Digital-born Media Carnival, 14-18 July, Kotor, Montengro

I got contacted about this event from our friends at SHARE Foundation and OSCE Mission to Serbia. Have a look and apply if you find it interesting.

SHARE Foundation, the OSCE Mission to Serbia & the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the
Netherlands with the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media.

Deadline: Apply now until 1 June 2017
In a nutshell: ​ The Digital-born Media Carnival is a four-day event taking place in Kotor, Montenegro (14 - 18 July 2017) gathering more than a hundred representatives of online media, information explorers and digital rights enthusiasts pushing the boundaries of understanding of Internet freedom, business models and comprehensive distribution patterns of networked media.
This event strives to provide a regional platform where the latest trends in the confluence of technology and society can be presented and discussed in a friendly environment with the aim to learn from each other. Through a mixture of interactive panels, talks, workshops and hands-on trainings, leading experts will give their take on the future challenges to the freedom of expression and media professionalism in a connected public sphere - how to create new opportunities for sustainability and growth while staying true to the ethical standards of journalism in a digital environment.
We are looking for ​ online media representatives, journalists, bloggers, content creators, human right defenders, hacktivists, new media startups ​ and others to join us for a four-day event in UNESCO world heritage site​ ​ Kotor.
Individuals believing they could contribute and learn from others are welcome to apply, especially if they are coming from the Western Balkans, but others are also welcome. Together with 25+ international experts they will explore emerging opportunities and challenges in the digital media landscape within an environment designed to inspire, enable skill-building and provide a space for critical reflection.

What you’re signing up for:
You will spend four days learning and relaxing, pushing boundaries in understanding
digital freedoms while exploring the beautiful Bay of Kotor. The Carnival will ​ tackle the broader issue of freedom of expression and media professionalism online​ , with a particular interest in the areas that need to be improved regarding online media and content creators like ​ business models ​ and sustainability, distribution models and algorithmic governance, online media markets ​ and net
neutrality, targeted ads and privacy, innovation in reporting, data journalism, digital security, new media ethics, trust ​ and​ information quality​.
The overall goal of this event is to provide knowledge on these topics and share experiences in a regional context. Also, the event will further strengthen the regional network of individuals and organisations dedicated to freedom of the Internet and their international counterparts to ensure continued joint action, innovation and learning in the field.

What will happen at the Carnival:
A number of workshops and hands-on training activities will take place in the ​ mornings​ .
Through grouping people together by projects and interest areas participants will work
both individually and together.
Talks, presentations, panel discussions, exhibitions and ceremonies will be organised in
the evening​ in venues in the Old City of Kotor and in the palaces of Dobrota.
The program schedule will leave you just enough time to enjoy the beautiful coastline and
beaches of the Bay of Kotor during the afternoon, and the Old City of Kotor during the
evening. Seize the opportunity and feel the excitement while exploring the medieval maze
of museums, churches, Venetian palaces and pillories that contributed to making Kotor a
UNESCO world heritage site.

It is highly recommended to commit to the entire period between 14 - 18 July as we will be
in session for 6 - 7 hours a day. Bring a critical and sharp mind with willingness to explore
and interest in cooperating.

What will we talk about at the Carnival:
The main topics of the Carnival are fake news, ethics, sustainability, business models,
creativity, innovation in reporting, manipulation, the online media market, surveillance,
privacy, post-truth etc. We are therefore looking for applicants who are passionate to learn,
or who are willing to share expertise on these topics.

Applicants should be interested in one (or more) of the following areas, let us know which
● online media business models;
● data journalism and innovation in reporting and media production;
● regulatory framework & ethics of online media;
● digital security;
● manipulation and fake news.

You should consider applying for the Carnival if you are:

  • digital/online media representative
  • journalist
  • content creator
  • blogger or citizen journalist
  • hacktivist/activist
  • media or IT lawyer
  • human rights defender
  • new media start-up
  • academic or researcher

Both self-employed applicants or those working for organisations are welcome to apply. Apart from participating, you could contribute to the event as a speaker. You are
encouraged to apply with individual projects that you or your organisation are passionate

Your information and privacy:
We will use Your submitted information for selection process and for our evaluation
requirements only.

Application & cost:
Apply for the carnival by 1st of June (Thursday).
English will be the working language of all Carnival activities.
Access to the program of the Carnival will be free of charge for all registered and accepted
However, a limited number of full and partial scholarships is available for participants who request assistance to cover travel and/or accommodation on a case-to-case basis. In the past, many participants in our events have received funds from their own organizations or sought funding from other sources.
Application for the scholarships is on a competitive basis. Factors taken into account in the assessment of applications are the country of origin (with priority given to a balanced representation from the Western Balkans region), topics of interest, area of expertise,
organisation or community you represent and envisaged role at the conference.

Application deadline: 1 June, 2017 (23:59 CET)
You can ​access the ​online ​application form here​.
Offline application to be sent via email can be downloaded here​.
If you have any questions, please contact us via carnival (at)



Who applied for this?


Hi Redon, thanks for sharing this, I sent it on to the debian-events-eu list and also submitted a proposal. I would potentially be able to visit Tirana again on the way to Kotor, does the hackerspace open during the summer?

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This really sounds as a must go event. I also applied, hoping to have my talk approved :smile:

Thanks for sharing Daniel.
During August is really hot in Tirana and almost all of us are in places near the beach :island:
July and September the activity is low in general. ut you can visit us and come to the beach :smiley:
Happy to meet you again in Kotor.


Can you make any suggestions for any developers who want to visit Albanian beaches during the summer? Do you have any Open Labs activities or social gatherings?

We have similar problems with heat in the Australian summer, it is not uncommon for people to hack at night and swim
or sleep in the shade during the day.

@Members I’ve been informed that from 14 applications 8 have been approved from the organisers. It seems that it will be many of us there :slight_smile:. I’m planning to stay two more days to enjoy the city. Let me know if more people are planning to do the same.

@pocock we are planning for the second edition of FOSScamp Balkans, but this year we are moving to an island in Greece propably in early September. More details to be announce after we get more organized :slight_smile: Would be great if you could join us.



My topic was approved. I got a partial scholarship that doesn’t include transportation.

@rskikuli thanks for the feedback. Do you know anything about where to stay in Kotor? Are the organizers making a group booking with a large hotel, or do people need to make bookings directly with the hotel of their choice?

If we have to make our own bookings, it is really important to know where the conference venue will be so people can choose hotels nearby.

Any update on the FOSScamp idea? Will you post that on debian-events-eu as well? I’m sure more people will want to come along. It wasn’t so long ago we had DebConf in the region and many people have good memories of that.

I notice the event description says it is four days, but the range 14-18 July is
five days. Does anybody know the exact day/time when it begins and ends?

The description also mentions some venues are in the old town and the palaces of Dobrota (appears to be about 2km - 3km north). Does that mean it is best to stay in the old town, or how far out of the old town is feasible? Did anybody already book accommodation or receive recommendations about where to stay?

The event starts at 14th evening and ends at 18th morning.

About the accommodation, those of us that were accepted will receive emails later on on how will the accommodation be organized. Don’t have any recommendation unfortunately :confused:

@rskikuli do you know if they have published any recordings or photos from the event? I saw people making videos of the talks and I am keen to provide links to this content in my report for Debian.

I was wondering the same @pocock because I was thinking of using them for a blog post as well. Will ask them and will keep you informed.
For other members that were not there, it was a very interesting event with a special focus on internet freedom, censorship and online privacy. It also combined very interesting social events which helped know other participants. Hopefully they organise it again next year and more people from OLs are able to join. For those interested have a look here: