OSCAL 2023 (Open Source Conference Albania)

Aldo Tuga

Data engineer at Data-Max certified in AWS cloud tools and an interest in DevOps. Passionate about crafting efficient data pipelines and implementing strategies to maintain dependable systems. I'm all about making data work like a charm and boosting how things run.

  • Building a GPU Kubernetes Cluster
Andreas Rugova

Andreas Rugova is the Innovation Officer for UNICEF Albania. He is a dedicated development and humanitarian worker with experience from several contexts in Europe and Africa. Andreas is passioned about driving positive change and seeks challenges where he can design, use creativity, and continue learning, and all of this to reach the greatest of goals: to combat inequalities and discrimination among women, men, girls and boys, no matter the context or challenges.

  • What is Digital Public Goods and what is UNICEF doing in the DPG Space?
Anne Jan Brouwer

Started programming age 6 on the C64, coding professionally since 2001.
Created the SHA2017 with the awesome badge.team and helping out hacker events since at-least 2006.
Now señor lead backend developer RoHS at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.

  • CI All the Things
Besfort Guri

Besfort is the founder and CEO of OpS-IN and president of the board of FLOSSK. Charter member at OSGeo. Member of the Advisory Board at OSM Foundation.

  • Using Open Data and GIS tools in Government / NGO / Businesses

Bislim is a political activist at Levizja Bashke. He has been active with the Movement for the University for many years fighting shoulder to shoulder with students against higher education privatisation. He had worked closely with workers, especially on the call center sector to organise a labor union in order to improve working conditions.

  • "No cameras in the bedroom"
Danijel Schorlemmer

I work as a senior scientist at the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, Germany, in the section "Earthquake Hazard and Risk Dynamics". My current main project is the first dynamic exposure model on the building scale for different natural hazards. I also work on assessments of recording quality of seismic networks, on earthquake forecasting for hazard modeling, and on testing frameworks for earthquake forecast models. I am an active OSM mapper since 2009. I have combined my enthusiasm for OSM with my scientific work, which results in the building exposure model being based on OSM data. During my scientific career, I have lived in Switzerland, USA and Japan and worked in the respective earthquake institutes of these countries.

  • Earthquakes and OpenStreetMap
  • The state of OpenStreetMap buildings: completeness assessment using remote sensing data
Dashamir Hoxha

Dashamir is a Computer Engineer with more than 20 years experience in software engineering, server administration, network configuration, technical writing, etc. He always tries to automate things with scripts, in order to make difficult and complex tasks easier for everyone. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with the others by writing technical blogs and making presentations.

  • Making the Internet Trustworthy
  • Self-hosting Wordpress sites with the help of docker-scripts
  • A Linux Distro for Digitally Sustainable Schools
  • Getting started with XMPP chat and Snikket
Eduard Milushi

Humorous Albanian father who develops WordPress sites in a flash.

  • Tirana WordPress Meetup
Esi Zaimi

Political activist fighting in the streets during the day and coding against capitalism during the night.

  • Public Money Public Code Albania 2023

Linux sysadmin and privacy enthusiast

  • Collective security
Francesco Bubbico

Francesco Bubbico is a young researcher specializing in neuroscience and psychology. His academic journey began with a high school graduation from Art school 'Carlo Levi' in Matera, Italy, in 2014. He earnt a Bachelor's degree in 'Psychology and Health' from the University of Rome La Sapienza, with a thesis on the neuroscience of deception. During his bachelor, Francesco has expanded his horizons with a study abroad program at the University of Coimbra, Portugal.
Francesco pursued a Master's degree in 'Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Sciences' at the University of Pavia. His master's thesis delved into the effects of meditation on behavior and psychological well-being. Currently, Francesco is engaged in a PhD program in 'Neuroscience, Psychology, and Data Science' at the University of Pavia. He leads research initiatives in mindfulness meditation interventions and has gained further experience through a visiting PhD opportunity at the University of Maastricht, Netherlands.

