Codecamp_Iasi 2023

26 October 2023

Hands-On Software Architect, Independent Consultant, Author

Award-winning author, founder of Agile Developer, Inc.

Chief Engineer, Endava

Alexandru Andriesei - Codecamp

Senior Engineering Manager, Tremend

Technology strategist, Director, Ursatile Ltd.

Vlad Iliescu - Codecamp

Microsoft MVP on AI

The speakers


These high-end workshops allow you to dive deeper into specific topics related to software development. The masterclasses are taught by experts in the field and offer a more personalized and interactive learning experience. You get to work closely with the instructor and other colleagues in a small-group setting and ask questions and get feedback in real time. Overall, they are a unique and valuable opportunity for anyone looking to expand their knowledge and expertise in software development and IT.
9:45 – 10:00

Hello, Iasi!

10:00 – 10:45

Don’t Walk Away From Complexity, Run

We constantly hear that change should be affordable and cost effective. True, but, in reality, that is easily said than done. Complexity makes change hard. We can’t shy away from the hard problems posed by domains and business needs. So, how can we solve complicated problems without getting dragged into the quagmire of what appears to be an inevitable complexity? In this keynote, an award winning author and software practitioner will share experiences and observations from working on multiple software projects, about what leads to complexities, the traps developers and organizations fall into, and what we can do to effectively deal with these common, recurring issues we see across domains and products.

11:00 – 11:45

Building the Quality Ecosystem Our Clients Truly Need

In Quality Engineering, we strive to deliver excellence to our customers. However, do we consistently provide what they truly need? This is a question we should always consider as we build our testing ecosystem.

In today’s era of Digital Transformation, which has become a primary business objective for most of our customers, creating the right technical ecosystem is paramount. Our quality-driven approach can truly distinguish between average and great results.

I understand that technology is rapidly evolving, and there are various trends, enticing everyone to implement the latest and shiniest options on the market. Yet, I firmly believe that adaptability and openness are essential in achieving balance in everything we do. With this perspective in mind, let us explore how we can best blend the technological DNA of our customers with the insights of our consultants.

12:00 – 12:45

Practices for Effective Continuous Software Architecture

Continuous Software Architecture is a philosophy and approach to software architecture that embraces the fact that doing most of the design before the implementation does not work very well, and perhaps never did. The approach tries to move architecture from a set of up-front blueprints to a continually developed set of architectural knowledge and decisions, stressing collective ownership of the resulting architecture. While a simple idea, actually putting it into practice can be difficult. In this talk we will briefly recap the idea of Continuous Software Architecture and then explore the key practices that are usually needed to achieve it, as well as the common problems and how to address them.

12:45 – 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 – 14:45

Modern Practices in Microservices: Lessons Learned

Microservices has been around for over a decade now. Over the years we’ve learned a lot, and have developed new practices, processes, techniques, and tools to wrangle this highly complicated architecture style. In this informative and entertaining session I discuss the current state of microservices, including some of the lessons learned over the years. In the session I also talk about some of today’s current techniques, tips, and practices to help maneuver around the complexity surrounding microservices.

15:00 – 15:45

Poor Man’s BingChat – Building an Internet-connected Search Assistant from scratch*

Have you seen BingChat’s/ChatGPT’s ability to reason about current events, even though the underlying models have been trained with data only up to September 2021? Have you wondered how it works behind the scenes, what did they do to make it work?
During this talk Vlad will be talking about the ways to achieve this, including possible options such as fine-tuning and retrieval augmented generation, but also limitations such as models’ slow inference times and limited context window sizes. He will demo an app that can talk about current events, and you will learn how to build your own, from scratch*.
*from scratch = with nothing but Python, pandas, and the Azure OpenAI APIs
16:00 – 16:45

Email vs. Capitalism: A Story About Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

We’re not quite sure exactly when email was invented. Sometime around 1971. But we know exactly when junk email was invented: May 3rd, 1978, when Gary Thuerk emailed 400 people an advertisement for DEC computers. It made a lot of people very angry… but it also sold a few computers, and so junk email was born.

