Solidity of a region’s IT industry is a complex feature defined by various components like the existing multinational and local companies, support organizations, informal specialized communities, the events unrolling in respective geography, the instruments used for creation of new specialists and the propensity for innovation. Some of the predictors for the evolution of the industry on medium and long term are influenced by the global economic landscape, local demographics and attractiveness for professionals, flexibility and adaptability of the local academic players. Additionally, the dynamics of the industry and its visibility are greatly influenced by the new ventures that are starting-up locally or are choosing the region as launchpad.
Success stories like Movidius, Realmedia/imobiliare.ro, 123contactform, Freshome are necessary in order to define the vitality of the industry, but they should be prepared by a continuous process of new startups generation.
Here comes Banat IT’s association with the Innovation Labs project. Started in 2013 by the Bucharest-based Tech Lounge Association, Innovation Labs project is a learning path that consists of courses and seminars that sustain young future entrepreneurs’ drive in creating a product up to fruition. Teams of students formulate a vision and explore cutting edge technologies, build prototypes, ponder product life-cycles and branding, devise business strategies, and pitch investors for their launch, under technical and business mentors’ accompaniment all the way, cultivating the so praised and valuable product management skills and generating an as advanced as possible prototype.
This year’s Innovation Labs program is implemented in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu and Timişoara by TechLounge with the support offered by Orange, Carrefour and The Romanian-American Foundation.
Programmers are a different breed of professionals. I am stating this after spending thousands of hours with them (as a non-programmer and attentive observer). Future or current, junior or senior, freelance or employee, entrepreneur or consultant programmers, they all have a special set of personality traits significantly differentiating them from other guilds: they strive to create, they want to share, they dear to compete, they show the mastery of their art, they chase the challenges much more than others.
I do not know another professional group members so regularly committing time after long office hours presenting and debating new technologies, showcasing core-business or collateral, pet-projects, asking for and/or offering feedback, late in the week’s working days meetup events. They are mentoring in the 7 CoderDojos in the Timisoara Metropolitan Area for almost 52 Saturdays a year, bringing knowledge, friendship, self-confidence, empowerment and joy to large groups of 7-17 years old coding ninjas, they future co-workers, employees or, why not employers… 🙂
Their passion drives their interest and activities in so many different directions, best demonstrated by the diversity of Timișoara constellation of specialized tech communities illustrated in the city’s meetup.com record.
LiveHosting, one of the best Timisoara’s internet infrastructure providers developed a support program dedicated to local startups.
This special offer includes free web hosting for a 3 years period to web hosting and associated services, plus the always needed technical assistance. The program is dedicated to private new IT companies in their first year since registration and that have an annual turnover of less than 500.000 Euro. More details on the Basic Web Hosting subscription package can be found on LiveHosting site.
To start the application processyou just need to sign up on the website and send an email (email@example.com) containing a short presentation of your startup.
LiveHosting is the main Romanian web hosting provider for applications and websites developed with ASP.NET, MVC, PHP, Visual Studio, WebMatrix, Microsoft SQL Server 2008, MySQL and others.
Banat IT parteners with Live Hosting, proudly promoting this awesome opportunity for local startups!
Is it possible to provide outsourcing services, to sell products or services on foreign markets in a much smarter way? Find out live in Timisoara, Tuesday, September 22nd, 15.30, from a reputed German experts’ opinions on how your company can start building bridges to German IT market!
Not only in Timișoara, but all over Romania, most tech companies are considering that developing their own products and services is the direction to follow in order to increase their chances of success in the global competition. Most of the local entrepreneurs will tell you that these are clear signs that Romania isn’t anymore that attractive as an outsourcing destination, because of the steep increase of the salary costs. Strangely enough, this comes simultaneously with the increase of the demand on the traditional Western markets. Read more
With the continuous development of the online programming education means, one could say that specialized conferences are becoming less relevant. But for sure, staying in front of a display you’ll miss the audience’s vibration, the really cutting edge first-hand information in developer conference talks by international speakers, the “real world” approach, the direct interaction with your peers, the “visiting new places” feeling and of course the after-parties, all offered by a good offline event.
