I am Altin Ukshini, a FLOSS (Free Libre and Open Source Software) and Open Knowledge activist since 2009.
As an active community guy, I have passionately co-founded and led tech projects and events in Kosovo and the U.S – activities which have led me to build a diverse background with experience in project management, team building, event organizing, development operations, system administration, programming, web development, software translation and more.
I now occasionally promote, develop and translate Free and Open Source Software, alone and through FLOSSK. While in the US as an exchange student, I’ve been part of Louisville’s LVL1 hackerspace, received the “Honorary Citizen of Louisville” award by the city Mayor, and co-founded a non-profit and the first conference about Free and Open Source Software in Kentucky called MOSSCon (Midwest Open Source Software Conference).
Lately, I’ve been busy pursuing my academic goals, and I am working at UCX Kosovo in Prishtina as a Lead DevOps Engineer.
I’m one of the organizers of Software Freedom Kosova, one of the oldest and biggest annual FLOSS Conferences in Balkans, and other related FLOSS activities that happened since 2009 in Kosovo including Richard Stallman’s lecture in Prishtina.
Until a year ago, I led and managed Prishtina Hackerspace – a local hackerspace/makerspace which I helped co-found in 2014. I ran FLOSSK (Free Libre and Open Source Software Kosova) as president of the executive board during 2014-2016, but I’m still part of the executive board. I was a board member at STIKK (Kosovo Association of Information and Communication Technology), a Mozilla Representative (now an Alumni), Linux System Administrator at IPKO Telecom, Senior Program Assistant at IPKO Foundation, and back at age 16 a Junior software developer at UNICEF Innovations Lab Kosovo.
Furthermore, I have received Gratitude for the contribution in IT and Communication Sector from the Albanian ICT Awards in 2015, and I also spoke at TEDx Prishtina in 2014 about “Hactivism and social change in my community” which you can watch and read more about in the following HERE.
I have an insatiable desire to learn new things, hence my polymath traits, and passionate curiosity. I support the GNU project, contribute to Wikipedia and Open Street Map on free time, and sometimes I share code pieces on my GitHub account.
Contact: altin.ukshini [AT] gmail [DOT] com