TechFest Bucharest connected by Vodafone: Over 15 events, 10,000 Euro prizes

The first edition of TechFest connected by Vodafone, which took place between September 20 and 24, in three emblematic places in Bucharest (Universal Palace, Bucharest National Theater and Promenade Mall), ended after its four scenes from the Palace The Universe and the National Theater of Bucharest, have hosted over 50 international and local speakers.

In total, the technology festival offered to the public over 15 events: six specialized discussion sessions under the TechJAM umbrella , two Digital Transformers and Growth Hacking , a Science Summit , Future Talents, organized by Vodafone for young people wishing to work in corporations, two start-up meetings: Venture Lab and Investors Meetup , and a Google Digital Workshop . Five other types of events were organized in the area of the Promenade Mall: XPO Tech, Megahack, gaming, Junior Coding Club and special moments by Vinyl, Rum, Tapas & Wine and Mr. Jurjak. During the TechJAM discussion sessions, which targeted blockchain, Java, JavaScript, .net, mobile and DeepData, more than 30 speakers went on the three dedicated scenes.

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One of the most anticipated events was Megahack, with total prizes of 10,000 euros, attended by programmers from the age of 17, who had to solve one of the six themes proposed by Vodafone Romania and Innoenergy, respectively. The big prize, worth 5,000 euros, was won by two young people who proposed a solution for signing contracts without the need for printed documents. The second place of 3,000 euros was obtained by a team of high school students for an application that scans the user’s identity card and compares biometric data with those in the official database. The third place, rewarded with 2,000 euros, was won by a team that developed a solution for facial identification and OCR scanning of the bulletin.

Mall Promenade hosted XPO Tech, where two Vodafone robots talked to the participants. They also joined the Pepper robot, which recognizes the main human emotions, a modular house using robotic power, vintage computers, but the participants could also test augmented reality experiences.

In Future Talents, young people looking for technical careers have been able to talk in an informal atmosphere with top Vodafone executives. They have provided relevant details about how to work in the company, about the state-of-the-art technologies used by Vodafone teams and about the recruitment process.

The next three editions of TechFest connected by Vodafone will take place in Iasi (October 11-14), Timisoara (October 25-28) and Cluj (November 8-11).

TechFest connected by Vodafone is developed in collaboration with the IT community and has become the meeting place of programming experts from the most innovative companies and start-ups, in an informal atmosphere, generating a unique experience with a special component of infotainment for the general public. Through events dedicated to the general public, TechFest is also an open invitation to any technology enthusiast, whether these games, gadgets, or innovative technology solutions.

TechFest’s vision is to create a global market for companies, innovative startups and technology fans. The Technology Festival aims to put together, in order to create viable solutions, the needs of the business and energy community, the power to generate start-up innovation, providing access to the common vision of professionals and educating the general public on technology.