Over 1,300 people from Romania and abroad, including representatives of the world’s leading investment, innovation and technological companies, have gathered today in Cluj-Napoca for the biggest tech event in Romania, Techsylvania.
“The event’s hackathon is one of the very few in Romania attracting interest, as more than 130 people have registered and we sold out the event very quickly. Ours is the only hackathon focused on wearables and connected devices. That means we bring in the gadgets and the attendees display their coding skills on them, meaning they develop applications in the 24 hours of the hackathon using the devices we make available to them. This year we have drones, we have virtual reality devices – our HTC partners have brought in their HTC Vive virtual reality device, for the first time in Romania, and the device can be tested here. Our Bitdefender partners have brought in Internet of Things (IoT) devices up for grabs. The participants are free to check the devices for vulnerabilities, and any device so detected will be awarded to the finder,” Techsylvania Executive Producer Oana Petrus told Agerpres.
The contesters – students, programmers as well as tech lovers aged over 40 years, many of them from abroad – will be awarded very attractive prizes.
“The conference proper will be on Monday and Tuesday. There are currently more than 1,100 participants; in terms of attendance size, it is the biggest in Romania. There are many celebrities, including Tim Draper, a billionaire among the biggest Silicon Valley investors, who has so far invested in Tesla, Hotmail and Skype. There will also be Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth, also for the first time in Romania, who will speak to the lovers of Linux and Ubuntu,” said Petrus.
The conference comprises an idea section, a section of products and implementation and another one of funds and investment.
Techsylvania is hosted by the Students’ Culture Center of Cluj-Napoca, May 21-24.