Earlier this month, we attended the WeAreDevelopers World Congress conference in Vienna. Named Europe’s largest playground for developers, founded as recently as 2015, the Congress has truly grown from strength to strength. This year, from May 16th – 18th there were 8,000 participants, 250+ speakers, 100+ sponsors, who all convened in Austria’s capital for 3 days of developer fun. Discover all about our latest adventure at WeAreDevelopers…
The focus of the world congress was on People.Code.Future. inspiring through keynotes, workshops, and panel discussions. Across more than ten parallel tracks, topics ranged from AI to DevOps, from OpenSource to Mobile Development. Diversity is a clear priority for WeAreDevelopers: with so many women speaking (Women in Tech comprised 60% of the lineup) at the Congress, there were also panel discussions and initiatives (such as 200 free Congress passes) to further inclusion and collaboration in tech. These are some of the reasons which make WeAreDevelopers a flagship event of the tech world.
Keynotes came from the likes of Steve Wozniak (Co-Founder, Apple) who revealed why he left Facebook and his secret to happiness, Joel Spolsky (Founder of Stack Overflow and Trello), and Klaus Straub (CIO, BMW). Jonas Jacobi (VP, IBM Developer Advocacy) also took to the stage for a keynote on the our worldwide approach to the developer community and its importance in our pursuit to become the most trusted and respected technology company in the world.
Joe Sepi, City Leader from our IBM Code New York City team of developer advocates, encouraged developers to start and engage more in Open Source technologies and projects. Explaining both why and how, Joe shared practical examples of ways to enter and strengthen the community with valuable contributions. From increasing your learning to getting a job, discover how you can get into OSS, too!
Developer Advocate Niklas Heidloff held a well-attended talk, with over 800 attendees, where he analysed when to use Serverless and when to use Kubernetes technologies for cloud native applications, sparking great discussions with attendees afterwards. Niklas describes Function as a Service (FaaS) as the next evolution of Platform as a Service (PaaS), with the same goal to make developers more productive by managing the infrastructure.
Our very own Ansgar Schmidt gave not one, but two workshops! Both were fully booked and top rated; both engaged the audience with expertise and hands-on experience of our IBM Cloud and its capabilities in Internet of Things, Kubernetes and Serverless. The curated sessions led participants through the process of creating a Kubernetes cluster, serverless databases, and even an introduction to Watson Assistant, to mention but a few.
The WeAreDevelopers global community met for the 2018 Congress at the Austria Center Vienna, engaging the brightest minds, bringing together what they call those unique creatures that are able to turn coffee into software! A nifty app, goodie bag, and plethora of coffee greeted the conference goers. Other industry-leading brands in attendance alongside IBM included: BMW Group, BOSCH, Eventbrite, Github, Slack, Twitter, Vodafone, and Volkswagen. Our IBM booth in the exhibition area was located beside the Chillout Lounge; joining us were colleagues from ecx.io and many different teams from across Europe!
Hear from more IBMers about their experiences at WeAreDevelopers: from Vladislav Saling and Niklas Heidloff.
Are you a developer? Find out more about our team and the events we are attending across Germany, Austria and Switzerland, check out our IBM Code Berlin team homepage.