The story behind StepFWD

Alexandra Anghel on how StepFWD started

At the beginning of 2015, me and my co-founder decided to rent a couple of desks at TechHub Bucharest. It was our first time trying out a co-working space and I was skeptical I could make the switch after working from a private office for so long.

Frankly, I wasn’t in the mood to get out of the house.

After securing a seed investment at the beginning of 2014, we had failed to generate enough revenue or raise a follow-on investment. As a consequence, we had to fire the development team in September. Out of a team of 10 people, we were down to two founders. Needless to say, it was one of the most difficult things we’ve ever had to do.

However, like many turning points in our lives, it’s easier to connect the dots looking back.

Knowing what I know now, I can see that moving to TechHub Bucharest was one of the best decisions we ever made. It was one of those moments that started as a snowball and, in time, turned into a small avalanche.

Going through the dip

2015 was about rebuilding.

After hitting rock bottom at the end of 2014, me and my co-founder were in a depressing state.

But the lack of resources isn’t all bad. At that stage, it sparked creativity for us, which kept our startup alive. By autumn, we had identified some opportunities to keep our startup alive: we applied to different programs for female entrepreneurs that allowed us to pitch remotely.

We got accepted into an accelerator in the US and turned it down because it wasn’t a good fit. One of their requirements was to incorporate a new company in the US, and given our shareholders’ structure, approx.. half of the funds provided by the program would have gone to legal taxes and attorneys. In addition, their management team was not willing to negotiate the term sheet.

Read the complete story here.

AI brings smart learning experiences in schools

The education system is clearly one of the fields that should and definitely will continue to change over the next decades to keep up with technological advancements. Hence, it is no surprise that artificial intelligence has found a way to become part of the learning experience. According to data, the AI education market is currently valued at half a billion USD and the amount is set to rise to six billion by 2024.

Integrating artificial intelligence capabilities into the education system brings greater benefits to teacher and student alike, allowing for a more personalized academic path, better results and better prepared individuals. In this context, let’s have a look at some of the advantages of adopting AI in education.

CUSTOMIZED LEARNING EXPERIENCES

Since in the last couple of years the learning process has moved towards the digital world, data about students’ educational progress has significantly increased and it has become easier to manage. Data can now be collected and analyzed, leading to more personalized learning plans.

Hopefully, this will allow teachers and professors to treat students according to their needs and will provide a substantial support to those who have difficulties in keeping the same pace as their colleagues. Detecting students with learning disabilities and addressing them early in their education is much easier now, and gives better results as well.

ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT AND CAREER PATH PREDICTIONS

Having so much data at hand allows teachers, with the help of machine learning algorithms, to predict students’ future academic development as well as the best career path for each of them. By analyzing previous performance, AI systems will predict the future performance of a student, allowing the Ministry of Education to know how many students are expected to join secondary school and university in a certain interval.

Furthermore, based on how students respond to certain subjects, some changes can be made to the annual academic curriculum. For this, the course content is analyzed using natural language processing (NLP) and learning gaps are identified and addressed. The system can also help discover the best delivery models for students.

But this is not limited to public schools. For instance, online course provider Coursera is already using artificial intelligence to identify gaps in the courses it provides. Other companies, such as Netex Learning, allow educators to design digital curriculum and content across devices, integrating rich media like video and audio, as well as self- or online-instructor assessment.

AUTOMATIC GRADING SYSTEM

Another key benefit for teachers is the fact that artificial intelligence capabilities allow them to automate grading for nearly all kinds of multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank testing. Moreover, experts are trying to come up with more accurate grading systems that could also asses and grade written answers and regular essays. Other similar administrative duties can also be automated, enabling teachers to spend more time focusing on the students, addressing their learning needs instead of losing several hours grading papers.

Continue reading on Strongbytes’ blog.

Masterclass: Surviving Legacy Code

Date: 8 November 2019, Bucharest
Training fee: €300/participant plus VAT, only 25 seats available

To book your seats, please contact us by email ([email protected]) or phone (+40 740 849 770).

Summary

We all have legacy code, meaning profitable code that we’re afraid to change. It doesn’t matter who wrote it, in which language, nor when. It matters that we feel the fear now and need to deal with it. Rewrite or refactor? How do we write tests? There’s so much to change; how do we get started?

In the typical programmer’s day job, there’s no time to learn how to do this. We’re already behind schedule and the cost of fixing the legacy code is crushing us. We need a way to learn how to do this safely, correctly, and eventually, even quickly. That’s what Surviving Legacy Code is about.

Audience

Any programmer forced to deal with code that strikes fear in their heart. That is, all programmers, eventually.

What you’ll learn

  • When to refactor and when to rewrite, and how to do that safely.
  • The killer technique for exposing in glorious detail exactly where the code wants us to break it apart.
  • How to use statistical sampling and logs to cobble together the beginnings of a test suite.
  • How to sterilise a legacy environment before even trying to change the code.
  • How to crack the chicken-and-egg problem: I need to write tests in order to refactor, and I need to refactor in order to write tests.

What you’ll do

  • Work in short sessions on a diabolical-but-fun code base (available in at least 20 programming languages).
  • Practise micro-committing, a key technique to changing difficult code safely.
  • Apply the lessons from my code base to your project. (Only in private courses longer than one day.)
  • Practise a handful of refactoring and testing exercises that develop the most essential legacy code rescue skills and disciplines.

What you’ll need to bring with you

  • A computer, with a working software development environment.
  • Something to write with, and something to write on. I suggest index cards and a notebook.

What you should do before you attend

  • Install the development environment for the programming language you wish to use: Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA, Visual Studio, vim, emacs, whatever you choose.
  • Install git.

The trainer

Consultant, coach, mentor and author, helping both teams and individual programmers learn high-productivity techniques for delivering software. He would like to continue teaching teams how to avoid unnecessary work, remain focused on what absolutely needs to be done, then do it quickly and effectively. He incorporate the values, principles and practices of agile software development in both his work and the advice he gives others.

Date: 8 November 2019, Bucharest
Training fee: €300/participant plus VAT, only 25 seats available

To book your seats, please contact us by email ([email protected]) or phone (+40 740 849 770).

Lunch and Coffee Breaks included in the price of the Masterclass.

Browse more masterclasses here.

Masterclass: Crafting Code

This course is designed to help developers write code that is well-crafted. Meaning code that is clean, testable, maintainable, and an expression of the business domain. The course is entirely hands-on, designed to teach developers practical techniques they can immediately apply to real-world projects.

Date: 28-29 November 2019, Cluj-Napoca
Training fee: €600/participant plus VAT, only 20 seats available

To book your seats, please contact us by email ([email protected]) or phone (+40 740 849 770).

About the training

Software Craftsmanship is at the heart of this course. Throughout, you will learn about the Software Craftsmanship attitude to development and how to apply it to your workplace.

Writing Clean Code is difficult. Cleaning existing code, even more so. You should attend if you want to:

  • Write clean code that is easy to understand and maintain
  • Become more proficient in Test-Driven Development (TDD): using tests to design and build your code base
  • Focus your tests and production code according to business requirements using Outside-In TDD (a.k.a. the London School of TDD)

Clean code necessitates good design. In the process of driving your code through tests, you will learn how to:

  • Understand design principles that lead to clean code
  • Avoid over-engineering and large rewrites by incrementally evolving your design using tests

Once you have an understanding of the principles at work, we will apply them to Legacy Code to help you gain confidence in improving legacy projects through testing, refactoring and redesigning.

Content

  • TDD lifecycle and the Outside-In style of TDD
  • Writing unit tests that express intent, not implementation
  • Using unit tests as a tool to drive good design
  • Expressive code
  • Testing and refactoring Legacy Code
  • Introduction to SOLID Principles and Domain-Driven Design

The course is fully hands-on and developers will be writing a lot of code.

Audience

Software developers that:

  • Are familiar with at least one Object-Oriented language
  • Are able to understand Java or C#
  • Can write and execute unit tests using a framework (such as JUnit, NUnit, etc.)
  • Have a basic understanding of mock objects

Prerequisites

Developers must:

  • Bring their own laptops
  • Have a development environment consisting of:
    • Their favourite Object-Oriented language
    • A unit test framework
    • A mocking library
  • Be able to create projects, build source code and run test cases in their development environment

In addition, a distributed version-control system such as Git is desirable.

The trainer

Software craftsman, author, and founder of the London Software Craftsmanship Community (LSCC). Sandro has been coding since a very young age but only started his professional career in 1996. He has worked for startups, software houses, product companies, international consultancy companies, and investment banks.

During his career Sandro had the opportunity to work in a good variety of projects, with different languages, technologies, and across many different industries. Sandro has a lot of experience in bringing the Software Craftsmanship ideology and Extreme Programming practices to organisations of all sizes. Sandro is internationally renowned by his work on evolving and spreading Software Craftsmanship and is frequently invited to speak in many conferences around the world. His professional aspiration is to raise the bar of the software industry by helping developers become better at and care more about their craft.

Date: 28-29 November 2019, Cluj-Napoca
Training fee: €600/participant plus VAT, only 20 seats available

To book your seats, please contact us by email ([email protected]) or phone (+40 740 849 770).

Lunch and Coffee Breaks included in the price of the Masterclass.

Browse more masterclasses here.

The perfect match: artificial intelligence and the internet of things

The idea of having your fridge turn on the AC or the washing machine and then remind you to buy some groceries on the way home doesn’t seem so far fetched. This is thanks to the Internet of Things which promises to completely reshape our lives by translating our physical world into digital signals.

What is IoT and why does it need AI?

The Internet of Things or IoT can be defined as a network of physical objects that use embedded sensors, actuators and other devices that can collect or transmit information about the objects. According to a report from Gartner, by the end of 2020, the number of existing connected devices is expected to rise to over 25 billion. In other words, there will be more than three things connected to the internet for each person on the planet.

The use of smart devices goes beyond having your alarm clock or phone notifying the coffee machine to start brewing coffee for you. For instance, the IoT technology can be applied to transportation networks, the “smart cities” that hopefully will help reduce waste and increase energy saving. Connected devices can also be used in healthcare for patient monitoring. A smart device can gather data about a person’s heart rate, respiratory rate, skin temperature and body posture. All these details can alert doctors to potential health problems before they arise, or provide them with relevant information regarding which treatments could be most effective for their patients, even when their patients aren’t in the office.

If you’re wondering what role artificial intelligence plays in all this, remember that AI excels at identifying patterns and using them to make predictions. All the data that is being collected by smart devices can be analyzed with the help of machine learning models that can afterwards learn to adjust the behavior of IoT services.

