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The digital landscape is evolving rapidly and so do the updates here. In this section, you can find the latest information on digital skills and jobs as well as upcoming events.

The News section highlights key updates on digital skills such as new initiatives and projects being rolled out, policy developments on the digital agenda, digital trends, etc. You can also see relevant digital up and re-skilling opportunities or understand how you or your organisation might be impacted.

The Events section showcases upcoming events related to digital skills and jobs, at both EU and national levels. These events may present networking, projects, or funding opportunities that you may find interesting to get involved in.

Keep yourself up to date with the digital transition and its impact.

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Bulgarian INSAIT – Europe’s Top 10 in AI

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Bulgarian INSAIT - Europe's Top 10 in AI

03.04.2024 |

The Institute for Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Technology (INSAIT), based in Sofia, has established itself as a key player for Bulgaria, positioning our country among the top ten in Europe in the field of artificial intelligence, according to an announcement from the Ministry of Education and Science.

INSAIT’s participation with 16 articles on CVPR, the most cited forum on artificial intelligence and computer vision, highlights its great contribution, with the total number of articles from Bulgaria surpassing that of all countries in Eastern Europe combined.

INSAIT outperforms leading universities and institutions from countries such as Israel, the Netherlands, Finland, Austria and many others, showing its high competitiveness on the international stage. Established in April 2022 in partnership with two of the world leaders in technical education, the Swiss ETH Zurich and EPFL, the institute represents a pioneering move for Eastern Europe, offering research opportunities and facilities comparable to global standards.

Supported by giants such as Google, Amazon Web Services, DeepMind, and others, as well as by technology entrepreneurs, INSAIT focuses on scientific excellence: conducting world-class research, attracting outstanding international scientists, and training the next generation of graduates and technology leaders. INSAIT is structured as a special unit of St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, with its own regulations and governing boards.

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European Digital Skills Awards 2024: Now Accepting Applications!

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European Digital Skills Awards 2024: Now Accepting Applications!

26.03.2024 |

With the aim of highlighting the outstanding achievements of projects and initiatives aiming to close the digital skills gap in Europe, the European Digital Skills Awards 2024 (EDSA24) are officially open for applications.

Building on the resounding success of last year’s edition, which drew a staggering 330 entries across five distinct categories, the European Commission and the Digital Skills and Jobs Platform are thrilled to announce the start of EDSA24. This prestigious initiative seeks to commend and celebrate the exceptional endeavors of organisations across Europe that have committed to improving digital skills through their innovative projects, programmes, and initiatives. The forthcoming edition promises to elevate this recognition to unprecedented heights.

Outlined below are the categories for this year’s edition:
  • Digital Upskilling @ Work: Initiatives dedicated to enhancing digital skills and reskilling professionals across various sectors, including SMEs, with a focus on facilitating job placements for ICT professionals at all levels.
  • Digital Skills for Education: Projects tailored towards digital upskilling for educators, students, vocational education and training (VET) institutions, and school administrations.
  • Inclusion in the Digital World: Efforts aimed at providing digital training and fostering media literacy among marginalized communities, including but not limited to ethnic minorities, migrants, people with disabilities, isolated elderly individuals, children, and other high-risk groups.
  • Women in ICT Careers: Initiatives geared towards increasing the representation of women in ICT professions, offering digital upskilling opportunities for women in the workforce, and inspiring young women to pursue careers in ICT.
  • Cybersecurity Skills: Programmes designed to cultivate cybersecurity skills among citizens and SMEs, ensuring a robust defense against digital threats.

Applications are open until 2 April 2024.

All organisations – public, private, academic, research or training centers, schools, SMEs, large corporations, EU-funded project consortia, public administrations, NGOs, or citizen initiatives – that have either initiated or concluded projects or initiatives aimed at fostering the adoption of digital skills in one of the five award categories are encouraged to apply for consideration.

For those unsure about the eligibility of their projects, the Digital Skills and Jobs Platform Team is readily available for assistance at info@digitalskillsjobs.eu.

Are you ready to shine a spotlight on Europe’s digital prowess? Learn more about the new edition and complete the online application form: https://digital-skills-jobs.europa.eu/en/latest/news/ready-showcase-europes-prowess-digital-skills-european-digital-skills-awards-2024-are

For the Finalists and Winners of the new edition, the prize consists of:
  • Mention and presence at the online event announcing the finalists;
  • Invitation of the winners to participate in the award ceremony in Brussels (with travel and accommodation expenses paid by the organisers). It will be also a networking opportunity for the winners to meet the European Commission representatives and members of the National Coalitions;
  • The publication of the initiative/project on the Digital Skills and Jobs Platform, including the promotion on @DigitalSkillsEU social media accounts;
  • A trophy and a certificate;

Official documentation is available here: https://digital-skills-jobs.europa.eu/en/european-digital-skills-awards-2024-0  

May the best digital skills projects win!

 

About Digital Skills and Jobs Platform

The Digital Skills and Jobs Platform (DSJP) is the home of digital skills and jobs initiatives in Europe and the heart of the Digital Skills and Jobs Community. Created as one of the initiatives launched under the Connecting Europe Facility Programme, the Platform contributes to the DIGITAL Europe Programme – an ambitious EU programme that strives to make Europe more competitive in the global digital economy through digital capacity-building and ensuring a wide use of digital technologies across the EU. The Platform aspires to boost the digital competencies of European society and workforce and offers a wide range of trainings and career development support, an overview of good practices, expert advice, funding opportunities and financial instruments, news, event and much more to enforce digital skills in Europe.

 

Contact info

For more information please contact: The DSJP Team info@digitalskillsjobs.eu

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HackTheBusiness – Registrations OPEN!

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HackTheBusiness - Registrations OPEN!

12.03.2024 |

What’s the challenge?


HackTheBusiness 
offers an entrepreneurship challenge tailored for young minds eager to explore the vast potential of Sustainability.

The challenge is to propose an innovative business idea that navigates the sustainable landscape and pioneer new frontiers in the eco-friendly industry relating to agri-food, construction, manufacturing and digital and creative industries.

Participants are encouraged to think critically, creatively, and sustainably, aiming to address environmental concerns and contribute to a more eco-conscious and resilient future in these key sectors!

Who can attend?

If you are between 18 and 40 years old, based in Europe, with a passion for innovation and sustainability – join us!

The HackTheBusiness competition is aimed at bright minds including students, new startuppers, and researchers who want to acquire entrepreneurial skills and explore their potential.

Contestants can participate as individuals or in teams of up to 4 members.

About the Competition

The final HackTheBusiness will take place in the Innovation Forum “John Atanasoff” at Sofia Tech Park in Sofia, Bulgaria on the 26th and 27th of March 2024.

You and your team will pitch to get an opportunity to participate in ENTREPRENEDU’s business acceleration programme, where your sustainable idea has a strong potential to bring real changes into the world, with the help of ENTREPRENEDU mentors.

 

You should register by the 18th of March!

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Happy International Women’s Day!

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Happy International Women's Day!

08.03.2024 |

Happy 8th of March!

This is the day we celebrate the significant role of women in society. After all, without the contribution of women, the world as we know it would not be the same. Let us admire the strength, perseverance, talent, and grace with which women achieve their goals.

Today, we want to remember some of the most influential ladies in the world of technology.

Let’s start with the renowned Ada Lovelace, born on December 10, 1815, in London. She is the first programmer in history. Ada developed an algorithm for a computing machine, considered the precursor to modern programming. The programming language “Ada” is named in her honor. In addition to her work in computer science, Lovelace is also known for her translations and commentaries on scientific works, as well as for publishing many articles and essays on various topics.

Next is the great Hedy Lamarr, born on November 9, 1914, in Vienna. She was considered the “Most Beautiful Woman in Europe.” Besides her exotic appearance and acting skills, she was also a great inventor. Hedy developed frequency-hopping technology, which is used in today’s world to improve the signal of wireless communications and Wi-Fi networks.

An interesting fact is that she moved from Germany to the United States and changed her stage name. After the outbreak of World War II, Hedy decided to serve her new homeland. She was appointed to fulfill obligations in defense.

Margaret Hamilton, born on August 17, 1936, is an American computer scientist, systems engineer, and entrepreneur. She is known for her work at NASA and is responsible for developing software that helped successfully land a man on the Moon in 1969.

Before her work at NASA, she was involved in the production of the musicals “Michael” and “Ray” as an actress in Manhattan. This diversity in her career shows that her talent and interests have ranged from acting to technology and computer science.

Ginni Rometty, born on July 29, 1957, is the first woman to become CEO of IBM in the company’s history. She is one of the most influential women in the technology industry and is known for leading IBM through a period of significant change and innovation.

As a final note, let’s pay attention to a significant and unique achievement in Bulgarian history. This achievement belongs to Rayna Kasabova, the Bulgarian woman remembered in history as the first woman in the world to participate in a combat flight. During the Balkan War (1912 – 1913), Rayna Kasabova, at the age of 15, voluntarily worked in a field hospital near Edirne. On October 30, 1913, she participated in a combat flight with the airplane “Voazen,” under the command of Second Lieutenant Stefan Kalinov. Thus, Rayna Kasabova inscribed her name in world history as the first female pioneer in aviation.

