The collaboration between IPKO foundation, SHARE Foundation, and DokuFest, gathered an impressive line-up of speakers and participants for the third edition of Dokutech, an event that resembles a blend of art and technology.
The rainy weather on Saturday caught organizers by surprise, especially due to the fact that the League of Prizren venue is an open space and represents a sort of gambling game in terms of luck with sun or rain.
With that in mind, Kushtrim Xhakli, DOKU:TECH’s Executive Producer and IPKO Foundation board member, announced that Day One and Two will happen on a longer program Sunday, while people would still have a chance to attend the masterclasses and workshops.
Is your privacy dead?
Google, Facebook, and Twitter caught the center of attention again for issues around security and privacy. The public doesn’t get to know how and what they do with all the data they own for free, and at some point, the public doesn’t even understand how their privacy is violated.
It is simply their business model to monetize your data. Facebook’s, and nearly every social site’s core business is to violate your privacy by doing that.
Balkan and his team have been hard at work on developing alternatives to the Spyware 2.0 and they’ve launched a product called ind.ie, which protects users from behavioral advertising and malicious web content by enforcing the principles of Ethical Design.
“We need to get to a “post-cloud” network, that allows us to find friends, connect and share content on a one to one level without a middleman and without anyone spying on us”. His suggestion is to implement a three-step plan which includes the recognition of cyber rights, cut the EU support for startups and create European technology commons”.
48 Hours in VR!
Thorsten Wiedemann, founder and artistic director of A MAZE Festival, lived for 48 hours inside various VR worlds at the Game Science Center in Berlin from January 8-10.Disconnected, Wiedemann and Lucid Trips co-designer Sara Lisa Vogl‘s performance took place on a HTC Vive, and involved a number of VR worlds, environments, and programming routines. “In 2026, VR will be a normal jump to meet international friends in Social VR Rooms and go on crazy adventures together. But a long trip will be still special and could be understood as a controlled drug experience, said Wiedemann.
Wiedemann explained how he went on adventures to his cozy cave to view the stars in Lucid Trips and get some rest, peace, and sleep, or how he experienced panic attacks in VR and had to go through them without going away from it.
“Don’t mess with the future of our kids.’ Think about it.” was the final message from Wiedemann.
The tech community often boasts about its problem-solving and innovative abilities. In September 2015, Techcrunch editor-at-large Mike Butcher, wanted to bring that mindset to the problems that refugees are facing and started Techfugees, which quickly grew into a non-profit and now accounts more than 27 global chapters and over 11,000 members around the world. “Techfugees doesn’t build apps but aims to connect, coordinate and promote innovation through hackathons, events, meet-ups, and other forms” said Mike, while also emphasizing the next steps towards making Techfugees even more impactful around the world.
E-residency for Kosovo!
The UK has voted to leave the European Union and British businesses are wondering how they will maintain the benefits of trade as a member of the massive, tariff-free single market of the EU. Kosovo entrepreneurs, on the other hand, face challenges of their own especially due to the many restrictions the country faces in the international scene.
“Once you become an e-resident, you can set up an Estonian company online in a day, administer it remotely, and sign all documents digitally. The tax on retained profits is 0%.” said Toby Stone, CEO of New Square, while explaining how e-Residency works, and how entrepreneurs from Kosovo could actually convince the Estonian ambassador from the nearest country, which is Viena, to come down and sign off the applications, if there’s a certain number of applications of course.
“The program started because there were not enough people for the country to grow and for that, they needed to come up with something as crazy as digital citizens, which was then supported by a young and cool president and an approach to run the program as a startup not as government product”.
MasterClasses and a TechCrunch Meetup
Five masterclasses spread out over the two days were also available to participants, who had the opportunity to learn about issues such as Facebook’s advertising algorithms and business model, with Vladan Sholer from SHARE, PGP encryption and VPN protection as a way to bypass surveillance or access censored content, with Markus Kopimi (Piratbyran), or geolocation mapping and anti-corruption aided by the UNDP Kosovo, led by Simone Cortesi.
Thanks to Dokutech, Kosovo also marked the first ever TechCrunch Meetup, an informal meetup where Mike Butcher talked a little about TechCrunch and how to get the attention of media outside countries like Kosovo, and where startup and tech enthusiasts could network and talk about their products. (An informal Techcrunch meetup is happening in Tirana, Albania as well)
Other Dokutech speakers included Sebastian Mitchell / Ushahidi.com, Valto Loikkanen / Grow VC, Lama Mansour / Bold Gadgets, Uri Aviv / Utopia Festival and others. Next years event is happening in August again in Prizren, while everyone who wants to know more can always visit the website doku.tech.