IT Weekend

IT Weekend for Developing & Testing
Secure, Reliable and Efficient Software
Best Western "Bistra & Galina" Hotel
Ruse, 24-26th November 2017

Registered participants: 15/15
(no free places, call +359 88 7675786 for more info)

What is IT Weekend?


We spend a weekend in small groups of 15-20 people, get acquainted, eat, drink, talk about different technical topics, work together, discuss together, have fun, learn new things, and go home.

More details...

IT Weekend s an experiment with simple idea: a group of IT specialists gathers for a weekend and discusses technical issues, opportunities for improvements and better performance at work, soft skills and other topics that interest them, share knowledge, have fun, create new contacts and learn new things. Many people call these "meetups", "symposiums", "hackatons" or "training camps". IT Weekend is none of these in its pure form but combines elements of them all.

For most people and organizations in the IT sphere, it is not a problem for the employee to attend a training. The problem is missing them in the office. That is why we aim that trainings are held on weekends. On the other hand, people value their weekends and prefer to spend time with their relatives and families, relaxing and having fun. IT Weekend intentionally differs from the traditional trainings, conferences and other events, allowing people to come alone or with their family and partners, learning and relaxing at the same time, making the most of their weekend.


FRIDAY, 24.11.2017

15:00-20:00 Login. Arriving and accommodation. Opportunity for spa, pool or sightseeing in Ruse.

20:00-23:00 Unconference evening - networking, board games, guitars, groups by interests, etc.

SATURDAY, 25.11.2017

07:00-10:00 Breakfast

10:00-10:15 Official opening and introduction of the participants

10:15-11:00 Presentation 1:
Specification by Example
Adrian Mitev

What is the traditional approach for developing and testing software, and what are its biggest drawbacks. How to solve this problems? Adrian will tell us what specification by example means and how to derive the scope, the user stories, to specify collaboratively, validate frequently and many more (with examples)

11:00-11:15 Coffee

11:15-12:00 Presentation 2:
Managing a Team is not Managing Horses
Claudiu Draghia

We talk a lot about teams. But what make a team? How do you get form a working to a team? What do you do once you have a group of people? Claudiu will provide us with answers to those questions.

12:00-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:15 Presentation 3:
Performance Strategy: Monitoring Production
Denitsa Evtimova

There are many different performance tests that can be made, each with different approach and different techniques that should be used. If you want to find how the system will scale, or what its breaking point is, you will need “a copy of production environment” and very complicated design load generator tests. How many companies can afford to support a copy of production just for testing? It always comes to the question of what is more expensive in terms of money, regulations, legal or failures on prod, or supporting two prod environments, one of which used for performance testing only. Denitsa will review the different cases and tell us what we can do in order to choose the right strategy.

14:15-14:35 Coffee

14:35-15:10 Presentation 4:
Secure Software: Action, Comedy or Drama? (2017 edition)
Peter Sabev

Some of the most common security problems nowadays and what can we do about them. If the security events in today's world were movie titles, Peter has chosen five of them and will tell you the story line containing the comedy part, the drama part and the action part. Not available on IMDB.

15:10-15:30 Planning of next day discussions by groups and interests.

15:30-20:00 Free time. Opportunity for additional discussions, networking, spa, sightseeing, etc.

20:00-23:00 Unconference evening - networking, board games, guitars, groups by interests, etc.

SUNDAY, 26.11.2017

07:00-10:00 Breakfast

10:00-11:00 Discussions in group by interests

11:00-11:15 Coffee

11:15-11:30 Awarding the certificates

11:30-12:00 Hotel checkout.

12:00-14:00 Lunch.

14:00-16:00Optional: visit transportation museum, Basarbovo Rock Monastery or Orlova Chuka cave

16:00-16:30 Logout and leave.

Note:  Changes in the agenda are possible.

Is the event paid?


This is a paid event, so we are independent from sponsors and arrange good conditions for the participants. All prices are final, with VAT included.

You can pay by wire bank transfer or ePay. All payment data is provided to the approved participants only. We can stamp your business trip order. We also issue VAT invoices and participation certificates.

Our offer includes:


Two nights (Friday and Saturday evening) in comfortable rooms, in the center of Ruse

Breakfast and Lunch

Two breakfasts and two lunches (on Saturday and Sunday)

Conference room and coffee

We will have plenty of coffee breaks in relaxed atmosphere

Free Parking

No worries about your car and where to park it.

