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11 - 13th of October

A software development conference for developers, by developers

HackConf is Bulgaria's premier software development conference, happening in Sofia.

Organized “by developers, for developers”, it covers a wide range of software development topics, regardless of the tech stack.

HackConf 2019 will include a full day of workshops on 11th of October, and two parallel tracks of talks during both conference days - 12th and 13th of October.

Speakers

Stefan Kanev

CTO @Receipt Bank

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Stefan Kanev
About:

Stefan has been involved in programming since he remembered. He loves Ruby, Vim,  automated tests, bowls, Apple products and all kinds of exotic programming languages. During his most busy time, he programs in Rails, but when he's free - occasionally teaches at FMI of Sofia University, writes a lot of code, which later deletes it, and apart from that, he also tries not to kill himself with his mountain bike. He doesn't like PHP and he is ambivalent to Java.

Bozhidar Batsov

VP of Engineering @Toptal

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Bozhidar Batsov
About:
Bozhidar loves computers in general and programming in particular. His fanatic devotion to Emacs is known world-wide. Bozhidar spends a lot of his time on GitHub, contributing to various Ruby, Clojure and Emacs Lisp open-source projects. He’s also passionate about building teams and products, helping people achieve their full potential, and the fine art of personal productivity.

Believe it or not, Bozhidar has (fun) interests outside computers and IT as well! We won't, however, bore you with those here.

Ivan Vankov

Principal Blockchain Architect @CognitionFoundry

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Ivan Vankov
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Ivan Vankov (gatakka) has a very diverse background in different IT technologies like back-end development, Machine learning, security, cryptography, Blockchain and system architectures. Currently he is principle blockchain architect and consultant.

Marian Marinov

Chief System Architect @SiteGround

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Marian Marinov
About:

Marian is a system administrator by heart. He is working with Linux for almost 20 years. Currently he is Head System Architect of Siteground.com, CEO of 1H Ltd. and CTO of Kyup.com. He is a big fan of FOSS and regularly speaks at different FOSS conferences around the world. Marian also helps with the organization of OpenFest - Bulgaria's biggest FOSS conferences. In his spare time he teaches Linux system administration and Network security courses in Sofia University and SoftUni.

Pauline Vos

Senior Software Engineer @Werkspot

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Pauline Vos
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Pauline is a PHP developer currently employed by Werkspot in Amsterdam. She likes good, clean software design and being as efficient (lazy) as possible. Also cocktails, video games and animal memes. She lives in Amsterdam with her cat, Phife Cat, and about three plants.

Radoslav Stankov

Developer @Product Hunt

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Radoslav Stankov
About:

Web developer with 15+ years of experience, currently is head of engineering at Product Hunt (by Angel List). Lately, he is juggling between Ruby, Javascript projects, with the belief that it’s equally important to work both on the frontend and on the backend. Organizer of React.NotAConf conference and React.Sofia meetup.

Martin Chaov

Software Architect @SBTech

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Martin Chaov
About:
Who are you? - Martin Chaov
 Why do you want people to know about you? - I don’t want people to know about me. I want people to do good software. 
Who’s your favorite member of One Direction? - Is this something solved with Dijkstra shortest path algorithm?

I don’t take myself too seriously. I am a tech enthusiast. Most of my sentient life I have tinkered with tech. In IT I’ve done almost every job imaginable. I was doing cables, PC assemblies, IT support, domain controllers, networks, ISP, graphic design, software development… And I am equally bad at everything, meaning I have a lot of hands-on experience to share :)

Anthony Dang

Technical Director @Radley Yeldar

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Anthony Dang
About:

Anthony is the Technical Director at Radley Yeldar (London, UK). He writes tech articles, and is a regular presenter at conferences & meetups. He loves automation & development processes, experienced in scaling high performing teams across multiple countries, a Scrum certified Agile enthusiast, and a vocal proponent of Behaviour Driven Development. Originally from Sydney, Australia, he is now based in London.

Euan Finlay

Integration Engineer @Financial Times

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Euan Finlay
About:

Euan is part of the Operations & Reliability team at the Financial Times, managing incidents across the globe. Before that, he lead a distributed team responsible for Go microservices, Docker containers in Kubernetes, and the backend APIs powering the website.

Tosho Trajanov

CTO @ExploreAdeva

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Tosho Trajanov
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A tech consultant with extensive experience in working with startups and enterprises. Over the last few years, Tosho consulted many companies to improve their engineering practices and level up their technology.

Rositsa Kotseva

Full Stack Python Developer @HedgeServ

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Rositsa Kotseva
About:

Rositsa is a solid Mid-level Python Developer. She joined HedgeServ in April 2017. Her main responsibility is in the creation and maintenance of applications used by both internal and external clients. This includes partnering with other developers, testers, application support engineers, and infrastructure automation engineers to ensure a smooth development and operational pipeline. Rositsa takes part of the interview process in HedgeServ and is a skilled engineer that knows how to execute and innovate in a modern and dynamic environment. She is also a Python lecturer in Hack Bulgaria Academy. 

Robert Avram

Software Engineer @REWE Digital

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Robert Avram
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Robert is a software engineer currently working at REWE Digital in Cologne and spends a lot of his time writing functional microservices in Clojure and Scala. He concurrently seeks refuge from the imperative in the world of purely functional programming, and from time to time likes to pester unwilling individuals with it.

Matt Landheim

Founder and Principal Architect @Object Systems International

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Matt Landheim
About:

Matt Landheim is the founder and principal architect of Object Systems International, a software development company founded in 1998 with 115 employees in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Sofia, Bulgaria.  He's lived in Bulgaria, loves Bulgaria, and speaks Bulgarian.  He currently resides in the Salt Lake City, Utah, area with his wife and four kids.

Majid Hajian

Software Developer

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Majid Hajian
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Majid Hajian is a software developer has developed and architected complex web applications since 2007 after he graduated as a software engineer. He loves sharing his knowledge with the community. Majid is the author of “Progressive web app with Angular” book published by Apress and “Progressive Web Apps” video tutorial published by PacktPub and Udemy. He is a/an (co)organizer of a few main meetups and conferences in Nordic countries for web and mobile platform.

Svetlin Penkov

Researcher in Robotics & Artificial Intelligence

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Svetlin Penkov
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Dr. Svetlin Penkov works at the intersection of artificial intelligence and robotics and is interested in enabling robots to learn structured models (computer programs) from raw data. He did his PhD in AI & Robotics at the University of Edinburgh and currently is a Research Scientist & Tech Lead at FiveAI, the biggest autonomous vehicles start up in the UK, where his team works on learning models from data that capture how vehicles and pedestrians behave in dense city traffic. He has been actively involved in the entire process of bringing state of the art research into production code on the vehicle.

Mila Petkova

Psychoanalyst And Online Counselor

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Mila Petkova
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Dr. Mila Petkova is counselor and psychoanalyst. Her mission is to help her clients achieve emotional balance and find their way to become their version 2.0. In 2016, after a decade working in the corporate field she defends her PhD thesis in Madrid and opens her online practice where she helps people from four continents overcome anxiety, burnout, loss, body image issues and existential crises.

Lucas Fernandes da Costa

Software Engineer

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Lucas Fernandes da Costa
About:
Lucas is a Brazilian software engineer living in London.
He loves JavaScript and OpenSource and is a core team member of Chai.js and Sinon.js, two of the most popular libraries in the JS ecosystem.

Lucas is always trying to find better and more efficient ways to solve problems: his motto is "strive to be lazy".

Ayelet Sachto

Production Engineer @SIMILARWEB

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Ayelet Sachto
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Ayelet is a passionate problem solver with 15 years of experience in different companies from big enterprises to small startups. Focusing on architecture and engineering leadership which provided her with the opportunities to design and implement a variety of architectures with different constraints, tackling problems of scale, reliability and data integrality. Ayelet is also an active member in the tech industry, she is a mentor, lecturer, and leading ״Women in Hi-Tech״ community's content and mentoring program. 

Vassil Lunchev

CEO & co-founder @Homeheed

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Vassil Lunchev
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At Homeheed, Vassil works on a computer vision algorithm to distinguishing between available and fake apartment listings. Previously he worked on:

- Leanplum: anything from big data pipelines to (machine) learning the optimal time to send an email

- SoundCloud: an automatic music genre classification system

Yegor Bugayenko

CEO @Zerocracy& Author of Elegant Objects

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Yegor Bugayenko
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Yegor Bugayenko is a founder and CEO of Zerocracy, which replaces annoying bosses with AI bots; an OOP fundamentalist; an author of “Elegant Objects” book series; a provocative blogger at yegor256.com; a creator of Zold, a non-Blockchain cryptocurrency for fast micro-payments; a hands-on Java programmer; a creator of Cactoos, Takes Framework, JCabi, and Rultor; a philanthropist donating four thousand dollars annually to an open source award.

Vranac Srdjan

CEO/Team Lead @Code4Hire

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Vranac Srdjan
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Vranac has been in this industry for a long time. He had good fortune to work with a lot of talented people, and had a chance to see some brilliant code, and some of the worst ever written. He gets paid for writing code that performs exceptionally. He runs Code4Hire, a small outfit dedicated to solving tough problems.

Alexander Georgiev

Senior Software Engineer @Skyscanner

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Alexander Georgiev
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Alexander (a.k.a. espr1t) has been programming for 10000 years now – in the beginning as a participant in programming competitions (he has won a few of those), and now as a professional developer. His work experience includes companies like Facebook and Google and he's currently a senior engineer at Skyscanner. As he likes saying, without IT he's just espr.

Jennifer Flatley

Director of HR Europe & Australia @HedgeServ

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Jennifer Flatley
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Jennifer joined HedgeServ as HR director in June 2018 with responsibility for HR, talent acquisition and learning & development. Leading a team of professionals focusing on implementing best practice HR & training initiatives and developing and growing international offices. Jennifer has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources within global organizations, holds a Masters in Human Resource Management and further qualifications in coaching, mindfulness, training & development and international marketing.

Alexander Popov

Site Engineering Lead @Uber

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Alexander Popov
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Alex Popov has 20 years of experience in Software Engineering. He has been leading engineering teams in the US, UK and Bulgaria in 3 Unicorns during the last 7 years. At the moment Alex leads the engineering site of Uber in Bulgaria. 

His charters are involved with the generation of financial documents and the data analytics products powering Business Intelligence. The Tax & Compliance products owned by his teams generated the data and rendered more than 8 billion financial documents and the taxes and surcharges data for transactions of more than 10 Billion USD in 2018. His Finance Intelligence teams are powering the revenue prediction and cost analytics products in a pre-IPO environment. Before Uber, Alex spent close to 8 years in the travel industry. 

He led teams in the UK and later co-founded and led the engineering site of Skyscanner in Sofia after a similar role with Kayak in Boston, MA. Alex is actively working with startups, VCs and NGOs in Bulgaria and is a passionate supporter of the maturing startup scene in the country.

Ivan Vergiliev

Tech Lead @Heap

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Ivan Vergiliev
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Over the last few years, Ivan has been building distributed systems and leading distributed teams at early stage startups. Prior to that, he has researched recommendation algorithms at SoundCloud, interned at Google (twice) and Facebook. He is also a bronze medalist from the International Olympiad in Informatics.

Martin Ivanov

Senior Software Consultant @Accedia

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Martin Ivanov
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Martin is a Senior Software Consultant at Accedia. Although his career took off with some Python projects, he currently finds JavaScript tech quite fascinating and works with a various set of technologies in the Angular/React world.

Speaker Surprise

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Speaker Surprise

HackConf 2018

The fourth edition of HackConf took place on 15th-16th of September at Sofia Tech Park. For the first time, the conference was held entirely in English! Attendees from 17 nationalities participated in the event. 

All materials from HackConf 2018 can be found here and all videos from the talks on our YouTube channel. 2018.hackconf.bg

HackConf 2017

HackConf 2017 was the third edition of the conference. The event was entitled “ How to write better software”. More than 1200 people were part of the HackConf 2017 where 16 top lecturers presented their talks. 

All presentations and video materials can be found on HackConf 2017's YouTube playlist. 2017.hackconf.bg

HackConf 2016

HackConf 2016 was the second edition of the IT conference. The event was held under the motto: “How to become better programmers and IT specialists?” 

During the 2-days event, we saw and heard 16 talks by 17 speakers. Some of the awesome topics were: "How to learn to program for 10+ years", "The code is a minefield", "The good programmer: а matter of perspective", "Security in today’s world". You can watch all presentations on: HackConf 2016's YouTube playlist. 2016.hackconf.bg

HackConf 2015

HackConf2015 was the first HackBulgaria’s IT educational and motivational conference. The main purpose of the conference was to motivate and give attendees appropriate direction for their development in the sector. 

During the 2-days event we saw and heard 18 talks by 19 speakers on topics like: "Indie Game Development", "How to successfully accelerate our idea", "The books every programmer has to read". You can watch all the presentations on HackConf 2015's YouTube channel.

Tickets

The tickets are on sale! Your ticket gets you:

✔️ 2 days with 2 tracks of high-class software development talks in English

✔️ 1 day with hands-on workshops and amazing instructors

✔️ Barista-style coffee

✔️ Lunch on both conference days

✔️ Awesome T-shirt + HackConf 2019 canvas bag of goodies


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Location

  • Sofia, National Palace of Culture
  • team@hackconf.bg
  • 08:00-18:30