About The Event
DEV: Challenge Accepted is a full-day single-track conference for everyone with a strong interest in development. Do not miss the opportunity to join its one and only premiere this autumn! The first conference edition will take place in Sofia Tech Park, as well as online.
John Atanasoff Forum
Sofia Tech Park
September 9th 2022
Day 252 of Year 2022
Buy your ticket today! The seats are limited. Do not forget you get a special discount with the QA: Challenge Accepted Club Card.
Both Conferences Full Access
approx. 131 EUR
- Full onsite and online access to DEV: Challenge Accepted
- Full onsite and online access to QA: Challenge Accepted
- Two conference bags full of cool gifts
- Two lunches, two afterparties, many coffee break!
- Double the fun and the networking opportunities
Come. Register. Drink coffee. Meet other creatures like you from the very early morning.
An official opening of the conference.
An opening keynote
by Bozhidar Bozhanov - Bulgarian Minister of E-Government
Bozhidar Bozhanov is the Minister of e-Government in the cabinet elected by the 47th National Assembly. Besides that, he is an IT expert, entrepreneur, and information security promoter. He is a graduate of Goldsmiths, University of London, and has significant experience in e-government development; as an expert; and has crucial involvement in many amendments to laws and strategy papers. Bozhidar Bozhanov has been a speaker at numerous conferences and is one of the most popular bloggers and influencers in the technical field. He is one of the top users in Stack Overflow, and his tech blog is considered one of the most successful blogs for Java developers by international online media.
Did you know that the Netherlands were said to consume the most coffee per capita with a whopping 8.3 kilograms?
Beyond the for-loop
by Ilian Iliev - Software Engineer @ Lifesum
Ok, so you have learned the basics of programming: data types, flow control; now what? We often see smart people who have just learned to write code or have some experience but are still unsure how to move further or become more appealing to the job market. Here we will talk about tech and soft skills that are vital to you as a future developer.
Ilian Iliev, Ph.D. has been programming since 2003 and in love with Python since 2009. He loves Python for its simplicity to use, power and flexibility. Nowadays, he works as a software engineer at Lifesum, a digital health company based in Stockholm, Sweden. He loves sharing knowledge and helping people improve their skills and finds this especially valuable to novice programmers who are still struggling to pick good practices or find their way. To give back to the community, he has presented at multiple events such as Beginner's Day at EuroPython 2016, Workshops at HackConf 2018 & 2019, Talk at HackConf 2021, and many local meetups in Sofia and Stockholm. Outside the tech world, Ilian loves the sea, snorkeling, fishing, and traveling with his family.
The Process of Creating Decentralised Apps
by Ognyan Chikov - Senior Blockchain Developer @ LimeChain/LimeAcademy
A decentralized application (dApp) is a distributed open source software application that runs on a peer-to-peer (P2P) blockchain network rather than on a single computer. Ognyan will tell us more about dApp, the process of creating one, how it works, and the benefits.
Did you know that drinking coffee was once punishable by death? During the 17th century Ottoman Empire, it was believed that coffee contained mind-altering effects. The ruler of this period believed it to be a type of narcotic and banned it from public consumption.
Vital aspects of a product data lifecycle
by Desislava Andreeva and Victor Gueorguiev - Members of technical staff @ VMware Bulgaria
Analysis of data is becoming ever more a present part of each company. So developers increasingly need to be data literate at some level, and hence understanding the product data lifecycle is a vital piece of knowledge that everyone can benefit from. That is why we are bringing a data engineer and a data scientist to our stage, each of them providing their point of view of the critical issues while working with product data through its lifecycle. Desislava and Victor will highlight aspects of the product data lifecycle from origin through the collection, transformation, loading, and analysis, focusing on essential topics such as data security, retention, governance, quality checks, and tests. They will uncover what makes an efficient data project regarding execution and team collaboration and some critical issues in these areas trying to attribute responsibility and decision making and deriving advice on tackling them in a production environment.
Desislava is a software engineer for 6+ years. She started her career working as an embedded developer with C. Still, over a year ago, she became involved in cybersecurity by joining the Security analytics team of VMware Carbon Black Bulgaria. Desi is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience, and she has presented in online events, such as Women Who Code and ISTA conference in 2021. Outside work, she loves exercising and cooking. Also, she takes care of her two cats.
Victor is a data scientist working in security analytics at VMware Carbon Black. He began his career as a data scientist to explore and to grow his passion for leveraging data and analytics to solve complex business problems. Victor enjoys discovering areas where machine learning can be applied to improve the user experience and overall functionality of a product or service and to share knowledge with his peers and the community. Outside work, he is a passionate hobby photographer, hiker, runner, and piano player.
by Harry Roberts - An independent Consultant Web Performance Engineer
Harry helps some of the world’s largest and most respected organisations find and fix their site-speed issues. He is both a Google- and a Cloudinary Media- Developer Expert, and has consulted for clients from the United Nations to the BBC, General Electric to the Financial Times, and a whole host more. When not doing client work, he writes, teaches, and speaks about the entire gamut of front-end performance. When not doing work at all, he’s probably out on his bike.
