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Anthony Christov

Art Director at Pixar

Born in July 1961 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Studied at The National Fine Arts School ‘Iliya Petrov’ in Sofia and immigrated a month before graduating in June 1981. Between 1988-1991 worked for The Walt Disney Company followed by career in Universal Studios, Warner Bros. 20th century Fox and from March 2000 until present Anthony works for Pixar Animation Studios. He is an Art Director of Wall-E, Finding Nemo and many more. Currently, he is a lecturer at the Art Academy in San Francisco, USA.

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Kevin Richardson

Kevin Richardson has been working in the area of user experience for almost 25 years. With an advanced degree in Cognitive Psychology, he has experience across business verticals and in the fields of research, evaluation, design and management of innovative, user-centered solutions. Kevin’s experience includes web sites, portals and dashboards, as well as enterprise software and custom business applications for medical, pharmaceutical, communications, entertainment, energy, transportation and government users.

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11/17/2017
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
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Martin Hund

Being  a  passionate engineer,  visionary  and  maker, Martin Hund is contributing to innovative IT projects for more than 20 years. Martin was working for different business units within Deutsche Telekom  as  well  as  internet  start-ups. The manager of software engineers, system architects and project managers obtained experience in heading  agile  teams as a servant  leader.  Today he  is  responsible  for  the  development  and  operations  of the IoT/smart home platform of Deutsche Telekom called QIVICON. His teams are composed of cross-functional experts.

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Steve Odart

Steve is coming to the end of a 34 year career in software quality as he plans to retire next year. In those 34 years he has worked for large companies and small. He started off in the telecommunications world working for Marconi Communications and Lucent Technologies where he started software testing and specialized in the testing of non-functional requirements of telephone exchanges – a hugely complex and rewarding task. After 19 years in telecommunications he started his own business providing IT Support to small and medium sized businesses. Steve says “If you want to be a great manager, run your own business! It’s the harshest classroom in the world”.

 

After this Steve moved to General Dynamics and ran test teams doing large scale integration of the British Army’s Bowman communications systems. You know you’re having fun testing when there’s a tank parked in the car park! From there Steve moved to education and worked for the University of Phoenix and then onto Axway.

 

Steve has lead test, integration, software and quality teams for over 20 years and the only thing he’s learned is that there’s always more to learn.

 

Steve is married with three cats. In the summer, he spends his spare time restoring houses and in the winter building sports cars (www.midlana.com).

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11/17/2017
9:40 AM - 10:20 AM
Track 1


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Alexander Stoyanov

I work in software development industry for 12 years. For the six years in my career I was working as a software developer in a small company called ESOF. For the last six years I work in various roles in quality engineering in VMware. I started as a test automation engineer and later moved to the management position in the quality engineering organization. Throughout the years I have had experience with various types of automation, continuous integration systems as well as different development methodologies. I have presented various lectures on quality engineering in different conferences - ISTA 2012, ISTA 2013 and internal VMware innovation conference on 2 occasions. My passion is mostly around innovation in used technologies and development process.

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Boyan Sheytanov

Boyan has eight years of experience as a software developer, business analyst, and project manager at Astea Solutions. A strong communicator, his passion is bridging the gap between engineering and business - by helping developers understand the business domain, and helping business stakeholders find their way in development processes. His professional fields of interest include soft skills, estimation, and usability among others. When not in the office, he is most likely hiking in the mountains.

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Denitsa Evtimova

Denitsa has 16 years of experience as front end, backend and tools developer, trainer and consultant as well as integration engineer and development support. She believes in "quality on each step" of the processes and delivery cycle, from design to support. As QA Architect at Paysafe she is leading the process of defining the testing strategies, processes and conventions, coordinating efforts across all campuses over the globe.

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Diana Dimova

Diana Dimova is a Senior QA in Musala Soft team that is part of Customer Innovation division in IBM. In her career she has been dealing with cutting-edge technologies, new for their time, but later gaining worldwide acceptance. During her presentation, Diana will give you some insight about testing in the Clouds and opportunities that Cloud Infrastructure gives.

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Dilyana Totseva

With more than 6 years professional experience Dilyana is a QA Lead in MentorMate passionate for automation best practices. She strives to find the best Automation Strategy for each project to achieve cost effective automation solutions and quality software. Loves to share her knowledge and experience with other people and she do that constantly whether she is at work as a Leader or at the university as PhD student and lector.

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Dimiter Simov

I am Dimiter Simov (Jimmy). The field of information technology is my playground since 1997. I have stepped in the roles of usability analyst, usability consultant, interaction and UI designer, QA, and user documentation writer. As a UX practitioner, I work in the performance business – I help teams and companies improve the performance of their products.

