As a prominent WordPress development company, DevriX actively supports and cares about local geek-related events. Every year, our team attends various events where they not only learn about new trends and improve their own skills, but they also share their experiences and ideas.
From October 11th to the 13th, 2019, part of our team attended the 5th edition of Sofia HackConf. It is an annual event put on by one of the largest software and design companies in Bulgaria, HackSoft. But do not be misled by the name – hacking could be a good thing. Think of tech-savvy enthusiasts and highly experienced engineers tackling code challenges. HackConf stands for effectiveness and thinking outside the box. As the organization team states, the conference is designed “by developers, for developers”.
The idea of HackConf started more than five years ago. The HackSoft team decided it wanted to bring more value to the developers and tech community in Bulgaria and the Balkans and so they created a yearly event where people of different tech experience and developing levels could meet up and exchange ideas.
@HackConf_ 360 teaser run around 🎥
We are having an amazing day and what a wonderful weekend it is going to be 🤓
Full videos on my YouTube https://t.co/V8dmdCp3lu#hackconf #opensource pic.twitter.com/wqnEdEXaO9
— Eddie Jaoude Open Source 🤓 (@eddiejaoude) October 12, 2019
The main goal of the 5th HackConf is to look at and share real-world problems, solutions and important insights in the software development industry.
Even though the conference is focused on development and software, it is not a developer-only event. Part of DevriX’s project management team also attended the conference where they were able to improve on their leadership, stress management and time/management skills.
Day 1 teaser video at @HackConf_ – what an epic day and today is going to be even more awesome 💪🤓
Full videos and discussions will be on my YouTube channel, subscribe to get notified and to support me (it’s free)https://t.co/V8dmdCp3lu#hackconf #dashboardhub #opensource pic.twitter.com/Wu8Wai5v4L
— Eddie Jaoude Open Source 🤓 (@eddiejaoude) October 13, 2019
We got lucky with the weather, so we had the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful views on top of the National Palace of Culture where the event was held.
In this article, we will cover the HackConf presentations and do a quick round-up with our teammates who attended the conference and shared their experience.
Talks & Speakers
Euan Finlay’s talk was about building effective teams when you are in different locations. He shared his advice on how to work with different people across different time zones – in his case from New York to Manila.
not the worst way to start the day… ☕☀️
nearly ready for @HackConf_ 2019! 🎉#HackConf pic.twitter.com/2BQBe8K31Z
— Euan Finlay (@efinlay24) October 12, 2019
As DevriX team is distributed in five countries, for us it was extremely useful to hear from other companies who also work remotely.
Anthony is the Technical Director at Radley Yeldar, London. He talked about different caching methodologies and architectures such as Donut cache and Memory cache, and compared them.
Our team learned a lot from his demos especially when he shared some useful real world implementations.
Just registered for #hackconf. It looks really cool. The national culture centre looks pretty cool. @HackConf_ #Sofia #Bulgaria pic.twitter.com/lYXaqhRSsm
— Anthony Dang (@AnthonyDotNet) October 11, 2019
Anthony Dang is active on Twitter. So if you didn’t have the chance to attend the conference you can check out his tweets to see how awesome the conference was.
The main event:
The two thousand developer lunch rush! #hackconf @HackConf_ pic.twitter.com/e6CkCxNK2e
— Anthony Dang (@AnthonyDotNet) October 12, 2019
Ayelet has 15 years of experience in solving problems that arise in different companies. She has worked with small enterprises and startups. She inspired the audience with her talk on how architecting a solution can be as natural as driving a car.
She made me rethink my whole life 🙂 pic.twitter.com/5u2O62dftW
— Tony Videnov (@TonyOnRails) October 12, 2019
If you missed her talks, here is a small preview of what she shared before the event. Her catchy motto is “If you can drive a car you can architect the solution to your system”.
Architecture and solution design can be challenging. 🤔
In her talk, Ayelet Sachto will demonstrate how architecting a solution can be as natural as driving a car. 💪
A driver’s license is not required. 😉#hackconf🎟️🎟️👉 https://t.co/jDiY1Cdt0r
— HackConf (@HackConf_) October 4, 2019
Radoslav is a web developer with more than 15 years of experience. He is currently the head of engineering at Product Hunt.
His talk was specially designed for developers where he shared various tips on productivity and what to do when a problem has us stumped.
Radoslav taught us how to divide up and define our tasks better so we can be more productive.