  • The Power of Open Science in Neuropsychology and the Promise of Multiverse Analysis

Franceska Korançe is the founder and board director of Build Green Group NGO in Tirana, Albania. She holds a Bachelor in Environment Engineering, a Bachelor in Civil Engineering, and a Master of Science in Environmental Urban Management. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student at the University of Ferrara, Italy, and Polis University, Albania, an international double degree program. Franceska has more than 10 years of experience in the Civil Society Sector (CSO). As per work experience, from April 2010 until February 2013 she worked as an executive assistant and junior environment consultant, at G&G Studio, a company working on environment and Geoscience projects. From September 2012 to June 2014 she worked as a coordinator at JEF Albania-Young European Federalists of Europe. From January 2014 until January 2015, she worked as a project manager and environment specialist at You-En (Youth and Environment) organization. Since January 2015, she founded Build Green Group, and from then she has been working as a CEO, researcher, environmental specialist and consultant. From September 2021, she is also a researcher and lecturer at Polis University, Environment and Urban Planning Department, covering lectures in Environmental Impact Assessment - EIA, Water Treatment Technology, and Environmental Economics (addressing also Circular Economy issues). She is from 2022 also a RECP (Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production) certified ToT, trained from UNIDO.

  • Using GIS for climate resilience and environmental protection
  • Secure Boot 101
Gresa Neziri

Gresa Neziri is an architect and urban planner focused on spatial data analysis.
She finished her MSc studies for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation at ITC, University of Twente, The Netherlands.
Gresa has worked for more than 7 years in spatial planning documents, consulting for municipalities in Kosovo, both through the private sector and UN agencies. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of SpaceSyntaKs, an institute for spatial and urban research. She has coordinated projects researching safety in public spaces, measures to mitigate climate change by lowering energy consumption, and walkability mapping in cities. Moreover, she organized various training courses on fieldwork data collection, data analysis and visualization using open GIS technology. Gresa continuously volunteers as a mentor for youth programs and hackathons in Europe and Africa.

  • SafoMeter- A platform to measure safety in public spaces
Grigor Malo

Tirana based web developer with 8+ years of experience. Currently working with Coko Foundation, also a member of Open Labs Hackerspace.

  • Moving away from the corporate web - an indie web primer

Hetti is an IT Security Expert based in Vienna and part of the finest Viennese Hackspace Metalab.

During day he is breaking IT infrastructure for a living and at night he works on fun hacking projects and deals with state-of-the-art legacy infrastructure.

He enjoys traveling to community based IT (Security) Conferences and Camps.
You can also find him at the Chaos Computer Club Vienna (C3W) where he is mainly involved with Chaos Macht Schule (CmS).
On some weekends he is hunting flags with the successful academic CTF Team We_0wn_Y0u.

  • Supervised hacking - Senior and the Junior crew

With a specialty in Cybercrime, International Criminal Law, and human rights, Ilvana is on a mission to tackle the legal side of crimes happening in both the virtual and real world. She is a firm believer in justice for all and has been putting her passions to work with NGOs and international tribunals. Her focus is on the nitty-gritty details of the legal theories surrounding terrorism, cybercrime, and human rights protection. She is a nerd at heart and loves exploring the complex intersection of privacy and security in today's fast-paced digital world.

  • Better call Ilvana - How to raise a data protection claim in Albania?
Korab Keqekolla

Passionate about Cyber & Information Security.

I am an experienced Cyber & Information Security professional, focused on the offensive side of the cybersecurity.

Previously worked for telecommunications sector and am now employed in the banking industry.

  • OSINT in Cybersecurity & Intelligence Communities

Program Manager of GNOME community

  • Introduction to Open Source-getting in GNOME and CHAOSS community
Kristi Çunga

I'm Kristi Çunga, a designer and art director based in Tirana. My educational background includes a BA degree in Physics from the University of Tirana, which has given me a diverse perspective on the world. For the past few years, I have worked as a graphic and web designer, constantly learning and growing in my craft. Collaborating with talented individuals and witnessing the power of visual storytelling has been a privilege.