Fast forward half a century, and the relationship between email and commerce has never been more complicated. In one sense, the utopian ideal of free, decentralised, electronic communication has come true… email is the ultimate cross-network, cross-platform communication protocol. In another sense, it’s an arms race: mail providers and ISPs implement ever more stringent checks and policies to prevent junk mail, and if that means the occasional important message gets sent to junk by mistake, then hey, no big deal… until you’re trying to send out e-tickets and discover that every company who uses Mimecast has decided your mail relay is sending junk. Marketing teams want beautiful, colourful, responsive emails, but their customers’ mail clients are still using a subset of HTML 3.2 that doesn’t even support CSS rules. And let’s not even get started on how you design an email when half your readers will be using “dark mode” so everything ends up on a black background.

Email is too big to change, too broken to fix… and too important to ignore. So let’s look at what we need to know to get it right. We’ll learn about DNS, about MX and DKIM and SPF records. We’ll learn about how MIME actually works (and what happens when it doesn’t). We’ll learn about tools like Papercut, Mailtrap, Mailjet, Foundation, and how to incorporate them into your development process. If you’re lucky, you’ll even learn about UTF-7, the most cursed encoding in the history of information systems. Modern email is hacks top of hacks on top of hacks… but, hey, it’s also how you got your ticket to be here today, so why not come along and find out how it actually works?

16:45 – 17:00

Till next time, Iasi!

All times listed in EET

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Main Partner


Tremend is the CEE software engineering hub for Publicis Sapient, part of the Publicis Groupe. For over 18 years, the company has been infusing its advanced technical expertise into complex and innovative solutions that meet today’s digital transformation needs and pave the way for a better and smarter future.

Through its advanced expertise in strategy and implementation for complex software projects, innovation programs, and product management, Tremend has proven itself as one of the most dynamic players in the global software development market.

The company specializes in providing consulting, strategy, and implementation services for complex software solutions, innovation programs, and product management for companies in various industries, including telecom, finance, banking, automotive, and healthcare, in more than 20 countries.

Expo Partners


MassMutual Romania is a technology partner of MassMutual, a leading financial services company in the U.S., with a legacy of more than 170 years. Established in 2020, the Romanian company is building an in-house team passionate about technology and innovation. We have expertise in software development, data science and a wide range of technologies. With offices in Bucharest and Cluj, and team members across the country, MassMutual Romania develops technological solutions that help MassMutual accelerate its digital capabilities and enable it for the next stage of growth in the digital-first world.

MassMutual Romania has been named Top Employer by, for a second year in a row, ranking on the 1st place of the IT&C sector for 2023, and second in the general market.


At UniCredit, we explore bold, innovative ideas, delivering products and solutions that enable people to live more successful and fulfilling lives. Our ambition is to be the Bank for Europe’s future – and we look for people who are willing to walk with us in this direction.

With UniCredit, future candidates can unlock their fullest potential. We strive to attract and retain individuals who embody our Values of Integrity, Ownership and Caring and will become active contributors to achieving our Purpose of Empowering Communities to Progress.


Visma is a leading provider of core business software for a more efficient and resilient society.
We simplify the work of companies and organisations of all sizes, empowering people and helping businesses grow and thrive.
We have over 1 million customers across the Nordics, Benelux, Central and Eastern Europe, and Latin America who share our passion to make progress happen.


At Amazon we are striving to delight our customers and make their lives easier. Amazon is guided by customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. We are driven by the excitement of building technologies, inventing products, and providing services that change lives.
With a presence in Iasi, Bucharest, Timisoara and Cluj-Napoca, Amazon Romania has over 400 employees in tech roles. Highly skilled experts of Amazon Iasi tech teams work on exciting cutting-edge technologies in the fields of Cloud Computing, Information Security, Machine Learning and Data Analysis.
On November 3rd, @Codecamp Iasi, you will meet Ring, AID and Privacy teams:

Ring is the Smart home security devices division offering whole-home and neighborhood safety. In Iasi we implement research engineering infrastructure that offers computer vision functionalities in cloud and cost analytics.

AID [Autonomous Insights Discovery] team researches, innovates, advances the state-of-the-art, and builds ML systems to proactively identify safety and compliance risks in Amazon’s retail business.

Privacy team cares deeply about the privacy of Amazon`s customers and our goal is to offer full transparency to our customers on what, why and where we store their personal data and enable them to exercise their right to be forgotten”


[Reason 905 out of 999] We have some true tech heroes walking around.

