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

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

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

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THE MOST IMPORTANT CENTURY IN HUMAN HISTORY

By Web development, Mobile apps, Audience, Blockchain, Technology, Big data, Computing, Microelectronics, Cybersecurity, For all, IoT, AI & ML, AR & VR, Robotics, Software engineering, NEWS
THE MOST IMPORTANT CENTURY IN HUMAN HISTORY

03.05.2023 |

Could this century be the most important in human history? The 21st century has already proved to be a period of rapid growth. We are on the cusp of developing new technologies that could completely change the way people live – and could contribute to unprecedented levels of existential risk.

See how the decisions we make now could have a major impact on the future of humanity.

Directed by John Mays, AIM Creative Studios, narrated by George Zaydan, music by Andre Ayres.

Bulgarian subtitles available.

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TIPS FOR CONFIGURING YOUR OWN COMPUTER

By Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, For all, NEWS
TIPS FOR CONFIGURING YOUR OWN COMPUTER

03.05.2023 |

There are various options for optimizing a desktop computer besides the usual updates. Modern technology allows one to resort to assembling every single element in the box to arrive at the desired device in terms of features, parameters, even appearance. It is advisable to be familiar not only with the hardware configuration, but also with the software configuration in order for everything to function at the desired level.

Why configure a desktop computer yourself?

A large number of parts can be found at affordable prices and even if you have a limited budget, it is possible to carry out the configuration yourself. This way, you will be sure that every single detail or program will be placed and installed solely by you, even if it requires a longer job. Desktop devices can connect to multiple monitors simultaneously, and this way you can check if the video card is strong enough to support a certain resolution. According to different preferences, the computer case can be horizontal or vertical.

Mandatory components and how to choose the right ones?

The most important component modules for computer configuration include:

  • Processor – it is recommended to be compatible with the parameters of the other parts;
  • Motherboard – serves for most processes taking place in the device;
  • Video card – when assembling it is necessary to take into account the characteristics of the monitor;
  • RAM – at a higher speed of loading programs and processing specialized information;
  • HDD – in the presence of a large database and files, increase the digital space.
  • If you have a laptop, you can also add an SSD to store more files and other information.

How to properly assemble the configuration?

It is recommended to connect the different components in the box consistently. Assembly, as with most technology products, starts with the internal components. Due to the presence of many connecting components, such as cables and circuit boards, you need to choose a suitable box to store the information and have enough space to avoid affecting the different parts. When combining multiple video cards or fans, choose an appropriate space so that the circuit board is not stressed by the high speeds created by intense operation. The configuration must meet the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Steps in assembling the computer

It is recommended that the components be assembled on a table or desk. The installation instructions should be read and applied carefully. The computer configuration requires a newer operating system, so use at least Windows 10. If additional coolers are added during the assembly process, it is desirable to apply the thermal paste carefully to avoid current interference. All cables and connecting components must be joined with the correct connectors. A complex part such as the motherboard, connect with a fine tool to avoid injury to the pins.

Advantages of self-assembly

The biggest advantage is the ability to freely select all the parts included in the machine. This allows you to select and combine the best for the given activity for which you will use the desktop computer. Subsequently, you will have the opportunity to improve the device and it will not be necessary to comply with the “latest” modifications of the respective company. Technology is constantly renewing itself, especially in the software aspect, so the configurations installed in the models should be flexible. Assembly will provide freedom for future requirements to optimize operations.

Installing the computer

The assembly consists of different details and configurations, depending on the desired result. When connecting to the power supply, pay attention to the number of sockets the power strip has. Some models require a certain voltage, so there is a danger of overheating or short-circuiting. After connecting the enclosure to the monitor and other accessories, pay attention to the placement of the external parts and whether you have enough cooling distance.

Configuration check

When finalizing the computer assembly process, it is imperative to start with a high load to check the durability and reliability of the machine. There is a specific mode of functionality for each component, and the compatibility between them is verified by different processes running under different types of operation. The assembly of the computer is complete when the configuration functions without slowdown, does not overheat and does not overload. Further improvements to the software part are also needed to make the components compatible and no “breakage”, even with USB connection.

After you finish assembling the computer, like a true PC Builder, it is imperative that you keep the boxes and additional warranty documents. The manufacturers of the process assemblies for all machines have specified a period of optimum activity, subject to compatibility of items. Exceeding the recommended performance can result in both technical and physical failures. The combination between components will allow you to create an optimal workstation suitable for your purposes.

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TECHNOVATION 2023

By For all, IoT, For the workforce, AI & ML, For ICT professionals, AR & VR, Audience, Robotics, Technology, Software engineering, Computing, Web development, Telecommunications, Mobile apps, Digital marketing, Blockchain, Media literacy, Big data, 5G & WiFi, Microelectronics, Cybersecurity, NEWS
TECHNOVATION 2023

03.05.2023 |

ELEVATE. INTEGRATE. ACCELERATE.

 

ABOUT THE EVENT

Following the success of the first edition of Technovation, Manager magazine is preparing the second edition in 2023. This year’s Technovation event will discuss how the sector is developing in Bulgaria and around the world, as well as what investors are looking for and how to enter foreign markets. What kind of relationship will we develop with artificial intelligence? What does the next generation of technology have in store for us? How will the fintech scene evolve? What are some successful examples of creating new business opportunities through innovation?

In 4 discussion panels, leading executives and experts with recognized authority will discuss how technology is improving the business environment.

Audience: C-level reps/decision makers from tech companies as well as other sectors – retail, trade, heavy and light industry, transportation, healthcare; entrepreneurs; investors; consumers with a passion for technology.

Distribution: The event is being recorded and videos from the individual panels will be posted a few days after the event on manager.bg, Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

This year’s tech event will look at:

  • How the sector is developing in Bulgaria and around the world, as well as what investors are looking for and how to enter foreign markets?
  • What relationships will we develop with artificial intelligence?
  • What does the next generation of technology have in store for us?
  • How will the fintech scene evolve?
  • What are some successful examples of creating new business opportunities through innovation?

 

PROGRAMME:

  • Panel One: Investments in tech: staying ahead
  • Panel Two: AI era: Hello, I am here
  • Panel Three: Fintech 2023: What’s coming?
  • Panel Four: Flying in the clouds

Details of the topics, panelists and a registration form for free attendance in the room can be found here.

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THE BEST TEACHING PRACTICES FOR THE YEAR WERE AWARDED AT THE LARGEST EDUCATIONAL FORUM IN BULGARIA

By Basic digital skills, Robotics, Audience, Software engineering, Technology, Web development, Computing, Mobile apps, Telecommunications, Blockchain, Digital marketing, Big data, Media literacy, Microelectronics, Cybersecurity, In education, IoT, For the workforce, AI & ML, For ICT professionals, NEWS
THE BEST TEACHING PRACTICES FOR THE YEAR WERE AWARDED AT THE LARGEST EDUCATIONAL FORUM IN BULGARIA

03.05.2023 |

Over 400 teachers, principals and education experts took part in this year’s edition of the educational event “Best Practices in Focus” on 29 and 30 April in Sofia.

Art Therapy Studio to improve students’ emotional competencies; project-based learning to celebrate the holidays of different ethnicities in school and develop tolerance among students; a student portfolio in biology to develop scientific literacy, short-term memory and motivation; and a comprehensive school strategy for environmental education and developing awareness of global challenges related to climate change. These are the educational practices that were rated highest in this year’s Best Practices in Focus competition. For the second year in a row, the competition collects, describes and promotes good examples of the work of teachers in Bulgaria.

The awards were presented on 29 April in Sofia during the largest educational event of the same name, which brought together more than 400 teachers, principals and educational experts to exchange experiences, inspiration, practical workshops and search for new approaches to engage students in the 21st century.

The organizers of the competition and the final event “Good Practices in Focus” are the Foundation “Together in class” and the educational website prepodavame.bg.

The winning practices are reviewed and evaluated by an expert jury of over 40 people. In the selection criteria, they look for practices that are effective, sustainable and improve the well-being of children, promote youth participation and support students’ academic progress.

“We often talk about what is not happening in Bulgarian classrooms, what needs to be changed and fixed. This gives the wrong impression that meaningful and inspiring things are not happening. With Good Practices in Focus, we want to show just how much resource and potential there is in the country’s schools. We have received many good examples that we believe will be useful for teachers in other schools – to find inspiration, to find like-minded people and to look for new opportunities to be even more helpful to their pupils.”

In addition to jury awards, audience awards and additional special awards were presented to some of the partners in the event.

In the program of the event, in addition to the awarding of the best practices, teachers from all over the country had the opportunity to participate in an important discussion on how we provide quality education to all students with the participation of Anelia Andreeva from the National Inspectorate of Education, representatives of the World Bank and education experts. [recording of the discussion coming soon]

After the discussion, the forum participants drew on the experience of Dr. Rima Shore, head of the Bank Street College of Education in New York. She inspired the attendees with a lecture on “Empowering Teachers”, which focused on the power and impact of teacher empowerment [lecture recording coming soon]. She also led two hands-on workshops on strategies for improving student well-being and progress and adapting best practices from elsewhere. The workshops were highly appreciated by teachers and helped many of them to imagine how they could innovate more in their teaching practice.

In addition to the international guest, the teachers at the forum learned experientially through practical workshops prepared by teachers from Sofia, Varna, Staza Zagora, Knezha, S. Bohot, S. Rumyantsevo.

The first day of the event also introduced teachers to over 30 educational organizations and initiatives during a special educational exhibition.

More about the event and a full list of the award winners can be found here.

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REGISTRATION FOR THE COMPETITION “DIGITAL INNOVATORS IN EDUCATION” OPENS

By Computing, Software engineering, Telecommunications, Web development, Digital marketing, Mobile apps, Media literacy, Blockchain, 5G & WiFi, Big data, Cybersecurity, Microelectronics, IoT, In education, AI & ML, For the workforce, AR & VR, For ICT professionals, Audience, Basic digital skills, Technology, Robotics, NEWS
REGISTRATION FOR THE COMPETITION "DIGITAL INNOVATORS IN EDUCATION" OPENS

03.05.2023 |

Traditionally, the campaign and the award ceremony will be held under the patronage of the Minister of Education and Science

From today, 3 May 2023, the registration for the Digital Innovators in Education Teacher Competition 2023, organised by BAIT for the fourth consecutive year, will open.

The aim of the competition is to reward and encourage best practices in the use of digital content, the connection of schools with business and the preparation for the establishment of STEM centers. The competition is looking for teachers – digital innovators, teaching from 1st to 12th grade.

All teachers, including assistant teachers, teaching students from 1st to 12th grade in all subjects included in the curricula of the Ministry of Education can participate. Any teacher may apply or be nominated* in one or more categories. (*Nominations also require completion of all fields on the application form, as well as supporting evidence.)

Registration in the competition is done by submitting an Application Form.

Deadline for registration: 26.05.2023 by 17:00.

Links to posts, testimonials, comments from students and parents on Facebook, LinkedIn, learning platforms, received via email, test scores, videos, links to materials and videos will be accepted.

The competition will determine award winners in the following 4 categories:

1.Technological Innovation:

  • Application of ICT in the overall learning process – tests, homework, visualization and examples;
  • Additional technological innovations – simulation environments, automation, generation of unique tests with the same degree of difficulty (scoring and individualization), authorship check;
  • Use of special technological tools in extracurricular activities – 3D printers, computer aided design systems /CAD systems/, virtual reality, etc.;
  • Contribution to the learning of the material (comparison of test results with previous years).

2. Quality learning content:

  • Interactive presentation of content: engaging students in the delivery and preparation of the lesson;
  • Learning through fun with a platform based on games and building different worlds that encourages creativity, collaboration and problem solving /games, quizzes and other forms with a competitive element/;
  • Feedback from parents , students and guest speakers;
  • Multiple use by other teachers and/or schools.

3. Practical orientation of information technology teaching:

  • Teacher participation in the Business Teaches NP (by updating knowledge and introducing examples from practice to enhance the practical focus of teaching and/or using practitioners as teaching assistants, guest lecturers). Using practical examples and knowledge of new technologies acquired during training in companies in the teaching process;
  • Other forms of collaboration with business to make classroom learning more practical;
  • Extracurricular forms of cooperation with business – internships, workshops and visits to companies.

4. Contribute to a quality STEM center:

  • Preparing for the use of the STEM center in the learning process;
  • Preparation of attractive and interactive content for after-school activities/clubs;
  • Preparing teachers to successfully use the technology tools in the STEM center;
  • Programs to generate interest in STEM;
  • STEM Skills Formation Programs.

The jury, which includes the members of the Management and Supervisory Boards of BAIT, will award the best applications from 1st to 3rd place in each of the four categories.

The winners will be awarded at an official ceremony at TechnoMagicLand on 27.06.2023.

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USE AI PROACTIVELY WHILE RETAINING CONTROL OF DECISION MAKING

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USE AI PROACTIVELY WHILE RETAINING CONTROL OF DECISION MAKING

02.05.2023  |

Let’s make Bulgaria one of those economies in the world that with the help of AI increase their productivity and become more competitive.

This call was made by the Chairman of the Board of BASSCOM and the Board of BRAIT Dobroslav Dimitrov to the CEOs and their teams of Stara Planina Holding. The holding includes key companies, including M+S Hydraulics – hydraulic motors and steering controls, Hydraulic Elements and Systems AD – hydraulic cylinders, Elhim Iskra AD – accumulators, starter and traction batteries, Bulgarian Rose AD – essential oils, Ustrem AD – spare parts production etc.

Dobroslav Dimitrov was invited by the Chairman of AICB Vasil Velev to introduce the holding’s representatives with the new opportunities that artificial intelligence opens for business.

It is a multiplier of skills and productivity, increases capacity and gives an edge to companies that quickly manage to find its application, said Dobroslav Dimitrov. He explained how artificial intelligence works, how it is trained and what we can expect in the very near future from the development of the technology. He did not fail to touch upon important social challenges that we will face very soon – a widening gap between businesses and experts who apply artificial intelligence and those who do not; exacerbating social inequalities in societies and numerous moral dilemmas that this powerful technology poses for humans.

It is crucial that we, the people, retain control over decision-making. Artificial intelligence may have numerous suggestions on how to optimize our business, for example, but we, the owners and managers of the companies, are the ones who have to make the final decisions because we have the whole context conditioned by the human factor, Dobroslav Dimitrov further explained.

“We here in this room can do nothing against some madman in some cave starting to develop a biological weapon using artificial intelligence. But we can make sure that our companies do not suddenly start losing their contracts because other companies somewhere in the world have already implemented artificial intelligence and thanks to that they offer better conditions and lower prices,” Dobroslav Dimitrov said.

He outlined specific areas of application of artificial intelligence in mechanical engineering, ERP systems, database management, etc.

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WORDPRESS. MAT THAT THREW THE INTERNET INTO JAZZ

By Media literacy, 5G & WiFi, Basic digital skills, Software engineering, Web development, For all, For the workforce, For ICT professionals, Audience, Technology, NEWS
WORDPRESS. MAT THAT THREW THE INTERNET INTO JAZZ

12.05.2023 |

The story of WordPress is curious and exciting, it is one of those rare series of events that show how beautiful life online can be and what amazing possibilities it creates.

Today, different programming languages, platforms, and libraries are multiplying faster than ever, which is why it’s especially impressive that more than 1/3 of the sites on the Internet today are based… on the same technology. And it’s jazz-related.

WordPress came along at the right time to become the venture that allowed anyone to make their well-designed website easily and without digging deep. The story is particularly interesting, Matt Mullenweg created the platform willy-nilly, insisting on its independence and general accessibility while at the same time… managing to amass a serious fortune. And to remain one of the most positive characters in the times of ubiquitous internet.

Jazzzz

WordPress came along just in time at the moment when the web suddenly became accessible and websites were ready to offer a variety of content. The open source platform has rallied a huge community around it. Thanks to it, today it’s easier than ever to have a well-designed website without being a programmer, designer, or having any experience.

It’s very hard to realize what 1/3 of today’s internet means. Different sources give differing figures, but it is approximately 450 million web pages! With not only the number, but the ratio not stopping growing in recent years, WordPress is adding 2% to its “share” of the web per year, and some say it has even passed the 40% mark!

Today, the project’s main database houses 423,759 lines of code, and because the programmers work on a volunteer basis, 112 years of hours of work have been put into the project so far.

And it all started completely by accident, from the curiosity of a kid.

It’s 2003, and 19-year-old Matt Mullenweg is a freshman at the University of Houston. He decided to start a blog and chose the b2/cafelog platform. He wants to show his classmates the pictures he took on a trip to Washington. The blog was called Photomatt.net, and later became simply Ma.tt.

At that time only 2000 sites were made using b2/cafelog. The platform is far from perfect, Matt needs minor improvements so he can upload his photos. So he’s trying to get in touch with the people who created the project… And today, all of us who use WordPress are very lucky that he’s hitting rock bottom.

The creator of the platform is gone, and Matt decides to seek advice in one of the popular programming forums. “My blog’s software dilemma,” the youngster christens the topic, and explains, “The platform login software I use hasn’t been updated in months, and the main developer has disappeared. I can’t find him anywhere, but I hope he’s at least okay.”

Days pass, only one comment appears below. One Mike Little writes: “If you’re serious about the idea of making a successor to b2, I’d be interested in getting involved.”

Summertime

And then, things just happen. Slowly but surely, their project began to gain a following to become what WordPress is today – the platform that gives everyone the chance to be featured in the online world.

Symbolic or not, the project was officially created on April Fool’s Day, the date becoming WordPress’ birthday.

People don’t stop preferring WordPress until today because in its basic form, you don’t need to know how to code. The system is simple, intuitive, and time-tested. And if you do a little programming, you can develop your project without limits. Of course, there are no perfect solutions, WordPress is not always the best choice. But it’s definitely a myth that it’s only suitable for more modest projects, and today it’s used by BBC America, Bloomberg Professional, TechCrunch and The New Yorker.

But we mentioned jazz… What does it have to do with a platform for websites? It’s a stylish decision by the developers, which WP fans are well aware of, to name each new version of the platform after a favourite jazz artist. The first official version, from January 2004, is named after Miles Davis, and the latest, from November 2022, is named after pianist Mikhail Alperin – Misha. With the release of each new version, the creators of WordPress also release a short playlist of their favorite performances of the selected jazzman.

“Technology is most useful when it brings people together,” says Matt Mullenweg.

But how did he and his followers walk the long road to success? How did he manage to become a successful entrepreneur despite becoming popular with open source? What are the WordPress creator’s views on the future of the web and the big questions of today? Read on the Digital Stories website.

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WOMEN WHO SHONE IN THE TECH WORLD

By IoT, Software engineering, Web development, Big data, Microelectronics, Audience, For all, Technology, Computing, Telecommunications, Media literacy, 5G & WiFi, NEWS
WOMEN WHO SHONE IN THE TECH WORLD

02.05.2023 |

Their stories are interesting and inspiring

Some think women don’t understand technology. However, this is far from the case and the proof is in the fact that there are many women professionals who have proven their worth in a wide variety of professions. We present to you a few of the most stunning ladies who have left their name in the history of programming:

Countess Ada Lovelace

Have you heard of her? She’s the daughter of the great poet George Byron. And shocking as it may be, she was the world’s first computer programmer. She was born in London in 1815. As a little girl, Ada loved to curl up in some secluded corner with a pen and a notebook. Her mother feared that her daughter had inherited her father’s literary talent and would carry on his work. Ada, however, was not interested in poetry at all-she was obsessed with the idea of the airplane she was designing.

When she was 17, Ada met mathematician Charles Babbage, who is known as the inventor of the first computer. The girl translated Babbage’s work, Elements of Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine. Interestingly, the translation itself was accompanied by her personal explanations of 52 pages, writes iskamdaznam.

Among other things, she describes the algorithm for calculating Bernoulli’s numbers in order for the computer to understand them. Her calculation sequence can safely be considered the first computer program. Many of the girl’s ideas became the basis for the development of modern programming. In her notes, things like “work cell”, “subroutine”, “loop” are mentioned for the first time in the world.

Grace Hopper

As a child, she was famous for her proverbial curiosity. She remained so. Little Grace dismantled seven alarm clocks – quite puzzling her mother with these actions. Because of her father’s illness, she didn’t want to be another American wife who would be nothing more than a housewife. A decent dowry, however, was not as important as a good education. Therefore, the father chose the latter, which determined his daughter’s fate. The talented Grace Hopper quickly earned her doctorate at Yale. When World War II began, the girl went to serve in the Navy. In 1943, she was transferred to the Artillery Computer Bureau at Harvard University. She was among the first programmers of the Mark I computer. Grace Hopper created the COBOL programming language, which is still current. She first used the term “bug” in her bug report.

Marisa Mayer

Mayer breaks all existing stereotypes about female intelligence by becoming CEO of Yahoo! She was born into a family of an engineer and an artist in 1975 in Wisconsin, USA. After graduating with an MBA from Stanford, she began working at Google, where she became the first female software engineer. Later she worked from one department to another, doing web design, dealing with management, marketing, staff training. As a result, the indefatigable blonde found herself president of the IT product development department.

Marissa Mayer found herself in a difficult situation when she was offered the CEO position at Yahoo because she was pregnant. It is well known that this is not a prerequisite for career development. However, Marissa impressed the board of directors. The company’s management did not doubt for a moment that she was the one to lead Yahoo out of the crisis. After she left Yahoo in 2017, together with her colleague Munoz Torres, she founded Lumi Labs, which is a technology business incubator. The new company is based in Palo Alto, California, and its operations are focused on artificial intelligence and consumer media. She owes her career primarily to her character, which is an incredible “explosive mixture” of pedantry and workaholism.

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MAY IN SOFTUNI

By For ICT professionals, Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, Software engineering, Web development, For all, In education, NEWS
MAY IN SOFTUNI

02.05.2023 |

We are pleased to introduce you to the new modules and courses launching at SoftUni in May.

The programme of each course has been selected and developed with the most sought-after skills by employers in mind. The technologies emphasized in them are in line with the latest trends.

  • On May 2 the advanced training “C++ Advanced” with lecturer Doncho Angelov will start: https://bit.ly/3mZhzVA
  • The new course “Containers and Cloud” with lecturer Martin Gradev will introduce you to best practices for creating containers with Docker: https://bit.ly/3oxLkNr
  • The “MySQL” course with lecturer Nikolay Bankin starts on May 10: https://bit.ly/40AS62v
  • With the training “HTML & CSS” with lecturer Konstantin Dankov you will learn to create modern websites with HTML & CSS: https://bit.ly/3V3BP4R
  • The module “Algorithms with Java” with speaker Nikolay Bankin starts on May 22: https://bit.ly/43VJ96G
  • The module “Algorithms with C#” with lecturer Atanas Atanasov starts on May 22: https://bit.ly/3LnfPPh
  • Microsoft Excel module with lecturer Desislava Topuzakova starts on May 25: https://bit.ly/43VP0ZN
  • Course “Microsoft Excel Fundamentals” with lecturer Desislava Topuzakova starts on May 25: https://bit.ly/3Arbe8g

You can find out more about the courses and modules here.

