Hundreds of IT people, 32 talks, 2 workshops, 3 conference days, one city: From May 15th to 17th, Coding Serbia had its comeback in Novi Sad after a three-year break.
For the 4th time, Coding Serbia has gathered hundreds of IT people interested in trending and evolving software development topics. From May 15th till 17th, Novi Sad was the place-to-be if you wanted to gain knowledge you can actually apply in your software projects.
This year, we had a chance to listen to 32 talks and attend 2 workshops. To get a better idea, here are some of the topics we covered during the 3-day conference: agile development, UX/UI, machine learning, distributed systems, data science, software craftsmanship, blockchain, cloud, mobile, and many others.
As a venue, we chose a cinema: Comfy seating, huge screens and great acoustics added even more value to the conference program.
From it’s beginning the conference was diverse, regarding topics, speakers, and the level of skills required for the talk. Some of our speakers are industry-recognized subject matter experts, world-class software developers, as well as great developers who are not overly well-known yet or they are just starting their advocacy career.
The first day of the official conference started with the keynote by Eberhard Wolff who raised an important question: Do we worship complexity? Needless to mention the important role complexity plays in software development, he wonders when worshipping complexity becomes destructive. Maybe that is the part when complex problems become unsolvable.
Eberhard’s talk was followed by 15 others that discussed above-mentioned software development topics.
Networking is another if not the most important part of a conference, and there is hardly a better and easier way to get to know each other than a party. Keeping away from loud music and distant conversation, we wanted to awaken the inner child in our speakers and attendees by bringing them together to a bowling alley. Playing all kinds of games together helped us getting closer to each other and refreshing for the upcoming second day.
Dave Snowden opened the second day of the conference with an eye-opening keynote and the idea of returning agile to the wild: Agile started as a great idea and it inspired many people. However, at the moment it seems we got lost and maybe it is time to get back to the original inspiration of the Agile Manifesto.
Beside all-day talks, we wanted to provide a great overall experience during breaks, so people were able to drop by our sponsor’s booths, play retro games at our corner and find out more about Novi Sad. Lunch offered another great opportunity to get together as it was served in the cinema bar where attendees could order customized sandwiches and burgers by their own choice.
Even though we are still overwhelmed by all the impressions, one thing is for sure: If you want to meet a lot of people from the IT world, hear about new technologies, have an amazing experience while listening to both complex and more relaxed topics, have a good time with fellows at a fun event– then Coding Serbia is the conference you need to visit!
We are already planning our next event in this spirit and would love if you could join for the next gathering in Novi Sad.