Dive into DevWeek and discover new tech horizons
Credit Suisse Perspectives

Dive into DevWeek and discover new tech horizons

It began as one training session. Now it's an annual 5-day virtual symposium for colleagues to learn – and teach – about tech processes across the Bank. Discover what goes on at DevWeek!

When you gather the finest talent in technology great things happen – like our Credit Suisse DevWeek. This virtual conference has grown from one training session in 2018 to a 5-day bonanza packed with fascinating training sessions, workshops and mentoring opportunities. There were 9,150 registrations and 1,647 unique participants at the recent 2022 DevWeek, creating an enthusiastic community of colleagues who were keen to learn, share and collaborate .

So, what is DevWeek? Colleagues who are interested in tech processes, practices and topics such as AI, DevOps, Design Thinking, Data Models, Modern Data Science participated in five days of virtual sessions arranged around the world by our colleagues. You can attend as many sessions as you like and create a bespoke schedule around the most relevant topics and concepts that will enhance your work, build your skills or simply discover something completely new.

As well as boosting your skillset, DevWeek helps spread knowledge across the bank and builds a collaborative community around a wide range of tech topics. But don't just take our word for it – we asked three Credit Suisse colleagues to tell us about this year's DevWeek. Here are their reflections:

Growing networks, sharing knowledge

Neha Asthana leads performance testing for a horizontal service that helps various teams analyze and measure performance statistics for their applications. She also supports them to eradicate performance bottlenecks and automates everyday manual processes to free up colleagues' time for more creative, meaningful tasks.

For Neha, DevWeek was an exciting opportunity to share her experience, gain knowledge and network with other colleagues around the world:

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This wasn't her first DevWeek – she got so much from the previous year's event that she wanted to give something back to the community. Neha presented a workshop on machine learning for beginners, showing colleagues how to install AI packages from scratch and demonstrating short coding examples using Python. Her session included examples of data utilization and the theory of different machine learning models, to give participants interested in exploring AI both practical experience and theoretical grounding.

In addition to presenting, Neha took part in the Pipelines Masterclass and sessions on DevOps and Test Automation. She relished being able to speak up and ask questions during these sessions, and loved connecting with her mentor to discuss project-specific details. Neha believes in keeping on learning new things and applying them in practice in her work at Credit Suisse, and was also assigned a mentor for DevWeek, paying back some of the benefits she's gained.

The process was so enriching because a SPOC [single point of contact] was assigned to me for [guidance] throughout

Attending and presenting at DevWeek has shown Neha how much work goes into the event to make sure it runs smoothly and successfully. Our committed Enterprise Technology & Application Architecture and Development Experience teams do a great job organising such a wide-ranging program of sessions led by colleagues across all different areas of the bank.

Reaching a wider audience, every year

As a Lead DevOps Advocate, Gabor Facsar supports teams on their DevOps journey and helps integrate DevOps practices into business applications. He ensures colleagues across the bank can realize the benefits of new ways of working and was keen to participate in DevWeek so he could interact with an even wider audience.

[DevWeek is] a global platform which accelerates organizational learning and helps to build an outstanding engineering culture within the firm.

Gabor delivered a session on the Flow Framework – a new way to manage and measure value stream-based programs to maximize value through software, and to help businesses thrive. He also attended the DevOps and DevSecOps sessions, particularly enjoying the interesting presentations and balance of topics. For him, this event is a firm fixture in his yearly calendar and offers a unique experience for Credit Suisse colleagues:

Listening, hosting and learning together

Nicolas Bizard is the Spitfire trading platform lead, building platforms for FX swaps. DevWeek was an opportunity for Nicolas to not only dive into innovative topics outside his area, but also to get to know colleagues across the bank. Nicolas also took an active part in DevWeek by hosting a session about electronic trading with a focus on Protocol Buffers, serialized tech open sourced by Google and leveraged for low latency trading.

He is delighted to see that more and more colleagues are aware that DevWeek takes place every year, inspiring new thinking and approaches to tackle the issues and opportunities we face.

Ambitious plans. Mutual growth. That's Empowered Engineering

As a leading global bank, we strive for excellence in everything we do – continuously improving as individuals so we can keep growing for our clients. Collaboration and professional development are key to our success. DevWeek is an example of true teamwork and collaboration, and the great things we can achieve when we spread knowledge with generosity and curiosity.