The second edition of Change Con - the software conference - held at the conference hall of Kraš factory, gathered 400 experts from the IT world.
International speakers, 27 sessions and 28 speakers confirmed the role of Change as an event that connects IT industry members from different sectors, regardless of their role, programming language or company. The conference was opened by Plamenko Barišić, KING ICT CEO, who addressed the current status of the community and its direction: “Developers are above-average and reactive individuals who accept diversity, which results in innovations in our communities and society in general. Our ultimate goal is to produce quality software that creates common value, so here we are to share stories, exchange ideas, and get some new ones.”
This year's Change was focused on micro-services, cloud, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.The Red Hat's Edson Yanaga opened the programme, talking in his keynote about the latest software trends in almost all major companies: “Software is the fuel of a new digital company, so we ask ourselves how can we deliver the software faster and gain additional value at the same time?”
The opening of the third track was right on target. The introductory talk was delivered by Ralph Van Roosmalen who explained to the audience how to improve collaboration within a multifunctional team and optimize in terms of productivity with Agile’s help. But agile values were not the only topic of this track. Visitors had the opportunity to learn the secrets of good writing and communication thanks to editor-in-chief of Netokracija Ivan Brezak Brkan: “Quality writing contributes to better communication with colleagues, clients, managers, and users, and contributes to product quality.”
The shift from regional to international speakers was visible at every step, mostly thanks to co-operation with the Belgrade Voxxed Days, who shared a few speakers such as Chris Ward whose topic was ‘Are we all doomed?’ In this, at the first glance, pessimistic talk, the charismatic speaker probed the technological advancement and its benefit: "The last century has led to an incredible jump in quality of life, but is it a curse or a blessing? I'd say it depends on the way in which we use technology. Ultimately, I believe in human progress, to develop and work on better software and solutions," Chris urged.
The spirit of development was felt at every turn thanks to speakers who come from well-known IT companies like Mete Atamel (Google), Geertjan Wielenge (Oracle), Andrew Gregorić (Paypal) and Miljenko Cvjetko (Microsoft). This year's Change content is based on last year's feedback, so it's no surprise that visitors had the opportunity to hear last year's best-rated speakers, like Viktor Farčić.
Topics such as social networks and connectivity were not overlooked at Change but were presented in a completely different way. Content Manager of Change conference Roko Roić, in co-operation with the startup AG04 led by one of the speakers, Ante Radoš, designed a so-called real-time social network using Bluetooth beacons to connect conference visitors in an entirely new way. Thanks to the innovative technology, the participants had the opportunity to see who among them shared the same interests. International speakers, diverse topics, innovative technologies and unprecedented public interest, made Change an indispensable part of the IT community in Croatia and the region.