 

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The Women and Girls in Science 2024 (WGS24) challenge

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The Women and Girls in Science 2024 (WGS24) challenge

01.03.2024 |

The Women and Girls in Science 2024 (WGS24) challenge, organised by the NATO Science& Technology Organization (STO) is an event for female university students and early career researchers, up to 30 years old. The goal of the WGS24 challenge is to inspire young women to pursue studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and to bring more diversity to those disciplines.The challenge launches on 8 February 2024, in celebration of the United Nations Day for Women & Girls in Science 2024 (11 February 2024), with a call for research proposals. The shortlisted participants will take part in the challenge finale at NATO Headquarters (HQ) (Brussels, Belgium) on 30 May 2024.

WGS24 Challenge:

  • Scope: Participants will be asked to submit a short research proposal, guided by the following question: What research idea would you like to see NATO realise over the next five years? The proposals should address at least one of the following NATO S&T focus areas: energy security, climate change, human security, societal resilience. The ideas can either aim to solve an existing issue or prevent its evolution.
  • Audience: This challenge is tailored to young female university students (bachelor, master,PhD) and early career researchers up to 30 years old, who are nationals of NATO countries.
  • Description: The competition will be conducted as follows:

o Call for research proposals: The challenge starts with a call for proposals. Participants are invited to fill in a Google application form in English by 21 April 2024, 23:59 CET, encompassing their visionary ideas in 1,300 words.

o Shortlisting process: Following the submission phase, our experts will shortlist the top twelve (12) applications based on criteria including novelty, relevance, coherence, feasibility and potential positive impact on society. Shortlisted candidates will receive an invitation to the finale at NATO HQ to present their recommendations in person.

o WGS24 Finale: The finale will take place on Thursday 30 May 2024 at NATO HQ. Each participant will be allocated 10 minutes to present their idea, followed by a 5-minute Q&A session. The winners will be determined by a jury of STO experts.

o Award: The best three participants will be awarded with a trip to the NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) – a world-class scientific research and experimentation laboratory located in La Spezia, Italy.

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With the advent of artificial intelligence, teachers will be mentors rather than lecturers

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With the advent of artificial intelligence, teachers will be mentors rather than lecturers

01.03.2024 |

With the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) into the sphere of education, teachers will rather be mentors than lecturers, commented Krasimir Stoev, a specialist in software technology training, who was a lecturer at a seminar for directors and teachers from Varna on how to work with Chat GPT, to the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA). The main organizer of the meeting was the Center for Creative Learning in partnership with the Regional Education Administration in the seaside city.

Artificial intelligence is an assistant – to both teachers and students, whether it is used for good or harm depends on the user, Stoev pointed out. According to him, the major fears that AI will take over the world are not justified, as it is not an autonomous entity and cannot provide unsolicited content. Teachers should encourage and guide the use of artificial intelligence so that students can receive the best, Stoev added. He clarified that a few days ago the Ministry of Education has issued guidelines to promote the use of AI in the educational system, which will be distributed to all directors and teachers. Stoev himself participated in the working group that developed the guidelines and specified that they envisage teachers using AI to generate content, create tasks, tests, as well as for their assessment. This will ease the enormous daily burden that prevents teachers from paying individual attention to their students, Stoev further said.

Asked how teachers will “catch” children if their homework is done by AI, especially in exact sciences, the expert indicated that it is necessary to change the method of assessment. In the new reality, approaches must change, and the goal of teachers should not be to see correctly solved tasks but properly developed skills because tasks are actually a means to enhance children’s expertise, Stoev pointed out. He was categorical that the modern digital generation should be provided with information in an adequate manner. Stoev added that as a teacher, he wanted AI to generate a lesson on biology about bees for him and received a narrative about how insects have a built-in GPS system and thus find hives, how they tag and like colors and aromas. Artificial intelligence uses words that are understandable and interesting to young people, and every teacher can take advantage of this, explained the expert. He added that AI capabilities can be used for every subject, including physical education and drawing.

According to Stoev, in the future, teachers will have the task of giving their students so-called soft skills – passing on experience, valuable advice, motivating and encouraging them, teaching them discipline. The expert’s position was that AI could be actively used by children after the 5th grade, by which time they should develop skills for debating and presenting their opinions with arguments. However, there are no obstacles for teachers to be good users of AI, even those in kindergartens, to generate games, Stoev concluded.

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HELLO SPACE | BULGARIA CALLING IS COMMING BACK!

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HELLO SPACE | BULGARIA CALLING IS COMMING BACK!

01.03.2023 |

The fourth edition of the youth science festival “HELLO SPACE, Bulgaria Calling” returns on June 25 in Sofia Tech Park under the patronage of the Ministry of Education and Science. 

The festival maintains its focus on space exploration and STEAM fields and continues to be an inspiring educational event for children of all ages, their parents and teachers.

This year, HELLO SPACE will once again be filled with a variety of activities to spark imaginations and dreams of exploring the universe and beyond. We have prepared a myriad of amazing activities for young and old, including a live chat with a NASA astronaut, fascinating science workshops, interactive exhibitions, thought-provoking lectures and engaging demonstrations.

This year’s edition will also focus more on the A in STEAM, namely ARTS, with the programme featuring a host of artistic activities including virtual reality and image generation workshops through artificial intelligence, painting, exhibitions and much more. All this to open the eyes of Bulgaria’s children to art and aesthetics, which play a vital role in every field, including space science.

As we prepare for our fourth edition, we are aiming for an even more remarkable event that will bring together educators, industry professionals, scientific experts and most of all – the future generation of innovators, astronauts, Nobel laureates and dreamers!

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Official address by the OECD Secretary General on the accession of Bulgaria

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Official address by the OECD Secretary General on the accession of Bulgaria

22.02.2024 |

Matthias Cormann, OECD Secretary-General, addressed the OECD ACCESSION FORUM | SKILLS MATTER FOR BULGARIA, focusing on the critical role of skills development for the country’s economic future. Here’s a summary of the key points from his speech:

  • Growth and Integration: Over the past two decades, Bulgaria has seen steady economic growth and integration into global value chains, leading to increased per capita incomes from 30% of average OECD incomes in 2000 to over 50% today. This growth has been supported by stable macroeconomic conditions, healthy public finances, and a sound financial system.
  • Economic Convergence Slowing: Despite these achievements, economic convergence with more advanced economies has slowed, particularly since the global financial crisis. Developing and updating the skills of Bulgaria’s workforce is seen as essential to reversing this slowdown, boosting productivity, and fostering economic growth.
  • Skills and Labor Market Outcomes: Higher skills levels are associated with better labor market outcomes, including higher incomes, better health and well-being, and greater civic and social engagement. However, Bulgaria faces challenges such as a high percentage of students underperforming in key areas (38.3% in reading, mathematics, and science) compared to the OECD average of 16.4%.
  • Skills Action Plan: The OECD, in collaboration with the European Commission, is assisting Bulgaria in developing a Skills Action Plan. This plan aims to enhance young people’s and adults’ skills, ensure effective skills utilization, and improve the governance of the skills system. It will focus on improving education to work transitions, addressing the shortage of high-skilled workers, and enhancing digital skills among Bulgarians.
  • Addressing Labor Market Shifts: As the labor market evolves, particularly with digital transformation, there’s a need to equip workers with the skills to adapt. Bulgaria’s National Artificial Intelligence Strategy and the Skills Action Plan aim to strengthen related skills and support lifelong learning.
  • Utilizing Untapped Potential: With a shrinking working age population, Bulgaria must draw on untapped labor potential and retain talent. The plan includes incentives for job seekers, upskilling opportunities, and measures to encourage skilled immigration.
  • OECD Accession Process: Cormann highlighted the OECD accession process as a transformative journey for Bulgaria, aiming to develop a comprehensive reform agenda across various policy areas. This process is expected to lead to recommendations for improving standards and adopting best practices for sustainable growth.

In conclusion, investing in skills development is crucial for Bulgaria to match the current and future needs of employers, boost incomes, and ensure all Bulgarians can benefit from economic and societal opportunities.

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The challenges facing the IT sector

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The challenges facing the IT sector

15.02.2024 |

The IT sector in Bulgaria is preparing for a tough year. The software sector is entering a crisis after 15 years of constant high growth. So far there have been no mass layoffs, but the demand for new staff has decreased. Some companies have seen a drop in their expectations since the end of 2023. Are layoffs predicted and what can we expect from tech companies in our market this year? Bistra Papazova, member of the Board of BASSKOM told more details on the topic.

In her words, “crisis” is too strong a word for the situation. There is growth, but it’s just weaker compared to previous years. This is due to processes taking place all over the world.

“I wouldn’t say there is any reason for concern, but this is certainly a reason for rethinking in the IT sector in Bulgaria. We grew for many long years, enjoyed many customers and Western partners. This has led to a very large increase in our costs in the form of salaries. We have not been a cheap IT destination for a long time and this process is now just getting worse and we need to rethink what we actually offer as an industry,” Papazova said.

She noted that there are about 60,000 people employed in the sector, but there are also many IT professionals who are outside the sector. There are layoffs, but they are not massive. In addition, there has been a hiring freeze in companies, as well as less demand for specialists compared to previous years.

“These are normal economic processes. There is no such thing as ‘perpetual growth’ in the economy and we see this as a normal period of the economic cycle that we expect will pass. What we can do and what I mentioned is to position ourselves as a place of innovation, a place of very great expertise that is attractive to our international partners. We are competing with the whole world so we have to be aware of where we stand,” Papazova said. And added:

“My advice to all IT professionals is to emphasise their skills and their qualifications because qualified people are always in demand.”

 

Watch the full interview HERE.

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#22 Cyber Security Talks Bulgaria – Quantum Night

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#22 Cyber Security Talks Bulgaria – Quantum Night

07.02.2024 |

Quantum computers are a technology we’ve been hearing about for years. The claims about the danger they pose to the modern cryptographic algorithms that currently support cyberspace are enough to chill the blood of any information security specialist. But do we know what quantum computing is and why it poses such a danger? When will the quantum era arrive, and will it bring the end of cryptography as we know it?

These are some of the questions that will be discussed at the next Cyber Security Talks Bulgaria – Quantum Night on February 13th.

Event schedule:

  • 18:30 – 19:00 – Registration Doors open at 18:30.
  • 19:00 – 19:05 – Opening
  • 19:05 – 19:15 – Keynote by Antivirus BG
  • 19:15 – 19:45 – What is quantum computing and why is it dangerous? Ivan Angelov – Software Developer and Quantum Computing Practitioner
  • 19:45 – 20:20 – Post-quantum cryptography and cybersecurity Eng. Yanko Spasov – IT and Information Security Consultant at “Antivirus BG” Ltd. Eng. Alexander Atanasov – General Manager, Lead Consultant at HEIC
  • 20:20 – 20:30 – Closing of the official part
  • 20:30 – 22:00 – Networking

Admission is free, but pre-registration is required.

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The best AI tools for education

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The best AI tools for education

05.02.2024 |

Most of the discussions about artificial intelligence (AI) tools are often focused on business, but there is immense potential for AI to dramatically improve our educational systems. This is one of the most effective tools that teachers can have at their disposal, often relieving them of administrative burdens. These technologies will not replace teachers but rather allow them to allocate more time to student learning.

AI is rapidly growing in the education sector and is becoming a global billion-dollar market. This rapid growth is due to its ability to transform many aspects of teaching and learning processes. AI can create engaging virtual learning environments, generate “intelligent content,” alleviate language barriers, bridge gaps between learning and teaching, create specialized plans for each student, and much more.

Many innovative companies are creating AI tools to achieve these results. Let’s look at some of the best AI tools for education:

  1. Gradescope

What is Gradescope?

Gradescope’s AI tool allows students to evaluate each other while providing feedback simultaneously, which often consumes a lot of time without AI technology. Gradescope relies on a combination of machine learning (ML) and AI for easier grading, saving time and energy.

By outsourcing these tasks to external evaluators, teachers can focus on more important tasks. Gradescope can be used by teachers to grade paper exams and online assignments, as well as to prepare projects in one place.

Here are some key features of Gradescope:

  • AI-assisted and manually grouped questions
  • Time extensions specific to students
  • Grading with AI assistance
  • Improved efficiency and fairness
2.Fetchy

Fetchy is a generative AI-based platform created specifically for teachers. It empowers teachers to unleash their full teaching potential by simplifying and streamlining the myriad tasks they face, including creating engaging lessons, generating newsletters, crafting professional emails, and more. By harnessing the power of AI, Fetchy enables teachers to enhance their teaching methods, optimize time management, and make confident and informed decisions.

Fetchy specializes in personalizing generated language to meet teachers’ requirements without requiring them to formulate complex prompts. When using Fetchy’s personalized solutions, teachers can expect tailored results that align with their specific educational needs.

  • Generate lesson plans
  • Review history from multiple perspectives
  • Find mathematical or scientific experiments
  1. Nuance

Located in Burlington, Massachusetts, Nuance provides speech recognition software that can be used by both students and teachers. The company’s Dragon Speech Recognition product can transcribe up to 160 words per minute, aiding students who have difficulty writing or typing. The tool also supports verbal commands for document navigation, which is essential for students with accessibility needs.

Dragon offers many more features, including the ability to dictate lesson plans, curriculum, worksheets, reading lists, and more at speeds three times faster than typing, all while achieving 99% accuracy.

Here are some key features of Nuance’s Dragon:

  • Accessibility features supporting verbal commands
  • Voice assessment of students’ work
  • Dictate work in class with 99% accuracy

You can find the top 10 AI tools for education here.

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OECD FORUM | SKILLS MATTER FOR BULGARIA

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OECD FORUM | SKILLS MATTER FOR BULGARIA

02.02.2024 |

Join us on February 20th, 2024, and watch live the pivotal “OECD FORUM” that marks a significant stride towards Bulgaria’s integration into the OECD – a testament to our nation’s commitment to excellence, innovation, and global collaboration.

As Bulgaria stands on the threshold of OECD accession, we are proud to present this groundbreaking event orchestrated in strategic partnership between Bulgaria and the OECD.

Why to watch?

 

  • Unparalleled Insight: Gain direct access to insights from ministers, senior OECD officials, esteemed business leaders, NGOs, and academic luminaries.
  • Future-Forward Discussions: Dive deep into the essential skills for the future, scrutinized against the backdrop of global megatrends such as demographic shifts, digital transformation, globalization, and climate change.
  • Strategic Collaboration: Witness the synergy between the Digital National Alliance, Bulgarian Diplomatic Institute, and various ministries and sectors, all converging to sculpt a unified approach to skill development.

 

OBJECTIVES

  • Identifying Skills Needs: To recognize current and future skills demands in Bulgaria, particularly in the context of global megatrends.
  • Strengthening Partnerships: To foster collaboration among government, businesses, educational institutions, and NGOs for cohesive skills development.

 

OUTCOMES

  • Increased Awareness on Bulgaria’s Skills Challenges and Opportunities: Enhanced understanding among the public, policymakers, and stakeholders about the critical role of skills in addressing demographic changes, digitalization, globalisation, and climate change. This awareness will emphasise the importance of adapting to technological advancements and evolving labour market demands, promoting a collective commitment to upskill and reskill the Bulgarian workforce.
  • Strengthened partnerships between various stakeholders for ongoing collaboration beyond the event.
Working language of the conference: BG/EN
In Collaboration With: Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Labor and Social Politics, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Innovation and Growth, and the Business Community.
Watch live HERE.
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Innovation Explorer 2024

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Innovation Explorer 2024

26.01.2024 |

For the tenth consecutive year, the annual international forum Innovation Explorer will be held in Sofiа!

 

The event is scheduled for 22nd February 2024 in John Atanasoff Hall of Sofia Tech Park. A futuristic walk through the history of Bulgarian entrepreneurship to the highest achievements in modern Bulgarian science and technology awaits you. Tickets with early registration price and reserved seats are now on sale at www.innovationexplorer.bg.

 

The organizers have planned a number of innovations in the conduct of the event itself. This year’s forum will be in a marathon event format – from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. Three stages are planned in the same hall: the stage of the past (left), the stage of the present (front) and the stage of the future (right), and the audience chairs will automatically turn to each stage when there is a speaker on it.
Find more about the speakers and AGENDA here.
Among the most important topics in the 2024 programme, the one on the development of artificial intelligence will take its place and for the first time in Bulgaria we will see DeepMind, Antrophic and OpenAI on the same stage. The panel discussions will also present the topics of innovative public policies, innovative institutions, industries and professions of the future, etc.
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Career Show | Spring 2024

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Career Show | Spring 2024

25.01.2024 |

New year, new job!

 

Career Show is back with the first event of the year that will open hundreds of new opportunities for a more successful career! ✨

Career Show – Spring will be held entirely online on March 28 and 29!
Book these two days because they could be the start of exciting new ventures!

What to expect:

  • The leading career expo entirely online
  • Opportunity to join in from anywhere in the world
  • 15-minute video meetings with top employers
  • A program of interesting topics from expert speakers
  • All in one platform, one click away

Learn more and register:
🔎 More about the event: https://careershow.bg/spring
💻 Quick and completely free registration: https://careershow.bg/register

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Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

Software Engineering

Digital Skills

Bulgarian chatbot platform with AI is launched on March 3

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Bulgarian chatbot platform with AI is launched on March 3

25.01.2024 |

ChatGPT, the globally renowned artificial intelligence chatbot platform, will soon have its Bulgarian counterpart. The entirely Bulgarian program, which is essentially the first open artificial intelligence in Bulgarian, was developed by specialists from the INSAIT research institute at Sofia University.

