Croatia: residencies for multimedia programmers
- Hello! This is Andrius of the Minciu Sodas laboratory
http://www.ms.lt I signed up many of us last summer to try to start
discussion in Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian to support independent
thinkers. Currently I am writing from Maastricht, The Netherlands.
I am working on a "web system for working openly", see
http://www.ms.lt/en/workingopenly/websystem2.gif and discussion at
I share news about an opportunity in Croatia for multimedia
programmers from Southeastern Europe and beyond.
Please share this. I also invite your help to start discussion on
topics that you care about that support "independent thinking". I
especially welcome your letters in Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian and
The Multimedia Institute - mi2 invites all free software developers
from the Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Cental Asia and Caucausus,
and Africa to apply to this call for participation in a one to two
month residence program to work on the development of free software.
The mi2lab residence program and work on free software development
was conceived as an extension of the Multimedia Institute's
successful work in the specific context of bringing together software
developers, arts/artists, theorists and broader aspects of cultural
A software developer in mi2lab residence can expect a stimulating
environment of mi2lab free software developers, the local sound and
video art community, and theorists around the GNU GPL based
publishing label EGOBOO.bits. The net.culture club mama - the
Multimedia Institute's public interface - is a meeting place for the
local DJ scene, activists, artists, geeks, nerds and anima
afecionados, while through the net.culture club mama regular program
an interested developer will get an insight into the recent new media
art, tactical media and critical theory production. We believe that
free software development in such an environment creates synergies
needed to sensitize the software scene to social issues and
sensitizing the non-techie activist and art community to the
importance of using and the quality of free software.
In the spirit of collaboration familiar from the free software world,
we expect applications from developers interested in the development
of audio, video and multimedia production tools, and online
collaboration software. We are interested in the integration of our
collaborative platform TamTam with various related FLOSS projects.
TamTam, a wiki clone, was coded in Python and is based on the Twisted
Matrix network framework.
The Multimedia Institute will cover all travel expenses,
accommodation and per diems for the period of project realization.
Developers will be invited for a time period of 30-60 days.
The mi2lab is a comfortably arranged apartment with an Internet link
and computers available for work.
The accommodation will be provided in an apartment not far from the
mi2lab (10 minutes walk from the mi2lab, 7 minutes walk from the
net.culture club mama).
More about software developers in the residence program:
Please send your application to the email:
Terms and details
Term of Invitation and Number of Invitees
Term: 1st October 2004 - 31th July 205
Staying per applicant: 30 days
The applicant should be either an experienced programmer or FLOSS
(Free/Libre Open Source Software) developer with good motivation to
continue to collaborate in FLOSS development.
Good knowledge in GNU/Linux, Python, Twisted, network programming
and/or developing audio/video applications will be highly valued in
process of selection.
The applicant should be able to speak either Croatian or English to
the extent of being able to get by comfortably during his/her stay in
The applicant should be in good health.
How to Apply
Applicants are required to submit the documents listed below in
either Croatian or English. Please be aware that application
materials, once submitted, shall not be returned.
Curriculum Vitae and Record of Activities (including references on
code or software projects which you had done or working on)
Description of Creative Activity Planned During Stay (your
description should also make clear:
a) why do you want to be a programmer-in-residence at the Multimedia
b) what would you like to contribute to Multimedia Institute and what
would you like to get out of it?
c) what do you intend to do with new experiences and knowledge when
you return home)?
Letter of Reference (from an authoritative person or society in your
Other 2 photos (40mm x 30mm)
Photocopy of passport
Please submit the above documents to:
Please note that the screening process may also include a telephone
or e-mail interview with the applicant.
Your application forms must reach Multimedia Institute by the 1st of
October 2004. However, applicants who send in their applications
earlier are eligible to be selected for an earlier term in residence,
beginning with the 1st of October 2004.
Notification of Selection Results
Multimedia Institute will notify applicants of the selection results
in November 2004. However, applicants who send in their application
earlier might be selected for an earlier term in residence, beginning
with the 1st of October 2004, and will be accordingly notified
earlier, beginning August 2004.
Support Provided by Multimedia institute
Facilities and Equipment
Facilities designated by Multimedia institute and equipment set up in
the said facilities
Living expenses (per diems)
Applicant will have room in rented flat by Multimedia institute.
Help in getting visa for Croatia
What is Expected of the Programmer in Residence
To work on development of FLOSS based on earlier agreement with
To actively mix and collaborate with members of mi2lab, i.e. to plan
possible integration or interconnection in between various FLOSS
projects especially mi2's like TamTam.
Programmers are sometimes asked to participate or run workshops
geared for mi2 members or wider local audience.
Copyrights of the Works
The copyright of the works that Programmers in Residence create
during their stay will belong to the artists on condition that:
Works should be published under GNU GPL compatible license.
Programmers in Residence are required to carry accident insurance and
health insurance at their own expense.
Programmers in Residence may be accompanied by their spouse, however
they are required to pay all the costs involved.
About mama, mi2lab, TamTam....