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SOFTWARE COMPANIES HAVE A KEY ROLE TO PLAY IN AI-DRIVEN BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION

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SOFTWARE COMPANIES HAVE A KEY ROLE TO PLAY IN AI-DRIVEN BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION

02.05.2023 |

If only six months ago we formulated BASCOM’s mission to lead Bulgaria and its economy through the revolution of digital transformation, now we are in a radically different situation – there is the fifth industrial revolution of artificial intelligence. We are literally six months away from cardinal change at all economic, social and societal levels. Software companies will play a key role in the business transformation brought about by artificial intelligence, but the state also needs to wake up urgently. This message was delivered by Dobroslav Dimitrov, Chairman of BASCOM, during the traditional spring meeting of software companies – members of the Association. This time the meeting was held in Blagoevgrad.

The Bulgarian economy is young and this often puts us at a disadvantage compared to economies with long-standing traditions, but now, thanks to the artificial intelligence revolution, we have the chance to be all equal at the starting line. But if we don’t make cardinal changes, both at business and government level, we will become redundant.

Software companies expressed concern about the ongoing political instability in the country, the compromising of the budgetary framework, possible new encroachments on the tax system and the departure from the euro area. Taking over the presidency of the Bulgarian Employers Association for Innovative Technologies (BRAIT), BASCOM will continue its insistent efforts to involve BRAIT in the national tripartite dialogue. The exponential development of artificial intelligence will confront all areas of the Bulgarian economy with a number of completely new challenges that will require an adequate technological response and lightning-fast adaptability if we are to remain competitive.

BASCOM reported progress on key priorities of the Association related to access to talent. Thanks to the united efforts of related associations in the ICT industry, the streamlined procedure for issuing blue cards, which attract highly qualified professionals from third countries outside the EU, is now a reality. Along this line, BASCOM’s ITogether.BG initiative to maintain active communication with Bulgarian IT communities abroad in order to promote Bulgarians as a good destination to live and pursue an IT career continues.

BASCOM’s parallel efforts to develop IT education continue. The Association’s initiative to study the successful models of existing IT schools such as TUES and schools in Burgas, Varna, Stara Zagora, etc. is gaining momentum with the aim of multiplying them in more regions of the country to a minimum of 10 new IT schools.

Regarding another priority of the Association – business development through experience sharing and improving the environment – BASCOM’s Business Tree initiative was successfully launched. In the dynamically changing business environment due to the invasion of artificial intelligence, the Business Tree discussion format will be the platform for sharing up-to-date professional experience at all levels in the software industry, as well as a platform for communication with other sectors of the Bulgarian economy.

The software companies from BASSCOM also held a meeting with students from Blagoevgrad, presenting the different roles in the sector, sharing experiences from business everyday life and the inspiring path of the speakers, the overall attitude and the important competencies and skills that are sought by employers. “Start early, be consistent, spend at least 8 hours a day on programming. In IT you don’t work, you are creators. Learning in this sector is for life. Artificial intelligence is used as an opportunity multiplier and to save time. It requires the programmer to develop a big picture view and not just focus on the code, but on the end product and the specific customer needs that are being addressed.” These were just some of the messages that the software sector sent to young talent.

When and at which stage of education to start working and how to successfully combine the two, how to choose the right role and company for you, what kind of people will be in demand and how companies will develop their strengths, what skills are needed, what are the types of professions in the IT industry, will artificial intelligence replace programmers – these were some of the questions in the discussion. The meeting was held at the American University in Blagoevgrad and was attended by both students and students with specialized IT training, as well as their teachers.

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FEWER RESTRICTIONS ON TEACHING WILL LEAD TO HIGHER QUALITY SECONDARY EDUCATION

By Mobile apps, For children, Audience, In education, Technology, Telecommunications, Digital marketing, Media literacy, Basic digital skills, Robotics, Software engineering, Web development, NEWS
FEWER RESTRICTIONS ON TEACHING WILL LEAD TO HIGHER QUALITY SECONDARY EDUCATION

02.05.2023 |

Time to consider differentiated remuneration to retain good teachers in priority subjects

The frameworks set out by the Ministry of Education are the stumbling block in the modern training of young talent. The inability to have the power to implement a newer and genuinely useful approach to training processes. Freedom must be given. The head teacher should be able to assign classes to people from the business who within 4-5 hours can come and teach. This will certainly motivate the students, give them another perspective, and motivate the teachers, which in turn will raise the level and lead to better quality education in the state.

Around this opinion united teachers from the Professional High School of Computer Modeling and Computer Systems – city. Varna and Professional School of Computer Science and Mathematical Analysis “Prof. Minko Balkanski – town of Stara Zagora at the next meeting-discussion organized by BASCOM with IT schools in Bulgaria. At the meetings some of the most successful technology schools present and exchange best practices from their training models in order to study their experience and multiply it in other cities of the country. The moderator of the meeting was Ivan Rusev – part of the BASCOM working group that deals with education issues.

Both schools in Varna and Stara Zagora were established less than three years ago and are already an established centre of attraction for young people from their respective regions. Eng. Vyara Dukova, Director of the Professional High School of Computer Modelling and Computer Systems in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Varna, said that the curriculum is key for any high school. “The main thing we rely on is that in the elective classes children study mathematics. We believe that no engineer or programmer would be successful if they don’t have a good level of math knowledge. The idea of student learning is to achieve lasting knowledge in something, not to go over material that students cannot understand and master. It’s important for us to build a foundation that the business or university will then build on.”

Eng. Dukova is adamant that today’s children are very different in their perceptions and we should find an approach and language to them. “We have tried to build a model where university professors enter the classes at high school level. This was not a successful practice because the university lecturer imparts a knowledge while the student should be taught. Much more examples and work with children at the high school level is needed,” she says.

Kamelia Krumova, Director of PGKNMA “prof. Minko Balkanski” – town of Stara Zagora

The issue of personnel is another big topic that was discussed in the meeting.

“It is very difficult to find teachers who meet the requirements and at the same time to be able to retain them. Often they come to us for a period of time, we put resources into their education and before long the IT industry swallows them up. Teaching is not just a job, it’s a cause and it’s not for everyone,” said Kamelia Krumova, director of Prof. Minko Balkanski” – town of Stara Zagora. Kamelia Krumova added that we have many applications for teachers from people from other sectors, such as banking, who once acquired teaching qualifications and decided to try their hand as teachers years later. There is a need to find a mechanism to support these people, for example to update their knowledge and assess it, because in general there is a mistrust and among these candidates there may be many valuable educators with unrealised potential. As an advice to future technology schools in other cities, Ms. Krumova stressed that it is absolutely important to be able to rely on a core of great teachers in the first place, as well as on the strong support of the local government – the formula for success of the school in the city of Krumova. The main reason for the success of Stara Zagora’s school.

Dobroslav Dimitrov raised the topic of how long it takes teachers to prepare their materials and what a big effort it is. “I myself am the co-founder of a coder training academy, which I have been developing for 10 years and I know how labor-intensive the process is. I can boldly say that since two months we are much more productive thanks to the AI-based tools we implemented. It’s a colossal transition that can solve in a large percentage the problems with content creation or a complete course. Artificial intelligence could help teachers, for example, to come up with specific assignments or coursework for each student in a way that is interesting and personalised to their level of knowledge and understanding. Using these tools, good materials can be prepared and the overall teaching process can be improved. This frees up creative resources that could be directed towards students. The application of artificial intelligence makes sure that the new juniors are at the level of midlevel and this is already happening,” said Dobroslav Dimitrov.

The participants in the discussion were in consensus that at least twice a year IT school principals, together with representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science and business, need to meet to exchange information and share cases that can find their solution through such discussions. They re-emphasized the importance of having a regular government and a Minister of Education as soon as possible to address all the issues raised.

