WHAT IS CODEFERENCE?

And why you should be a part of it

You can see it as a gathering of some of the smartest, most successful, and most inspiring individuals, companies, and educational institutions from Macedonia and the region. It’s an attempt to bring together all major sides of the tech ecosystem, and with that, to stimulate the creation of more new and quality tech startups, founded and run by youth in tech.

A celebration of technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. Meet some of the creative heads behind the best concepts, products and services that are currently being built in the region. Even more, learn some tricks and spark your ideas in order to improve what you are building.

Extend your network of relevant contacts that might even have a life-changing impact on your career or business. Meet some of the gurus in their areas in tech, creativity, startups, as well as investment funds, private investors, VCs, angels, incubators, etc. Dare to stand out of the crowd.

Previous sponsors, collaborators & partners of Codefest 2013 - 2015
  • Hotel Inex Gorica

    Inex Gorica is a unique hotel at the shore of Lake Ohrid, with a history longer than half a century. It is a great honor and pleasure to welcome you the the venue of Codefest 2016.

  • CONNECT WITH OHRID LAKE

    Feel the positive vibes from the oldest lake in Europe, home of many endemic flora and fauna species. It will fill you with energy and with lasting memories!

  • EXPLORE MYSTERIOUS OHRID

    They call it the "Balkan Pearl" city. This beautiful town has ancient origins and a very unique and rich history and culture.

  • CONNECT WITH OHRID LAKE

    Feel the positive vibes from the oldest lake in Europe, home of many endemic flora and fauna species. It will fill you with energy and with lasting memories!

  • EXPLORE MYSTERIOUS OHRID

    They call it the "Balkan Pearl" city. This beautiful town has ancient origins and a very unique and rich history and culture.

Speakers

Meet some of the leading tech and startup influencers from the region

David Tee/ Keynote Speaker

David Tee/ Keynote Speaker

Head of Membership Services at EBN - European Business & Innovation Centres Network

David is a serial entrepreneur, consultant and innovator with 25 years professional experience in a variety of environments from Cambridge-based IT start-ups to Silicon Valley-based innovation consultancy to EU-funded project management.

Jamie Patel/ Keynote Speaker

Jamie Patel/ Keynote Speaker

Strategy & Transformation Advisor at Commerz Systems

Jamie’s career has been in Tech and consulting, initially leading IT teams in firms such as EDS, FinTech start-up then working on complex global transformation consulting assignments across sectors for Tier-1 firms such as UBS, BAT, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Barclays, Investec, Reserve Banks of South Africa, Industrial Group In Africa on PE transactions, Commerz Bank. Most recently has been working with the joint CEO's of Commerz Systems to transform the IT organisation for smart sourcing of teams and solutions.

Atanas Raykov / Speaker

Atanas Raykov / Speaker

General Manager of Viber for CEE & Head of Telecom partnerships

Mr.Raykov has over 10 years of experience of working at VIVACOM. He is an experienced public speaker at more than 20 technology events. He is also a mentor for the portfolio companies of LauncHub and Eleven, and an advisor of several emerging startups from the CEE region, focusing on mobile technologies. As General Manager of Viber for CEE, Mr.Raykov takes over the exciting task of building on the already huge popularity of Viber in this part of Europe.

Ivan Hernandez / Speaker

Ivan Hernandez / Speaker

Founder of The Digital Loop

Digital Marketing & Innovation Strategist and Business Development Consultant with several years of international experience in strategic consulting, advertising, marketing and media sectors. He is the Founder of The Digital Loop, a boutique consultancy specializing in digital transformation, customer experience design and innovation strategy. He is an internationally recognized keynote speaker, and a Lecturer at Kozminski University (the number one Business School in Central Eastern Europe).

Lars Trieloff / Speaker

Lars Trieloff / Speaker

Director of Product Management

Lars Trieloff is the director of product management at Blue Yonder, the leading SaaS provider of predictive applications in retail. Prior to Blue Yonder, Lars was responsible for product management for Adobe Marketing Cloud and Day Software’s content management platform.
He is responsible for product roadmap, strategy, and marketing. Passionate about creating products that make work easier and help companies run better, Lars combines technological and business thinking into an outcome-oriented approach.

Dilyan Dimitrov / Speaker

Dilyan Dimitrov / Speaker

Founder at Eleven Startup Accelerator

Dylan is the co-founder of Eleven Accelerator Venture Fund (www.eleven.bg), and since mid 2012 he's scouted and invested in some of the best startups in Central and Eastern Europe. Before that he was the Vice President at Bedminster Capital Management, and led and worked on deals in healthcare, media, and financial services, among others. Dilyan enjoys snowboarding, running and swimming.

Andrey Shtylenko / Speaker

Andrey Shtylenko / Speaker

Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker

Andrey Shtylenko is a serial entrepreneur who has within the last 10 years co-founded a number of e-commerce businesses throughout Europe, Russia and United States.
Andrey is also a mentor in a number of regional startup incubation and acceleration programs, as well as an author of multiple workshops and coaching programs on professional development.

Blagoj Trajkoski / Speaker

Blagoj Trajkoski / Speaker

Network Transport Engineer at Google Inc.

Blagoj is part of the Network Engineering team responsible for the design, planning and building of the Transport Network of Google in EMEA. He’s been working in the field of Fiber Optic Networks for more that 6 years. Before joining Google he was working in Neotel Skopje and Sylex s.r.o. Bratislava. Blagoj attained the bachelor's degree in Telecommunications and master’s degree in ICT both at FEIT Skopje.

David Passiak / Speaker

David Passiak / Speaker

Innovator, Speaker, Author of Disruption Revolution

David Passiak is an internationally recognized innovation expert with 20 years of professional and research experience. He is author of Disruption Revolution, Red Bull to Buddha, and the forthcoming book The Crowd Era. Most recently, he served as Head of Innovation and Research for dubizzle, the 6th most visited site in UAE and the largest online marketplace in the Middle East.

Tatjana Zabasu / Panelist

Tatjana Zabasu / Panelist

Managing Partner, South Central Ventures

Tatjana Zabasu is a Managing partner at South Central Ventures, fund manager active in the Western Balkans, and Partner at RSG Capital, a Slovenia based fund manager. She has 10 years experience in venture capital and enjoys working with entrepreneurs, is interested in technology and growing successful businesses. She currently serves on boards of four companies, ShoutEm (mobile), Efos (agritech), Edition Digital (digital publishing) and TAB Systems (home automation).

Zoran Martinovski / Panelist

Zoran Martinovski / Panelist

IFC Country Manager, Macedonia and Montenegro

Zoran Martinovski is a country manager for the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation in charge of IFC’s private sector investments and advisory programs in Montenegro and Macedonia. He has over 20 years of experience in international business from various industry sectors. Prior to joining IFC in 2000, Mr. Martinovski used to work for several prominent companies in Europe and United States such as Philips Electronics and Lexmark International.

Ilija Vuckov / Panelist

Ilija Vuckov / Panelist

President of Emkice-Ilumine Center and Founder of MBAN

Ilija Vuckov is a serial entrepreneur, industrial designer, Senior product development consultant for startups and EU Funding. His designs, innovative products and EU funding consulting services in past 5 years returned more than $8,2 million to his clients and partners in 32 countries on 3 continents. In past 15 years working on entrepreneurship development and access to finance from business angels and EU grants.

Besima Svraka / Panelist

Besima Svraka / Panelist

Founder and CEO of Fashion.Beauty.Love Besima is the Founder and CEO of fbl.ba, a lifestyle platform, since 2013. In 2015 FBL started publishing its hard copy issue, FBL Magazine. She has over 8 years of experience in journalism, working for several lifestyle magazines & online magazines. She studied Comparative Literature & Librarianship at the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo and attended women’s studies for 2 years. She is a booklover, addicted to movies & TV shows, obsessed with football and always ready for adventure.

Asif Kamal Raja / Panelist

Asif Kamal Raja / Panelist

Founder & CEO of Mindmakr

Being a life skill coach with over three decades of experience in the field of IT, Asif aims towards a balance between team and people development. Moreover, he has been a part of the finance and technology sectors for more than a decade now. After having worked with brands like Apple, EasyJet, RBS, Santander and Commerzbank he has discovered that coaching is what he is most passionate about, thus helping to guide young entrepreneurs and talented people towards success.

Jasmina Popovska / Panelist

Jasmina Popovska / Panelist

Director of FITD

Jasmina Popovska has wide experience in management and implementation of projects, budgeting, financial analysis, mobilization of funds and financial management. She has participated in the management of financial institutions, with focus on financial and non-financial services to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as well as implementation of several projects for support of SMEs and relevant researches in the area, such as the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor.

Angel Angelov / Panelist

Angel Angelov / Panelist

Senior Vice President at Bridge Venture Partners

Angel Angelov has over nine years of experience in the M&A business in Central and Eastern Europe, South East Asia and Australia. His main areas of development are Investment Banking, Corporate Finance, M&A advisory, Real Estate and Distressed Assets with Fundraising of early stage companies. Angel specializes in Corporate Finances, Equity Capital Raising along with Fundraising and Valuations of Companies.

Gogo Rafajlovski / Panelist

Gogo Rafajlovski / Panelist

SEEUTechPark Manager

More than 10-year experience in managing StartUp Centers, Business Incubators & Access to Finance for SME’s, helped Gogo build-up portfolio of experienced business consultant. Specialized in valuating intellectual property, threw trainings and workshops he helps innovative startups reach-out their potential. He is passionate about technology, trademarks, brands and loves outdoors sports.

Inna Boyadzhieva / Panelist

Inna Boyadzhieva / Panelist

Co-founder at BBU Foundation

Inna Boyadzhieva is the co-founder of Bulgarian Business University (www.bbu.bg). BBU together with the biggest private university in Bulgaria - NBU is launching an innovative program for young entrepreneurs with academic accreditation. The BBU 9-month program has one exact goal – to bring young entrepreneurs’ ideas to live and meet them with real investors in the end of the process.

