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Kosovo will host the first ever CSW Summit Gjakova on October 1, 2015, in partnership with BONEVET MakerSpace, a leading non-profit organization at Vellezerit Frasheri p.n, Gjakova 50000. This one-day summit will have local and international crowdsourcing practitioners and influencers from Italy, Romania, Singapore, Switzerland, and Luxembourg to share how the crowd economy can empower the citizens (especially the youth) and accelerate entrepreneurship among start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Attendees at the Kosovo summit can expect to gain fresh insights and disruptive business paradigms from these 10+ top-notch speakers and learn how crowdsourcing can be applied in the local perspective to empower the youth, accelerate entrepreneurship, and connect Kosovo to the global crowd community. This one action-packed day will transform your outlook and help you position yourself in today’s fast-paced, digital, and crowd-driven culture. Be prepared for a day of interactive learning and case studies suited for entrepreneurs, decision makers in the governments and cities, and many more.

What to expect from CSW Summit Gjakova:

  • A wealth of content on crowd economy – access the minds of crowdsourcing innovators and practitioners.
  • An opportunity to meet, network, and collaborate with the speakers and the crowdsourcing community in Gjakova.
  • Learn more of municipality’s initiatives in transforming the city (Mayor Mimoza Kusari-Lila is one of the speakers).
  • Jumpstart the crowd innovation conversation in Kosovo!

Why Gjakova, Kosovo?

We spoke with Vllaznim Xhiha, Chairman of EYE -Encouraging Young Entrepreneurs and host of the CSW Summit Gjakova, for some insights on what you need to know about the region—the history and its future — from a crowdsourcing perspective.

CSW: Can you give us some insights about Gjakova and why crowdsourcing matters there?

Vllaznim: In the past, Gjakova used to be known for its high employment rate thanks to its strong industry and craftsmanship. A few years before and during the 1999 war all that was destroyed. A substantial number of citizens left the town and have migrated to Prishtina and abroad. Only in the last several years, efforts have been made to turn things around in Gjakova by encouraging young entrepreneurs to start new companies. Crowdsourcing is a new concept that may open new opportunities to support young entrepreneurs.

CSW: Tell us a bit about your work surrounding innovation and the start-up culture in Gjakova.

Vllaznim: Gjakova’s strong industrial tradition and its wealthy diaspora are two fundamental factors that make Gjakova a unique environment with possibilities for recovering its damaged private sector. To support Gjakova our Foundation UNE E DU KOSOVEN (I Love Kosovo) has taken the initiative to build the first MakerSpace BONEVET (Albanian word for: Do It Yourself) in the region. BONEVET is an environment that stimulates the creativity of young people by combining their imagination with modern technology. The members of BONEVET are makers, they use kits like LittleBits, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, 3D-modelling programs, 3D-printers, electronic lab and CNC-machines to make games, music instruments, robots and any kind of prototypes. They learn by doing, they build self-confidence and learn to work in teams. We hope that BONEVET will deliver new generations of designers, engineers, managers and why not leaders. In this endeavour, we have been strongly supported by the Municipality of Gjakova.

CSW: What goal do you think the CSW Summit will achieve in the city?

Vllaznim: The CSW summit is a great possibility to sensitize the Kosovar community on Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding. It will provide an insight in how to take advantage of the crowd and its global resources in knowledge and financing. It will show us new ways of doing business and a new way of creating local jobs by utilizing the power of the global crowd.   

Gjakova, are you ready to be empowered and transformed? 

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Grab your ticket now to secure your place at what we expect to a fantastic program. Get all the details on the CSW Summit Gjakova agenda.