Dublin Web Summit: From Code Review Apps to Standing Desks

Originally published at: http://www.sitepoint.com/dublin-web-summit-automated-code-review-standing-desks/

Towards the end of 2014 I was lucky enough to get hold of press passes for the Dublin Web Summit held at the beginning of November. The event is billed as being “one of the world’s most influential and international tech events” and I can tell you, it was certainly huge, with an awful lot going on. With 26,000 people attending, thousands of exhibitors and hundreds of speakers, it’s not an event in which you can see everything. I learned quickly that it’s an event that should be planned out like a military operation if you want to cover a lot. The event provided a great insight into what we can expect to see popping up in the tech industry into 2015 and beyond.

For exhibitors, you could just say startups, as this is what the majority of them were and they were there to pitch their ideas to major investors. This was done via the PITCH competition, sponsored by Coca Cola and there were two categories: ALPHA and BETA. The reason that I believe SitePoint readers will be very interested in this, and the event as a whole, is for the simple reason that a lot of what we saw was development orientated.

PITCH Competition Winners

For example, the winners of the BETA award were Portuguese company Codacy, who pitched their startup product, which:

operates a platform of code patterns designed to complement unit tests, seeking to make software development more efficient by living in the code reality.

Essentially this means that the product is an automated code review app which is designed to complement your unit tests and make your life easier. It suggests how code can be improved upon as you work through a project.

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