The program will be called BgGPT and will symbolically start working on our national holiday on March 3. This was announced by the institute at a special event in Sofia Tech Park, which was attended by Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov, Education Minister Galin Tsokov, prof. Martin Vechev, Scientific Director of INSAIT and Eng. Borislav Petrov, Executive Director of INSAIT. Official guests of the event were prof. Georgi Valchev, Rector of Sofia University “St. Rolf Ott, Chargé d’Affaires of the Swiss Confederation in Sofia.

Bulgaria is one of the few countries that develops its own similar platform in its own language, and which information stays in our country and does not depend on foreign corporations, thus showing that we can be a technological leader and not just a consumer noted prof. Martin Vechev, Scientific Director of INSAIT.

The platform will be completely open and free and is based on more than 3 billion words and phrases, with much more to come. In the beginning, priority for its use will be given to scientific and public organizations, which can sign up in advance to use it before the official release date of 3 March.

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ACADEMY FOR INNOVATION 2024

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ACADEMY FOR INNOVATION 2024

24.01.2023 |

The 11th edition of the Innovation Academy is coming up!

 

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The largest public-private educational partnership in the country between organizations from the private, academic, public, and NGO sectors will once again award the most innovative youth projects. The project is dedicated to the development of entrepreneurial skills in students and financing their first business ideas. In 2024, it will be carried out for the eleventh consecutive year in the form of a hackathon, where Bulgarian students will shape their first business projects and develop prototypes of their ideas.

Goal

The main goal of the Innovation Academy is to become an extended center for shared knowledge among universities in Bulgaria, following the model of the innovation centers of the Ivy League universities.

Historically, the project started in 2014 in partnership with one university in the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, and by 2024, it is already being conducted on a national scale, in partnership with over 15 universities and training centers and 50 partners.

The project is realized with the support of the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria.

Structure

The project is divided into 3 main modules – 1/ mentorship, 2/ lectures, 3/ presentation of ideas.

The event is free for students from all over the country, but pre-registration HERE is required.

Additional information can be found on the official website of the Innovation Academy.

 

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Digital skills for all

Digital skills in education

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Artificial Intelligence

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Unleashing the Future of Tech: The First International Olympiad in Artificial Intelligence 2024 in Bulgaria

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Unleashing the Future of Tech: The First International Olympiad in Artificial Intelligence 2024 in Bulgaria

16.01.2024 |

In the bustling city of Burgas, Bulgaria, from August 9th to 15th, 2024, history will be made with the launch of the first-ever International Olympiad in Artificial Intelligence (IOAI). This prestigious event is set to gather the brightest young minds in high school, all burning with a passion for the rapidly evolving world of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The IOAI aims to kindle this fervor and challenge these young innovators to push the boundaries of AI, shaping them into the next generation of pioneers and problem solvers.

A Unique Format: Beyond Right Answers

The IOAI distinguishes itself with a unique format, encompassing two rounds: a scientific round and a practical round. These rounds don’t just seek ‘the correct answer’ but focus on conclusion-oriented solutions. Participants will engage in designing experiments, drawing conclusions about AI’s capabilities and limitations, thereby mirroring the real-world scientific process.

The Scientific Round: A Test of Skills and Knowledge

In the scientific round, teams receive problems based on recent AI research 2 to 4 weeks before the IOAI. They must submit their solutions as working code and model outputs in Google Colab notebooks, utilizing Python. This round evaluates their basic coding skills and understanding of machine learning fundamentals. What’s unique is the “battle style” presentation at the IOAI, where teams defend their solutions against challenges from opponents, engaging in a dynamic scientific discourse.

The Practical Round: Hands-On with AI Software

The practical round, conducted entirely on-site, acquaints students with popular AI software like ChatGPT, Dalle-2, and others. This round requires teams to analyze and explain AI behavior without the need for coding. It’s a rare opportunity for students to interact with cutting-edge AI in real-time, offering insights into the practical applications of AI technology.

What IOAI Promises: Collaboration, Challenge, and Innovation

The IOAI is more than a competition; it’s a journey into the depths of AI. Participants can expect to face mind-bending challenges, collaborate with peers from around the globe, and explore their potential in this dynamic field. It’s a platform for those who dream of shaping the future with AI-driven solutions or those who wish to test their skills on a global stage.

Bulgaria: A Tradition of Hosting Olympiads

Bulgaria, known for hosting the first editions of several international Olympiads, adds the IOAI to its legacy. The choice of Burgas, a city on the Black Sea coast, as the venue, aligns with Bulgaria’s long-standing tradition of fostering intellectual competitions.

Embark on an AI Adventure

The IOAI is not just an event; it’s the beginning of a global movement in the field of AI. This Olympiad is a call to the world’s young innovators to come together, share ideas, and drive forward the future of technology. As we gear up for this groundbreaking event, the anticipation and excitement are palpable. The IOAI 2024 in Bulgaria is set to be a milestone in the journey of AI and a beacon for the young minds leading its charge.

Timeline of the  IOAI and additional details HERE.

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Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

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MentAlly

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MentAlly

20.12.2023 |

The MentAlly team earned third place in the AI&I FACTORY /// Challenge 2.0 @Plovdiv with an innovative approach to mental health.

 

During the educational hackathon held for the first time in Plovdiv, the MentAlly team stood out with their project, deserving third place amid strong competition from young entrepreneurs. Their project involves a cascading technical solution, including the creation of an API and ChatBot, aimed at supporting mental health through the selection of suitable foods and activities.

Focusing on the significant link between diet and mental well-being, MentAlly offers a unique solution that combines the latest artificial intelligence technologies and an extensive database specifically targeted at Bulgarian users. Their platform is ideal for developers seeking reliable information and for end-users such as pregnant women, mothers, teenagers, and adults who want to improve their mental health through balanced diet and activities.

MentAlly stands out with its innovation, offering not just a technological solution but also a deep understanding of the importance of diet in the context of mental health. Their approach to “you are what you eat” is not just a slogan, but a real practice that transforms food into a tool for improving mental well-being. This places MentAlly at the forefront of digital healthcare and strengthens Bulgaria’s position as an innovation center in the field of health technologies.

“AI & I FACTORY,” a joint initiative by Digital National Alliance and AI Cluster Bulgaria, recently concluded its “AI & I FACTORY CHALLENGE 2.0” in Plovdiv, marking another successful phase in its mission to expand public understanding and practical application of artificial intelligence (AI).

This project, part of a series of educational and innovative endeavors, focuses on inspiring technological experiments and inclusion, specifically targeting women and young talents in the technology and AI sectors.

The “Challenge 2.0” in Plovdiv was an intensive two-week program that gathered participants from various universities. These emerging talents delved into entrepreneurship, developing AI-based solutions with guidance from mentors and experts in fields such as business development, design thinking, software engineering, and cybersecurity.

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Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Digital Skills

RibbonsHub

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RibbonsHub

20.12.2023 |

In the latest edition of AI & I FACTORY, the RibbonsHub project deservedly took an impressive second place. This innovative startup idea, developed by a team of students, addresses the vital issue of health awareness and diagnostics in Bulgaria by introducing a pioneering platform for the collection and analysis of anonymized data. The collected data will serve both medical centers and individual patients.

RibbonsHub is a prime example of the hackathon’s focus, namely the application of artificial intelligence to improve public welfare.

We congratulate the talented RibbonsHub team and wish them great success in their cause-driven entrepreneurship journey.

“AI & I FACTORY,” a joint initiative by Digital National Alliance and AI Cluster Bulgaria, recently concluded its “AI & I FACTORY CHALLENGE 2.0” in Plovdiv, marking another successful phase in its mission to expand public understanding and practical application of artificial intelligence (AI).

This project, part of a series of educational and innovative endeavors, focuses on inspiring technological experiments and inclusion, specifically targeting women and young talents in the technology and AI sectors.

The “Challenge 2.0” in Plovdiv was an intensive two-week program that gathered participants from various universities. These emerging talents delved into entrepreneurship, developing AI-based solutions with guidance from mentors and experts in fields such as business development, design thinking, software engineering, and cybersecurity.

 

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www.digitalalliance.bg 

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Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Digital Skills

National Conference “Digital Skills for the Digital Decade”

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National Conference "Digital Skills for the Digital Decade"

20.11.2023 |

On December 7, 2023, at the 2020 Event Space, the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy organized the National Conference on “Digital Skills for the Digital Decade” during the European Year of Skills. The main goal of the forum is to provoke discussion among national and European institutions, employers and industry organizations, unions, the academic community, and youth organizations on the topic of digital transformation.

 

The focus of the conference is on individuals – their ability to adapt to changes in the labor market and the necessity of training to acquire or upgrade digital skills needed for professional realization.

 

You can find the AGENDA HERE

The conference is free to attend!

Reasons to attend:

  • To learn about labor market trends.
  • To discover opportunities for free training.
  • To participate in the discussion on digital transformation
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Digital skills for all

Digital skills for ICT professionals

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Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

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SGJ: HACKATHON 2023

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SGJ: HACKATHON 2023

20.11.2023 |

Join Sofia Game Jam 2023 for a weekend filled with creativity and fun, where students, game developers, and enthusiasts gather to create awesome games.

