In spring and summer 2019 Spark Solutions team attended a series of Tech Events in Europe. For many developers, it was a new and very refreshing experience. First of all, conferences and other such events are a great opportunity to find out about new trends and projects, not only in their everyday Tech Stack but generally in the Tech World. It is also a chance to network with devs and other cool folks from all around the world. Finally, a few days together outside the office can do wonders as far as team building is concerned. You get to know each other better and share some fun moments that will be remembered and talked about long after the event.
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 charge 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:)
Our CEO Damian Legawiec has recently been invited to present at ReactJS Warsaw meetup attended by a few dozens front end developers. The presentation included the introduction to Flux as well as examples of its practical implementations.