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We are Prishtina Hackerspace

Prishtina Hackerspace is a community based co-working open experimentation space established exclusively for technological, educational, cultural and scientific purposes. The aim of the space is to:
– Provide workspace, equipment and other resources for communal use by all members;
– Encourage continued and after-school learning through workshops, classes, seminars and mentoring;
– Create a safe and open environment for experimentation in technology and art.

Visit the Prishtina Hackerspace Wiki to learn more about our mission…

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Download – PDF | Prishtina Hackerspace Project Narrative

Prishtina Hackerspace is a project implemented by FLOSSK (Free Libre Open Source Software Kosova). Prishtina Hackerspace is not a non-profit organization, but i uses the administrative and legal infrastructure of FLOSSK.

Team members

AltinUkshiniAltin Ukshini is the project leader, he is a 20 year old FLOSS (Free Libre and Open Source Software) and Open Knowledge activist since 2009. As a very active community guy, he has passionately co-founded and led tech projects and events in Kosovo and the US. He has been part of Louisville’s LVL1 hackerspace in Kentucky, United States of America for a year (while he was an exchange student). He received the “Honorary Citizen of Louisville” award by the city Mayor and during his stay he founded a non-profit and the first conference about Open Source Software in Kentucky called MOSSCon (Midwest Open Source Software Conference). Altin is the the President of the Board at FLOSSK and MOSSCon, Prishtina Hackerspace co-founder, board member at STIKK (Kosovo Association of Information and Communication Technology) and a Mozilla representative from Kosovo. He used to work at IPKO Foundation where he organized and lead some of the foundation’s projects, as well as managed the tech part of them, now Altin works at IPKO Telecom in Prishtina as a Linux and SAP Basis / System administrator

Gent Thaci is the project coordinator, he is a 20 year old FLOSS Hacktivist and is part of the Board at FLOSSK, Gent is also the community manager, and one of the Prishtina Hackerspace co-founders. He is a Fedora Project Ambassador and a Mozilla Representative as well. Gent has been part of the tech community in Kosovo actively since he joined FLOSSK back in 2009 through different projects and organized events. While an exchange student in the U.S. he had the opportunity to visit Silicon Valley for a week and spoke at Noisebridge about the tech scene in Kosovo. He met a lot of people from the community there and also visited EFF.

FLOSSK - Free Libre Open Source Software Kosova

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FLOSS Kosovo is a non-governmental non-profit organization established in 2009 in order to support, promote and develop:
– Free/Libre Software as defined by the Free Software Foundation;
– Open Source Software as defined by the Open Source Initiative;
– Open and participatory knowledge as that supported by the Wikimedia Foundation;
– Education in information technologies through open courses like those from MIT;
– Standards, culture and open society by using free and open communication as are those supported by the W3C and Creative Commons.

Since 2009 FLOSSK has been organizing the biggest annual conference in the Balkans about FLOSS (Free Libre Open Source Software). Apart from the conference, FLOSSK continues to work in various activities such as organizing Software Freedom Days in different cities of Kosovo, lectures on free software throughout Kosovo, translating software, collaborating with the media to promote free software and creating local free software groups in various cities.
Website: www.flossk.org
Facebook: FLOSSK Free Libre Open Source Software Kosova
Twitter: @FLOSSKosova

What is a hackerspace?

As defined by Wikipedia, ”A hackerspace or hackspace is a real (as opposed to virtual) place where people with common interests, usually in science, technology, or digital or electronic art can meet, socialise and collaborate. A hackerspace can be viewed as an open community lab, workbench, machine shop, workshop and/or studio where people of diverse backgrounds can come together to share resources and knowledge to build and make things”.

References:
Hackerspace as defined in Wikipedia
Hacklabs and Hackerspaces
The Hacker Community and Ethics
Hacker ethic as defined in Wikipedia