Free Wi-Fi

Internet access everywhere in the hotel

Free pool

Take your swimsuit. There is a nice pool.

Your choice whether to bill you or your company

We issue VAT invoices and are flexible for splitting them in any ratio between you and your company.

Opportunity to take your partner, friends or family with you

We know that your weekends are important. And we want to give you the opportunity to take your partner, friends, family, or even your mother-in-law with you. So, while you are on IT Weekend, those people will be close to you, probably sightseeing or relaxing in the spa-center. You can pay additionally at reception for the people who accompany you.

Our offer does NOT include:


Most people prefer travelling by car. From Sofia to Ruse it takes 3:30-4:00h by car, and about an hour more by bus. From Bucharest it is about one hour, including the usual waiting time on the borders and Danube bridge. We will inform you additionally about public transportation and carpooling options. In short, there are plenty of travel options, but the transportation to Ruse is at your expense.

Dinner in the evening

Our experience has shown us that people tend to go out at night, and try different places.


Probably you can do without it but we highly recommend to take a laptop with you, in order to gain maximum benefit from the event.

Personal spendings

Needless to say, everything additional you request, needs to be paid by you.

300 BGN

accommodation with another participant
in standard twin room

+50 BGN
(350 BGN)

individual accommodation
in standard room

+120 BGN
(420 BGN)

individual accommodation
in studio

+180 BGN
(480 BGN)

accommodation with partner
in standard double room
(incl. 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches for both of you)

+270 BGN
(570 BGN)

accommodation with partner
in studio
(incl. 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches for both of you)

100 BGN

no accommodation
(limited places for Ruse residents only)

with family, little kids or friends,
you need a special room,
or have any other requirements? Write to us.

 Special request

Are there any discounts?

YES, the following ones:

10% in case you have participated the previous year

10% for companies who send the maximum allowed 3 participants

Discounts cannot be accumulated.

Can everyone participate?


This is an exclusive event. Everyone could apply, but it is not guaranteed you will be approved. The final list of participants is determined by the organizers of the event.

We cannot check all of the requirements below. However, it is in your interest (as well as in interest of the other participants) to cover the following:

Requirement: At least 2 years professional experience in software testing or development

Because it is important that you have been into the real development and testing of software, with all the related problems and challenges.

Requirement: Good English knowledge

Needless to say, this is an international event, and you need to be able to freely communicate during it.

Advantage: You have a talk, topic and knowledge to share

If you feel you have experience and knowledge to share, your application will be taken with priority.

Limitation: Maximum of 3 participants per company

The idea is people from different companies to gather, and talk about common problems, and different approaches to solve them. More than 3 people from the same company in IT Weekend would look like a company team-building, and we are not organizing this type of event (we can do a separate one for your company, if you insist). The only exception we could make is for completely different teams in the same company, where people work on totally different basis, e.g. for different clients, and people do not meet every day.

Where is the event taking place?

The event is taking place in:

Best Western Bistra & Galina Hotel

Han Asparuh Str. 8, Ruse, Bulgaria

Sofia-Ruse 310 km, Bucharest-Ruse 75 km

Why exactly Ruse?

Because it is between Sofia and Bucharest!

This is an unique opportunity to meet your colleagues from another country. Ruse is a beautiful city on the Northern Bulgarian border, just 65 km from Bucharest, 310 km from Sofia and about 315 km from Plovdiv. Ruse is called "The Little Vienna" and once you see its central square and main shopping street, you will know why. While we tried to make the event closer to our Romanian colleagues, we are confident that the folks from Sofia and Plovdiv who have not visited Ruse will be astonished by its beauty. And those who have already been in the city know it is worth the longer travel.

Because the hotel is wonderful!

Centrally located in Ruse, Best Western Bistra & Galina Hotel offers luxurious accommodation in individually furnished and air-conditioned rooms. It has six national and international awards for the quality of its services.

Because it is very appropriate for such events!

The hotel offers a modern conference room, fast and free Internet via Wi-Fi, and strong coffee during the breaks.

Because it has a nice relax area!

You can use the swimming pool and fitness center free of charge. There is also a spa-area with jacuzzi, a Roman steam bath, an infra-red cabin, a spa capsule for anti-cellulite and slimming programmes, a vertical turbo solarium and two massage studios.

I want to participate!

Go ahead!

You just need to fill in the registration form. It takes about 10 minutes.

You will receive a confirmation message within 3 days, together with instructions for payment.