OSCAL 2019, sixth edition is coming

Sixth edition of Open Source Conference Albania is only a few weeks away. On 18-19 May we will gather again to promote software freedom, opensource software, online privacy, free culture and open knowledge locally and in the region.

This year’s OSCAL is expected to gather over 300 enthusiasts of open source technologies, developers, agencies and professionals of free/libre, open source culture troublemakers, cryptoanarchists and dreamers of a decentralised 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 9AM to 6PM, 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, openSUSE are only a few of the projects that OSCAL participants can get to know better.

This year theme: Ethical Tech

Self driving cars, artificial intelligence, personal assistants, algorithms, the gig economy empowered by apps and wars fought with drones and robots were and are presented as tools to make our lives better. The opposite happens! Social networks are now influencing elections and democracies, gadgets automate our homes by spying on us and our taxi-drive gives away every ride of ours! As if this as not enough, ‘cool’ platforms and apps have already created a generation of youngsters fighting for their financial survival as part of their participation in the gig economy.

This year we reflect on what we really need our tech to be. We decide and take a stand between ‘the coolest tech’ and the ‘ethical tech’ that works for us, not against us! And we can only have this new reality only by using free and open source tools!

Do you want to be part of it?

Apply as a speaker: https://osc.al/cfp Deadline is 8th of April.

Apply with an infobooth: https://oscal.openlabs.cc/call-for-info-booths-is-now-open/

Registrations will be open soon. Stay tunned!

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