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INFINEON WILL TRAIN DOCTORAL STUDENTS AT THE TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY IN SOFIA

By Format of the training, OPPORTUNITIES: Training, Bulgarian, Bulgaria, In-person training, Training fee, English, Paid training, Other, Duration of training, Type of training, Language of the training, More than a year, Internship, Country providing the training, OPPORTUNITIES, Other trainings, NEWS
INFINEON WILL TRAIN DOCTORAL STUDENTS AT THE TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY IN SOFIA

11.05.2023 |

  German chip manufacturer Infineon is entering into a partnership with the Technical University – Sofia, to train doctoral students through its Austrian subsidiary. This initiative is part of the European IPCEI project in microelectronics, which brings together companies and research organizations from different countries with the ultimate goal of strengthening the technological capacity of the industry in the EU.

The next stage in this collaboration is to expand the training opportunities to include master’s students as well. For Bulgarian students, this represents an opportunity to work on scientific projects in one of the world’s largest chip companies. The aim of IPCEI is to develop the capacity of the entire region, as stated by Sabine Herlitschka, CEO of Infineon Austria, during the program presentation at the Technical University.

The IPCEI project offers various opportunities for master’s and doctoral students. They can stay at the university in Bulgaria but also receive a monthly stipend for a period of 3 to 4 years, explained Veneta Ivanova from Infineon Austria. There are also internship programs available for students, with the duration ranging from summer-only to 6 to 12 months, depending on the research topic.

According to Sabine Herlitschka, CEO of Infineon Austria, Bulgaria has strong traditions and know-how in technologies, making it an ideal environment for such investments. She mentioned that Sofia is just an hour and a half away by plane from Vienna, which has also been a significant advantage in choosing the Technical University as a partner in this endeavor. She added that the best innovation ecosystem consists of research organizations, universities, and companies. The closer they collaborate, the faster they can deliver the best possible technologies and products to customers and consumers. Therefore, she emphasized the need to strengthen cooperation not only in Austria but throughout Europe.

Infineon Austria is part of the German company Infineon Technologies, which ranks among the top 20 global chip manufacturers. The group has produced 9.4 billion chips in the past year. The Austrian division had a turnover of 5.2 billion euros and nearly 5,500 employees for the previous year, accounting for approximately 10% of the group’s results.

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DIGITALK CONFERENCE – FOR GAME CHANGERS WITH BREAKTHROUGH IDEAS

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DIGITALK CONFERENCE - FOR GAME CHANGERS WITH BREAKTHROUGH IDEAS

28.04.2023 |

Sofia Event Center & ONLINE

18 May 2023

 

1 DAY FULL OF VALUABLE CONTENT

40+ SPEAKERS

1000+ VISITORS ON SITE & ONLINE

UNLIMITED ON DEMAND RESOURCES

In its 2023 edition, Digitalk will present people, innovation and technology breakthroughs that will drive humanity and businesses forward. Ambitious companies will not try to build a bridge to the past, but instead, embrace the disruption and use their investments and best ideas to design a new future.

KEY TOPICS

Great reasons to attend

  • Breakthrough business models and ideas
  • Elevating the local ecosystem
  • The rise of purpose-driven investments
  • Transformational power of climate-tech
  • VC changed priorities: The focus of the new cycle
  • The next еra for startups: from growth to profitability 

SPEAKERS

  • Andrew Keen, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Silicon Valley innovation salon FutureCast
  • Danijel Višević , FOUNDING PARTNER, CREATE CLIMATE TECH LEADERS, World Fund
  • Federico Menna , CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER , EIT Digital
  • Maryan Rizinski , MANAGER OF TECHNOLOGY & BUSINESS CONSULTING , Bosch Digital Bulgaria
  • Alex Yochev , APPLICATION INNOVATION LEAD, CEMA , Microsoft
  • Radosław Kędzia , VP CEE & NORDIC EUROPE REGION , Huawei

All lectors, Agenda and TICKETS here.

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HOW TALENT IS DEVELOPED – TBS ACADEMY

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HOW TALENT IS DEVELOPED - TBS ACADEMY

28.04.2023 |

The shortage of staff in the IT sector is an undeniable fact. The right way to address it is multi-layered and dynamic, just like the industry itself. “TBS Academy” was established with a clear mission – to offer the best practical and personalized training in the field of IT infrastructure.

Established in 2021, “TBS Academy” has been able to train a total of 40 professionals, 21 of whom are already working in the company, having chosen the department they want to develop in themselves. Completely free of charge, the Academy enables anyone with an interest in the field to not only gain knowledge, but also to get a chance for future career development at TBS after successfully completing the training. At its core are the drive of the teaching team and a clear awareness of a holistic transformation of learners. The academy is gaining popularity, starting with 25 candidates in 2021, a number that has grown significantly to 122 for the last training.

A new, more ambitious stage in the Academy’s history, encouraged by its great success, is its expansion to other Balkan countries following the same model, with TBS offices becoming educational hubs of sorts. Up-to-date, different and practically oriented, the Academy successfully combines ambition and the drive for knowledge with the need for well-trained IT staff.

About the Academy

The training starts with a three-month technology-focused theoretical part that covers the basics of modern IT infrastructure. Upon successful completion of the first stage, it progresses to a paid three-month practical internship, during which trainees get the opportunity to get involved in real company projects on an ongoing basis. For many, the final step is to start a job at TBS that guides them in their overall career development.

After gaining hands-on experience, new experts are encouraged to take a company-sponsored, internationally recognized certification exam. For this purpose, the Academy’s own certification centre, part of the Pearson VUE network, is located in the TBS office in Sofia. It is also available to external candidates. The centre offers certification exams of leading IT companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, VMware, Dell, IBM and many others. Nearly 300 certification exams have been conducted in the last year, half of them by TBS employees and the other half by external candidates.

Since human resource is the core of TBS’s progress, creating professionals with the right focus and understanding of market needs is an absolute must. It is crucial to invest in initiatives that support and develop young professionals. Thanks to optimized training content, adequate planning and vast teaching experience, the “TBS Academy” is considered one of the main pillars in the company’s strategic development. Future trainings will build on the knowledge base in line with TBS’s long-term vision and with a focus on current expert needs.

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BANKING TODAY CONFERENCE – THE EVOLUTION OF BANKING

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BANKING TODAY CONFERENCE - THE EVOLUTION OF BANKING

28.04.2023 |

Your bank today is the bank of your future yesterday. The new edition of the Banking Today specialised banking conference will showcase the banks that have entered the new “customer-first” era.

In a high level of discussion, three panels will discuss the new architecture that banks are creating to improve the experience for their customers, as well as the specifics of fintech engines. Representatives from leading financial institutions and regulators in Bulgaria will provide their expertise and professional insight on the macroeconomic changes that will impact the banking and financial market in the country. They will also outline what new business-useful products and services the sector will offer in 2023.

When: 4 May 2023

Where: Inter Expo Center

Highlights of the Banking Today programme:

  • Evolution of banking
  • Fin-tech payments – anywhere, anytime
  • ESG – green gets real
  • Infrastructure for fintech innovation
  • Interest rates and inflation, what to expect from the second half of 2023.
  • 2024 – a key year for the euro and Bulgaria

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Representatives of the banking and financial industry, business representatives, consultants, CFO managers of large companies, representatives of regulatory frameworks, fintech companies.

More about the program, speakers and REGISTRATION HERE.

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SCHOLARSHIP FUND “GO, STUDY AND COME BACK”

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SCHOLARSHIP FUND "GO, STUDY AND COME BACK"

28.04.2023 |

The Tuk-Tam “Go, Study and Come Back” Scholarship Fund is launching for the eighth consecutive year and will be the largest ever with a total fund of nearly 100,000 BGN!

The fund is a Tuk-Tam initiative that supports motivated Bulgarians to continue their education with a Master’s degree at a foreign university, and then apply what they learn here – this is how we build a brighter future in Bulgaria.

You can take part in the competition REGARDLESS of the field and country you apply to, as long as you have:

  • Bulgarian citizenship
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree obtained by 31 July 2023
  • Started application process to a Master’s programme at a foreign university
  • At least B2 level of proficiency in the language in which the training will be conducted
  • A clear intention to pursue a career in Bulgaria.

