A Look Back at Kiwi.com’s Tech Community in 2022

Posted on 17/02/2023, Alena Osipova

Do you know the number for the year 2022 for the code.kiwi.com community? It’s 121. This is how often you could see citizens of Kiwi.com’s Engineering department speaking at a meetup or a conference, mentoring educational projects, writing articles, and more. Kiwis also contributed to the code.kiwi.com blog by writing 10 blog posts and we have published 13 videos with amazing technical content to our code.kiwi.com YouTube channel.

We were present in Brno, Prague, Bratislava, Košice, Barcelona, Belgrade, Budapest, Dublin, Labin, Zagreb, Vienna… and more! Let’s look at the biggest community events and projects in 2022 by code.kiwi.com, which we can group into two groups.

1) Educational projects, hackathons and jams

Last year we organized Python Weekends, Global Travel Jam, Data Day, Cypress Weekend, TechWeek, Mobile Leads Meetup

We organized 4 Python Weekends in 4 locations — Budapest, Brno, Košice and Barcelona and 921 Python developers applied to the project. We welcomed 63 Python Weekend attendees with 23 Kiwi.com mentors spending 10 full work days together with our attendees to learn how to build their own Kiwi.com in the most fun way possible.

Cypress Weekend was the first hackathon of its kind in Czechia and Slovakia region where we challenged our attendees in the testing tool — Cypress. Teams were working on Front End, Back End testing and the Mailosaurus plugin.

2) Tech conferences

Some of the tech conferences were EuroPython 2022 in Dublin, PyCon SK in Bratislava, ML Prague 2022 in Prague, DevRelCon in Prague, SHIFT Conference in Rijeka, Digital Labin Conference, HackKosice hackathon

DevRelCon in Prague was a first in-person DevRelCon after the pandemic where we worked together with Hoopy on the organization of the conference to bring folks from across the world to learn about developer relations, community management, employer branding in tech, and more. Our tech community manager Alena Osipova was a member of the program committee and presented the topic ‘One DevRel hat and 500 devs to wear it’ to tell the story of the internal community of developers at Kiwi.com.

Machine Learning Prague is the biggest ML conference in Europe, and Kiwis ran most likely one of the biggest paper plane contests in the history of tech conferences at their booth. Aidan Francis Gogarty, Senior Data Scientist at Kiwi.com, did an amazing job moderating workshops on Synthetic Data Generation for Computer Vision and Reverse Image Search.

More projects the community was involved with

Apart from organizing, co-organizing and making guest appearances at events, we have helped to co-create several events with our friends from other communities by lending our offices or helping in other ways — great initiatives like Pyladies Bratislava, Cesko.Digital CopyDay, GUGování by GUG.cz, Missing Maps Mapathon by Doctors without borders, local OWASP meetup and the WomenHack event. And that’s not even all of them!

This article is a shorter version and you can read more on our code.kiwi.com blog.