When all these can happen in your immediate vicinity, in Novi Sad/Serbia, at less than 2.5 hours of driving, you should definitely think and act rapidly.
Banat IT encourages all tech people concerned in managerial aspects of their professional life to attend one or more of the events within a Process Excellence Week, organized in Timisoara, this June 9-13. We are facilitating your access to a 20% discount of the regular participation costs. Please contact us for details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Process Exellence Conference in Timisoara
Improvement… this is a quest most of us try to invest time and energy in on a continuous base. We are doing it as organizations, under the pressure set (openly or in a tacit way) by clients, competition, boards of directors and (sometimes) by colleagues and employees. We are also doing it in personal and family settings, aiming to become more performant in generating and smartly using resources and relationships.
There is a constellation of tools and methodologies involved in the organizational improvement contexts (some of them with funny or solemn names 🙂 ) like 5S, Kaizen, 6Sigma, Kanban, Poka Yoke, Value Stream Mapping, Lean, Agile. Read more
For most of the professionals but also profanes, mobile apps development is one of the most trendy fields in today’s ICT industry. Around the world, there are several major events focusing on this segment.
Luckily enough our friends from ARIES-TM the Romanian Association for Electronic and Software Industry – Timisoara Branch are for several years already in charge with organizing the Romanian national pavilion at MWC – The GSMA Mobile World Congress. MWC is definitely the place where mobile industry leaders gather, collaborate and conduct business on 22-25 February 2016, Barcelona. A good news is that ARIES-TM is also organizing Romanian participation to another mobile industry event the APPSWORLD, scheduled for 18-19 November 2015, London.
In this promising context, Timisoara and Banat-based mobile developers and mobile development companies are highly encouraged to take advantage of those opportunies. They shoult take in consideration that AppsWorld London has become a key event in the “app industry” calendar. The 2015 installment is set to be the biggest yet with 12,000 attendees and over 350 exhibitors expected. The 2 day conference will offer keynote talks from industry leading speakers, showcase indie developers and run interactive workshops.
On other hand, MWC provides the planet’s best venue for mobile industry networking, new business opportunities and deal-making. It includes a world-class conference featuring visionary keynotes and thought-provoking panel discussions, an exhibition with more than 2,000 companies displaying cutting-edge products and technologies defining the future of mobile. Beyond all this, MWC features the annual Global Mobile Awards ceremony, which recognises the most innovative mobile solutions and initiatives from around the world. In 2015, Mobile World Congress hosted more than 93,000 mobile professionals from 200 countries in its largest-ever event.
If you want to make your plans to be part of any of the two events, send an e-mail with the subject “Sign MWC 2016” or “Sign APPSWORLD 2015” to email@example.com.
Sometimes, 2 or 10 months after a nice tech & entreprenurship event, good reasons to remember them are appearing.
One of the most significant part of each tech entrepreneurship ecosystem’s life are the major hands-on events from the Startup Weekends or hackathons categories. At individual’s scale they are excellent opportunities to meet and greet fellow entrepreneurs and technology persons, to learn and practice both technology and business related new things. At community’s scale they are good opportunities to welcome newcomers and visitors from outside the ecosystem, being them participants, mentors, journalists, sponsors, to foster and to establish new connections, to celebrate and to extend reach. Read more
Timisoara Agile Software Meetup Group, Syneto and Timisoara Startup Hub are organizing again this Saturday, November 15th, the Timisoara implementation of the biggest collaborative software development event in the World. At its fourth edition, aims to unite more than 5000 programmers all over the World. Each city and local community collaborates with a small group totaling more than 200 individual events developing into a worldwide code retreat network.
For those that missed the previous Timisoara editions, a code retreat is a full day event that aims to offer a safe haven for programming experiments. For a whole day, programmers gather to program, experiment, learn, and have fun. It is the ideal place for programmers to do the things they can not do at work. To try out crazy ideas, to improve themselves by interacting with others, to write code using test driven development, pair programming, and other agile practices.