Blog: Full House at The Shard

Book it and they will come!   That was our plan and that is exactly what happened!

Over 50 IT Leaders including some UK household names attended the Godel IT Leaders Event at The Shard, London which saw two superb speakers, Kevin Goldsmith, Director of Software Engineering at Spotify and Stuart Hughes, CTO at LateRooms.com cover the hottest topic in IT; Recruiting, Retaining and Empowering Talent.

After a sleepless night, it was soon 6.30am and the Godel team found themselves standing on the 69th Floor of The Shard looking down on the buzz of London city and beyond.  Work began early with the Godel team working together with teams from The Shard and The London Kitchen. With the room soon starting to take shape, we were ready to open the doors for our first thought leadership event.

Guests arrived quickly following registration and with all attendees sat in position Neil Turvin, CEO of Godel took to the front to introduce the agenda and explained the reasons why Godel had organised the event. Covering the subject of Talent and explaining about the high quality and quantity of software development talent in Belarus and the Education system, which underpins this.

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Our last blog post – High hooooooo detailed one of the ways in which staff at Godel are empowered to optimise their skills outside of the computer screens.  Software developers are becoming the new footballers – with development and quality assurance talent in high demand but short in availability, they now have the opportunity to choose their employer and companies are now competing against each other to demonstrate their unique benefits and reasons as to why they should choose to join their company.

But as Stuart Hughes, Alastair Brown at Laterooms.com, along with Kevin Goldsmith from Spotify explained, before empowering your team you need to ensure that you are hiring the right people. Not just the right person for the job, it should be a person with the right culture fit for the organisation.

Stuart Hughes explained to the delegates that the culture in the IT department is different to other parts of his organisation.  The importance of culture was echoed by Kevin Goldsmith at Spotify, who explained that when the music streaming service hires talent, a “culture interview”, is the most important part of the hiring process.

The topic at the event became Computing magazine’s Number 1 news story of the week, with the speakers quoted by Computing as always looking to “hire IT staff on personality over their skills.”
http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/analysis/2371498/the-cutting-edge-firms-that-hire-it-staff-on-personality-over-skills

Of course, everyone boasts that their events were big successes and we aren’t going to be any different. With delegates flying in from all over the UK and Europe to attend the event, some of the feedback was excellent –
“Congratulations on such a great event. Very informative and gave me something to think about.”
“An enjoyable event, the venue was fantastic and the speakers were excellent.”
“The most positive and impactful event that I have ever attended”

Godel are recognised in the industry as the go-to partner for software development, we are confident that this event has showcased our passion for wanting to be thought leaders in the industry.

From Left to Right; Kevin Goldsmith, Neil Turvin, Alastair Brown and Stuart Hughes