Anna Ambroszkiewicz

Spark Academy workshops for RoR devs- first edition

In October 2018 we launched the first edition of Spark Academy – a learning and skill sharing program for Ruby on Rails developers. Each workshop consisted of a theoretical introduction to the topic followed by a live coding session. Most of the times participants also got an optional home assignment to be submitted for review and feedback. All meetings were free of change and open not only to the employees of Spark Solutions but also any other devs willing to take part. The only thing they had to do was complete a short evaluation task to make sure that they possessed the minimum level of knowledge essential to understand and fully benefit from the class.

The workshops began on 25th October 2018 and followed through 7th February 2019.

 

Spark Academy’s first edition in numbers:

  • 7 workshops
  • 7 mentors
  • 30+ participants
  • countless beers & pizzas 😀

 

“Mentors shared their expertise with passion. Every workshop taught skills which can be used to solve real-world problems. Newest Rails features, payment provider integration, and serverless solutions are trending topic these days. Students armed with this knowledge are ready to face new challenges.” – Piotr Leniec, Senior Fullstack Developer, Spark Solutions

 

Topics:

The workshops were designed primarily for Junior and Mid RoR developers. However, some Senior devs, PMs and QA also attended and found the subjects interesting and useful for their work.

25th October 2018: PORO objects & their usage

8th November 2018 AWS/Heroku/DevOps

22nd November 2018 Railway Oriented Programming

6th December 2018 Newest Rails Features: Action Cable (+ a special Santa’s coming to town surprise)

10th January 2019 Rails Performance Optimization

24th January /2019 Payment Provider Integration

7th February /2019 Microservices in Ruby and Amazon Lambda

 

Mentors:

Experienced Fullstack and RoR developers form Spark Solutions volunteered to run the workshops and share their knowledge with colleagues. This proved to be beneficial for both parties, as mentors had an opportunity to polish their public speaking and presentation skills. Participants, on the other hand, could live code together with their peers and ask as many questions as they wanted.

Piotr Leniec – Senior Fullstack Dev at Spark Solutions

Yuriy Kushnir – Senior RoR Dev at Spark Solutions

Bogusław Tolarz – Senior RoR Dev at Spark Solutions

Nathaniel Nande – Senior RoR Dev at Spark Solutions

Alexey Suslyakov – Senior RoR Dev at Spark Solutions

Przemysław Kossakowski – Ruby on Rails Developer at Spark Solutions

Sergey Vygovsky – Ruby on Rails Developer at Spark Solutions

 

Networking (beers & pizza time)

Apart from insightful and packed with knowledge Ruby classes, the opportunity to meet and socialize with other devs was also of great value. Spark Solutions provided the space + beers & snacks. Participants and mentors could talk in more private attire and have some fun on a Thursday night.

 

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Spark Academy workshop PORO Objects and Their Usage
Spark Academy workshop PORO Objects and Their Usage
Spark Academy workshop PORO Objects and Their Usage
Spark Academy workshop PORO Objects and Their Usage
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy workshop AWS/Heroku/DevOps
Spark Academy workshop AWS/Heroku/DevOps
Spark Academy workshop Railway Oriented Programming
Spark Academy workshop Railway Oriented Programming
Spark Academy workshop Railway Oriented Programming
Spark Academy workshop Newest Rails Features
Spark Academy workshop Newest Rails Features
Spark Academy workshop Newest Rails Features
Spark Academy workshop Newest Rails Features
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy workshop
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops

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Keepabl – building a GDPR compliance SaaS startup in under 3 months

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was set to come into force in May 2018.  For months beforehand, organisations were very worried about how to comply with a complex and, in places, ambiguous law.

From his 13+ years as General Counsel of growth companies, Robert Baugh knew first-hand that people didn’t enjoy being given compliance responsibility, particularly if they weren’t in the Legal or Compliance team.

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Open Commerce Conf 2016 & multiple Spree success stories

The first Spree dedicated event since Spree Conf 2014 took place on June 28-29th in New York. Organized by Spark Solutions team, it was a 2 day event that connected developers and business people interested in eCommerce open source solutions. It was packed with real life know-how, discussion and Spree Commerce success stories. Followed by a lot of networking during the after party on one of the Big Apple’s famous roof tops. Look for all the Spree success stories at opencommerceconf.org.

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DevHeroes – meetup for Ruby and JavaScript developers organized by Spark Solutions

On April 12th, 2016 the historic, first DevHeroes meetup gathered a crowd of software engineers who decided to combine their superpowers for that one special evening. It was hosted by Campus Warsaw, one of Google’s hubs for startup communities placed in some of the most innovative cities like London, Tel Aviv, Madrid, Sao Paolo and Seoul. Campus Warsaw is located in an old vodka factory (yes, vodka;) on the right bank of the Vistula river. This gives the place a unique atmosphere and makes it one of the favourite spots for young entrepreneurs and innovators.

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The Startup Nation: 8 million people and over 6,000 startups

Do you remember ICQ? This instant messaging software used by over 100 million people worldwide was founded in Israel in 1996! Since then a lot has happened on the Israeli startup and innovation scene. No wonder that the Tel Aviv area is sometimes called the Sillicon Wadi (Valley in Hebrew). Israel truly is The Startup Nation.

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Why RWD is no longer an option but a must have for your e-commerce business?

You must have already heard about Responsive Web Design (RWD), which is basically about providing the user (customer) with a smooth experience through your website on any device.

“Heading into 2016, it’s clear that consumers have shifted to mobile, and businesses know they need to catch up.” – Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO

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15 most interesting events for ecommerce startups in the first half of 2016 in Europe, USA and Middle East

It’s already 2016 and it looks like a lot is going to happen in the ecommerce and startup world. Big fairs, conferences, workshops, networking, pitching opportunities and a whole lot of other activities you can attend if you’re interested in aquiring some useful knowledge and valuable connections.

The events are plenty all around the world, but we have prepared a list of the ones that we find most interesting and fun:)

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