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HackTheBusiness

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HackTheBusiness

12.03.2024 |

What’s the challenge?


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

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

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

Who can attend?

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

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

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

About the Competition

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

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

 

You should register by the 18th of March!

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Digital skills for all

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Middle

Advanced

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Software Engineering

Digital Skills

Organisation

Country 

EU

Type of the initiative

International initiative

THE MOST IMPORTANT CENTURY IN HUMAN HISTORY

By Robotics, Software engineering, Web development, Mobile apps, Audience, Blockchain, Technology, Big data, Computing, Microelectronics, Cybersecurity, For all, IoT, AI & ML, AR & VR, 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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Digital skills for all

Digital technology

Microelectronics

Blockchain

Big Data

IoT

Software Engineering

Virtual Reality

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

5G

TECHNOVATION 2023

By 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, For all, IoT, For the workforce, 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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Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

Software Engineering

Web Development

Big Data

Telecommunications

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

5G

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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Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital technology

Software Engineering

Telecommunications

Web Development

Big Data

Mobile apps

Digital Marketing

Artificial Intelligence

Digital Skills

DIGITALK CONFERENCE – FOR GAME CHANGERS WITH BREAKTHROUGH IDEAS

By Technology, Blockchain, Computing, Big data, Telecommunications, For all, Digital marketing, For the workforce, Cybersecurity, For ICT professionals, AI & ML, AR & VR, Robotics, Software engineering, Web development, Audience, Mobile apps, NEWS
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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Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

Web development

Mobile apps

Telecommunications

Software engineering

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

5G

HOW TALENT IS DEVELOPED – TBS ACADEMY

By Blockchain, Computing, Big data, Telecommunications, Microelectronics, Cybersecurity, For all, IoT, In education, AI & ML, For the workforce, AR & VR, For ICT professionals, Robotics, Software engineering, Web development, Audience, Mobile apps, Technology, NEWS
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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Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Digital skills

Software engineering

Web development

Mobile apps

Big data

Telecommunications

AI

Blockchain

SCHOLARSHIP FUND “GO, STUDY AND COME BACK”

By Computing, Mobile apps, Telecommunications, Blockchain, Digital marketing, Big data, 5G & WiFi, Microelectronics, Cybersecurity, In education, IoT, For ICT professionals, AI & ML, AR & VR, Robotics, Audience, Software engineering, Technology, Web development, NEWS
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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Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Software engineering

Telecommunications

Big data

Mobile apps

Web development

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

EUROPEAN DIGITAL INNOVATION HUB “TRAKIA” OPENED IN PLOVDIV

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

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Software engineering

Web development

Telecommunications

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

SKILLO: MISSION QUALITY IT EDUCATION POSSIBLE

By Big data, Cybersecurity, Microelectronics, IoT, For all, AI & ML, In education, AR & VR, For ICT professionals, Basic digital skills, Robotics, Audience, Software engineering, Technology, Web development, Computing, Mobile apps, Telecommunications, Blockchain, Digital marketing, 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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Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Software engineering

Web development

Mobile apps

Telecommunications

AI

Digital skills

CAREER SHOW TECH 2023

By Cybersecurity, In education, IoT, For the workforce, AI & ML, For ICT professionals, AR & VR, Robotics, Software engineering, Audience, Web development, Technology, Mobile apps, Computing, Blockchain, Telecommunications, Big data, 5G & WiFi, Microelectronics, NEWS
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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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

DARE 2 SCALE

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

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

Software engineering

Web development

Bid data

Telecommunications

CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR STUDENTS AT IT

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

Digital skills for kids

Digital technology

Digital skills

Software engineering

Web development

Mobile apps

Telecommunications

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

By Software engineering, Telecommunications, Web development, Digital marketing, Mobile apps, Media literacy, Blockchain, 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, 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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Digital skills

POLICY IN THE BAR – HUMAN CLOUD

By Media literacy, Big data, 5G & WiFi, Microelectronics, Cybersecurity, 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, NEWS
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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Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

Software engineering

Web development

Digital skills

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

CAREER SHOW TECH 2023

By IoT, For the workforce, AI & ML, For ICT professionals, AR & VR, Robotics, Software engineering, Audience, Web development, Technology, Mobile apps, Computing, Blockchain, Telecommunications, Big data, Digital marketing, Microelectronics, Cybersecurity, For all, NEWS
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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Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

