Sessions from the 2022 edition

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Day 1 | 29 November

Krum Garkov

Krum Garkov

EXECUTIVE
EU-LISA (2012-2022)
🗓️
29 Nov 2022
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9:00 - 9:30
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Bulgarian
eGovernment in Bulgaria – from investments in infrastructure to investments in knowledge and skills

In his session Krum Garkov will briefly review the current state of e-government in Bulgaria and will examine the key elements of the necessary change to achieve effective e-government and what is the role of the IT sector in Bulgaria in achieving it.

E-GOVERNANCE
Yaroslav Smirnov

Yaroslav Smirnov

SENIOR PRODUCT MANAGER
SIT ALEMIRA
🗓️
29 Nov 2022
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9:45 - 10:15
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English
EdTech: the next big thing in tech landscape

Did you know that the global education market amounts to more than $6B annually? At the same time it is currently in the very early stage of being digitized. Join Yaroslav's session to find out why EdTech is a true gem that presents an enormous potential and opens up multiple career advancement opportunities for tech professionals in the years to come.

Industry trends
EDTECH
Dimitar Dimitrov

Dimitar Dimitrov

DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT
YETTEL
🗓️
29 Nov 2022
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10:30 - 11:00
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Bulgarian
Telco and IT? It's a match!

Dimitar will tell how the telecom industry is attractive to software specialists, how a telecom hires beginners and what avenues for development it reveals to them. Dimitar will also share first-person experience on the steps and stages in climbing the career ladder from expert to manager level.


Career start
Isabel Huerga Ayza

Isabel Huerga Ayza

Head of Developer Relations EMEA
AWS
🗓️
29 Nov 2022
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11:15 - 11:45
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English
Building a career in Developer Relations

Developer Relations is a career path for technical-minded folk who like do more than just write code. Technology companies of all sizes are investing in building strong developer relations teams to connect with the developers and builders who use their products. This talk will de-mystify what developer relations is, how DevRel teams are built, and what a day in the life of a developer advocate looks like. If you've ever wondered what a developer advocate does, then this is the talk for you.

Career development
Maxim Salnikov

Maxim Salnikov

SENIOR AZURE GTM MANAGER
Microsoft
🗓️
29 Nov 2022
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12:00 - 12:30
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English
Diving deep, deep offline - the web can do it!

Based on the deep exploration of Service Worker API possibilities (using Cache Storage, Background Fetch, Background Sync) and gathered UX gotchas, Maxim will go through the history of the offline web, the importance of treating the network as an enhancement, current challenges (and their solutions) and proper tooling. How to architect an offline-ready app, applying the best tech and UX practices and adding the features one-by-one: app shell, caching resources and data, sync when online. All in name of our users who demand the new level of the resilient web experience.

Industry trends
Tanja Bivic Plankar

Tanja Bivic Plankar

PRESIDENT
Blockchain Alliance Europe
🗓️
29 Nov 2022
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12:45 - 13:15
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English
More women in blockchain, please!

The IT sector is rapidly expanding in the EU market. Based on a Eurostat report, over 50% of the companies in the European Union have difficulty recruiting IT colleagues due to the shortage of skilled professionals. There is also a significant gender gap; women represent just 18% of the workforce in IT. There is no detailed report for the blockchain sector, but the prediction is the numbers are even lower. Let's inspire and include women in the blockchain technology sector by outlining opportunities!

BLOCKCHAIN
Anton Angelov

Anton Angelov

EXECUTIVE TECHNICAL OFFICER
AUTOMATE THE PLANET
🗓️
29 Nov 2022
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13:30 - 14:00
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Bulgarian
Successful start in QA. The important things we need to know

Interested in a career in QA? Anton will answer many questions, including: What is a profession in practice? What do employers expect from novice candidates? What are they expected to demonstrate during an interview? How to orient yourself by looking for training materials?

