You must visit Bulgaria for 10 IT events in 2019!
IBM, Microsoft, SAP Labs, Hewlett-Packard, VMware, Paysafe, FT – all these companies have something in common. They have expanded to Bulgaria, recognizing the country’s IT potential. There are more than 10,000 IT companies currently working in “Europe’s Silicon Valley”, as some call it.
With the rapid development of the technology sector in the country more and more events in the field are being hosted here. Some of the most important topics are FinTech, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Microsoft Technologies.
Whether you are a CEO, project manager, developer – or simply just interested in the field, you have the chance to meet some of the most influential business leaders, corporate representatives, entrepreneurs, investors and digital professionals in the whole region (CEE). Certainly, attending the events listed below gives you the opportunity for great networking and insights. Moreover, you’ll also understand why Bulgaria is being recognized by some of the biggest IT companies.
1. Global Azure Bootcamp 2019 – 27 April 2019
An awesome event highlighting Azure and Cloud Computing. It’s being sponsored by Microsoft itself. In short, the bootcamp will provide insights on developing Cloud Computing Applications for Azure from the Windows Azure Community. There are a lot of new features for Microsoft’s cloud platform, so you’ll catch up on what you’ve missed.
2. LibertyBits Conference 2019 – 04 May 2019
Some of the hottest topics in 2019 are centralization, data privacy and AI development ethics. They are all connected to our freedom in today’s digital world, which is the main theme of LibertyBits Conference. Therefore, experts will discuss how blockchain, privacy and free software will lead to more independent living and decentralization.
3. AWS Sofia 2019 – 11 May 2019
The conference unites workshops, lectures and more than 500+ professionals in Cloud Computing. Moreover, the organisations are Amazon Web Services and Bulgaria’s TechHuddle. They will provide first-hand experience with the AWS platform and services, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Above all, expect a friendly environment during a cloudy forecast.
4. WEBIT.FESTIVAL Europe 2019 – 13-15 May 2019
Webit is a global event of a huge size. More than 10,000 people from 111 countries attended it last year and 70% + were at C-level positions. Therefore, you get awesome networking opportunities and the chance to meet the best innovation, digital and tech ecosystems in Europe. Moreover, there will be representatives from Google, Microsoft, Samsung, VMware and many others.
”Webit Established Sofia as Digital Capital” – Forbes
5. DigitalK Conference 2019 – 30-31 May 2019
DigitalK presupposes friendly atmosphere amongst business owners, entrepreneurs and corporates. Most importantly, it’s one of the leading European events on technology and digital transformation. The conference will combine keynotes and workshops in order to generate sparkling new ideas for innovation and aspiration.
6. HackConf 2019 – 11-13 October 2019
HackConf is a software development conference for people passionate about all kind of tech. It features high-class software development talks and an extra day full of workshops to express your ideas. The conference’s slogan is “by developers, for developers”. Meanwhile, a very neat decision is listing all the presentations from last year.
7. Innowave Summit 2019 BE DIGITAL GO GLOBAL – 18-19 October 2019
Another huge conference with more than 5000 attendees and speakers from Google, Dell, Amazon, Alibaba, Salesforce, etc. This is one of the most important hi-tech events in SEE, targeting digital transformation of the business and public sector while giving an example with the Bulgarian economy and their key partnerships. In addition, experts from the European Commission and Startup Europe would help to determine the 300 most promising European StartUps.
8. QuBit Conference #SOFIA2019 – 14 November 2019
This conference brings together a cybersecurity community to share experience, ideas and intelligence. Some of the best professionals in the industry will be answering questions and expressing concerns to bring safety and trust to a higher level. Take a glance at the audience and partners of QuBit.
9.th ISTA Conference – 14-15 November 2019
The Innovations in Software Technologies and Automation Conference is one of the most influential forums for software engineers in CEE. The organizers are SAP, VMware, Musala Soft, Experian and Infragistics. In other words, expect a conference of the highest level about computer systems, software and quality engineering, QA and all innovations in these areas.
ISTA overlaps with QuBit, so watch out for the announcement of the presentations and you can perfectly combine both conferences.
10. Global_Tech Summit – 10-12 December 2019
This is not an ordinary event, but rather a mixture of several ones like CodeMonsters and Java2Days. More importantly, this presents the opportunity to hear about a wider spectrum of technologies and ideas. As a result, the Global Tech Summit focuses on the latest trends and cutting edge technologies. For instance, some of the topics will be Software Development, Cybersecurity, IoT, Big Data, Business Technologies, Investments and Startups.
11. BONUS: Text Mining Data Science Monthly Challenge – 23 April – 28 May 2019
For all you folks, passionate about Data Science, here is a Challenge in the field of Data Science and Business Analytics. For over a month mentors and experts in the industry would help the participants solve real case scenarios, provided by Data Science Society. Meanwhile, the supporters – Ontotext and one of Bulgaria’s most recognizable institutions – Sofia University have come out with a great decision. The challenge will be online and attendance is not necessary, making the event worldwide.
We hope this list will help you navigate Bulgaria’s 10 IT events this year. Most of them are held in the capital, Sofia – a regional ICT centre, where 1 in 20 employees works in the industry. Furthermore, it has one of the highest growth of start-up businesses among Europe’s capitals and is in Forbes’ list of the top 10 cities in the world to launch a new company. In addition to the other great opportunities the events offer, it’d be very beneficial experiencing the atmosphere of “Europe’s Silicon Valley”. There are many encouraging factors, which can trigger a consequence of events, making you think about starting a partnership with the locals and why not expanding or launching a business here.
Code Runners has recently been recognized as one of the top 25 software development companies and as leading Eastern Europe software developers, so expect to meet us at some of the events among the other leading professionals. Drop us a line at [email protected] to inform you where will we attend. We’re looking forward to meet and discuss awesome ideas!