“People. Code. Future” is the motto of this year’s WeAreDevelopers Congress 2018. Devoted to developers, coding and innovative ideas that could build a better future for humanity, this conference gathered 8000 participants from 70 countries to get to know each other, share experience and best practices at the largest European developer congress of 2018.
Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple Computer Inc.), Kaz Sato (Google), Angie Jones (Twitter), Joseph Sirosh (Microsoft) along with other reputable speakers went to Vienna to give their speeches about the latest technologies. Some of the most discussed topics were Server-Side Technologies, IoT, Reactive Web, Machine Learning, QA, and Security, etc.
It took place in Austria’s capital on 16-18 May 2018. WeAreDevelopers once again showed that it is one of the most significant communities for developers and for the overall ICT sector development in general. As our team was among those present at the conference, we are happy to share our impressions of it.
Day 1: Woz as the Impersonation of Undoubted Success
Steve Wozniak, well-known as simply Woz, was undoubtfully a special guest star at the conference with his keynote speech. He was introduced as an innovator “who stepped away from Apple’s operations in 1985, which was before some of you were born”.
Woz discussed Artificial Intelligence and blockchain. He also talked about his own academy and explained why he is quitting Facebook. Steve said he didn’t know his 5000 “friends” in person and that in his opinion likes should be private and “this interaction should not be sold to advertisers”.
Day 2: From Gaming to eCommerce
The most discussed topic of the morning was cybersecurity while the second part of the day was marked by John Romero, a co-founder of id Software, entering the main stage.
Then his wife Brenda gave a tremendous speech on the significance of women’s role within the traditionally men-dominant gaming industry, which was greeted by a wave of applause. Later Mate Rimac, a famous Croatian inventor and entrepreneur, made a real show displaying the major value of developers in the progress of Rimac Automobili company.
The following informative speech on CSS given by Ada Rose Edwards (Samsung) and Zeev Suraski’s lecture on PHP fascinated the audience, too. Finally, the day ended with the panel discussion on the utilization of eCommerce technology for enhancing retail sales.
Day 3: Joel Spolsky Day
As Joel Spolsky, a famous software engineer and writer, started and ended up the day with two different events having the main word, this day was unofficially named in his honor. Angie Jones’ (Twitter) lecture on different approaches for AI solutions testing is worth mentioning, too. While closing the conference, Joel Spolsky gave a stand-up performance on the main stage, joking about different congressional themes.
The closing act of the event included nearly 300 members of the WeAreDevelopers Congress 2018 team who had made a spectacular parade for all the attendees.
During the conference, we met a number of professionals and realized that there are positive changes for future cooperation between European and Ukrainian IT businesses. Not very long ago Europe was off-limits to building partnerships in the industry with foreign companies. However, due to the quality of Ukrainian developers’ work, more and more projects see the light os the day thanks to international cooperation.
We would like to give special thanks to the organizers and event volunteers for being very helpful and nice.