Sharing knowlege is a way to achieve immortality
During our many years of experience in working with clients from the West, we have come to the conclusion that it is not enough to work just on our own development in order for the clients to appreciate us as much as we want. It is also necessary that other companies in our environment be recognized as companies with top quality solutions and services, so that our clients and prospective clients from the West appreciate us to a greater extent. In that case we would be able to charge more for our work, and also help the country we live in to raise the living standards of people outside the IT industry as well. Therefore, we have decided to support (and even to establish some) organizations engaged in promoting education, investing in personal development, sharing of ideas and experiences, promoting entrepreneurship and the like.
The first activities of this kind were performed through .NET User Group which we have been supporting and organizing from the very establishment of our company. This discussion group later evolved into the Geekstone organization which, at the time of writing this, consists of 1048 registered members and has had a dozen of monthly gatherings and one successfully organized conference. The vision we had when we founded the Geekstone organization was: “Serbia in 10 years’ time as a synonym for a country providing top quality IT solutions”. This vision is exactly what we want to achieve through all the activities mentioned above in this chapter. The mission of the Geekstone organization is: “Raising the awareness of developers in Serbia regarding the significance of continuous improvement, exchanging experiences, quality of work on projects by organizing lectures, workshops, trainings and conferences.” and this is what we will work on in the forthcoming period.visit geekstone.org
Serbia in 10 years' time as a synonym for a country providing top quality IT solutions
Raising the awareness of developers in Serbia regarding the significance of continuous development, experience exchange, quality of work through organizing lectures, workshops, trainings and conferences.
Vega IT - a learning organisation
We operate in an industry in which changes occur quite rapidly. It is very likely that, in just a few years’ time, we will work with programming languages and devices that do not exist today. Various frameworks and libraries appear every month, and we have to follow them in order to remain competitive in the market. This applies to our company, but also to each of us individually. For the same reasons, we want to keep improving our services day by day, and doing so requires that we work on ourselves.
Our company organizes different lectures and trainings, funds programs such as “Vega IT MVPs”, provides books and resources for learning in digital form, provides support to those who attend professional meetings, conferences and the like.
Each of us is provided an opportunity to design a lecture within the company, lasting between 45 and 60 minutes. To do so, it is necessary to figure out a title and determine the place and time of holding the lecture together with our HVM - Maja Nedučić.
Maja Nedučić, our “Human Value Manager”, organizes experiential – educational workshops on various topics, aimed at personal development of all colleagues. These workshops are not compulsory and every colleague has the freedom to choose the workshop he/she wants to attend. They are held after working hours (starting from 17:30) or on Saturday mornings.
Our company also hires external consultants that hold trainings or workshops on different topics whose goals are both personal and professional development of all of us. In this regard, we are currently organizing classes of German and English language in our premises.
Ask the expert
Organizing the "Ask the experts" event for the first time was Vega IT's highlight of the European Code Week, also known as "EU Code Week". On this occasion, we gathered our young professionals in the field of web development, front-end development and testing. The idea was that the participants themselves choose the topics about which they want to hear some more in the abovementioned event, by filling in a questionnaire on social network pages of our company. Read more
We believe that knowledge is the greatest wealth and we strive to invest in it continuously. The library holds a special place in our company.
The list of books in our library can be found on our portal.
In addition, we can suggest purchasing a book that is not in the library, and we can do so by using our portal.
The participation of our colleagues in a various IT events
Our colleagues have been involved as speakers at many different conferences and events such as Microsoft conference Sinergija, International Zinc conference, Voxxed Days Belgrade, Tarabica conference and other IT events.
Sinergija is a conference about Microsoft technologies and our colleague and CTO Boban Mikšin has participated as a speaker two times already.
Tarabica is a one day free technical conference organized by Microsoft Serbia. Our colleague Srdjan Poznic was one of the speakers and he held a lecture about ASP.NET WebAPI i Owin.
Another organization established within our organization is DaFED which was conceived and organized by our colleague Slađa Miljanović and former colleague Danilo Novaković. They wanted to create the first group that would address designers and people dealing with front-end development, and they managed to do so. The first few gatherings of this group were organized within our company, and later continued to be held outside it as well. We have been sponsoring this organization from the very beginning and will continue to support it in the future.