Speakers’ thoughts on Dev Talks Cluj 2016

17 April 2018 devTalks

We’re excited that the second edition of Dev Talks in Cluj-Napoca is approaching fast and we can’t wait to meet on May 11th at Liberty Technology Park! Join us for a one day event of peer to peer interaction and valuable technical advice from our speakers.

Until then, we took the liberty to address our speakers a few questions in order to get a vibe of the whole event. And here’s what they want to share!

  1. Why did you accept our invitation?

Arjan Schaaf, DevOps Architect at Luminis Technologies: I love sharing knowledge that we gained on working with new technologies. And I always find it interesting to get in touch with developer communities I haven’t met before.

Martin Woolley, Technical Program Manager at Bluetooth SIG:  At the Bluetooth SIG I’m responsible for developer programmes across Europe, Middle East and Africa. I haven’t had the opportunity to speak at a developer event in Romania before and Dev Talks Cluj looked like an excellent event. Accepting the invitation was a no-brainer 🙂

Doru Rotovei, Development Manager Europe at InteliX Software: We wanted to share our lessons learned from using Xamarin framework for over a year now so people can avoid some of the mistakes we’ve done and in the same time show to those that didn’t use Xamarin that is a viable solution for cross platform mobile development – the holy grail of phone development.

Radu Vunvulea, Solution Architect at iQuest Technologies: Sharing technical knowledge and experience is the most important thing for me. DevTalks it’s a great opportunity to share my knowledge and learn from other people.

  1. What is your message for our audience?

Arjan Schaaf: Container Orchestration will be the key to deploying scalable cloud native applications.

Martin Woolley: The age of the Internet of Things (IoT) is upon us and this is unquestionably the biggest opportunity developers have had in a long time. Bluetooth low energy technology is a key technology for the IoT and is available with APIs on the vast majority of platforms including over 95% of smart phones and tablets. For any developer wishing to be successful with IoT solution development, a knowledge of Bluetooth low energy technology and how to exploit it is essential.

Doru Rotovei: By being at DevTalks you invest in yourself and I know you will become a different person following May 11th. I am humbled I can be the messenger of the knowledge we gathered so you can faster develop cross-platform mobile applications.

Radu Vunvulea: World is changing, technology is changing faster that we can imagine. It’s harder and harder to keep up to date with everything that is happening, but conferences like this can help us to understand better what is happening around us.

  1. How will the future look for developers in 2020?

Arjan Schaaf: The future is bright! Our world is becoming a global village more and more. With the right talents you can accomplish anything, anywhere.

Martin Woolley: In the 1990s there were about 1 billion devices connected to the internet. In the 2000s, due to the rise of the smartphone there were 2 billion devices connected to the internet. By 2020 it is forecast there will be 28 billion devices connected to the internet. The world is becoming “unthinkably connected” with a huge variety of device types connected and communicating with each other. Bluetooth low energy is one of the primary, common “communication languages” which these devices will speak to each other, regardless of the platform they are based on and for IoT developers it will be a default choice.

Doru Rotovei: With software becoming omnipresent and more and more complex by 2020 I see a struggle to find sufficient qualified developers.

Some of the trends that I see right now are: Virtual Reality starting with the phone, Oculus Rift or Microsoft Kinect – virtual reality will give a complete immersion not only in the gaming and entertainment arena but also in the medical field where surgeries can be done virtually using internet connection and very capable robots/actuators; Self-Driving Cars will start to appear on the streets providing the legislation will allow it; 3-D printers will make home manufacturing a reality opening up the market for a new set of entrepreneurs; Artificial Intelligence – intelligent home appliances and IoT, humanized personal assistants i.e. Siri or Amazon Echo, big data analysis, parallel computing etc. all of these need very specialized knowledge workers to the level of being just a developer will not suffice.

The future is bring for developers especially for the developers that can tap and learn fast to develop for and in these accelerated trends of Information Technology. All in all I see an even higher demand for developers by 2020.

Radu Vunvulea:  Future is already here, mobile and smart devices will be all around us. In this context the integration part will be more complex and interesting. People and companies that will understand what to do with the existing data will have the greatest success.

Stay tuned for further information from our speakers and have a sunny day!