04.03.2020

The First Bulgarian Career Platform for the Game Industry Goes Live

 

GAMEHIRED launches its career board to help creative professionals, who want to make games for a living, land their dream job.

GAMEHIRED announced the official kick-off of its career website for game creators, which has been in development for over a year, with the clear goal of improving the current hiring experience for all parties. 

GAMEHIRED’s platform makes decision-making easy by giving candidates detailed information about job opportunities, courses and the game studios and academies behind them. It also delivers industry insights and actionable advice to help its users improve their skill set. Georgi Mihaylov, GAMEHIRED’s CEO, said: “We want to help the people, who make the lives of billions more enjoyable, by giving them the necessary tools to find an exciting way of life, not just another job.”

The platform’s intended audience are game developers, 2D and 3D artists, engineers, testers, producers, e-sports professionals and students in the field of game design. It also helps game studios and higher education institutions to stand out and attract exceptional talent by showcasing their unique traits, culture, games, teams, perks, way of teaching, curriculum and many more.

The Platform’s product roadmap for 2020 includes the possibility to participate in online classes on digital art and game development.

All those who want to make their first steps in the industry, begin an interesting game design course or pursue their dream job, can do so by registering at gamehired.com.

04.03.2020

Expected Worldwide Spending on Smart City Initiatives in 2020  

 

The world will put nearly $124 billion into smart urban solutions in 2020, according to a recent analysis by the international consulting firm International Data Corporation (IDC). Thus, global costs for smart city initiatives will increase by nearly 20% compared to 2019.

Singapore is expected to remain the leader, followed by Tokyo, New York and London. According to the analysis, the top 100 cities in terms of costs account for nearly 30% of global spending. The prognosis that leading cities will continue to sustain growth in the short term is interesting, but overall the market is comprised of medium and small cities, which are also investing, albeit in relatively smaller projects.

The report looks at data on investment in smart solutions across 200 cities. About 80 of them invest more than $100 million a year. At the same time, around 70% of the opportunity lies within cities that are spending $1 million or less per year. There are great opportunities for solutions that draw on the experience of large projects and then adapt them in order to create affordable initiatives for small and medium-sized cities, the report’s authors comment.

Last year, one-third of the use cases were related to sustainable energy and infrastructure. Data-driven public safety and smart transportation accounted for 18% and 14% of total costs, respectively. The largest share of investment was attracted by smart grids. 

Activities such as CCTV, public transport and intelligent traffic management demonstrate the greatest potential. The fastest growth of costs over the next five years is expected in the area of the so-called vehicle to everything (V2X) – the communication of vehicles with infrastructure, as well as in digital twins (digital copies of physical objects) and officer wearable devices. 

By 2023, global spending on smart cities initiatives is expected to reach $ 189.5 billion, with the United States, Western Europe and China holding a 70% share.

03.03.2020

Sofia and Bulgaria in the Rankings

 

Sofia is in the top 3 cities in the category European Cities and Regions of the Future 2020/2021 for the strategy for attracting foreign investment in fDi intelligence’s report European cities and regions of the future 2020-2021. The capital is in top positions in another 4 categories:

  • 3rd in the category European City of the Future 2020/21 – Cost Effectiveness
  • 6th in the category East-European Regions of the Future 2020/21
  • 9th in the category East-European Regions of the Future 2020/21 
  • Sofia Region is ranked 9th in the category Small European Regions of the Future 2020/21 – Cost Effectiveness

At an official ceremony in the middle of March in Cannes Sofia will receive a certificate for its good positions in the ratings. You can read more on the topic and find a link to the full article here.

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Sofia remains the most economically developed region in the country with GDP per capita which is twice the average for the country (28 465 leva per capita compared to 13 206 per capita leva in the country). There is a drop in unemployment to 2,1%, and the employment rate reaches 74,6% which sets a record for both the capital and country. The data is taken from the latest survey “Regional Profiles: Measurements for Development” of the Institute for Market Economics. 

The educational structure of the workforce has continued to improve in the last years. The share of people with higher education in the 25-64 age group is 51% (compared to 28% in the country).

The number of enterprises in the capital continues to grow steadily for a fifth consecutive year and has reached 88 per thousand people. Sofia also remains the region with the highest volume of output per capita. 

Sofia attracts the highest number of FDI per capita. Foreign investments in the city are three times higher than in the country – 9 226 euro per capita compared to 3 310 euro per capita. The industry is characterized by high quality, especially in terms of access to high-speed internet. 

Compared to the rest of the country, the city maintains relatively high local taxes, especially in retail and taxi services. Due to the high workload of the Sofia Court (the busiest in the country), Sofia has a relatively slow administration of justice process but remains among the regions with the highest ratings of transparency of the local self-government, the

03.03.2020

Vladimir Danailov Presented BAIT’s Award for Most Successful Bulgarian ICT Project

 

 

The Deputy Mayor of Sofia for Digital Transformation, Innovation and Economic Development, Mr. Vladimir Danailov, presented the award in the Successful Bulgarian ICT Project/Service category at the 9th Annual Awards of the Bulgarian Association of Information Technologies (BAIT) to individuals and companies with contribution to the development of the information and communication technologies in Bulgaria. The award went to Transmetrics for their solution for forecasting and optimizing the logistics processes, based on AI algorithms. 

As a Deputy Mayor and Representative of the city, I am well aware of the great importance of the city’s role as an incentive for the ecosystem of innovation. Sofia, as the 14th city in Europe, can make a contribution and be a real product destination. Our main priority is Sofia to act as a platform and incentive for the local companies and their innovations. We would like the city to be their ground for creating and validating decisions, as well as a place from where they can start their world expansion. This is why Sofia Municipality will work even more intensively with the local technology companies and startups, Vladimir Danailov said while presenting the award. 

This category received the greatest number of applications – a total of 23, and the companies that reached the final phase were ERP.bg with their cooperation program ERP.net Partnership Program and LogiSoft with their modular management system for intralogistics complexes.

Prizes were also awarded in another 6 categories – Education, Youth Award, Journalistic Contribution, Public Administration, STARTUP company, and Successful ICT Project Benefitting the Bulgarian Economy. You can see all the finalists here

This year the number of submitted applications was over 100. The jury awarded the team of the teachers of TUES, part of Technical University-Sofia, for their special contributions to the technological ecosystem. The prize was awarded by the patron of the initiative – the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr. Rumen Radev. 

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