Career start
Svetlin Nakov

Svetlin Nakov

FOUNDER
SOFTUNI
🗓️
29 Nov 2022
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14:15 - 14:45
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Bulgarian
Programming Languages and Career Opportunities

In modern software development, dozens of programming languages are used, along with hundreds of technological frameworks, libraries and software tools. In this chapter we will review the most popular programming languages on the labor market in Bulgaria: JavaScript, Java, C#, Python, PHP, C++, Go, Swift. We will briefly explain what each of them is, what it is used for and what is its demand in the Bulgarian IT industry.

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
Career development
Victor Dakov

Victor Dakov

SOFTWARE ENGINEERING MANAGER
Nuvolo
🗓️
29 Nov 2022
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15:00 - 15:30
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Bulgarian
The Road from Programmer to Team Lead

The path from programmer to team lead isn't always easy and straightforward. What do we need to do to take this career step? What are the most common mistakes? What is the job of a Team Lead and will it be the right job for you? How can you be an effective and useful leader? You will learn the answers to these questions in the Victor session.

Tech management
Senior
Career development
Andres Cespedes Morales

Andres Cespedes Morales

PRINCIPAL TECHNICAL INSTRUCTOR
MuleSoft
🗓️
29 Nov 2022
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15:45 - 16:15
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English
Cybersecurity career roadmap: 2022 edition

Cybersecurity in software development is often seen as a distant consideration for many individuals, leaving the door open for bugs, critical security holes and suboptimal solutions. That's been the trend in the industry for many years; developers focused solely on putting a pile of code that barely works and that hackers were able to exploit easily. In this talk, you will learn why it is essential for software developers to get started in cybersecurity, what the current trends are in this field, and of course, how to get started quickly so you can add new cybersecurity skills to your toolbelt.

Senior
Career development
Sead Ahmetovic

Sead Ahmetovic

CEO & CO-FOUNDER
WEAREDEVELOPERS
🗓️
29 Nov 2022
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15:45 - 16:15
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English
Accelerate your career growth with tech communities

Tech communities never played a more important role in boosting your professional success. Join this talk to explore proven, unstoppable ways that can help you become a more active member of tech communities and reap plenty of professional (and personal) benefits in return. Unlock your greatest potential yet.

Tech communities
Career development
Taylor Ryan

Taylor Ryan

CEO
KLINT & GROWTHSECRETS
🗓️
29 Nov 2022
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16:30 - 17:00
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English
How to land a job in a startup and build your career from zero

Learn how to build yourself up and get involved with early-stage Web3 and Tech startups. These are the same principles and tactics I've used to land myself jobs overseas and help others to get job interviews for their dream companies.

BLOCKCHAIN
Career start
Georgi Karamanev

Georgi Karamanev

Founder
Digital stories
🗓️
30 Nov 2022
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9:00 - 9:30
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Bulgarian
From journalism to programming... and vice versa

The information technology sector has been more than attractive for career development in recent years. Can anyone be a programmer? Is it too late to start this profession? What skills and skills do you need to succeed? When can knowledge from the IT world prove useful in any other field?

CAREER CHANGE
Tushka Dermedzhieva

Tushka Dermedzhieva

Java Engineering Manager
Scalefocus
🗓️
30 Nov 2022
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9:45 - 10:15
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English
Challenges of a new engineering manager

Are you a new manager, do you feel like you've won the golden ticket? Well the truth is it is not an easy job and with the new responsibilities you will face many challenges in your career. These challenges become easier to handle with experience. Good managers are made, not born, right? Being a new engineering manager I will try to share more about:

  • My path from a software engineer to an engineering manager
  • What are the main responsibilities of an engineering manager
  • Some of the challenges I faced
  • Key skills of a good manager
  • What I've done wrong and what I've learned so far
Tech management
Senior
Alexey Grigorev

Alexey Grigorev

PRINCIPAL DATA SCIENTIST
OLX
🗓️
30 Nov 2022
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10:30 - 11:00
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English
Data science and online marketplaces: Connecting the dots

OLX is a global trading platform located in 30+ countries, data science is key to keeping customers happy and safe. In this talk, we'll explore use cases such as trust, safety, search, recommendations, and seller experience.- How machine learning projects are decided at OLX- Trust and safety, with a deeper dive into some ML models- Search, recommendation and seller experience features

