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Nikolay Vyahhi

Nikolay Vyahhi

Founder, Stepic
Director, Bioinformatics Institute

Nikolay graduated Saint-Petersburg State University, specializing in system programming. He is actively involved in educational projects: Nikolay is (co-)founder of GameChangers, Bioinformatics Institute, Rosalind, and Stepic — non-commercial project to create online constructor and platform for free lessons and courses. Stepic’s testing system is currently used on several of Coursera’s courses. Its’ platform is also used for programming 101 courses of Computer Science Center.

Online IT Education


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Online IT-education

Is it possible to learn programming online? Is it possible to became a good developer by learning to program online?

In recent years a number of startups dedicated to educational training in programming and computer science significantly increased. The reasons for this are the high demand for technical specialists in the labour market, the relative ease of automation and scalability of knowledge tests in mathematics and programming, as well as the developers’ tendency to create projects for developers.

This talk is about our experience and results of the Massive Open Online Courses built on the platform, about practices and prospects of this trend, and some other projects in the field of teaching programming.


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  • CEE-SECR is different from other conferences: successful smiling friendly people give the impression that I was on another planet; The conference is well organized and comfortable for participants, there was a speakers’ room, WiFi, space for participants discussions with a board and a screen. A pleasant fact for me was that at the last moment, when I was about to leave on a plane one of the participants told me he was going to SECR for only 2 reports, one of which is mine.

    Boris Shteinberg
    Southern Federal University (Russian Federation)

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    Chris Lattner
    Founder and chief architect

  • What most struck me in this conference was excellent quality of some talks. They were not simply technical showcases of features, techniques and products—which would be very useful indeed—but fully inspirational talks and faithful reports from the trenches of everyday work. These days it’s so easy to find tons of posts, tutorials and articles to explain the hows; it’s much harder to get inspired instead. This is today the primary goal of a technical software conference.

    Dino Esposito
    Technical evangelist

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    Maxim Dorofeev
    Managing partner

  • Thank you for letting me participate in such a great experience. I really enjoyed all presentations I have attended. Great speakers and vast diversity of talks let me learn so much in such a short time.

    Kamil Grabowski
    Software Developer
    Menlo Innovations

  • It was nice being back in Moscow and at CEE-SECR. It is a very well organized conference you have, quite different in scope from the normal “western” conferences I attend — and I mean that positively. There is a more practitioner approach, but still some academic touch. And you seem to have a very enthusiastic — and growing — audience attending. So you must be on the right track.

    Lars Bendix
    Associate professor
    Lund University, Sweden