How we organize RigaDevDays

Spoiler: we build it on values

We are working on RigaDevDays for 5 years, and for all these years probably the most difficult things was to keep the right balance of good tech talks, networking, entertainment (and food :). Any bias to one of these sides caused critics among participants.

For 5 years we were experimenting and closely looking at the organization process. And now we can state that there’s no need to find a balance, the key of a good conference is to build it on values.

Values of RigaDevDays

1. Straight to the point about technologies.

We love to talk about software development directly with those who develop it or contribute to the development. We define a suitable talk for RDD as the one, which is focused on technologies we can use at work tomorrow and those we can start learning next month. Also we follow the rule:

  • 50% оf speakers are recognized professionals, book authors, developers of popular software products. We invite them directly.
  • 50% — are regular programmers with unique experience and tips & tricks in hands-on practices. For that we open Call For Papers to see the whole range of expertise and to select the best of it.

2. Meeting point of developers

We set a goal to make RDD a place, where Baltic developers would love to come each year in order to talk to experts, discuss tech issues, grab the atmosphere of the IT market and socialize with like-minded people.

We try to enhance the communication between participants with discussion zones, online application and the afterparty. We check that companies stands are interesting to visit, and of course we make sure that there is enough food on the conference :)

3. The conference organized by and for the community

The third principle is to involve community of developers to create the conference according to their interests and needs. So we launched Telegram channel & chat, where every participant can take part in the process of selecting “call for papers” talks, discuss the program and shape the conference.

About the results of this “valuable” approach we’ll write an article, so stay tuned.