Last week Sofia was the host city of one of the most popular festivals for the IT industry in the past years – WEBIT.FESTIVAL. This was the forum’s eighth edition. Last year, we attended WEBIT.EMEA in Istanbul. As a web and mobile development company focusing on building innovative B2B web based platforms, Devision attended this year’s edition in Sofia to catch up with the latest news and tendencies in IT.
During the two festival days (19-20 April) enterprise leaders, policy makers and IT professionals from all over the world discussed topics within the parallel summits that took place: Marketing and Innovation Summit, Tech and Dev Summits, Smart Cities Summit, New Economy Leadership Summit and Digital Economy Summit.
The Festival was held at the newly built Sofia Tech Park. It is the first Science and Technology Park in Bulgaria whose main goal is to boost the development of research, innovation and technological capabilities of Bulgaria.
During the lectures and conversations at the WEBIT.FESTIVAL one could often hear that Sofia is becoming the regional IT and innovation hub and is one of the most friendly places for entrepreneurship.
Regardless of whether Sofia is officially renowned as the digital capital of new markets or not, it for sure is the heart of an emerging ecosystem of young, passionate IT professionals who could compete with the ones in the world’s biggest technology hubs like Silicon Valley. Bulgarian programmers are in the world elite in terms of the quality of their work. It is no coincidence that Bulgaria was ranked the number one offshoring destination for 2015 according to NOA. In addition, the procedure for obtaining a work permit or the so called “blue card” for non-EU citizens is now becoming faster and easier. This removes barriers to hiring professionals from all over the world. In Bulgaria we also love to brag with our first place in the EU in terms of Internet speed (above 10 Mbps).
Some of the discussed topics during the two-day forum were the digital transformation and the need for innovation. As Marku Markulla, the President of the European Committee of the Regions, said “the risk lies not in innovation but if we are afraid to do so!”. He also stressed the importance of listening to young people in his lecture about University and industry driven regional innovation. WEBIT proved to mirror this belief since over a hundred startups competed for the big price of 200 000 EUR. The winner was Adguard, an ad blocking company. It is interesting to mention that the festival started with a speech of Benjamin Faes from Google who spoke about the effects of ad blocking.
There are a number of other intriguing topics that were discussed, including electrical toothbrushes, brain hacks, next generation wearables and many more. It would be impossible to summarize all that we heard, learned and communicated during those two days. What we know for sure is that technology is a strong tool which could help us change the world – by connecting and helping people and businesses as well as optimizing business process flows with the means of technology.
In the ever changing digital world, our team always strives to follow modern tendencies in the development of our projects. We are not afraid to experiment with the deployment of new technologies and embrace modern methodologies whilst always adhering to best practices.
If you need a highly skilled development team to deliver your ideas to the web, contact us at sales(at)devision.bg
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