I feel the real meaning of the word "disruptive technology" every day, because I make a living out of technology. I met a startup who share their expertise with the European community to take advantage of the disruptive technology.
Let me tell you the story of Philos!
One Night, After Work: A Hack-Jam
I'm sure that many developers will relate to the story already at this stage of the article. At the event, we met several other IT professionals who also did not have any prior experience with pair programming and/or ES6, but yet we worked together and shared.
The Technology Business Today
Here are some facts:
- Google released Angular in 2009. It changed the way we make web apps. Previously, there were mostly websites with mobile versions or native apps.
- Facebook released React in 2013. Nowadays, reactive component-based UI is the preferred front-end for web apps.
- Phonegap / Apache Cordova was open sourced around 2011 and made mobile apps development easy
The list shows just a tiny portion of the vast set of new opportunities ahead of us: there are so many tools, frameworks and libraries which have changed the world in the last 5-6 years.
That is one of the reasons why it's important for technology professionals to get together and share during events like hack jams, presentations and conferences – to have the opportunity to keep up in a fun way!
And that's why I believe that it's important to speak about companies like Philos. They facilitate growth in communities and help developers with the fast pace of change, and it's so fun!
What About The Future?
It's time to meet with the two passionate people who founded Philos – Davy Engone and Maxime Czetwertynski (Max). They're on a mission to prepare European developers to be and work better, while contributing to the community.
In the following you'll find a few questions I asked the team directly to share insights with you – keep in mind that some exciting projects are going to happen and you can be part of them!
What is the story behind Philos?
Davy is a passionate software engineer and Max is a digital enthusiast – after spending some time abroad, we both came back to Europe. Quickly, we realized that European companies (and individuals) tend to lack behind in terms of technologies, methods and tools used to build their products. Frustrated by the loss of productivity and the technology constraints, we decided to do something about it. That's how Philos came to life.
With Philos, we help communities of passionate developers to learn and share their experience thus bringing their skills to the next level. We also partner with companies to enable them to ship their most ambitious projects with leading technologies.
Last year, we organized 20+ events in Belgium and in the Netherlands. 600 passionate developers joined our community. We hope to strengthen this community by continuing with the events and by launching some new projects that we have in the pipe (Hacker Space, DevLeague, Code-Fit, …).
What is your vision?
Imagine a future where Europe is at the leading edge. Where companies and individuals alike use the latest technologies to build the best possible products on the market. A future where passionate communities get together and share their knowledge to contribute to building tomorrow's software. This is the future Philos is building.
Our last advice would be to interact with other developers as much as possible. Work in pair programming, absorb advice from experienced developers or share yours. You will gain invaluable insights either ways. Sharing your knowledge will get you to develop your mentoring skills and make sure that you understand the concepts deep enough to be able to explain them afterwards. Learning from others can teach you new concepts and help you develop a whole new vision on a specific problem.