Issue 22

Welcome to Techsylvania!

Vlad Ciurca
Product Guy. Tech Events Producer. Connector


Cluj-Napoca is strategically well positioned in Eastern Europe due to its proximity to Belgrade, Budapest, Sofia, Kiev and Bucharest. Over 4,000 technology and computer science students graduate from Cluj universities each year which, when coupled to the creative arts, caused Huffington Post to rank it third among cities that are expected to shake up the art world.

Cluj-Napoca was selected as the European Youth Capital 2015 and has been declared Europe"s most hospitable city by the European Commission. The local IT scene is well established within the CEE landscape. Initiatives that boost innovation and technological development will firmly establish it as Eastern Europe"s equivalent to the Silicon Valley.

In this context Techsylvania was naturally created, the biggest tech event in the region and one of the largest in Central and Eastern Europe. The first edition will be held from 31 May to 2 June and has invited the region"s foremost creative minds, technologists and innovators to participate in our event, where inspiration, ideas and knowledge is shared directly between individuals leading to projects and collaborations. Listen to disruptive technology speakers deliver insights into what the future may actually be like, be inspired by successful entrepreneurs that usually got where they are by making tons of mistakes, have coffee with investors, a beer with marketing professionals, or simply recharge your battery by socializing with your peers!

Techsylvania is a complex event that starts on May 31 with a 24-hour hackathon on wearable and connected devices, focused on attracting the vast pool of talent available in the city and continuing on June 2 with a one day conference that will bring to the audience some of the most respected professionals in the field of international technology .

The Techsylvania Hackathon targets developers who want to set up potentially disruptive applications on connected and wearable technologies . In addition , the 100+ participants will have the opportunity to test different devices available through the courtesy of the program partners .

During the hackathon "s 24-hours , over 100 developers will have the opportunity to work on different types of mobile devices and use connected technology to develop their own applications and products. The participants can come with their teams or they can join another team and aim to build a functional application during the event. Finally , each team will present its product to the audience to convince the public of its potential . The best projects will be awarded and the top three teams will receive admission tickets to the conference which will take place on June 2 and , moreover , will have a chance to present their products to the entire audience of Techsylvania .

The second part of the event is the conference where more than 200 people are expected, which will bring on stage outstanding speakers from around the world. Technology enthusiasts will have the opportunity to be inspired, to meet potential investors, partners or contributors, and moreover, to interact directly with people with similar interests and passions.

Techsylvania stands out from the landscape of local events because of the quality of the speakers who will take the stage for the event to share their experiences and discuss technology innovation and product development . Among them are : Marcus Segal (Ex- COO Division Zynga Casino & Entrepreneur in Residence at The Summit , strategy and operations manager with over 15 years experience in technology ) , Paddy Cosgrave ( Founder of The Summit and F.ounders , Bloomberg described as " Davos for geeks " and organizer of the annual meeting of the CEOs of 250 major technology companies worldwide ) , Jack Levine ( Founder and CEO Electric Objects startup based in New York City to develop a connected screen brings special digital objects in the homes of users ) , HP Jin (Co - Founder and CEO Telenav , the global leader in location services , car navigation and targeted advertising based on location , company that acquired Skobbler early this year) or Aryk Grosz (Co - Founder and CTO Mixbook Inc . , an online photo storage service that has received numerous awards so far and has been mentioned in publications such as the New York Times , USA Today and the Today Show in the U.S. ) .

Although the first edition, the event promises to revolutionize the local tech ecosystem and make an important contribution to its development. Organized by Vlad Ciurca and Oana Petrus, Techsylvania is supported by an experienced team and an exceptional board of advisors. The results achieved so far by the people behind the project is a guarantee for its success: the team members have organized 3 successful editions of Startup Weekend Cluj, have developed promising business communities including Romanian Managers Cluj with over 800 members and Maramures Business Club, and initiated educational events for students in # defineCluj.

Technology, innovation and potentially disruptive products enthusiasts should not miss Techsylvania"s first edition ,which will take place between 31 May and 2 June in Cluj-Napoca! More details about the program and event invitations are available on the Techsylvania website http://techsylvania.co and the first 25 participants receive a special offer being able to purchase 2 tickets for the price of one. Subsequently, early bird ticket price will be 69 EUR, and registrations can be made online on the event website.

Techsylvania addresses all technology innovators and hobbyists who want to talk directly to some of the best professionals in the region, learn and connect with people who can make a difference. If you are one of them, see you at Techsylvania!




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