SFK (Software Freedom Kosova ) is the biggest annual nonprofit conference in Kosovo established to promote software freedom, open source software, free culture and open knowledge, a global movement that originally started more than 25 years ago, while it’s returning again this year for the fifth time.
The Conference gathers each year academics, users, developers and people 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 ideology and the great community behind it. SFK conferences had great impact on creating strong bonds of friendship between the local community and foreign one.
SFK provides a fertile ground to build and enhance networking within the tech community, both in the local 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 in Kosovo and which should also result in commercial benefits for the surrounding region.
FLOSSK (Free Libre Open Source Software Kosova, a non-for-profit organization promoting open source, open software, open knowledge, etc in Kosovo) is the organizer of Software Freedom Kosova Conference for the fifth year now, gathering 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.
The first edition of SFK started in 2008, gathering over 600 people and thus setting the first base for many more amazing events to be organized by the only open source movement in Kosovo.
This years edition to be held on September 7-9, promises to be even more interesting with different topics and discussion to be covered, while the conference is still open for interested speakers who want to talk about open business, open government, non-profit sector, use and development tools, etc. The closing date for call for (local) speakers is August 15th, while the announcement of international speakers is yet to be uncovered.