We know products by its founders. But behind every great product is a team. Today, I want to share who is behind DevTernity.

Jovche Mitrejchevski

I met Jovche in 2015 where he was Android app developer, and I was a consultant at Ask.fm. Jovche has become a key part of DevTernity from the day one. A year ago, he has moved to Netherlands. In Netherlands, Jovche leads a hard-core mobile development team. Did Jovche leave his Latvian teammates? Of course not. This is not “the Jovche way”. Every year, he is coming to Riga to co-organize the top tech conference in Europe.

Serious Jovche at DevTernity 2016

Andrey (@codingandrey) & Jelena Adamovich

It’s hard to believe how many professional interests we share with Andrey!

Andrey is a tech consultant, so am I. Andrey is a trainer, so am I. Andrey is a conference speaker, so am I. The list is never-ending. We even launched DevTube together!

Andrey is one the most competent tech people I have ever met. That says it all.

Jelena is responsible for food, catering, pre- and after-party. Thanks to Jelena, you can enjoy fresh and tasty food. No baguettes made of stone.

Andrey (front) and Jelena (behind Andrey)

Ilaha Hajiyeva

Ilaha is one of the most optimistic people I have ever met. The planet needs more people like Ilaha. People who make you feel good and welcome.

When things get cloudy, Ilaha is the sun ☀️😎

Ilaha and the serial speaker

Alex Nazaroff (@nazarff)

Interestingly, but I don’t know much about Alex. He has joined the team recently and we didn’t have a chance to talk much.

Alex, I am eager to learn more about you, man! Hope we’ll fix this at the conference’s afterparty. 😀🍺

Darja Krizska-Popova

Darja is responsible for all volunteering activities. She finds and selects volunteers, coordinates their activities and makes sure volunteers are happy.

Also, Darja handles media partner communication. And printing. And everything. 😀

Darja at DevTernity 2017

Artjoms Haleckis, Romans Karpelcevs and Ilya Alesker

Artjom, Roman and Ilya have been part of the team since the day one. They deal with many aspects of the conference, including sponsors. I met Artjom, Romans and Ilya at Ask.fm, where they were delivering an iOS app. Their team was the fastest in the company. Faster than light. Even though “the great iOS trinity” has moved to Estonia, we’re in touch many times a week. We share real-world battle stories and daily challenges with each other in Slack. That means a lot to me.

Roman (left), Artjom (center), Ilya (right) on DevTernity 2015

Janis Cimbulis (@_cimbis)

I noticed Janis when he was working on his presentation for Latvian Software Craftsmanship Community. Why? Janis showed dedication, punctuality and great communication skills. The whole team enjoyed working with him. After Janis delivered his talk, we immediately invited him to join the team. Thankfully, he agreed.

I personally like Janis’ no bull shiitake way of thinking. Amazing person.

Janis at DevTernity 2017

Vitaly Sekunov

With background in aviation, Vitaly knows everything about airlines. Every year, our Boeing 747, led by captain Vitaly Sekunov, transfers 20 speakers from the overseas to Riga.

Vitaly is amazing dude to hang out with. Seriously. Seems like I made a good friend.

Captain Vitaly Sekunov

Leondis Maslovs

Leo is taking care of various aspects of the conference. I like Leo’s thoroughness and attention to details. He is always self-critical and shy to admit that he’s doing a great job ❤️

Leo (left) handling the registrations, DevTernity 2016

Inta & Albert Bushinsky

Albert is our dev advocate. When some crazy marketing idea strikes my mind, Albert is the one who makes it dev-friendly. Less marketing, more craftsmanship, he says. I agree.

From sticker to graffiti stencil design, we rely on Inta…

Alberts & Inta @ DevTernity 2017

We started DevTernity without a designer. Then came Inta and we quickly realised that we — developers, are not the best designers. So we decided to focus on code and let Inta handle UX and graphical design. Just look how our logo reached minimalism over years:

DevTernity logo evolution (2015–2017)

Did I miss someone?

Of course I did. DevTernity is a collective effort of many people. Our video ops contractor Pavel Krichun, photographer Andrey Davydchyk, National Library of Latvia crew, media partners, sponsors and you — the participant. Thank you for making DevTernity possible!

… who is in your team?

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Software developer, trainer, the founder of DevTernity conference and DevTube video hub

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