Launched in 2010, the How to Web Conference has become a permanent fixture in the CEE tech ecosystem. This year, after 7 annual editions, we’re taking a break and preparing for the 2018 edition.
Starting with 2018, the How to Web Conference will be managed and organised by ANIS (The National Association of the Software Industry in Romania). As part of this transition, I will continue to be involved as an active advisor.
How to Web has been a lot of fun and a lot (a lot!) of hard work. We have managed to get some amazing tech personalities to meet our crowd in Bucharest, amongst them Mark Randal (Adobe), Ramu Yalamanchi (Hi5), Phil Libin (Evernote), Eric Wahlforss (Soundcloud), Reshma Sohoni & Carlos Espinal (Seedcamp), Jon Bradford (Springboard, TechStars), Radu Georgescu (Gecad Ventures), Vassil Tersiev (Telerik), Mike Butcher (TechCrunch), Robin Wauters (Tech.eu) Madalina Seghete (Branch.io). I am lucky to call some of them my friends, and happy that they’ve started doing business with companies, founders and professionals from the region.
In 2012, with the support of our partners from IXIA, we’ve launched the Startup Spotlight program and competition. In following years we’ve worked with more than 200 startups from more than 10 countries from CEE and beyond, supporting them to connect to investors, mentors, partners, and offering over $100k in cash awards.
Throughout the years, the conference has been organised by multiple teams, last one being the TechHub Bucharest team. But as the regional industry has evolved, a different setup was needed in order to develop it further. We were lucky enough that ANIS wanted to pick up the challenge.We’re no stranger to them — ANIS has been a permanent supporter of the conference since its first edition and Valerica Dragomir, ANIS Executive Director, was part of the How to Web team for the 2013 edition. Also, ANIS is located in the same building as TechHub Bucharest. We can literally say the conference organising team has not even left the building.
I am sure that in the next years the How to Web Conference will get the support it needs to continue its path, and I am happy that ANIS shares the vision of the conference founders that Romania & Bucharest will become significant players in the European tech ecosystem.
In the end, I’d like to thank all my team mates who have contributed to the organising of the How to Web conferences in the last 7 years, to our partners, speakers, mentors and startups who have believed in our mission and our commitment.