OSCAL is the annual international Open Source Free Software Conference in Albania dedicated to empowering Software Freedom, Open Knowledge, Free Culture and Decentralization. More information about the conference can be found at the web site – https://oscal.openlabs.cc/
This year, I got this opportunity to attend OSCAL in Tirana, Albania. It was an amazing experience with a lot of different things, I participated in during the conference. Here are some major highlights of my participation, which I would like to share ::
1. Fedora Booth – Being a Fedora contributor and always happy to meet new people, I did Fedora booth duty for 2 days during the conference along with other Fedora contributors. Fedora booth was just outside the venue with other booths and it was super hot during the day, but smiling people with their questions did not stop coming to the booth. Thanks to Brian and Dominika , who helped with some cold juice 🙂
We had Fedorator installed at the booth. We (me and Bee) created posters of Fedora meetup and Fedora release party and pasted them at Fedora booth to attract more people. People were asking about Fedora 28 and we mentioned about modularity ofcourse 🙂 . Some people had concerns about firefox crashing on old Fedora releases, we advised them to upgrade and also shared the easy ways to upgrade. Some of the visitors also shown interest in the easy way to start the contribution in Fedora and translation in local language is what was the most accepted response.
2. Fedora Release Party – Thanks to Jona for organizing Fedora 28 release party at the first day of the conference. All the Fedora contributors along with other conference attendees joined the party. There was a huge cake, which was super yummy. Fedora contributors gave their introduction. Justin Flory talked about several different ways to contribute to the Fedora project. Again, we have seen the interest towards the local translation area was bit more.
3. Fedora Strategy with Brian – I got a chance to talk to Fedora Action and Impact Coordinator Brian on several different topics related to Fedora. We talked about Diversity, Release Schedules, Release Talking Points and many more areas. It is always nice to hear from him. His experience and prospective gives motivation always. Though, he is a busy personality but this time it was good 1-0-1 conversation with him, and also won the cake badge 🙂
4. Fedora Community Dinner – As, there was a number of Fedora contributors in the conference, hence we gathered for a Dinner in the evening. During the dinner, I talked to Dominika and she showed me her pictures of India visit 🙂 . We also came to know about few more conferences coming in near future. Flock was another topic of discussion (Registration is already open, if you are not aware, please check – https://flocktofedora.org/ ) .
Dinner was huge and tasty , yummy sea food it was 🙂
5. My Talk – I had a talk on Communication on the second day of the conference, which was in the Pyramid of Tirana (Did I mention that one of the conference venue was https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramid_of_Tirana ) . My talk went well with a decent number of people present in the room. I explained why the effective communication is really important to avoid conflicts in a diverse Open Source community and what are the different decent ways to have a nice communication.
6. Women in Open Source Workshop – During the second day of conference,
@BeePadalkar @RenataGegaj organized a Women in Open Source Workshop. I was amazed at the number of women attended this workshop. I have never seen these many female participants in even big conferences. This was great to see and listen their stories during the workshop. I also introduced myself during the workshop. It was really incredible to see such a huge number of participants again. I think credits goes to Open Labs of Tirana.
7. Fedora D&I Team Sprint – Two days of action packed conference was over, but Diversity team had still the energy to do a 4 hours long Fedora D&I Team Sprint. The main topic which was covered – Fedora event guidelines. Brian joined us online (thanks again for your valuable time and feedback). Some of the major highlights were having Badges, sible, Dietary Restrictions, Gender neutral bathrooms, , Emergency kits, Quiet Rooms, and much more during the Fedora events. We also maintained the important discussion points at – https://etherpad.persephone.cloud/p/FedoraEventGuidelines . This discussion is at its initial stage and implementation is subject to many factors. If you want to share any feedback, please feel free to mail us at or D&I mailing list – firstname.lastname@example.org
So yeah, that is all about my participation in the conference. I also got a chance to do networking with other people from Open Labs and listened to their experience. Although, it is hectic to travel and participate in so many activities at the same time. But the Friends foundation of Fedora always gives me strength to keep going 🙂 . I really wish that next year too I can come back and can do some more amazing things at OSCAL 2019.
Missing my dear community Friends already 🙂 .