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We are keeping the best announcements for the very last day. As you are probably aware, we had to increase the number of places for hackathon, because we had so much interest and we closed registration for hackathon just before New Year.

This means that the hackathon was interesting on its own. But imagine what could have happened if we told before that we have prizes! Well, we actually do - and together with the prizes we want to announce some new sponsors too.

The prizes are only in the freestyle hackathon part - there are no separate prizes for workshops (with one exception).

The main prize

The best project using Estimote beacons

  • Estimote dev kits - funded by Estimote of course

The best project using Amazon API

  • We have 3 Kindle Fires funded by our not-yet-announced hackathon sponsor - Amazon.

The best UX

  • We have 3 UxPin licences for the project that will show the best User eXperience ideas.

Fastest arduino robot

There is one exception to the rule about the freestyle-only prizes. There will be prizes for the Arduino workshop. At the workshop you will be able to build robots and compete for the best result (for now the goal is secret). And you will have a chance to win Arduino based robots! Exactly how many robots will depend on the size of winning teams.

So we are announcing not only the prizes this time, but we also warmly welcome Amazon, and UxPin amongst our sponsors. We are proud to have such sponsors. We also welcome Wikia - who will also become the hackathon sponsor on top of being Gold sponsor for the conference.

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Our conference has actually reached a new level. We are going to have a launch of a new product which is very much related to the mobile world and focused on developers.

Oguz Bastemur from Nubisa is going to launch their multi-threaded Node.js platform. Initially they developed it for their own use when they reached limits of Node.js and the need for multi-threading had become apparent.

You can read more about the motivation for the product at Oguz’s blog post

At 13:45 in the main room Oguz will launch their product!

Do not miss the flash talk for the “Multithreaded Javascript on the Server Side!”

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Here is a guest post of one our platinum sponsor - Mobica:

Mobica Limited is a British company operating more than seven years on the Polish IT market. Our company branches are based in Warsaw, Bydgoszcz, Łódź and Szczecin. Great part of our projects is carried out outside Poland.

Mobica Limited is a team of world class software engineers offering consultancy during the whole lifecycle of a developed product, starting on the initial definition, through creating the project and finally at testing and implementing accepted solutions. The largest companies of the telecom market, of which Vodafone, Skype, Orange, Motorola, Blackberry, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, are our clients.

Since the very beginning of Mobica Limited, we have used the cutting edge mobile technologies, creating highly esteemed software for such platforms as Windows Phone 7, Android iOS/iPhone and Blackberry.

Learn more at mobica.com

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Here is a guest post of one our platinum sponsor: Allegro Group:

Allegro Group is a multinational internet corporation operating in 23 countries around the world, but mainly in Central and Eastern Europe. Its activities focus on the ecommerce industry, in the segments of marketplaces, retail, classifieds, payments and other.

The principle of approaching the business from a consumer perspective allows the Group to expand and grow as the relevant markets evolve. Thanks to offering a safe, easy and reliable manner to transact online the Allegro Group’s sites become the first choice for the consumers.

The Group manages over 100 internet sites, most of which are leaders in respective countries.

Learn more at allegrogroup.com

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Blade Polska is a boutique software development and product design consultancy.

We are one of the very few companies designing and developing native Mac OS X software. We’ve done over 20 complex web applications (some of them for healthcare companies in Poland) and dozens of innovative mobile applications.

Having built strong partnerships with Silicon Valley ­based companies and VCs, we are getting ready to disrupt multiple industries with innovative augmented reality and 3D vision mobile technologies. Together with Toyota Motor Group USA we developed an iPad app that features immersive, interactive virtual tour inside the 2014 Lexus IS model.

We are a boutique shop, which means that:

  • We value quality over quantity.
  • We work in small, tightly knit, interdisciplinary, unified teams.
  • We devote time to do things right and repay technical debt.
  • We develop unique, long-lasting relationships with our clients, who quickly become friends.
  • There are no non-technical idiot managers.

Most of us work on MacBooks with comfy, large external monitors. Everyone uses IDE and tools of own choice. We use Pivotal Tracker to track progress, we commit code following the git workflow to BitBucket and we perform code reviews there. We collaborate using Hackpad, track our time on Harvest and extensively use HipChat to post animated gifs with funny cats and coordinate ordering lunch. We write documentation when it makes sense for us, just like tests which we run using Jenkins and OS X 10.9 bots. We use mainly Django, PostgreSQL, Redis and Heroku to build servers, AngularJS and CoffeeScript to build browser based front-ends and Objective-C and Java to create native mobile apps.

Every Friday we eat together a delicious and healthy breakfast (usually made by one of us) and then we meet to listen to one of us sharing his knowledge or passion during lightning talks. We devote most of the day to learning new stuff, giving back to Open Source community and working on our own internal projects that will help us do better work for our clients.

We always strive for excellence and we love working with talented, passionate people who are not only exceptional developers and technical experts, but with whom we will quickly become friends for at least a good chunk of our lives.

Learn more at www.bladepolska.com