Oscal 2023

Hey, hey! We have great news! :grin:
OSCAL will take place on 2 & 3 September 2023 in Tirana.
Stay tuned for more information in the following days! :muscle:


Below you can find some significant links from OSCAL 2023:

Don’t forget to spread the word using #OSCAL23.

See you around :wink: :heart_hands:

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Program for OSCAL’23 is out!
Make your plans accordingly :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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We are happy to announce that starting from today registration for the conference is open!

Early bird will be available until 21 August

:fast_forward: Read more at: https://oscal.openlabs.cc/

:ticket: Get your ticket for both days at

Can’t afford to pay for the ticket? Just register and send an email at oscal@openlabs.cc and we will do our best to facilitate. Remember, OSCAL is a volunteer-run event and tickers + donations help us cover the costs for the hackerspace.


Some more #OSCAL2023 updates:

More updates in the following days.


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@kristicunga nese te duhet ndonje dore me materialet qe duhen me shkruaj.

What kind of payment @mnplus ? Do you mean OSCAL ticket payment? If yes, you will be able to pay during the checkin at the venue the day of the conference.


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Exciting Lineup Alert!:sparkles:
Introducing the brilliant minds who will be gracing our stage at #OSCAL2023.
Let’s get started with Anne Jan Brouwer. He started programming at the age of 6 on the C64, coding professionally since 2001. Anne Jan created the SHA2017 with the awesome badge team (more info Hands On With The SHACamp 2017 Badge | Hackaday ) and helped out with hacker events since at least 2006. He is now the senior lead backend developer RoHS at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport of Netherlands.

Get your ticket here:


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Get ready to be inspired, informed and amazed by the extraordinary OSCAL speakers! :rocket:

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei is director of open access press punctum books and open metadata management and dissemination platform Thoth.

Get your ticket for both days on the link below :point_down:


Ready for another one?! :grin:

Megi is a researcher on governance and civic space at the Institute for Democracy and Mediation. Her work at IDM focuses primarily on conducting policy analysis and research on matters of transparency, corruption, and public participation in decision-making. Her previous work experiences were mainly focused on human rights advocacy and research, with a strong focus on anti-discrimination and freedom of expression in Albania and the Western Balkans. Since 2021, she has been part of the DCAF network of researchers from the Western Balkans, and has been researching intersections of cyber security and human rights aiming to provide policy recommendations to improve cyber security governance in Albania. She is a lawyer and holds a Master of Science in Public Law.

Don’t miss out on the chance to hear their insights and soak in the knowledge! :fire:
Grab your ticket here:

Ready for some more speakers? :thinking:

Marios is a long-term Wikipedian. He is one of the developers of AutoWikiBrowser (AWB) a semi-automated MediaWiki editor designed to make tedious or repetitive editing tasks quicker and easier. He is a Mathematician with Msc in the Foundations of Informatics and currently a phD candidate in Data Security. He was worked as research assistant at the Universities of Duisburg-Essen and Oldenburg. His programming knowledge includes C++, C# and Python. He is currently residing in Greece.

Would love to come again, but I don’t think I can this year unfortunately… :frowning:

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:hourglass_flowing_sand: We are officially only 8 days away from the 8th edition of OSCAL!

Get your ticket and join us next weekend for 2 days full of presentations & workshops.


In my opinion the website needs some updates.
It gives you the feeling that it is still incomplete, it is missing something.

Gresa Neziri is an architect and urban planner focused on spatial data analysis. She finished her MSc studies for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation at ITC, University of Twente, The Netherlands. Gresa has worked for more than 7 years in spatial planning documents, consulting for municipalities in Kosovo, both through the private sector and UN agencies. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of SpaceSyntaKs, an institute for spatial and urban research. She has coordinated projects researching safety in public spaces, measures to mitigate climate change by lowering energy consumption, and walkability mapping in cities. Moreover, she organized various training courses on fieldwork data collection, data analysis and visualization using open GIS technology. Gresa continuously volunteers as a mentor for youth programs and hackathons in Europe and Africa.

You mean oscal.openlabs.cc or openlabs.cc @dashohoxha ?
OL website has not been updated for quite some time, but the OSCAL website has been continuously updated. It is a new website coded from scratch with a lot of energy spent also on accessibility. Being volunteers and working on this on our free time it does not make things to be implemented with the details that we want to, but we are doing our best.


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Yes, I mean the conference website: oscal.openlabs.cc
It is missing information about the venue, the speakers, the talks, etc. Or it is difficult to find.

You should not build everything from scratch and spend so much energy. OSCAL has been using templates for the past conferences and they were pretty fine (I would also say that some of them were gorgeous).

Everyone in OSCAL is a volunteer, including the speakers. Nobody pays them to come and talk, nobody pays their expenses for travel and accommodation etc. So being a volunteer is not an excuse. If somebody is not passionate about what he is doing, then he should not do it.

Sorry, I don’t mean to be harsh, and I think that OL has already done a great job.

The plan is to have this website for the next editions, so I’m sure that you will be able to see lots of improvements soon.
The comment about our time as volunteers was related to the fact that there are limitations on what can be done (even though e are trying to do our best) and that’s why we have prioritized the tasks with the ultimate goal of hosting another edition that will make participants feel comfortable.


Sweeten Your OSCAL Experience with the Candy Swap Booth! :candy::chocolate_bar:

Get ready to add a delectable twist to your OSCAL experience this year! In addition to the exciting lineup of talks, workshops, and networking opportunities, we are thrilled to introduce a delightful new addition to the event – the Candy Swap Booth.

We owe a big thank-you to a #Hack42 member and supporter who sparked this idea 🫶🏼

Remember, OSCAL is not just a conference – it’s a celebration of community, collaboration, and the open-source spirit. Grab your ticket, pack your candies, and get ready for an experience that will leave you both inspired and with a satisfied sweet tooth!

GIS and OSM Track!!

:spiral_calendar: Attached is the schedule for the afternoon of 02 September at OSCAL23!

:speaker: As you can see, we have put together a nice list of speakers related to GIS and OSM! People working with LiDAR, earthquakes, environment, govt, and/or urbanism.

:parrot:In the end of the day, we are planning a roundtable discussion for sharing experiences and getting to know each other.

:ticket: Join us, get a ticketttt !!