Almost time for my @HackConf_ talk about productivity for developers 😺
Wish me luck 🤞 🍀 pic.twitter.com/mAZ8iqaEUY
— Radoslav Stankov (@rstankov) October 13, 2019
DevriX Crew Experience
Eight DevriXians attended this year’s HackConf. They learned tips on how to increase their productivity, tips on working remotely, how to improve their time-management and more.
Here is what our colleagues have to say about their experience at HackConf, based on the following three questions:
What did the event teach you?
What did you like the most?
Bojidar Valchovski, Back-End Developer
- I learned a lot, but the most memorable tips were about leadership, team management, how to work towards boosting other team members levels and balancing life and work.
- What I liked the most were, honestly, the workshops I attended. Props to the folks responsible for coming up with such enlightening workshop ideas. Of course, the speakers did a very solid job as well.
Elina Victorova, Project Manager
- HackConf taught me tips & tricks useful for excelling in the IT world.
- I liked the spirit, the atmosphere, the discipline of the organizing committee. 🙂
Emil Docev, Back-End Developer
- I learned a bunch of important soft skills – like how to improve productivity and my communication skills. I also attended some very interesting talks about Internet of Things (IoT)!
- The whole experience was awesome! The lecturers, the sponsors booths and the games they had. I also managed to collect some very cool gadgets at the event.
Huge thanks to @HackConf_ for such a great conf and especially thanks to attandees who listened to me. My #pwa #iot slides are available here https://t.co/LKB5q613zj. #web #hackconf pic.twitter.com/kRYsCpYW64
— Majid Hajian (@mhadaily) October 13, 2019
Konstantin Dankov, Application Development Manager
- I learned about the future of blockchain as a technology.
- I liked Lucas Fernandes da Costa’s lecture “A Thousand Words: How I’m still not using GUIs in 2019”. I used to be active in the scene, talking at conferences and meeting people. I enjoyed the event because it was my first conference in a while and I spend most of it talking to people.
Martin Mitrev, QA
- The main things that I learned from the conf (that would actually benefit my work) – Are how to improve my productivity and how to debug people (which is geared more towards mental health). From the workshops, I saw what it takes to be a freelancer plus a couple of new things for Git.
- The fact that there was something for everyone – workshops, talks, activities.
Thanks #hackconf #sofia for inviting me to speak about mental health during the official #mentalhealthawareness week! It was incredible experience and I’d love to chat with all the amazing hundreds of people in person. Thank you for the interest and the friend request! pic.twitter.com/TanLhp621N
— MiPsy (@MilasWellness) October 13, 2019
Stanko Metodiev, WordPress Engineer and Technical Manager
- I saw a few new approaches related to working with remote teams and improving on personal planning and organization.
- The location and its amazing balcony – we got really lucky with the nice weather. I also enjoyed the event in general, all the sessions I attended were very interesting, and I loved meeting new and old friends. 🙂
.@efinlay24 is sharing experience about remote work #hackconf pic.twitter.com/YF5njPejZX
— Stanko Metodiev (@metodiew) October 13, 2019
Vasil Dimchev, Project Manager
- The conference was really interesting and useful for me. I have learned:
- how to improve my productivity
- understand a few guidelines on how to lead people
- how to speak and understand people better
- how to plan better
- how the minds of IT people work
- how to automate some processes
- The fact that it was not just for developers and it was in an understandable language. The workshops were really interesting as well.
Day 1 of #HackConf is going strong 💪
✅ Workshops are full
✅ Main stage is under development
✅ Sun is shining
✅ View from the terrace is great
See you tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/vzxHlIJS8j
— Rado Georgiev 🇧🇬 (@Rado_g) October 11, 2019
Vasilen Aleksandrov, Back-End Developer
- Mostly that progressive web apps exist and that my nerd-iness about using text based interfaces instead of graphical ones is shared. The first one is going to come in really handy in some part of my work. I also got to know my way around the OpenAI gym environment.
- The inspiration I got from all the talks I attended. Even though I’ve been a professional developer only for a short time I feel inspired seeing solutions to my day-to-day struggles and new ways to tackle new ones.
OMG 😯😯😯 #hackconf can still my heart racing😇 #ifyoucandriveyoucanarchitectyoursystem pic.twitter.com/IROprKeiuW
— Ayelet Sachto (@AyeletSachto) October 12, 2019
HackConf in One Word
Here is how our teammates described their HackConf experience in one word:
We had a great time and will definitely consider its next edition. Stay tuned for the next event we are headed to – WordCamp Sofia 2019.