If you are targeting an Engineering (or similar) Master’s degree abroad, you can apply for the 10,000 BGN Specialist Scholarship from Sensata Technologies.

Apply by May 10! More about the fields, as well as all the conditions and the application form, can be found here.

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EUROPEAN DIGITAL INNOVATION HUB “TRAKIA” OPENED IN PLOVDIV

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EUROPEAN DIGITAL INNOVATION HUB "TRAKIA" OPENED IN PLOVDIV

28.04.2023 |

The European Digital Innovation Hub “Trakia” was officially opened – a joint project between the Union for Business Initiative, the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, the University of Plovdiv “St. Paisii Hilendarski”, the Bulgarian Association for Cybersecurity and the Municipality of Plovdiv.

The European Digital Innovation Hub aims to lead to digital transformation and network security in municipal structures, small and medium-sized enterprises in the south-central region of Bulgaria, as well as to assist the process of attracting foreign and national investments in industries with high added value.

“The role of the European digital innovation hub Trakia is to provide businesses and local administration with innovative digital solutions and integrate them into their daily activities. It provides a free range of services for cyber security, access to finance, education and networking for all interested parties”, explained during the opening the chairman of the Union for Business Initiative and project coordinator Vaska Baklarova.

The event was also attended by the Minister of Electronic Government Georgi Todorov, the Deputy Minister of Economy and Industry Yanko Topalov, the Deputy Mayor Todor Chonov, the Deputy Director of the Institute of Communication and Information Technologies at the BAS Assoc. Velizar Shalamanov, the national coordinator on cyber security for Bulgaria Petar Kirkov and others.

“One of the main priorities of the Cabinet is to improve digital connectivity. A leading condition for this is the development and effective implementation of new technologies. Today we are opening the European Digital Innovation Hub and with this we are demonstrating a step forward”, said the Minister of e-Government, Georgi Todorov.

He added that, according to his team’s research, companies that follow the digital transformation path are more profitable and their market valuation is higher than the industry average.

Deputy Mayor Todor Chonov also welcomed the initiative and reminded that in 2022 Plovdiv Municipality became a full member of the European Digital Innovation Hub “Trakia”.

“As the second largest municipality in Bulgaria, Plovdiv Municipality is obliged to be among the leaders in the development of digital transformation. The municipal administration is gradually and surely changing under the impact of the ever-increasing digitalization. This is a process in which I am sure that our joint work will upgrade the knowledge, skills and competences of municipal employees,” said Chonov.

The event also includes a forum with two discussion panels – European Digital Innovation Hub “Thrace” – a bridge in public-private partnership and Funding opportunities for digital transformation and cybersecurity for business.

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SKILLO: MISSION QUALITY IT EDUCATION POSSIBLE

By Audience, Software engineering, Technology, Web development, Computing, Mobile apps, Telecommunications, Blockchain, Digital marketing, Big data, Cybersecurity, Microelectronics, IoT, For all, AI & ML, In education, AR & VR, For ICT professionals, Basic digital skills, Robotics, NEWS
SKILLO: MISSION QUALITY IT EDUCATION POSSIBLE

28.04.2023 |

In 1989, the film Dead Poets Society was released, in which a host of well-known actors reflect on the meaning of life, the cost of human achievement and the heights to which the human spirit can reach through education and the search for what is meaningful in life. It is there that Robin Williams impersonates the teacher John Keating and says the following to his students:

„No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.“

“At Skillo, this is one of the pillars that drives and motivates us to work relentlessly to create a quality learning environment for IT people who truly want to develop themselves to move the world and bring quality change to society and themselves.”

And who is Skillo, anyway?

Skillo is a Bulgarian company founded in 2018 by two IT professionals – Petar Milev and Hussein Turkmen. Former colleagues and current friends and business partners, Pesho and Hugh, as everyone calls them, not only share many years of experience as IT professionals in leadership positions, but also united around the mission to create a company with a special cause – building an IT academy, with the belief that Bulgaria has a lot of potential talent and conditions that can make our country the Silicon Valley of Europe, but it takes a qualitative change of the educational environment in which people grow and learn for this to happen. The Academy works both with individual learners and with some of the largest IT companies in our market as corporate clients.

Apart from the IT academy, in the years back they developed another business line that works on recruitment and development of IT professionals through which they have the opportunity to connect professionals in the market with attractive and meaningful job opportunities.

Today we bring you an interview with Hugh, who talks a bit more about Skillo’s IT Academy and in particular how by developing good educators and good IT professionals, we are actually changing the whole industry.

Hugh, tell us briefly about yourself and how your journey as a professional and teacher started?

My start in the IT industry was more than 12 years ago when I started as a Database Developer, but very quickly I realized that software testing was what I was really interested in and I knew I would be good at it. After intense years of learning and lots of practice, I was able to move through various projects and roles where I had the opportunity to both manage teams and interview IT professionals as well as create and build testing processes, environments and be responsible for overall product quality. About 9 years ago was also my first exposure to teaching. Up until that point, I had done in-house training for my colleagues, but it’s very different to train people who are already in the industry and those who are yet to enter the field. So, a friend of mine invited me to teach Software Testing Fundamentals at the school where he was lecturing and I decided to give it a try. It was a big challenge for me, but I knew I could do it because I had a strong interest, and usually when something is interesting and really important to you, you can’t help but do well.

How did you feel in the beginning as a young teacher and what motivated you to develop in this role?

I remember at the beginning I was very excited but also nervous. I had to put in a lot of hours of effort preparing lectures, practicing the actual teaching and delivery of the information, and thinking about how to optimize the content that I would teach to the students so that they would get the most out of the course time. My motivation has always been about two main things: by teaching, you are making a multiplied contribution of your knowledge and skills and secondly, you are a change generator for the future professionals who are now starting their education and development in IT.

Could you explain in a little more detail what it means to multiply your contribution of knowledge and skills?

Imagine a professional who is good at what they do, goes to work accordingly, applies their knowledge and skills and gets paid for it. In such a situation, the contribution is 1:1 – you contribute certain knowledge, you put in effort and you get paid for it. In teaching, however, you are still using the same knowledge that you do your job with, but by teaching people who draw on your knowledge, you multiply the effect of what you achieve. For me, that has always been a tremendous motivator to keep doing teaching, besides of course the fact that I enjoy doing it.

You have built up quite a few faculty members yourself, some of whom are now part of the Skillo teaching staff. Tell us a bit more about the key skills of a good tutor.

Of course, for all lecturers there is one set of classic skills that are a must – for example good presentation skills, freedom to speak in front of an audience, clear diction, structured thought, working within the tight time frame of a lecture, being able to moderate a discussion etc. At the same time, there are more specific skills for being a good IT teacher.
However, before we talk about skills, good teachers are first and foremost good professionals in their field. If they don’t have years of practical experience behind them that allow them to see many different work cases, they won’t have a base from which to share experience and knowledge. Otherwise, on the topic of skills – a key one is for the teacher to be able to explain technical matter in an understandable and accessible way to people who are not technical specialists, giving accessible and easy to understand examples and explanations. This is something I have worked hard to develop myself and I know it takes time. It’s also very important not to leave the trainees with the feeling that you are the knower and they know nothing, because that would inhibit them and shut them down to the learning process.
Another very important thing is that the trainer actively works with the group – both to stimulate those who are active and to motivate those trainees who are quieter and more withdrawn. It is important to find the pace of the group – neither too fast nor too slow. Also to give the participants the opportunity to think and solve cases and problems in which the teacher does not give the ready answer, but moderates the process of searching and discovering the solution to the problem together with the group.

Does the teacher need to adapt to the group of students?

