What we're about

This community is a breeding ground for lots of cool events involving software engineering. It is open to all people who are passionate about development and strongly believe in mastering the craft of software. Your experience level can be that of a level 1 front end ninja to that of a level 80 embedded software magician. Everybody who believes their craft is something to be proud of and something worth mastering and sharing is welcome to join our ranks.

These are some of the basic principles we believe in as software crafters:

Not only working software, but also well-crafted software
Not only responding to change, but also steadily adding value
Not only individuals and interactions, but also a community of professionals
Not only customer collaboration, but also productive partnerships

This community is fully (programming) language agnostic and will hosts events in whatever (programming) language is relevant for the people joining the event. In the past this has mostly happened in English and Dutch.

Upcoming events (3)

SoCraTes Open Space: Leuven!

De Hoorn

This is our software craftsmanship open space Leuven to discuss software, technology, practices, methods or whatever else you feel like.

If you're using some new technology you think others would be interested in, if you've got a design or some code you'd like to discuss, if you'd like to discuss a specific practice, a problem you are having at work or you'd simply like to see what others have got to say - come along and join in the debate.

How does it work?

We ask people to suggest topics for the discussion. After the topics are suggested, we put up a market place for the rest of the evening, running several 30 minute sessions in parallel so that everyone can choose which session they want to participate in. You have full control of what you want to discuss with the group.

This is an informal session, you don't need any particular experience and you don't need to have suggestions for topics - just bring yourself, an open mind and your opinions.

The first 15-20 minutes will be devoted to lightning talks. So if you've got a cool demo, some new technology or just something you think the group might find interesting, controversial or just plain funny, bring it along and share with the group! Don't worry if you've never given a lightning talk before - this is a great opportunity to give a talk in a friendly environment. We'll have a projector and a whiteboard and all talks are restricted to no more than five minutes.

There will be food and drinks sponsored by our host Mindwave - https://mindwave.com/.
MindWave is not an ordinary player in IT consultancy. The founders of MindWave felt that there should be an alternative for traditional companies (where investors are in charge), and at the same time, for solo freelancing where you usually lack the strength of a team/company brand. That's why they came up with a completely new way of working, by organizing IT consultancy in the form of a recognized, cooperative company.

A cooperative company means:

  1. Shares are held only by MindWavers (both employees and freelancers) with no liability
  2. Profit is distributed among everyone who works for MindWave according to a pro-rata points system
  3. Everyone has the same say in the company (>< traditional companies)

MindWave brings IT experts together and aims to have as many direct contracts as possible with large customers, customers at which you as a solo-IT consultant wouldn't be able to do a project without a middleman.
In our way of working, you can get the most out of your status without losing your independence. You enjoy group benefits, have a diverse team of seasoned experts to spar with, and enjoy team building activities. You become part of a network that together looks for the most interesting and challenging projects for you. Still considering whether to start your own company? MindWave also provides support for IT consultants that need help starting up as a freelancer.

MindWave is growing very fast and mainly focuses on senior developers, architects and project management profiles (also scrum masters, agile coaches, ...).

The event will take place in the De Hoorn in Leuven (https://www.dehoorn.eu/nl). Parking is available at Parking De Vaartkom. Don't forget your Covid Safe Ticket!

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SoCraTes Open Space: Kortrijk!

Residentie De Kien

This community is a place for discussing everything software engineering related.
It is for everybody who follows the path of self improvement and tries to be the best he can.

You are welcome no matter how experienced you are.
Because software craftsmanship is about learning from each other, taking responsibility for your work and being proud of what you do no matter who you are or how experienced you are.
Socrates meetups are about having fun, interesting discussions and sharing knowledge.

The meetings are held in open space format which means the agenda of the meeting is created the evening itself. Nobody is obliged to suggest a topic but we do hope that you'll be an active member because that is what makes the open space format shine!

How does it work?
The first 15-20 minutes will be devoted to lightning talks. So if you've got a cool demo, some new technology or just something you think the group might find interesting, controversial or just plain funny, bring it along and share with the group!

Don't worry if you've never given a lightning talk before - this is a great opportunity to exercise talking in a friendly environment. We have a projector you can use. All lightning talks are restricted to no more than five minutes (It is a lightning talk after all).

After the lightning talks we create the agenda for the evening.
We ask people to suggest topics for the discussion. After the topics are suggested, we put up a so called market place for the rest of the evening. They'll be several 30 minute sessions in parallel and everyone can choose which session they want to participate in.

You have full control of what you want to discuss with the group.
Still not clear ? Don't worry, you'll see soon enough how it goes!

Food:
At walking distance from de Kien you have:
Domino's pizza (https://www.dominos.be/nl/winkel/be-kortrijkmeensesteenweg-31252)
and also Pitta Bodrum (Noordstraat 42, 8500 Kortrijk)

Doors: 18h
Starts: 19h

Parking:
There is a parking with barrier. But you can ride up (and off ;), push the red button when riding out).

SoCraTes Open Space: Gent!

Conundra

This community is a place for discussing everything software engineering related. It is for everybody who follows the path of self-improvement and tries to be the best they can be.

We welcome software crafters of all experience levels and technology fields. We strongly believe that software craftsmanship is about learning from each other, taking responsibility for your work and being proud of what you do no matter who you are or how experienced you are. SoCraTes meetups are about having fun, interesting discussions and sharing knowledge.

The meetings are held in open space format which means the agenda of the meeting is created on the evening itself. Nobody is obliged to suggest a topic but we do hope that you'll be an active member because that is what makes the open space format shine!

How does it work?
The first 15-20 minutes will be devoted to lightning talks. So if you've got a cool demo, some new technology or just something you think the group might find interesting, controversial or just plain funny, bring it along and share it with the group!

Don't worry if you've never given a lightning talk before - this is a great opportunity to exercise public speaking in a welcoming and friendly environment. We have a projector you can use. All lightning talks are restricted to a maximum of five minutes (It is a lightning talk after all).

After the lightning talks, we co-create the agenda for the evening. Anyone can suggest topics for the evening. These topics could be focused on different things:
- sharing your experience
- asking for help about a specific challenge you are facing
- discovering something new together
- a group discussion about a specific topic
- or anything else you can come up with
You don't need to prepare your topic in advance but can do so if you feel like it.

After each topic is presented shortly, we post it up on a marketplace of topics. Afterwards, we collectively choose which topics to put on the actual agenda and at what time. Typically there'll be several 30-minute sessions in parallel and everyone can choose which session they want to participate in.

You have full control of what you want to discuss with the group.
Still not clear? Don't worry, just join in and you'll see soon enough how it goes for real!

Food:
Pizza will be sponsored by the generous people of Triple-D

Doors: 18h
Starts: 19h

Past events (154)

SoCraTes Open Space: Remote!

Shackleton's Hut

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