Data SCIENCE
MACHINE LEARNING
Josipa Majić

Josipa Majić

CO-FOUNDER
REVUTO
🗓️
30 Nov 2022
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11:15 - 11:45
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English
SEE region as a global tech and crypto powerhouse

The tiny Swiss town of Zug is the perhaps unlikely home to Europe's "crypto valley": almost 1,000 crypto startups are based in Switzerland, and half of them are in Zug. But it might now have a contender for the crypto crown. Crypto startups in Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia are attracting investment from some of the world's most sophisticated investors, like Andreessen Horowitz, Tiger, and Accel - and that is just the beginning. The ecosystem is finally creating its 1st flywheel effects, "Pay Pal" mafias and IPOs. How have the ecosystem developed and where the SEE region is heading will be the topic of Josipa's keynote.

BLOCKCHAIN
Tom Mladenov

Tom Mladenov

Software Engineer
SES Satellites
🗓️
30 Nov 2022
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12:00 - 12:30
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English
Space is closer than you think: Software engineering in the space industry

Where initially Space was only for large agencies and governments, the last 10 years have seen a NewSpace revolution with the emergence of the private Space Industry, fueled by improved technology and more affordable launch opportunities. The latter has led to a boost in innovation accompanied by a range of new profiles and job opportunities. Software already adopted on Earth is now finding its way on-board satellites bringing new data insights, allowing satellites to perform autonomous on-board processing resulting in new data products for geospatial intelligence for use by the agricultural, urban planning, energy, transportation and other industries. Tom will present his journey along with the landscape and current developments in the sector which draw parallels with downstream applications, providing insights to participants interested to start or to switch to a career in the Space Industry.

Career development
Muhammad Ahsan Ayaz

Muhammad Ahsan Ayaz

SOFTWARE ARCHITECT & HEAD JS INSTRUCTOR
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🗓️
30 Nov 2022
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12:45 - 13:15
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English
How to grow your tech career fast? Don't!

The talk will revolve around the approaches people take to grow fast in their careers. When this becomes the primary goal, people tend to forget what really matters most when it comes to career growth. Some of those things include personal growth, expertise, experience etc. Muhammad will also be sharing how he grew himself in his own career and giving some concrete examples and steps to follow.

Career development
Martin Kuvandzhiev

Martin Kuvandzhiev

CEO
GOSTARTUPS
🗓️
30 Nov 2022
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13:30 - 14:00
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Bulgarian
How to be successful in working with blockchain and which qualities are key

Blockchain technology has been a staple for the development of innovative products since 2017. Martin will tell you what are the main qualities sought in the field of blockchain and what it takes to work and be successful in the world of blockchain.

BLOCKCHAIN
Career start
Otavio Santana

Otavio Santana

DISTINGUISHED SOFTWARE ENGINEER
ZUP INNOVATION
🗓️
30 Nov 2022
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14:15 - 14:45
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English
Staff ++ Engineer: Handle your tech career as post-senior

Congratulations, you have reached the status of Senior or Specialist in your technical career! With this load also comes the classic question: What to do after this? Do I have to go to management and stop being a technician? The answer is no, it is possible to pursue a technical career after senior, and we have a term: Staff-Plus Engineer Path.In this presentation, we will discuss what is expected from a Staff-Plus engineer, the leadership skills needed, the secrets to following this path, how companies can be ready to support Staff-Plus engineers, and why the future of our industry depends on it.

Senior
Career development
Hristina Koleva

Hristina Koleva

QUALITY COACH
🗓️
30 Nov 2022
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15:00 - 15:30
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Bulgarian
Tech inclusion, cross-functionality, and how they fuel team performance

How often are people in your company referred to as "technical" and "non-technical"? Do you hold "technical" and "non-technical" meetings? If yes, then that's not a cross-functional team. And you're not efficient. Your team needs all sorts of skills to deliver real customer and business value. Cross-functionality makes teams efficient, and you need all your departments at the table - not in silos.

Career development
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