Startup Weekend Sarajevo sponsored by posao.ba in cooperation with Google Student Ambassador and SSST brought you Google Bootcamp Sarajevo.
What do you call a day with over 50 participants, an 8-hour workshop delivered by an expert developer from London, countless cups of coffee and loads of enthusiasm? A very successful first ever Google Bootcamp Sarajevo!
What a week! Our organizers in Sarajevo were replying to countless emails, answering many phonecalls and working past the normal 9-5 in order to prepare for Saturday’s event: the first Google Bootcamp in Sarajevo, an official pre-event of Startup Weekend Sarajevo. Since this is the first such event in BiH, it was the organizers priority to make it a day to remember!
This is why they were thrilled that it was hosted at the new campus of Sarajevo School of Science and Technology in Ilidza. With its breathtaking view, state-of-art facility and modern equipment, it was a match made in heaven.
We originally told Kris Jenkins, the developer from London who came to BiH to teach the participants about AngularJS, that he should expect about 25 people. But since we were bombarded with emails, we decided to accept more participants. Most of the participants were from Sarajevo however some attendees came from Zenica and a group of developers drove all the way from Banja Luka to Sarajevo to be there. (They had to leave at 4.30 am to be at the workshop on time!)
While there were a few coffee breaks, a delicious lunch and some cakes, the day was certainly not spent chatting and drinking espresso. With theoratical and the practical parts of the day, the attendees were very busy. The funnest activity was of course the hacking itself! They formed teams and worked together to apply what they learnt and some even presented their work at the end of the day.
Here is a quote from Kris Jenkins, who already wrote a post about the event on his own blog. He was impressed by Google Bootcamp Sarajevo and the participants of course.
“The attendees were great. Apparently there’s not really a tech scene in Sarajevo like there is in London. Talks like this are a rare thing. But everyone was straight in and hacking. There were some really great ideas being hacked on & everyone was keen to learn. Geeks of Sarajevo, I salute you.”
And we salute you as well! See you at Startup Weekend Sarajevo!