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Event Description

On October 7 (Saturday) we're hosting for the first time a MiniDebConf composed of lectures, workshops and social events in Prishtina. The MiniDebConf Prishtina is an event open to everyone, regardless of their level of knowledge about Debian or other free and open source projects. At MiniDebConf Prishtina we are organizing talks and workshops on a range of topics incidental to Debian and free software, including any free software project, Outreachy and Google Summer of Code internships, privacy, security, digital rights and diversity in IT.

In conjunction with MiniDebConf Prishtina, we are also hosting “Fedora Women Day” - series of lectures organized by the “Fedora Diversity Team” who are members from the Fedora community and Open Labs Hackerspace in Tirana, Albania.

About MiniDebConfs

?MiniDebConfs are local meetings organized by members of the Debian Project and local Free and Open Source project related communities to achieve objectives similar to those of DebConf, but in a smaller scale and regional context. Throughout the year ?MiniDebConfs are organized around the world, as you can see on this page. A MiniDebConf is an awesome opportunity for any user who wants to experience the magic of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Here you can meet the veterans in FOSS development, develop professional connections which will help you in future, chat with contributors who can guide you, advance the cause of Debian and other related projects, and most importantly, grasp the essence of FOSS development. It is indeed a good opportunity that will give you a foundation to build on!

About Fedora Women Day

Fedora Women Day (FWD) is a day of celebration dedicated to the female contributors. During this day of celebration, local communities around the world will gather to present the accomplishments of the women that are part of the Fedora Project and thank them. FWD is a great chance to promote the participation of more women, bring together contributors and raise awareness about the gender gap in tech communities. This day is being celebrated across the community in order to show the importance of having women involved in open source projects, such as Fedora.

FWD is initiated by the Diversity Team within the Fedora Project. The aim of the Diversity Team is to encourage people who come from underrepresented social groups to get involved in the community. Everyone is welcomed to participate. Respect and tolerance are the greatest principals within the Fedora community and Diversity strives to make people feel accepted and more confident about their skills.

Event details

Venue

  • Prishtina Hackerspace

    • Address: Aktash neighborhood, Ganimete Tërbeshi Str, No. 2, 10000 Prishtina, Kosovo. (former Radio UrbanFM house)

    • Map: <click here>

    • How to get there: <Video>

Organisation

Talk to us

Call for Participation

If you have an idea for a talk, workshop, or any other event, or you'd just like to help:

  • Send us an email on the mailing list (above)
  • Write to us on IRC (above) or
  • Try creating an account on this wiki and add your talk on the list below before it's finalized.

Registration

No need for registration, just show up at the venue on time. We can host up to 40 people, so first come first served.

Accomodation

Check the following hostels in Prishtina if you're travelling:

Catering

We're planning on eating at the Prishtina Hackerspace on lunchtime. We'll probably order in sandwiches, pizza or similar. There are plenty of shops within 10 minutes' walk if you would prefer to do something different, of course. Free drinks and snacks for the participants too.

For the evening we'll most likely organise during the day and decide we head to downtown for some fun.

Potential speakers and workshops

Name

City/Country

Topic

Contact

Duration

Type of presentation

Language

Kristi Progri

Tirana

Outreachy

kristi@kristiprogri.com

20 minutes

Talk

Albanian

Daniel Pocock

Zurich

Mentoring programs (Outreachy and GSoC)

30 minutes

Talk

English

Daniel Pocock

Zurich

Mentoring programs (Outreachy and GSoC)

n/a

practical help with application process

English

GNU/Linux installation space

all day

help installing GNU/Linux

any

Anisa Kuci

Tirana

Albanian translation initiatives (Debian, LibreOffice, GNOME) from FOSSCamp

ping@anisakuci.com

20 minutes

Talk

Albanian

Thomas Levine

Scarsdale, New York, USA

OpenBSD ports and packages

_@thomaslevine.com

30 minutes

Talk

English

Altin Ukshini

Prishtina

Intro to GNU/Linux OS and command line

altin.ukshini@gmail.com

1 hour

Talk/workshop

Albanian

Altin Ukshini

Prishtina

Intro to FLOSSK and Prishtina Hackerspace

altin.ukshini@gmail.com

30 min

Talk

Albanian

Arion Banishta

Prishtina

Firefox Quantum Testing (to be decided)

