As I come out of my 4-month blogging hiatus, what better way to get back into the groove of things than to share my excitement about Mozilla's first ever Balkan Inter-Community Meetup next week, which we'll be holding in Skopje, Macedonia, from May 21-23, 2010. We've been working really hard these past months with a fantastic group of Mozillians to organize this first ever meetup that will bring together lead contributors from 8 Balkan communities. The aim of the event is to enable Balkan communities to meet in person, share experiences and best practices, and ultimately to improve inter-community collaboration moving forward.

The format will be similar to the meetups we held in Geneva and in Santiago last year, with a full-day of presentations, workshops, discussions and brainstorms. The novelty this year will be the public event on the second day, Saturday May 22, where Mozilla staff and contributors will be leading an Open Conference all about Mozilla at the IT University of Skopje, in the main auditorium. This event is open to everyone and entrance is free, so if you plan to be in Skopje next weekend, make sure to register here. If you can't make it to the event, worry not, it will be streamed live and recorded, so just tune in to air.mozilla.com/europe/ .

I'm really proud of all the work we've put in the planning and design of this event. It promises to be very productive weekend. I'd like to give special hat tip to Gorjan and Milos for their tireless help with the planning and who filled in for me when I couldn't lead our late-night weekly calls :)

Skopje, here we come !