Nokia Kraków

FPGA Conference and Hackathon 2021

On 19-21 November, the second edition of the FPGA Conference and Hackathon took place. Participants had the opportunity to listen to as many as 7 lectures on the technology of FPGAs. The speakers were specialists working with this technology in companies such as Nokia, Siemens, Aldec and MathWorks. The conference gathered 158 participants.
In addition to theoretical knowledge, participants had the opportunity to test their practical skills during a 24-hour hackathon. During the first edition we managed to colonise Mars. This year we were continuing mission in space. Our colony grew very fast and a new economy started to develop, with people working in different professions. Traditional money proved to be impractical, so our community decided to create their own cryptocurrency, NokiaCoin. The hackathon participants were tasked with implementing an FPGA engine to mine it. 3 teams managed to complete it: SeCom Team, who took first place, MofuMofu (second place) and CMOS Squad (third place). Congratulations to the winners and invite we invite you all to take part in the next edition!
The event was very successful in Poland and worldwide. 72 people from 12 countries and 4 continents took part in the hackathon.

Strong Women in It in 2021 – Global Edition

We are very proud to announce that our colleagues have been recognised as women leaders in the Strong Women in It in 2021 – Global Edition report. Congratulations Ewa Marchewka and Danuta Kowalczyk, well deserved!

In the report you will find:

  • statistics on female contribution to the new technology sector
  • list of 200 Strong Women 2021
  • expert comments by members of the jury
  • books, podcasts, films and series recommended by Strong Women in IT

The aim of the Strong Women in IT report is to show how important it is to promote and educate society about who those hardworking and ambitious women are. In this edition, women from all over the world were invited to take part in the report.

Download the full report here: https://strongwomeninit.com/

Employee Volunteering in St. Lazaruz Hospice in Cracow

On Friday, 8 October we visited St Lazarus Hospice in Krakow as part of employee volunteering. For a few hours we cleaned the garden and the area around the building. It was time well spent and a chance to help those in need. 

We hope that both residents and employees will enjoy their time there!

Nokia Academy!

Emotions from the previous editions not subsided yet, and today we invite you to the next one!

Important informations:
1. the course starts on 1.10, will end on 15.12
2. this time we meet in the afternoons: Monday to Friday from 16:30 – 18:30
3. academy profile:  C++ programming
4. we are waiting for applications till 19.09!

What we require from a participant: 

 – at least basic knowledge of C/C++ programming is required; knowledge of: Linux, telecommunication, issues in the area of mathematics and algorithmics, completed courses and training in C/C++ will be a plus for the candidate,

The condition to participate in the training is having your own computer. It is also necessary to have at least secondary education and the ability to communicate freely in English and Polish.

What we offer:

– Intensive training cycle in C/C++ programming,
– two months of remote lectures,
– supervision of qualified trainers who are also practitioners,
– original training program,
– employment offers for the best.

Nokia Academy – registration is open!

If you couldn’t wait for the next edition of Nokia Academy, now is the time. Here’s all the information and details on how to sign up!

Nokia Academy in a nutshell:

– This year’s edition of Nokia Academy is a series of free training courses in C/C++ programming. It consists of 9 weekends filled with remote lectures and practical classes,

– The meetings take place on weekends, from 3 July to 28 August,

– Registration lasts until 21.06, you can sign up through the website: Nokia Academy – C/C++ Developer – Nokia Careers

A detailed schedule will be announced in the coming days. 

What we require from a participant:

 – at least basic knowledge of C/C++ programming is required; knowledge of: Linux, telecommunication, issues in the area of mathematics and algorithmics, completed courses and training in C/C++ will be a plus for the candidate,

The condition to participate in the training is having your own computer. It is also necessary to have at least secondary education and the ability to communicate freely in English and Polish.

What we offer:

– Intensive training cycle in C/C++ programming,

– 9 weekends of remote lectures and practical classes,

– supervision of qualified trainers who are also practitioners,

– original training program,

– employment offers for the best.

How does Nokia support working mothers?

Balancing motherhood and work can be difficult, but it is possible. The support of the employer is a key factor. Ensuring flexibility, understanding and empathy are also important.

Meet three mums working at Nokia’s Technology Centre in Kraków. See what challenges they face on a daily basis, what their comeback to work after maternity leave was like and what facilities Nokia provides for mothers.

Meet Natalia, who changed the profession during a pandemic, being a mom of two.

I am a mum of two. I have changed my career and got a job at Nokia after graduating from the Nokia Academy. 

During Academy, I had to combine my studies with regular work and home duties. The first thing that surprised me the most among the many benefits was the flexibility I had never experienced before. I can decide what time to start work. I work remotely, which helped a lot during the pandemic. 

When the nurseries closed and I decided to take on childcare, I was met with incredible understanding from the team. I also never had a problem leaving work when I needed to go to the doctor with my child. I get along very well with my colleagues in the team and I think this is key to working well and calmly. When needed, we share tasks. There have been times when I have worked with my daughter on my lap (and accidentally switched on the microphone in a meeting), or in the late afternoon listening to an overdue training session while picking up my son from nursery school. 

As a working mum of two young children, I have difficult moments and various unexpected situations occur. So far, all have been solved with the full support of my employer. Nokia understands the needs of children and working parents not only in official documents. The support can be seen in daily work and the mindset of co-workers.

Meet Ania, who went from being a programmer to leading a team of programmers.

I have come back to work after a more than three-year career break. 

When I came back, as a mother of two, I was assigned to a new project, which required a complete change in the way I worked and how I organized my work. Moreover, the new project required me to be further educated in the new C++ standard and the new functionalities in the LTE standard. 

I received support from a mentor to familiarize me with the project. As an experienced employee I was able to work from home when needed. As a mum I did not have to take overtime when the need came up in the project. If I wanted to support the team with extra work I could do it at a time and place that was comfortable for me. 

Due to big changes in my life, a desire to consciously raise my children and establish a healthy relationship with them, I have extended my interests to interpersonal communication and soft skills development. As a result, with the support of my manager, I have decided to change my career path, in which I could use both new and old skills. I went from being a programmer to leading a team of programmers.

Meet Ewa, who returned to her former duties straight after maternity leave

I have worked at Nokia for over six years and during that time I have given birth to both of my daughters.

Every time I went on maternity leave, I was stressed that when I came back nothing would be as it was before my leave. And I was completely wrong! After the birth of my first daughter and my return to work, I had a new Team Leader whom I had not known before. The support and trust from the manager and director of our center helped me a lot. I was given big projects, which made me feel that I was still doing a good job and that I was appreciated. 

After my second pregnancy it was much easier, even though I returned to a new reality – remote work. I was given a big project again and basically went right back to my pre-leave duties. 

The big plus of working at Nokia is that managers listen to the needs of employees. When I came back, I had a lot of conversations about what I wanted to do and I was actually assigned such responsibilities. With two children, I really appreciate the flexibility of work. There is no problem if I need to leave during the day or finish work earlier.

Test Dive Conference 2021

This year’s edition of one of the largest testing conferences in Poland will take place on October 21st!

For the fifth time, people who are close to the topics of testing, automation, security, Agile, IoT, DevOps and Machine Learning will meet in the only place. Just like last year, the meeting will be held online.

The main reason we chose to launch the Test Dive Conference was to give space to test enthusiasts from a wide variety of backgrounds, both academic and business. Such meetings provide space for discussion and, importantly, exchange of experiences.

We encourage you to follow our Social Media, where you will find up-to-date information on the preparations: