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COHERENT SOLUTIONS’ INNOVATIVE SUMMER SCHOOL FOR TEENS GOES GLOBAL

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COHERENT SOLUTIONS' INNOVATIVE SUMMER SCHOOL FOR TEENS GOES GLOBAL

15.10.2023 |

Java is becoming an increasingly common language among the younger generation. But it is not the easiest to learn. Coherent Solutions has a solution.

 

Coherent Solutions is an international organisation with a long tradition in the IT sector. Among them is the Java summer school for teenagers. This innovative initiative is designed for the children of the company’s working experts and aims to encourage the discovery of young talent with an affinity for IT sciences. The school not only reflects Coherent Solutions’ dedication to supporting the next generation of technology enthusiasts, but also demonstrates the company’s pioneering spirit in creating opportunities that extend far beyond the corporate landscape.

The genesis of the idea

Seven years ago, employees at Coherent Solutions in Belarus were thinking about how to support their children and introduce them to the IT industry. This is how the idea of a summer school was born, where children are introduced to programming and the work of a programmer. Initially, the summer school was organized only in Belarus and included training in .NET, Front-end and Java.

This year, however, the summer school will be global and include children from more than one country. Besides the children, even the professional programmers from Coherent Solutions are showing interest and support for the initiative. Each year a survey is conducted to gauge the opinions of parents and children, which helps to continuously develop and improve the summer school program. The reception and growth in the number of participants each year has been particularly admirable.

The main objective

Coherent Solutions’ courses are designed for teenagers aged 14 to 17 and aim to introduce them to the programming profession. Participants learn about the industry and have the opportunity to start a career at Coherent Solutions as an intern or junior programmer. The course includes individual assignments that gradually progress to team projects, offering valuable experience in collaborative code writing and teamwork.

Furthermore, the main priority is to achieve a career orientation for the children and create mutual understanding. The long-term goal of Coherent Solutions is to promote the IT industry and educate a new generation of technology professionals, which in turn leads to a more sustainable development of the company.

The future is global

The future edition of this initiative is called “Global Summer School” and will now cover even more technologies and programming languages. Publications related to .NET, front-end, databases, algorithms and more are planned. Each year the focus will be different, and the trainings will be held in both English and Russian.

“In the coming years we plan to continue with this initiative and launch similar schools in different areas. It is important to give young people the opportunity to try out different programming languages and related technologies. It is strategically important for us to keep the young generation interested in learning and development,” concludes Oleg.

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WHAT IS THE NEW FACE OF DESIGN SYSTEMS?

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WHAT IS THE NEW FACE OF DESIGN SYSTEMS?

14.10.2023 |

Companies are looking for solutions that guarantee speed, efficiency and automation, especially in CAD/CAM areas.

 

Technological trends

Three key trends are emerging in design software. The first is the use of cloud services that enhance collaboration and allow access from any device and location. These services provide large computational and storage capacity, enabling complex and large-scale simulations and tests.

The second trend is the introduction of additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3D printing, which enables the creation of complex and customised products. This process greatly accelerates the testing and validation of design and simulation results through rapid prototyping.

Finally, artificial intelligence and machine learning are key new directions in the development of the CAD/CAM/CAE sector. These technologies automate and optimize design and simulation tasks, helping to generate design alternatives, detect errors and improve product performance and quality.

 

The Bulgarian CAD/CAM market

In recent times, Bulgaria has seen an increase in the use of design solutions, affecting various sectors such as manufacturing, construction, medicine and dentistry. CAD systems play an important role in this as they make work easier, increase productivity and help reduce errors.

There are companies such as CAD Point, Ditra, David Holding, SpaceCAD and Persy that offer design solutions. The Digitalk 101 rankings show the last two years’ results of these companies. Although organisations in the sector are growing, they are not usually among the largest IT companies in Bulgaria and occupy positions in the second half of the ranking.

SpaceCAD and David Holding are two of the companies reporting the largest year-on-year increase in revenue. SpaceCAD has revenues of BGN 2.9 million and ranks 104th in the ranking, while David Holding ranks 101st with revenues of BGN 4.3 million.

Especially with the rapid growth of both the CAD/CAM and generative AI fields, more and more positions are opening up for designers. The rapid automation of workflow makes computer-assisted design one of the most attractive fields for workers.

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COMPANIES CONTINUE TO HIRE, BUT DEMAND FOR WORKERS SLOWS

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COMPANIES CONTINUE TO HIRE, BUT DEMAND FOR WORKERS SLOWS

13.10.2023 |

More companies will expand their teams in the next six months, according to a survey by the Bulgarian Employment Confederation

 

According to a survey by the Bulgarian Confederation of Labour (BCL), companies in Bulgaria will continue to hire additional people over the next six months, despite weaker demand for labour. All sectors will need more people, but IT firms will see the strongest demand. Employers are finding it increasingly difficult to find employees with the skills they need.

The labour market is forecast to remain stable over the next six months, with more firms planning to hire than those planning to downsize. The survey shows that the IT sector is expected to see the strongest employment growth, but is down 4% on the previous period. The hospitality sector had the largest decline, but employment growth expectations exceeded those for a decline there as well. Sofia has the largest projected growth in new hires, but also the largest decline from the previous survey.

In general, employment expectations are better in the transport, financial services and public sectors, as well as in the extractive industries.

Employers in Bulgaria are facing difficulties in finding qualified employees, while at the same time they are less willing to meet workers’ expectations for pay and development opportunities, according to a survey by the Bulgarian Confederation of Employers and Industrialists (BCZ). This calls for companies to look at their mandatory skills requirements and be prepared to train their employees on the job.

Due to the mismatch between supply and demand for skilled workers, many employers consider hiring foreign workers as an opportunity. About 57% of employers are willing to hire foreign workers if the procedure is easier and faster. At the same time, more than 140 thousand unemployed are registered in the labour offices, which requires structural changes and a thorough understanding of the reasons for the inactivity of these people.

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WHAT WILL BE THE TOP TECHNOLOGY TRENDS IN 2024 ACCORDING TO CCS INSIGHT

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WHAT WILL BE THE TOP TECHNOLOGY TRENDS IN 2024 ACCORDING TO CCS INSIGHT

12.10.2023 |

This year’s research team focuses on personalised experiences, artificial intelligence, sustainability and the impact of regulations

 

This week, CCS Insight released its latest report, which presents 85 predictions for upcoming trends in the technology industry. The report covers advancements that will evolve to and beyond 2024. For this year, the research group focuses on personalized interactions, artificial intelligence, sustainability, and regulatory effects. They emphasized critical technologies such as machine learning, cloud computing, augmented reality, circular economy, connected gadgets and virtual environments.

Predictions for the evolution of innovation in the coming year were presented at several key points. One of the main ones is the fact that the popularity of the technology will cool due to the reality of the cost, risk and complexity of deployment. A limiting factor for innovation adoption is cost, which is a challenge for many organizations and developers. In the future, regulations, social and commercial risks will require periods of evaluating generative AI before it is fully deployed.

The forecast for the future of the iPhone shows that by the end of 2023, over half of iPhone models will be second-hand devices and the average lifespan of an iPhone device will increase to 8 years by 2024. This will have an impact on new device sales and Apple is trying to take more control of the second-hand iPhone market by introducing a rating system.

EU legislation on artificial intelligence (AI Act) has been delayed repeatedly due to rapid advances in innovation. Future legislation may be self-regulating before it is finalised. Europe is taking a methodical approach to regulation, with the US preferring a more flexible approach. At the same time, Google is working on improving the Android ecosystem by making greater investments in hardware, software and distribution.

The application of AI is predicted to help many European companies by 2030, which could lead to experimentation with a shorter workweek. Also, smartphones with self-healing displays are predicted to be available in five years. These displays can repair scratches and dents themselves thanks to a special material that reacts when exposed to air. Also, the use of satellite smartphones is predicted to increase, with 15% of smartphone users having such devices by 2027. Finally, more and more large organisations are expected to set up AI oversight committees that will conduct audits and look at ethical and legal issues.

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AI AND CRYPTO IN ONE: OR THE (ANTI)UTOPIAS OF WHICH WE SHOULD BE WEARY

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AI AND CRYPTO IN ONE: OR THE (ANTI)UTOPIAS OF WHICH WE SHOULD BE WEARY

11.10.2023 |

A flood of ethical questions about artificial intelligence is flooding society today, and the need for balanced regulations is now more important than ever

 

 

WorldCoin offers a solution for digital identity by scanning the iris of the eyes, which will lead to the elimination of doubts about whether it is a human or a bot. However, this raises a lot of ethical questions related to the promise of a universal basic income that all humans will receive by default from WorldCoin.

The AI n’ Cyber 2023 event, organised by the Digital National Coalition in partnership with economic.bg and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, will answer questions about how innovative concepts can get out of hand, what we need to watch out for to avoid creating future anti-utopian scenarios, and what challenges arise when combining blockchain and artificial intelligence.

The event will take place on 26 October at the John Atanasoff Hall in Sofia Tech Park.

 

Who is Monica Manolova?

Monika Manolova has a PhD in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and is professionally involved in telecommunications. Over time, she realized that her science was a niche to enter the world of artificial intelligence.

 

“Geographic AI is about processing satellite imagery, which is very heavy, it’s driven by big data, and the only way to process it effectively is through machine learning and various forms of AI.”

– Monica Manolova

 

Monica works for Morality and Knowledge in AI, one of the largest ethics communities in AI, where she develops various projects. In Bulgaria, she is a subject matter expert at the Digital National Coalition. In her opinion, Bulgaria holds a good position in the development of artificial intelligence and ethics in AI and has a real opportunity for development in the field.

 

Technology for Good: Mission (Im)possible

“We in AI ethics want AI to be used for good, to improve the quality of life for people, to develop new medicines and environmental solutions. If only pure monetization is pursued, this is not good and leads to a distorted understanding of AI – from what it can be used for to purely social defects,” said Monika Manolova.

And she gives the example of the company Meta, which until recently had a department dealing with the development of new drugs, but closed it and laid off the experts there – so that it could invest more actively in the development of chatbots. The apparent opportunity for monetisation and mass exploitation of artificial intelligence prompted a swift response from a host of institutions. For example, just a few months after the launch of ChatGPT, organisations such as UNESCO, the White House and the EU quickly implemented regulations.

The reasons for the regulations vary. In India, for example, they are aimed at protecting workers’ professions from mass automation, while in Canada they are more artistically focused, with copyright protection. In Europe, they are focused in “protecting social classification”.

AI regulation has three aspects: data ethics, algorithm ethics and application ethics. In each of these areas, the data must be balanced, not exclude anyone on purpose, the algorithm must be able to explain how it works, and it is very important to eliminate the risk of emotional influence in the application.

According to Monika Manolova, attributing human qualities to artificial intelligence, which is an algorithm, is not correct, it is misleading. Therefore, there must be clear and categorical distinctions, because future generations will not be able to distinguish when what they are communicating with is artificial intelligence and when it is not.

As technology advances, more and more the line between artificial and natural intelligence is blurring. We need to be careful how and why we use this tool.

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THE POTENTIAL OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO REVOLUTIONISE CAD/CAM

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THE POTENTIAL OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO REVOLUTIONISE CAD/CAM

09.10.2023 |

Manufacturing the products we use every day has always been difficult. But can artificial intelligence lighten, even revolutionize the CAD (Computer Aided Design)/CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) industry?

 

Since day one, generative abilities have been one of the leading benefits of artificial intelligence. From music to art, it manages to do its job as well, if not better, than its human counterparts. But beneath the creative skills of generative software also lies a profound benefit and an important tool for workflow automation. It is now being implemented in the field of CAD.

Generative design uses algorithms and rules to generate different design solutions that meet certain criteria and constraints. This helps engineers discover optimal and innovative solutions by considering functionality, performance, cost, sustainability and aesthetics. Generative design reduces the time and complexity of the design process and increases product variety and quality.

On the other hand, additive manufacturing builds products layer by layer based on digital models. This enables the creation of complex and customized products that are difficult or even impossible with traditional methods. 3D printing accelerates testing and validation of design and simulation results by rapidly creating prototypes in small batches. All of this dramatically aids the workflow of designers. But we can do better.

Say hello to artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence and machine learning can help automate and optimize design and simulation tasks, such as generating and evaluating design alternatives, detecting and correcting errors, predicting and preventing failures, and improving productivity and quality, tasks that would take long and badly needed time from designers.

But, that’s not all. Many CAD software already implements artificial intelligence for much more than assistance. For example, Dessault Systems’ Solidworks modeling software uses its generative AI to directly assist the design process, for example predicting what next element the designer would use. This only highlights the capabilities of AI in the CAD realm.

Artificial intelligence can do many impressive things, but it’s time to start using it in our work environments, especially in CAD design.

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CAN OPENAI BECOME THE NEXT TECH GIANT?

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CAN OPENAI BECOME THE NEXT TECH GIANT?

07.10.2023 |

What the leading AI startup’s business shows about the future of technology

 

When it was released last November, no one would have imagined what a phenomenal success the flagship product of leading AI startup OpenAI would be. Chat GPT outperformed the competition, such as Google’s Bard, by leagues. But will it be able to hold the lead?

Interest in AI technology remains high. Japanese tech investment company SoftBank has committed to OpenAI, providing them with significant financial backing. The basis of this commitment is OpenAI’s collaboration with Microsoft, whose Azure cloud computing platform provides the computing power they need. To receive this support, Microsoft will receive a significant portion of OpenAI’s future profits. It is vital for OpenAI to receive sufficient funding to develop increasingly sophisticated models. Training the newest model, GPT-4, is estimated to cost $100 million. It is interesting to note that OpenAI does not plan to develop their next major model (GPT-5), instead they will create a more economically used model, GPT-4.5. The main reason for this decision is that the cost of the models is an important factor and OpenAI is looking to balance its costs and revenues.

On the other hand, OpenAI is not a Chat GPT-only development company. Their main revenue comes from developing bespoke AI solutions for large corporate clients, such as investment bank Morgan Stanley.

OpenAI may have valuable advantages, but they don’t guarantee its dominance. The network effects that have helped big companies like Alphabet, Amazon and Meta become quasi-monopolies in the areas of search, e-commerce and social networking have yet to materialise. Despite the large amount of users, GPT-4 is not a significant improvement over the previous version six months ago. When optimized using user data, the overall performance of GPT-4 has changed in unpredictable ways and in some cases for the worse.

The struggle to be first in creating models is also met with drawbacks. For model builders, the biggest expense is experimentation, which often does not yield results before a successful model is trained. OpenAI is estimated to have lost $500 million last year, even though training GPT-4 alone cost only a fifth of that amount. In the world of artificial intelligence, news of failed ideas spreads quickly, helping OpenAI’s competitors avoid costly mistakes.

Ultimately, the market is projected to contain a few large universal models and a host of specific ones. If AI turns out to be what it is believed to be, the role of oligopolist could bring OpenAI a lot of money. And if its backers only really see some of that money once the company has created a human-like thinking machine, then all bets will be off.

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WHY PART OF THE NEW EU CYBERSECURITY REGULATIONS CREATE RISK

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WHY PART OF THE NEW EU CYBERSECURITY REGULATIONS CREATE RISK

03.10.2023 |

In a new open letter, cybersecurity experts are calling for changes to the Cyber Resilience Act’s vulnerability disclosure requirements

 

European authorities are being urged to reconsider the vulnerability disclosure requirements outlined in the Cyber Resilience Act (CRA) by cybersecurity experts. In an open letter signed by professionals from over 50 organizations, the experts argue that certain aspects of Article 11 will create new threats and undermine the security of digital products and users. The provisions, proposed by the European Commission last September, aim to introduce common cybersecurity requirements across the European Union (EU), including mandatory security patches and addressing vulnerabilities in IoT products. The intention is to enhance transparency, accountability, and consumer protection.

Under the new rules, organizations must disclose software vulnerabilities to government agencies within 24 hours of exploitation. This will lead to the creation of a real-time vulnerability database that includes all unpatched security flaws. However, cybersecurity experts argue that this information could place unnecessary risks on consumers and companies. They assert that consolidating all current vulnerabilities in one place may increase threats to organizations. Rushing the disclosure process may result in failed patches and additional pressure on security experts and software vendors.

The open letter highlights concerns that dozens of government agencies will have real-time access to comprehensive vulnerability databases, making them a tempting target for malicious actors. Rushing the disclosure process and widely disseminating information about vulnerabilities could disadvantage organizations and create opportunities for hackers. The experts suggest changes to Article 11, such as considering the significance of the vulnerability and the possibility of exploitation by cybercriminals. They recommend a risk-based approach and a mandatory reporting requirement of 72 hours of “effective mitigation” to minimize the risk of exploitation.

Cybersecurity experts also express concern about the impact of the disclosure requirements on collaboration between software vendors and researchers. The current form of the requirements fails to account for the time required to verify, test, and fix vulnerabilities before they are publicly disclosed. This could disrupt coordination and collaboration, ultimately impeding cybersecurity efforts.

This is not the first time these concerns have been raised. Similar issues were highlighted in a previous open letter by digital rights organizations in June, as well as in a joint statement by cybersecurity organizations. These previous calls for consideration emphasize the potential misuse of information that is widely disseminated.

In conclusion, cybersecurity experts are urging European authorities to reassess the vulnerability disclosure requirements in the Cyber Resilience Act. They believe that the current provisions pose new threats and undermine digital security. The experts propose changes such as a risk-based approach and a longer timeframe for disclosure to ensure a responsible and coordinated process. Concerns have also been raised about the impact on collaboration between software vendors and researchers, as well as the potential misuse of widely disseminated vulnerability information.

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WHICH TECHNOLOGIES DID THE EU LABEL AS CRITICAL?

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WHICH TECHNOLOGIES DID THE EU LABEL AS CRITICAL?

04.10.2023 |

The list of innovations comes amid the EU’s efforts to protect its sovereignty in the face of China’s global rise

 

The European Commission publishes a list of ten critical technologies that it aims to protect in order to enhance the economic security of the European Union. These technologies will be the subject of special attention from policymakers to prevent the theft of intellectual property from hostile countries. The EU will also encourage the development of these technologies through various measures such as additional support and partnerships with like-minded allies.

Four of the ten technologies identified are considered to be the most sensitive and at greatest risk of know-how leakage. These are advanced semiconductors, artificial intelligence, quantum technologies and some biotechnologies such as vaccines, genome sequencing and synthetic biology.

The list also consists of second-tier technologies in cybersecurity, advanced sensors, space and propulsion technologies, nuclear energy, hydrogen, renewable energy (such as photovoltaics and smart grids), robotics, drones and advanced materials.

Věra Jourová, Vice-President of the European Commission, said the EU wants to be an active participant, not a passive player, in these technologies. The aim is for Europe to invest strategically in its own competitiveness and improve its technological edge to prepare for potential worst-case scenarios in the future.

The European Commission will seek the approval of the 27 Member States for its approach. The plan is to create a framework to ensure the protection of these critical technologies, promoting their development within the EU while avoiding the theft of intellectual property from external threats. In this way, Europe aims to strengthen its economic security and maintain its technological edge in critical sectors.

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WHAT HAPPENED IN THE IT SECTOR IN SEPTEMBER?

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WHAT HAPPENED IN THE IT SECTOR IN SEPTEMBER?

02.10.2023 |

Programs and academies

 

Signing up for Bosch ECS Career camp volume 3.0 launched

Enrollment is open for Bosch ECS Career Camp Vol.3 – the third engineering academy of Bosch Engineering Center Sofia. The program offers training and acquisition of knowledge and technical skills in the field of complete mobility solutions such as autonomous driving, dashboards, smart displays and more. The programme is open to young people, students and professionals in the fields of computer science, computer and software engineering. Applications are open until 17 November 2023 and the programme starts in January 2024. The online training takes place for 2 hours per day and includes courses in four areas: automotive C++ programming, automotive embedded application programming, automotive testing, and systems and requirements engineering. Successful graduates get the opportunity to be part of the Bosch Engineering Center Sofia team.

Sirma Venture Lab is back for 2.0

Venture Lab 2.0, a joint initiative of Sirma and the venture capital fund Innovation Capital, has been launched for the second consecutive year with the aim to find and support technology startups working in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous flying devices. Applications for the incubation program were open until September 30, and finalists will be announced on October 19. The startups that are selected will receive funding from Sirma of up to €400,000. The programme will also work with experienced mentors, including Tihomir Totev, Sirma’s CTO, who will help the startups build the core prototype of their products and validate their market potential. Other lead mentors include Angel Angelov and Yavor Gotchev, who will assist in developing a sustainable business model, accounting, legislation and other aspects of entrepreneurship.

 

Events

 

Robotics Strategy Forum 2023 went down

The fifth edition of the Robotics Strategy Forum 2023 featured 12 topics including cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and technological innovation in manufacturing. The event featured 25 panelists from Bulgaria, the US and Germany. The second season of the PARA Robotics Incubator featured 10 teams competing for prizes worth BGN 5 thousand, including participation in the Founder Institute incubator and the Capital City Municipality’s Sandbox for Innovation program. The forum’s exhibition area featured more than 40 robots, including bionics, collaborative and learning robots, as well as a mini model of an intelligent factory and other educational projects.

 

Achievements

 

INSAIT became part of ELLIS, a network for the development of artificial intelligence

The Institute of Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Technology (INSAIT) has been accepted as a member of the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS), making it the first network unit in Eastern Europe. ELLIS is a network comprising only world-class research organisations in the field of artificial intelligence and already has 39 European members, including Oxford, Cambridge, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and others. Bulgaria’s application for ELLIS membership has been under consideration for a year and is the result of a collaboration between Sofia’s St. Kliment Ohridski University and Switzerland’s ETH Zurich and EPFL Lausanne. INSAIT is the first institute of its kind in Eastern Europe, for which Bulgaria plans to invest around 170 million BGN over 10 years.

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BULGARIA ENTERED THE TOP NETWORK FOR AI DEVELOPMENT

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BULGARIA JOINS ELLIS

04.09.2023 |

Bulgaria is the first country in Eastern Europe to join Europe’s most elite artificial intelligence development network ELLIS

 

Recently, Bulgaria, represented by the Institute for Systems and Artificial Intelligence Research (INSAIT), has been extended a coveted invitation to join the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS). This strategic move marks Bulgaria’s debut as a member of a select group of nations dedicated to advancing artificial intelligence (AI) research and innovation.

The official announcement of this partnership was made by Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov, joined by Professor Anastas Gerdzhikov, Rector of St. Sofia University Kliment Ohridski, and Professor Martin Vechev, the visionary behind INSAIT. The collaboration between these prominent entities signifies a significant stride toward enhancing Bulgaria’s influence in the global AI landscape.

Securing an invitation to ELLIS is no small feat. The stringent selection process scrutinized INSAIT’s Bulgarian candidacy for over a year. ELLIS, which stands as Europe’s paramount AI development network, aspires to position the continent as a preeminent force in AI innovation, challenging the supremacy of the United States and China.

Through the Institute for Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Technology (INSAIT) and St. Kliment Ohridski”, the first point of the top network in the region – “ELLIS Unit Sofia” is established.One hallmark of ELLIS is its exclusive membership, which includes only the most distinguished research organizations worldwide that have demonstrated exceptional prowess in AI research. Today, INSAIT joins the ranks of esteemed institutions like the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), EPFL (Lausanne), ETH Zurich, Max Planck Institute (Tubingen), Technion (Tel Aviv), TU Munich (Munich), Sorbonata (Paris), and more. This association propels Bulgaria into the upper echelons of AI research, fostering collaborations with global thought leaders.

INSAIT is the first institute of its kind in Eastern Europe. It is a partnership between Sofia University and the Swiss ETH Zurich and EPFL. The Bulgarian state will invest in the Institute for Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Technology about 170 million BGN within 10 years.

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WHAT HAPPENED IN THE IT SECTOR IN AUGUST

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WHAT HAPPENED IN THE IT SECTOR IN AUGUST

04.09.2023 |

Investments and acquisitions

Insight Enterprises acquires Amdaris

Insight Enterprises, a Fortune 500 integrator of digital transformation solutions, has acquired Amdaris, a UK-based Microsoft Gold certified partner, adding software development and consulting services. Amdaris’ Bulgarian office will remain unchanged, with new offices in Varna and Plovdiv.

Expansion

Valtech opens office in Bulgaria

Valtech, a global business transformation and digitalization company, has opened an office in Sofia.In its drive to expand and innovate, the company is in the process of assembling a dynamic team including software engineers, business analysts, project managers, quality assurance specialists, as well as DevOps and Site Reliability engineers. Various platforms and technologies are being worked on, and DXP and Composable Commerce are among the main service lines.

Programs and training

Sofia Tech Park launches South East European Innovators Program

Sofia Tech Park has launched the South East European Innovators Program (SEEIP), an initiative supporting innovators, entrepreneurs and researchers. It will start in October, but applications are now open for companies and teams: https://seeip.eu/. A panel of experts will determine the selected participants in two stages – in September and in March. The technology programme will benefit entrepreneurs and researchers who want to set up a company and develop a business project, it includes elements of incubation, acceleration and technology transfer, and there is no limit to the field of projects developed. SEEIP will follow the teams all the way – from establishing a specific product/service, to finding investment, to commercialisation and going international. The program will be conducted in English in a hybrid model – online trainings and in-person events, and in addition participants will be able to get one-on-one consultations with a team of experts.

Second season of Bosch Startup Harbour in Bulgaria

Bosch Startup Harbour, Bosch’s accelerator program for startups, has launched its second season in Bulgaria. Managed by Bosch Digital, the unit specialising in IoT, artificial intelligence (AIoT) and digitalisation, this initiative is tailored for technology startups. It connects these startups with Bosch experts from different units, providing them with mentoring, guidance and the opportunity to collaborate on real Bosch Group projects. The program’s focus areas include innovations based on generative AI and synthetic data, improving learning through generative AI, augmented reality in autonomous driving software development, intelligent sensor technologies for motion and performance tracking in the Metaverse, and digitalization in manufacturing. Applications for this program are open until September 30, and more details can be found here. In addition, the Bosch Startup Harbour program is expanding to Serbia.

24 Bulgarian students are part of Visteon’s RISE programme

The program lasts 18 months and students participate in three stages: a one-month introduction to automotive software and mechanics, followed by two stages involving real-world projects focused on software testing, integration and programming. Over 50 participants are part of this initiative at the Visteon Technology Center in Sofia.

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META INTRODUCES SEAMLESSM4T

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META INTRODUCES SEAMLESSM4T

23.08.2023 |

Meta has introduced SeamlessM4T, the first universal multimodal and multilingual translation model with artificial intelligence that allows users to communicate across language barriers. SeamlessM4T is currently available to researchers and developers under the appropriate license. The metadata of SeamlessAlign, the largest open-source multimodal translation dataset with 270,000 hours of learned speech, has also been published.

Creating a universal language translator is no easy task, and current speech-to-text and text-to-speech systems cover only a small fraction of the world’s languages. Building on the achievements of researchers around the world who have been striving for many years to create a universal translator, SeamlessM4T uses a unified systems approach to increase the efficiency and quality of translations by reducing errors and delays compared to segmented model methods. It leverages learnings from these efforts to provide multilingual and multimodal translation through a unified model built from disparate oral data sources, yielding state-of-the-art results. SeamlessM4T supports:

  • Speech recognition in almost 100 languages;
  • Speech-to-text conversion for nearly 100 input and output languages;
  • Speech-to-text conversion supporting nearly 100 input languages and 36 output languages;
  • Text-to-speech translation for nearly 100 languages;
  • Text-to-speech, supporting nearly 100 input languages and 35 output languages.

SeamlessM4T marks a new milestone in the development of artificial intelligence technology that bridges language gaps and facilitates connection and communication between people speaking different languages.

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OPENAI ALLOWED COMPANIES TO RETROFIT GPT-3.5 TURBO WITH THEIR OWN DATA

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OPENAI ALLOWED COMPANIES TO RETROFIT GPT-3.5 TURBO WITH THEIR OWN DATA

23.08.2023 |

Companies using the language model of the GT-3.5 Turbo family can now adapt it to their needs by entering their own selected data. As a result, this customised model can match or even exceed the ability of the GPT-4 to perform highly specialised tasks.

Since the release of the TURBO family of AI models in the beginning of the year, developers and companies have been pushing to have the ability to customise the model so that it can more fully meet user requirements. For example, to create a unique chatbot to help clients by communicating with them in a certain language or in a certain way. Until now, only the GPT-3 like dаvіnсі-002 and bаbbаgе-002 models offered similar capabilities, writes Thе Vеrgе.

The advantages of this customisation include increased manageability of the model (the model follows the inputs much better); reliable formatting of the output ( when responses have to be provided in a certain format); customisation of the tone, including imitation of the brand voice, for example for advertisement or internal communications. For IT companies, the GPT-3.5 Turbo model offers the possibility for Al to create a routine voiceover or to format and finalise different fragments of a voiceover.

The GPT-3.5 Turbo model family can process up to 4,000 characters simultaneously, which according to OpenAl is twice as many as previous models. Tests show that after fine-tuning using the company’s data, the beacons became up to 90% faster.

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THE IT SECTOR CONTINUES TO LEAD IN WAGE GROWTH IN BULGARIA

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THE IT SECTOR CONTINUES TO LEAD IN WAGE GROWTH IN BULGARIA

21.08.2023 |

Tack TMI Bulgaria’s 2023 Compensation and Benefits Survey of the Bulgarian market covers over 115,000 employees and over 1,000 positions. Again this year the leader is the IT sector. Serious competition for highly skilled professionals leads to steady salary growth.

The survey gathers information from 350 companies from various sectors of the economy, with a particularly strong representation from the high-tech, outsourcing, manufacturing, hotels, banks and financial institutions sectors. Participants include some of the largest and most influential employers both domestically (25%) and internationally (75%).

The demographic situation, the lack of skilled labour and the need for specialised professionals emerge as key factors for the future growth of wages in Bulgaria in the long term, analysts point out.Wages in the country continue to grow, albeit at a more moderate pace compared to previous years, with many other factors influencing wages. 

While Bulgaria is not among the countries whose companies are implementing the most interesting practices – such as providing free home delivery of food products, pet walking for employees on sick leave and the like – the trend of increasing wages and expanding the benefits package remains relevant, the survey reports.

Companies across all sectors are becoming more inventive in expanding the benefits package for their employees, it said. Some of the benefits that employees can receive at employers across the country in the past two years include taking care of employees’ mental health, providing funds to purchase home office equipment or covering the cost of the internet.

63% of employees in the tech sector want to work hybrid, and 27% say they prefer fully remote positions. The platform’s statistics report that post-pandemic, remote working remains the preferred mode of work, with only 8% of IT professionals wanting to return to offices. The trend is even increasing and telecommuting positions have been actively sought in recent months.

Since the beginning of the month, the most in-demand remote positions are for software developers, with Backend Development being the most preferred segment by candidates. According to the platform, it leads convincingly with nearly 40% of all remote job searches.

Python is the language preferred by professionals to program in with 32% of all searches. While the more mainstream ones like Java, .NET and PHP, for which more specialists are sought and hence more number of remote job listings are available, lag behind.

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CONTEST FOR EVENT IDEAS ON PROGRAMMING AND DIGITAL SKILLS TO THE INITIATIVE “MEET AND CODE” IS OPEN

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CONTEST FOR EVENT IDEAS ON PROGRAMMING AND DIGITAL SKILLS TO THE INITIATIVE "MEET AND CODE" IS OPEN

10.08.2023 |

Until 13.9.2023 NGOs and community centres from all over the country can apply to the competition of the largest European initiative for digital education – “Meet and Code”. The Bulgarian partner is the Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation.

For the seventh consecutive year, the Initiative will provide funding of up to 580 BGN for an organised event on coding and digital skills. The aim is to provoke interest in digital skills among young people in our country. Participants can send their ideas for events promoting coding and various digital skills among children and young people aged 8 to 24.

The events will be planned from 1st September to 31st October 2023, with a focus on the European Programming Week (7th – 22nd October). The funded events are free for all. An event must involve a minimum of 20 people and last a minimum of 4 hours. Organisations can submit several different event ideas.

This year, event approval will be on a first-come, first-served basis. You can find useful resources, presentations, toolkits and links in English and English for different stages of learning – from beginner to advanced – in the Inspiration Library.

For moreinformation about the application requirements, click HERE

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THE RISE OF GENERATIVE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: 70% OF THE WORLD’S BUSINESSES ARE ON BOARD!

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THE RISE OF GENERATIVE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: 70% OF THE WORLD'S BUSINESSES ARE ON BOARD!

27.07.2023 |

A recent VentureBeat survey of global executives reveals that over half of companies worldwide (54.6%) are experimenting with generative AI, and 18.2% are already implementing it in their operations.

However, only a minority, around one-fifth, intend to invest more resources in implementing AI in the next year or two.

AI has been hailed as one of the most powerful technologies since the internet, and its potential impact on various industries is huge. Microsoft founder Bill Gates highlighted its transformational potential, comparing it to the advent of the microprocessor, personal computers, the internet and mobile phones.

Despite the promising prospects of AI, many organizations are approaching its deployment cautiously due to limited resources and insufficient support from management or stakeholders. The survey also highlights that 36.4% of organizations face challenges in implementing next-generation AI due to limited resources.

Survey participants revealed that the most common use case for generative AI is in natural language processing tasks such as chat and messaging (46%), followed by content creation (32%). However, a significant number (32%) reported using AI for other purposes or not at all. Respondents highly valued the versatility of AI and its potential to improve customer experience.

Companies seeking to implement AI tools face challenges due to limited budgets or lack of prioritization of budgets. AI technology providers also face the task of convincing potential customers to increase their spending or reallocate their budgets to adopt AI solutions.

The rapid development of AI is changing the landscape, making AI-based solutions more accessible even to organizations that have not previously considered them. New AI products and features continue to emerge that expand the capabilities and applications of generative AI.

The journey of generative AI is just beginning, with many companies still exploring ways to use AI to achieve their business goals. As the AI industry continues to evolve, future results will likely present a different picture, showing increasing adoption and exploration of AI technology.

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STEM CENTRES IN OVER 2,200 SCHOOLS

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STEM CENTRES IN OVER 2,200 SCHOOLS

07.07.2023 |

STEM centres and classrooms are to be built in 2,271 schools with funds from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, according to Education and Science Minister Prof. Galin Tsokov at the Eighth Congress of the Syndicate of Bulgarian Teachers.

Some schools are expected to start teaching in them as early as 2024.

“This is a change not only of the educational environment, but also of the design of education, of the way of teaching knowledge,” said prof. Tsokov.

The digital environment is very important and the so-called “Digital Backpack” is to be completed – the platform should be supplemented with more resources created by and for teachers and students. Within the 2023 budget, which will be discussed next week, funds for education have been increased by 750 million leva.

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WHAT HAPPENED IN THE IT SECTOR IN JUNE

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WHAT HAPPENED IN THE IT SECTOR IN BULGARIA IN JUNE

03.07.2023 |

NEWS:

  • Vitosha Venture Partners invests EUR 1 million in 9 new companies

Vitosha Venture invests BGN 2 million in 5 developed startups and 4 projects from the Accelerate fund program. The 5 advanced stage companies are Native Spaces, SN Metals, Nakantara, Chat Hala and FinqUp, and the program funded Nomad Cabins, Petstay, Diplom Id and Twisted Technology. Vitosha Venture plans to invest another EUR 2 million that remained in the fund.

  • Icanpreneur raises pre-seed investment of up to 1.2 million Euros

Icanpreneur, a Bulgarian developer company, raises an investment of 1.2 million euros. The company aims to navigate technology startups through market validation and reach a successful product through a software system. The company also announced an access program for 200 new users to develop and improve the platform.

  • SoCyber ​​raised 760 thousand Euros

The Bulgarian cybersecurity company SoCyber ​​has raised 760,000 euros from various companies and three business angels from SeedBlink. Established in 2018 the company uses its funds to develop AI.

  • Innovation Capital invests EUR 200 thousand in NEXT BASKET

The platform for managing electronic stores – NEXT BASKET, received 200,000. euro from the venture capital fund Innovation Capital. The funds will be used for further development of the software and new functionalities. NEXT BASKET recently announced a partnership with euShipments.

  • CloudCart enters Romania

CloudCart is a Bulgarian eCommerce company that is expanding its operations in Romania. It achieves this success through partnership with banks and companies and aims to develop its market in Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. CloudCart offers software for automated creation of online stores.

  • MiCA officially became а law

MiCA is a regulation for crypto asset markets that has officially become law. In order to conduct activities in the EU, crypto exchanges and crypto wallet providers must have the appropriate amount of reserves. The MiCA provisions will start to apply in 2024.

  • The European Parliament passed a draft law on AI

The European Parliament passed a law that limits the use of artificial intelligence. The draft AI Act would place more restrictions on AI-powered tools, and AI developers would be required to submit systems for review before making them widely available. The bill also seeks to ban biometric identification systems in general, “social assessment” systems, and emotion recognition technology from law enforcement, employers, and educational institutions.

EVENTS:

  • DataArt organizes a two-week Summer IT Camp

DataArt is organizing a two-week Summer IT Camp that takes place online from July 10 to 22. The lecturers are experts from the DataArt team, and the topics, in addition to technology, are also focused on business and practical orientation. Lectures and discussions are in English, and participants can choose which modules to attend.

  • The network of European Digital Innovation Hubs gathered over 400 participants at a forum in Brussels

European Digital Innovation Hubs Network – EDIH gathered in Brussels over 400 participants with the common goal of promoting the digital transformation of Europe. The network is funded by the Digital Europe Programme, which delivers artificial intelligence and the latest technologies. EDIH also offers services such as training and skills development, facilitating access to innovation and ‘testing before investing’.

COURSES:

  • AIBEST organizes a free summer technical academy in Burgas

Over 100 students from the Professional High School of Computer Programming and Innovation took part in the AIBEST Technical Academy. Members of the company will be mentors to the children, who are gathered in teams and work on different case studies, close to a real project. The best performers received prizes.

  • INSAIT has launched a two-month summer AI program for students

INSAIT has launched a two-month summer program for students, which will take place in Sofia Tech Park in the summer of 2024. The program is called STARS (Science, Technology and AI Research Internship for High-School Students). The internship lasts 8 weeks, and participants will be involved in the development of the latest technologies and research in the field of AI and informatics.

  • 22 entrepreneurs enter Dare to Scale

22 entrepreneurs from 12 companies are entering the fifth edition of the Dare to Scale program. Participants take part in developing activities in the software industry, e-commerce, sports and others. The founders of the companies will participate in training for the development of a scalable business: organization management, marketing and sales, business planning and raising capital. Companies will have access to Endeavor’s local mentoring network, and partners and directors from PwC Bulgaria will also work individually with second-year participants.

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DIGITIZATION CAN BE THE NEXT ENGINE FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH IN BULGARIA

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DIGITIZATION CAN BE THE NEXT ENGINE FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH IN BULGARIA

30.06.2023 |

Digitization creates opportunities for all industries and can be the next engine for economic growth in Bulgaria according to Terry Li – General Manager of “Huawei Technologies Bulgaria” during the conference “Digital Sofia – the smart city”, organized by Sofia Municipality and the “Digital Bulgaria” Foundation “.

Terry Li also stated that

“countries worldwide are focusing on developing their digital economies to counter economic challenges. Each country, depending on its stage of development, will follow unique paths to digital growth, and different industries and organizations will choose the most appropriate approach.”

Bulgaria and other countries already have digital and green strategies to improve urban life.

“The Bulgarian ICT market has seen remarkable growth, with its turnover increasing by 300% in the last seven years and reaching 2.5 billion euros, according to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC). Bulgaria’s rich tradition in the IT sector attracts numerous enterprises. The country’s open and fair business environment for foreign investors further adds to its appeal”

stated Terry Li, general manager of a leading technology company.

During a recent event, Huawei presented its “smart cities” solution, demonstrating its implementation in various locations around the world. The use of smart solutions demonstrates their value for the benefit of city residents, businesses and managers. Examples include energy efficient smart lighting, improved traffic management and green solutions to reduce pollution.

As part of the digital transformation journey, Huawei aims to provide comprehensive smart city approaches, supporting cities with real-time data to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Dr. Martin Zahariev, coordinator of the event and member of the Board of Directors of the Digital Bulgaria Foundation, emphasized that a smart city requires the efforts of smart people and this conference plays an important role in the ongoing process of digital transformation.

The conference aimed to accelerate the use of electronic and technological services by administration and business, to promote innovation through financial mechanisms and to provide opportunities for innovation in the urban environment. It also served as a platform to inform citizens and stakeholders about local e-governance initiatives and the “smart city” concept.

During the event, the government, business representatives and stakeholders pooled their efforts, united by a common vision for digitization and the promotion of the future of modern technological solutions in Bulgaria.

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CONFERENCE “ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: THE NEW INDUSTRIAL ERA”

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CONFERENCE "ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: THE NEW INDUSTRIAL ERA"

15.06.2023 |

In the International Center of UniCredit Bulbank in Sofia, the conference “Artificial Intelligence: Тhe new industrial era” was held during the General Assembly of Confindustria Bulgaria. At the event, initiated by the Group of Young Entrepreneurs of Confindustria Bulgaria, the significant opportunities for Italian companies in Bulgaria, through the integration of artificial intelligence in their production processes, were discussed.

 

Among the prominent participants were the Ambassador of Italy in Sofia H.E. Mrs. GiusepinaZzara, the Minister of Innovation and Growth Milena Stoycheva, the chairman of Confindustria Bulgaria, Roberto Santorelli, the chairman of the Group of Young Entrepreneurs of Confindustria Bulgaria, Andrea Contò and the chairman of Confindustria Eastern Europe Maria Luisa Meroni.

 

The conference highlighted the importance of artificial intelligence as a game changer capable of revolutionizing entire industries. To harness its potential, joint efforts with experts in the field and visionary action guided by fundamental principles are essential.

The European Commission’s Coordination Plan on Artificial Intelligence, launched in 2018, requires each member state to develop a national strategy on artificial intelligence. The proactive approach of Italy was mentioned, which in 2019 appointed a group of 30 experts who presented 82 proposals for a national strategy.Similarly, Bulgaria approved its national AI strategy on 16 December 2020, focusing on research capacity, promoting trust in AI and creating a regulatory framework. The establishment of the Institute of Computer Sciences, Artificial Intelligence and Technologies (INSAIT) in 2022 marked a significant milestone for Bulgaria, as it became the first of its kind in Southeastern Europe.

Minister Stoycheva, an expert and teacher in the field of innovation, emphasized that companies that are members of Confindustria Bulgaria can apply for support under the “Innovations and Competitiveness in Enterprises” program. This support covers the implementation of already developed high-tech solutions and the successful application of artificial intelligence in various industrial sectors.

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844 000 EURO FOR BULGARIAN PROJECTS UNDER THE DIGITAL EUROPE PROGRAMME

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844 000 EURO FOR BULGARIAN PROJECTS UNDER THE DIGITAL EUROPE PROGRAMME

14.06.2023 |

Good news for Bulgarian IT and technology projects! All three projects submitted by Bulgarian organizations under the Digital Europe programme have been approved for funding. These projects focus on the creation of data spaces, end-to-end asset management in critical manufacturing industries, mobility and media data. In total, the Bulgarian organizations will receive financial support of €844,069.

Since the launch of the Digital Europe programme in 2021, 18 projects have been approved so far, covering different areas such as digital skills, cyber security, European Digital Innovation Hubs, etc. Bulgarian organizations have received funding from the programme totalling €16.4 million.

In addition, the Ministry of Transport and Communications also acts as the national coordinator of the Connecting Europe Facility sectoral projects. Two projects are currently under implementation, including a study of potential deployment points for submarine cable systems along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast as part of the Black Sea Landing Point project.

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WHAT HAPPENED IN THE IT SECTOR IN BULGARIA IN MAY

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08.06.2023 |

News:

“Dronamics’ Black Swan makes first successful flight

Bulgarian cargo drone airline Dronamics has achieved a major milestone with the successful maiden flight of its cargo drone known as the “Black Swan”. During the test flight at Balchik Airport, the drone remained in the air for about 10 minutes and was remotely controlled by two pilots on the ground. It covered a distance of 21.5 kilometers, maintaining an average speed of 140 km/h, and reached an altitude of over 600 meters. The successful flight allowed Dronamics’ founders, brothers Svilen and Konstantin Rangelov, to obtain the company’s license to commercially fly unmanned cargo drones in Europe, with plans to begin operations later this year.

Endurosat has received $10 million in Series A funding

Endurosat, a leading aerospace science and technology research and development company, has successfully raised $10 million in Series A funding. The investment round was led by CEECAT Capital, an investment firm specializing in Central and Eastern European markets. The influx of funds will allow Endurosat to expand its market share in the satellite industry and strengthen its team. Over the next three years, Endurosat aims to support multiple space missions for its customers in orbit, with the company already having five fully committed missions. With its headquarters in Luxembourg, an engineering and manufacturing base in Sofia and offices in Berlin, Toulouse, Naples and Delaware, Endurosat currently has a team of over 130 professionals.

Valantic acquires AIOPSGROUP, which increases e-commerce solutions

Valantic, an IT company based in Germany, has acquired AIOPSGROUP, a promising Bulgarian start-up specialized in e-commerce solutions. Founded in 2019, AIOPSGROUP has quickly grown into a multi-million dollar business serving well-known brands such as Puma and Rossignol. Although the financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed, the deal will strengthen Valantic’s presence in the European e-commerce landscape. AIOPSGROUP’s expertise in consulting and providing B2B and B2C e-commerce solutions will play a crucial role in this strategic expansion.

AlfaStar Capital will invest EUR 25 million in early stage companies

A new private equity fund, AlfaStar Capital, will invest a minimum of EUR 25 million in early stage companies in Bulgaria. The fund, led by founders and partners Desislava Gospodinova, Lyubomir Staykov, Krasen Hinkov, Kristian Mihaylov and Yonko Chuklev, is currently in the process of raising capital. The active investment period, which begins at the end of this year, is expected to last approximately five years. Negotiations are currently underway with potential investors from Europe, Asia and the US, and the fund has already made its first investment in 2022. Investors, regardless of their previous experience, can participate with a minimum investment of 100 thousand euros.

European Parliament adopts AI Act

The European Parliament has adopted the Artificial Intelligence Act, a law that establishes rules and guidelines for the development and use of AI models in Europe. The aim is to ensure transparency and ethical practices in AI applications. The Act prohibits the use of AI systems that exploit manipulative techniques, human vulnerability or classify people based on personal characteristics. It also prohibits practices such as remote biometric identification, predictive policing systems, and the extraction of biometric data from social media or camera footage. The law categorizes artificial intelligence systems into “high risk” and “low risk” based on their potential impact on safety, human health, and the environment.

Events:

The creator of the C++ programming language, Bjarne Stroustrup, arrives in Bulgaria

Bjarne Stroustrup, the creator of C++, will visit Sofia on 9 June to participate in the conference “C++: paths and perspectives”. He will join more than 100 global experts at the WG21 International Joint Technical Committee meeting to develop standards for C++. The focus will be on creating the C++26 version of the programming language.

Fourth edition of the Programming Olympiad held in Pravets

In the fourth edition of the Programming Olympiad at the National Vocational School of Computer Technologies and Systems in Pravets, 35 students competed, with more than half achieving scores above 60% and seven students exceeding 90%. The top performers will have the opportunity for internships, mentoring programs and potential job offers at Schwarz IT Bulgaria, a co-organizer of the event.

Training:

Progress opens applications for its paid internship programme

Progress is offering a paid internship program for software engineers starting in July and lasting 6 months. Students majoring in Computer Science or Software Engineering, as well as software engineers in training, can apply. To apply, a CV and cover letter are required, as well as solving a practical problem and an interview. The internship involves working on real-world assignments with a mentor, and successful interns may be offered permanent positions at Progress.

The application process for Kodar’s academy for IT professionals in Plovdiv has begun

The Kodar Academy for IT Professionals in Plovdiv is accepting applications for its 6-month paid internship, which includes working on real projects for international clients. The program starts on July 3, and upon completion, participants may be offered a permanent job at Kodar.

Telerik Academy has announced new intakes for three of its Upskill programmes

Telerik Academy has opened applications for its Upskill programs, which include training for UX/UI designers, React developers and DevOps engineers. Learners work in small groups, receive ongoing feedback from experts, and can take advantage of discounts on tuition fees for specific programs. Hands-on programs last 3 months.

A new Center for Digital Technologies was opened at TU-Sofia

A new Digital Technology Centre with 14 computer labs has been opened at the Technical University of Sofia, thanks to a grant from leading IT companies. The center will facilitate student learning and research projects, and houses companies such as Musala Soft and Sirma Lab.

GrowIT Academy for training IT professionals in Pleven

The establishment of GrowIT Academy in Pleven aims to train IT professionals and support the development of the IT sector in Northwest Bulgaria. Founder Teodor Todorov plans to create around 300 jobs in the region over the next 5 years by offering free training to potential candidates with future development plans. A future plan is to expand the academy to Vidin and Montana.

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THE PROMPTS FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

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THE PROMPTS FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

02.06.2023 |

The consolidation of artificial intelligence in everyday life is not only a technological leap, but also ushers in a new era of convenience, efficiency and automation that changes the way you interact with the world around us.

But in order to go deep and use artificial intelligence in the most effective way possible, the commands (prompts) we set are especially important to have the best result. They are the language through which humans give their instructions to machines.

Examples of basic commands might be, “Explain how photosynthesis works” or “Write a summary of Hamlet,” but these prompts only scratch the surface. The generative language model can do much more, and the knowledge of writing good commands helps with that. AI can produce complex answers based on the millions of texts that the user has entered. Another way to use it is to create applications or to automate a large part of the work day. This is achieved with effective commands.

Ben Stokes, the creator of PromptBase, a marketplace for AI commands, says:

“A good command writer can create commands that produce consistent, high-quality output (e.g. images, text, or code) at low cost.”

 

 

But what makes a command good? Look at the image above. Think about how you could describe it. “Smiling man in suit giving a thumbs up”? “Man with white teeth, thumbs up, comic, speech bubble”? A good start, but describe the image in more detail. Consider keywords such as “Caucasian” or “handsome.” You can define the style as “vintage” and “pop art”. All of these words are already contained in the command for that particular image.

To significantly improve the image generated by the DALL-E 2 model, researchers are working on refining the instructions and developing “supercommands.” These complex instructions, consisting of hundreds of words, prompt the artificial intelligence to explore its database and expand its capabilities beyond the imagination of the creators. One approach involves role-playing with ChatGPT, where users prompt the AI ​​to pretend to be someone else. By using specific words and sentence structures, the AI’s behavior can be influenced. More complex and detailed instructions lead to better results. In return, ChatGPT may ask for more details.

Like a journalist using different words to ask the same question, words and sentence structures can influence AI behavior. How you phrase the instructions is important, not just the content. More complex and specific instructions lead to better results.

Last but not least, ChatGPT can become a command writer. But why learn to write good commands if the AI ​​can do it on its own? Because while common prophecies suggest that AI will take control over humans, most AI applications will long rely heavily on the “human factor” to provide instructions, refine results and guide technology in new directions.

The more we use artificial intelligence, the more we understand what works, what doesn’t, and why. This also makes it less threatening—ChatGPT is still a limited machine, but educational institutions should jump at the chance to get involved in learning to write AI commands while the field is still in its infancy.

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FORECAST: TOP 10 MOST IN-DEMAND DIGITAL SKILLS

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FORECAST: TOP 10 MOST IN-DEMAND DIGITAL SKILLS

25.05.2023 |

By 2025, people and machines will work the same number of hours. Automation will displace or modify around 85 million jobs, primarily those dominated by manual and routine repetitive tasks, according to a report by the World Economic Forum.

The need for a massive increase in digital skills has also been confirmed by a global survey conducted by HR company Adecco Group. In the survey, 69% of respondents expressed a desire for additional opportunities for upskilling in this area.

The global talent shortage further emphasizes the increasing importance of enhancing digital skills. The lack of qualified personnel with specific skills affects many industries, from manufacturing to supply chains and accounting.

Based on significant labor market changes and technological advancements, Adecco Group predicts that knowledge in the following ten areas will be most sought after by 2025:

  • Data analysis and cloud services (from architects and developers to data scientists)
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)
  • Big Data Science (data analytics on large datasets)
  • Digital marketing and strategy development in this field
  • Process automation
  • Business development
  • Digital transformation
  • Information security (including cybersecurity)
  • Software and application development (UX/UI, blockchain programming)
  • Internet of Things (IoT)

However, the most sought-after skills are a combination of hard and soft skills. Therefore, in addition to technological skills, the list also includes skills such as:

  • Problem-solving
  • Emotional intelligence – the ability to understand oneself and others
  • Entrepreneurship and risk-taking
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Networking
  • Maintaining mental well-being – coping with stress, depression, and anxiety

“More than ever, people need to realize that their own development primarily depends on themselves. Upskilling and reskilling are the responsibility of both companies and employees,” emphasized Dr. Irina Yoncheva, HR Director at Adecco Bulgaria.

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ONLY 23% OF BULGARIANS HAVE DIGITAL SKILLS, KNSB WILL SUPPORT ITS MEMBERS IN ACQUIRING THEM

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ONLY 23% OF BULGARIANS HAVE DIGITAL SKILLS, KNSB WILL SUPPORT ITS MEMBERS IN ACQUIRING THEM

23.05.2023 |

The use of rapidly evolving digital tools, applications, and systems is crucial for adapting to the modern demands of the labor market. At the same time, it is a challenge that stands before each of us and the entire society to keep up with technological advancements. In recent years, it has reached such dimensions globally that possessing digital skills has become important in every aspect of our lives.

That is why KNSB is closely monitoring the data on the level of digital skills in Bulgaria. According to Eurostat, our country ranks fourth from the bottom in the EU (behind Italy, Poland, and Romania) in terms of the percentage of the population with basic digital skills – 23.4%, compared to the EU average of 27.5%. Only 7.8% of individuals possess skills beyond the basic level (EU average: 26.5%). In terms of the share of individuals without any digital competencies, we only fare better than Romania (10.13%) – in Bulgaria, their share is 6.2%, while the EU average is 3%. Bulgaria also tops the negative ranking in terms of the share of the population that has not used the internet in the last three months and thus cannot have their digital skills and competencies evaluated – 24.7% compared to the EU average of 11%.

According to the National Statistical Institute (NSI), around 13% of Bulgarians have never used the internet, with the Northwestern region at 16% and the Southwestern region at 7.6%. An analysis of digital skills in 16 economic sectors in the country showed that only 19% of the workforce has digital competence for their respective positions. Against this backdrop, over 90% of job positions require specific types of digital skills.

The challenges of lifelong learning and limited investment in education delay the efforts of the EU to bridge the digital skills gap by 2030, according to representatives and experts from the EU who advocate for urgent support in enhancing skills and requalification for people of all ages. According to an OECD study, education remains low in many countries due to high costs and differences in quality, emphasizing the need for increased public investment in lifelong learning.

In light of all these data highlighting the critically low level of digital skills among Bulgarian citizens and the dramatic mismatch with the needs of the labor market, the government recently approved the possibility of funding digital and other key competencies. For the first time, training programs to acquire a specific level of digital competence will be financed.

With their experience, knowledge, and skills, KNSB (Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria) and the Institute for Social and Syndicate Research and Training will support the Bulgarian workforce in the process of acquiring these essential digital skills. The confederation will provide free training opportunities to all its members as well as anyone interested, across the entire country.

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PROJECT “READY FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION”

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PROJECT "READY FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION"

23.05.2023 |

An expert team within the project “Ready for Digital Transformation,” implemented by the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) in partnership with the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy (MLSP) and the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB), has developed eighty-seven standards for digital skills and competencies required for key positions in enterprises across sixteen sectors of the economy, as announced by the Chamber.

The project is funded by the Operational Programme “Human Resources Development” 2014-2020 and aims to enhance specific digital skills of the workforce in sixteen economic activities/sub-activities according to the Classification of Economic Activities 2008.

The development of competency profiles was preceded by analyses of the needs for digital skills in the sixteen sectors included in the project. The analyses revealed that only 19% of employees meet the required level of digital competence for their key positions.

Studies show that 53% of employers seek workers with an advanced level of basic digital competencies, while 14% require a highly specialized level. 31% would accept workers with a moderate level of basic digital competencies, and only 2% with a basic level. Regarding specific digital competencies, 59% of employers require an advanced level, 16% require a highly specialized level, 20% require a moderate level, and 5% require a basic level.

In other words, nearly 70% of the required proficiency levels in the profiles are for “advanced” and “highly specialized” levels of digital competence. This indicates the changing nature of work, the evolving nature of tasks performed in the workplace, and the increasing demands for digital skills in the transition to digitized jobs.

Against this backdrop, 38% of employees in the surveyed economic sectors possess only basic digital competence – minimal digital skills associated with the use of widely applicable standardized software products and digital technologies such as Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, internet use, digital communication platforms, etc. This reflects the quality and outcomes of basic education and vocational training.

Over 40% of the surveyed individuals have some degree of difficulty with digital skills, which inevitably affects the quality of their work, employability, and their ability to successfully transition in the labor market. Around 15% of the surveyed individuals face deepening problems with digital skills, which brings them closer to labor market exclusion, digital isolation, social and digital inequality.

According to the experts engaged in the BCCI project, the requirements for digital competence will continue to increase. The level of digital skills lags behind the pace and dynamics of the rising labor market demands. Mass training in basic digital competencies will somewhat improve the situation but will not meet the real needs of enterprises and employees.

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Target audience

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital technology

Digital skills

THE EUROPEAN INSTITUTE OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY (EIT) PLANS TO TRAIN 1 MILLION PEOPLE IN “DEEP TECH”

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THE EUROPEAN INSTITUTE OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY (EIT) PLANS TO TRAIN 1 MILLION PEOPLE IN "DEEP TECH"

23.05.2023 |

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) plans to train 1 million people in “deep tech” by the end of 2025 through its new program, the EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative. European high schools, universities, companies, and other types of organizations, including Bulgarian ones, will be eligible to apply. The initial application process will start in November but will be limited to universities that have already collaborated with EIT through its HEI program. Subsequently, applications will be open to all other interested parties.

Bulgarian schools and universities will be able to apply through the program’s website starting in early 2023, when the program becomes open to institutions that have not previously worked with EIT. The program will initially be funded with €25 million from the EIT budget, but the institute hopes for significant co-financing from other interested parties invited to participate in the initiative.

“Deep tech” is a broad term that is not specifically defined. During the event, Martin Kern, the Director of EIT, described it as “anything that encompasses technology and science.” Several months ago, he provided this definition in an interview with “Kapital” magazine.

With this project, Europe aims to bridge the gap between itself and its technological competitors, namely the United States and China. Similar programs seek to train a large number of individuals from different countries while also fostering cohesion among representatives from various member states and language groups in the union.

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Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills for children

Digital skills for public administration

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

5G

REGISTRATION FOR JAVA2DAYS 2023 IS OFFICIALLY OPEN

By Technology, Basic digital skills, Software engineering, Web development, In education, For ICT professionals, Audience, NEWS
REGISTRATION FOR JAVA2DAYS 2023 IS OFFICIALLY OPEN

17.05.2023 |

Registration for Java2Days 2023 is officially open! Don’t miss your chance to be part of the most anticipated Java event of the year, which will take place from 27 to 29 June in the beautiful seaside resort of Albena, located in a picturesque and ecologically clean bay on the Black Sea.

Java2Days 2023 promises to give you a unique and unforgettable experience, bringing together the brightest minds in the Java community for three action-packed days of innovative lectures, hands-on workshops and unparalleled networking opportunities.

By attending Java2Days 2023, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from world-class speakers, including Java Champions and industry leaders, as they share their insights, experiences, and techniques to help you level up your Java game.
  • Dive into practical, skill-building workshops designed to sharpen your expertise and expand your knowledge of the Java ecosystem.
  • Participate in thought-provoking conversations exploring the future of Java and its impact on the ever-evolving world of technology.
  • Connect with fellow Java enthusiasts, developers, and professionals from around the globe to share ideas and forge lasting relationships.
  • Grab your limited-edition Java2Days 2023 swag and merchandise to show off your Java pride!

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to dive into the world of Java. The event will contribute significantly to your professional development. Secure your place at Java2Days 2023 today by selecting your ticket type here.

Register now and join to Java2Days for an extraordinary experience, where sun, sea, and code come together!

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Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Software engineering

Web development

Digital skills

G-7 CALLS FOR AI REGULATIONS

By Audience, Technology, AI & ML, For all, NEWS
G-7 CALLS FOR AI REGULATIONS

03.05.2023 |

G7 countries should adopt risk-based regulations in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). This is what the ministers in charge of the digitisation process recommended in a final statement released at the end of their two-day meeting in Takasaki, Reuters reports.

However, it is important that the regulations in question “preserve an open and favourable environment” for the development of technology and are based on democratic values.

Forum participants acknowledged that “the policy tools for achieving a common vision and credible forms of AI may vary among G7 member countries.” However, the agreement sets a milestone in the approach of major countries to AI governance amid privacy concerns and security risks.

“The conclusions of this G7 meeting show that we are definitely not alone in this respect,” said Margrethe Vestager, the European Commission’s executive vice-president in charge of competition policy. She added that the European Union should also reach a political agreement this year on copyright protection for music and visual products created with machine-learning technologies.

Japan, which holds the rotating presidency of the G7, has pledged support for the public and industrial deployment of artificial intelligence. Tokyo hopes to get the G7 countries “to agree on flexible and adaptive management,” said Industrial Competitiveness Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura.

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Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Events

CYBERSECURITY FORUM 2023

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CYBERSECURITY FORUM 2023

14.08.2023 |

In the context of ever-changing and evolving information technology, digital assets and data are gradually becoming more and more important to every business, and securing them should be among the top priorities of executives.

Cybersecurity has become a central issue as technologies and digital transformation  keep playing a bigger role in everyone’s lives and businesses. 

The acceleration of familiar and emerging trends in cyber attacks means that each organisation should be ready to face an ever-changing environment where risk is inherent. In today’s cyber climate, no fish is too small for an attacker to try to hook.

The forthcoming edition of the Cyber Security and Data Protection Forum, organized by Capital, will present the recent trends in the sector. It will give practical knowledge on how to identify, analyze, evaluate, prioritize and respond to potential risks.

The speakers and the participants will consist of leaders from the cyber industry, governmental decision-makers, technology experts, investors, entrepreneurs, and advisors who will exchange deep experience and best practices within the conference.

Topics will include the Bulgarian government’s approach, how to increase efficiency and effectiveness, attacks on cloud services, cyber insurance and much more.

The event will be a hybrid – on-site at Sofia Tech Park and online, with several keynote lectures and panel discussions and fireside chats. The forum will take place on 16 November 2023.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

AI

Cybersecurity

Date

16.11.2023

Access 

Paid event (from 36 lv for livestream to 174 lv in-person)

Format

Online event

In-person event

Location

Sofia Tech Park

INNOWAVE SUMMIT – THE TECH AND THE SEA

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INNOWAVE SUMMIT - THE TECH AND THE SEA

11.08.2023 |

Innowave Summit will be held for the 7th time in Varna, on 17 and 18 November at the Palace of Culture and Sports. Some of the biggest names in Marketing, Online Commerce, Artificial Intelligence, Business Development and Innovation will share their practical experience and valuable advice in front of over 5000 visitors.

On the stage of one of the most successful technology conferences in the Southeast, will be names like Andrew-Weld Moore – Director of Sales at Meta / Facebook, Carlos Cantu – Chief Marketing Officer at Freepik, Dex Barton – Director of Marketing and Communications at DeepMind, a Google company, Matthew Cross – Advisor to Robert Kiosaki and Tony Robbins and many more!

There will be 7 EXPO zones with over 120 stands from some of the biggest technology companies in Europe and the world. Part of the event will be the awarding by the organizers of the most innovative media, organizations and companies in different sectors and areas of business such as Marketing, Online Commerce, Startups, Artificial Intelligence, Technology and more.

If you purchase your ticket in advance, 65% of the price will be saved.

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Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital technology

Digital skills

Date

17-18.11.2023

Access 

Paid event (from 59€ to 299€)

Format

In-person event

Location

Palace of Sport and Culture – Varna

IT TOUR- VARNACONF 2023 EDITION

By EVENTS
IT TOUR- VARNACONF 2023 EDITION

01.08.2023 |

VarnaConf is a conference that is part of the IT tour, conferences traveling around Bulgaria. They are organized by a group of enthusiasts. The event will be held on August 19 at the Varna Festival and Congress Center.

The program is interesting and has a wide variety of topics and experienced speakers.

Among the topics discussed will be JavaScript, DevOps Pipelines, Flutter, Svelte and the popular ChatGPT. Speakers will be programmers with 10 years of experience, developers and software engineers.

You can see the full programme here.

Details

Website

www.varnaconf.com

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

Software engineering

Digital skills

Date

19.08.2023

Access 

Free event

Format

In-person event

ISTACON 2023 – PASSION AND CONNECTIVITY IN IT

By EVENTS
ISTACON 2023 - PASSION AND CONNECTIVITY IN IT

20.07.2023 |

The ISTA conference, established in 2011 by IT professionals, has become a tradition and is one of the largest and most progressive in the region. Over the years it has brought together speakers and professionals to share their experiences and expertise in technology and innovation. Organized by leading IT companies in the country such as – Experian, Musala Soft, Infragistics, SAP & VMware – ISTA combines the capabilities of these organizations to bring creativity and share knowledge

The event is hybrid – the event can be followed both online and in-person, i.e. There are also 2 stages on which different lectures run. Thus it is extremely accessible to anyone who is interested, and quite extensive in terms of topics. The lecturers are a number of Bulgarian and foreign specialists in various fields. 

  • Dona Sarkar – Director of Technology Microsoft 
  • Radu Georgescu – Chairman of the Advisory Board SeedBlink 
  • Jason Beres – Sr. VP of Developer Tools Infragistics 
  • Momchil Kyurkchiev – Co-Founder Leanplum 
  • Victor Botev – CTO & Co-Founder Iris AI 
  • Aleksandrina Todorova – QA Lead LimeChain
  • Stanislav Toshev – Engineering Director Merkle 
  • Stefani Nikolova – Software Engineering Manager Progress 
  • Taras Pedchenko – DevOps Engineering Lead Intellias 
  • Elena Tosheva – Member of Technical Staff VMware 
  • Victoria Victorova – Co-Founder & CEO MindFit Bulgaria 
  • Antonia Atanasova – Front-End Team Lead Devexperts 
  • And many more. 
Details

Website

Target audience

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

AI

Software engineering

Web development

Date

12.10.2023

Access 

Paid event (60 lv online, 258 lv hybrid)

Format

In-person event

Online event

Location

Sofia Tech Park

QA: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED – TESTING WITHOUT LIMITS

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QA: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED - TESTING WITHOUT LIMITS

17.7.2023 |

QA: Challenge Accepted is a respected international one-day conference designed for enthusiasts, professionals and managers in the world of software testing and quality assurance (QA). Organized by the Bulgarian QA community, the event will return for the 9th time to Sofia Tech Park on October 1, 2023. Attendees can look forward to a variety of sessions covering relevant topics for QA professionals of all levels.

The conference offers valuable insights and practical knowledge. In addition, attendees will have the chance to gain insights into the latest trends in software testing, including the integration of artificial intelligence into the software development lifecycle.

The event also emphasizes the importance of ethical values in the quality assurance industry and explores the impact of moral values on society and the software testing profession.

Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to network with colleagues, learn from industry leaders, and gain an understanding of the latest developments in software testing and quality assurance. With a combination of informative keynotes, engaging panels, and opportunities to share knowledge, the Accepted Challenge Conference is a must-attend event for anyone with a passion for software quality and testing. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting your career in quality assurance, this conference provides a platform to broaden your horizons and update you on industry trends.

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Target audience

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

AI

Software engineering

Web development

Date

1.10.2023

Access 

Free event (online)

Paid event (192 lv)

Format

Online event

In-person event

Location

Sofia Tech Park

DEVREACH CONFERENCE 2023

By EVENTS
DEVREACH CONFERENCE 2023

16.07.2023 |

 

DevReach developer conference returns to Bulgaria this autumn

 

DevReach, the developer conference for Central and Eastern Europe, will return to Bulgaria for its 13th edition. The event will take place on 25-26 October 2023 at the Sofia Event Center and promises to be an exciting meeting with 25 distinguished speakers from global giants such as Cisco, Microsoft, Progress, VMware and more.

The conference will serve as a platform for developers to share best practices and get informed about the latest trends in application development. Attendees can expect enlightening sessions covering topics such as .NET, JavaScript, Artificial Intelligence and Design.

DevReach 2023 will feature distinguished guest speakers, including Scott Hunter, vice president of program management for Azure at Microsoft, and Richard Campbell, the renowned host of .NET Rocks and RunAs Radio. A diverse lineup of technology leaders and experts will be in attendance, including developer advocates from VMware, Microsoft and Progress, as well as other prominent industry professionals.

Progress will livestream the event from a dedicated DevReach studio, offering real-time coding sessions and speaker interviews. Attendees can choose to join the audience in the studio or engage online via Progress’ Twitch channel. Registration for DevReach 2023 is now open.

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Website

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills for public administration

Digital technology

Software engineering

AI

Mobile apps

Digital skills

 

Date

October 25th – 26th 2023

Access 

Free event

Format

Online event

In-person event

Location

Sofia Event Center

OPEN FEST 2023 – DIVE INTO THE WORLD OF OPEN SOURCE AND KNOWLEDGE SHARING

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OPEN FEST 2023 - DIVE INTO THE WORLD OF OPEN SOURCE AND KNOWLEDGE SHARING

07.07.2023 |

 

OpenFest, the largest conference in Bulgaria dedicated to free culture, open source software and knowledge sharing, will take place in Sofia Tech Park on November 4th and 5th. The event brings together enthusiasts, creators and supporters of free art and software. It aims to promote projects using open source software, encourage the exchange of ideas and provide a platform for free art. At the same time, the organizers also provide a platform for free art.

The festival, organized by the Open Projects Foundation, has been successfully held annually since its inception in 2003, winning the support of the Bulgarian free/open source community and various partners.

For more information:
https://www.openfest.org/2023/bg/
https://openprojectsfoundation.org/
https://cfp.openfest.org/

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Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital technology

Software engineering

Digital skills

Date

November 4th – 5th 2023

Access 

Free event

Format

In-person event

Location

Sofia Tech Park

InfoSec SEE 2023 CYBERSECURITY CONFERENCE

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InfoSec SEE 2023 CYBERSECURITY CONFERENCE

20.04.2023 |

The largest and most emblematic cybersecurity conference in the Balkans, InfoSec SEE, will be held for the 15th consecutive time in Bulgaria. The organizers from COMPUTER 2000 Bulgaria have prepared a comprehensive and diverse two-day program.

The speakers participating are highly qualified and recognized experts in the field of cybersecurity on a global scale. Traditionally, hundreds of participants from different countries are expected to attend. This year, the forum will take place at KINGS VALLEY MEDICAL & SPA HOTEL on May 16th and 17th. The main theme of this year’s edition of the forum is “New Horizons In Cybersecurity”.

The InfoSec 2023 SEE conference is traditionally supported by the Ministry of e-Government. It will be opened by Ms. Hanna Kamenetsky, Commercial Attaché at the Embassy of the United States in the Republic of Bulgaria. Following the significant success of the format over the past fourteen years, the organizers from COMPUTER 2000 Bulgaria promise impeccable organization, a diverse program, a wide range of speakers, plenty of entertainment, interactive presentations, and surprises for all participants and guests at the upcoming edition of the forum.

Traditionally, InfoSec SEE is the gathering place for prominent and influential figures in the industry, as well as leaders in the field, both from Bulgaria and leading global companies providing cybersecurity and information technology services, including Mandiant (now part of Google Cloud), Trellix, OpenText Cybersecurity, N-able, Netwrix, Radware, Fortra, BeyondTrust, Bitdefender, and others. Practical examples are highly valued by the audience and are among the most highly rated elements of the conference, according to annual surveys conducted by the organizers of the event. Some of the presentations will focus on showcasing best practices in delivering cybersecurity services from leading Bulgarian IT companies such as Digitall, CNSys, Nebosystems, Mnemonica, Kontrax, Lirex, Atos Bulgaria, CyberOne, and SoCyber. InfoSec SEE 2023 will be held in a hybrid format: in-person and with online streaming. The hybrid format allows guests to participate in the conference in the most convenient way for them.

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Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills for public administration

Digital technology

Cybersecurity

Date

16.05 – 17.05.2023

Access 

Free event

Format

Hybrid

Location

KINGS VALLEY MEDICAL & SPA HOTEL

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www.digitalalliance.bg 

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Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital skills for public administration

Digital technology

AI

Cybersecurity

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CAREER SHOW TECH 2023

By AI & ML, For ICT professionals, Robotics, Software engineering, Web development, Audience, Mobile apps, Technology, Blockchain, Computing, Big data, Telecommunications, Microelectronics, 5G & WiFi, For all, Cybersecurity, In education, IoT, For the workforce, EVENTS
CAREER SHOW TECH 2023

10.05.2023 |

Career Show Tech 2023 is a specialized online event for career and development in IT! The event is completely free and will take place on 18 and 19 May entirely online.

