Astea Conference goes public

February 2018 – We are super excited and happy to announce the big news: starting this year Astea Conference will be a public event!

The theme is Revolutions in all its variety: revolutionary technologies, products that have changed your work, mini-revolutions from daily office life, and personal stories of good practices learned the hard way. Read more…

Astea Conference 2017

We are super excited to announce the Astea’s biggest event of 2017Astea Conference 2017 is coming! The second edition of Astea Conference will take place on May, 24 — the day of the Slavonic culture.

It might be a little nerdy and quirky, but it will definitely be worthy. Experienced techies from our team will talk about new technologies, which make their life of developers easier and happier. Documentation Driven DevelopmentEnd-to-End testing for interactive web applications, CSS ChallengesFuture of UX — these are just a part of the topics that we will talk about.

The cherry on the cake will be the talk by Kalin Georgiev and Trifon Trifonov, who promised to share Astea’s top secret by answering to the question “Why do Clients Fall in Love with Astea”.

The conference this year will be available to the outside world via a limited number of invitations and a live stream in Bulgarian. Stay tuned #asteaconf2017

Plotagraph Pro at Photofocus Expo 2016

October 2016 — Plotagraph Pro was proudly presented on Photofocus Expo 2016 in New York City — one of the most anticipated and highly attended photography events in the world. The founders of the product themselves, Troy Plota and Sascha Scheider, were also there to demonstrate Plotagraph Pro to the public and meet potential users and business opportunities. Read more…

NASA Space Apps Challenge 2016

April 2016 — Astea’s team won the “Best Use of Data” award at NASA Space Apps Challenge 2016 — the largest hackathon in the universe. We chose to tackle the Aircheck challenge and named our solution “Boreas” after the Thracian god of north wind.

Boreas is a data visualization and analysis tool that aims to find out whether air pollution might be the cause for the recent rise of allergies. Read more…

Astea Conference 2016

The first Astea Conference was held on March 12, 2016 at Vitosha Park Hotel, Sofia.

Twelve speakers from the company gave talks on programming, UX, testing, and other software-related topics. A full hall of Astea employees shared knowledge on Ruby, Cordova, Yesod, Docker, machine learning, and software estimation among others.

You can view a timelapse of the event as well as selected photos in the gallery on Facebook.

Astea sponsors HackFMI 6

December 2015 — Astea continues being a proud sponsor of HackFMI, the signature hackathon of the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics. This edition’s focus was smart gadgets in all shapes and sizes. And, as always, the results were amazing: in just 48 hours we saw working prototypes of TV ambient backlight, mechanical arms, smart cars and robots, you name it! It seemed like the imagination and skills of these talented young participants had no limits. Read more…

Astea sponsors OpenFest 2015

November 2015 — Astea is a sponsor of this year’s edition of OpenFest: one of the most prominent IT events in Bulgaria celebrating free culture and open source software. Following its well-established tradition, the conference covered a variety of interesting topics presented by many renowned members of the open source community from Bulgaria and abroad. Read more…

Astea sponsors HackTUES 2

October 2015 — Astea sponsored this year’s edition of HackTUES. The hackathon for high-school students took place on October 9–11 and focused on environment and society. The topic was received with enormous enthusiasm by the contestants, all aged between 14 and 18. Their creative ideas and impressive coding skills produced an amazing collection of working applications, including: a game where you grow your virtual pet tree, a marketplace for recycling, and even a medical e-dossier. Read more…

SocialBook WINS BookExpo America’s PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

May 2015 — SocialBook, a social reading platform developed at Astea and co-owned by Astea and publishing industry visionary, Bob Stein, was nominated as one of 20 semi-finalists in BookExpo America’s Start Up Challenge. While we unfortunately did not win the challenge, SocialBook did win the BookExpo Challenge’s People’s Choice Award for best start up!

Astea sponsors HackFmi 4.0

November 2014 — Once again Astea was a sponsor of the fourth semi-annual hackathon HackFMI, held traditionally in the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics of Sofia University! This edition was more massive than ever — over 250 competitors in 55 teams hacked code day and night for a whole weekend and took their best shot in bringing their project ideas to life.

Speaking of projects, the reason HackFMI 4.0 was so exciting for everybody involved was its one and only rule — create a whole game from scratch! Read more…

Barnes & Noble announces Reader’s Choice Awards

October 2014 — Barnes & Noble recently announced its new initiative — the Annual Reader’s Choice Newsstand Awards! For the first time readers can vote for their favorite articles in several categories. Being engineers and all, our vote goes to Popular Mechanics’ privacy tips.

Clicking the cover on the right will take you to the Promotional Article Viewer: an HTML5 reader developed from scratch by Astea on behalf of Barnes & Noble Newsstand. In addition to offering the usual features, such as quick and easy navigation and social network sharing, one of the most notable perks of the reader is that it will run in almost any browser on almost any screen! Pick your favorite — Firefox on your laptop, Safari on your iPad, or Chrome on your Android phone — all of them offer an optimized reading experience. Check out all the articles for free at nook.com/readershoice!

CourseKicker wins the BigApps challenge

September 2014 — CourseKicker was announced a winner of the NYC’s BigApps challenge! Among the 20 finalists in the Learn category CourseKicker was honoured with the grand prize as the best tool that allows teachers to connect, collaborate and share best practices with colleagues beyond their own schools, anywhere in the world.

CourseKicker uses social networking and crowdsourcing techniques to help teachers build strong professional networks, discover best practices, and recommend new connections and great lessons. Read more…