FOSScamp Syros 2017

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The second edition of the summer adventure to spend with free open source geeks from communities all around the Balkans and Europe aside the beach. Four days of co-creation for the commons of the beautiful island of Syros. Meet new people, exchange ideas, get inspired, collaborate to organize this un-conference together with the ultimate goal of growing our communities and spreading the free open source communities in every corner of our region. This year we will take 360' photos of the island, publish them in Wikimedia commons and through a Mozilla WebVR workshop will learn how to create Web VR experiences with the images.

General info

  • What: Empowering the Commons in Syros Island through WebVR activities
  • Where: Ermoupoli, Syros Island (Greece);
  • When: 31.08.2017 - 03.09.2017 (participants will be at Syros in August 30th and some of the participants will stay until 06.09.2017 to enjoy summer in Greece)
  • Laptop needed: YES;
  • Knowledge level needed: basic knowledge for Wikipedia editing, Mapillary app (smartphone needed), Wikimedia Commons;

A typical day at FOSSCamp

You start your day with other participants for a coffee by the beach and organize the day together. Eat freshly prepared breakfast and start working in teams for half of the day. Present your work in the afternoon, party on the beach in the evening. Repeat the routine for at least three days.
Careful: this event requires active participation from your side!

Tickets & costs

You definitely need a ticket to join this event. Tickets are purchased online through: If you have any questions about the tickets process please contact the organizing team: hello (at)


Ermoupoli (Greek: Ερμούπολη) stands on a naturally amphitheatrical site, with neo-classical buildings, old mansions and white houses cascading down to the harbour. The City Hall, where Miaoulis Square lies ringed with cafes and with seating areas under palm trees. The "City of Hermes" has numerous churches, including Metamorphosis, Koimisis, St. Demetrius, Three Hierarchs, Anastasis, Evangelistria and St. Nicolas. The Archaeological Museum has many finds and the Municipal Library contains numerous editions. The quarter of the town known as Vaporia is where the sea captains lived. Along its narrow streets, stand numerous neo-classical mansions.

Transportation from & to Syros

By plane: this is considered a very expensive way of reaching the island. The most cost effective way to reach the island is by taking one of the ferry boat lines above:

Note: there are no tickets for 30.08.2017 with this company.

Participants from Albania

The majority of the participants from Tirana (and other cities) are planning to go to Athens by bus and take the ferry from Pireaus to Syros. We will buy the tickets as a group for the bus line that will start from Tirana 29.08.2017 in the evening and will reach Athens in the morning. In the evening of 30.09.2017 we are planning to take the ferry (company and time will be published here soon) to Syros.


One apartment is already booked and with more confirmations for participation we will proceed soon with the booking process of the second one. The area where we will be staying is near the port of Ermoupolis.


  • Day 0 (30.08.2017)
    • general information including safety briefing and planning for the next days;
  • Day 1 (31.08.2017):
    • Syros Mapillary map-a-athon in the city - all the participants;
    • Adding Wikipeda articles of Syros in OpenStreetMap workshop - hosted by Sidorela Uku;
    • Ground work in the city: adding Wikipeda articles of Syros in OpenStreetMap (part 3 of the day) - all the participants;
  • Day 2 (01.09.2017):
    • How to make great photos with your smartphone for Wikimedia Commmons #workshop - hosted by Andis Rado;
    • 360' photo shooting workshop & adding photos in the Commons (part 2 of the day) - hosted by Anxhelo Lushka & Silva Arapi;
    • Adding multimedia materials generated from ground work using the Wikimedia Commons Android app & CommmonsLab app - Silva Arapi & Aleksander Koko (part 3 of the day);
    • Ground work in the city: photo shooting with smartphones and 360'cameras - all the participants;
  • Day 3 (02.09.2017): More 360' and VR photos from Ermoupolis & Mozilla Meetup.
    • Mozilla WebVR workshop - Boris Budini;
    • Ground work in the city: photo shooting with smartphones and 360'cameras - all the participants;
  • Day 4 (03.09.2017): Geolocation & more
    • Wiki Loves Maps workshop & presentation - Nafie Shehu;
    • Geolocation of Syros buildings in Wikidata - Sidorela Uku;
    • Ground work in the city: photo shooting with smartphones and 360'cameras - all the participants;
    • More 360' and VR photos from Ermoupolis & Fedora AL & GR meetup planing activities for the next 6 months.
  • Day 5 (04.09.2017): FOSS communities meetups
    • LibreOffice meetup with all participants - hosted by Anxhelo Lushka;
    • OpenStreetMap meetup - hosted by Redon Skikuli
    • Wikimedia meetup - hosted by Andis Rado, Nafie Shehu, Sidorela Uku & Silva Arapi;
    • Mozilla meetup & how to get involved - hosted by Anisa Kuci;
    • Introducing Rust language - hosted by Boris Budini.
  • Day 6 (05.09.2017): Teams presentation & closing of the event.
    • Wikipedia editing workshop - focusing on articles related to Syros - hosted by Nafie Shehu;
    • Wiki Loves Audio workshop - hosted by Redon Skikuli & Elio Qoshi;
    • Introducing Commonvoice - hosted by Boris Budini;
  • Day 7 (06.09.2017): Finalizing the contributions & closing of the event.
    • adding all the notes and preparing the reports from each team/community;
    • adding photos (simple and 360') in Wikimedia Commmons;
    • Closing of the event

Side activities

The organizing team has also planned some optional side activities: