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.

LiveList Android release

February 2016 — LiveList released an Android application – a great addition to the iOS and web apps.

LiveList wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to tap into live music experiences wherever they are. For those users who have been wanting to use LiveList on-the-go and haven’t been able to because it has been iOS only – it is now available in the Google Play Store.

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…

LiveList iOS app and website released

December 2015 — LiveList just released a new iOS application and an update to its website. With thousands of shows broadcasting live every day from all around the world, and even more platforms offering live streams, LiveList is the ultimate guide to discovering live music experiences on the web. The application is collecting shows from thousands of online sources and reveals to music fans when their favorite artists are performing live. 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…

Link for Chromebooks released

October 2015 — Learning Ally recently released Link for Chromebooks, a Chrome-based version of the organisation’s Link e-book reader for students with dyslexia, learning disabilities, or visual impairment. Astea helped in the development of the playback solution that has significantly expanded the number of students able to succeed with audiobooks. Link for Chromebooks currently has over 60 000 active users.

Polly Analytics Beta released

September 2015 — Polly Analytics is a free analytical tool that allows users to combine a state-of-the-art institutional investment process with their own investing insights.

Following the recent completion of a major development milestone, Polly Analytics is now open to anyone to sign up and use the smart portfolio recommendation platform. 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!

CapThat Releases Site for Coldplay Fans

January 2015 — CapThat released the latest version of its application at the end of last year. The tool that allows you to create stunning collages from videos and pictures now enables Coldplay fans to come up with great shirts, wall-art items and accessories made with their band’s favorite logos and insignia.

Check it out at capcoldplay.com.

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…