arion0banishta@gmail.com

30 min

Workshop

Albanian

Arianit Dobroshi

Gjakova

Intro to copyright for free software developers

arianit@gmail.com

25 min

Talk

Albanian

Dian Fishekqi

Prizren

Slackware packages, makepkg/SlackBuilds, and sbopkg

_@dianfishekqi.me

30 minutes

Talk

English

Jona Azizaj

Tirana

Fedora Women Day, Rails Girls Summer of Code

jona@azizaj.com

30 minutes

Talk

Albanian

Xheni Myrtaj

Tirana

Rails Girls Summer of Code

xheni@protonmail.com

15 minutes

Talk

Albanian

Endrit Bytyqi

Ferizaj

File indexing and full-text searching using Elastic Search

endrit.bytyqi@perpetual.tech

45 minutes

Talk

Language TBD

Nathan Troll & Gëzim Haziri

Gjakova/Prishtina

Converting (or Hacking) an electric vehicle in Kosovo

natetroll@gmail.com, gezimhaziri02@gmail.com

20 minutes

Talk

English

Qendresa Hoti

Prishtine/Kosovo

CoderGals/Hackathon

qendresahoti4@gmail.com

10 minutes

Talk

Albanian

Dashamir Hoxha

Vlore, Albania

Building SSH Tunnels

dashohoxha@gmail.com

30 minutes

Talk

Albanian

Help installing and upgrading GNU/Linux

Experts at the event can help you safely and efficiently install and configure Debian GNU/Linux on your laptop or upgrade from an older Debian to the recently released Debian 9.0 stretch or another distribution.

If you have existing files or an existing operating system on your laptop, we can help you split the disk into separate partitions for GNU/Linux and Windows, you can then choose which one to use each time you turn on the computer. It is highly recommended that you delete unnecessary files to free disk space before coming to the event.

If you have a new laptop with nothing on it or an older laptop that you want to erase and only use for GNU/Linux then the installation process is even easier and faster.

The process of partitioning the disk, moving files to/from a backup and downloading the software can take time so we recommend coming early and starting the process in the morning. The fastest installs can take 1 - 2 hours but sometimes we will need more to help you with the disk partitioning and moving around files if you want to have two operating systems (dual boot GNU/Linux Windows)

Please make sure you bring your power supply, any ethernet dongle required by your laptop (if it doesn't have a built-in ethernet socket), an ethernet cable (3 meters or longer, 5 meter recommended).

It is also suggested to bring an 8GB or bigger USB stick that you can erase and an external hard disk if you want to copy/backup files.

Help installing and upgrading OpenBSD

Amateurs at the event can help you safely and efficiently install and configure OpenBSD on your laptop or upgrade from an older OpenBSD. We will not assist in dual booting, so you should prepare that beforehand or expect to delete everything from your storage media during the installation.

The process of partitioning the disk, moving files to/from a backup and downloading the software can take time so we recommend coming early and starting the process in the morning.

Please make sure you bring your power supply, any ethernet dongle required by your computer, an ethernet cable (3 meters or longer, 5 meter recommended). It is also suggested to bring an 2GB or bigger USB stick that you can erase and an external hard disk if you want to copy/backup files.

Volunteers / tasks needing assistance

People can volunteer for just a few hours or the whole day.

Task

When

Details

Names, time available

Preparing schedule

Before 7 October

Contacting speakers, setting time and length of talk slots

Ardian, ?

Speaker audio

During event

Putting microphone on speaker, starting/stopping app

Speaker video

During event

Pointing camera, starting/stopping recording

Introducing speakers

During event

Announcing name of speaker and their topic

Altin

GNU/Linux installation

During event

Setting up hacklab cables, helping users run GNU/Linux installer

?

OpenBSD installation

During event

Helping users run OpenBSD installer

Tom

Organizing food

Before and during event

Ordering and purchasing lunch, providing receipts for reimbursement

Arion, Altin

Things to bring

Not everything here is essential, but if people can bring any of these things it helps make a better event.