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11/16/2017
11:35 AM - 12:20 PM
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Emanuil Slavov

Emanuil Slavov is passionate about constantly improving software quality and helping engineers enjoy their life. He does this for more than 14 years in industries such as secure file transfers, email security, network security, online money transactions, social media as well as various legacy and backend applications. Guides engineering teams in applying the current best practices related to automated testing, static code analysis, unit testing, continuous delivery pipelines, development tooling, working with legacy applications.

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Haralambi Haralambiev

Haralambi Haralambiev has a passion for leadership and for developing strong and effective teams. He has more than 10 years of experience in the software development industry, starting his career as a developer and quickly moving into leadership roles. Hari combined his passion with his inner desire to share knowledge and help people become better in their work by co-founding Tochka 2: a company for professional development training. As a speaker, he loves to illustrate his ideas with his personal experience and stories mixed with principles and interesting examples.

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Hristo Ivanov

Hristo Ivanov has more than a decade experience in building large real-time server-side solutions, mainly in the Financial and Telecom Industries. At NaXex Technological Development Ltd., he’s part of the Innovation and Core Team, and is responsible for managing the constant stream of features and requests for development of new functionalities. The software handles millions of transactions per day, and is driving 24x7 the ever-increasing business needs of the Company.

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Hristo Odiseev

Responsible for technology and product at Crosslend with focus on designing and implementing the digital strategy of the company.

✔ Built several technology businesses e.g. large-scale near shoring software development hubs, SaaS business and B2C marketplace.
✔ Angel investor in consumer and enterprise-focused start-ups through his company incubator Stark Founders.
✔ Managing director and co-founder of the Rocket Internet Technology Center in Portugal catering to market leading Internet companies operating in 50+ countries
✔ Worked as Consultant at Google in AdTech, Senior Engineer at 3M in Telecommunications, Web Engineer at Joker.com and IT consultant at KPMG Consulting (Bearing Point).
✔ Holds an MBA degree with distinction from the University of Cambridge (UK) with focus on entrepreneurship and Msc/Bsc in Computer Science from Germany and Bulgaria. Also had a short stroll at Harvard University.

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Igor Stoyanov

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Iliyan Iliev

Iliyan has 7 years of IT experience. For the last 5 years he is working in the Quality Assurance field but before that he had experience as a software developer and technical support. Currently he is a Senior QA Engineer at Experian, mostly involved in automation and manual testing. His professional fields of interests include Agile methodologies, improving software development processes and best automation practices.

In his free time Iliyan enjoys skiing and karting but his real passion are car engines.

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Ivan Denkov

Ivan Denkov is a DB and Information Management practice lead with more than 20 years in IT business. His experience ranged from developer, designer, technical lead to agile scrum master with strong focus on databases and BI/data warehousing. With Agile gaining popularity, he started to develop interest in collaborative work and leading teams. Last few year he plays a role of scrum master for internationally dispersed team.

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Kiril Varbanov

Professional with 12 years of IT experience, ranging from technical support in call center, supervising people, abuse and security officer, system administration, nearly 10 years of Quality Assurance and last but not least, management. Keen on security, performance, design and usability. 

Photographer outside of the office, petrol head and frequent traveller. Has three years of experience as TV host in Bulgarian National Television and two years of print magazine columnist. 

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Kristiyan Srebrev

Kris is a Senior UI designer at Musala Soft with strong background in UI, UX and front-end development working on the design of large enterprise solutions.
He is an enthusiastic, out-of-the-box thinker, teaching assistant, keen on UX blogs, interested in photography and music.

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Lyudmila Labova

Lucy - as everyone calls her - is very passionate about everything connected to quality. She has experience in the software testing field which include both the good and the bad, the all-manual as well as the all-automation, the practical testing and the theories on the strategy side. She is currently a Quality Architect at Paysafe, focused on the quality side of continuous delivery. Lucy is keen on knowledge management, strategic thinking and photography.

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11/16/2017
10:35 AM - 11:20 AM
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Maria Antonova

Maria Antonova is computers engineer with more than 20 years’ experience in Information technologies and Software development, always open to new challenges and keen to adopt new skills. She gained extensive knowledge and practice in different projects as developer, requirements engineer, QA manager, build engineer, project manager, marketing and sales.

 

She had the chance to participate in complex multinational projects and take part in the development of processes following CMMI best practices, agile methodologies and classic project management workflows.

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Marin Konjari

Marin has a varied background working with both the technical and human side of software. This has pushed him to try and bridge the gap between power users and common users, focusing on how software can be made to target multiple user groups without sacrificing quality, simplicity or security.


His experience varies from game development, embedded development, data analysis and web development to software lifecycle management and a study of SDLC standards for implementing flexible and tailored processes for software development.