The hackathon is the annual 48-hour game jam aimed at bringing together people passionate about game development – from students to industry veterans, independent companies, gamers, and other enthusiasts – to create games, enhance their skills, and strengthen friendships.

 

At SGJ: HACKATHON 2023, you will be able to:

  • Create – Work in teams to design, develop, test, and create new games around a central theme that will be revealed at the beginning of the event.
  • Experiment – Explore new technological tools, try different roles in development, and test your skills.
  • Connect – Engage with the game developer community, build friendships, and get opportunities to learn from people with similar interests.

Additional information and tickets can be found at www.sofiagamejam.com.

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Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Software engineering

Digital skills

IBM TechXchange Bulgaria

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IBM TechXchange Bulgaria

17.11.2023 |

21.11.2023 – 23.11.2023

TechXchange is a cutting-edge, three-day gathering of technology innovators and enthusiasts.

 

Join the event for an insightful exploration of the latest advancements in technology where you’ll:

Gain insights from industry experts, deepening your understanding of Data and AI, Automation, Security, Sustainability, Cloud, Infrastructure and Quantum

Participate in hands-on workshops to refine your skills and learn practical tips.

Network with fellow technical professionals, fostering valuable connections.

Stay up-to-date with the latest trends and innovations in IBM Software and Hardware Products

Find more about the opening key notes speakers and the agenda HERE

REGISTER

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Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Software engineering

Digital skills

The second edition of AI & I FACTORY: Challenge 2.0 has started

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The second edition of AI & I FACTORY: Challenge 2.0 has started

15.11.2023 |

The second edition of AI & I FACTORY: Challenge 2.0 is already in full swing after an exciting opening in Plovdiv.

The educational initiative, organized by the Digital National Alliance and AI Cluster Bulgaria, in partnership with the America for Bulgaria Foundation, aims to meet the leaders of tomorrow with the startup culture and the vast possibilities of artificial intelligence.

For two weeks, participants from different universities in Plovdiv will dive into the world of entrepreneurship, creating their own AI-based solutions with the help of mentors, experts in areas such as business development, design thinking, software engineering, cybersecurity and more.

The thematic areas in which students will work are:

  • Health and Life Sciences
  • Food technology
  • Agriculture
  • Industrial systems

Six teams have accepted the challenge and on 27 November in Plovdiv will face an expert jury, presenting their start-up ideas. Join us at NETWORKING Premium Coworking Spaces (PLOVDIV) for an entrepreneurial evening show.

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Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Software engineering

Digital skills

Powers Summit 2023: “Building Bulgaria’s Future through Collective Intelligence and Dialogue”

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Powers Summit 2023: "Building Bulgaria's Future through Collective Intelligence and Dialogue"

08.11.2023 |

The third edition of Powers Summit took place on November 7, 2023, at Sofia Tech Park. It gathered leaders of parliamentary political groups and their teams, along with executive government representatives, to find real-time solutions to key issues in dialogue with industry, civil society, and academia.

For the first time, the Powers Summit began with new “Prime Minister’s Session” and “Ministerial Sessions,” featuring the Prime Minister, Acad. Denkov, followed by the participation of the Finance Minister Asen Vassilev and ministers of energy, economy, education, healthcare, agriculture, and other high-ranking government officials.

This year’s “Bulgarian Davos” focused on healthcare, energy, sustainable development, and Brand Bulgaria – entrepreneurship, investments, and education.

Key priorities presented by industry organizations to the authorities can be found here.

The closing of Powers Summit 2023 was done by Vasil Terziev, who discussed Sofia 2027 with Dr. Plamen Russev, sharing his vision of the capital after the end of his first term.

In response to what he wants the brand of Sofia to be in four years, Mr. Terziev said that Sofia would become a city of great opportunities, a foundation for realizing dreams, and a beautiful environment for everyone to live and develop.

Watch the entire recorded program, divided by panels.

Powers Summit is co-organized by Webit Foundation and Digital National Coalition in partnership with all major representative organizations in Bulgaria’s industry, employers’ organizations, industry chambers, think tanks, and NGOs. Powers Summit has the media support of all leading media in the country. Strategic media partner – Nova TV

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AI & I FACTORY /// CHALLANGE 2.0 @PLOVDIV

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AI & I FACTORY /// CHALLANGE 2.0 @PLOVDIV

07.11.2023 |

GENERAL CONCEPT

AI & I FACTORY is a pioneering joint initiative led by the Digital National Alliance in collaboration with AI Cluster Bulgaria. The main goal of the project is to deepen society’s understanding of the key role and transformational potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in everyday life. It aims to inspire experimentation in the technology sphere while actively promoting inclusion, attracting more women and young talents to embark on enriching journeys in the technology and AI sectors.

The initiative serves as a hub where experts, scholars, and budding talents from various fields gather. Through an interesting spectrum of activities, including educational seminars, workshops, hackathons, training camps, and networking events, AI & I FACTORY creates an environment for in-depth research and collaborative learning.

Our focus is on educating a generation of innovative minds, prepared to manage the course of tomorrow’s technological landscape. Furthermore, we are committed to promoting a technology industry that supports diversity and gender inclusion, ensuring a balanced and vibrant AI ecosystem.

CHALLENGE 2.0 @Plovdiv | 13-27 November 2023

A two-week free hybrid educational program that brings together students from various universities in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, to explore, practice, and work collaboratively under the guidance of experts from the business and industry to develop AI-based solutions to predefined challenges.

Key Dates

– 10 November – Registration form closure

– 13 November – Opening ceremony

– 14 November – Visit to technical laboratories

– 15-26 November – Hackathon (online)

– 27 November – Personal presentation (pitching) and award ceremony

 

More information and registration at https://linktr.ee/challenges.aifactory

Participation is completely free.

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Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

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DO COMPANIES TRUST WHITE HAT HACKERS?

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DO COMPANIES TRUST WHITE HAT HACKERS?

20.10.2023 |

60% of white hackers view hacking as a career, and 61% are involved in learning and developing hacking tools with generative AI

 

A new report from HackerOne reveals that enterprises still view white-hat hackers with suspicion, even though they play a vital role in ensuring cyber security. The report states that 52% of cybersecurity professionals would rather accept the existence of undiscovered vulnerabilities than work with hackers. Furthermore, 60% of professionals believe that ethical hackers cannot be fully trusted. The lack of a clear channel for organizations to disclose vulnerabilities is cited as a major reason why hackers do not report the vulnerabilities they discover.

However, companies that follow best practices for disclosing security flaws benefit from collaborating with white hat hackers. Three-quarters of HackerOne customers say hackers have helped them avoid significant cybersecurity incidents. With the average cost of a data breach reaching $4.45 million, accepting the existence of vulnerabilities and allowing ethical hackers to test systems can build trust with customers and stakeholders and reduce the likelihood of costly security breaches.

Despite the challenges, hacking as a profession continues to gain popularity. The report states that 60% of hackers consider hacking a career, up from 41% the previous year. Additionally, 61% are involved in learning and developing hacking tools with generative artificial intelligence to more effectively uncover vulnerabilities.

Chris Evans, chief information security officer at HackerOne, says that while cybercriminals are causing significant damage, the majority of individuals engaging in hacking are law-abiding citizens seeking to make the Internet safer and earn a living. It is critical for organizations to overcome the stigma associated with hackers and provide clear channels for disclosing vulnerabilities. This will enable collaboration between white-hat hackers and companies, leading to improved cybersecurity measures.

In conclusion, despite the growing risks in the digital space, enterprises still view white hat hackers with suspicion. The lack of trust between organisations and hackers prevents companies from obtaining important information and exposes them to more risks. However, companies that follow vulnerability disclosure best practices benefit from collaborating with ethical hackers. Hacking as a profession continues to evolve, with hackers dedicating themselves to further developing their skills. It is essential that organisations bridge the trust gap and establish clear channels for vulnerability disclosure to improve cyber security measures overall.

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HALF OF TODAY’S JOB SKILLS WILL NOT BE RELEVANT IN JUST 2 YEARS

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HALF OF TODAY'S JOB SKILLS WILL NOT BE RELEVANT IN JUST 2 YEARS

19.10.2023 |

Many companies claim to be using AI, but most are still in the early stages of deployment

 

According to a recent study conducted by edX, nearly half of the skills that today’s employees possess will not be relevant in just two years. This prediction is based on the opinions of 800 managers and 800 employees. The executives surveyed believe that 49% of the skills their managed employees currently possess will be obsolete by 2025. Additionally, 47% of these executives do not believe their employees are sufficiently prepared for the future workplace.

This finding isn’t surprising from an education platform provider, but what stands out is the short time horizon for skills obsolescence. Executives participating in the survey also believe that over the next five years, more than half (56%) of core knowledge worker roles will be eliminated due to the rapid adoption of artificial intelligence.

According to the survey, 79% of executives believe entry-level jobs will cease to exist as AI technology creates new roles for employees. Additionally, 56% of respondents believe their own jobs will be fully or partially replaced by AI. However, some industry leaders are skeptical of these predictions, suggesting that the immediate impact of AI on career goals will be minimal.