Software engineering

Web development

Telecommunications

IoT

Big Data

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

5G

TOP 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL IT PERSONALITIES IN BULGARIA

By For the workforce, AI & ML, For ICT professionals, AR & VR, Robotics, Audience, Software engineering, Technology, Web development, Computing, Mobile apps, Telecommunications, Blockchain, Digital marketing, Big data, 5G & WiFi, Microelectronics, Cybersecurity, For all, IoT, NEWS
TOP 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONALITIES IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN BULGARIA

26.04.2023 |

“Top 100 Most Influential IT Personalities in Bulgaria” is Career Show’s annual index honoring individuals who have made a significant contribution to the development of the IT industry in Bulgaria and serve as examples of best practices and high professionalism!

Good achievements deserve recognition!

The index “Top 100 Most Influential IT Personalities in Bulgaria” was created in order to reward IT professionals for their dedicated work and the efforts they put into the development of the IT industry in Bulgaria!

The winners are representatives of the following groups👇👇👇

  • CEO of a technology company
  • IT startup founders
  • Team leaders
  • IT Innovators / Influencers
  • IT professionals
  • Speakers
  • Trainers

See the IT personalities who inspire and serve as examples of best practices and high professionalism in the field here.

Methodology

The public voting list includes all nominations submitted during the nomination period (20-31.03.2023) as well as those nominated during the late nomination period (03-18.04.2023).

Career Show are contacting nominees with details of their nomination and next steps.

Through the public vote, everyone has the opportunity to select up to 10 people from the list that they consider to be exemplary in the field of information technology in Bulgaria.

Public voting period: 03-18.04.2023

The top 100 index is based on the votes received.

In the event of a tie, the person with the most nominations takes precedence.

The results are published in alphabetical order after the close of public voting.

For more details click here.

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Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

Software engineering

Web development

Big data

IoT

Telecommunications

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

5G

WEBIT SUMMER EDITION – A FUTURE TO SHARE

By AI & ML, AR & VR, Robotics, Software engineering, Blockchain, Audience, Big data, Technology, Microelectronics, Computing, For all, 5G & WiFi, In education, Cybersecurity, For the workforce, IoT, For ICT professionals, NEWS
WEBIT SUMMER EDITION - A FUTURE TO SHARE

26.04.2023 |

Webit Impact Forum is on June 28 at the National Palace of Culture and focuses on the high-tech changes that are taking place in the world around us

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now a reality and is beginning to transform many industries and professions. Some people worry that AI will replace their jobs, but it is more likely that AI will change the nature of work, creating new opportunities. But one of the most important questions is what will the consequences be for our society?

The opportunities that AI offers and how we can use these technologies to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges will be discussed at the Webit Impact Forum.

The latest trends and developments in areas such as:

  • the future of work
  • FinTech
  • digital media
  • the metaverse
  • e-commerce
  • healthcare and longevity
  • energy
  • blockchain
  • defence and cyber security

You’ll have the opportunity to hear some of the brightest minds in the industry present new ideas and opportunities, while providing tips for adapting to the rapidly changing world around us.

The Webit Impact Forum is for anyone looking to adapt to the new world of humans and machines co-existing. The event is open to anyone who wants to be at the forefront of innovation and learn how to use technology to better the world.

Alongside the main stage conference, Webit is hosting a special investor-only event, InvestX, which will focus on the CEE region in 2023.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the Webit Impact Forum on 28 June at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia. Registration to purchase tickets is open on the Webit website.

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Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

Robotics

Blockchain

Bid data

SCALE UP DAYS 2023

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

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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

HOW ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE COULD RESHAPE THE VIDEO GAME SECTOR

By AR & VR, For all, For the workforce, For ICT professionals, Audience, Technology, AI & ML, NEWS
HOW ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE COULD RESHAPE THE VIDEO GAME SECTOR

24.03.2023 |

Game creation is particularly labour-intensive – and particularly ripe for automation

Displaying brightly coloured objects around a screen at high speed is not what computer CPUs are designed for. And so arcade machine manufacturers invented the graphics processing unit (GPU), a set of circuits for processing video game visuals alongside the work done by the central processing unit. The GPU’s ability to speed up complex tasks has since found wider applications: video editing, cryptocurrency mining and, more recently, artificial intelligence (AI) learning.

AI is now changing the industry that helped create it. Any part of entertainment can be affected by generative AI, which learns the creation of text, images, audio or video to achieve new results from the same. But the games business will change the most, says venture capital (VC) firm Andreessen Horowitz. The interactivity of games demands that they be filled with labor-intensive designed content: think 30 square miles of landscape or 60 hours of music in the cowboy adventure Red Dead Redemption 2. Bringing in artificial intelligence assistants to produce it can dramatically shrink timelines and budgets.

The new AI tricks

Game developers showed off their latest AI tricks at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco last month. Ubisoft, the French developer of blockbusters like Assassin’s Creed, unveiled Ghostwriter, a tool that generates dialogue for in-game characters. Roblox, an American platform for DIY games, released one that draws material from text commands, like “stained glass” and an auto-completion assistant for programmers. A few weeks earlier, Straight4 Studios previewed a new driving game, gtr Revival, with custom racing commentary provided by AI.

The AI represents “an explosion of possibilities,” according to Steve Collins, tech head at King, which made Candy Crush Saga, a hit mobile game. King, which last year bought artificial intelligence firm Peltarion, uses AI to measure the difficulty of levels. “It’s like having a million players at your disposal,” Collins says. This year, Electronic Arts, another big game maker, and Google were granted patents to use AI in game testing. Unity, a game development “engine,” plans a marketplace for developers to trade AI tools. Danny Lange, Unity’s head of AI, hopes this will “put developers of all resource levels on a more equal playing field”.

Easier game creation

Creating a game is now easier than it used to be – nearly 13 thousand titles were published on the Steam platform last year, almost double the number from 2017. Games may soon resemble the music and video industry, where most new content on Spotify or YouTube is user-generated. One game studio executive predicts that small businesses will be the quickest to figure out what new genres are made possible by AI. Last month, Raja Koduri, an Intel executive, left the chipmaker to found an AI gaming startup.

Don’t forget the big studios. If they manage to release half a dozen high-quality titles a year instead of two, it could weaken the blockbuster-focused nature of their business, says Josh Chapman of Konvoy, a venture capital firm focused on games. A world with more choices also favors those with big marketing budgets. And the giants may have better answers to the growing copyright questions surrounding AI. If generative models need to be trained on data that the developer has rights to, those with large back catalogs will be in a better position than startups. Trent Caniuga, an artist who has worked on games like Fortnite, said last month that several clients have updated their contracts to ban AI-generated art.

If lawyers don’t step in, unions might. The studios diplomatically refer to AI assistants as “co-pilots,” not human replacements. But workers aren’t taking any chances. The Writers Guild of America, whose members include game writers, said in March that “plagiarism is a feature of the AI process.” Hollywood is threatening strikes. Upset creators may also press pause in the games business.

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Digital skills for all

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Artificial Intelligence

Video Game Development

Virtual Reality

THE RELATIONS BETWEEN BULGARIAN AND AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES ARE AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL

By Telecommunications, Microelectronics, 5G & WiFi, For all, Cybersecurity, For the workforce, IoT, For ICT professionals, AI & ML, AR & VR, Robotics, Software engineering, Audience, Web development, Technology, Mobile apps, Computing, Big data, NEWS
THE RELATIONS BETWEEN BULGARIAN AND AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES ARE AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL

14.03.2023 |

As far as high-tech industries are concerned, the US and Bulgaria are not at opposite ends of the world, but are very close countries. We have a very fast pace of development of the software sector in Bulgaria, and our country has the image of a quality software destination. All of this, together with the perfect relations between the American Chamber of Commerce and the high-tech associations in Bulgaria, are very good prerequisites for even better cooperation.

This message was expressed by Dobroslav Dimitrov, Chairman of the Board of BASCOM and BRAIT, and Victor Bilyanski, member of the Board of BASCOM during the Explore U.S. Tech Webinar. It was organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria (AmCham Bulgaria) together with the Executive Agency for the Promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises (EAPME) and in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Association of Software Companies (BASCOM).

Referring to the experience of his company ScaleFocus, Victor Bilyanski noted some best practices for working in the US market. According to him, in order to succeed in the US, it is important to first solve a specific customer problem and build trust. “However, there is no one-size-fits-all recipe that can be applied to all types of businesses. Each business brings its own specifics. It is also important at what stage of development the company providing the product or service is itself. For start-ups, it is usually a little more difficult because it is not clear whether they can generate enough added value for their potential customers, whether they have references and whether they can be sustainable over time. For companies that are fully localised in Bulgaria it is even harder because they have to be much better than their competitors in the US, noted Victor Bilyanski.

However, the distance in processes is shortening significantly with the artificial intelligence boom we have seen recently. According to Dobroslav Dimitrov, the penetration of artificial intelligence at all levels in the business processes of companies enables an equal start in their development and strengthens the opportunities for partnership and quality exchange of experience.

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Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

Software engineering

Web development

Mobile apps

Virtual Reality

EXPLORE U.S. TECH WEBINAR

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

EIT DIGITAL VENTURE PROGRAMME TO SUPPORT EARLY STAGE ENTREPRENEURS

By Software engineering, Audience, Web development, Technology, Mobile apps, Computing, For all, Telecommunications, For ICT professionals, 5G & WiFi, Cybersecurity, IoT, AI & ML, AR & VR, Robotics, EU Institutional initiative, Grant, Bulgaria, Other, OPPORTUNITIES: Funding
EIT DIGITAL VENTURE PROGRAMME TO SUPPORT EARLY STAGE ENTREPRENEURS

19.04.2023 |

EIT Digital is the Digital Business Unit of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Through its Venture Programme, which has launched its sixth edition, early-stage entrepreneurs will be able to get support.

The program is open to teams of at least two people who have an innovative business idea, concept or prototype in the fields of digital technology, finance, cities, health. Companies from Eastern Europe, including Bulgaria, are welcome to apply. At the same time, the application process is open for the EIT Digital Challenge programme, which aims to attract more experienced start-ups dealing with deep technologies, according to an interview conducted by the newspaper Capital.

The aim of Venture Capital is to support entrepreneurs from 22 countries – the Baltics, Southern and Eastern Europe. The pre-accelerator program should provide the basic necessities to turn a business idea into a startup, which can easily reach the MVP (Minimum Viable Product) phase. The idea is then for companies to raise capital from an investor for further development.

All teams will receive an initial €5,000 support, then a further €10,000 for those who complete the programme and set up their own company. In addition, the top ten companies in the programme that manage to raise at least €50k in private funding by the end of November will also receive an additional €10k from EIT Digital, meaning that a company can receive up to €25k in total.

The EIT Digital Venture Program reminds that there are a number of successful companies that have gone through the program, including from Bulgaria.

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Digital skills for all

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology 

Artificial intelligence
Cybersecurity
5G
Virtual Reality
Robotics

Form of the funding

Country suitable for the funding

Bulgaria

Other

Financial intermediate 

EIT Digital Venture Program

Benefitials 

Startups

INNOVATION ACADEMY 2023

By Technology, Web development, Computing, Mobile apps, Telecommunications, Microelectronics, 5G & WiFi, In education, Cybersecurity, IoT, AI & ML, AR & VR, Basic digital skills, Robotics, Audience, Software engineering, NEWS
INNOVATION ACADEMY 2023

19.04.2023 |

For the tenth year in a row, Innovation Starter’s “Innovation Academy” will be held on June 2nd and 3rd in Sofia Tech Park. The project is dedicated to the development of entrepreneurial skills of students and the financing of their first business ideas. The event will have the character of a hackathon, during which students will present their ideas to an expert jury including investors, lecturers and innovators from different fields.

One of the projects of the participants will receive funding in the amount of 20 thousand BGN, and the winner will receive other prizes, including those with an educational focus. The first three teams will have the opportunity to visit the European institutions in Brussels. An additional 20 thousand BGN from the prize fund will be distributed to other participants at the discretion of the jury.

Anyone wishing to participate in the hackathon must apply by submitting a registration form by the end of May with their team name. Teams eligible to apply must consist of 2 to 5 people, and each participant must be a student.

