Codette Celebration Day promotes people with passion for technology and entrepreneurship who are excited to share their experience. Presentations include technical topics, personal and professional growth.


March 9th, 2019 
Registration 10.00, presentations & networking 11:00 - 19.00


TechHub, Nicolae Filipescu, no. 39-41, Bucharest


10.00 - 11.00
11.00 - 11.30
Opening Keynote @ Mihaela Găman, Lead Codette & 2NClub
11.30 - 11.45
Special Guest: Deputy Chief of Mission Abigail Rupp, U.S. Embassy in Romania
11.45 - 12.25
Emerging Technologies need diversity @ Małgosia Ratajska-Grandin, CEO, Geek Girls Carrots
12.25 - 13.00
How to overcome imposter syndrome and make better use of your resources @ Andra Zaharia, Freelance Content Marketer
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch & networking
14.00 - 14.30
Web-scale networking in the enterprise hybrid cloud @ Alexandra Huideș, Network Reliability Engineer, Adobe
14.30 - 15.00
How do you build a GoPro? @ Radu Apostoae, Director of Software Engineering, GoPro
15.00 - 15.30
10 surprises from one year in Software Engineering (that they don’t tell you in university) @ Olga Matoula, Software Engineer, Bloomberg
15.30 - 16.00
16.00 - 16.30
Why soft skills are so important in an IT career, Alina Puscasu, Application Development Associate, Accenture
16.30 - 17.30
Panel Entrepreneurship:
Andreia Patroiu, Co-founder, TalentBrowse,
Adriana Dumitrof, Community Manager, TechHub Bucharest,
Alin Claudiu Apostu, Project Manager at Romanian Business Leaders - "I want to be an entrepreneur",
Moderator: Alexandra Anghel, Co-founder & CTO MorphL, Co-founder Codette
17:30 - 17:45
Closing remarks
17.45 - 19.00


  • Mihaela Găman

    Lead Codette & 2NClub

    Mihaela is a Software Engineer and Technical Lead @ Codette. She's the author of the Py@Codette workshops series, 2N Club and the Beautiful Engineering inspirational series. She has taught various age groups, from primary school to college. She believes that sharing knowledge is the basis of creating future experts. Mihaela was featured in Forbes Romania 30 under 30 in 2018. She graduated from the Automatics and Computer Science faculty from the Politehnica University of Bucharest and also has a master degree in Artificial Intelligence. On a personal note, she oscillates between short periods of introspection and calm and marathons chasing a better version of herself.

    Topic: Inspiration and Codette

  • Abigail Rupp

    Deputy Chief of Mission Abigail Rupp, U.S. Embassy in Romania

    Abigail (Abby) Rupp joined the Foreign Service in 1997. A consular-coned officer, she has served overseas in Moldova, Ghana, Russia and Ethiopia, and in Washington in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, the Foreign Service Institute, and the Office of the Deputy Secretary of State. She served as the U.S. Consul General in Florence, Italy from July 2014 to June 2017. Ms Rupp arrived in Bucharest in August 2017, to begin her position of Deputy Chief of Mission.

    Ms. Rupp grew up in Columbia, Maryland and Reston, Virginia. She has a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a master’s degree in Public Policy from George Washington University. She speaks Russian, Romanian, and Italian. She is married to Christopher Misciagno, a Diplomatic Security Special Agent. They have three children.

  • Małgosia Ratajska-Grandin

    CEO, Geek Girls Carrots

    Małgosia Ratajska-Grandin is a President of Geek Girls Carrots, which has the main mission to attract women to tech. Carrots Foundation operates since 2011 and so far has done educational projects in 33 cities in Europe, Asia and North America. Małgosia co-founded a mobile health startup Yagram Health. In 2017 she was rewarded with the "Innovator under 35" title by MIT Technology Review for the mobile app dedicated to mums-to-be. In 2018 she participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program, U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program targeted at current and emerging leaders. She received her M.A. in Political Sciences from Warsaw University, she studied at Sciences Po Paris and received a French Government fellowship for her second Master at Université Panthéon-Sorbonne. Małgosia is a mother of two wonderful girls Zofia and Julia.

    Topic: Emerging Technologies need diversity

  • Andra Zaharia

    Freelance Content Marketer

    Andra Zaharia is a content marketing specialist and creator of the "How do you know?" podcast, focused on helping listeners improve the way they make important decisions for their lives and careers.

    Topic: How to overcome imposter syndrome and make better use of your resources

    Get practical tips to overcome your fears about your abilities and know-how so you can better focus on building towards results and earning valuable experience.

