Hey there! 👋
This is Mariana Balla, but I guess you already know that since you are here…
I own a Bachelor’s degree on “Information & Communication Technology” granted by the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana and now I’m having my Master’s based on the same subject at the same university. Alongside with my studies I work as an operations manager for Ura Design, a design studio.
I’m passionate about free and open source technologies. For the past two years I’ve been a member of Open Labs Hackerspace and since November 2017 I am also a member of the executive board. I’m sure you’ve never heard of a hackerspace’s executive board that all members are girls! Have you? 😉
I’ve contributed to several FLOSS projects, such is The Fedora Project, OpenStreetMap and Wikimedia. Since August of 2017, I am Fedora Ambassador. Aside to the Fedora Project, I’ve been also contributing to Wikimedia’s subprojects. Two other open source projects that I am heavily involved are the CityZen app and Identihub. CityZen is an Android app based on OpenStreetMap which helps you find Points of Interest (POIs) around the city without tracking your moves. I contribute to the marketing group. Identihub is an open source software in which you can host your brands visual assets.