20th EDIT – Comtrade’s IT summer school kicks off in Ljubljana and four more cities: Two More Cities To Follow Next Week
Comtrade’s traditional IT Summer School began today, welcoming students to its company-based campuses in Slovenia (in Ljubljana and Maribor), Bosnia and Herzegovina (in Sarajevo and Banja Luka), and Ireland (in Dublin). Campuses in Serbia (Belgrade and Kragujevac) will open in one week.
“EDIT” (“Education for Innovative Thinkers”) first started 20 years ago with ten students. Now there’s 106 of them, in seven cities. Starting today, through July 29, EDIT2016 will provide them with two weeks of learning, project work, team building, fun activities and an overall unforgettable experience.
Each campus has a pre-selected topic, ranging from Mobility as a Service, through the Internet of Things, to Cloud and Microservices. By working on specific projects, to be applied in real life, students will update their school knowledge. By doing practical work in small teams, they will learn group dynamics, leadership challenges, and project management first hand. That practical side –insight into what it’s like to work in a real workplace, with real co-workers – is what participants of previous programs highlight as the greatest benefit gained at EDIT.
Already a leading IT summer school in Southeast Europe, EDIT expanded to include Ireland this year. More than 400 of the brightest, most talented students from technology high schools and universities have applied this year. This year’s program was also open to international students – applicants from countries beyond those where Comtrade is located. Since EDIT’s first iteration in Ljubljana 20 years ago, more than 1,000 students have attended the summer program.
The 20th anniversary of EDIT has a festive side as well. The Ljubljana campus is the venue of the anniversary celebration, scheduled for 4 PM, on Monday, July 11. All alumni of EDIT Slovenia, where the school originated, are invited.
Many companies today deliver software developed by teams distributed in multiple geographical locations. There is a real need for it since organizations get more and more global and it should not be avoided. And how is agile affected by this? Is working in distributed teams anti-agile? In this kind of teams, communication can be a real challenge. Face-to-face communication has no substitute and agile development depends on constant collaboration. We are not able to have a shared whiteboard and truly collaborate together. Bad connections and different time zones are just part of the problem. And culture differences in working and communicating can come as both benefit and a drawback. In this presentation, we will explore some of the drawbacks as well as benefits of working in a distributed agile team and some of our best tips and methods that helped us to increase team productivity. We would like to share with you some of the real case examples from our experience in being part of distributed agile teams on several international projects over the years. We would like this to be more an interaction between us and the audience, not only us talking to you. That’s why we would like to highlight the challenges that can arise in distributed agile teams, explore some of the strategies to address those challenges, and show you how to turn work in a distributed team in your favor. About the Lecturers: Amela Teftedarija is lead QA engineer and team lead at Comtrade with more than 10 years of professional experience in software development industry and proficiency in test automation. She is certified Scrum master and owner of ISTQB Foundation Level Certificate. Currently, she is working on multi-site agile project practicing Scrum. She is a big fan of Scrum framework and its everyday practitioner. She is an active member of Comtrade testing community (QUEST) and one of the organizers of ShareIT Sarajevo meetups. Darko Nikolic is a motivated and passionate IT professional with more than 5 years of software engineering experience. Currently, he is working on multi-site agile project practicing DevOps as a full-stack web developer in Comtrade. He is a big fan of Agile and Scrum and its everyday practitioner. He is certified Scrum master and one of the organizers of ShareIT Sarajevo meetups.
As a professional, one should stand behind the code that he/she writes and guarantee that it is working once it is out and the way to do that is to test it. By now most of the developers have heard about unit testing frameworks and when we look at an example it is trivial and easy to understand. The problem is when we try to write it in production code we often fail. During this talk, we will point out a few things that make code untestable and try to demonstrate ways to overcome these issues. About the Lecturer: Aleksandar Dostic finished Theoretical Computer Science at the University of Sarajevo. He’s been working last 6 years on a software solution for speeding up and automation of the deployment process and auto-provisioning of virtual machines mainly in Java. As a speaker, he was invited to the University of Groningen and JavaCro Conference to present a solution for fast deployment of different service versions, on the complex private cloud environment.
The 21st EDIT IT Summer School marked another successful two weeks where students in six regional cities were able to get hand-on work experience by working on real life projects. More than 100 students from technology universities attended this year’s EDIT in Ljubljana, Maribor, Belgrade, Kragujeva...