Corporate Event

Last week our Team gathered for our first corporate event of 2021, which turned out to be a great success for at least three different reasons.

To begin with, this was the first live event after the lengthy Covid-19 emergency. With proper precautions and respecting social distancing norms, we were able to meet in person at the event location - a cool and fancy restaurant in Milan - laughing, eating, and drinking together (as every proper event requires).

This occasion allowed many people to finally get together face to face: as we all know, seeing each other via  a computer screen may be fun and necessary these days, but meeting colleagues in the “real” world, shaking hands, sharing laughs and jokes is another story!

Secondly, this was the first official Fortitude Group event, with all team members from Bitrock, Radicalbit and ProActivity participating. A great opportunity to mark the new Fortitude era, after the 2021 Group rebranding.

Last but not least, events of this kind are also important since many colleagues that seldom have the chance to meet due to the allocation on different projects or different geographical location can finally spend some time together. During this evening, we finally had all people from Treviso, Lugano, Milano (and many other cities around Italy) together in one spot.

The event started with a welcome aperitif followed by a tasty dinner (typical Milanese cuisine...what else?!). Our CEO Leo Pillon took the chance to greet all participants and deliver a brief talk, addressing the challenges this period has meant for the Group, but also all the great results and success we were able to achieve while working remotely. It is a distinct corporate culture, a sense of togetherness and a clear direction that have fuelled the passion emerging in our daily work.

Curious to know more about the Bitrock world? Look at the pics below to get a taste of our event, and visit our Instagram page to discover much more!

We are now ready to start planning our next big event. Will you join us? 🙂

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Bitrock Brain Training Game

Unleashing Innovation and Collaboration with Technology Team-building Events


Integrating new technology into team building activities and team development is a thrilling way to engage employees in a safe and playful environment outside the standard working environment.

Our “Bitrock Front-end Brain Training Game”, a RxJs training session during which our Front-end team tried their hand at generating a data stream in an engaging virtual game, is just an example.

The event - Bitrock's first of its kind - was organized last Spring with two main goals: to experiment new front-end technologies applying them in a practical code project, and to improve teamwork among team members who are often assigned to different projects.

Bitrock Brain Training Game

Let’s now consider at a closer glance the technical aspects of our Brain Training Game.

Our goal was to organize a training session on reactive programming. We thus implemented the Back-end and Front-end (in Javascript) of a small Brain Training game application, in order to have a generator of a fair number of events.

Although this was a small-size project, we made an initial analysis working with the UX team and producing some wireframes, mockups and flow diagrams.

The Front-end part was built with React, and we focused on the adoption of the reactive paradigm using RxJS. For the Back-end, we opted for MarbleJs, a framework with RxJs capability. WebSocket was adopted as an events communication system, and we created some components that subscribed to it.

The Importance of an Innovation-based Workplace Culture

Internal events like these have many side effects in terms of employee empowerment and corporate workplace culture.

To begin with, our Brain Training Game has proven to be a highly collaborative, team-building activity empowering team members. Collaboration and teamwork are forged by such occurrences: people are drawn together and motivated to achieve a common goal when they are presented with a common problem to solve.

The game has also given our company (and specifically the Front-end department) a great opportunity to innovate. This is due to the fact that the very essence of these activities encourages creativity, as each team member is involved and granted complete freedom to develop and express themselves. Having a set amount of time to complete the project produces results. However, this is a different kind of pressure than what employees are used to, and a game may help loosen the constraints of corporate bureaucracy, responsibilities, and strict deadlines.

Last but not least, the relaxed atmosphere of such an event, which is centered on a shared challenge expressed through an interactive online game, offers a temporary departure from the standard. And such a “disruptive” workflow can lead to an improved work ethic among employees. Not to mention the chance to have fun and share pleasant moments with coworkers throughout the workday – if deadlines, reports, and briefings are part of the team's everyday routine, why not set aside some time and space for something different? A bit of fun is always appreciated.

Conclusions

Thanks to our Brain Training Game, Team members have had the chance to share their imagination, create cool things, and learn while having fun.

All participants have shown great excitement during the event: for them, this hackathon has been a real opportunity to work with new technologies, specifically with the Reactive paradigm.
While one of our Front-end developers said that this was a great opportunity to improve communication and bond with colleagues, another participant said: “I am glad to have joined this project: I have experimented with Marble.js, a useful library to make practical use of RxJs syntax”.

We are now prepared to replicate this type of event in the future, experimenting with new formulas and events, and maybe even extending it to other Teams.
Our efforts to promote creativity and cooperation are still ongoing. Keep an eye out for the next move!



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Bitrock Virtual_Office Journal

Bitrock Virtual_Office Journal

Here we are, after two months spending time together in our Virtual Office. Two months that have seen us deeply involved in many team-building activities to give the due importance to the human aspect of our worklife and reinforce our Team spirit during the long lockdown phase.

Here’s the best highlights from our Bitrock Virtual_Office Journal: delve into its pages with us and get ready to turn back time…


Friday, 10 April

Our first virtual event is an open discussion about the world of Sport&Wellbeing. What are Bitrockers fond of? Huge success for Martial arts and Oriental disciplines, followed by typical Winter sports (above all Skiing) and Water sports (Sailing is king here). But there’s appreciation for Meditation and Yoga, too!

Tuesday, 14 April

Another day, another event: this time we’re ready to talk about Movies&TV Series: a very popular topic, especially during these months of lockdown. “What do you suggest me watching?” “Have you ever watched…?” – a passionate debate full of advice and reviews. The most loved TV series? The historical and science-fiction ones.

Friday, 17 April

Today’s event is dedicated to the lifetime passion of our Team members Marco and Mattia: BBQ. During an involving presentation, with a lot of information, examples and advice, they’re able to reveal us the secrets (or almost all of them) of the perfect BBQ. Now we can dream of our next real team-building bbq party!

Tuesday, 21 April

Today there’s a unique opportunity for the Team: listening to a fascinating introduction speech into the world of Mindfulness. Thanks to the knowledge and passion of Franco, we are ready to discover its main pillars and meditation practices: from its origins to the bonds with the Oriental culture, not forgetting a few examples of concrete activities and exercises, such as the awareness of breath, feelings, and thoughts. Mindfulness has proved to be a fascinating topic for the whole Team: we’re all eager to find out more!

Friday, 24 April

Our Virtual Office is changing into a bakery! Today Claudia will show us the best tricks and tips for pastry-making. The activity is not very simple, but brings also so much fun… Our mission? Cooking chocolate truffles. Each of us has their own ingredients and is ready to follow Claudia’s instructions on the screen, step by step. Huge success for our first Cooking Together event!

Tuesday, 28 April

Since in Bitrock we foster continuous learning and improving, here’s the perfect opportunity for us to expand our knowledge in many fields (history, science, literature and much more): a challenging general-knowledge Quiz! Two teams are fighting to conquer the title of “Smartest Team”. The final result? 10-10: all winners (and smarter)!

Tuesday, 5 May

Here we are, ready to travel around the world together (at least virtually). “Let’s Travel” is our new open-discussion event, during which we have the chance to talk about our past travel experiences, and our future journeys. The most fascinating destinations for the Team? The Far-East Countries (Thailand and Indonesia above all). But also several European cities seem to have stolen the heart of many of us: from Budapest to Prague, from Lisbon to Berlin.

Friday, 8 May

Today we have the chance to get closer to Calisthenics, a form of physical training focused on teaching you how to master your own bodyweight using minimal equipment. Thanks to the expertise of Erik, who has been practicing this sport for a few years now, we can discover many interesting aspects about it. For instance, that the word itself comes from the Greek: Kalos and Sthenos, meaning “Beauty” and “Strength”. Thanks to Erik’s presentation we can learn this discipline’s origins, benefits, and the main exercises that Calisthenics athletes can perform (such as the “human flag”!)

Tuesday, 12 May

Today’s virtual event is dedicated to reinforcing our “green” soul: here’s an open discussion about Eco&Sustainability topics. Thanks to an online quiz game, we can test our knowledge regarding plastic pollution and learn many new facts and figures (for instance, that every year about 8 million tons of plastic waste escapes into the oceans from coastal nations). The event is also an opportunity to talk about possible remedies, such as improved waste management systems and recycling, a responsible use of disposable packaging and reduction in manufacturing of single-use plastics.

Friday, 15 May

Our Team has proved to be composed by talented chefs: here’s the second round of our “Cooking Together” event! Following Claudia’s precise instructions, we are ready to prepare our first double-chocolate cheesecakes. The event turns out into an unforgettable experience: there’s always time for fun and laughter beyond ingredients and kitchen tools!

Tuesday, 19 May

The English language plays a crucial role in our international Team. That’s why we decided to dedicate one of our events to improve our language skills. How? With fun, of course: thanks to entertaining videos and an online Pub Quiz game, we can work on our pronunciation and fluency. The one and only rule for this event? Italian banned - English only!

