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Péter Halácsy

CEO at Budapest School & co-founder at Prezi
Prezi
Budapest

Peter Halacsy or simply HP , is the co-founder and technology leader of Prezi. His aim is to build a huge, cloud-based, platform-agnostic document authoring service and for that Prezi has to influence the future of programming. HP thus has strong and provocative opinions like how (F)RP and declarative programming are changing the way we build interactive applications, and how microservice models bring real agility to app development. He is big fan of extreme tooling infrastructure to really speed up development cycles. All delivered in his unique, dry style.

As an executive manager and co-founder of Prezi, HP believes that organizations should be designed parallel with product, and that super-agile organizations are decentralized and aligned to a higher purpose. A manager’s job is to distribute information and push decision making down the tree of command–making themselves more irrelevant. For that we have to change how people think and act within an organisation and make everybody a leader.

HP has co-founded several social organizations. Bridge Budapest aims to boost the startup community as well as shaping the IT scene in Hungary by showcasing great examples for building global, successful companies. The Hero’s Square initiative strives to eliminate indifference in Hungary by encouraging everyone to stand up and act for others every day. Last but not least, HP co-founded We Are Open, with the goal of improving diversity in the Hungarian workplace, something that was severely lacking but is now beginning to change with over 800 companies signed up and committed to the cause.

His newest gig is to build a new educational system (because educational reforms usually just fail) of schools that are collaboratively designed and implemented by teachers. Teachers should have collective autonomy to make the decisions influencing the success of a school.

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