Did you know that scientists are turning the oil from waste ground coffee into biodiesel, so one day coffee may be fuelling your car?
Will Luke Skywalker consider using autopilot while driving on the Earth?
by Pavel Kanazirev - Software Expert @ Bosch Engineering Center Sofia
The use of vehicles will change fundamentally in the future as a result of automated driving. The autonomous system needs to sense the environment, determine the exact position on the road, and decide how the vehicle should behave in a given situation. How important is the perception as part of the decision-making algorithm, which are the devices used lately, and how important and reliable is the radar? Pavel will glimpse these topics and explain how we verify and validate the product and the tools used.
Pavel Kanazirev has 18+ years of experience in software development and 11+ years of experience in the automotive industry. He worked in Germany, Spain, and Bulgaria on various projects related to server applications for the Internet and Intranet, programming perception applications for mobile devices. In his professional career, he has taken multiple roles in different projects (QA, software developer, system engineer, function owner, software architect, system architect, etc.). He also volunteers in multiple educational initiatives: Foundation “Minu Balkanski”, Junior Achievement, Teach for Bulgaria, Professional Association of Robotics and Automation, Yambol Robotics Club, etc.
Suffering from Success
by Nedelcho Nikolov - Team Lead @ Enetpulse
Imagine a monolith cloud application going from 50 to 100 000 and more visitors in a minute? At Enetpulse, Ned had to deal with a fast-paced environment where every second matters. That is why he will tell us about his experience with high and inconsistent traffic to their products, what they did to handle it, what worked, what didn't, and what technologies helped him and his company.
Nedelcho has been a software developer for 12+ years. He graduated in Computer Science from the Technical University of Gabrovo and got an additional major as Project Manager at New Bulgarian University. His greatest passion is working with new technologies and improving the existing code base according to the best practices and the latest trends. Ned's hobbies are coding, learning new things, training and games. Nedelcho always had a passion for sharing his knowledge with other people. He has volunteered at the Challenge Accepted conferences, so he decided to debut as a conference speaker on our stage.
Did you know that the Slavic word ‘beer’ (‘pivo’) came from the verb ‘to drink’? Initially, in these lands, anything drinkable was called ‘beer’.
Why should you care about "empowered teams"?
by Hristo Zahariev - Head of Product @ Software Group
How many times you've been a part of a project with creeping scope, short deadlines, requirements that suck, clients that don't know what they want, and management who is throwing bodies at problems? Last but not least - you are "simply a resource"... We all need work-life balance, satisfaction from delivered work, and the right to feel motivated when we leave that daily stand-up at 9.15 am, don't we? Hristo will tell us what solution he has found to the challenges above that enable the product dev teams to be positive, constructive, autonomous, impactful, and find meaningfulness in what they are doing. Simply put, Hristo will tell us the steps to turn your team into an empowered team.
Hristo is the Head of Product at Software Group, where he leads a dozen product managers responsible for a portfolio of more than 7 product lines. Before that, Hristo was working at Experian, the world leader in the space of information services on credit data. In the past 10+ years, he has been a part of creating, managing, and introducing leading and innovative solutions recognized by companies like Gartner and Celent. His passion is to engage and inspire more young people to pursue a career in product management.
Scale up, screw up. Why do we fail when we grow?
by Dawid Pacia - Engineering Manager @ Docplanner
A company started (rapidly) scaling up, and things suddenly collapsed? People, products, projects, processes, or any other area can hugely influence the company's condition. During the last 10+ years working for start-ups, Dawid had a chance to observe, participate and suffer many issues and challenges. With the final conference talk for the day, Dawid will take us on tour showing how to detect (which sometimes is close to impossible), prevent, and (hopefully) fix them on time!
Dawid comes from Krakow (Poland), and describes himself as 1/3 QA, 1/3 Python, 1/3 Lead - a tech freak following all the newest technologies (and implementing them on his own). Fan of the Agile approach to project management and products. Dawid is actively speaking and traveling worldwide (combining both passions). He is an organizer and originator of the first regular Ukrainian QA meetup, “UkrainQA”, and a big cat lover.
Did you know that the builders of the Great Pyramids in Egypt were paid in beer?
A lightning talk is a short presentation lasting up to 5 minutes. If you would like to talk on any topic that might be interesting for the rest of the community, we invite you to sign up on the conference day and share your thoughts from our stage.
Time for an entertainment show, some raffle prizes from our sponsors, and the finale grande!
We need just a couple of minutes to rearrange the hall...
Time to grab a drink and continue the interesting discussions during the day, make new friends, and have fun!
That's all, folks! Commit and push.
Here is the an approximate roadmap of important conference dates. Please note that some of these dates may change: