What I am working on right now
Data Science Conference. One of the fastest-growing data science & AI communities in Europe. Conceptualization, Growth, Business Development, and pieces of Program.
ICEDA project. Coordinator for Serbia. Managing, doing research on digital government, advocating, supporting local organizations.
Starting a new dev company.
CO:IMAGINE. Founder. Still sketching alternative launch scenario. Covid-19 🙁 The ride should’ve started in Portland in April 2020.
Project F. Founder. Consulting, when they ask for it.
Besides, I am working on two book projects. One ¾ done. Of course, I am late with both of them 🙁
Something like a short byline
Filip is an entrepreneurial activist who has founded or co-founded more than 10 impact-driven organizations and initiatives.
In his so far professional journey, Filip has experienced the international development industry (USAID entrepreneurship project in Serbia + some UNDP stuff in Serbia), the non-profit industry (3x founder; entrepreneurship/startups, humanitarian technology, public policy), entrepreneurship (2x founder; web dev & communications), startups (consulting), politics, journalism, community building and scientific research (personal curiosity endeavors).
His work was recognized by the European Commission, Government of Serbia, and featured in many media around the world and he spoke at more than 20 different public occasions in 5 countries, some of the high-level (you know, where people are too serious), mostly data-related stuff.
Primarily interested in technology and politics because both have the biggest impact on the world.
Believer in open knowledge/data and often lost in the future.
What I’ve started (and why)
A friend, kidding: “Man, is there anything around that you haven’t started?!”
Many (especially new) friends get lost when I start talking about the things that I was working on.
Seriously, I do love to start things and poke what’s around me, sometimes as a founder, but mostly as a co-founder. Hence “never stops”.
Here is the (incomplete) list of what I’ve started with few contextual sentences.
Evoke Writing. Co-founder, Strategy & (Business) Development, Writer. Started as “Brave Content Writing”. First company co-founded in the US. Mia is solely in charge now.
Corona Love Stories (2020) / online publishing project & startup
Corona Love Stories is a publishing project that supports international long-distance relationship couples during the Coronavirus pandemic. Almost ended up as niche startup.
CO:IMAGINE (2020) / experimental collaboration platform
CO:IMAGINE is a science fiction collaboration platform founded to explore the future with artistic visions and storytelling grounded in science and technology. Still, a concept waiting to be put in practice.
Focal Point Digital (2017) / web development business
I’ve assembled the team of designers and developers, forming a company and onboarding first clients.
Hacking Politics (2016) / hacktivism
I was inspired by what was happening in London, and I was really into hacktivism then.
I did two hacks. One in Belgrade and one in Sarajevo.
Realized it’s not safe (we had an unexpected police visit in Belgrade) and that there’s no cash to support the ecosystem development, hence not sustainable in the long-run. Maybe I’ll come back to it in the future.
Connecting (2014) / non-profit organization
Let’s do something great for our city, let’s focus on the youth. We should definitely start with startups.
Connecting is a non-profit from Pancevo, Serbia, promoting entrepreneurship, startups, lifelong learning, and education for the 4.0 revolution.
Exited. The organization is growing fast though.
GAJP (2013) / public policy think-tank organization
Co-founded a policy NGO with colleagues from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade. We did a lot of cool things first, like investigating drug policies in Portugal or the digital state in Estonia or opening the theme of AI and politics.
Exited in 2018.
Zagadjeni Nacisto (2014) / grassroots political movement
My hometown is the most polluted city in Serbia, if not the whole Balkans region. The sky was yellow for days one summer so we initiated a movement. We did a lot of creative cause campaigning. I was in charge of online operations.
VOXER (2016) / media platform
An attempt to bring deliberative and participatory democracy to a local level by generating public discussions on relevant local topics.
I invested some of my cash in the project.
We couldn’t make it sustainable so we stopped.
“It’s Enough” (Pancevo) (2014) / political movement
A startup executive (dot-com boom) started a political movement in Serbia promoting things like the VC industry (non-existent at that time), tax reforms, and fully transparent government. Was responsible for building the organization in the city of Pancevo, managing 20 people, and leading the election campaign.
I soon realized that I am not meant to be a politician. After 3 months, I left.
Techfugees (Beglrade) (2016) / humanitarian tech & hacktivism
The world and Europe were hit by the biggest humanitarian catastrophe after World War 2. Startup folks decided to try to help refugees with the smart use of technology.
Belgrade was the fourth city in the world to join the global movement. I founded the Belgrade chapter and did two hackathons, a lot of match-makings, and few public events.
Smart and Simple Communications (Pancevo) (2014) / marketing & pr
A few friends started a very unsuccessful business. We had a great office though. Copy(writer). Directed one promotional video.
Selected clients and talks
Radio Free Europe (Prague) — Data Journalism in Western Balkans (2020), Data Journalism in Georgia and Prague (2021)
Techfugees (Paris & London) — Techfugees Global Summit, Station F, Paris (2018)
Logikka (Belgrade) — Data Science for Entrepreneurs (2019)
VoterSpace / Voterblockchain (US) — Blockchain for voting and elections (2018 & 2019)
NewGov Foundation (US) — Civic tech platform (2016)
TechSoup (Poland) — Open Data in the Balkans region (Serbia) (2018)
Data Science Conference (Serbia) — (2018 & 2019)
Neowings (2020) — Fundraising strategy (2020)
More of this here.
“Open Data: Why, What, How & Wow” (Lecture) / Code Fest, Macedonia (April 2017)
“Development of open data in Serbia” (Lecture) / Kehl, Germany – conference organized by European Commision (September 2017)
“Why open data”? (Lecture) / Vršac, Serbia (March 2018)
“What is open data and why should we care?” (Lecture) / Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (December 2017)
Belgrade Venture Forum: Open Data (Panel) / Belgrade, Serbia (October 2017)
“The role of technology in a humanitarian crisis” (Panel) / Point Conference, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo (May 2016)
“AI for Good” (Panel), Data Science Conference, Belgrade (November 2019)
Britt Blaser: “Filip Milenkovic is a force of nature who deserves his own staff of logistics experts.”
Other interesting stuff
Startup Supermarket. We’ve organized the first summer startup school in Serbia in 2014.
Policy Days. I’ve conceptualized the public policy conference that gathers 150 people annually for the last 6 years.
Campaigning. Earned few front media covers.
Impact numbers. Reached thousands through NGO activism and more than 20 different educational programs I’ve implemented.
Bridging Serbia. 10 writers from Portland, Oregon, and Serbia writing about Serbia. Published.
Published poet. I sent a poem once to an open call. They thought it was cool and published it.
Basketball. Almost professional. I was staying up all night to catch a piece of NBA action. My playing style? Allen Iverson!
Astronomy. Organized two astronomy camps.
Web developer. I’ve created several websites.
Rotary Club George Weifert (Pancevo) member. Doing good stuff from time to time when time and pocket allows.
Hackathons. Organized a few. Always a pleasure.
I want to build products. Particularly interested (for now) in #edtech, #govtech and #communitytech.
In the future: author / startup founder / investor