OpenFest 2019: This Year’s Schedule Highlights

The keynote will be lead by Georgi Penkov. The long-time consultant, programmer and university presenter will talk about how new technology, while opening horizons and choices like never before, makes our daily lives fragmented and how to meet these modern challenges. Later Emanuil Tolev from Elastic will introduce us to the ways in which a business can prosper by developing open-source software, and at the end of the day, Marin Tashkov will give a lecture on a topic which is not that usual for the festival – how to be more independent of energy companies and automate system monitoring and maintenance processes.

Meanwhile, we will hear several intriguing talks in English. Michael Kreil will reveal how social media bots influence public opinion. We will learn from Steven Rostedt, who has been working on the Linux kernel for two decades, how to argue with Linus Torvalds and what challenges the project is facing now. The experienced system administrator John Hawley will talk about the interesting contradictions in modern technology and why programmers must pay more attention to hardware.

The next day will offer highly varied lectures too. In one of them, Zhivko Angelov will share how bad examples can help us become better programmers having more security in their job. The Latvian IT security expert Kirils Solovjovs will talk about the massive leaks of user passwords in the last year and what can be done in such circumstances. Later we will hear Petar Sabev, who will give a talk on the topic of burnout.

This year’s visitors will be able to join one (or more, if they are especially curious) of 14 workshops, which will be held simultaneously with the lectures. The topics are varied – from working with different hardware and software to non-technical activities like yoga and lockpicking. Besides, there will be interesting discussions such as the traditional lightning talks.

You can find the full schedule here. We expect you on 2 and 3 November in the John Atanasoff forum in Sofia Tech Park.

2nd and 3rd of November, 2019
"John Atanasoff" forum, Sofia Tech Park, Sofia, Bulgaria


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Venue: "John Atanasoff" forum, Sofia Tech Park, Sofia, Bulgaria

By trolley bus

Trolley busses 5 and 8 to the Sofia Tech Park stop.

Trolley bus 4 to the Aviation Square bus stop.

By bus

Bus 84, 184 or 306 to the Sofia Tech Park bus stop.

Bus 305 to the Aviation Square bus stop.

Map of all routes (click to enlarge):

OpenFest map