This week I’m participating in the Independent Expert Panel at Eureka – Eurostars in Brussels, Belgium, to evaluate and rank several hundred SME innovation applications, and to determine which should be supported by the Eureka network. As this is the last application possibility for the current program, we have received significantly more projects than usual.
We’ve conquered land, sea & the air at our annual corporate excursion around lake Balaton. Take a look at our pictures in our facebook album.
One spends almost half if his awake time at his working place – thus it is quite important how this time is spent. In my opinion, it is best spent in a productive fashion, where one can keep on learning, be faced with and successfully tackle considerable challenges, depend on his team members in every sense of the word, while being part of the larger professional community at the same time.
At our small company, EU Edge, we’re keeping up the ever-learning education angle by maintaining internal lectures & a comprehensive learning program. Recently we’ve opened up our internal learning materials to the wider public, using the quite liberal CC-by-sa license, which allows for both non-commercial and commercial use of this material. Everyone knowing Hungarian can read up, dig deep into the external information sources listed, and try his hands on the sample problems provided. For people who sign up, a common message group enables sharing ideas & providing help, while we take the time to review the completed homework & provide feedback as well. The first batch of materials cover HTML & CSS, with more to follow.
Most of the tools we use for professional work is either Free Software or Open Source Software. We gain huge value from these tools, which enable us to work in a professional & efficient manner. It is obvious that one should not be only a receiver of such value, but also be a source of contribution. We have a long tradition of publishing our own open source projects & contributing to others. But now we’ve decided to financially support projects on a regular basis, projects that our team members find important. In this quarter, we decided to support Mercurial, becoming a Bronze Sponsor, and thus joining the likes of the Mozilla Foundation or the Python Software Foundation.
These new activities are a continuation of our ongoing principle of being an active member of the broader IT community. Our past & ongoing activities include participating as founders & organizers of the Budapest New Tech Meetup group for over 5 years, which since then gave way to a myriad of other Meetup groups in Budapest and wider Hungary.
One cannot overstate how important it is to share – so as to be able to receive.