HackTM, the flagship event of Banat IT Association and Timișoara Startup Hub, advanced to its 3rd edition. The biggest hackthon in South Eastern Europe will take place in Timișoara in the weekend of May 20-22.
Definitely a wide community event, HackTM grew in size, in complexity and, for sure, in quality. We are looking forward to welcome 512 participants (from 6-7 countries), to develop their ideas over a 50 hours programming maraton, within the 8 track competition covering Education, eHealth, Fintech, GameDev, IoT, Robots, Smart City, and Other. Read more
One week a year the school can be different for all the students in the Romanian pre-university education, including for ”kids in tech”, the teenagers enrolled in the relatively numerous ”mate-info” classes. Within ”Săptămâna Școala Altfel”, April 18-22, Banat IT Association and Timișoara Startup Hub, with the involvement of 12 small and medium enterprises have build a special opportunity for kids studying in the Mathematics-Informatics specialization in 5 of the best Timișoara high-schools (Colegiul Național ”Ana Aslan”, Colegiul Național Bănățean, Colegiul Național ”CD Loga”, Liceul de Informatică ”Grigore Moisil”, Liceul Pedagogic ”Carmen Sylva”) to discover the startup and SME segment of the local IT industry. The project, named Timișoara Startup Kids on Tech Trails, will assure to participating students an early exposure to the activities of companies like 123ContactForm, 3Pillar Global, Audionow Digital, Avaelgo, Bitdefender, Cloudbase Solutions, Digital Geek, [e-spres-oh], Movidius, Ness Technologies, OPSWAT, Safefleet Telematics, Symme3D Manufacturing, or UnifiedPost. Read more
Tuesday, March 5th, starting with 5 PM, AIESEC Timişoara, Banat IT and Timișoara Startup Hub invites local entrepreneurs and CxO level staff from local tech companies in the meeting room of the Startup Hub, in City Business Centre, E Building, Mezzanine, to “Youth-Up! With An International Professional”.
The event is dedicated to showcasing the potential benefits local startups and SMEs active in the tech field can grasp by partnering with Global Talent and Global Entrepreneur, two international internship programs, developed and implemented on a global scale by AIESEC, the well known student organization.
In the IT world we are always sure that we can build and deploy almost any service or product. Slowly but surely we are also understanding that these products and services, no matter how impressive they are from the technological point of view, for a commercially successful life-cycle, they need a significant contribution of complementary competences. Design, UI/UX, marketing are only a few of these competences.
In April you are invited to dive in the world of Digital Marketing with the experts of The Pharmacy, a well reputed Brasov-based agency.
The Pharmacy has started in 2012 Laboratorul de Online, a series of courses that reached now the 27th edition, helping over 300 companies to develop their online strategy. On 9th and 10th of April, their trainers are coming to Timisoara, benefiting of the Startup Hub logistic partnership, with a different concept of Online Marketing workshop. Read more
As a partner within the HiPEAC consortium, the Dublin/Timișoara/San Mateo-located Movidius is aiming to welcome a number of up to 20 PhD students in their Industrial PhD Internships positions in 2016.
HiPEAC program enables European companies to have access to highly skilled and exceptionally motivated research talent. Doctoral students in European universities, trained to conduct applied research, have proven themselves to be an invaluable resource for R&D projects in program member companies, particularly in SMEs.
PhD Students can apply until April 8 for a PhD Internship that offers unique opportunities to experience the industrial research environment and to work on R&D projects solving real problems. To date, the internship programme has resulted in several joint paper publications, patent applications and many students have been hired by the host companies after completion of their PhDs.
The internships will cover a 3-month period and will ensure for each student a payment of EUR 5000 plus coverage of travel expenses to an extent of maximum EUR 500.
To be eligible to apply for the HiPEAC Industrial PhD Internship Programme the interested persons must be currently studying for a PhD at a European HiPEAC network comprising more than 100 universities in about 40 countries. Four Romanian universities are already enrolled in HiPEAC: Gheorghe Asachi Technical University Iași, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, University of Sibiu. New universities can join HiPEAC in a straightforward way starting from here.
The full list with the 20 internships announced by Movidius can be found here.
Good luck and see you in Timișoara!
All that short duration tech entrepreneurship events you are used to participate are nice, but what about one that will offer you the major differentiation of having a 10 weeks follow-up aiming to help you transform an innovative idea in an elaborated and ready to be pitched tech product/service through interaction with mentors and peers?
Tech Lounge and Banat IT Associations are launching the Timişoara implementation of Innovation Labs 2016 by organizing a 27 hours hackathon, scheduled for this weekend, March 12-13 and hosted by Timișoara Startup Hub.
The Innovation Lab program, will include further activities Read more
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.
This years annual Regional Innovation Fair (Targul Regional de Inovare 2015) will expand it’s horizons once more by introducing an international brokerage session in which regional companies, from the West area of Romania, will be able to interact with foreign companies mobilized by partners of the Enterprise Europe Network, in Europe and other continents in order to establish transnational business partnerships.
The event represents a unique platform for innovators and entrepreneurs that will attend the meeting in Timisoara, taking benefit of national and international presence. In addition, awards under the Regional Innovation Competition is one of the highlights of the event. Read more