Europe’s #1 Tech Recruitment Festival Comes to Budapest

Interview

The Budapest Business Journal talks with László Személyi, the CEO of Future-Now, and strategic production partner, Tech Jobs Fair Budapest about bringing the continent's biggest tech recruitment festival to the Hungarian capital.

BBJ: When was the first Tech Jobs Fair held, how did the fairs evolve, and what was the main reason behind the decision of making one in Hungary?

L.Sz.: The first-ever Tech Jobs Fair (TJF) was in Berlin in 2017. Since then it became the leading fair in Europe in the tech sector, this year 16 fairs are held, 4 of them even on other continents. Future-Now as Strategic Production Partner is going to bring this event to Budapest for the first time on 3rd November 2022. This is a great opportunity: Tech Jobs Fair brand reaches millions of people, connects over 1,000 exhibitors and partners, and has won twice in a row the German Business Awards as „Tech Event of the Year”. For more info and registration please visit our website.

TJF was founded by German businessman Ashok Dudhat, who came from India and his life goal is to cure what we call structural unemployment: i.e. to find the missing professionals from the tech sector. Not only from local but also from global space as he himself lives as an expat.

BBJ: How can a fair such as this help Hungary with the so-called “brain drain” problem?

L.Sz.: The focus of Tech Jobs Fair is on current jobseekers and people looking for a change, their satisfaction is of prime importance. We provide opportunities for them for career development, talks on the future of the sector, and connections between people who have spent decades in tech and others who only entered a year or two. Such opportunities are presented by several foreign recruitment platforms which result in easier brain drain, thus it is of utmost importance that we show up what is available in Budapest and the region.

There are several Community Partners who stepped up to support us in this goal: ICT Association of Hungary, ABSL, CED, Mensa HungarIQa, Obuda University, National Association of Innovative Clusters, ArchEnerg Cluster, and Tech in the City. Naturally, this is a common goal with our exhibitors who are eager to strengthen their team with creative or deeply technical people.

BBJ: How can exhibiting at the fair help companies?

L.Sz.: Our services concentrate not only on the day of the job fair, but the previous and even the following period as well. Though Budapest TJF will be an in-person event with booths and a stage for talks, there are a vast variety of opportunities for online advertisement and building brand awareness, and TJF reaches the job market of 15 other countries, which is unmatched by our local competitor events.

Main language of TJF is English which also brings extra registrations as there is a considerable community of expats working in the tech sector in Budapest, meanwhile we aim to attract people to Hungary from other countries as well. We are looking forward to welcoming 1,000-1,500 tech professionals throughout the day.

László Személyi

BBJ: In terms of attendees, who is your target group?

L.Sz.: Developers, architects, product owners, project managers, presales colleagues, marketeers – we aim to serve the broad needs in terms of roles of any IT provider, engineering or data tech company, and even the internal teams of multinational services providers.

For our attendees, next to the brands and their open positions Tech Jobs Fair brings interesting networking and knowledge-sharing options too. Topics include career planning, soft skill development, company stories, women in tech, and tech for good. Last but not least we’ll add on a surprise afterparty.

BBJ: Are you planning to hold more fairs in Hungary in the future?

L.Sz.: TJF will be a yearly event in Budapest, much like it is in every country. So who wants to be part of this event either as an exhibitor or as a jobseeker, it is best to go and register right away on our website for the 2022 edition on November 3.

To get the feeling, please take a look at what happened in the recent in-person edition of the fair on June 3, 2022 in Vienna:

 

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