Friday, 21 May

Today we have the opportunity to listen again to Franco’s Mindfulness presentation. Having already explored its basics during last month’s event, this time we raise the bar and start discovering a few mindful practices that we can put into practice in our daily life – especially during these months of smart working, during which a responsible and focused attitude is required. The main lesson we have learnt from today? “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now” (Chinese proverb).


So, here we are now, full of good memories about events that have been able to cheer us up during the lockdown months.

What other opportunities will the Virtual Office offer us? The virtual room is still open and eager to welcome new voices and new faces… New events #comingsoon!

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Byteconf React 2020

Byteconf React 2020

Byteconf React is a 100% free conference with the best React speakers and teachers in the world.

The first edition was launched by Bytesized Code (whose mission is to innovate developer education online) in March of 2018. The conference, which represented a great resource for React developers of all experience levels, was streamed online on Twitch to over 900 people across the world.

Since then, the event has proved to be increasingly successful and highly appreciated by the audience, thanks to its ability to make the global dev community a small village and provide an awesome experience to everyone, in every corner of the world.

Bitrock was present during this year’s edition thanks to Claudia Bressi, brilliant Frontend Developer belonging to our Team, who was one of the official Speakers presenting her React Bandersnatch experiment project.

A great spotlight for Claudia and a source of pride for our whole frontend Team, whose expertise could be shared on one of the major stages for the global dev community.

The conference was streamed on YouTube, for free, so anyone and everyone could attend.

If you want to listen to Claudia's speech again, simply click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCURSlsjnoA

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Life@Bitrock in the Covid-19 Era

Life@Bitrock in the Covid-19 Era

The Covid-19 health emergency has resulted in an inevitable global shutdown with serious consequences on business, investors, supply chains and human resource functions. What started out as limited business disruption, due to the circumscribed number of cases and geographical areas, has soon begun affecting most – if not all – businesses.

At Bitrock we are doing our best to overcome the hard challenges this troubled time is causing.

Thanks to the expertise of our Team, along with the trusting relationship we have built with partners and collaborators over time, we are able to keep on working and delivering, counting on the human and professional value of our employees. Following smart working best practices, we are able to work on our ongoing projects staying at home, thus respecting authorities’ guidelines and our community.


Digital Initiatives for People Empowering

During these weeks of unusual working conditions, we have also tried to give the due importance to social relations. Since an office is where we spend most of our daily time surrounded by co-workers, we’ve decided to give our Team the possibility to keep on interacting in our brand-new Bitrock_VirtualOffice. A free, shared virtual space where we can make small talk, even if we’re all miles away from our usual workplace.

As we strongly believe in the importance of connections, we have also decided to inaugurate online teambuilding events: interactive activities dedicated to a wide array of topics, during which we will have the opportunity to learn new things, have fun and, above all, stay together – even if only virtually speaking.

Effort and dedication are required to everyone during this period. At Bitrock, we are doing our best to meet all client’s expectations and keep on delivering reliable innovation, with due commitment and a resilient attitude.

However challenging circumstances may seem, we’re ready to grow and learn from them.

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Bitrock is silver sponsor of "Codemotion 2018"

Codemotion 2018

Codemotion is a platform devoted to developers that connect IT professionals, tech communities, and IT companies. As we're a hub of innovation, we share the latest tech information and best practices among the tech community worldwide.

We organize:

  • the coolest tech conferences in EMEA: 7 countries, 8 conferences, 570.000 developers!
  • very tech hackathons
  • training for IT professionals
  • school of technology for kids ... and more!

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As Silver Sponsor of Codemotion 2018 (November 29-30 - Milan - Italy) we invite all developers and technology lovers to come and discover our company and meet our Front-end unit to explore relevant Job Opportunities.

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Lambda World 2018

Lambda World 2018

Lambda World is the largest Functional programming event in the country, carefully crafted for you by 47 Degrees and the Scala and Java communities of Spain. The event takes place in Cádiz, one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, and includes Workshops, hands-on experience, hacking, and debugging.

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Our colleagues Andrea Bessi and Alberto Adami will be our representatives in Spain.


Discover the Full Event Agenda at: http://cadiz.lambda.world/schedule/


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Bitrock at "Jenkins World"

Jenkins World 2018

Jenkins World brings together the DevOps community in two locations, providing opportunities to learn, explore, network and help shape the future of DevOps and Jenkins. DevOps World | Jenkins World is designed specifically for IT executives, DevOps practitioners, Jenkins users and partners.