Certainly adaptability and a personalised approach are particularly important for a good tutor. Every group I’ve taught over the years has been different from others and there is no one-size-fits-all approach that will always work. It’s important for me to break up the group environment, to be able to achieve a more informal feel where people relax and friendships are made, jokes are shared, work cases are thought about together and experiences are shared. Along these lines, the tutor needs to have a good sense of humour, but also the social intelligence to make sure that the group environment is respectful of everyone and not discriminatory or exclusionary towards any of the students. Now with the current virtual environment we are teaching in it is very important to motivate people to put their cameras down and participate fully in the lecture because the distractions when we are in a digital environment are many and the lecturer sometimes has an unequal battle. However, I always set rules for the group and frame virtual hygiene.

You can read the full interview here.

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CAREER SHOW TECH 2023

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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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DARE 2 SCALE

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DARE 2 SCALE

28.04.2023 |

The growth program for the most promising companies in Bulgaria!

One of Endeavor’s most successful growth programs – Dare to Scale (D2S) will be held for the fifth consecutive year in Sofia and will last four months – from September to December 2023.

What is Dare to Scale

Dare to Scale is a 4-month accelerator for entrepreneurs who want to scale their already profitable business with the help of expert mentoring and networking. The program aims to support Bulgarian late-stage startups in their quest to become globally competitive, growth-oriented and sustainable enterprises.

Each year, the program partners, together with the Endeavor network, interview shortlisted candidates and select a group of 6-12 ambitious companies to join Dare to Scale.

About the programme

Company founders will have the opportunity to participate in specialized trainings in key areas for the development of any scaling business: organization management, marketing and sales, business planning and recruitment of capital. The program will conclude with the final Demo Day event, during which companies will present their businesses to a panel of established business leaders.

Admissions for the fifth edition of the program are currently underway! Companies based in Bulgaria, with a turnover of over BGN 200 000 for the past year and up to 150 employees can apply.

The deadline for applications is 30 April 2023.

Detailed information here

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CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR STUDENTS AT IT

By Media literacy, Blockchain, 5G & WiFi, Big data, Cybersecurity, Microelectronics, IoT, For all, AI & ML, For children, AR & VR, In education, Audience, Basic digital skills, Technology, Robotics, Computing, Software engineering, Telecommunications, Web development, Digital marketing, Mobile apps, NEWS
CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR STUDENTS AT IT

28.04.2023 |

Are you currently considering your career path after graduation? Have you thought about the dynamic and constantly evolving field of IT? Look no further! Join this upcoming event to learn about the exciting opportunities available as a programmer or designer. Take the first step towards your dream career and discover the opportunities that await you!

When?

04 May at 19:00

Where?

We are waiting for you at the boulevard. “Blvd. “Cherni Vrah” 51, floor 2″ (The entrance is on the back side of the building, from Boris Nikolov – Mokata Str.)

What is the event?

The event will take the form of a discussion, with a short presentation. The best teachers from IT STEP ACADEMY ( in the field of “Programming” and “Design”) will participate in it. You will have the opportunity to get to know their stories and get inspiration from their experience.

The event will be held in two parts (in two different rooms), and you will be able to choose where you want to attend and which is the most curious and useful for you.

Confirm your attendance by registering here.

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IT ACADEMY AND COMPANY-EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

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IT ACADEMY AND COMPANY-EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

28.04.2023 |

SKILLO is a specialized training center for software technologies!

The team trains professionals to upgrade their skills and beginners who are just starting out. They also connect top professionals with attractive work projects and opportunities.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

“We at Skillo are IT professionals with many years of experience who believe that IT staff development is one of the most important processes for the software industry in Bulgaria. This needs to be a continuous process in order for the Bulgarian HR market to be globally competitive. We created a software testing training centre because we know we can provide the best training in this area. Quality Assurance is a relatively new and rapidly growing area that IT companies are investing in, which in turn is leading to an increase in demand for software testing personnel.

We are IT professionals with a sense of responsibility, duty and years of experience in the industry and the IT industry in Bulgaria. As the education system in the country fails to meet all the needs of the business, we felt obliged to create this training center to help develop the sector and the economy by creating and developing staff. This is the main motive that drives us to successfully develop the software testing training center. During the period of our existence, we have helped many people to start a career in IT or to develop themselves. The good results of our trainings make us develop and improve every day, giving the best to our trainees.

We maintain a high quality of our trainings because we have highly qualified teachers with years of experience in the field and in-depth practical knowledge of the field. We have 3 training rooms in Sofia, which provide all the necessary conditions for the professional and enjoyable conduct of your desired training. We conduct the classes in small groups to create the feeling of teamwork and friendly atmosphere while you learn.”

Read BESCO’s interview with the SKILLO manager here.

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TOP REASONS TO STUDY JAVA IN 2023

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TOP REASONS TO STUDY JAVA IN 2023

27.04.2023 |

Java is one of the most used and sought after programming languages globally. If you have an interest in software engineering and want to learn how to program, the language will undoubtedly be useful to you. SoftUni’s Programming Basics with Java beginners course is coming soon and will help you take your first steps with ease, so don’t hesitate to sign up.

And if you’re still on the fence about whether this is the language for you, today’s article will talk about Java in more detail, and why it’s worth choosing as your first language.

Briefly about Java

Java is a high-level language designed for object-oriented programming that has proven to be one of the most accessible and easy to learn languages if you are a complete beginner. It’s a versatile language that will allow you to work on a wide range of projects, regardless of the platform they’re designed for. That’s because Java is based on the “Write Once, Run Anywhere” principle.

In order to ensure that this is the case and that programs written in Java can be run on different platforms, the source code is not compiled to machine code, but to so-called byte code. This byte code is executed by what is known as the JVM or Java Virtual Machine. This provides portability, scalability and, most importantly, flexibility for projects developed with Java.

Java is a typical back-end language. In other words, if you study it, you’ll focus on developing server-side logic – what happens behind the scenes when users interact with the so-called front-end. Knowing this, what opportunities do you think proficiency in the language creates?

What doors does the language open?

The portability and flexibility of projects created with Java make the language one of the most preferred by developers, and sought after by employers. If you open one of the major IT job search platforms in Bulgaria, at any given time, you will see that Java ranks among the top languages. At the time of writing, there are over 300 positions with the language.

In 2020, the Flyaps team created a great infographic demonstrating which industries and which companies rely heavily on language. I’m leaving you with a link to the full Java infographic, but one thing becomes clear at a glance. It’s the favorite language of big companies in serious industries, companies like Amazon, AT&T, and J.P. Morgan.

Read the reasons to learn it and additional information here.

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RAILS GIRLS SOFIA 15

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RAILS GIRLS SOFIA 15

27.04.2023 |

12-13 May 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.

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DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND PROGRAMMING FESTIVAL

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DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND PROGRAMMING FESTIVAL

27.04.2023 |

Take part in the first edition of the Telerik School Academy digital technology and programming festival.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

  • An exhibition of 100+ digital projects developed by students who study at the academy schools
  • Inspiring stories from interesting personalities
  • Meeting our alumni and faculty from around the country
  • Games, prizes and other surprises

PROGRAMME:

  • 10:00 – 10:20 – Opening
  • 10:20 – 13:00 – Project Exhibition
  • 13:30 – 15:00 – Inspiring stories
  • 15:00 – 16:00 – Closing

The event is free of charge and pre-registration is required. Register here – https://bit.ly/3K2rLFw

The festival is organized by Telerik School 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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SOFTUNI’S AI SUMMIT 2023

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SOFTUNI'S AI SUMMIT 2023

27.04.2023 |

Watch SoftUni’s AI Summit 2023 conference online 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 evaluations 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, Hristo Buyukliev

For more information and registration click here.

