Aplikim për organizimin e LiboCon 2018 në Shqipëri

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Ndërlidhje me materiale rreth aplikimit dhe konferencës:

Grupi organizativ i aplikimit

  • Jona Azizaj (sponsorships and financials)
  • Silva Arapi (contacting speakers and visa information )
  • Nafie Shehu (Volunteers and logistics)
  • Marinela Gogo
  • Anxhelo Lushka (website & technical needs)
  • Redon Skikuli (venue & media)

What your proposal needs to contain

Note: Proposals missing the following information might be considered incomplete. While we try to give every applicant a chance to clarify missing information, there is no guarantee, since we have a very short time frame. In order to enhance the chances of your proposal, please answer as many of the following questions as possible.

  • The team
    • Only proposals that have a fair amount of team members who can spend the appropriate amount of time and are part of the LibreOffice community are considered valid. Based on our experience, at least five team members are required, and those team members need to interact and communicate with the community. Please name all the team members, their role in the community, and their time availability.
      • Team members for this application are Jona Azizaj, Silva Arapi, Nafie Shehu, Marinela Gogo, Anxhelo Lushka and Redon Skikuli. Almost all the members have experience in organizing OSCAL, which is a similar event with LiboCon. In addition, three of the members have also been in the latest edition of LiboCon, which gives them a very good overview of what is expected from such a conference.
    • At least one of the team members should be working exclusively on sponsor relations, and on managing invitations for visas as required for many countries. Both of these tasks require a fair amount of time, and are crucial to the organization. Based on our experience, at least a few dozen visa requests, if not more, need to be dealt with, and you need between 10.000 EUR and 20.000 EUR in sponsorship fees. Please let us know if you have at least one team member willing to work on these topics.
      • There will be two team members working on sponsorship of the conference mainly on international sponsorships, since the local companies are found not to be attractive on floss events based on our previous experience. Also two more team members will focus on visa support and request.

In addition, one member will work on organizing volunteers & media relations.

  • The organizing entity
    • The Document Foundation itself will not be legally or financially responsible for organizing the event. Although it will support it by any means possible, you need a local entity, may it be a corporation or preferably a non-profit, to take care of money and legal requirements such as insurances and signing contractual obligations. Another important reason for a local entity is the fact that visa invitation letters can usually only be issued by a local entity from within the country. Please give details on the organization, its type and its leadership.
      • Open Labs is the Albanian based not for profit community that promotes open knowledge initiatives such as Wikipedia, Linux, LibreOffice, Mozilla and any free libre open source platform that promotes the free software manifesto. Open Labs is active since 2012 and has organized more than 300 events, weekly workshops, projections and activities with local and foreign presenters. Open Labs members are the decision makers and the board of Open Labs are the executive body. Part of the board are five members, where one of them is the president.
  • The main venue
    • The venue should be easily accessible from other countries, so ideally, an airport and a central train station are nearby. It should also have a good connection to the local public transportation. Please give details on the venue, its location, and its connection to public transportation.
      • The venue of the conference will be OFIÇINA, the same venue where we also organized OSCAL 2017 and find the space very suitable for LiboCon too. The venue is easy accessible, it takes 25 minutes to get there with a taxi from Tirana International Airport, and 45 minutes by bus. If participants/spekers will be travelling by bus, they will have to take two buses, one from the airport and stop at the station at "Zogu i Zi" and then use the public transportation buses of "Tirana e Re" which leaves just 2 minutes away from the venue.
    • Ideally, there is one venue. In case you distribute the conference among two venues, they should be reachable by public transportation or foot in no more than 10 minutes. Please let us know in case you plan for more than one venue (except for parties and receptions).
      • We are planning to have only one venue, in case we are going to need more workshop rooms we can use the spaces which are 2 minutes away from the main venue.
    • The main venue should be partially wheelchair-accessible, at least the room where the keynotes will be should fulfill this requirement. Please let us know how accessible is the venue.
      • The main venue but also the workshop rooms fulfill this requrement, they are all wheelchair-accessible.
    • The conference itself is on 3 days, but their is an extra day before the conference dedicated to community meetings, this should be taken into account into the proposal.
      • The venue has very beautiful and interesting spaces to have local meetups, we can use it for an extra day of community meetings.
    • Providing canvas, projectors and rooms for two to five tracks in parallel, for a total of approximately 300 visitors, are required. Please let us know if your venue fulfills these requirements.
      • The venue does fulfill this reqirenment. We organized OSCAL 2017 in the same venue and had around 300 participants and 60 speakers from different countries from all over the world, and got very positive feedback on the venue.
    • Next to the presentations, there is often the need to have private meetings, so at least two additional rooms for that are required ideally already one day before and one day after the conference. Please let us know if you can provide more meeting rooms.
      • The venue has additional spaces where we can have private meetings.
    • Next to the rooms, there should also be an open space for community gatherings. Please let us know if you can provide such a space.
      • The venue has a big green space very suitable for community gatherin and also a very beautiful tarrace which can also be great for gathering and group discussions.
    • A publicly accessible, free wireless Internet connection is required. If the venue itself does not provide wifi, an alternative is by using broadband 3G wireless routers. We'd also like to know if there are firewall restrictions in place that prohibit accessing services like SSH, Gerrit, git and others, and whether we can provide a TDF VPN to overcome such limitations. Please let us know by what means you can provide wireless Internet connectivity.
    • Having video archives or video live streams is not a must-have, but a nice-to-have. Please let us know if you plan video archives or live streams of the presentations.
      • We are going to have for sure a video live stream at the main track, and probabily also in the other tracks. They will be transmited in YouTube.
    • Also, If at least one of the social events will be in wheelchair-accessible location, it is absolutely wonderful.
      • There are many places in the city which offer the requred space so we will make sure to have most of the social events in wheelchair-accessible location.
  • Accommodations
    • Since we expect around 300 visitors, hotel rooms from three to four star hotels are required. Please elaborate on the hotel offerings nearby the venue.
    • Offering couch surfing, motels, youth hostels or other means of free to cheap accommodation are a nice-to-have. Please let us know if such means are available at your venue.
  • One more thing...
    • Please describe in your own words why you want to host the next LibreOffice Conference, what motivates you, and what you expect from it.
  • extras
    • Please write anything else that can support your application, like
      • Governmental support or support from other entities, organizations, corporations, user groups
        • We have a good relationship with the Municipality of Tirana and also the Ministry of Innovation. Their support can be useful in terms of local media promotion and also as a tool for attraction of local sponsors that are more positive when decision makers are present.
      • In case you already have sponsors, please mention them and their sponsoring
      • Cultural and/or IT related events next to the conference (other events in parallel are no problem, if they do not distract visitors from the LibreOffice Conference)
      • The adoption of free software in your region
      • Parties and receptions that are planned
        • We are planning a guided city tour for the participants. Based on our experience with OSCAL (a free open source related conference we organize) this is a positive experience especially for people that have limited time to visit the city.
      • Providing child care would be a nice addition to the application
        • we will definitely have a kids corner with e professional baby sitter only during the days of the conference.
      • etc..

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