Qualifast – organiser of GDG DevFest Sofia 2018

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It is never easy to organise an IT conference. It is even harder, when the conference is part of international franchise with tens of thousands of attendees worldwide. Still, we at Qualifast are not scared of the difficult - we were a core part of the three-company pact that made the first Google Developer Group DevFest happen.

DevFests are great events where IT professionals of all functions gather and learn from internationally-recognized experts. DevFest Sofia featured interesting sessions from diverse domains, from Cloud, to mobile, ML, marketing and smart assistants:

  1. Cloud Native - effective computing at scale - Ignacy Kowalczyk - Software engineering manager, Google
  2. Google Maps Platform - Selen Basol - Tech Lead Manager, Google
  3. Building assistive apps with App Actions - Elaine Dias Batista - Assistant Google Developer Expert
  4. Mobile DevOps - Boris Strandjev - CEO, Qualifast
  5. How we built a successful cloud-scale product with GCP - Borislav Pantaleev - Full Stack web developer, MobiSystems
  6. The case for experimentation using Google Optimize - Peter Perlepes
  7. ML and I - Daniel Balchev, ML engineer Hyperscience
  8. Cultivating a Microservice Culture Via Tooling - Tom Vance - Holiday Extras
  9. The best of both worlds - achieving next-level code sharing between Flutter and the mobile web - Iiro Krankka - Flutter Google Developer Expert

We received great feedback for the sessions, which makes us especially proud as Qualifast was responsible for choosing the sessions,

About 24 hours before the event a huge blow to the planned program happened - two of the featured speakers were forced to cancel their sessions. Given this short notice, the organisers did the best they could - the keynote of Ignacy got longer and we added one additional session - Boris Strandjev, our CEO, re-did the "Mobile DevOps" session he did a week earlier at ISTA. The attendees appreciated this talk too and we were given the great honor to contribute content to the first DevFest in Sofia!

Presentation from Qualifast @ ISTA 2018

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Our CEO Boris Strandjev presented a session called “DevOps disrupted – mobile is the new master” during ISTA 2018 conference. He put the prism of the mobile development over the one of DevOps to show how those two combine for effectively done and successfully delivered mobile projects. It is a great honor that his submission was one of the few chosen for the main stage in a competition of many great speakers and topics.

“ISTA is a great conference, that started off as QA-only event, but gradually, in time, expanded to cover diverse topics across the IT industry. This year the attendees were more than 800, with many foreigners joining people from most big IT companies in Buglaria. One of the things that I particularly like about ISTA is that it is a joint venture between several companies from the very beginning, a proof that when we combine forces we are stronger than the separate parts.” Boris said after the event.

He also explicitly wanted to share his attitude to public speaking “I like speaking in front of public, sharing what I know with the community. You can ask anyone that gives lectures and he / she will tell you that you get to learn the topic a lot deeper when you present it to others. This occasion is yet another proof of that – after the session people taught me of tools and frameworks that I have not even heard of, but sound very promising!”

AngelsFX- your trade advisor app

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In the recent months we have worked with the team of AngelsFx to build their advisory application. Now we are ready and have launched the Android and web clients (iOS will follow soon ;).

AngelsFx is a team of traders that have gained great experience in operating on the ForEx market. They are making good deals, a promise of a significant profit. Now they want to share with everybody their transactions so that people can learn from the experts. If you are not into the currency markets, you can still make use of the app – one can just mimic the signals of AngelsFx and this should already lead to a good profit.

In Qualifast we are not expert traders, but we are excited to help yet another startup realize their product idea and certainly hope that the application will help many people achieve greater prosperity – both AngelsFx and their end clients.

PS: We want to explicitly thank Graphactory for the great design they made for all clients!

Public lecture – Get better with Stackoverflow

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Our C.E.O. did an open session in Work and Share coworking space. In it he shared what he has learnt from his six and a half years of interaction with Stackoverflow. He listed several practices he follows in his interaction with this website that helped him develop as professional. The bottom line of the whole presentation is that if you are an active member of the Stackoverlow (or any other) community, rather than passive consumer, you can get far greater value from it. Boris used many examples of his own experience to convey this message.

In Qualifast we believe that each one of us can be better expert if we join our forces in communities and exchange knowledge. That is why we have been core supporters of GDG / Google developers group and WTM/ Women Tech Makers in Sofia for years. That is why we intend to do other similar educational sessions in the future.

You can find all slides from Boris’s presentation here.

OceniMe web app – implemented & released

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We are excited that the team of OcenimeBg chose us to implement the frontend application of their product. You can see the end product here: https://ocenime.bg.

If you are renting / leasing or buying / selling an apartment you can not help but wonder if the chosen price is good. The team of OceniMe have gathered huge data base of real estate transactions in Sofia, Bulgaria. Based on it they are ready to give you insights on what kind of deal are you entering in. In addition to expected price you will be presented various neighborhood condition analysis and demographics details that will help you get a feeling of other important parameters you take into account when considering relocating.

The application is just launched, but it is already becoming quite popular. It gives us great satisfaction, as we really believe it will benefit the society.

PESA published in The Journal of private equity

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Our clients from Empower Capital have been applying for years Slavcho Parushev's invention Private Equity Scorecard Approach (PESA™). This novel valuation model has supported numerous successful deals in the fund and proven its incredible value. Now mr. Paruchev has received recognition for his work as he got an article on PESA™ published in The Journal of private equity (see here).

We are excited that Qualifast is the company responsible for implementing PESA™ as a software product. Now the valuation in Empower Capital is easier than ever. We are sure that using this application Slavcho and team will be able to turn even more acquisitions into profitable exits.

Liane application launched in Google Play

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Today we launched Liane in Google Play (see application page). Using this application you can request verified and trustworthy caregiver to escort your children or elderly relatives around the city. Currently the service is available only in Rome, but there are plans to expand in other Italian cities and other countries.

We developed this application for our clients from Liane S.r.l. using the design and UX prepared by 77 agency.

We can't wait to see the service get market friction and expand. Using Liane you can ensure that your loved ones will always be safely escorted to the different places in the city where they need to go, even when professional engagements do not allow you to be the one to do the escorting.

All images in the post are copyright of Liane S.r.l.

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