National outsourcing conference brings together over 300 leading experts in Plovdiv

The Business Forum is the result of the city's potential to become a top location in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe for investments in IT and outsourcing

25th August 2015, Plovdiv - On 10th September for а second consecutive year Municipality of Plovdiv and "Industry Watch" are organizing a national outsourcing conference entitled "Outsourcing Destination Bulgaria". Especially for the forum in Plovdiv will arrive: Rumyana Bachvarova - Deputy Prime Minister for Coalition Policy and Public Administration and Minister of Interior, Stamen Yanev - Executive Director of InvestBulgaria Agency, Stephan Fricke - CEO and Head of the Advisory Board of the German Outsourcing Association and representatives of over 100 companies from the IT and outsourcing industries.

The event is supported by InvestBulgaria Agency, Bulgarian Association Outsourcing, ICT Cluster Plovdiv, Bulgarian Association of Software Companies and Bulgarian Association of Information Technologies.

The conference will be held in three panels: “Attracting talents outside EU”; “Plovdiv – attractive for the IT and Outsourcing Industry” and “The Entrepreneur ecosystem, education – current state and perspectives”. The various sessions will be attended by experts from the national and local authorities, branch organizations, as well as representatives of companies with offices in Plovdiv, who will share their vision on the status and prospects for the sector in the city and in the country.

The first edition of the conference managed to gather more than 250 management representatives of nearly 100 companies. Several leading companies in the sector, including Scale Focus, Unify and 60K, announced at the forum the launch of their activities in Plovdiv. The 2015 edition is expected to be attended by more than 300 participants, thanks to whom the forum has the ambition to establish itself as a leading for the country.

IT and Outsourcing industry in Plovdiv: The city has established itself as the second most important destination in the ‘IT and Outsourcing’ sector after Sofia. According to the latest data in the ‘IT and Outsourcing’ sector, between 4000 and 4500 people work in Plovdiv and for the last three years the number of employees has doubled. Creating new jobs for young and talented graduates continues to be among the highest priorities for the local government and preserving the current trend in a medium term the employees can reach 8 000 – 10 000 people.

Plovdiv is also becoming more attractive because of its new office projects, which have already started, and its lower rental price compared to the capital. In few years the market needs of elite Class A office spaces will exceed 100,000 square meters. Additionally, the presence of more than half a million people in the region, the highly developed educational system with more than 40,000 students, the multicultural and multilingual environment make the city an attractive investment destination for IT and outsourcing companies from North America and Europe.

 

September 10, Novotel Plovdiv

Schedule and speakers

10.00 - 10.45 am                                Registration of participants and welcome coffee

10.45 - 11.00 am                                Official Opening and Introductory speeches

·         Eng. Ivan Totev, Mayor, Municipality of Plovdiv

·         Rumyana Bachvarova, Deputy Prime Minister for Coalition Policy and Public Administration and Minister of Interior

·         Stephan Fricke, CEO and Head of the Advisory Board of the German Outsourcing Association

11.00 - 12.00 am                                PANEL 1: “Attracting talents outside EU”

·         Rumyana Bachvarova, Deputy Prime Minister for Coalition Policy and Public Administration and Minister of Interior

·         Stamen Yanev, Executive Director, InvestBulgaria Agency

·         Stefan Bumov, Chairman, Bulgarian Outsourcing Association; General Manager, Sofica Group

·         Vladimir Ellis, CEO, Speedflow Communications

·         Anna-Marie Vilamovska, Secretary, Presidency of Bulgaria

·         Elena Marinova, Board Member, BAIT; Chairperson, Musala Soft

·         Georgi Brashnarov, founder and board member of the ICT Cluster Bulgaria and Chairman 2007-2014, BASCOM

12.00 - 1.00 pm                            PANEL 2: “Plovdiv – attractive for the IT and Outsourcing Industry”

Moderator: Georgi Stoeff, managing partner, "Industry Watch"

·         Stephan Fricke, CEO and Head of the Advisory Board of the German Outsourcing Association

·         Stefan Stoyanov, Deputy Mayor, Municipality of Plovdiv

·         Martin Dragoev, Project Manager Sales and Investment, Galaxy Investment Group

·         Jon Gladwish, CEO, 60K

·         Iglika Yordanova, Executive Director, Colliers International

·         Viktor Bilyanski, CTO, Scale Focus

·         Viktor Atanasov, Executive Director, Programista

1.00 - 2.30 pm                           Lunch

2.30 - 4.00 pm                           PANEL 3: “The Entrepreneur ecosystem, education – current state   and perspectives”

Moderator: Evgeniya Peeva – Executive Manager, NGO "Together in class"

·         Georgi Stoychev, Executive Director, Open Society Institute

·         Svetlin Nakov, founder, Soft Uni – Sofia

·         Asenka Hristova, founder and managing partner "Industry Watch"

·         Mariana Bancheva, Director of Educational Policies, Institute for Progressive Education

·         Nataliya Miteva, Director program "Education", Fondation America for Bulgaria

·         Ivaylo Staribratov, Principle, High School of Mathematics Plovdiv, Chairman of ICT Cluster Plovdiv

4:00 – 5:00 pm                   Networking & Coffee break

 

The complete program of the forum with topics of the panels, information on speakers and registration for the forum can be found at: http://outsourcing.plovdiv.bg/en