GreeceJS #28: React Unorthodox

Happy new year good people,

We hope you had some much-needed rest during the season break. Our first meetup for 2019 is scheduled for Jan 15. This time we focus on unorthodox React, that is React used in  unconventional ways. Panagiotis Vourtsis will introduce us to React Native used for mobile development. Dimitris Michalakos will dive into Next.js, server-side rendering and the struggle for painless development on the web. Last, but not least, Apostolos Apostolakis will do a lightning talk on startups and venture capital.

Join us on Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 at InnovAthens powered by Samsung – Hub of Innovation & Entrepreneurship of Technopolis City of Athens.

18:00 – 18:15

Networking & beverages

18:20 – 18:25

Opening talk (gr)

18:25 – 18:45

JS Knowledge Quiz (gr)
Test your JavaScript skills for fame and glory. All you need is your smartphone – just make sure to be at the venue on time!

18:45 – 19:30

An Emoji Introduction to React Native (gr)
Panagiotis Vourtsis, Senior Front End Developer at Orfium

React Native is the new kid in town. So what is it, what problems does it solve and “do I need to know native to work with it” are a some of the questions to be answered.

Panagiotis is a software developer with much love in both back-end and front-end tech. He has 7 years of programming experience and currently working at Orfium. Usually on a regular day he is working with his headphones on, listening to music!

Audience prerequisites:

  • This talk will be in greek;
  • Familiarity with React is required;
  • Java knowledge is helpful but not necessary, as we will go through some examples with native bridging.

19:50 – 20:00

WTF is Venture Capital, startups and other tales for engineers (gr)
– Apostolos Apostolakis, Co-founder at

VentureFriends will share their view on startups and Venture Capital. They will also share some lessons learnt over the last 15 years they have been involved with tech startups

20:00 – 20:10

A word from our sponsor: Accenture (gr)

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20:10 – 20:55

Next.js and the pursuit of happiness (gr)
Dimitris Michalakos, Lead Developer at Causaly

What is Next.js, which are the technologies involved and how do you use it? Most importantly why would you use Next.js and how do you make decisions in general as a software engineer?

Dimitris is a software engineer, with 10+ years experience in web technologies, from back-end to front-end. He’s currently working as a Lead Developer at Causaly and serving as president of the GreeceJS Association for 2018-2020. He has 2 kids and no pets. He gets furious when people touch his laptop screen – he perceives it as the direct equivalent of sticking their dirty thumb in his eye.

Audience prerequisites:

  • This talk will be in greek;
  • Familiarity with React is appreciated but not necessary.


BeerJS @The Lazy Bulldog Pub
Orfeos 2, Athens (right next to the venue)