Artificial Intelligence of Things

Artificial intelligence and Internet of Things are the perfect mix. Together they have created a new concept called the artificial intelligence of things or AIoT. The purpose of AIoT is to improve human-machine interactions and enhance data management and analytics. Adding artificial intelligence capabilities to Internet of Things will clearly facilitate a better analysis and decision-making progress.

Even though the Artificial Intelligence of Things is a relatively new concept, the combination of AI and IoT brings a whole new range of possibilities. At the same time, technology companies are really open to the idea of leveraging the benefits of AI to add value to IoT systems.

AI technology, more specifically machine learning,  is able to automatically identify patterns and detect anomalies in the data that smart sensors and devices collect. Machine learning approaches can make operational predictions up to 20 times faster and with greater accuracy than traditional business intelligence tools. AI applications for IoT systems can also enable companies to avoid unplanned downtime, increase operating efficiency, spawn new products and services, and enhance risk management.

Continue with AIoT use cases on Strongbytes’ blog.

Is AI the next step in the future of leadership?

Artificial intelligence is not only changing the products and services we provide nor the way we create these products. It has become quite clear that it is also completely reshaping human behavior and leadership.

Whether we realise it or not, some of the high-level decisions that are being taken by people in key positions, be them organization or nation leaders, are already influenced by the evolution of AI, machine learning, NLP, etc. In 2020, artificial intelligence is expected to create 2.3 million jobs and eliminate 1.8 million ones, according to Gartner. Hence, there is no doubt that we need to rethink the way we lead and evaluate people.

What is the extent of AI’s influence on leadership? How are we all going to cope with these technological and functional changes? Who will lead in the robots era? These are only some of the questions researchers are struggling to find the answer to. At this moment, we have too little evidence to paint a clear picture on this, however, we have some opinions we’d like to share with our readers.

Can a robot be a good leader?

The correct and obvious, at least for us, response is no. We are still trying to deal with people that are not good leaders, and, theoretically, they can achieve the “prerequisites”. A leader needs to be emphatic, creative and really good at reading people, qualities that it is said AI systems cannot acquire. And these are only some of the many skills a leader needs to have, that no machine learning or NLP algorithm could reproduce. So, a robot cannot even be a leader, be it a good one or a bad one.

But it could be a good manager. Apart from a leader that can inspire and share a vision, employees also need someone to assist them, give them clear directions and be there when they have questions. When artificial intelligence is integrated into the management role of a business, it helps speed up the processes, saves time for leaders and even eliminates the middle-management positions that sometimes, instead of making things easier, only add to the existing burden and bureaucracy.

Being able to process large amounts of data in a relatively short interval, a machine can multi-task and do so accurately, without getting tired or listing fragmentation as an impediment for the quality of work. Of course, this can only be applied to routine, predictive and repetitive tasks. But this way, employees can actually invest their time and knowledge into something that will bring more business value and more personal satisfaction. Productivity is also bound to increase because people know that much of the mundane activities they need to do on a daily basis have been automated.

WHAT ABOUT THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS?

We’ve already established that a robot cannot be a leader, but it doesn’t mean it cannot contribute to the development of human leaders.

We know that leaders need to take a lot of decisions, and some of them during “war” time, when the company is in serious trouble. Not all the decision-making processes run smoothly and several psychological studies have indicated that when business leaders have to make multiple decisions across the day, there is an inevitable dip in energy which increases the likelihood for wrong choices. With an AI system, such risks can be mitigated. If fed with the right data and trained correctly, a machine learning algorithm, for instance, can make an infinite number of accurate decisions.

Fully adopting AI technology for the management department is still in the debating phase. Most companies are currently just trying different solutions that might help them with a small set of tasks. For example, in 2018, an independent workforce solutions provider launched a decision analytics platform which uses machine learning algorithms and predictive analytics to help people understand and interpret data scenarios better. Machine learning cannot replace the pragmatic way that humans think and it cannot make logical correlations, but it can help them make more informed, data-driven decisions.

See on the Strongbytes’ blog how can we prepare leaders for the AI era.

Meet the Partners for Codecamp in Timisoara | 25 May

Codecamp Timisoara will take place on May 25. Don’t forget to register HERE.

In the meantime, we want to thank our partners for being with us every step of the way.

For most of the Romanian, BRD is a day to day presence, spread all over the country. We are a Top Romanian Bank and one of the companies listed at BVB. We have also a long history. Descendent of the National Industrial Credit Society, created in 1923, BRD was initially the Investment Bank of the Romanian country before becoming, in 1990, a universal bank. In 1999, Societe Generale became the majority shareholder of the bank. The French bank, one of the biggest from the euro area, with 145.000 employees in 66 countries and over 31 mil.  Clients from all over the world, transferred in Romania know-how that allowed us to become shortly one of the leaders of the Romanian market.

We constantly are looking to innovate ourselves, while offering to wide public programs and products tailored, from kids to students and businesses of different sizes, comfort and security. We have 2.3 mil clients and 780 branches. Our activity covers three major business lines: retail and IMM, big corporations and investment banking. With over 7.500 employees we are one of the biggest banking employers.

BRD is an important economic actor in the local economy but also we are an active social player, involved in the community through projects and programs that cover social, cultural and sportive areas.

We are proud to support technology and innovation in our country and we engage our efforts in developing key actors (the new generation of IT specialists and tech entrepreneurs ) for a digital society. Our main projects are  BRD First Tech Challenge, the Robotics Labs and Innovation Labs but we constantly continue to search and support initiatives, such as Codecamp,  that contribute to supporting the Romanian creators of technology and innovation. Furthermore, we have developed a special offer for the IT segment through which we hope to answer the daily banking needs of this public.  Find out more details on www.brd.ro/code

 

Established in 1998 in Cluj-Napoca, Softvision is now a big and global outsourcing company that provides great software product development services to their clients. Softvision expanded throughout Romania in Baia Mare, Bucuresti, Iasi and Timişoara. The company develops over 300 projects for over 100 clients from Europe and USA, in the following fields: software development, testing and quality assurance, mobile apps, UI/UX Design, support services and others.

Softvision is renowned for its Top 500 Fortune, Silicon Valley and Wall Street clients: Microsoft, Toshiba, Alcatel, Sharp, Swisscom, Sprint and others. In 2016, Softvision merged with well-renowned US-based Company SPI (Software Paradigms International), thus becoming an International Company with offices also in Canada, Australia, Brazil and India.

With the merger, Softvision gained new clients from the retail segment: Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Lord&Taylor, Estee Lauder, Michael Kors. Softvision encourages their employees to work hard, play hard and to continuously learn through the Softvision University Program.

This was developed to offer full support to every individual in the company to reach the highest professional development level in accordance with their potential. Softvision University comprises 11 communities: .Net, Android, iOS, Web, DB, QA, Java, C/C++, DevOps, PM and Artificial Intelligence.

 

Edurom is a national company that has been successfully providing in Romania, since 2002, human resources services, based on two powerful and well known global methodologies: BELBIN and Situational Leadership -The Original Model.

Moreover, EDUROM exclusively represents these methodologies in Romania. Thus, day by day, we are striving to: Build Leaders, Create and Develop PERFORMING Teams, and achieve significant Improvements of Productivity for our customers. Based on this, Edurom provides professional services in Training, Recruitment, AND Consultancy (Performance Management and Productivity Improvement).

ACI Worldwide, the Universal Payments (UP) company, powers electronic payments for more than 5,100 organizations around the world. More than 1,000 of the largest financial institutions and intermediaries as well as thousands of global merchants rely on ACI to execute $14 trillion each day in payments and securities. In addition, myriad organizations utilize their electronic bill presentment and payment services.

Through their comprehensive suite of software and cloud-based solutions, ACI delivers real-time, immediate payments capabilities and enable the industry’s most complete omni-channel payments experience.

Visma offers software and services that simplify and digitize core business processes in the private and public sector. The Visma group operates across the entire Nordic region along with Benelux, Central and Eastern Europe. The headquarter is located in Oslo, Norway. The Visma Group comprises five business areas: SMB, Enterprise, Commerce Solutions, Custom Solutions and Cloud Infrastructure Services.

We provide solutions that keep our customers one step ahead of their competition. In optimising for efficiency, the goal posts are constantly being moved. There will always be parts of an operation that can be performed more efficiently – or automated altogether. At Visma, we aim to provide solutions and software that are of such high quality that they turn our customers’ business and administrative processes into competitive advantages. That means offering world-leading solutions today, as well as tapping into the opportunities tomorrow’s technology offers.

SmartValue: inspired by innovation

SmartValue?
We are business advisors and developers for Newpharma, Belgian start-up of the year in 2018;

The #cool team?

Established since 2011 in Timisoara, SmartValue has just welcomed two new locations in its portfolio. Take a look inside our team:

  • Open #communication – Think. Talk. Listen. Brainstorm.
  • Great #talent – We grow and learn together
  • Unified #vision – Building apps for the future
  • #Dynamic – Always using the latest technology
  • Committed to #succeed – Because we have a clear road ahead

What makes us tick?

  • Autonomy
  •   Imagination
  • Diversity
  • Agility
  • Flexibility
  • Responsiveness
  • Having fun

Veoneer is the world’s largest pure-play company focused on Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Automated Driving (AD). We are 7,900 people in 13 countries worldwide, working on making the world’s fastest growing, cutting-edge technologies — like radar, night vision, electronic controls, and human-machine interface — ready for the demands of mass production and real world use.

Continental is a top-tier automotive manufacturing company that specializes in tyres, interior electronics, chassis components, brake systems, powertrain, tachographs and numerous other factors related to the transportation and automotive industries. Continental is divided into five sections: Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tyres, and Contitech. One of the company’s main areas of expertise is fuel consumption, attained via reduced-resistance tyres, more efficient fuel injection systems and hybrid propulsion systems.

plentymarkets is THE e-commerce ERP in Europe!

You can manage all of your online business processes with one software: plentymarkets. From setting up your items to processing orders, managing payments and fulfillment: all of the processes are efficiently linked together so that you can fulfill orders quickly and provide your customers with a high level of service. You will profit from our comprehensive support options and will always be ahead of the game with our updates and innovative ideas. plentymarkets makes e-commerce simple, convenient and efficient by providing you with a wide range of individual functions that all work together harmoniously under one roof.

Our young, talented and motivated team builds the foundation of our success. Using cutting edge technology we always set new challenges for ourselves and we are seeking new team members to help us write our success story.

Elektrobit (EB) is an award-winning and visionary global supplier of embedded and connected software products and services for the automotive industry.
A leader in automotive software with over 30 years serving the industry, EB‘s software powers over 1 billion devices in more than 100 million vehicles and offers flexible, innovative solutions for connected car infrastructure, human machine interface (HMI) technologies, navigation, driver assistance, electronic control units (ECUs), and software engineering services.

Endava is a public technology company, with over 18 years of experience of working with some of the world’s leading Finance, Insurance, Telecommunications, Media, Technology, and Retail companies. Through the Digital Evolution, Agile Transformation and Automation solutions, Endava helps its clients be more engaging, responsive and efficient by supporting them from ideation to production.

Endava has 5,300+ employees located in offices in North America and Western Europe and delivery centres in Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Colombia.

Along with investing in long-term customer relationships, Endava recognised the importance of providing rewarding and challenging careers for people and, by doing so, has established itself as the employer of choice in certain regions.

Syneto is here to transform the way organisations of all sizes manage their IT infrastructures and helps them achieve their most important objectives: remove complexity, lower costs and increase agility for faster resource deployment.
Our highly usable data technologies enable customers to create hyper-converged as well as software-defined storage infrastructures. Powerful analytics capabilities help organisations make informed, effective data-driven decisions and deploy revenue-generating applications quickly, easily and with confidence.

Ness Digital Engineering is an innovative custom software development firm Ness Digital Engineering provides digital transformation and custom software product engineering services to help organizations envision, build, and continually evolve their digital platforms to enter new markets, capture new revenue and gain operational efficiencies.

Their global team enables clients to compete and grow in today’s digital economy by providing deep expertise in experience engineering, product and platform development, and data analytics. Ness’s strength is the ability to provide a seamless blend of creative design and user experience engineering, combined with a rigorous, productized approach to digital platform development and data analytics.

Product engineering is central to the company’s heritage. Using their Ness Connected framework, they help companies define and develop the right digital products and services faster to significantly accelerate time to market, improve customer engagement and reduce business risk. As a custom software development firm, Ness believes digital platform development and product engineering requires a fundamentally different approach than running traditional enterprise IT services or providing staff augmentation.

BearingPoint is a leading international provider of innovative regulatory and risk technology solutions (RegTech and RiskTech) and services along the Regulatory Value Chain for Financial Services. Customers representing 6,000 firms worldwide, among them large international banks, leading insurance companies, as well as supervisory authorities and central banks, trust BearingPoint’s RegTech and RiskTech products and services. BearingPoint’s solution portfolio of Regulatory Reporting and Risk products is based on the Abacus platform, a proven, mature and future-proof strategic solution that proactively builds in latest industry trends and regulatory developments.

Appsbroker is Google’s largest partner in Europe, helping drive Google Cloud and Apps adoption at major enterprises across the globe and helping hundreds of thousands of people embrace SmarterWorking. Their SmarterWorking solutions leverage the power of Google Cloud to help modernize and streamline big business functions; helping teams collaborate and transform ways of working.

Appsbroker delivers digital transformation strategies that unlock real business value. Whether it’s hidden in data, corporate knowledge, people, or processes; Appsbroker’s SmarterWorking solutions, built on Google Cloud, are leading the way in business transformation.

Haufe Group offers integrated and comprehensive workplace solutions to successfully manage tax, commercial and legal challenges. Their solutions cover content, applications, professional training and qualifications, services as well as Online communities and portals.

Their target groups are small, medium and large companies, self-employed/freelancers, as well as tax and legal advisers, public services and NGOs.

They have consistently developed into a specialist for digital and web-based services. Headquartered in Freiburg, Germany, Haufe employs approximately 1,800 people around the world.

Over the past 12 years, West University of Timişoara (UVT) has been focusing on providing students with unique learning experiences. Through changes in the national-educational politics, demographics, economic market demands, and national and regional demands, the University has managed to adapt and grow into one of the best in the country. UVT is committed to offering students the required education to help develop the local economy with bright, ingenious ideas worth taking into consideration.

UVT is made up of 11 faculties; each offering different types of programs that are meant to hone pioneering initiatives. The West University of Timişoara is involved in international collaborations and mobility programs like PHARE, Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci, and more. The University prides with being active, innovative, creative, and specialized in perfecting the next generation of researchers, professors, and specialists in areas like Economic Sciences, Law, Physics, History, Information Technology, and more.

Iulius Town is a mixed use urban regeneration project developed by the Iulius Management Center company.  Iulius Town will become a landmark for the sustainable development of Timişoara, bringing together office, retail, park and entertainment functions.

Iulius Town is a vibrant location, worthy of a European Capital of Culture, as well as the promoter of a broad variety of cultural, artistic and social events. The project was designed based on a new lifestyle concept, offering a unique business and shopping experience and a venue where you can enjoy life.

United Iulius Timișoara is part of the Iulius Town urban complex, the second mixt ”lifestyle center” in România.

At JetBrains, code is their passion. For over 15 years they have strived to make the strongest, most effective developer tools on earth. By automating routine checks and corrections, their tools speed up production, freeing developers to grow, discover and create.

Their line of software products include:

* IntelliJ IDEA (The most intelligent Java IDE)
* PhpStorm (Lightning-smart PHP IDE)
* WebStorm (The smartest JavaScript IDE)
* PyCharm (Python IDE for professional developers)
* RubyMine (The most intelligent Ruby IDE)
* AppCode (Smart IDE for iOS/OS X development)
* CLion (A smart cross-platform IDE for C and C++)
* DataGrip (Your Swiss Army knife for databases & SQL)
* PyCharm Edu (Professional tool to learn programming with Python)

* Rider (New Cross-platform .NET IDE based on the IntelliJ Platform and ReSharper)
* ReSharper (Visual Studio extension for .NET developers)
* ReSharper C++ (Visual Studio extension for .NET developers)
* dotTrace (.NET performance Profiler)
* dotMemory (.NET memory Profiler)
* dotCover (.NET unit test runner and code coverage tool)
* dotPeek (Free .NET decompiler and assembly browser)

* TeamCity (Powerful Continuous Integration out of the box)
* YouTrack (Issue tracker designed for development teams
* Upsource (Code review and repository browsing)
* Hub (JetBrains team tools, integrated)

* Kotlin (Statically typed programming language for the JVM, Android and the browser)
* MPS (DSL development environment)

Meet the Partners for Codecamp in Chișinău | 11 May

Codecamp Chișinău will take place on May 11. Don’t forget to register HERE.

In the meantime, we want to thank our partners for being with us every step of the way.

Established in 1998 in Cluj-Napoca, Softvision is now a big and global outsourcing company that provides great software product development services to their clients. Softvision expanded throughout Romania in Baia Mare, Bucuresti, Iasi and Timişoara. The company develops over 300 projects for over 100 clients from Europe and USA, in the following fields: software development, testing and quality assurance, mobile apps, UI/UX Design, support services and others.

Softvision is renowned for its Top 500 Fortune, Silicon Valley and Wall Street clients: Microsoft, Toshiba, Alcatel, Sharp, Swisscom, Sprint and others. In 2016, Softvision merged with well-renowned US-based Company SPI (Software Paradigms International), thus becoming an International Company with offices also in Canada, Australia, Brazil and India.

With the merger, Softvision gained new clients from the retail segment: Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Lord&Taylor, Estee Lauder, Michael Kors. Softvision encourages their employees to work hard, play hard and to continuously learn through the Softvision University Program.

This was developed to offer full support to every individual in the company to reach the highest professional development level in accordance with their potential. Softvision University comprises 11 communities: .Net, Android, iOS, Web, DB, QA, Java, C/C++, DevOps, PM and Artificial Intelligence.

 

Edurom is a national company that has been successfully providing in Romania, since 2002, human resources services, based on two powerful and well known global methodologies: BELBIN and Situational Leadership -The Original Model.

Moreover, EDUROM exclusively represents these methodologies in Romania. Thus, day by day, we are striving to: Build Leaders, Create and Develop PERFORMING Teams, and achieve significant Improvements of Productivity for our customers. Based on this, Edurom provides professional services in Training, Recruitment, AND Consultancy (Performance Management and Productivity Improvement).

 

Ness Digital Engineering is an innovative custom software development firm Ness Digital Engineering provides digital transformation and custom software product engineering services to help organizations envision, build, and continually evolve their digital platforms to enter new markets, capture new revenue and gain operational efficiencies.

Their global team enables clients to compete and grow in today’s digital economy by providing deep expertise in experience engineering, product and platform development, and data analytics. Ness’s strength is the ability to provide a seamless blend of creative design and user experience engineering, combined with a rigorous, productized approach to digital platform development and data analytics.

Product engineering is central to the company’s heritage. Using their Ness Connected framework, they help companies define and develop the right digital products and services faster to significantly accelerate time to market, improve customer engagement and reduce business risk. As a custom software development firm, Ness believes digital platform development and product engineering requires a fundamentally different approach than running traditional enterprise IT services or providing staff augmentation.

 

The ambition of Orange Systems is to develop IT domain under trademark of agility, creativity and competitiveness, through creating software products and local competence centers.
The digital revolution is our playground. In the future, everything will be connected, your home, your car, your office. Our goal is to make this connectivity available truly everywhere and entirely safe.
The code is everywhere now, software is helping us to do our daily jobs and share precious moments with the loved ones.
That’s why it’s so important for us to create an environment where we can nurture IT talent.
IT guys are the new creatives looking for a worthy challenge.
Orange Systems gives you challenges worth taking.

 

Expert technology. Bright people. Solid Delivery.
We are an R Systems Group company, with more than 20 years of experience in telecom and technology. Our global approach accounts for more than 1,000 projects delivered successfully to over 100 companies worldwide, 11 offices on 3 continents and more than 250 highly skilled engineers. We enable businesses to grow and innovate through expert technology and bright people. We do this with a clear mind for technology and a warm heart for people.

 

Endava is a public technology company, with over 17 years of experience of working with some of the world’s leading Finance, Insurance, Telecommunications, Media, Technology, and Retail companies. Through the Digital Evolution, Agile Transformation and Automation solutions, Endava helps its clients be more engaging, responsive and efficient by supporting them from ideation to production.
Endava has 4,700 employees located in offices in North America and Western Europe and delivery centers in Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Colombia.
Along with investing in long-term customer relationships, Endava recognized the importance of providing rewarding and challenging careers for people and, by doing so, has established itself as the employer of choice in certain regions.

 

AMDARIS is a rapidly expanding multinational Software Development Company. With offices in the UK, Romania and Moldova, they combine deep technology expertise, solutions architecture capability, development and program management skills that deliver best-in class Solutions that help Enterprises scale and meet their software challenges. They are a Microsoft Gold Partner, meaning they are industry recognized as being “best-in-class”, and are in the top 1% of the Microsoft Partner Ecosystem.