Richard Jefts, CEO at HCL Software, believes AI will redefine jobs and career prospects, but the exact impact on employees and their duties is uncertain. Frederico Braga, head of digital at Debiopharm, adds that it is difficult to predict when and where this shift will occur. The full impact of AI on the workforce remains to be seen, with opinions varying on the extent of its impact.

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Basic digital skills

FINDING A TECH JOB IS STILL A NIGHTMARE

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FINDING A TECH JOB IS STILL A NIGHTMARE

18.10.2023 |

Tech companies have laid off more than 400,000 people in the past two years. Competition for the jobs that remain is getting more and more desperate.

 

The tech industry has experienced a significant downturn in the past year, with over 400,000 job losses reported in 2022 and 2023, according to Layoffs.fyi. This has created a challenging job market for tech professionals, who are now competing for fewer positions with lower wages and limited opportunities for promotion. The IT sector has lost about 2.5% of its jobs in the past year, leading to increased job insecurity and longer tenures in current roles.

Major tech companies, including Meta, Google, and Amazon, have implemented extensive job cuts and hiring freezes. Although some laid-off workers have been rehired, such cases are rare and do not significantly offset the overall job losses. The layoffs are a consequence of the rapid growth experienced in 2020, when companies hired more employees than they could sustain.

The continuous decline in the tech job market has sparked anxiety among job seekers, prompting them to be more assertive in their search. This was evident at the Grace Hopper Celebration, an annual conference and career fair for women and nonbinary tech workers, where men flocked to the job fair in large numbers. The desperation to secure employment was palpable, with attendees running to the fair while being urged to slow down by event staff.

The tough job market has taken a toll on individuals like Carrie Groszewski, a computer science and economics student at Vanderbilt University. Despite following the recommended advice to gain experience through personal projects, internships, and club involvement, Groszewski feels discouraged as she approaches graduation without a job offer. Similarly, Nia McSwain, who hopes to transition from the hospitality sector to technology as a project manager, spends hours each day applying for approximately 40 positions. Although their efforts yield some interviews, securing a role remains challenging.

Tech professionals like full stack engineer Philip John Basil have been actively networking through platforms like LinkedIn and Discord in hopes of securing a contract. While he has had numerous interviews, he has yet to secure a position. The highly competitive job market has heightened job seekers’ determination and reliance on networking to increase their chances of finding employment.

Overall, the tech industry is facing a difficult job market characterized by job losses, hiring freezes, and increased competition for fewer positions. Job seekers are grappling with longer tenures in current roles, limited promotion opportunities, and lower wages in certain sectors. The desperation to secure employment has been evident at career fairs and conferences, with individuals going to great lengths to stand out among the competition. Despite their efforts, many remain discouraged and uncertain about their future in the industry.

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Basic Digital Skills

FILMS AS THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF DIGITAL HUMANISM: ARS Kino’s good practice

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FILMS AS THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF DIGITAL HUMANISM: ARS Kino's good practice

17.10.2023 |

Films, with their captivating narratives and compelling characters, have always been a powerful medium for teaching important life lessons. However, the significance of cinema extends far beyond mere entertainment. Films are, in fact, potent vehicles for imparting foundational societal values, especially in an age where digital technology has become an integral part of our lives. ARS Kino, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of film education for children, understands the immense potential of cinema in teaching youngsters the values that underpin digital humanism. In a remarkable journey to the Giffoni Macedonia Youth Film Festival, ARS Kino continued its mission of using film as a tool for nurturing the hearts and minds of young individuals.

For the sixth consecutive year, ARS Kino had the privilege of participating in the Giffoni Macedonia Youth Film Festival, a celebration of the magic that cinema weaves in the minds of children and young people. The festival, known for its dedication to promoting cultural growth and multicultural communication, provided the perfect platform for ARS Kino to showcase the profound impact of films on the development of children and youth.

Stephanie Velichkova, the Chairperson of ARS Kino, played a pivotal role in the festival. She engaged in an in-depth conversation within the EPYC Project, an initiative focused on interactive education and the use of film as a tool to teach values. Stephanie emphasized the significance of fostering emotional intelligence, compassion, creativity, love, and peace through the medium of cinema. Her insights shed light on how films can serve as a vehicle to instill these values in young minds, creating a generation of emotionally intelligent and open-hearted citizens.

But ARS Kino’s involvement didn’t stop there. They had the honor of selecting two remarkable children over the age of 16 to join the international jury at the festival. This unique opportunity allowed these young participants to be warmly welcomed by local families and engage in an incredible cultural exchange. Such experiences go a long way in promoting cross-cultural understanding, breaking down barriers, and fostering friendships that transcend borders.

ARS Kino’s belief in the vital role of cinema in the cultural growth of children and youth is underlined by their mission: to enable young individuals to critically appreciate film art and embrace it as a direct path to becoming emotionally intelligent, open, and peaceful citizens of the world. The Giffoni Macedonia Youth Film Festival aligns perfectly with this mission, making it an essential part of ARS Kino’s annual calendar.

The heart of this journey lies in the recognition of films as powerful vehicles for teaching youngsters the foundational societal values that underpin digital humanism. Through compelling narratives and relatable characters, films offer an engaging and accessible platform for imparting values that are crucial for navigating the digital age responsibly and ethically.

Here are some of the key societal values central to digital humanism that are effectively conveyed through cinema:

  1. Respect for Others: Films illustrate the importance of treating others with respect, both in physical and digital spaces. Characters who display empathy, kindness, and consideration in their online interactions serve as role models for youngsters, illustrating the value of respectful communication and behavior.
  2. Privacy and Consent: Youngsters learn about the fundamental rights of privacy and informed consent as they watch characters grapple with issues of personal data, surveillance, and boundaries. These narratives emphasize the significance of respecting individuals’ privacy and obtaining consent before sharing personal information.
  3. Inclusivity and Diversity: Films celebrate diversity and inclusivity, teaching youngsters to appreciate the richness of different backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives. These stories promote the idea that digital spaces should be welcoming and respectful of all, fostering a sense of belonging and unity.
  4. Responsibility and Accountability: Characters in films often face the consequences of their actions, whether in the physical or digital world. These stories underscore the importance of taking responsibility for one’s behavior and understanding that digital actions can have real-world implications.
  5. Critical Thinking and Digital Literacy: Films can inspire critical thinking by showcasing characters who use their intellect and digital literacy to decipher fact from fiction, identify misinformation, and make informed decisions online. This encourages youngsters to develop their analytical skills and become discerning consumers of digital content.
  6. Social Justice and Activism: Movies featuring young activists using digital platforms for social justice causes demonstrate the potential for digital tools to effect positive change. These narratives inspire youngsters to become engaged citizens who use technology to advocate for equality and justice.
  7. Mental and Emotional Well-Being: Films shed light on the importance of digital well-being and balance in the digital age. Characters who grapple with the consequences of digital addiction or unhealthy online behavior encourage youngsters to prioritize their mental and emotional well-being while navigating the digital landscape.

In summary, films offer a captivating and relatable way for youngsters to absorb and internalize the societal values that serve as the foundation of digital humanism. These values, when learned through the cinematic medium, help shape young minds to become responsible, empathetic, and ethical digital citizens who contribute positively to the digital world while respecting human dignity and well-being.

ARS Kino’s participation in the Giffoni Macedonia Youth Film Festival underscores the organization’s dedication to this mission. They believe that by promoting the values of digital humanism through cinema, they are not only nurturing the cultural growth of children and youth but also fostering a generation of responsible, compassionate, and empathetic citizens who will positively influence the digital world. Through their tireless efforts, ARS Kino continues to pave the way for a brighter and more harmonious future, where the magic of cinema becomes a guiding light for the next generation.

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Events

Risk-Aware Fintech Product Development

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Risk-Aware Fintech Product Development

20.05.2024 |

Come join us for an exciting event focused on fintech product development with a keen eye on managing risks.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out, this event will provide valuable insights and strategies to navigate the ever-evolving fintech landscape. Mark your calendars and don’t miss out!

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www.digitalalliance.bg 

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Digital skills for all

Digital technology

AI

Cybersecurity

Date

22.05.2024

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Free event

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ul. “William Gladstone” 8 Sofia

Interest Rate Hacking Webinar

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Interest Rate Hacking Webinar

20.05.2024 |

Are high interest rates keeping you from buying a home? What if you can take an entire point off current rates!?

Well, you can. Thanks to a new mortgage company, chat mtg, you can buy pass the lending middlemen and get a huge discount on your interest rate. You have the opportunity to look under the hood of chat mtg, get pre-approved, and secure a mortgage before anyone else.

Join us and chat mtg founder, Adam Kalamchi to learn what the big lenders don’t want you to know.

We are actively helping people hack the housing system in The Bay.

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12.06.2024

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DIGITALK CONFERENCE+AI

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DIGITALK CONFERENCE+AI

05.04.2024 |

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Significant innovations and the exponential adoption of breakthrough technology will keep deeply transforming how we live and do business at all levels. We are witnessing a tectonic shift that changes everything and forever.
Digitalk 2024 will guide you throughout the complex matrix of the future, showcasing on its stage people and technologies that are shaping our tomorrow.

