“Work Hard, Play Hard” — That’s How We Rolled at Mobile Central Europe 2014

Some of you may already know this around a month ago, together with our friends from Polidea and FutureMind we held the first Mobile Central Europe conference.

Laying the necessary groundwork took us exactly one year. Well, was the event a success? It’s kind of hard to answer that. Tweets, Facebook comments, and photos indicate that people loved the event. We believe that no matter how well-organized and fun an event was, there is always room for improvement. We can’t help it. It’s just the way we are.

We wanted the conference to foster an atmosphere of excitement associated with unique experiences, and at the same time give the attendees a chance to enjoy a host of inspiring talks given by experienced developers and leaders from all over the world. We managed to avoid including marketing presentations and sponsored talks in the agenda.

The pre-conference Jitter Hackathon, set up at the Copernicus Science Center, took place a day before the big event. Over 200 people, including amazing mentors from all corners of the globe, participated in the hackathon; the attendees were primarily people from the mobile business, interested in various new technologies, including 3D printers, tablets, Google Glasses, robots, and beacon technology.

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And you know what? I’m not sure whether it was because of the great working space, the great conference game, the great food or it was just our luck, but the attendees felt relaxed, were extremely friendly and open to collaboration… like they knew each other for ages. That was amazing!

The MCE conference launched on January 11, 2014. The event took place at the Kino Praha cinema in Warsaw. For sure, it’s not a typical venue for that kind of event, but what can I say? We’re not typical organizers. Over 500 people attended 21 sessions, receiving 7 hours of pure mobile knowledge in the process, including a deep dive into iOS, Android, and human interaction topics. We provided free popcorn, big screens, and comfortable chairs so that everyone could fully experience the atmosphere we wanted the event to create.

Photo by Jakub Banak

Who were our speakers? The biggest players in the market who passionately shared their knowledge and experience. We recorded all of their speeches so feel free to check whether I’m right.

We also prepared an after party… Fine beer, pizza, and gaming on huge cinema screens – that’s a pretty good summary of what happened that night. The party ended in the wee hours of the morning… Good times all around!

So, right now we’re thinking about MCE 2015. A big, hearty thank you to everyone who attended, volunteered or spoke this year. Hope to see you all again soon. Because of you, we have even more energy and ideas to make the next MCE edition better than the last one. So please follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn and see you next year!

Here’s the conference video. Feel free to share it.

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