Shkelzen Marku / Panelist

Shkelzen Marku / Panelist

Co-founder & Regional Director at Yunus Social Business Balkans

Shkelzen Marku is the Co-founder and Regional Director of Yunus Social Business Balkans. He has several years of experience in entrepreneurial services and venture capital financing for startups with innovative solutions to solve social problems in Western Balkans and management of economic development programs in various countries. He is also Co-founder and President of the Partnership for Development Foundation and a visiting professor at the EUT and at AUT, Albania.

Petar Ninovski / Panelist

Petar Ninovski / Panelist

Founder & CEO at Brainster

Petar is a young entrepreneur, mentor of early stage startups and active in the Macedonian startup scene. Founder and CEO of Brainster, a company that for several months managed to become one of the most recognized in the region. The next step for Petar is the international growth of the company which will soon be present in several countries in Europe. Petar left his job in a big international company to be fully committed to build the business.

Biserka Koneska / Panelist

Biserka Koneska / Panelist

Executive Director at Seavus Incubator

Biserka Koneska is Seavus Incubator executive, with over 12 years experience in IT and international business. In this period she has actively participated in building the Products division within Seavus and producing off-the-shelf software products among which Seavus’ most successful product, Seavus Project Viewer. She’s been head of Seavus Products division and continued as Corporate Marketing and Communications manager.

Nina Sindija / Panelist

Nina Sindija / Panelist

Developer Experience (DX), Microsoft CEE Multi Country

Nina is an Audience Evangelism Manager in Microsoft, working closely with Startups and Students in CEE MC region. She has several years in Audience Marketing, promoting tech and organizing events for professional audience, academia and start-ups. She's very passionate about building strong entrepreneurship community within student population since her days at the Uni. of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Eng. and Comp. Science.

Gligor Dacevski / Panelist

Gligor Dacevski / Panelist

Serial Enterpreneur - CEO of doXteam

Co Founded first international IT company from Macedonia Seavus Founded Sportypal first world known outdoors sport application winner of menu world-class awards.
Active member of Macedonian Startup community where he share his experience with young startup companies and help them to find their own way to sucess.

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Conference Agenda

Besides the standard Codeference track, there will be the CF Expo as a second track. Find out what will be happening.

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Founders/Organizers

Address from the Minister of Information Society and Administration, Ms. Marta Arsovska Tomovska

Ms. Marta Arsovska Tomovska (Minister of Information Society and Administration)

Address from Mr. Borche Jankuloski (Director of PredaPlus)

Borche Jankuloski (Director of PredaPlus)

Keynote Speech from Mr. Jamie Patel, Strategy & Transformation Advisor to CommerzSystems

Jamie Patel

Keynote Speech from Mr. David Tee, Head of Membership Services at EBN - European Business & Innovation Centres Network

David Tee

Learn how to expand your professional network in favor of your business growth

Andrey Shtylenko

High-level advice on flying-speed growth

Ivan Hernandez

A discussion about increasing youth employability and stimulation of entrepreneurial thinking and practices (i.e. more young startup founders)

Nina Sindija - Discussion Leader
Inna Boyadzhieva
Sheklzen Marku
Gjorgi Rafajlovski
Vesna Ivanoska

Time to meet some new contacts over a light cocktail or a lunch break

Tips on creating products and services that investors would like to invest in

Dilyan Dimitrov

Some thoughts on the activities the regional startup scene should adopt in order to catch pace with the development and investment practices in Europe

Ilija Vuchkov - Discussion Leader
Zoran Martinovski
Tatjana Zabasu
Angel Angelov
Dilyan Dimitrov
Jasmina Popovska

An insiders look into how Google works and a quick peek at some of their technologies

Blagoj Trajkoski

An insight into the impact and changes that mobile messaging is causing in the communication landscape and how its opening up many new opporunities for businesses

Atanas Raykov

An insiders look into how Google works and a quick peek at some of their technologies

Lars Trieloff

The Crowd Era

David Passiak

An insight into the process from founding a startup to achieving measurable results

Ivan Hernandez - Discussion Leader
Besima Svraka
Asif Raja
Petar Ninovski
Gligor Dachevski

Interactive and fun workshop/game by DOOR Training & Consulting

NOA Lounge Bar

Talk and mingle with the various different organisations and companies that are present at the CF Expo

*A more detailed agenda will be available soon.

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What exactly is Codeference?

It is a one-day international conference, focusing on technology, innovation, marketing and startups. Codeference aims to bring some of the most successful professionals from the region and worldwide, who will be able to share experiences with the attendees and give advice on how to speed up the development of the region.

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Codeference is open for anyone at all, and there are no restrictions in the individuals who can attend. If you feel like investing in your own knowledge, expanding your professional network, and are open for a new experience, grab a ticket and see you there!

What profiles of speakers will be there?

At Codeference, we are aiming to bring relevant experts from the region and worldwide, who are excellent in what they do - be it tech, innovation, marketing, startups, entrepreneurship... They will try to transfer some of their experiences in order to support the development of the region when it comes to those fields.

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