  • 1 DAY FULL OF VALUABLE CONTENT
  • 40+ SPEAKERS
  • 800+ ATTENDEES
  • UNLIMITED ON DEMAND RESOURCES

KEY TOPICS

  • The age of AI: commercialisation and impact across industries
  • How can humans and machines work together
  • New technology ecosystems, big data and cloud platforms
  • Redefining imagination and creativity within tech
  • Sustainable and clean technologies, future-proof startups
  • Perspectives ahead of VC market in 2024
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14.05.2024

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AI Industrial Summit 2024

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AI Industrial Summit 2024

01.04.2024 |

About this event:

AI Industrial Summit 2024 is a community event that will take place on Saturday, September 14, 2024, for the seventh time in Bulgaria.

After the successful IoT Bulgaria Summit 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, we decided to do our best and organize the Fifth edition of the conference in 2022, extending the content also with AI and changing the name to AI and IoT Bulgaria Summit.

The conference is now called AI Industrial Summit because the focus is mostly on industrial automation.

It is a one-day in-person event focused on Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Internet of Things.

The conference will be hosted at the Laboratory Complex@ Sofia Tech Park. Stay in touch with the latest news.

Our team is working on the preliminary schedule.

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Date

14.09.2024

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Laboratory Complex @ Sofia Tech Park, Sofia Tech Park, 111B, Tsarigradsko Shousse Blvd, 1784 Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria

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SERP Conf. International 2024

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SERP Conf. International 2024

01.04.2024 |

About this event:

More than 700 guests from 4 continents are expected to gather for SERP Conf. 2024. The conference, which is now international, is one of the most recognizable events for the SEO community.

“The event is two days now. The great interest motivates us to increase the capacity of the hall by more than 50% and the tickets offered – we expect more than 700 people in Hall 3 of the NDK. The place we have chosen to be the home of SERP Conf. International 2024 – the National Palace of Culture – symbolizes growth, development, and great goals. We believe it is time for the next step”, commented Nikola Minkov, CEO and founder of SerpactSERP Conf. and SERP Acad., and CEO and co-founder of Trackian.

During the two days of the conference, visitors will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and benefit from the personal experience of top speakers from leading companies such as Google, Ahrefs, Digital Olympus, Growth Skills, and more.

Gary Illyes: He is one of the most recognizable names associated with Google in recent months. According to his job description, he is a Google Webmaster Trends Analyst, but according to his posts on social, he is also House Elf and Chief of Sunshine and Happiness at Google. He is one of the world’s most influential SEO experts and a frequent keynote speaker at conferences such as SMX and Pubcon. We are incredibly pleased to welcome him to SERP Conf. 2024

Dixon Jones: He is a true SEO veteran – working on the front lines since 1999 and currently the CEO of InLinks, an SEO tool built around subjects and semantic search. His project InLinks won the “Search Technology of the Year” award and is developing as a leading technology for entity SEO. Dixon has been a speaker at many conferences and universities, including Pubcon, Brighton SEO, SES, and SMX.

Patrick Stokes: Patrick Stokes is a product consultant, technical SEO, and Ahrefs ambassador, organizer of the Raleigh SEO Meetup, the most successful SEO meetup in the US, as well as the “Beer and SEO” meetup. He is a leading SEO author of Web Almanac 2021 and SEO reviewer for 2022. He is also a top speaker at conferences such as SMX, Pubcon, Ungagged, TechSEO Boost, and more, and he chairs the Raleigh SEO conference.

Alexandra Tachalova: CEO and Founder of Digital Olympus Alexandra is one of the most recognizable names in the SEO industry. After successfully leading Semrush’s marketing department for EMEA for several years, she started her own company. Now, she aims to help businesses boost their organic traffic through effective link-building strategies. Digital Olympus collaborates with Seract on various projects.

The event will be entirely in English, and the organizers promise that each guest will leave with new competencies that can be immediately applied in their practice – on topics such as SEO, SEM, content marketing, social network management, e-commerce, and AI. The second day of the conference is expected to be in partnership with Xplora Digital Marketing Agency.

“One of the reasons I am a speaker on April 18 and 19 in Sofia is that I understand the importance and significance of the conference for the development of the SEO ecosystem, and therefore of the online business as a whole,” shares Lavall Chichester, founder and CEO of Growth Skills and speaker at SERP Conf. 2024. “I am glad to be able to share my first-hand experience of working with international companies such as Apple, Seamless AI, MoneyLion, Western Union, etc., in search engine optimization, digital marketing, branding, and entrepreneurship.”

And this year, behind the conference stand SU “St. Kliment Ohridski,” Bulgarian E-commerce Association, BIA, and Ecommerce Europe, as well as local partners from various countries, including Poland, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, etc.

“For the fourth year in a row, the Bulgarian E-commerce Association (BEA) is a partner of SERP Conf. – the benchmark event for SEO, e-commerce, and digital marketing: conference, exhibition, and networking with elite professionals from around the world. The conference is an opportunity for online businesses and entrepreneurs to take their business to the next level, as well as an opportunity to build international partnerships. The support of SERP Conf. 2024 by Ecommerce Europe and the industrial e-commerce partners in Europe is a sign of the high added value of the event for the industry, which realizes 975 billion euros in 2023, constituting 4.68% of the GDP of the Old World”, says Janet Naidenova, Chairman of BEA.

SERP Conf. 2023 was held in October 2023 with speakers from 3 continents and guests from 25 countries, including Japan, Israel, Canada, Georgia, China, Scotland, etc. According to the organizers, 31% of the visitors were from top management or held other managerial positions at various companies. Because tickets were sold out well before the deadline, additional seats were released – 109.5% of those announced initially were sold.

Hurry and reserve your ticket for SERP Conf.2024 here: https://serpconf.com/product/serp-conf-2024/

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18-19 April 2024

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National Palace of Culture (NDK), Hall 3, 1463 Sofia

DataCon Sofia 2024

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DataCon Sofia 2024

01.04.2024 |

About:
Are you ready to shape your own future? 🤩
Dive into the world of Big Data & Artificial Intelligence on an epic journey – DataCon Sofia 2024!

❌ Don’t miss the chance to learn from the best! ❌𝐔𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐡𝐢𝐝𝐝𝐞𝐧 𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐡𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬:
👉 Master self-service BI and unleash the power of Machine Learning
👉 Navigate AI ethics and explore the latest data regulations
👉 Learn from industry leaders like Ab Initio, Snowflake and Schwarz IT

𝑻𝒘𝒐 𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒑𝒂𝒄𝒌𝒆𝒅 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒔:

1️⃣ 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟏: 𝐁𝐢𝐠 𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐚 𝐃𝐞𝐦𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐝
👉 Self-service BI & data-driven decision making
👉 Transforming raw data into business impact with AI
👉Data Strategy & Data Governance panel discussion led by Paul Winsor (Snowflake)

2️⃣ 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟐: 𝐄𝐱𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐀𝐈 𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐩𝐞
👉 Advancing AI: New ML & Gen AI capabilities in Snowflake
👉 How information became the center of the universe (with Davey Proctor, Ab Initio)
👉 AI Ethics & AI Regulations panel discussion led by Dr. Andreas Becks (Ab Initio)

💥 Unmissable!

🎫 Visit https://planet.schwarz/en/datacon2024 for more information, speaker details, and to sign up for a Test Drive with our partners!

#DataScience #AI #MachineLearning #BigData #Sofia #Conference #Event #DataCon

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10-11 April 2024

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Planet Schwarz Tech Theater, 51 “Cherni Vrah” bvd; HLADILNIKA Industrial Zone,Sofia, Bulgaria

Introduction to AI & Solutions with Azure OpenAI Server

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Introduction to AI & Solutions with Azure OpenAI Server

26.03.2024 |

Join us for an exclusive online training – “Introduction to AI & Solutions with Azure OpenAI Service”.

We have prepared a comprehensive free training designed to introduce you to the transformative world of Artificial Intelligence (AI), leveraging the powerful Azure OpenAI Service.

The course is suitable for professionals, students, and anyone eager to explore the possibilities AI and Azure OpenAI Service can bring to various industries. Whether you’re looking to upskill, transition into an AI-focused role, or simply satisfy your curiosity about AI, this fundamentals training is tailored for you.
Delivered in Bulgarian and completely free of charge you can now benefit from the expertise of our skillful instructors.

💻 Agenda
9:30 – 9:45 – Opening
Kickstart your AI journey with a warm welcome and an overview of the learning path that awaits you in this training session.
9:45 – 10:45 – Introduction to AI
Benefits & limitations of LLMs, mitigation of biases and AI hallucination, adherence to ethical AI principles and crafting precise prompts.
10:45 – 11:00 – Break
11:00 – 11:45 – Fundamentals of AzureAI
Introduction to Azure OpenAI Services, applying prompt engineering and how to use your data inn Azure OpenAI + Demo
11:45 – 12:00 – Q&A
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28.03.2024

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European regulation of AI

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European regulation of AI

13.03.2024 |

Digital democracy: artificial intelligence and fundamental rights

 

The event will take place on March 26, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the House of Europe in Sofia. The discussion is organized by the European Parliament Liaison Office in Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law. Special guests will be Bulgarian Members of the European Parliament. The discussion will be led by journalists Dorotea Dachkova and Silvia Velikova.

