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Win two tickets for UberB2B Conference (Berlin, 17th June) with splinter.me

We are going to UberB2B Conference in Berlin on 17th June to conquer new splinters, and we would like to have some reinforcement with us – hence, we are looking for two splinters to join us there, for free.

UberB2B is a casual conference for tech-focused B2B professionals from startups, corporates or independent, providing the environment for knowledge and experience exchange and encouraging collaboration.

splinter.me will showcase how professionals can benefit from their professional image while networking at breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are the official food sponsor, so prepare to see an invasion of Ruby on Rails forks, Big Data knives etc. that participants can choose from to express themselves and connect to others with similar interests.

Besides this, we will be one of the 7 selected startups to pitch in front of the audience and jury and we will hold an workshop called “I know what customers need”.

So…we said we give away two tickets for two splinters that would like to join us.

To win a ticket, all you have to do is write a Facebook comment at the end of this article. Say why you like splinter.me, or why you joined our platform (obviously, you need to have an account on splinter.me to be qualified for the contest). Be creative and bold. Because only the two comments with most likes (so you better get your friends wowed by what you say) will win. The deadline to count the likes for your comments is tomorrow (Wednesday, 5th June) at 11pm (Berlin time, of course).

So who is joining us? Who are the two uber-splinters? :)


There is a big tech skills gap. Let’s do something about it! [case study - London's Tech City]

London’s Tech City released a survey report yesterday highlighting that the biggest challenge for its 1350 tech business is the shortage of skilled professionals in the job market.

Developers and usability specialists are the most difficult to recruit at the moment in Tech City in London. And most probably not only there.

required skills

CyberCoders research findings released earlier this month reveal the most in demand skills for the highest paying technology jobs of 2013:

  1. Mobile development (iOS, Android)
  2. Cloud computing (AWS, Azure)
  3. Front end development (HTML5, CSS3, Javascript)
  4. UX/UI design
  5. Big Data (Hadoop, MongoDB, NoSQL)
  6. C#
  7. Ruby on rails
  8. Java
  9. PHP
  10. Linux

Needless to say that the shortage of tech talents makes tech businesses experience growth barriers.


Hence they are going for these solutions:

  • Importing talents (Some countries are already well known to be good tech talent pools. But to be able to hire someone from abroad means finding those able to relocate and then dealing with the visa systems that are complex and expensive.)
  • Hiring temps (94% of Tech City businesses use temporary recruitment, although only 17% prefer this method. The most common temporary resourcing solutions are freelancers (73%) and interns (63%).)


But this is not solving the root cause of the skills gap.

Technology is rapidly evolving and the education system cannot keep the pace. Students (the future workforce) need to learn what is needed on the job market from the businesses that require them to have these skills.

splinter.me is willing to help close the tech skills gap by bringing together students with tech companies. How?

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This autumn we will organize a tour of tech companies at campuses of tech universities in Eastern Europe (area that is famous for its tech talents). There will be workshops, hackatons, internship/job fairs. More details to be announced soon.

If your company is interested in participating (meaning providing HR and/or tech employees or founders to go on tour, and paying a fee for making the organization of the tour happening), please drop an email to adelina [at] splinter.me

Also, if you are a tech business willing to organize a few workshops/ job shadowings/ internships for students at your office, we would gladly help you with it. Same, please drop an email to adelina [at] splinter.me

Meanwhile, don’t forget to showcase the tools you use on splinter.me‘s Workspace.

Happy skills upgrade!

Tools splinters use

The tools we use to do our work can say a lot about ourselves. This is why at splinter.me we introduced the workspaces. It is now easy to show the world the tools you use (out of our available 6000+ tools) and to discover other people that use certain tools.

Check the infographic below to see what are the most used tools on splinter.me and how you can benefit from workspaces.

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splinter.me launches Splinter Lookup, allowing searching like a human

splinter.me team is happy to announce the launch of Splinter Lookup, that helps searching for specific talents in a very easy and natural way. Forget about filters, boxes and choices. Just ask splinter.me exactly who you are looking for. As if you would ask a human.

Try searching for “Splinters who use Rails and PHP, live in Alexandria and know Marwan Osman.” Exactly like that!

splinter lookup

It is search based on meaning rather than on exact matching keywords. For comparison, think of Facebook Graph Search that was launched last month.

A typical search for a great job candidate requires checking the tools the candidate uses, people in common etc. We wanted to replace the current complex process with an easier and efficient search. Therefore, the new Splinter Lookup.

Searching is easier when you just say in plain English what you need rather than thinking about the right terms to type for your search query. The platform translates what you are searching from plain English to a computer-friendly form and the query is executed on our database. You don’t have to think like a machine anymore to get the right results.” said Marwan Osman, our Senior Software Engineer, the one who completely owned this feature and made it happen.

He also adds: “It’s just the beginning of search. We’re working on enhancing, fine-tuning search results and adding more types of searches you can do in your queries.”

Happy searching!