If approved to participate, the teams will be assigned mentors who will not only advise the participants, but also determine the twenty teams that will reach the finals. In practice, if the mentor considers that the team’s idea is not clear enough or is impractical, the team may not proceed to the third and final phase. At the final stage, a panel of ten academics and ten business experts will determine the winners and the ranking of the competition.

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Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Digital skills

THE SKILLS NEEDED FOR A SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN 2023

By Web development, Digital marketing, Mobile apps, Media literacy, Blockchain, 5G & WiFi, Big data, Cybersecurity, Microelectronics, IoT, For all, AI & ML, For the workforce, AR & VR, For ICT professionals, Basic digital skills, Technology, Robotics, Computing, Software engineering, Telecommunications, NEWS
THE SKILLS NEEDED FOR A SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN 2023

05.01.2023 |

 The new year of 2023 has already arrived and we all expect new and better opportunities for personal development and career growth to open up before us. While we have sent a turbulent year filled with challenges, fears of crises and recession, in 2023 we look ahead and strongly hope for greater stability and predictability both economically and in the job market.

To remain competitive in 2023, as in every year before, we need to not only maintain our soft and hard skills, but also upgrade with new knowledge in different areas.

In connection with the new expectations of employers in the rapidly evolving business environment, we share part of an article on the website Karieri.bg, as it details everything we will need for a successful career in 2023.

According to Karieri.bg’s analysis, a balance of knowledge related to various technological platforms, artificial intelligence, software and good digital literacy will be needed for a rapid development. General digital literacy is listed as a top priority for recruiters. It’s everywhere and everyone has some knowledge of it. These days, most professions use a lot of tech tools and employers want to know that their employees will be able to handle them. Digital literacy is defined as a soft skill as it is less related to one specific platform and more to the ability to learn and adapt to new technologies, writes Dilyana Krasimirova in the analysis.

For employers, it is important that employees and job applicants have four key qualities to demonstrate their digital skills:

  • knowledge of existing and most used technologies or platforms;
  • the ability to communicate clearly in an online environment;
  • the ability to present ideas online;
  • managing teams using technology tools.

We can define digital literacy as a person’s ability to use IT and digital technology to find, evaluate, create and communicate information, according to the Karieri.bg article. Most employers consider a candidate to have these qualities if they can conduct thorough online research, which they can then analyze and evaluate, be able to create a range of different digital documents and use digital communication systems effectively.

The full text of the article can be found here.

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Digital skills

CYBER KICK OFF PARTY 2023

By Technology, Cybersecurity, AI & ML, AR & VR, Robotics, For ICT professionals, Audience, 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.

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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

BULGARIA: PLOVDIV SCHOOL PREPARES ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE PROGRAMMERS

By Audience, Technology, AI & ML, AR & VR, Basic digital skills, For children, In education, Funding of the good practice, Public, Bulgaria, INSPIRATION: Good practices, Type of initiative of the good practice, Country providing the good practice, Local good practice initiative, INSPIRATION
Plovdiv school prepares artificial intelligence programmers

27.03.2023 |

 In 2022, the Plovdiv high school “St. Paisii Hilendarski” opened a program for students in grades 9-12, preparing them for the profession of “Artificial Intelligence Programmer”. The program is aimed at developing methods for implementing aspects of human intelligent behavior. The main goals of the training are:

  • Introducing students to artificial intelligence;
  • Learning various programming languages;
  • Data analysis and processing;
  • Understanding the basic concepts of neural networks.

Students who graduate from the “Artificial Intelligence Programming” specialty acquire a third degree of professional qualification and the profession of “Artificial Intelligence Programmer”.

The “St. Paisius of Hilendar” high school can also boast the opening of a parallel class for fifth graders in “Robotics and Virtual Design”. The skills that students will acquire during their training include:

  • Application of robotics to solve practical tasks;
  • Construction and programming of robotic devices’ behavior;
  • Web design – creating and publishing information on the internet;
  • Designing, creating structure, visual and graphic design of websites;
  • Building, testing, and publishing websites;
  • Styling and adding functionality to web pages;
  • Virtual and augmented reality – creating and animating 3D objects; transforming 2D into 3D objects.

The goal of the school is to create specialists prepared for the professions of the future by acquainting them with the possibilities for development and career in the field of high technologies.