Qty

Item

Purpose

Who

Note

1

External Hard Disks

Backup/moving files during GNU/Linux installation

Anybody who wants to install Linux (Tom has one 5TB USB3 hard drive, but it doesn't work very well. He also has USB-to-SATA adapters, so it is possible to use internal hard disks for the backup/moving as well.)

Optional, but useful if you have a lot of stuff in your laptop HDD already

2

Video camera, DSLR or webcam

Recording/streaming video

Daniel has 1x DSLR

2

HDMI to HDD recording

Any device for taking HDMI from DSLR and Projecter to HDD

?

2

HDMI / video splitter

Split the signal from speaker's laptop to go to projector and recording simultaneously

?

2

Video tripod

Recording/streaming video

Hackerspace

1

Photo tripod

Recording/streaming video

Daniel

Can be used if no video tripod available

2

Lighting for video

Recording/streaming video

Hackerspace

1

Lapel / lavalier mic with transmitter

Speaker audio recording, amplification

?

1

Lapel / lavalier mic for smartphone (Rode ?SmartLav+)

Speaker audio recording

Daniel

Can be used if no amplified mic setup

3

Power boards

GNU/Linux installation workbench, hacklab

?

For laptops

2

Ethernet switch (8 ports or bigger)

GNU/Linux installation workbench, hacklab

Hackerspace

For laptops installing GNU/Linux

15

5 meter ethernet cable

GNU/Linux installation workbench, hacklab

Hackerspace (maybe)

For laptops installing GNU/Linux

5

8GB or bigger USB sticks

GNU/Linux installation

?

For installation ISO

3

US or other well known keyboard, e.g. UK, DE

GNU/Linux installation

?

For laptops with unusual keyboard layouts not supported by GNU/Linux installer

1

PXE/DHCP net boot server

GNU/Linux installation without USB sticks

?

Can be a laptop, NUC, router, etc serving the ISO image over NFS

Schedule

Saturday

Time

Talk/Workshop

Speaker

Language

10:00AM - 10:30AM

Registration & Morning coffee

10:30AM - 10:50AM

Opening speech & community presentation (FLOSSK/PRNHS, Debian, Fedora, Mozilla)

11:00AM - 11:30AM

Outreachy

Kristi Progri

11:35AM - 11:55PM

Mentoring (Outreachy and GSoC)

Daniel Pocock

12:00PM - 12:45PM

File indexing and full-text searching using Elastic Search

Endrit Bytyqi

12:50PM - 01:15PM

Intro to copyright for free software developers

Arianit Dobroshi

01:15PM - 02:15PM

Lunch

02:15PM - 02:35PM

Converting (or Hacking) an electric vehicle in Kosovo

Nathan Troll & Gëzim Haziri

02:40PM - 03:00PM

Albanian translation initiatives (Debian, LibreOffice, GNOME) from FOSSCamp

Anisa Kuci

03:05PM - 03:25PM

My first week using Debian

Izabela Bakollari

03:30PM - 04:00PM

Fedora Women Day

Jona Azizaj

04:05PM - 04:15PM

CoderGals/Hackathon

Qendresa Hoti

04:20PM - 04:30PM

Click-to-dial popup on the Linux desktop

Diellza Shabani

04:45PM - 05:00PM

Outreachy

Renata Gegaj

05:05PM - 05:15PM

Rails Girls Summer of Code

Jona Azizaj

05:15PM - 05:35PM

Coffee break

05:35PM - 06:05PM

Intro to GNU/Linux OS and command line

Altin Ukshini

06:10PM - 06:40PM

Building SSH Tunnels

Dashamir Hoxha

06:45PM - 07:15PM

OpenBSD ports and packages

Thomas Levine

07:20PM - 07:50PM

Slackware packages, makepkg/SlackBuilds, and sbopkg

Dian Fishekqi

Sunday

Time

Talk/Workshop

Coordinator

12:00PM - 12:10PM

Opening & presentation of the activities

12:10PM - 01:00PM

Firefox Quantum Sprint

01:00PM - X

Help installing and upgrading GNU/Linux

01:00PM - X

Help installing and upgrading OpenBSD

Thomas Levine

01:00PM - X

Help installing and upgrading Moodle

Dashamir Hoxha

Reports

Please add links to reports, blog posts, photos etc about the event here:

Useful links


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