[OSGeo-Announce] FOSS4G 2023 Prizren – the spirit went from Kosovo to the world

Astrid Emde (OSGeo) astrid_emde at osgeo.org
Sat Jan 6 04:24:22 PST 2024

News item 

Final press release from the FOSS4G 2023 Local team

With this final press release we would like to wrap up FOSS4G 2023 and 
look forward to the next year with more events to come.

FOSS4G 2023 numbers
We would like to provide some numbers.

-    Workshops – 44
-    Presentations – 274
-    Academic talks – 36
-    Participants 683 out of 733
-    Countries – 56
-    Travel grants – 34
-    Studentship  grants – 34
-    Volunteers – 68
-    ~210 hours video
-    Coffee  20 KG of coffee was sold out

FOSS4G 2023 was the next level for the local team

Kosovo Open Source Community is existing since 2009, we tried to go as 
much as we could in FOSS conferences in general, but it was always hard 
for us to travel because of Visa and related issues. The organizing of 
FOSS4G 2023 was a next level activity for our organization in Kosovo. It 
was of a high importance, for both the local reach regarding FOSS and 
Geospatial software, also for the global impact that the conference has. 
In advance Besfort Guri, the Conference Chair, for many years has been 
trying  trying to explain the importance and and the spirit of the OSGeo 
family / community, but without “touching” and being part of it,  it was 
harder to understand and resonate with.

We are sure that the local team and the volunteers are still living with 
the energy of FOSS4G and are willing to contribute and be active in the 
global community.

Because of missing a big hall for hosting +700 participants at the same 
time, we created an outdoor stage and we also needed to find a solution 
for the Gala Dinner. The outdoor stage was a great success and was used 
for keynotes, talks, the Gala Dinner and an amazing concert.

We tried to do our best and from the feedback that we received it was 
quiet good.

Another thing that was new in Prizren. We discovered that our community 
is multi-talented and enjoys Karaoke. So we had great parties.

Also the 24-hours bar was special and needed as we were active day and 
Valmir Mustafa the Project Manager of FLOSSK wrote in a letter to the 
OSGeo board “We would also like to thank the OSGeo Community for this 
valuable opportunity to host FOSS4G in Kosovo. Your support has been 
instrumental in empowering FLOSSK to strengthen its team and further 
promote and advocate for open-source GIS in Kosovo. This journey 
wouldn’t have been possible without your help.  Thanks again for your 
trust and partnership.”

We would like to thank all people involved organizing FOSS4G 2023

You find the videos of the talks at our FOSS4G Youtube Channel.

279 videoas were uploaded. From from the statistics it looks like many 
people enjoyed the videos already.

We hope you like the videos and get valuable information. We would like 
to spread the  world and we hope you will learn about our great software 
and our community.

Presentation files
All the presentations are accessible in the following link: 

How to navigate in the link above

-    All the presentations refer to the published agenda 
-    From the agenda find the presentation that you want to look up
-    Note the room name and the date of the presentation
-    In the cloud link, select first the room or the building (in case 
of C/D/E/F) & after it the date of the presentation inside
-    Inside that folder should be all the presentations which are  
uploaded by presenters, some of them used their own laptops and we do  
not have them.

Photo gallery
We are pleased to share the photo gallery from  FOSS4G 2023, captured by 
our team.

In the gallery, you will find a collection of photos that highlight  the 
essence of FOSS4G. From inspiring keynote sessions and interactive  
workshops to lively networking events and social gatherings.
But that’s not all! We want YOU to be part of the FOSS4G 2023 story.  We 
invite all participants, speakers, volunteers, and organizers to  
contribute their own photos from the conference. Share your favorite  
moments, interactions, and highlights by uploading your photos directly  
to this link:


Let’s create a collective visual narrative of this remarkable gathering!

New initiative Open Spatial Kosovo
Open Spatial Kosovo is a new initiative that was started immediately 
after the FOSS4G event in Prizren by FLOSSK and map enthusiasts to 
support and increase OSGEO and Open Street Map activities in Kosovo.
Considering Kosovo’s small size, our goal is to organize and effectively 
represent both the local chapters and the local FOSS GIS communities. We 
have launched Open Spatial Kosovo and planned monthly meetups and 
mapathons, as detailed in our yearly calendar. Updates and information 
are available on our social media channels.

See you at the next event

This FOSS4G was the best FOSS4G ever.

For some of you it was the first FOSS4G, for some of you the event you 
do not want to mIss during the year. For us it was “a life event”.
Meanwhile the next events are going on world wide and the organization 
for the global FOSS4G next December in Brazil started.

We invite you to spread the FOSS4G spirit in your community and we hope 
to see you sooner or later at the next event.

Greetings from the Local Team of FOSS4G 2023 Prizren!

Read other articles about FOSS4G 2023
     FOSSGIS e.V https://www.fossgis.de/news/2023_07_02_foss4g_2023/

     Katja Haferkorn auf Mastodon: 

     Volker Mische https://vmx.cx/cgi-bin/blog/index.cgi/2023-07


     Aman Bagrecha (Indien): 


     Feye Andal https://feyeandal.me/blog/foss4g2023-experiences

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