Mark Stephens Mark has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and is a big NetBeans fan. He enjoys speaking at conferences. He has an MA in Medieval History and a passion for reading.

Second DevFest Istanbul a great success

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The second DevFest Istanbul (a free developer conference in one of the world’s most amazing cities) took place at a new venue today. The new venue was needed by the high turnout (3,000 people) who enjoyed FOUR tracks of talks. There was a huge range of topics covered including GWT, lots of web technologies, PHP, NetBeans, and JavaScript delivered in Turkish or English. There were also some less technical talks on business and marketing including a fascinating Tear down of Top Gear as a brand.

If you missed the talks, they were recorded and will be appearing online in the neat future…

There was also a free exhibition with lots of companies talking technology with Turkish businesses and the next generation of coders from the local Universities.

A new feature this year was the ‘Sandbox’ – 45 minute slots from different developers to a small audience seated on beanbags. The session to try GoogleGlass was especially popular.

Running alongside the conference was a MineCraft hacking event (organized by EPIK) for parents and kids to work together on hacking MineCraft( and parents to learn how to organize their own events.

What remained unchanged from 2013 was the smooth running of the event from an army of helpers, and the buzz in the air. Roll on 2015!

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We hope you enjoy the pictures! Be sure to come to DevFest 2015….

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Mark Stephens Mark has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and is a big NetBeans fan. He enjoys speaking at conferences. He has an MA in Medieval History and a passion for reading.

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