Born May 8, 1974 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Co-founder of OPENINTEGRA, entrepreneur and famous Bulgarian blogger, technical writer and visionary. He wrote his first bit of software when he was nine, and though strange as it may seem against his age he has been part of the industry for more than a quarter of a century now. He graduated from Plovdiv Exemplary Mathematical Secondary School in 1992 with subject Mathematics and Sofia Technical University in 1997 with Master’s degree of Telecommunications.
He started his enterprise career as System manager at Unicredit (ex-Hebrosbank) and also worked three years for Siemens and eight years for IBM.
His experience with the hi-tech giants and clients like Coca Cola HBC, Mobiltel, Bulgarian Telecommunication Company (now Vivacom), DSK bank, First Investment Bank, Raiffeisen Bank, Societe Generale, Telerik and many others have given him tremendous strategic, technical and industry insight as well as unparalleled knowledge and understanding of the whole IT industry.
He is founder and chairman of Open Projects Foundation and ex-member of Free Software Association – Bulgaria management board and the Bulgarian President’s Nominee Committee for the John Atanasoff Award. He is the father of the biggest Bulgarian open source and free software conference – Openfest. Being heavy open source and free culture believer and technology evangelist, he is an author of uncountable publications and papers. In 2004 PC Magazine Bulgaria has awarded him as IT Person of the Year for his open source and innovative initiatives.
Photography is his passion and hobby as he is also professional freelance photographer in his spare time. He also lives on the Internet at least half of his life. More: http://yovko.net