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Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Virtual Reality

Digital Skills

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Funding of the good practice

Public

Type of initiative of the good practice

Local initiative

Country providing the good practice

Bulgaria

Organisation providing the good practice

SU “Paisii Hilendarski”

Start date

(15.09.2022)

End date

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR FUNDING EDUCATION ABROAD THROUGH THE “ERASMUS+” PROGRAM

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Opportunities for funding education abroad through the "Erasmus+" program

10.03.2023 |

 For more than three decades, the European Union has been funding the “Erasmus” program, which has enabled over 3 million European students to spend part of their education at another higher education institution or organization in Europe. Years of experience in developing the program have shown that studying abroad has a positive effect on future employment prospects, as well as significantly improving students’ language skills.

The “Erasmus+” program helps to organize student and doctoral exchanges between countries participating in the program. These opportunities are available to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as doctoral students.

“Erasmus+” offers a great opportunity for those who wish to improve or develop their digital skills in the field of new technologies at a foreign university.

To study abroad through “Erasmus+”, you must be registered at a higher education institution and enrolled in a program leading to a recognized educational degree or other higher education qualification. Your sending institution (the current university where you study) and your receiving institution (the foreign university you wish to attend) must have signed an inter-institutional agreement between them so that you can study at the respective institution under “Erasmus+”. It is important to keep in mind that the period of study abroad must be in line with your needs related to your specialty and personal development and must be part of the study program you are following.

You can receive non-repayable funds under “Erasmus+” to cover part of your travel and daily expenses. The amounts may vary according to differences in the standard of living in your country and the receiving country, the number of applicants for funding, the distance between countries, and the availability of other financial assistance. If you are moving between countries under the program, check with your national agency and the sending higher education institution to see what rates apply. Additional support is also available for students going on internships, for students in disadvantaged situations, and for students from the most remote countries or regions under the program. The levels of non-repayable funds and the fixed amounts of funds for exchanges between program countries and partner countries are published in the “Erasmus+” program guide.

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Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital technology 

artificial intelligence
cybersecurity
Internet of Things
big data
blockchain
robotics
augmented reality
virtual reality
high performance computing
machine learning
cloud computing
5G
telecommunications
WiFi
quantum computing
software
mobile application development
web development
microelectronics
digital skills

Form of the funding

Country suitable for the funding

EU members

Financial intermediate 

Erasmus+

Benefitials 

Natural persons

Requirements

IT HIRING SLOWING DOWN?

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IT Hiring Slowing down?

28.01.2023 |

 After years of global economic growth led by the technology sector, the first signs of a slowdown in the rise of IT companies appeared in 2022. Post-COVID syndromes related to digitalization of businesses and work from home created new opportunities for technology corporations, leading to a significant increase in demand for specialists. Now that economic growth has slowed significantly and inflation has not yet been tamed, the management of most IT companies are cautious about cost management, and this approach extends to the hiring of new personnel, as seen from the new and higher requirements for employees.

A number of international companies, including Microsoft, Google, and Amazon, have cut a significant portion of their staff at the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023 due to the changed economic and business environment. After the COVID measures were lifted, many employers approached their home office policies more strictly and asked their employees to return to the office. This led to an inevitable decline in demand for some software solutions and services offered by technology giants. Additionally, it is important to note that inflationary levels have firmly tied the pockets of ordinary consumers, further contributing to the decline in IT sector revenues. These factors have led to the need to reduce costs in corporations, with the realization that there is no longer a need for all of the employees hired during the rapid growth of recent years.

Against the backdrop of the global threat of economic downturn and subsequent layoffs in the tech sector in Bulgaria, HR experts have not observed unusual layoffs. However, hiring in the technology sphere is visibly changing, with various studies showing that new jobs have decreased at double-digit rates in recent months. The data indicates that the hiring decline is mainly for lower-level positions requiring less work experience. It is also noted that more companies are looking to hire people on a project basis, without wanting to commit to permanent employment contracts, driven by the desire to limit their expenses.