AMDARIS delivers projects and programmes, working on products or platforms for clients ranging from tech start-ups, through to global multi-billion dollar businesses.

Their Abilities

They are able to provide end-to-end solutions, encompassing product design, project management, develop & build, through to automated testing, deployment, integration and ongoing support and Lifecycle Management.

  • Their delivery models include:
  • Augmented Development Resource (Including Teams, Complete Software Development function Agile, Waterfall or Hybrid
  • Blend of On-Site and Near-Shore

Operational excellence, governance and quality underpin everything they do. As an ISO9001 and ISO27001 company, their enterprise clients see them as a safe pair of hands.

 

Stefanini is a Brazilian company with over three decades of IT expertise, ranging from IT infrastructure outsourcing to software applications development and maintenance, focused on making the digital transformation dream a successful reality for our clients. They have a direct presence in 40 countries, through 77 offices, enjoy working for over 500 clients.

They’ve been on the Romanian market for 13 years, building a team of over 1 600 people in their offices in Bucharest, Sibiu and Târgu Mureș. Since 2016 they have been also present in Chișinău with a team of around 90 people delivering great services.

Their “big enough, yet small enough” approach makes us flexible, responsive and agile. Stefanini has career opportunities for professionals interested in a vibrant, passionate, team-oriented workplace.

Learn more about them on https://stefanini.com and join them on facebook.com/stefaniniromania/.

 

ASSIST Software Romania specializes in outsourcing software development projects. Based in Eastern Europe, we are operating in a challenging economy that creates a fertile environment for Information Technology and business outsourcing. Our team has a solid and proven track record, delivering high quality and timely services.

Founded in 1992, ASSIST Software is present on the international market as a supplier of innovative solutions, adding business value through technology implementation at a professional level. Focusing our activities toward developing complex software products, ASSIST Software provides consistent results in emerging fields such as mobile and web-based custom business applications, e-commerce, e-payment, e-security, e-health and enterprise & resource planning, entertainment, and gaming industry.

We are focused on developing powerful and cutting-edge applications, that allow us to offer solutions which provide real business benefits. We deliver products and services with quantifiable ROI built around customer’s goals and strategic vision.

Our team continuously fulfills our partners’ demands by constantly updating our knowledge, conquering new areas of expertise, increasing the quality of our consultancy and support services. We build long-lasting relationships with our business partners, easily adapting to each one of their requirements.

Our Microsoft Certified Partner status is recognition for our performances and competences. These competencies are greatly supported by the software development team. The partnership with IBM, Intel, CISCO, and HP are a testament to our ability to design and deliver quality hardware and software solutions optimized for any platform.

Veoneer is the world’s largest pure-play company focused on Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Automated Driving (AD). We are 7,900 people in 13 countries worldwide, working on making the world’s fastest growing, cutting-edge technologies — like radar, night vision, electronic controls, and human-machine interface — ready for the demands of mass production and real world use.

 

At JetBrains, code is their passion. For over 15 years they have strived to make the strongest, most effective developer tools on earth. By automating routine checks and corrections, their tools speed up production, freeing developers to grow, discover and create.

Their line of software products include:

* IntelliJ IDEA (The most intelligent Java IDE)
* PhpStorm (Lightning-smart PHP IDE)
* WebStorm (The smartest JavaScript IDE)
* PyCharm (Python IDE for professional developers)
* RubyMine (The most intelligent Ruby IDE)
* AppCode (Smart IDE for iOS/OS X development)
* CLion (A smart cross-platform IDE for C and C++)
* DataGrip (Your Swiss Army knife for databases & SQL)
* PyCharm Edu (Professional tool to learn programming with Python)

* Rider (New Cross-platform .NET IDE based on the IntelliJ Platform and ReSharper)
* ReSharper (Visual Studio extension for .NET developers)
* ReSharper C++ (Visual Studio extension for .NET developers)
* dotTrace (.NET performance Profiler)
* dotMemory (.NET memory Profiler)
* dotCover (.NET unit test runner and code coverage tool)
* dotPeek (Free .NET decompiler and assembly browser)

* TeamCity (Powerful Continuous Integration out of the box)
* YouTrack (Issue tracker designed for development teams
* Upsource (Code review and repository browsing)
* Hub (JetBrains team tools, integrated)

* Kotlin (Statically typed programming language for the JVM, Android and the browser)
* MPS (DSL development environment)

 

Driven by the ‘Cogito ergo sum’,  Xogito is a global citizen company operating worldwide in a virtual environment. We are industry leaders in remote work. Every day we help our clients exceed their business goals and gain invaluable experience of it.

Digital technologies are constantly changing to keep up with business needs and to create new ones. We help you think through where you are technically and help you map out where you want to go and how to get there. Data, RTB, E-Commerce, AdTech – we approach your needs within the larger technical landscape in full accord with best practices, emerging trends and forward thinking solutions.

As an employer Xogito stands for bringing together and nurturing top digital talent. Our team consists of seasoned IT Professionals who solve with curiosity and excellence extreme technical challenges. We believe that the Agile SWD, TDD, cloud computing and open source technologies are the present and the future of technology. In our day-to-day activities we adhere to best industry practices and enjoy it.

