OSCAL 2019 - we were there!

As a team entirely influenced by FLOSS culture, events like OSCAL are the best party we could be invited. We couldn't hide the excitement to attend Open Source Conference Albania - one of the grass roots FLOSS events we care a lot about.

So, what is this local event that everyone from the Albanian community was making so much noise about?

OSCAL (Open Source Conference Albania) is the first annual conference in Albania organized to promote software freedom, open source software, free culture and open knowledge, a global movement that originally started more than 30 years ago. The 6th edition took place at 18 & 19 May 2019 in Tirana to gather free libre open source technology users, developers, academics, governmental agencies and people who share the idea that software should be free and open for everyone.

Photo by Andis Rado under CC-BY-SA 4.0 license

We <3 local communities

For us, Collective68, it is of a high importance to be in such events. We really value local communities because it is where we come from, and have grown also as open source professionals. Events  like this are also a place where we meet old (and new) friends to share thoughts and experiences, and discuss on the "hot topics" of the open source world. People from cool open source projects and initiatives such as LibreOffice, phpList, FSFE, Fedora and openSUSE to mention a few, where also there. We have been supporting such projects for some time now and it was great interacting with people from their respective communities.

Photo by Anis Rado under CC-BY-SA 4.0

This edition of OSCAL was held at OFICINA, a very friendly space where people could follow the sessions which where held in various tracks quite nearby with each other. They could also enjoy a lovely garden during the two sunny days, which was nice for socializing as well. OSCAL is organized by Open Labs Hackerspace, the local community which for 7 years has been putting so much efforts to bring free open source software and culture in a local and regional level, and from where we proudly come from.

Group photo. (Photo by Andis Rado, under CC-BY-SA 4.0)

Collective68 @ OSCAL

Collective68 was present at the event with a talk by Redon, who hosted a session on "Open source cloud for Solopreneurs  and small and medium businesses". Redon spoke on the importance of SMEs understanding the risks associated with sharing their data with proprietary software and services belonging to frightful tech companies that have a monopoly in the market.  The goal of the talk was to share some tips on how people and/or SMEs could choose a Software as a Service provider to reclaim their data, regain more freedom, privacy and interoperability.

Redon talking about the importance of having an open source infrastructure for your organization/company (Photo by Andis Rado under CC-BY-SA 4.0)

In addition, we were happy to launch our Cloud service - the ready2use open source cloud infrastructure for SMEs, start-up and freelancers. We also gave away significant discount coupons for one of the instances we provide to participants at the event.

Supporting FLOSS communities

OSCAL was also the ideal event to announce our community support program, through which we support with our services organizations and projects who are focused in making open source software better for all of us, but also organizations focused on digital rights, online privacy issues, free access on the internet etc. You will hear more on this program on upcoming blog posts or through our newsletter.  

It was another successful OSCAL and we are looking forward to the next one! Many thanks to the organizers, amazing volunteers and companies and organizations that sponsored the event.

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