This year’s WeAreDevelopers (WAD) conference in Vienna was a great chance for the IT enthusiasts to hear some inspiring lectures and to get involved in a networking on a wider, international level. Well organized 3-days event was held in Vienna International Centre 16-18 May. The event provided more then 150 speakers, among which the most notable for us were Steve Wozniak (Apple co-founder), then Joel Spolsky (CEO of Stack Overflow) and John Romero, well known in gaming circles as the creator of Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein 3D.
The whole event was like a home for more than 8 000 developers from 70 countries participating in various talks, discussions and workshops. Numerous lectures included some of the most interesting hot topics in IT industry today, such as Blockchain, AI / ML / NLP, VR / AR and IoT, to basic ones like frontend, backend and mobile.
We’ve tried to attend all sorts of presentations, but most notably AI, mobile and frontend ones which had the most useful and interesting content for us. One of the most significant was the presentation of Joel Spolsky, who talked about the origins of Stack Overflow. During his speech, he mentioned anecdote with Jon Skeet, about his try to fix a bug while he was walking down the long lane at LA airport. That pretty much explained why he’s the #1 on SO.
— Mladen Jakovljevic (@jakovljevic_mla) May 16, 2018
A lot of other interesting stories were told, and many interesting ideas may have been born and provoked. The WAD conference was all about that – sharing ideas, meeting new people and learning new technologies.
The hottest topics as many expected were blockchain, AI, and IoT, which currently seems to be at the very high value, so we didn’t find strange the fact that many presentations were exactly on those topics. You could hear about many ideas that were born while working on such projects.
Most of them are real cases that are actually being used in everyday’s lives.
That is actually the fact that left probably the largest impact on us, regarding that we are actually the guys working on various projects, having different ideas, interests and passion in software development and working in the international and distributed teams. The impact in our case just had to be made, don’t you think? 🙂