For the past 11 years, November has marked the arrival of IT Days, one of the most anticipated conferences in Cluj. This year was no different.
On November 8-9, hundreds of experts and tech enthusiasts made their way to Cluj Innovation Park to learn from and connect with 60 local and international speakers who captivated the audience with talks, hands-on labs and panel discussions about the boundaries and directions between the AI revolution, morality, and technological development.
Since 2013, IT Days has brought notable experts and top voices in the field, from Mike Butcher, Editor-at-large at TechCrunch, to Sir John Dermot Turing, nephew of Alan Turing, and Danny Goh, Founder & CEO at Nexus FrontierTech, all the way to Peter Leeson, Founder and CMMI Specialist at Orchestrated Knowledge.
During the 11th edition of the conference, our colleagues Dan - Head of Mobile - and Florin - Front End Developer - joined the lineup of local and international speakers, and now they're here to share their experiences with us.
Let's meet them.
Hi, I'm Dan, a software engineer with over 8 years of experience specializing in mobile apps for iOS and Android. As head of Mobile Development at Wolfpack Digital, I focus on finding the right balance between development, research, and offering high-level guidance. I aim to continuously improve and bring innovation to our mobile department.
IT Days was a good experience all around! The diversity of content was something else; there was something of interest for everyone. We explored topics like Products and leadership, Automotive, Artificial Intelligence, Applied Tech, Metaverse, Startups, Security, and more. The presentations were engaging, and the breaks were the perfect opportunity to connect with developers and tech people.
It was a big conference, with numerous speakers and interesting topics revolving around the proposed theme of 'Utopia.' The overall atmosphere conveyed a sense of excitement, both due to the large number of participants roaming around and the novel themes addressed by the speakers.
I've been a speaker at IT Days in the past, and I enjoyed it, so it was a pleasure to retake the stage this year. I generally like sharing my findings and experiences with other people working in tech.
My presentation dived into two essential topics: Using AI tools to streamline the development process and Leveraging AI to enhance mobile app functionalities.
For the first one, I built an app from scratch, using AI tools as much as possible, starting from generating ideas for the app and functionalities, visuals, general app theme, the code and finally, the documentation and app store description. The main point I was trying to get across is that you can speed up the development process with AI tools.
As for the second topic, I explored some of the most common AI features in mobile apps, like Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing, and presented a few real-life examples of using them in apps. Then, I went through how to add these features step by step and integrated object detection into the app I created for/in the previous part of my presentation.
I wanted to share my thoughts at IT Days because I'm passionate about spreading knowledge and inspiring others in the tech community.
During my prep for the conference, I played mad scientist with a giant whiteboard. I threw all my topic ideas up there and shuffled them around, grouping and ordering them for coherence. Then, I fleshed out what I wanted to say in each part and built my presentation with cool images and examples.
Speaking at the event was a great experience. It puts me and the company on the map in the tech world, showing we're doing cool stuff and good work - that we are active and innovating. Plus, being a speaker nudges you out of your comfort zone, making you prep hard and take charge of the narrative and direction of the discussion. But it's not just about the talk—it's also about inspiring others to step up in their work.
For me, the opportunity to speak at a conference the size of ITDays was a big step up from speaking at local meetups or company-hosted events. It aligns well with my professional goals; as for our team, I am quite proud to join the significant number of our colleagues who are speakers and who voluntarily contribute to conferences and technical workshops or accelerator programs.
Not so much on trends, but I got some exciting ideas about working with people from different generations (gen x, y, z) and why some software principles might become obsolete over time.
I learn new things with every conference I participate in and change my perspective on established concepts.
At IT Days this year, AI took the spotlight in several presentations, offering me fresh insights into the potential future landscape, especially concerning Large Language Models (LLMs).
One talk by Daniel Terhorst-North really got the gears turning. He delved into the drawbacks of age-old methodologies and paradigms, pushing us to rethink our approaches. A standout quote from Admiral Grace Hopper stuck with me: "The most dangerous phrase you can use is 'But we've always done it this way!" This experience inspired me to challenge the status quo and embrace new perspectives.
IT Days 2023 was more than just a conference; it was a catalyst for inspiration, fostering a spirit of continuous improvement and adaptability in the ever-evolving tech industry.
Our speakers, Dan and Florin, not only shared their expertise but also highlighted the importance of innovation and collaboration within the tech community. As they reflected on their experiences, it became evident that participating in such events not only contributes to personal growth but also elevates our team's presence on the global tech stage.
Stay up to date with the tech solutions we build for startups, scale-ups and companies around the world. Read tech trends and news about what we do besides building apps.