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IPKO Foundation ends the year with the FIDES award

IPKO Foundation completed another year with tremendous success. Hard work and extensive impact on the community in Kosovo is already crowned with a price that best illustrates the Foundation’s commitment to bring development closer.

IPKO Foundation completed another year with tremendous success. Hard work and extensive impact on the community in Kosovo is already crowned with a price that best illustrates the Foundation’s commitment to bring development closer.

During the FIDES AWARDS 2014 organised by the Forum for Civic Initiatives in Kosovo, IPKO Foundation was awarded the prize for national unmatched contribution to the development of information technology and a new generation of leaders with digital vision for Kosovo.

This contribution can be seen most clearly in projects that the Foundation has implemented over the previous months. One of them is the Scholarship Program, through which the Foundation aims to help young people with creativity and innovative ideas by supporting their education through scholarships for the sixth consecutive year.

Thus, the Foundation has built a community of young people with leadership skills aiming to improve life in Kosovo and bring development in the society. So far, 121 scholarships have been awarded to students from accredited universities, with  a total value of 278,436.00 Euros. From a survey conducted with these fellows, 60% of them are employed and have been able to use these grants to grow as academically, as well as professional.

IPKO Foundation has not ceased even this year in bringing innovation to Kosovo. For the first time it organised the biggest technological conference in the country that has resulted from a fruitful collaboration with Share Foundation and Dokufest Documentary Film Festival.

DOKU: TECH came in as a four day conference that brought together passionate people towards technology like Lee Bryant, Deanna Zandt, Bruce Sterling, Jasmina Tesanovic Stephan Urbach, Kevin Connor, Dan McQuillan, Lynn Fine, Bilal Ghalib, Faith Bosworth, Michele Orru.

Seeing the need to promote Kosovo in the digital world, the Foundation has also continued the work on Wiki Academy Kosovo. About two hundred young participants contributed to the growth of online content for Kosovo thus building a better image of the country in the world. Through the Foundation’s investment, today many articles can be found on Wikipedia about various cities of Kosovo, History and Culture.

Since Kosovo is not part of the list of countries on multiple digital platforms worldwide, Digital Kosovo was launched to contribute to the recognition of Kosovo on the Internet.

Now two years, Digital Kosovo engages all citizens of Kosovo’s friends to send requests to different institutions seeking recognition of Kosovo and its listing in their online platforms.

Community in Kosovo often faced difficulties expression of ideas, mainly due to lack of places where they can speak freely. IPKO Foundation has continued this year to provide this opportunity to more than 35 speakers through organizing BarCamp in Pristina that have accumulated in ten editions with more than 1300 participants.

Meanwhile, the same opportunity has been created in other cities of Kosovo as Gjilan, Gjakova, Prizren, Mitrovica, Peja, Ferizaj. Besides editions in these cities, the Foundation has organized BarCamp Tour Bus that has sent speakers in two locations where they lacked such activities: Drenas and in Mitrovica.

IPKO Foundation is the first foundation established in Kosovo with the money earned at the local level, which functions as a non-governmental organization under the laws applicable in the country. IPKO Foundation is an entity separate from the IPKO Telecommunication.

In 2006, IPKO Net was bought by Telekom Slovenija and PKO Institute sold its shares in IPKO Net. From this sale was won a total of 3,000,000 Euros and IPKO Institute was in a position to radically change its operations. In 2008, IPKO Institute became IPKO Foundation and since 2009 has begun the implementation of a digital vision for Kosovo, including the scholarship program, the implementation of Digital Diplomacy Strategy of Kosovo, bringing eminent people from the field of technology and innovation, supporting individuals in achieving personal success and realising projects that essentially develop communities.