Event Recap: Disruptive Technologies & The Future of Work

The world of work is evolving faster than anyone can fully comprehend. That’s why we have embarked on a series of events that focus on the most influential, viral, cutting edge technologies and their global impact. Motion Software recently hosted an event in Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second-largest city, following successful events in Sofia and Bansko. The event centered around “The Impact of Disruptive Technologies on the Future of Work”.

The topic of today

Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning,VR, and automation are already generating significant benefits for employees, businesses, and economies, lifting productivity and economic growth. However, at the same time, there is a widespread fear that automation will displace and replace humans in the workplace and in other domains of control. To what extent disruptive technologies will change the workplace depends on how fast these technologies are adopted, the trends of global economic growth, and the increase in demand for work.

We believe that modern technologies can bring people closer together – hence why we held an event open to everyone, including representatives of a wide range of regional businesses as well as members of the local tech community.  

plovdiv tech conference

The Speakers

Remaining true to tradition, we’ve invited some of the brightest minds in the tech world.

Greta Stefanova

First on stage was Greta Stefanova – Co-founder & CEO of WHISP. An architect by profession and business executive by vocation, Greta builds an innovative product that solves bureaucratic and healthcare issues for expats. The topic of her presentation was “Can global talent relocation get simpler with new technologies?”. 

Through her experience with slow and inefficient state administrations she illustrated how technologies can save not only time and effort, but also lives. She painted a more informative picture of the issues surrounding the huge gap between technological developments and unreformed and jaded state structures and their processes. 

greta stefanova

Andrey Bankovski

Our second guest speaker was Andrey Bankovski who is the Commercial Director of Payhawk – the first ever Bulgarian unicorn company. His topic was “Fintech and the future of work: How automating financial and accounting processes leads to employee empowerment”. 

His presentation focused on the struggles financial teams face when having to manage corporate cards, payments, expenses, and out-of-pocket cash with multiple disconnected systems and manual processes, and how Payhawk comes to the rescue with a single integrated solution that helps companies automate processes and stay in control. The talk continued with a forecast of how our work responsibilities will change in the coming years in terms of finance and accounting, as well as how this will impact business leaders and our approaches to empowerment.

andrey bankovski

Alexander Karabiberov and Strahil Radovski

After a short 10-minute break, it was time for the evening’s most interactive presentation. Alexandar Karabiberov (IT Service Delivery Manager) and Strahil Radovski (CEO of Addit.tech) opened the discussion on “The most needed soft skills in the 4th Industrial Revolution”. 

alexander karabiberov strahil radovski

Following their inspiring dialogue, all attendees were invited to participate in a game designed to put everyone’s teamwork skills to the test. Three teams of 5 members each were to build a tower made of cups by only lifting the lowest row and placing a new row with an extra cup below it. Here’s how it went:

the game

The afterparty

The second half of the event included an informal networking, featuring refreshments and a special performance by DJ Fukko. We were also visited by Economy.bg who covered the event through a video report and a series of interviews.

the interviews

A special shout out to our wonderful hosts at Networking Premium Plovdiv who helped us organize this event. And, of course, a huge thank you to all speakers and everyone who attended this event and participated in the discussions. Looking forward to seeing you again at our future events!

Up next – Motion Software’s Community Manager, Lubomira Stoynova takes her role as a remote work advocate to a whole new level by hosting an online event at the Remote-First Institute on May 10th at 6PM EET. 

plovdiv event recap


Motion Software starts operating under the name of its parent company Exadel, taking effect on July 15th.

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