Tech Talks

Here at VeLabs we are proud of our extensive offering of reciprocal tech talks; taking place in London, Bilbao and Cluj, the variety of talks are given by specialists in their area allowing us to share a vast range of knowledge with you.

The aim of these talks is for us to reach out to other professionals in the industry and share our knowledge with them in return for a presentation of a similar nature; giving both parties a mutually beneficial insight into each other’s experience in the industry and different challenges they have faced.

Each of the talks lasts from 30 minutes to 1 hour and can take place either inside or outside of working hours. If you are interested in arranging any of the talks listed below with us please email labs@veinteractive.com.

Andrew Metcalfe - CTO

Andrew is an engineering manager, with previous experience working in both established companies and start-ups. A passionate technologist and manager, believing that forming strong relationships amongst colleagues is crucial for success. Throughout his progression at Ve, from technical expert to CTO, Andrew has thrived on finding the right employees and guiding them to a position where they may flourish independently. Through this, employees strive to create great solutions and useful products, whilst at the same time generating a fun and relaxed working environment. Andrew is always seeking to grasp the latest and most innovate technology, to further enhance his knowledge and understanding of the industry.

Topics:

  • Benefits felt of regular deployments by Managers.
  • Dealing with Success – How to Manage Rapid Growth in a Tech Start-up.
Juan Cerezuela – Software Developer

Juan is passionate about software, with the belief that it constantly challenges the mind and ensures that you are always adapting and enabling you to stay ahead in an ever changing environment. He truly believes that the industry has potential to help create a better world, and through the sharing of knowledge and skills, can empower people to strive further.

Topics:

  • Scaling queue systems with Azure Service Bus.
  • Enlightening Agile software development with application metrics.
Marcin Bazydlo – Senior Software Developer

Dreamer. Hacker. Programmer. Marcin worked as a researcher of REST applications replication systems, during which he authored papers (which he believes will never be cited!), after which he decided to pursue an Agile methodology and join OpenTable. Now at Ve, Marcin enjoys the new challenges and opportunities that come with working for a fast-moving tech company. He is an enthusiast for products that increase efficiency and innovate beyond the norm.

Topics:

  • Service-Status: Very Polite Service Monitoring.
  • Remotely Agile.
  • Breaking Bonds. How entrepreneurship is encouraged with practices and technology.
Tom Harvey – Infrastructure Engineer + Senior Software Developer

Tom maintains infrastructure and monitoring at Ve. When he is not traveling globally, Tom often works with Swift helping to create features for iOS. Aside from the above, he also works to automate Infrastructure from time to time.

Topics:

  • The Journey to Automated Infrastructure.
  • Feature Toggling.
Gabriel Nepomuceno – Operations Architect

Gabriel has a real passion for innovation, and thoroughly enjoys coding and building new products. Since a child, IT has always been a huge interest of his, which has only grown throughout his adult years. At Ve, he maintains his work supervising the architecture of the system whilst working with the developers to achieve a better quality of code. One significant achievement was managing the move from a completely on-premises infrastructure to Azure with 0 downtime. This migration included hundreds of servers and different services, translating into to a 20% revenue increase. Furthermore, he drove the developers movement inside the company, automating the infrastructure and reducing the time to have your infrastructure provisioned to minutes, instead of days. Ve’s systems now are more heavily based on the cloud, with an architecture capable of scaling to process at peaks of more than 13000 events per second.

Topics:

  • Automating Azure Infrastructure provisioning.
  • Serverless architecture on Azure.
  • Provisioning and scaling Azure container services.
  • Evenhubs – A cheap way to process terabytes of data.
Sebastian Silaghi – Senior Developer In Test

With more than 5 years’ experience in the software quality assurance domain, Sebastian prides himself on a ‘can do’ attitude, always ensuring the highest of standards and is driven by results. A great interest in automation testing, he continuously challenges himself to improve the automation process and identify the best solutions.

Topics:

  • Automation Testing.
Cristian Cazan – Development Director

Starting his career as a developer more than 15 years ago Cristian has gone on to be both Head of Development and Delivery Manager for a multinational Software Company within the last couple of years. Breathing technical excellence, Cristian has a positive impact on the environment in which he works; helping to build the vision, define the culture and create leaders. As well as this he offers training and support to his team, helping them to fully embrace the ethos and progress through each phase of application lifecycle to successful delivery. In March 2015 Cristian took on the challenge of starting up Ve’s development centre in Cluj. As Development Director, Cristian currently heads up a team of over 70 talented professionals; together helping Ve to challenge the status quo in the digital world and become one of the IT giants. Cristian likes to speak about the values he believes in, presenting at various international conferences using a very original approach by combining the passion for science fiction with his Enterprise Agile expertise in presentations such as: “Back to the future”, “Trust the Force, Luke”, “Crash and Burndown”.

Topics:

  • Agile, Continuous Delivery.
Alexandru Ivan – Product Manager

Alex is a Software Engineer turned Product Manager. He is enthusiastic about being at the forefront of building products that bring value to the people and businesses using them. He has been involved in the conception, building, release and maintenance of products and web integrations in both start-up and corporate environments.

Topics:

  • Product Management & Product Development.
Camelia Gui – Product Manager

Camelia is enthusiastic about all aspects of her work and always up for something new. Priding herself on motivating those around her she only onboards projects she believes in. With 8 years of experience in BPO, Finance, Advertising and Logistics in a multinational environment, she has now moved to Ve to take on the new challenge of building products. Eager to take on the world of eCommerce she is also keen to educate others on the industry and share her enthusiasm about what she does.

Topics:

  • Product and stakeholder’s management.
Ciprian Filipas – Senior Developer

With more than 6 years’ experience Ciprian has worked across various fields. Involved in C/C++ development in his youth he has progressed towards the Mobile x-platform field, working to create a framework from scratch (MoSync). Currently, he is creating enterprise oriented solutions in .NET. Aside from his interest in Software, Ciprian is passionate about Continuous Delivery and strives to achieve greatness by automating everything in a smart manner. He is an open, ambitious and fun person with an interest in computer modding, content creation (video) and vlogging.

Topics:

  • Software Development (.Net/C#) & Continuous Delivery.
Ioan Sut – Mid Developer / Scrum Master

Ioan is a Scrum Master and .NET Developer at VeInteractive; currently working on various .NET projects using the latest technologies on the market. He believes expanding your knowledge every day is incredibly beneficial; both professionally and personally. Ioan is keen to share what he has learnt as a software developer and scrum master in order to help others improve their performance in their day to day work and to offer a different vision of software craftsmanship.

Topics:

  • Software Development (Azure, .Net/C#, Continuous Delivery).
Denis Salanta – Architect

Denis is a full stack developer who enjoys building distributed systems in an agile manner. He is passionate about resolving business challenges through software and believes in Haber's Law: "If it can be done in Software, it will."

Topics:

  • Software Development (Azure, .Net/C#, Architecture, Continuous Delivery).
Alberto Varela – Software Architect

Alberto is an open-source web developer, specially oriented towards Apache, PHP and MySQL with Linux. He loves the analysis that goes into the development of new solutions and managing the whole work process as team manager. Google APIs, apps for Facebook or Twitter, AJAX, semantic, SEO… are his world!

Topics:

  • Automation: Infrastructure, Software & Deploy.
  • Deploying WordPress like a Pro.
  • Continuous Delivery of Linux projects with VSTS (Formerly VSO).
  • Improve your Personal Brand open sourcing code.
  • Code & Kids.
Asier Perez – Infrastructure Lead

Topics:

  • Scaling queue systems with Azure Service Bus.