 

Jivy Group is a group of people and companies working together in the startup nation.
Jivy Group develops software products for a variety of startups in different industries such as gaming, social networks, trading industries, media complementary products, ad networks, online gambling and more.

 

AI in healthcare: friend or foe?

There’s one industry that artificial intelligence can greatly enhance, however, it is also the one that can suffer the most from any misuse of the technology. It’s been a while since researchers have started to weigh the pros and cons of using AI in healthcare and the case is still controversial.

On the one hand, the introduction of robots and artificial intelligence in the medical system can speed up the processes, free the doctors of dull and repetitive duties so they can focus their entire attention on patients and, most importantly, can help people stay healthy.

On the other hand, AI systems have access to a lot of sensitive data about people’s medical history. A group of researchers at Harvard and MIT is making us aware that these systems may have unintended consequences. According to the paper they published on the online media outlet Science, there’s always the possibility of adversarial attacks, which constitute manipulations that can change the behavior of AI systems using small pieces of digital data. This can lead to patients being misdiagnosed, which eventually might affect people’s lives and their survival chances.

The good about AI in healthcare

The hype around artificial intelligence and the great benefits that it brings in many domains have allowed for its adoption in the healthcare system as well. There is even a debate going on in the medical world whether human physicians will be totally replaced by AI doctors sometime in the future. But that’s a different discussion, there’s a long way to go until we get there. Nowadays, AI systems can assist physicians in making better clinical decisions and, in some cases, can even replace human judgement in certain functional areas of healthcare (e.g. radiology).

DATA MANAGEMENT AND DIAGNOSIS

One area that AI can help with in healthcare is handling the medical data. So far, all the information about patients is included in medical notes, electronic recordings from medical devices, physical examinations and clinical laboratory and images. With the help of machine learning or NLP (Natural Language Processing), relevant medical information is unlocked faster. The information can then be used for making better clinical decisions.

For instance, Google Deepmind Health is used to mine medical records in order to offer better and faster health services. It is able to process huge amounts of medical information within a matter of minutes.

With regard to diagnosis, until now, the most common use cases we’ve seen in healthcare are in the field of neurology, cardiology and oncology.  As an example, Manipal Hospitals in India have deployed IBM Watson for cancer care. Nevertheless, progress has been registered also in diagnosing eye diseases. Google, in coordination with Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, is aiming to improve eye treatment using machine learning.

HANDLING REPETITIVE AND DULL TASKS

Being a doctor is great, but it also requires a lot of time and effort doing things that bring less value both to the patient and the field of medicine. Entering patient data into a computer or filling in paperwork are important and need to done, yet it keeps the medical staff occupied and unable to attend patients and their needs. Artificial intelligence and robots, in particular, can handle these tasks much faster and much better. This way, doctors can spend more time thinking of alternative treatments, identifying better options for the patients and even talking to them, understanding their needs or comforting them. Taking x-ray scans, CT scans or analyzing tests can also be handled by robots that can do it faster and with better results. AI pattern recognition software can detect anomalies in scans, helping doctors carry out earlier diagnosis and improve patients’ survival chances.

According to IBM, its Medical Sieve exploratory project plans to build the next-generation “cognitive assistant” which is capable of analytics and reasoning with a vast range of clinical knowledge. Medical Sieve can help in making the clinical decision regarding cardiology and radiology.

AI-BASED RECEPTION

AI chatbots are not a novelty, they are used in numerous industries and the healthcare system makes no exception. Using NLP and deep learning (DL) to understand patients’ requests and improve their responses with each interaction, AI receptionists can perform a lot of tasks in a shorter amount of time and with greater accuracy than a human. They are programmed to asses the level of urgency and importance of a request and are able to transfer them to a human when the situation requires it.

Continue with The dark side of AI in healthcare on Strongbytes’ blog.

How AI can reinvent retail

Artificial intelligence adoption across industries is skyrocketing. A McKinsey Global survey revealed that 47% of the interviewed companies have embedded at least one AI capability in 2018, compared with only 20% in the previous year. Furthermore, 30% said they are piloting AI and 71% stated they expect the overall investment in AI to grow in the coming year.

One domain in which we can witness an increase in the number of AI-driven technologies used in the business processes is retail. A report from CB Insights shows that between 2013 and 2018, retail artificial intelligence startups raised $1.8 billion across 374 deals.

Artificial intelligence helps the retail sector tackle and solve a series of frustrating problems such as inaccurate inventory, overstretched and undertrained store associates, product placement and sub-optimal pricing. By processing huge amounts of information from different sources, AI systems are able to faster and better identify viable solutions.

In support of this idea is another study released by IBM earlier in 2019, which identifies six ways the retail industry plans on using AI, based on respondents’ feedback:

·       Supply chain planning (85%)

·       Demand forecasting (85%)

·       Customer intelligence (79%)

·       Marketing, advertising, and campaign management (75%)

·       Store operations (73%)

·       Pricing and promotion (73%)

Even with such advent on the e-commerce front, brick-and-mortar stores are still here and are looking for innovative ways to remain at the forefront of the sales chain. So, AI can also play a crucial part in helping bridge the gap between virtual and physical sales channels.

From reducing shipping costs and improving supply chain efficiency to personalizing shopping experiences and helping workers acquire new skills, AI technologies allow retailers to compete in the 21st century economy and better serve their customers. This is what the future of retail looks like. — Mark Mathews, NRF vice president of research development and industry analysis