  • Alexandra Huideș

    Network Reliability Engineer, Adobe

    Alexandra is a passionate network engineer. Understanding what a cloud provider-grade infrastructure means, she joined Adobe with the goal of actively contributing to the growth and scale of the network services, focusing on both Private and Public Clouds.

    Topic: Web-scale networking in the enterprise hybrid cloud

    How to achieve modular, intelligent and scalable network architectures in a world where the boundaries between private and public clouds are becoming foggy.

  • Radu Apostoae

    Director Software Engineering, GoPro

    Radu is a software engineer with more than 13 years of experience in the IT industry. He started his career as a C/C++ engineer for a financial software product and was in the meantime project manager, manager, part-time entrepreneur in web hosting, e-commerce, gaming and online travel booking. Since last year Radu has been leading the GoPro office in Bucharest.

    Topic: How do you build a GoPro?

    We'll discuss about how GoPro Hero 7 Black came to life – from a simple camera strapped to the wrist to 4K, HyperSmooth, TimeWarp and machine learning. None of these would exist though without the people who built them, so we'll get to know some of the people who made all this possible.

  • Olga Matoula

    Software Engineer, Bloomberg

    Olga Matoula was born in Thessaloniki, Greece and studied Electrical & Computer Engineering at Democritus University of Thrace. During her Master’s in 3D Graphics, she became a co-founder of ‘Code it Like a Girl’, an award-winning social enterprise that taught basic coding skills to more than 250 women and girls in Greece. After undertaking internship and graduate roles at Microsoft in Greece and the UK respectively, she has found a home in London, where she works as a Software Engineer on the Collaboration team at Bloomberg.

    Topic: 10 surprises from one year in Software Engineering (that they don’t tell you in university)

  • Alina Puscașu

    Application Development Associate, Accenture

    Alina has a background in IT and Psychology studies and, after more than two years of working in the Technology Recruitment team at Accenture, she decided to pursue a career as a Software Developer at the same company. Wondering how she came to this decision, how was her transition from a career in Tech Recruitment to a career in Tech? Find out more in her keynote.

    Topic: Why soft skills are so important in an IT career

    A career in IT is actually a mix of both tech and soft skills, combined. Join Alina in a discussion about courage in changing your career 'direction' and how keeping a positive mindset, while using your studies and work as a CV asset background can help you in your career in IT.

  • Alexandra Anghel

    Co-founder & CTO, Appticles
    Co-founder Codette

    Alexandra is co-founder at Codette, co-founder and CTO at MorphL, a platform that uses Machine Learning and BigData to predict users behaviours in digital products and services, and co-founder at Appticles, a platform for creating Progressive Web Apps. She has a technical background and before starting Appticles, she owned an outsourcing company. She likes to get involved in various activities encouraging women to choose a career in Computer Science. She's an alumni of two business accelerators - Startupbootcamp in Copenhagen and Prosper Women Entrepreneurs in the U.S.

    Panel: Entrepreneurship

  • Andreia Patroiu

    Chief Make it Happen,

    Andreia is co-founder at, the fastest IT recruiting platform. As her third entrepreneurial endeavor, Andreia has created a solution for two of the most stringent problems in IT recruiting: the lack of suitable candidates and the long recruiting process. She's passionate about technology and loves reading about data analytics and human behaviors trends.

    Panel: Entrepreneurship

  • Adriana Dumitrof

    Community Manager, TechHub Bucharest

    Adriana draws her inspiration from people who believe in their ideas and engineer them into reality. Starting as a participant in some startup related programs, she loved this environment so much that she never left. Startup related events and programs, resident management, logistics, she's done them all, currently being the Community Manager at TechHub Bucharest. In her spare time, she doesn't miss any concert in town, she loves reading, running and she’s a declared coffee lover.

    Panel: Entrepreneurship

  • Alin Claudiu Apostu

    Project Manager at Romanian Business Leaders - "I want to be an entrepreneur"

    Alin-Claudiu Apostu is a multipotentialite serving the global community in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation. Entrepreneur and investor at heart, he strongly belives in a happy and sustainable world. He coodinates a national program in Romania called „I want to be an entrepreneur” which aims to promote the entrepreneurial mindset among young people and create local communities of young entrepreneurs. Recently he started another program on top of „I want to be an entrepreneur” which aims to help companies innovate with the help of youngsters. He is Vice-Curator of the Global Shapers Bucharest Hub (an initiative of World Economic Forum), a network of hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a difference in their communities.

    Previously he has launched and managed a pre-acceleration program for startups which have a social component in their business, he has worked for Hewlett-Packard as a Project Owner and Content Admin and worked in Ensight Management Consulting.

    Panel: Entrepreneurship


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