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.
CTO @Receipt Bank
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.
VP of Engineering @Toptal
Believe it or not, Bozhidar has (fun) interests outside computers and IT as well! We won't, however, bore you with those here.
Principal Blockchain Architect @CognitionFoundry
Chief System Architect @SiteGround
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.
Senior Software Engineer @Werkspot
Developer @Product Hunt
Software Architect @SBTech
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 :)
Technical Director @Radley Yeldar
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.
Integration Engineer @Financial Times
Full Stack Python Developer @HedgeServ
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.
Software Engineer @REWE Digital
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.
Founder and Principal Architect @Object Systems International
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 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.
Researcher in Robotics & Artificial Intelligence
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.
Psychoanalyst And Online Counselor
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 is always trying to find better and more efficient ways to solve problems: his motto is "strive to be lazy".
Production Engineer @SIMILARWEB
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.
CEO & co-founder @Homeheed
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
CEO @Zerocracy& Author of Elegant Objects
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.
CEO/Team Lead @Code4Hire
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.
Senior Software Engineer @Skyscanner
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.
Director of HR Europe & Australia @HedgeServ
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.
Site Engineering Lead @Uber
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.
Tech Lead @Heap
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.
Senior Software Consultant @Accedia
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.
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.
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
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.
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