I am incredibly grateful to be part of Open Labs, a local organization that focuses on open source, online privacy, open data, and open standards. Through my involvement, I have had the opportunity to contribute to important initiatives and events. I've co-organized several events about privacy like CryptoParties, hackathons, and conferences. Also, I had the honor of being a speaker at several conferences in the region, sharing my insights with others. My journey has been fueled by a deep passion for the intersection of technology and human rights. I aspire to raise awareness about digital rights and create positive change in our ever-evolving digital landscape.

I am constantly inspired by the incredible work of researchers, scholars, and activists in this field. In all my endeavors, I strive to empower individuals and collectives, foster privacy, and advocate for equal access to technology. It is an ongoing mission, and I am humbled by the opportunity to play a small part in promoting a free, open, and inclusive digital environment.

  • Abolishing Algocracy
Kristi Nikolla

Kristi Nikolla is a senior software engineer working with the wonderful folks of the massopen.cloud at Boston University.

Kristi has been an active contributor of OpenStack since 2016, holding elected positions as a core maintainer to the OpenStack Identity project (keystone) and the OpenStack Technical Committee.

  • The Past, Present, and Future of Open Cloud Infrastructure
Lars Haefner

Long term Wikipedian mostly active in German Wikipedia and with strong focus on promoting Albania. Content creator and expert for Albania since almost 30 years.

  • Will Artificial intelligence be the End of Wikipedia
Laurens Oostwegel

I work as a geodata scientist at the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) in Potsdam, Germany. I have a masters degree in Geomatics for the Built Environment (TU Delft) and Urban Geography (Utrecht Unversity). My interests have always been in how we can use of massive geographical data to make a positive impact on people's lifes. In the past years I have worked in international settings in Slovenia, Germany and the Netherlands on natural hazards. Our current research deals with getting a up-to-date and global building model with hazard-relevant information. Open source and open data are an integral part of our efforts now and have been throughout my career.

  • The state of OpenStreetMap buildings: completeness assessment using remote sensing data
Maja Reissner

Maja is a curious and ambitious human who enjoys working on complex systems and shows strong perseverance in understanding how things actually work. She has a master's degree in Biochemistry and has been working in IT (focus on security, privacy and cryptography) for the last couple of years.

  • What if hacking were a sport?
Marin Nikolli

Software developer, who for many years has been passionate about EPUB3, Laravel, and Vue. Likes to build complicated things, therefore now is completing a BIM application that will streamline some processes for construction.

  • WebXR the standard for AR implementation

GIS Engineer. Professional experience in LiDAR processing data in architectural, industrial, environmental and especially in railway surveys, using the latest generation of 3D reality capture through licensed softwares.

  • LiDAR data in CloudCompare Software
Marios Magioladitis

Marios Magioladitis holds a Bsc in Mathematics, a MSc. in Mathematics Foundations of Computers and Applications and a M.Ed. in Special Education. He is administrator in Greek Wikipedia and was highly active English Wikipedia administrator for 9 years. He worked as scientific fellow at the Universities of Duisburg-Essen and Oldenburg in Germany. He currently is an external partner at the Corfu Tech Lab (American Space) where he organizes STEM workshops. In 2016, he received a Wikimedia Foundation grant and in 2018 an IP - American Spaces Project Grant for organizing IT workshops. He is president of Wikimedia Community Greece since 2021.

  • Wikidata and SPARQL Workshop: Unlocking the Power of Open Data
  • Wikidata for beginners
Matthias Clasen

Matthias has been involved in GNOME for a long time. He is one of the maintainers of GTK, and a member of the release team. He is a manager in the desktop team at Red Hat, and lives in Massachusetts with his two cats.

  • Whats in a font?
Megi Reçi

Megi is a researcher on governance and civic space at the Institute for Democracy and Mediation. Her work at IDM focuses primarily on conducting policy analysis and research on matters of transparency, corruption, and public participation in decision-making. Her previous work experiences were mainly focused on human rights advocacy and research, with a strong focus on anti-discrimination and freedom of expression in Albania and the Western Balkans. Since 2021, she is part of the DCAF network of researchers from the Western Balkans, and has been researching intersections of cybersecurity and human rights aiming to provide policy recommendations to improve cybersecurity governance in Albania. She is a lawyer and holds a Master of Science in Public Law.

