Held in Tirana and with attention on gathering free libre open source technology users, developers, academics, governmental agencies and people who share the same idea. Oscal aimed to inform and promote that software should be free and open for the local community and governments to develop and customize to its needs; that knowledge is a communal property and free and open to everyone. The conference is supported and organized by Open Labs, the community that promotes free libre open source culture in Albania since 2012.
Day one included topics around Open Source Security, Open knowledge: Evidence from the Wikimedia movement, different open and new technologies, communities that everyone can join.
There were also side track and events. Hands on workshops on: Joomla, open source CMS, Visualizing georeferenced Open Data with CartoDB, Declaration of Independence of CyberSpace (audio installation), “Fedora Spin; Cyber Security, “Getting started with with Blender, Introduction to Android and Web Services, Introduction to Fedora.
The participants also had the chance to win a Firefox OS by attending the side events(Competitions) that were about developing a simple app for the Firefox OS, or do some editing in Wikipedia Albania, or start mapping in Open Street Map Albania.
The organization team estimates that there were 300+ participants in the first day of the conference and it was a very active audience with lots of discussions and experience sharing. This is a great outcome compared to the first edition of last year.
The main topics were mostly around community building around common technology interests. How safety, surveillance threats using open source is practically part of the believes that a person may or may not have, and how much he believes in the platform that he uses.
Speakers shared tips on how to become an active developer on different platforms by sharing solutions, voting existing ones and win online reputation so you can build your carrier and win your next job. They also shared their daily platforms that they use everyday and and how we can add other features to make them more powerful.
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