According to Nikolay Nikolov from the Bulgarian Association for People Management and the Bulgarian Confederation of Employers, who is also a partner at “Horizons Bulgaria”, by spring it will be clear what the effect will be for the country – whether the labor market in the IT sector here will follow that in the USA and Western Europe or, on the contrary, Western companies will prefer to rely on even lower costs in Bulgaria. We cannot ignore the fact that salaries in Bulgaria are still below the levels in Western Europe and the USA, which could be interpreted as good news for the labor market here. Expectations are also positive from Nadezhda Vasileva, Managing Director of “Adecco Bulgaria”, as reported by Capital newsletter. According to her, there is always a delay in hiring at the beginning of the year, but with its lower costs, Bulgaria remains attractive and is more likely to attract foreign businesses than to lose them. Whatever the mid-term forecast for the development of the IT sector and hiring new employees in our country may be, one thing is certain – to continue our sustainable development in technology companies, we need to constantly invest in knowledge and quickly retrain to keep up with the dynamic changes in the technological world.

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Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

 

Digital technology

ELEVEN VENTURES WILL INVEST EUR 300 000 IN TECH START-UPS

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ELEVEN VENTURES WILL INVEST EUR 300 000 IN TECH START-UPS

10.09.2023 |

 Bulgarian venture capital fund Eleven Ventures is looking for candidates to invest 300,000 euros in exchange for a 10% stake in the company. The fund also offers support through the creation of an individual growth plan, meetings with business mentors, as well as support in seeking future funding rounds. The Eleven Alpha program is mainly looking for startups from the sectors in which Eleven usually invests, namely fintech, healthcare, future of work and future of food, but the fund also expresses interest in other startups located in Southeast Europe. According to Eleven managing partner Ivaylo Simov, the fund will invest in around five companies from different sectors, as cited by Capital Daily. Simov notes that companies that already have a prototype or experience working with customers are sought, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for early-stage projects. To receive funding, a company must have a good team. According to Simov, this means that applicants should have experience and know-how in the field they are trying to enter, and for the profiles of the partners in the startup venture, it is recommended that they be different to cover the basic needs of a functioning business.

Eleven Alpha is a three-month program with a fast application process and investment receiving within 2 months. The fund reminds that the first Bulgarian “unicorn” Payhawk received a similar investment at its early stage of development.

Applications can be submitted through Eleven’s website until November 19, 2022. The launch of the program and the main activities will start in January 2023.

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Website

https://www.11.vc/alpha/

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology 

artificial intelligence
cybersecurity
Internet of Things
big data
blockchain
robotics
augmented reality
virtual reality
high performance computing
machine learning
cloud computing
5G
telecommunications
WiFi
quantum computing
software
mobile application development
web development
microelectronics
digital skills

Form of the funding

Country suitable for the funding

EU

Financial intermediate 

Benefitials 

Startups

TECHNOVATION 2023

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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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Target audience

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

Software Engineering

Web Development

Big Data

Telecommunications

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

5G

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

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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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Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Digital skills

REGISTRATION FOR THE COMPETITION “DIGITAL INNOVATORS IN EDUCATION” OPENS

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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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Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital technology

Software Engineering

Telecommunications

Web Development

Big Data

Mobile apps

Digital Marketing

Artificial Intelligence

Digital Skills

WORDPRESS. MAT THAT THREW THE INTERNET INTO JAZZ

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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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Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

Web development

Software engineering

Digital skills

WOMEN WHO SHONE IN THE TECH WORLD

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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.

Read more here.

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www.businessnovinite.bg 

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital technology

Digital skills

Web development

Software engineering

FEWER RESTRICTIONS ON TEACHING WILL LEAD TO HIGHER QUALITY SECONDARY EDUCATION

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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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Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital technology

Digital skills

Artificial Intelligence

CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR STUDENTS AT IT

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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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Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for kids

Digital technology

Digital skills

Software engineering

Web development

Mobile apps

Telecommunications

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

By Software engineering, Telecommunications, Web development, Digital marketing, Mobile apps, Media literacy, Blockchain, 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, 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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Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

Digital skills

POLICY IN THE BAR – HUMAN CLOUD

By Media literacy, Big data, 5G & WiFi, Microelectronics, Cybersecurity, 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, NEWS
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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Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

Software engineering

Web development

Digital skills

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

RAILS GIRLS SOFIA 15

By For the workforce, Audience, Technology, Media literacy, Basic digital skills, Web development, Mobile apps, For all, In education, 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