DevPRO'19: view from the Wrike booth

I stand in front of the Wrike booth at DevPRO'19 and watch how the next Code Battle session is going.

“And they’re tough, they just sit and write the code,” the schoolboy, who looks like a ninth grader, tells me.
- Well, yes, there are tough guys among them. Do you want to try it yourself? - I answer him.
- No, I don’t know, in JavaScript everything is very complicated.
- Well, come how you learn. In the meantime, you can play our sudoku, there is no need to code.
- What is it?

And I’m already going to start extensive commenting on the rules, then smoothly go to the historical background, the impact of the game on mental health and the cultural code as a whole, but in Code Battle the winner was revealed, and the guy hears from me only “you need to fill in the rows and columns so so that they do not have the same pictures. " Not the best explanation, but now we have a champion: one of the participants scored five victories, solving small JavaScript problems faster than his opponents, which means that it is time to award a prize.


The conference is held at Tomsk State University: there are many students, future applicants and graduates. Therefore, the theme of DevPRO is as wide as possible - it is necessary to reach as large an audience as possible and convey information to everyone: starting from June and ending with product managers. Nobody expected a super-hardcore audience here, and the reports were on a variety of topics: “Artificial Intelligence in Housing and Public Utilities”, “Android Development”, “Design Trends”, “How to Start a Startup” and many others.


One of the organizers, Rubius, set out to create a sustainable IT community in Tomsk. I think that 1000 participants in the conference can consider themselves a fully formed community, with whom we were going to get acquainted, interest, talk about business and, of course, to the best of amusement.

Many people want to compete in blitz programming. Someone already heard about this venture and immediately takes a place in front of the laptop, someone asks the classic: “What is it with you?”

- And we have one task, ten minutes and two laptops. Whoever writes the function faster, on which all the tests of the task pass, he will win. Prizes are attached.
The voltage is appropriate. In one of the Java calls, a girl and a guy battled. The girl seemed a little fragile, although she was in camouflage pants. Perhaps this should have guarded me. And, when time was drawing to a close, I decided to note this fatal fact.
- Only one and a half minutes left!
- Shut up there, $ # &! Shouted the fragile girl in camouflage pants.
I was even taken aback. No, of course, I guessed that military style is not about the twittering of birds and breeding of aquarium fish, but then I turned around in search of escape routes. You never know.

There was no winner in this fight, but the same guys came on the second day, and we convinced them to try to solve the problems on Dart. It turned out better than with Java: nobody shouted at me and did not want to pounce. The girl solved three problems, received her prize and was happy. Make Dart, not Java.

The annual DevPRO in 2019 is being held for the seventh time, but this is our first time here. In addition to Wrike, more than a hundred companies flocked here, including Avito, Skillbox, CFT (Center for Financial Technologies), Kaspersky and many others. Our goal was to share technical expertise, talk about what tasks we do and what technologies we use and communicate with the Tomsk party. We often and many answered the question of what is Wrike, passing out stickers and badges along the way. In addition to the information stand with a razdatka, there was an interactive zone with the same Code Battle, for which I was responsible.


On the first day, different people came: someone sincerely did not understand why to solve these problems, inventing a bicycle. “Because it's fun” as an argument was not accepted. Men in suits remembered their youth at our booth, the Jedi solved the problems in a few seconds, and the pythonists lamented that we had no battles on the python yet.

And if Code Battle, let it be at least for 10 minutes, makes people out of people, then the lunch break unites everyone. As the saying goes, war is war ...

DevPRO took place in the university building, and if I were a student, I would definitely come here for this very lunch. I hope that they came, otherwise I will lose faith in students.

Another significant event was the party at the end of the first day. Honestly, I expected something a little more calm and measured - a kind of club for those over thirty, but it turned out differently. The party met us with tracks Offspring, Green Day, System of a Down and other mid-zero hits. We literally fell into a temporary anomaly, and while adapting to the new stream of time, my colleague and I suddenly became participants in the kicker tournament. A small disclaimer: we went to a party in order to continue communication with the conference participants so that they had something to talk about with their friends, colleagues, classmates, because it would be wasteful to lose our audience and limit ourselves to just a stand. And then “Chop Sue” is in our ears. In general, communication with my voice went wrong, but the kicker went off with a bang. These were my first serious games of table football, and I consider our three victories a personal success. Handshakes and direct looks through the game table win something before talking about what will happen to Flutter and why Dart, not Typescript. I hope that the team “Snowdrop” from Wrike will be remembered with a kind word. My partner kicker and I left the bar at about 11 pm: he flew to Petersburg the next morning, and the second day of the conference was waiting for us.


The second day was quite expected: the people came much less than the first. Our colleagues were already in full swing at the CFT booth in a game where they had to type one text together on two keyboards, only with a different set of keys. Unlike our competitive game, this game was cooperative, but it delivered no less fun.

We decided to fold at 15-00. People came up less often, even tempted to solve puzzles on Dart became less and less. Apart from the very girl in the military, we had two or three more Dart pairs. It was already possible to take stock, and on the whole we were satisfied: hundreds of people learned about Wrike and our processes, we took a couple of Code Battle champions into mind, made a plan to improve the stand and interactivity. There is only one point left - to see the city itself.

Tomsk is probably similar to all Russian half-million cities. Here, wooden houses from the beginning of the 20th century stand ten meters from glass business centers. On the main street - Lenin Street - all Tomsk life is concentrated: shops, cafes, beauty salons. And five hundred meters whole blocks of centuries-old buildings, some of which boasts double-glazed windows. In Tomsk, a huge number of universities and commemorative plaques. Now it’s even hard for me to say what is more.

With the sunset, we were at the hotel. Morning flight, early breakfast, 4 hours of sleep. Tomsk accompanied us with a temperature near zero and snow. But when we flew out of St. Petersburg, there was almost 20 degrees of heat. True, the weather decided to prepare a small surprise for our return - a miserable 6 degrees and wind were waiting for us at home. But after Tomsk we were already ready for this.

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