2,500 attendees will attend this year, from all over the globe. They'll get access to 100+ workshops, training opportunities and sessions covering software automation, DevOps culture, performance measurement, security and more.

Bitrock is present with Matteo Gazzetta, Simone Ripamonti, and Andrea Simonini, members of Bitrock's DevOps Team. But not only DevOps are attending... Our Backend Developer Simone Esposito is attending too.


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Nice, France | Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions Nice Acropolis October 22-25

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Our Team at the Event

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Nice, France | Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions Nice Acropolis October 22-25

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Bitrock, Platinum Sponsor at "Technology Infrastructure Summit 2018"

Technology Infrastructure Summit 2018

Addressing the issue of digital transformation often means to focus on the application areas and the business impacts of technologies and digital solutions: performance management, customer experience, the evolution of enterprise business models are just some of the recurring themes under the broader hat of digital transformation.

On the other hand, flexibility, performance, scalability and responsiveness are the elements that are increasingly essential in a modern and digital-ready infrastructure: being able to adapt and face the challenges of the business becomes the founding condition of every IT infrastructure in an overall digital transformation strategy.

Hybrid Cloud architectures, software-defined data centers, edge computing, containers and microservices, serverless technology, infrastructure-as-a-code, robotic process automation (RPA), API-based architectures, new processes of Agile development and integration with IT operations such as DevOps and the new risks related to security are just some of the issues concerning the evolution and planning of the future of the ICT infrastructure of companies.

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On September 20th, Bitrock will be Platinum Sponsor of Technology Infrastructure Summit 2018, where Marco Veronese, our COO, will talk about:

"AGILE ARCHITECTURE & AGILE OPERATIONS" | The evolution of IT architectures towards agile and innovative models - Introducing Microservices, Containers, Open API and DevOps processes.

Invited Speakers:

  • Massimiliano Pianciamore, Head of Distributed Architectures Competence Center, CEFRIEL
  • Mirko De Dominicis, ‎IT Manager, Rewe Group – Penny Market Italia
  • Giovanni Daprà, Co-Founder & CEO, Moneyfarm

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Bitrock at "Scala Italy 2018"

Scala Italy 2018

After sponsoring Scala Days 2018 in Berlin and Scala Days 2018 in NewYork, our commitment to supporting Scala language goes on. Also this year Bitrock will be sponsor at Scala Italy 2018, the Italian Conference on Scala, taking place in Florence, September 14th-15th.

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Scala combines object-oriented and functional programming in one concise, high-level language. Scala's static types help avoid bugs in complex applications, and its JVM and JavaScript runtimes let you build high-performance systems with easy access to huge ecosystems of libraries.

Scala is a pure object-oriented language in the sense that every value is an object. Types and behavior of objects are described by classes and traits. Classes are extended by subclassing and a flexible mixin-based composition mechanism as a clean replacement for multiple inheritance.

Scala is also a functional language in the sense that every function is a value. Scala provides a lightweight syntax for defining anonymous functions, it supports higher-order functions, it allows functions to be nested, and supports currying. Scala’s case classes and its built-in support for pattern matching model algebraic types used in many functional programming languages. Singleton objects provide a convenient way to group functions that aren’t members of a class.

Furthermore, Scala’s notion of pattern matching naturally extends to the processing of XML data with the help of right-ignoring sequence patterns, by way of general extension via extractor objects. In this context, for comprehensions are useful for formulating queries. These features make Scala ideal for developing applications like web services.

Scala is equipped with an expressive type system that enforces statically that abstractions are used in a safe and coherent manner. In particular, the type system supports:

Type inference means the user is not required to annotate code with redundant type information. In combination, these features provide a powerful basis for the safe reuse of programming abstractions and for the type-safe extension of software.

In practice, the development of domain-specific applications often requires domain-specific language extensions. Scala provides a unique combination of language mechanisms that make it easy to smoothly add new language constructs in the form of libraries.

In many cases, this can be done without using meta-programming facilities such as macros. For example,

Scala is designed to interoperate well with the popular Java Runtime Environment (JRE). In particular, the interaction with the mainstream object-oriented Java programming language is as smooth as possible. Newer Java features like SAMs, lambdas, annotations, and generics have direct analogues in Scala.

Those Scala features without Java analogues, such as default and named parameters, compile as close to Java as they can reasonably come. Scala has the same compilation model (separate compilation, dynamic class loading) like Java and allows access to thousands of existing high-quality libraries.

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