hack {cyprus} summit 2017

Last week I’ve attended the first ever hack {cyprus } summit.  hack {cyprus} is well known among techies in Cyprus for organizing other events, mostly hackatons.  They are good at that.  And this time it was something new.

The event itself was excellent!  It had all the usual things you’d expect from such a gathering – a bunch of bearded guys in dark t-shirts and jeans (each one secretly wishing that there were more women in tech), gadgets, coffee, snacks, and so on and so on.  And there were talks and workshops with lots of chatter in between.

Being a big fan and a frequent attendee of technical conferences all over Europe, I knew there was no chance I’d miss this one in Cyprus.  Even if I have to drive from Limassol to Nicosia.  In fact, I decided I’ll get even more value of it – practice my public speaking and presentation skills at the expense of the crowd.  So when the call for talks was announced, I submitted a couple of talks and one was picked.

There was a little hickup where I didn’t know the time slot of the talk (how long it would be), so I submitted two talks – one for 30 minutes or so, and one for 60 minutes.  The 60 minute one got chosen, and then I learned that the time I have is 20 minutes for the talk and 10 minutes for the Q&A.  Oopsy.   But, never the less, challenge accepted.  It took a lot of cutting and trimming but I think I sort of managed to get the essence of it into about 20 slides.  My talk wasn’t the first one of the day, so I observed other speakers.  I think most of them went slightly over 20 minutes and cut into the Q&A time, but on the other hand, there weren’t enough questions for most of the talks to fill all that time.  So in the end, it all worked out pretty well.  If I remember correctly, I managed to squeeze my talk into about 25 minutes altogether.   I’d love to see the video of that – there’s plenty of mistakes to learn from there, but for now, there are only the slides.

I would like to say huge thank you to everybody involved – organizers, sponsors, speakers, and attendees.  It was a blast and I hope to attend many more.

 

Drupal and Playboy

Slashdot has the details for the story, if you haven’t heard it yet.  Inappropriate? Maybe.  But then again, where do you draw the line of what’s inappropriate in the sponsor’s bag?  (Beer and other alcoholic beverages are very welcome, for example.)

I tend to take things on the lighter side, considering it to be somewhat entertaining and mildly funny.

CakeFest 2016

I’ve just purchased my ticket for CakeFest 2016! Feeling super excited … Whoop whoop! :)

I’ve attend quite a few events in the last 15-20 years, ranging from generic TEDx, through startup and entrepreneur, generic technology, web development, PHP, and software specific ones.  CakeFest 2014 back in Madrid, Spain was one of the most memorable and is definitely in top 3 of my all time favorites.  So I’m excited about the opportunity to do it all over again, this time in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

If you are involved at all with CakePHP framework, I strongly recommend you get your ticket, while it’s still at the “blind bird” price of $150 USD for the two day conference event.  If you are very new to CakePHP, you might want to consider the workshops as well, but make sure you do the main conference no matter what.

Conference : Freedom and Technology

announcement (english)

There is going to be a Free Software / Open Source conference “Freedom and Technology” this Saturday, October 3rd (18:00-21:00) in Cyprus University of Technology, in Limassol, Cyprus.  Organizers are the same people you know from the Ubuntu CY community.  I’m going to do a talk titled “The practical guide to Open Source participation”.  Slides will be linked here after the talk.

See you there.

hack {cyprus} hackathon 2015

If you’ve missed it, this year’s hack{cyprus} hackathon tickets are up for grabs.  And yes, they are exactly 0 (zero!) EUR.  Free for both participants and visitors, thanks to sponsors.  So go get yours and don’t forget to attend either!

hack-cyprus

 

 

CakeFest 2014 : a look back

Disclaimer:  I’ve written this post a few days after I came back from CakeFest 2014.  Unfortunately, it is unfinished, and by now I have completely lost hope of ever finishing it.  My main excuse is that the first day after CakeFest was my first working day at my new job, which completely and totally consumed me for a few months.  And now, it seems like CakeFest 2014 was a few decades ago.  Mostly I wanted to do two things here: list all the talks with videos and slides, which has probably been done by other people by now, and tell everyone that this was one of the best events I’ve ever attended.  For those who haven’t been to one, I strongly recommend getting a ticket to CakeFest 2015, which will take place end of May in New York, USA.  End of Disclaimer.

 

It’s been a week since I came from Madrid, where I’ve attended CakeFest 2014, a conference dedicated to CakePHP framework.  Now that I’ve caught up on sleep, calmed down, and cleared out my mailbox, I have a few minutes to look back at the event and share my thoughts and impressions.

CakeFest2014

For those of you who are too busy to read the whole thing, here’s the executive summary.  I had very high expectations of the conference way before I went.  I knew there will be one or two core developers.  I knew that there were previous events before.  And I do usually expect high quality stuff from the CakePHP community.  But as I high as my expectations were, the event went through the roof!  It was an absolutely amazing couple of days, where I met a lot of cool people, learned a lot, and had plenty of fun!  If you missed this year’s conference and you are involved in any shape or form with CakePHP, make sure you attend the next year one.  Start making your arrangements now.  You can thank me later.

Now for the long story…

Continue reading “CakeFest 2014 : a look back”

Open-Source Software – an Enterprise Solution

Spreading the word from the Ubuntu CY – Cyprus Linux forums:

HotForex and the Cyprus FOSS community would like to invite you to “Open-Source Software an Enterprise Solution: An insight into how HotForex utilizes FOSS to excel in the Foreign Exchange Industry”.

The event will case study HotForex and how the business has transitioned from a fledgling company using traditional business solutions, into an organization with over 100 employee’s across countries and fully utilizing FOSS.

After the main presentation there will be 2 short presentations by the Cyprus FOSS community.

Place: Hustle Lounge Bar, 3 Griva Digheni Avenue, Nicosia 1081
Date: 18th of November, 2014 (19:00 – 23:00)

Agenda:
6:45 – 7:00 pm: Pre-presentation drinks
7:00 – 7:40 pm: ‘Open-Source Software in the Enterprise’ by HotForex
7:40 – 8:00 pm: ‘Skills for the near-future sysadmin’ by Cyprus FOSS Community
8:00 – 8:30 pm: ‘ETL Processes with Talend* for Big Data Management’ by Cyprus FOSS Community

The presentations will be in English. The event is open to anyone wishing to attend.

A finger food buffet and drinks will follow after the presentations.

For more information:

agianni@hotforex.com
info@ubuntucy.org