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Marta Firlej

Marta Firlej started her journey with software testing in 2006. During her work she is focused on the product, the process and the team. She is engaged in quality assurance with a particular emphasis on the usability testing, functional testing and the test management. She had the opportunity to not only build and develop testing teams, but also work with customers to create, develop and design software. Member of the committee of judges in Polish TesingCup Chapionships in 2013 and 2014. The initiator of Testing Conference Test:Fest in Wroclaw. In possession of ISTQB Advance Test Manager. Besides working, she is traveling, cooking and cycling.​

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Miloš Božić

Milos Bozic has been a Software Engineer and for more than a year, a Technical Team Leader at Execom. For more than 3 years, he has been working on software development projects used in production and helping people in different business areas.
Milos holds a Master degree of Computer Science, showing good organizational and technical skills, mostly in Microsoft technologies. His professional fields of interest include enterprise architecture, business process and system integration
technologies, such as Microsoft BizTalk. Milos provides project leadership to 15+ team members distributed to offshore and onsite teams.

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Milovan Pocek

Milovan Pocek is a Software Tester at Execom. He has worked on several software projects, performed system, unit, acceptance, regression and functional testing on applications using both automated and manual testing methods.
He graduated from the Faculty of Economics, on “Department for Information business systems”.
Showing good technical skills, Milovan is highly interested in test automation.

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Radoslav Kovachev

Radoslav Kovatchev has 15+ years of software development experience. He has experience on multiple projects using variety of technologies. His main focus for the last couple of years is in optimizing the continuous integration systems and parallel test execution.
 
He has researched and adopted successfully new tools for automation and execution in testing the VMware products.
Radoslav has presented in two conferences ISTA 2012, SEETest 2015 and a couple of VMware internal forums.

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Radu Vunvulea

Radu Vunvulea is a Technical Lead at iQuest Technologies and Microsoft Azure MVP, working on LoB application using Microsoft Technologies. In the last two years he dedicated his time to IoT, developing a platform for life-science industry.

Also, Radu has a vast experience on different platforms from mobile and web to backend solution deployed on on-premise and in the cloud. He worked on different fields such as e-commerce, banking systems, life-science, automoto, logistics, home automation and transportation.

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11/16/2017
10:35 AM - 11:20 AM
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Stanislav Botev

Stanislav (Stako for short) is Team Leader with more than 10 years of professional experience.
His interests are strongly Oracle oriented including full Java and Database stacks.


For the last couple of years he is also evolving his knowledge within SOA based software solutions and IoT in the field of Smart Home platforms.


On this year's ISTA Conference he will demonstrate his Smart Home approach and if you have played with such geek stuff he will be more than happy to hear your point of view.

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11/17/2017
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
Track 3


Stefan Ivanov

Stefan is a master graduate of RWTH-Aachen, Germany in Media Informatics with specialization in Human-Computer Interaction and UX Design. After graduation he took an interesting career path including the development of interfaces for mobile applications, starting his own company, kicking off a full course in UX Design and for two years now helping define the vision of Infragistics products as Senior UX Architect.

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Todd Anglin

Todd Anglin is Chief Evangelist and Vice President of Developer Relations at Progress, a global leader in application development, empowering the digital transformation organizations need to create and sustain engaging user experiences in today's evolving marketplace. In his role, Todd is responsible for leading the global Developer Relations teams at Progress and ensuring rich communities of developers come together around key Progress technologies, like NativeScript. Todd is an author and frequent speaker on HTML5, web standards and mobile development.

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Vesselin Arnaudov

Vesselin is currently responsible for leading all incubation and advanced development activities for the VMware R&D Site in Bulgaria. He has spent the past nine years with the company, having loads of fun as part of the vSphere engineering team; prior to that he has been involved in the areas of cryptography, security, and distributed sensor networks. He holds a degree in Computer Science from Brown University and enjoys cooking, traveling, his family, and generally geeking out.

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Vladik Khononov

Having over 15 years of experience in the software industry, Vladik Khononov worked across multiple business domains, including advertisement, healthcare, telecommunications, and customer acquisition.

Currently Vladik serves as the Chief Architect for Internovus, where he is in charge of large scale projects, and an international developers team. As a long-time Domain-Driven Design practitioner, he believes that designing simple models is the only way to produce maintainable solutions for complex business domains. His other areas of focus are Distributed Systems Design, Cloud Computing, and building effective teams.

When he's not geeking out, Vladik reads lots of books on various topics, photographs nature, and repairs his r/c aircrafts.

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11/17/2017
11:35 AM - 12:15 PM
Track 3


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Yavor Papazov


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11/16/2017
4:40 PM - 5:25 PM
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Zornitsa Nikolova

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