At Career Show Tech 2023, over 100 employers with open positions for IT professionals are waiting for you to speak directly about the positions that may interest you. You’ll meet representatives from the world’s top companies such as Youtube, Binance, Dyson, KBC Global Services, Accenture, Dynamo Software, Luxoft and many more.

Speakers at the seminar program will be founders of a number of technology companies and senior engineers who will talk about:

  • Artificial intelligence and the future of technology professions
  • Is it worth pursuing a career in cloud technology?
  • Is it possible to work entirely in Web3?
  • How do you create Android apps without being a programmer?

For additional information and to register visit www.careershow.bg.

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Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Software engineering

Web development

Mobile apps

Blockchain

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

Date

18.05.2023 – 19.05.2023

Access 

Free event

Format

Online event

SCALE UP DAYS 2023

By AI & ML, AR & VR, Robotics, Software engineering, Web development, Mobile apps, Audience, Blockchain, Technology, Big data, 5G & WiFi, Microelectronics, Cybersecurity, For all, IoT, For ICT professionals, EVENTS
SCALE UP DAYS 2023

25.04.2023 |

Invitation to all technology companies, manufacturing and agri-businesses, digital innovation hubs and all stakeholders from the innovation ecosystem in Bulgaria to participate in Scale UP Days 2023

Scale UP Days 2023 will take place over three days (25 – 27 April) at the Sofia Tech Park Lab Complex.

This year the organizers – ICT Cluster, Sofia Tech Park, DigiTech 4.0 and Mechatronics and Automation Cluster are planning a different format of the event.

Robotics Day, Digital Twins Day, a presentation and visit to Sofia Tech Park’s labs and supercomputer, demonstrations of specific innovation projects in the field of Digital Twins, robotics and artificial intelligence, opportunities for digital innovation hubs and small and medium-sized enterprises are just some of the topics on the agenda this year.

Participants will be able to exchange contacts and ideas at a B2B cocktail on 25 April.

Companies that are developing innovative technologies in the fields of digital twins, robotics and artificial intelligence will have the amazing opportunity to showcase them at their booth at Scale UP Days 2023.

The event is an exceptional opportunity to get information about funding opportunities and support for innovative projects in the coming year.

The Scale UP Days 2023 agenda this year includes a conference, exhibition and demonstrations:

  • 25 April – Opportunities for SMEs and Digital Innovation Hubs
  • 26 April – Digital Twins
  • 27 April – Robotics Day

Find the full event programme here

The event is organised by ICT Cluster, in partnership with DigiTech 4.0, Sofia Tech Park and Mechatronics and Automation Cluster and is implemented with the financial support of the European Commission within the BOWI, DIH World, DIH2 and agROBOfood projects.

Participation in Scale UP Days 2023 is free, but registration is mandatory!

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

AI

Cybersecurity

Robotics

Software engineering

Mobile apps

Digital skills

Date

25.04.2023 – 27.04.2023

Access 

Free event

Format

In-person event

Location

Sofia Tech Park – Labs

EXPLORE U.S. TECH WEBINAR

By Microelectronics, IoT, For all, AI & ML, For ICT professionals, AR & VR, Basic digital skills, Robotics, Software engineering, Audience, Web development, Technology, Mobile apps, Telecommunications, Blockchain, 5G & WiFi, Big data, Cybersecurity, EVENTS
EXPLORE U.S. TECH WEBINAR

01.04.2023 |

AmCham Bulgaria together with the Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency and in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria and BASSCOM organize a webinar focusing on the opportunities for technological companies to grow on the American market. This event is designed for those companies that aim to invest in scaleup in America.

About the webinar

Industry seasoned speakers and startup mentors from the United States will share what resources are available to Bulgarian SME software and services startups for their plans to grow in the United States. Bulgarian and European tech developers are increasingly facing the imperative to grow beyond their continent due to various limitation at home – either caused by limited market size or obsolete regulation. One third of the USD 5 trillion global information technology (IT) market is in the United States, making it the largest tech market in the world.
 

The Webinar will tackle issues like what it takes to enter the US market with an existing software product or service, how to raise the capital needed to invest in US scaling, is such available to non-American entities, how to become and investor or a start-up in the United States, and where could one find support and “soft-landing” for their overseas growth initiative in America. Within the U.S. tech market itself, almost half of spending is in the tech services and software industries, so finding partnership opportunities as B2B supplier to the American tech sector will also be addressed – yet another form of market entry scaleup in the United States.

You can find the agenda and register here.

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Website

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

AI

Cybersecurity

Software engineering

IoT

Mobile apps

Web development

VR&ML

Date

04.04.2023

Access 

Free event

Format

Online event

ROBOTICS DAYS ’23

By For all, For children, In education, Audience, Technology, Robotics, EVENTS
ROBOTICS DAYS '23

10.04.2023 |

The biggest robotics competition is back!

Robotics Days is a traditional initiative of the Robotics Club at the Technical University of Sofia, held every year to encourage and motivate the development of robotics and innovation in technology. The initiative includes workshops and competitions that are oriented towards students, pupils and people interested in technical fields.

This year’s competition will accept projects in the categories:

  • Monitoring on line
  • Mini Sumo
  • 3D Maze
  • LEGO Line Tracing
  • Hardware Projects
  • Software projects

To participate, you must register online at https://bit.ly/robo-days-23

The registration deadline is 17 April 2023.

To register as an event visitor – https://bit.ly/robo-days-guests

The competition will be filled with lots of prizes, workshops, tombola and many other surprises, don’t hesitate to sign up for Robotics Days ’23 to enjoy this unique event.

Details

Website

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital technology

Robotics

Date

28.04.2023 – 29.04.2023

Access 

Free event

Format

In-person event

Location

12th educational block of Technical University – Sofia

SOFTUNI’S AI SUMMIT 2023

By Audience, Technology, AI & ML, For all, For ICT professionals, EVENTS
SOFTUNI'S AI SUMMIT 2023

21.04.2023 |

Watch SoftUni’s AI Summit 2023 online conference for free on April 29 and April 30, 2023 from 10:00am to 5:00pm with a diverse lineup of AI experts.

Programme – 29.04.2023.

  • 10:00 – 10:30 – Introduction, Yordan Darakchiev
  • 10:45 – 11:45 – Going Far with Open-Source Tools in NLP, Krum Arnaudov
  • 12:00 – 13:00 – ChatGPT and how to become lazier, Alexander Atanasov
  • 13:30 – 14:30 – Data is the most important hyperparameter, Lyuben Syarov
  • 14:45 – 15:45 Classification models for Bulgarian language (analysis of ratings and attitudes in reviews), Atanas Atanasov
  • 16:00 – 17:00 – Unlocking Hidden Potentials: Object Affordances and How AI Detects Them, Denis Zahariev

Programme – 30.04.2023.

  • 10:00 – 10:30 – Introduction, Yordan Darakchiev
  • 10:45 – 11:45 – From data to product (through the magnifying glass of MLOps), Mihail Bakhchevanov
  • 12:00 – 13:00 – Transducers and natural language modelling, Ivan Stefanov
  • 13:30 – 14:30 – Super-resolution via neural networks, Viktor Belchev
  • 14:45 – 15:45 – Stable Diffusion: Painting the Picture with Text, Yordan Darakchiev
  • 16:00 – 17:00 – A Bird’s Eye View of Reinforcement Learning/Reinforcement learning, Hristo Buyukliev

For more information and registration click here.

Details

Website

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

AI

Date

29.04.2023-30.04.2023

Access 

Free event

Format

Online event

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND PROGRAMMING FESTIVAL

By Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, For children, EVENTS
DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND PROGRAMMING FESTIVAL

20.04.2023 |

Participate in the first edition of the School Telerik Academy Digital Technology and Programming Festival.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

  • An exhibition of 100+ digital projects developed by students studying in the academy’s schools
  • Inspiring stories from interesting personalities
  • Meeting our alumni and faculty from across the country
  • Games, prizes and other surprises

PROGRAM:

10:00 – 10:20 – Opening

10:20 – 13:00 – Project Exhibition

13:30 – 15:00 – Inspiring stories

15:00 – 16:00 – Closing Ceremony

The event is free of charge and pre-registration is required. Register here.

The festival is organized by School Telerik Academy, with the support of Sofia Tech Park, America for Bulgaria Foundation, Lidl and aims to inspire and reward the efforts of all digital creators from their schools.

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Уебсайт

Таргет аудитория

Дигитални умения в образованието 

Дигитални умения за деца

Дигитална технология/ категория

Дигитални умения

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29.04.2023

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John Atanassov Innovation Forum

RAILS GIRLS SOFIA 15

By Audience, Technology, Media literacy, Basic digital skills, Web development, Mobile apps, For all, In education, For the workforce, EVENTS
RAILS GIRLS SOFIA 15

20.04.2023 |

Rails Girls Sofia for the fifteenth time!

Rails Girls is a free two-day workshop aimed at ladies with zero or minimal experience in programming and technology.

The main goal is to show that programming is a fun, interesting, exciting and very useful skill that can be used in many different ways. You will have the opportunity to create your first web application, in an enjoyable atmosphere and under the guidance of experienced instructors. More about the event ↓

The event requires (free) registration in advance.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Digital skills

Web development

Mobile apps

Date

12.05.2023-13.05.2023г.

Access 

Free event

Format

In-person event

Location

2020 Event Space

Sofia

CYBER KICK OFF PARTY 2023

By Audience, Technology, Cybersecurity, AI & ML, AR & VR, Robotics, For ICT professionals, EVENTS
CYBER KICK OFF PARTY 2023

06.01.2023 |

 On January 10, the Cyber Kick OFF Party 2023 will bring together for the first time in Bulgaria more than 250 experts, companies, and enthusiasts in the fields of cybersecurity, drones, robots, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and other emerging technological sectors.

The event aims to present the local cybersecurity ecosystem in its entirety, create an environment for community channels that helps to accumulate and realize expertise in multidisciplinary projects. Anyone who wants to develop their skills and knowledge in the field of information security or simply wants to meet like-minded people from the ecosystem can express their desire to participate. The forum will be attended by recognized experts in the field of cybersecurity from various sectors.

The event will begin with a presentation of the CyberClub’s 2023 Strategy, as well as its members, and will later continue with a networking cocktail and various demonstrations of achievements by different companies in the field of cybersecurity. The Cyber Kick OFF Party will take place at Inter Expo Center Sofia on January 10 from 7 pm. Admission is free after pre-registration here.

The event is organized by: CyberClub, ISACA, Cybersecurity Talks Bulgaria (CSTB), Inter Expo Center.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Cybersecurity

Artificial Intelligence

Virtual Reality

Robotics

Date

10.01.2023

Access 

Free event

Format

In-person event

Location

Inter Expo Center Sofia

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