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!

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.