LibreOffice Hackfest Tirana 2019

Hi all,

as some of you might know, we would like to have a LibreOffice hackfest in Tirana soon.
At FOSDEM I spoke with Izabella about it and we agreed to have it some time between now and OSCAL 19,
so, considering Easter is on April 21, 2019 and flight prices might be expensive, I would like to propose April 13 ( week before ) or April 27 ( week after ). What do you think?

OTOH, How many of you might be interested in this event? Ideally people should be already working on an easyHack by the time we have the hackfest so we can spend the time in Tirana helping you with those easyHacks.



Hey @x1sc0 :slight_smile:

Super happy to see a LibreOffice hackfest in Tirana. I’m not sure if I will be in Tirana in April but please let me know if you need my help organizing it, happy to help.

@all everyone that is interested to participate can you please share which dates fits better for you?

@x1sc0 I’m sharing it on the telegram group as well

Happy to hear that LO hackfest is coming to Tirana!
13th April works for me.

Hopefully see you soon :smile:

I would like to participate. April 13th sounds good to me.

Indeed, April is approaching fast and so we should start planning soon. :wink:
How about setting up a Jitsi call with everyone who’s interested in organizing the event? There we could discuss details and action items.

How about half an hour or so sometime next week? Wednesday (Feb 20) or Thursday (Feb 21) would work for me, alternatively the week thereafter is rather flexible for me too, except for Friday (Mar 1).

Let me know what works for you - happy to chat and work with the community on that event! :slight_smile:


Is Wednesday (Feb 20) ok? On Thursdays we have the c++ calls with developers and I know from the mailing list that there is an ESC meeting before. Just to avoid overlap of meetings.

Hello @floeff,

Thanks a lot for the follow up on this. LibreOffice is one of the main projects of Open Labs and of course our community is more then happy to get engaged on bringing important LibreOffice events in Tirana. On our monthly meeting all the members agreed on the importance of such events and we will commit to hosting another one.

Anyhow, we want to do this in an organized way, as we always have done, create a team to take charge on the event first and invite more people who will want to join as well, the same approach we followed with LibOCon. We believe that having a solid team first can be critical for the success of the event, which is a vehicle to also have more potential contributors join the local community.
Regarding this and some issues we were concerned about, we reached out to @Sweetshark since he was one of the initiators of this. As soon as we discuss and clarify all the related tasks, we are happy to use all of our hackerspace channels to invite people to join in various levels, and also to locally promote the event.

Looking forward.



@IzabelaBakollari you have received an official email by the Open Labs community members. People would really appreciate having an answer to some of the issues raised there first, before proceeding with organizing further events were we are engaged as well.


Will send a respond there.

The best way I can help with the Hackfest is to help people build LibreOffice, set up working environment, choose topics to work on and get familiar with git, gerrit and other tools.

Also the Hackfest can be a good introduction for students who want to participate in Google Summer of Code.

I didn’t get much feedback yet, so I assume there will be no coordination call today. However, we should sync on the topic very soon for planning - @Sweetshark, can you follow-up? I’m available for a call also next week, so we can discuss details.

@floeff, all,

well, the first thing we need is a proposed date for the event, TDF can then see how to support it. I dont even think we even need much of a coordination call beforehand – but we need a date so we can encourage mentors and interested parties to join. We should have at least 6 weeks of time to prepare and promote such an event.

As for the friction wrt organization mentioned here, I will not take sides or judge them. For one, I am not close to what happened and thus would unlikely be a good judge.

On the other hand, TDF events should be as open and inclusive to contribution as possible by default: It should be rare that this breaks down. If that happens, I trust our Code of Conduct to be a proper mean to resolve this.

However, I hope none of the issues mentioned are that severe. Ultimately, a Hackfest will also not be very effective in an environment were those concerns overshadow things.

tl;dr: We need a proposed date ASAP.



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To get something going let me propose the April 27/28 weekend.
Please, Tirana people, let us know ASAP if that date suits most of you and how many could participate on that weekend.

I won’t be in Tirana in April due to some change of plans. If anyone needs help with LibreOffice build, ping me these days.

Have fun!

Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend that weekend, any other weekend is fine for me.


Based on our experience, the official holidays always affect attendance in such events. In Albania these dates are official holidays as below:

21 April 2019 - Catholic Easter*
28 April 2019 - Orthodox Easter*

So, thoughts would be welcome about this, but judging from our previous experiences, most of people leave the city in such cases and it will affect local attendance. The members of Open Labs would be okay with 4 & 5 May as well, if you find the dates suitable.


Unfortunately May 4/5 overlaps with the German community weekend.
Personally for me (can’t say about others at the moment) the next opportunity then would be May 18/19.


Thanks for answering @erAck, unfortunately May 18/19 overlaps with OSCAL dates, our annual conference. From what I see, the options are not that many, we might as well proceed with April 27/28 weekend, we suggested the weekend after that as a better option which would avoid also official holidays, but whatever you find as the most appropriate one.

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Hi Silva,
The idea of having a hackfest is to have as many participants and mentors as possible. IMHO, it doens’t make sense to have a hackfest on 28 April 2019 if the participation of local people is going to be minimal due to the orthofox easter, same as for May 4/5, considering many developers are based in Germany and they will attend the German community meeting instead.
Would it make sense to have the hackfest after OSCAL? I think June could work. July would be too late and some people go on vacation. Would June work on your side? are university students already on vacation in June ?