  • Challenges of Women Human Rights Defenders in Cyber-Civic Space in Albania
Orkidea Xhaferaj

Orkidea is the founder of the Network of Albanian Women in STEM nested under SCiDEV. She also leads the digital pillar at SCiDEV - Center Science and Innovation for Development, with a special focus on digital rights and cybersecurity. Orkidea is passionate about driving positive change through ethical use of technology and using digitalization in creating a more inclusive, equitable world for all. She believes that by championing the rights of women and other underrepresented groups, and harnessing the power of technology and innovation, we can build a better future for everyone.

  • Hacking representation of Albanian women in STEM
Paolo Dongilli

I work as technical inspector for the Italian School Board of the Autonomous Province of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. I coordinate the FUSS project (Free Upgrade for a digitally Sustainable School - https://fuss.bz.it) that 18 years ago, in 2005, brought the concept of Digital Sustainability and Digital Sovereingty into the Italian schools of South Tyrol. Transparent hardware, GNU/Linux, Free Software, open formats,
open teaching, free access to knowledge and checking if public administrations correctly apply articles 68 and 69 of the Italian Code for the Digital Administration are my daily bread.

  • A Linux Distro for Digitally Sustainable Schools

Working for a while with data and open-source packages, and a fan of transferring knowledge through tools.
Interested in sustainable mobility and neuropsychology.
Part of Open Labs team.

  • How can Open-Mobility support Disaster Risk Management?
Redon Skikuli

Open Labs and Wikimedia Community User Group Albania member. OpenStreetMap contributor. Demanding digital commons, online privacy and internet freedom for more than a decade.

  • Public Money Public Code Albania 2023
Roberto Resoli

Human being (Sysadmin and Developer as well).
Respect and care for persons comes first.

Roberto works in IT since the 1990s, and is a FLOSS advocate and
activist, deeply interested in keeping technology at people service,
while the opposite is more common nowadays.
President for too many years of LinuxTrent, the Linux User Group of the italian
city of Trento and province.

  • Getting started with XMPP chat and Snikket
Sadik Bakiu

I am co-founder and Principal ML Engineer consultant at data-max.io. I am focused on developing solutions to bring ML to production.

Since the early beginning of my career, more than a decade ago, I was fascinated by Data and Information management systems and have been working with them ever since.

  • Building a GPU Kubernetes Cluster
Sara Kelmendi

Sara Kelmendi, researcher of the Institute for Democracy and Mediation will present together with Megi the research report written by both of them!

  • Challenges of Women Human Rights Defenders in Cyber-Civic Space in Albania

An open source enthusiast. Member of Open Labs and OSCAL organizing team.

  • Enriching Wikipedia with the help of CHwB archives

Chair of the Internet Cleanup Foundation and initiator of the basisbeveiliging.nl project. With
over a decade of security expertise and many more years in developement, Elger tries to
change the world for the better. Elger is very active in the ethical hacker scene: chair of the
IFCAT foundation, responsible for the well known Dutch hacker camps/conferences MCH2022 and SHA2017 hacker and co-founder of hackerspace Hack42 in Arnhem and the
Awesome Space in Utrecht.

  • Naming, Faming and Shaming - Raising the governmental security baseline

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei is director of open access press punctum books and open metadata management and dissemination platform Thoth.

  • Open Metadata Management and Dissemination with Thoth
Vipul Siddharth

Vipul is the Open Source Innovation Specialist at UNICEF. He is responsible for setting Open Source guidelines and evaluating potential startups for the Venture Fund, helping innovators understand and leverage the power of Open Source. Deeply committed to DEI and sustainability within Open Communities, he serves as the current DEI advisor to the Fedora Council.

When not tackling organizational challenges, he enjoys open water swimming and continues to explore his curiosity in Open Standards, Source, Data, Science, and Innovation, always with a quality cup of coffee in hand.

  • What is Digital Public Goods and what is UNICEF doing in the DPG Space?