a decade. j

Flamur Mavraj

Georges Labreche

Georges likes to solve problems and design spacecrafts.

Georges Labreche

Giannis Konstantinidis

Giannis Konstantinidis is a Mozilla Tech Speaker who advocates for data privacy and open technologies and standards.

Giannis Konstantinidis

John Sturdy

John is a lifelong hacker of many things.

John Sturdy

Marko Kazhich

Marko Kazic is the founder and CEO of Zamphyr, pioneer of free education, develops moonshots, supports free culture and liberating all things digital.

Marko Kazhich

Jora Kasapi

Jora Kasapi is an architect from Tirana, working on and passionate about Open source and Sustainable design and architecture, urban research etc.

Jora Kasapi

Dashamir Hoxha

Computer Engineer with experience in software engineering, Linux server administration, network configuration, documentation writing, etc.

Dashamir Hoxha

Egzon Zeneli

A hands-on programmer.

Egzon Zeneli

Egzontina Krasniqi

Egzontina is a highly motivated Software Engineer. She holds a bachelor degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Prishtina.

Egzontina Krasniqi

Kujtim Hyseni

Kujtim Hyseni is an Electronics Engineer. He works at Solaborate as a HW&SW engineer. Loves to create tools to automate everything around.

Kujtim Hyseni

Lis Luci

Computer engineer working in innovation, data science and brewing beer

Lis Luci

Anxhelo Lushka

People person, technology enthusiast and all-things-open evangelist.

Anxhelo Lushka

Lum Ramabaja

Lum studies at the Institute of Machine Learning in Linz. His experiences in fields like bioinformatics, machine learning, data science, and distributed systems, can be of interest for any newcomer who wants to explore one of these paths.

Lum Ramabaja

Rina Zhubi

Rina, an energetic young woman, an R.I.T Kosovo graduate, a freelance PR&Copywriter, and project manager for Wikimedians of Albanian Language UG. She believes with dedication, commitment, and proper research, every task can be put to an end.

Rina Zhubi

Agon Cecelia

Agon Cecelia, Computer Engineer from Vushtrri, Kosovo.

Agon Cecelia

Arianit Hetemi

A passionate software developer. Open-minded and computer geek. An open source enthusiast and open data analyst. A dedicated developer and a trainer.

Arianit Hetemi

Yll Ferizi

Yll Ferizi është ekspert i TIK-ut me një përvojë pune njëzet vjeqare. Si adhurues i hartave digjitale është edhe kontribues në OpenStreetmap që shumë vite duke mbuluar Kosovën dhe vendet me katastrofa natyrore.

Yll Ferizi

Dian Fishekqi

Diani është programer autodidakt, që aktualisht punon si DevOps

Dian Fishekqi



Schedule

Note: This is a tentative schedule only.

register

Please note that main ticket "Software Freedom Kosova 2019 Conference" will get you into all the afternoon talks at Kino Armata. You must register separately however for each workshop and School of FLOSS series of workshops only once.

Registration for the workshops is available in the schedule [ Book Your Seat buttons ].

WORKSHOPS: Please bring your own laptop.
You will be notified for any requirements prior to attending the workshops.
Please register only for workshops that you will attend.

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

Conference Venue: Kino Armata.

Brigada e Kosovës (0.52 mi),
10000 Prishtina, Kosovo

Workshops Venue 1: Kino Armata

Brigada e Kosovës (0.52 mi),
10000 Prishtina, Kosovo

Workshops Venue 2: National Library of Kosovo

Hasan Prishtina Square,
10000 Prishtina, Kosovo

Workshops Venue 3: Termokiss

Ilaz Kodra,
10000 Prishtina, Kosovo

Conference Venue: Full map Workshops Venue (Kino Armata): Full map Workshops Venue (National Library): Full map Workshops Venue (Termokiss): Full map

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Organizers


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 8th 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:

Team working on the conference: Arianit Dobroshi, Valmir Mustafa, Besfort Guri, Rinor Ahmeti, Hajredin Abdiu, Bardha Gashi, Rita Mehmeti, Violeta Islami, Lulzim Gashi and many supporters.

Code of Conduct

In April 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@flossk.org