Technology can and will help us to solve grand challenges and improve our quality of life.
It’s all dynamic. When complexity, speed, and change come together only a great team can handle the challenge. We empower you to grow and excel.

Levi9 is us, levi niners, devoted to empowerment because nobody makes impact alone. Our customers give us trust to do our job. Our tech stack is always up to date while our sights are set on trying new technologies. And our team is always there to share challenges, achievements, memes, and beers.

We empower!


Fortech is a Romanian software development company headquartered in Cluj-Napoca. Employing 900+ software engineers and growing steadily, we are one of the largest IT outsourcing service providers in the region, repeatedly included in Deloitte, IAOP®, EY, and Forbes rankings.

Expert Network

We are a software solution provider headquartered in Romania, part of a Belgian group. This offers us an international mindset and experience, gathering ideas, people, and technology under the same roof for the past 18 years +.

At Expert Network, IT’S POSSIBLE to:

IMPACT people and projects:
-We work with some of Europe’s leading companies, helping them design, engineer, and market meaningful products and services.
-We work on complex projects in Automotive, Call Center, Logistics, etc.
-We make the tech decisions and our development teams (QA&POs) are in Iasi.

GROW your way:
-We constantly develop, supported by our Academy, our coaches, and our Career Path.
-We work with modern and complex technologies: .NET 7, React, Angular, Kubernetes, Terraform, Redis, RabbitMQ, etc., and most of our services are from cloud providers such as Azure and AWS.
-We employ modern technologies & apply novel work practices: Agile, DevOps, Cloud computing, and more.

Feel that you BELONG:
-We have a culture of psychological safety & work with like-minded tech professionals.
-Guided by a teamwork mindset, we have an impact together.
-We combine work & fun, enjoying an open-air pool and great bonding social events.

So let’s connect!

Booking Holdings Romania

Booking Holdings Center of Excellence is part of Booking Holdings, the world’s leading provider of online travel and related services, with a rich heritage of digital innovation. The Center provides access to specialized and highly skilled talent, supports projects powered by new and emerging technologies, leverages industry best practices, and fosters collaboration opportunities across all of the Booking Holdings brands, including, Priceline, Agoda, KAYAK, OpenTable and

For more information, visit


Cognizant Romania is home to 2500+ creative technologists and is one of Eastern Europe’s largest Software Product Engineering delivery networks. We serve global clients in several industries, including Banking & Financial Services, Insurance, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Communication Media & Technology, and Retail & MLEU (manufacturing, logistics, energy & utilities).

Our product thinking mindset defines, builds, and launches new, experience-centered software products that reinvent business.

Cognizant Romania (formerly Cognizant Softvision) was founded in the early 1990s to be the engineering partner for thriving Silicon Valley tech startups. The organization prides itself on its great culture and reputation for attracting and developing the best technical talent in Romania and providing all of Cognizant with end-to-end delivery expertise. To learn more about Cognizant Romania and explore career opportunities visit our website!


Accesa is a leading technology company headquartered in Cluj-Napoca, with offices in Oradea, Bucharest, Timisoara and 20 years of experience in turning business challenges into opportunities and growth.

A value-driven organisation, it has established itself as a partner of choice for major brands in Retail, Manufacturing, Finance, and Banking. It covers the complete digital evolution journey of its customers, from ideation and requirements setup to software development and managed services solutions.

With more than 1,200 IT professionals, Accesa also has a fast-growing footprint, establishing itself as an employer of choice for IT professionals who are passionate about problem-solving through technology. Coming together in strong tech teams with a customer-centric approach, they enable businesses to grow, delivering value for our clients, partners, industry, and community.


StreamUnlimited is a market-leading technology company for connected audio and IOT products, helping top brands to add audio, voice assistant, streaming capabilities and smart home functionality to their devices. The technology supports multiple modes of Matter (controller, endpoint, bridge, border router) and includes an edge voice assistant. Partnering with all major semiconductor companies and technology providers in the consumer electronics space, StreamUnlimited works with a global cross-section of high-end audio, CEDIA-channel, premium and mainstream consumer electronics manufacturers.


youngculture joins Createq. A grown brand in a new universe!

Almost 20 years of experience in distributed software development and delivery enables us to find the best and most sustainable and creative solution for our clients. Some of the biggest names in e-learning, e-commerce, aviation, energy, fintech and telecommunications, from Germany, Switzerland, Austria and United Kingdom, gave us their trust a long time ago to do what we do best – software engineering.

