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DZone Meetup Strikes Sofia, Bulgaria!

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After 2 hugely successful DZone VIP meetups in Cary, NC (USA) and Colombo, Sri Lanka, a third meetup concluded last month in Sofia, Bulgaria - organized by one of DZone's team members, Jordan Jambazov.  Here's an excerpt from him about the meetup:

"The event was kindly hosted by the guys from InitLab. About 25 people attended and we started with a Spring MVC presentation shown by Bozhidar Bozhanov [a DZone Most Valuable Blogger]. After the presentation we spent the rest of the time talking and networking. Attendees included Java, Python, Ruby and PHP top level developers. From the feedback I received, everyone really liked the conversations they had. What I liked most about the event was that everybody was eager to help with the organization, for example the guys from InitLab who gave us a place for free or Bozhidar who came and made the presentation despite his busy schedule. I feel like this was the start of a new DZone community in Sofia, for me it was a big success."

Jordan also got pictures at the event and shared a kind email that he received from one of the attendees, Ivan St. Ivanov.

"The Bulgarian Geeks community needs programming events! In the last few years besides the big Java 2-day conference and the occasional events of the Bulgarian JUG, I didn't have the chance to attend too many Java shows. Now thanks to the DZone VIP Meetup in InitLab I could extend my experience of going to geeky sessions.

After the presentation I got the chance to meet some old colleagues of mine, the speaker (whose blog I read for a long time), young students and future geeks, and people with backgrounds different than Java. This was great, and so was the free beer, which is a common part in a programmers meetup. I think also that popularizing one of DZone's products: the free refcards, was great idea too.

Good luck, guys! I admire the energy that you have!"

I highly recommend you help organize a DZone meetup in your area.  We'll help, so contact us if you're determined to have one!



Alex Crafts replied on Wed, 2012/02/29 - 1:02pm

Looks like a great time Jordan!!!

Rick Ross replied on Thu, 2012/03/01 - 8:09am

Well done, Jordan and the Sofia community! I hope I can perhaps attend a future meetup there someday.


Kookee Gacho replied on Mon, 2012/06/18 - 6:15am

The population of 7.36 million people is predominantly urban and mainly concentrated in the administrative centres of its 28 provinces. Most commercial and cultural activities are concentrated in the capital Sofia. The strongest sectors of the economy are heavy industry, power engineering and agriculture, all relying on local natural resources.-Dr. Marla Ahlgrimm

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