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BESCO: IT’S TIME TO ENCOURAGE TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT OUTSIDE SOFIA

By 5G & WiFi, Big data, Cybersecurity, Microelectronics, IoT, For all, AI & ML, For the workforce, AR & VR, For ICT professionals, Audience, Basic digital skills, Technology, Robotics, Computing, Software engineering, Telecommunications, Web development, Digital marketing, Mobile apps, Media literacy, Blockchain, NEWS
BESCO: IT'S TIME TO ENCOURAGE TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT OUTSIDE SOFIA

26.04.2023 |

Svetozar Georgiev, Chairman of the Board of BESCO – Bulgarian Entrepreneurs Association, Dobromir Ivanov, Executive Director of BESCO, in “Business Start”

The Investment Promotion Act in Bulgaria is not adequate to what our neighbouring countries are doing. Neighbouring countries are doing better than us because the way they define the classes of investors and the way state aid is given – what the state actually supports to make deals happen – are fundamentally different. We now have draft laws in place that should change the situation. We propose amendments to the law to focus on medium- and high-tech companies that are outside Sofia and, as a consequence, to change the way in which the relevant classes of investors are defined. This was commented by Svetozar Georgiev, Chairman of the Board of BESCO – Bulgarian Entrepreneurial Association, and Dobromir Ivanov, Executive Director of BESCO, in the TV show “Business Start” with host Hristo Nikolov.

Sofia is now considered a more developed region and especially when it comes to high-tech businesses, there is even cannibalism between companies in the capital and it is very important to develop the regions outside Sofia, the participants explain.

“In Sofia, the competition for staff is so great that at the moment of the arrival of a technology giant to extract more engineers to work for it, it is not clear whether this would help the ecosystem in the city at all…When a competition is too intense and we have a closed market, as in Sofia, we already become uncompetitive at the regional level because the cost of labor becomes too high.”

According to the interlocutors, it is very important to change the size of the budget with which we attract investors. At the moment, the budget of our Investment Agency is about BGN 9 million. By comparison, Serbia entered into a deal with 300 million euros a few weeks ago.

“Accordingly, we do not meet the basic requirements when an investor looks at the region to be able to be competitive with what other countries around us are offering.”

According to the interlocutors, urgent changes are needed in the education system and a key priority in the field is the creation of a standard for the quality of teachers’ work.

“Educational institutions, schools and universities need to be clear about what kind of product they produce in the end…At the moment the system is extremely formal, there are no quality criteria and we are lagging spectacularly behind Europe and the rest of the world.”

Commenting on the results of the parliamentary elections, the interlocutors stressed that the expectations of the business and the people are related to having a regular government that does its job. The state has been in a caretaker mode for two years, the caretaker government is not a body that can legitimise the important issues and the long-term commitments that need to be made and we need to get out of this mode.

Society is fragmented, but this is not just a Bulgarian phenomenon. Only – as in business, we cannot wait for all factors and conjuncture to line up perfectly to start doing work, it cannot be done, we have to work with what we have. Our plea to politicians is to stop trying for an ideal scenario as it will not happen. During this time, key aspects of Bulgaria’s way forward are actually questionable or to be postponed, or even neglected – like our membership in the euro area, in Schengen, the Recovery and Sustainability Plan is delayed too much, and to this we can add many institutions with expired mandates.

“We are a parliamentary republic, it has to be governed that way and the political parties that are in parliament – in whatever configuration they are – have to work”, the interlocutors point out.

The whole conversation can be seen in the video here.

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POLICY IN THE BAR – HUMAN CLOUD

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POLICY IN THE BAR - HUMAN CLOUD

26.04.2023 |

Policy in the Bar is a BESCO networking event that brings together people from the entrepreneurial ecosystem in an informal setting over a beer. These include a variety of business owners, investors, policy makers and journalists. The meetings are in a friendly atmosphere and are aimed at networking and discussing ideas that can improve Bulgaria’s economic model.

GigsRemote will also be at the event to share more human cloud services of the future. GigsRemote is an innovative platform connecting freelancers from Eastern Europe with businesses in need of high quality talent to deliver their projects. The company acts as an impresario for freelancers, finding the best projects according to their experience and desire for professional growth. GigsRemote enables companies to implement their dual IT project implementation strategy, leveraging a core of key personnel within the company and hiring specialized external specialists.

The model is optimized for all involved, presenting the company with a cost- and time-effective alternative to the traditional model of recruiting through staffing agencies or hiring employees.

Come and meet us so that together we can build the future of Bulgaria!

More about the event here.

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THE SECRETS OF A STRONG CYBERSECURITY TEAM

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THE SECRETS OF A STRONG CYBERSECURITY TEAM

26.04.2023 |

With the rapid digitalisation of business, the importance of cyber security has increased dramatically for companies of all sizes and across all sectors. Its complexity and specific requirements make it imperative for organizations to build security teams in-house or obtain it as a service from managed security service providers (MSSPs).

A good cyber security team is not just a group of people but a complex mix of technology, processes and a range of people with different expertise. The human factor is paramount in the return on investment of cyber security, because cyber security is about people, not technology. Even the best technology will not work efficiently if it is not set up properly by an expert who knows what they are doing.

THE PLANNING

PLAN FIRST, HIRE LATER

You might think that a starting point for building a cyber security team would be to hire a technical system administrator to oversee security systems or a cyber security generalist who understands cyber security compliance and governance. However, the better approach is to define a cyber security strategy based on your corporate needs and objectives before you hire the team that can execute this strategy.

The planning can be done internally or with the support of external consultants but always keep in mind: The strategy should always come before the first hire takes place.

SELF-ASSESS

Do a self-assessment to determine your business goals related to technology, digital assets, known technology, and so forth.

PRIORITIZE

Start with your immediate needs, but keep in mind what your organization might plan in the future to make sure that your cyber security strategy doesn’t just fit the present but also the future.

DEFINE

Define a robust cyber security strategy with the required roles, responsibilities, expertise and service levels you expect from your cyber security team. This includes defining:

  • missing architectural requirements,
  • operational requirements,
  • non-operational skillsets,
  • industry compliance requirements.

Ensuring all of the above enables you to set up a better organizational structure and technical infrastructure that can scale as your business grows. It also creates a more cost-efficient and functional team that can evolve over time.

UNDERSTAND YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS

With demand for cyber security experts at an all-time high, your first steps are crucial:

  1. Think strategically about your short- and long-term goals, vulnerabilities and weaknesses.
  2. Assess honestly how well your existing team operates.
  3. Evaluate your economic context

DEFINE YOUR SECURITY SERVICES

  • Identify the market demand for your services – explore current and future market trends, regulations (e.g., the introduction of GDPR in 2018 increased the demand for security compliance checks)
  • Think of what will distinguish you from your competitors on the market – it could be niche services, your industry competence, the way you offer your services, etc.
  • Focus on core cyber security skills
  • Establish a clear vision of how your services will look like
  • Describe your delivery outcomes and the added value to the customer
  • Don’t forget to keep your eyes on the balance between security, usability and functionality

Read the strategies for building a great security team and more useful information –  here

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CAREER SHOW TECH 2023

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CAREER SHOW TECH 2023

26.04.2023 |

Are you ready to conquer the tech-universe? On 18 and 19 May, you can launch your career to new heights with Career Show Tech – the online event for IT professionals! Meet 100+ leading IT employers, hear fascinating talks on high tech and the latest IT trends!

If you’re looking for a new career field, this online event will give you professional networking and job opportunities in different areas of the tech industry such as:

  • Software Development
  • Cloud Engineering
  • Quality Assurance
  • DevOps & SysAdmin
  • AI & Machine Learning

What to expect?

  • Two days career expo
  • Completely online
  • 15-minute video meetings with top employers in IT
  • Inspiring speakers from YouTube, Binance, Brandwatch and more.
  • Program with exciting topics

Everything in one platform, one click away!

It’s free, it’s fun and it can change your life!

From the comfort of your couch or a nearby coffee shop, join the event, even if only for a short time!

  • To hear world leaders from the technology industry for free
  • To talk directly to companies, skipping all the formalities
  • To connect with employers who are often hard to reach
  • To keep an eye on your watch, even if you’re not actively job seeking

Registration and additional information here!

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