The goal of the event is to discuss the various aspects related to the adoption and implementation of the Artificial Intelligence Act, the next steps for European institutions and member states, potential measures, and best practices that could provide greater assurances at the local level. Special attention will be given to the European elections and the risks associated with the use of new artificial intelligence technologies for the right to expression and information during elections.

To participate in the event, please register by 12:00 PM on March 25, 2024, by filling out the form HERE.

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Global AI BootCamp Bulgaria 2024

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Global AI BootCamp Bulgaria 2024

12.03.2024 |

Global AI Bootcamp Bulgaria 2024 This will be a half-day hybrid event on Microsoft AI technologies.

The Global AI Bootcamp is a free one-day event organized by local communities all over the world that are passionate about Artificial Intelligence on the Microsoft stack.

 

The event takes place on the 1st-31st of March on venues all over the world centrally organized by our HQ in the Netherlands and supported by Microsoft. The event is the perfect balance between quality content, awesome lectures, getting your hands dirty and learn & share with other community members.

Dive in and learn how to implement intelligence into your solutions with the Microsoft AI platform, including pre-trained AI services like Cognitive Services and Bot Framework, as well as deep learning tools like Azure Machine Learning, Visual Studio Code Tools for AI, and Cognitive Toolkit.

During this AI Bootcamp you will get inspired through sessions and get your hands dirty during the workshops. By the end of the day you will be able to infuse AI into your applications.

In Bulgaria Global AI Bootcamp 2024 will be held in person on 30 of March.

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30/03/2024

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Financial Summit: Investment, Technology, Innovation

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Financial Summit: Investment, Technology, Innovation

12.03.2024 |

THE EVENT

Financial services industry is navigating challenging times. Macroeconomic uncertainty, ongoing geopolitical tensions, greater regulatory pressure and evolving consumer expectations are changing the landscape of the entire sector.

The exponential adoption of generative AI, transition to the cloud, open finance and increased fraud and cyber risks, are catalyzing the creation of new products and strategies that could set the stage for a new era.

Financial Summit is a logical step forward following the evolving market and will continue the tradition of FinTech Forum to provide insightful content and quality networking within the financial industry.

CONTENT STREAMS

  • Banking
  • FinTech
  • Insurtech
  • Cutting edge technologies and AI
  • Capital Markets, PE, VC, Factoring
  • Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, Digital currencies, Tokenization
  • Investment Trends

PRELIMINARY TOPICS

  • The Financial Industry within the Geopolitical Dynamics and Macroeconomic Perspectives
  • What’s next for the banking sector amid global uncertainty, technological revolution and fundamental challenges
  • Bulgaria’s Investment landscape: New Instruments and opportunities supporting companies’ growth and fostering innovation
  • Cutting edge technologies and AI shaping the future of financial services
  • Sustainable Finance
  • Consumer expectations and customer experience
  • Capital Markets prospects and alternative ways of finance
  • CyberSecurity аnd Fraud Detection
  • Digital and Cryptocurrencies

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26/03/2024

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jPrime 2024

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jPrime 2024

12.03.2024 |

jPrime is a conference with talks on Java, various languages on the JVM, mobile, web and best practices.

It’s run by the Bulgarian Java User Group and backed by the biggest companies in the country.

jPrime features a combination of great international speakers along with the best presenters from Bulgaria and the Balkans. It is divided in two tracks and provides great opportunities for learning, hacking, networking and fun.

You can find the AGENDA and Speakers HERE.

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28/05/2024 – 29/05/2024

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Hack TUES X

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Hack TUES X

05.03.2024 |

The tenth anniversary edition of the student hackathon Hack TUES, organized by the students of the capital’s Technological School “Electronic Systems” (TUES) at the Technical University – Sofia, will be held from March 13 to 16, 2024.

Hack TUES is a competition where teams have less than three days to create an original software or hardware project on a topic given by the organizers, using any technology.

The hackathon is the only educational practice in Bulgaria included among the innovative and promising practices by UNESCO for Technical and Vocational Education and Training. The 2023 edition of the event saw participation from over 280 participants in more than 60 teams. This year, the anniversary event will offer participation opportunities to graduates from all TUES classes.

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13 – 16/03/2024

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Why Are UGC & Content Creators Key to Success in 2024?

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Why Are UGC & Content Creators Key to Success in 2024?

01.03.2024|

[WEBINAR] Why Are UGC & Content Creators Key to Success in 2024

Join us for an exciting online event where we’ll delve into the future of the creator economy.

Dive into the transformative power of User-Generated Content (UGC) and gain valuable insights from industry experts. Whether you’re a marketer, business owner, or content creator yourself, this webinar is a must-attend!

We will showcase successful and failed influencer collaborations, explore how UGC is reshaping brand-creator relationships and discuss strategies for integrating creators into your advertising to boost sales.

This online event will be hosted by two industry experts with +15 years of experience:

Paul Boulet / CEO at Click Analytic

  • Expert in influencer marketing and former speaker at The University of Neuchâtel.
  • Managed global influencer programs for DTC brands.
  • Recently developed an AI tool for automating creator relations at Click Analytic.

Jess Jasper / Head of Partnerships at The Growth Foundation

  • Leading the way at one of the UK’s top DTC agencies
  • Managed hundreds of influencer campaigns for top brands like GymShark & Bulk.
  • Boosted growth for many multimillion-dollar brands.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to stay ahead of the curve and learn how to leverage UGCs to boost your brand’s success. Reserve your spot now!

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07.03.2024

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Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI)

01.03.2024|

Learn the history of AI and how to harness its power in your daily life and business. See AI at work firsthand in this free workshop!

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence:

Join us for an exciting online event that will demystify the world of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Whether you’re a tech enthusiast or just curious about AI, this event is perfect for you! Our expert speakers will break down complex concepts into bite-sized pieces, making it easy for everyone to understand.

Why Attend?

  • Learn the Basics: Get a comprehensive introduction to AI and understand its real-world applications.
  • Discover Cutting-Edge Technologies: Explore the latest advancements in AI and how they are shaping various industries.
  • Engage with Experts: Interact with industry professionals and gain insights into the future of AI.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for AI.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to dive into the fascinating world of AI. Register now and get ready to expand your knowledge!

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07.03.2024

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HELLO SPACE | BULGARIA CALLING 4.0

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HELLO SPACE | BULGARIA CALLING 4.0

01.03.2024 |

The fourth edition of the youth science festival “HELLO SPACE, Bulgaria Calling” returns on June 25 in Sofia Tech Park under the patronage of the Ministry of Education and Science. 

The festival maintains its focus on space exploration and STEAM fields and continues to be an inspiring educational event for children of all ages, their parents and teachers.

This year, HELLO SPACE will once again be filled with a variety of activities to spark imaginations and dreams of exploring the universe and beyond. We have prepared a myriad of amazing activities for young and old, including a live chat with a NASA astronaut, fascinating science workshops, interactive exhibitions, thought-provoking lectures and engaging demonstrations.

This year’s edition will also focus more on the A in STEAM, namely ARTS, with the programme featuring a host of artistic activities including virtual reality and image generation workshops through artificial intelligence, painting, exhibitions and much more. All this to open the eyes of Bulgaria’s children to art and aesthetics, which play a vital role in every field, including space science.

As we prepare for our fourth edition, we are aiming for an even more remarkable event that will bring together educators, industry professionals, scientific experts and most of all – the future generation of innovators, astronauts, Nobel laureates and dreamers!

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25.06.2024

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#22 Cyber Security Talks Bulgaria – Quantum Night

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#22 Cyber Security Talks Bulgaria – Quantum Night

07.02.2024 |

Quantum computers are a technology we’ve been hearing about for years. The claims about the danger they pose to the modern cryptographic algorithms that currently support cyberspace are enough to chill the blood of any information security specialist. But do we know what quantum computing is and why it poses such a danger? When will the quantum era arrive, and will it bring the end of cryptography as we know it?

These are some of the questions that will be discussed at the next Cyber Security Talks Bulgaria – Quantum Night on February 13th.

Event schedule:

  • 18:30 – 19:00 – Registration Doors open at 18:30.
  • 19:00 – 19:05 – Opening
  • 19:05 – 19:15 – Keynote by Antivirus BG
  • 19:15 – 19:45 – What is quantum computing and why is it dangerous? Ivan Angelov – Software Developer and Quantum Computing Practitioner
  • 19:45 – 20:20 – Post-quantum cryptography and cybersecurity Eng. Yanko Spasov – IT and Information Security Consultant at “Antivirus BG” Ltd. Eng. Alexander Atanasov – General Manager, Lead Consultant at HEIC
  • 20:20 – 20:30 – Closing of the official part
  • 20:30 – 22:00 – Networking

Admission is free, but pre-registration is required.

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13/02/2024

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