Ljubljana.tech: the main stage of technology and knowledge

Today, the modern technology center Ljubljana.tech opened its doors in Ljubljana’s BTC City. It was created because of the challenges facing the technology sector. It is intended for closer integration and building of relationships and knowledge acquisition of both existing and future generations employed within the technology sector. In the first year, the center will host more than 50 events, including day-long conferences, hackathons, community meetings and lectures by renowned international experts. He is the initiator of the construction of Ljubljana.tech and the first investor in the initiative company 13|37strategic partner pa BTC company.

The center was created with the aim of connecting the community and sharing knowledge

“Ljubljana is full of outstanding individuals and internationally successful companies, but we want to connect it even more closely and elevate it to the level of a recognizable European technology center,« he said Nejc Palir, co-founder of the Ljubljana.tech center and director of the institute with the same name. He highlighted the main reasons that led to the creation of the center, as well as the challenges that the technology community in our region has been facing for years. Communities in the sector are disjointed, and the level of general public awareness of career opportunities in the technology industry is low. There is an individualistic culture in the sector with a protective attitude towards the transfer of knowledge and experience, as a result of which the full potential of the industry and the region is not exploited. There is also room for improvement in working conditions in the industry. This industry offers creative jobs where ideas, knowledge, experience, creativity and attitude to work are more important than formal education. At the same time, it provides almost incomparable benefits for employees, including a high material standard and a flexible way of performing work.

The need for experts in the technology sector is increasing

The Ljubljana.tech center was created precisely with the aim of overcoming the aforementioned challenges. The need for personnel in the technology industry is already great both in Slovenia and beyond. V WHETHER employment in computing and information and communication technology (ICT) occupations is expected to grow by 13% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. In Slovenia, in research from 2021, which refers to the need for personnel in the field of digital profiles in Slovenian organizationsa good 30% of the participating companies engaged in ICT activity predicted between 91% and 100% or even more than 100% growth in the needs for employed ICT specialists or other digital profiles in the next five years.

Ljubljana has excellent conditions for the success of a technology center

Ljubljana is extremely suitable as a place for a technology center, because Slovenia offers a good education system, quality living conditions for young people, individuals have highly developed entrepreneurial skills, and a high level of knowledge of the English language. This is precisely why the company 13|37 decided to support the technology center in this region. “Since my first visit to Slovenia, I have been impressed by the local technology community. You strive to build your knowledge and expertise here, which is really inspiring and a perfect fit for an ambitious company like us. Since we were extremely satisfied with the experience of the first few years in the region, when we outgrew the first office and started looking for a new home in Ljubljana, we felt that we had the opportunity and at the same time the duty to build something special. When we started planning, we quickly realized that we needed to open not one, but two new locations. First, we had to create a top-notch work environment specifically tailored to the needs of our great colleagues in the region, and second, we had to create an equally exceptional space where the technology community could meet and share knowledge. We have been investing in various initiatives that encourage and facilitate the exchange of knowledge since the founding of the company 13|37. We are very satisfied with the new premises and look forward to cooperation with both the academic and business communities in order to further strengthen and develop the Slovenian technological community,« he said Micael Holmströmgeneral manager of the company 13|37.

More than 50 free events in the first year of operation

According to the words Stamps of Žige Vajdič, the other co-founder of the center and expert director of the Ljubljana.tech institute, the center is intended for different target groups. Foreign and local companies that want to invest in the development of the technology sector in the region. For individuals who want to gain new knowledge and experience and connect and build relationships with other individuals in the sector. Communities and their organizers who are already active in the technology sector and need space for further development. Above all, to the marginalized groups in the sector, which we have not addressed enough in the past. These are, for example, women, young people with fewer opportunities and everyone else who does not identify with the majority part of the population. In its first year of operation, the center will host more than 50 free events, including day-long conferences, hackathons, community meetings and lectures by renowned international experts from the world of technology. In doing so, Ljubljana.tech will take care of the entire support environment and the distribution of educational content, which will be available in digital form to all interested parties. In this way, they want to make access to knowledge available to everyone who wants it. The operation of the center will otherwise be guided by the expert council of the Ljubljana.tech institute, consisting of individuals who represent a large part of the technological community.

Ljubljana.tech for a better future of current and future generations

Connectivity is one of the key elements for the success of the center and, consequently, the quality development of the technology sector in Ljubljana and the wider region. The first such example is the strategic partnership with the company BTC, which as an advanced and future- and development-oriented company has been supporting innovations and breakthrough solutions for many years. “We are proud to enter into a strategic partnership with the company 13|37, with which we continue the realization of the vision to create a strong “IT quarter” in BTC City. By opening this modern center, we are contributing our share to the development of the technology community in the capital and beyond. We are happy that the technology center is located right in the heart of our BTC City Ljubljana, which will now strengthen its dynamic technological pulse in addition to business, shopping, sports and cultural content. We want the project to encourage as many other stakeholders as possible to connect more closely in the field of advanced solutions and create a better future for current and future generations.” emphasizes Miha Mermalexecutive director for marketing and sustainable development at BTC.

In the future, the most competitive companies will be those that are aware of the importance of good technological staff, invest in them and solve the challenges of modern society with their help. The environment created by the individuals involved in Ljubljana.tech will be of great help in this.

Source: Računalništvo in telefonija – Računalniške novice by racunalniske-novice.com.

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