Ready for OSCAL 2018 Edition!

OSCAL 2018, warming things up for the 5th edition of Open Source Conference Albania

Open Source Conference Albania (OSCAL), the first annual international conference of its kind in Albania, will take place for the fifth consecutive year to promote software freedom, open source software, free culture, and open knowledge locally and in the region. OSCAL 2018 will take place between 19-20 May 2018 in Tirana.

This year’s OSCAL is expected to gather over 400 enthusiasts of open source technologies, developers, agencies, and professionals of free/libre, open source culture troublemakers, cryptoanarchists and dreamers of a decentralized world. The participants will gather with
a common belief in a world where information is open, free and decentralized. The conference not only provides everyone with the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience with the audience but also inspires many others to act upon.

A wide variety of intriguing presentations and workshops will be held on both days of the conference. More specifically, each day from 9 AM to 6 PM, participants will have the chance to become acquainted with different topics, as well as explore contribution and work
opportunities. In addition, community infobooths will be present on both days. Mozilla, Fedora, LibreOffice, OpenStreetMap, Wikipedia, phpList, Nextcloud are only a few of the projects that OSCAL participants can get to know better.

OSCAL 2017 concluded with 70 presentations, speakers from 20 different countries of the world and more than 300 attendants inspired to advance the free/libre open source movement even further. The best part was all the positive comments, that motivate the organizers to come up with something even more expanded.

Everyone who wishes to become part of OSCAL 2018 may reserve their ticket, free of charge, by visiting oscal.openlabs.cc. Any financial contribution towards the development of the conference is certainly more than welcome.

The theme of OSCAL 2018 is “Open By Default”, which reflects the main message of the organizing team.

#OpenByDefault is an idea to protest the normalization of closed platforms and silos and cultivate the idea that they should not define the status quo. In the past decades we have seen open source do more good than any proprietary equivalent, so why do we still consider open source a perk? Software, Spaces and Processes should be open. Everything not meeting these criteria should be criticized & retaliated, not normalized.

OSCAL is organized by Open Labs Hackerspace, the local community dedicated to empower free/libre open source culture in Albania since 2012.

Further information:

Website: oscal.openlabs.cc
E-mail: oscal@openlabs.cc

Social networks:

Hashtag: #OSCAL2018
Twitter: @OSCALconf
Instagram: @oscalconf
Telegram channel: https://telegram.me/OSCAL2018

Important dates:

Call for Proposals: opens 11.01.2018 – deadline: open until 01.04.2018
Call for Sponsors: opens 30.11.2018 – deadline: open until 01.04.2018
Call for Volunteers: opens 08.03.2018 – deadline: open until 01.04.2018
Call for Info Booths: opens 17.01.2018 – deadline: open until 01.04.2018
Registration for the conference: opens 01.04.2018

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