Techsylvania 2014 (first edition) just ended, and I must say that it’s a shame it only lasted for one day. But first, let me tell you what it is and what happened there, in case you’ve missed it. Even though I’m not quite a tech girl, I loved the event. Let me tell you why.
What is Techsylvania?
Techsylvania was a three-day tech event, the biggest in Transylvania. It took place between May 31st and June 2nd, and it was structured in two main parts. This event was put together by the following awesome people: Vlad Ciurca, Oana Petrus, Cristin Iosif, Vlad Ciolte, Florin Cirtina, Bianca Ganga.
The first part of the event was the Hackathon, a 24-hour long race, in which several teams and young minds had to develop an application based on some cool devices such as: Google Glass, Sphero, Leap Motion, Sony Smartwatch, Pebble, Withings, Onyx Beacons, Oculus VR, Little Printer, or The EyeTribe Tracker. The Hackathon took place at Cluj Hub. The winning team created an application using the Eye Tracker, which allows you to insert your ATM PIN code with your eyes. Pretty awesome, right?!
The second part of the event was the conference, and it took place at Cluj Arena, on the 2nd of June. This was a great opportunity to meet inspiring people from all over the world, and find out more about new technologies, innovation, and, also, to network with them. Curious who the speakers were? You can read more about them on Techsylvania’s official website.
Who and why?
The Squirrly team was at the conference as well. We had the chance to connect and network with old friends and also make some new ones. It was great to hear other people talk with sparkling passion about what they do. Every speaker had 20 minutes, including the Q&A at the end of their speech.
Though you would expect the speakers to present only their success stories, it was not the case. I mean, yes, of course this was the main idea, to inspire people in whichever direction they want to go. But every successful story has its bumps on the road.
I really liked that a few of the speakers talked mainly about failure, and how it helped them better their business. One of those speakers was Lisa Lang, European Marketing Manager at Twilio. She was really fun and had a very relaxed speech. We managed to get Lisa to come by our office and share thoughts and insights about what we do.
Techsylvania is the first event that brings together not only tech people, but also people who are currently interested in developing their start-ups. It also represents a great opportunity to network with people who share the same interests, and maybe get them to help you with what you may need. This also goes the other way around.
In the end, I would like to show you my favorite quote from the conference. Also, congratulations to the team that organized the event, and also to the volunteers. See you next year.