Our amazing universe crew consists of more than 300 members spread across 4 countries, Switzerland, Serbia, Romania and Moldova, bringing together expertise in a wide and modern tech stack and enabling CREATEQ to implement, operate and maintain custom-built solutions, as well as providing open source and commercial products and frameworks

Our stary crews are organized in small, but mighty teams or like we call them – planets, with carefully chosen talents and partners. Each team, out of the 30+ we have, is truly a world unto itself.

We built an organization where self-responsibility and self-development are combined whilst sharing the same values: integrity, respect, trust, balance. This drives us and our colleagues to always strive for the best solution – applying our expertise, experience and technology in the most creative way.

Don’t just work here, belong here! Are you ready to come aboard? Immerse – where creativity meets technology.


HCLTech is a global technology company, home to more than 223,400 people across 60 countries, delivering industry-leading capabilities centered around digital, engineering, cloud and AI, powered by a broad portfolio of technology services and products. We work with clients across all major verticals, providing industry solutions for Financial Services, Manufacturing, Life Sciences and Healthcare, Technology and Services, Telecom and Media, Retail and CPG, and Public Services. Consolidated revenues as of 12 months ending June 2023 totaled $12.8 billion. To learn how we can supercharge progress for you, visit

Local Partners

Moldova Center

Moldova Center is a Class A office building right in the center of Iasi, with a total rental space of 17.000 sqm, with great technological performance and highest levels of sustainability.

Community Partners


We’ve been making entrepreneurial waves in Iași since 2013 through events where people put their business ideas in the spotlight.

We’re a handful of people passionate about building a strong entrepreneurial community in Iași. Startup Weekend, IdeaJAM and Innovation Labs are the events you might know us from.

Our mission is to connect all the wild idea-people with an implementation team, mentors and, hopefully, investors.

Scoala Informala de IT

The Informal School of IT is the largest platform in Romania that brings together industry leading professionals with talented people driven by a desire to develop their unique IT skills.

Our hands-on approach, combined with a permanently updated curricula and convenient timeframe proved to be a successful recipe for our alternative school.

Voxxed Days Iasi

These developer conferences bring together popular speakers, core developers of popular open-source technologies and professionals willing to share their knowledge and experiences. With several tracks on different topics, attendees can satisfy their curiosity and learn new skills while enjoying and having fun!

IT School

IT career accelerator!
Develop your potential and step into the IT universe!


IT jobs for beginners

Innovation Labs

Are you a young visionary that aims to build a tech start-up?
Join us to turn your tech vision into a product through fine-tuned mentorship, access to bleeding-edge technologies and interaction with top companies, mentors and angel investors.

Are you an innovative company looking to connect with the most vibrant innovation ecosystems?
Join the main university-based tech start-up accelerator program in Romania – and be part of a network that fosters innovation, collaboration and digital transformation.


IASI AI community started from the desire to increase the awareness of artificial intelligence and its applications among technology enthusiasts through meetups and workshops, creating a favourable context for promoting local ideas and initiatives.


Rubik Hub is more than a physical place, it is an emerging community, formed of people with mutual values, a desire to grow and a common VISION: live in a world where each person can reach the best version of themselves and drive positive impact.

We embarked on a brave MISSION, to develop and connect communities, together with whom we inspire, educate and accelerate startups from 0 to 1 and create global successful businesses.

Startup Moldova

Startup Moldova is the platform that provides support for accelerating the development of startup initiatives and technological innovations at home in the Republic of Moldova

People of Tech

People of Tech is a growing community for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.

Media Partners


WINK | In your face. With grace is the first Romanian IT job board built with Software Engineers in mind.

Our goal is to bring more transparency, openness and diversity to the Romanian IT market.

We want to make the job search process for Software Engineers more enjoyable by gathering all job postings in Romania and presenting them in an informative way.

Our portal is not only for Developers but for everyone working in the IT industry: Engineers, SAP and System Admins, Product Managers, QAs and UX/UI Designers!

Romania Pozitiva

Good things about Romania.

Welcome to the positive information and education platform, Româ!


TechEvents is a free mobile app that brings together all the important tech events in the industry, with the aim of supporting the harmonious development of the IT community in Romania.