If there were to be a hybrid between the “digital” man and the individual who rolls up his sleeves to create physical, tangible things, the most suitable candidate would be Alex Paicu, our guest for the 15th edition of Community Talks.
Some of us in RomSoft have met him in back in 2016, when he founded HUBRICA, a creative agora that brought together perhaps the most important community of artists and makers in Iasi in recent years, in the administrative offices of a former local furniture factory. In 2017, RomSoft joined HUBRICA with an IoT hackerspace, and though the entire adventure was short lived, it was fun while it lasted.
As a somewhat natural sequel, Alex was the social glue behind The Gathering events (I, II, II and IV) in which dozens of street artists from Iasi and around the world transformed whole parts of the city into living art galleries.
No matter the kraft that he takes on, whether at the local cast iron foundry in Iasi – MAE, at EcoZoom, at HUBRICA or at the Urban Mobility School, he does so with great passion and with the drive to bring along as many of his friends.
Recently, Alex has discovered baking, and with characteristic enthusiasm has taken to learning, researching and testing the secrets of Sourdough bread. If you’re in his group of friends and have already tasted a “bread from Alex”, you can say you’re lucky.
But you’re also lucky if you’re part of the RomSoft team, because on December 7th, we had the opportunity to meet the man himself. He came along with a very fine bread and stories assortment, that needed to be shared. It was a total experience that catered to all five senses. The bread was seasoned with baking tips, fun stories, and lots of laughs, courtesy of one of our town’s favorite bakers.
We joined in with our own delicious homemade spreads (zacusca, and jam dominating). Alex brought his favorite olive oil and some original zaatar, and our little tasting turned into a glorious lunch.
That was delicious Community Talks no. 15. Next time we’ll bake the bread on the spot, promises Alex, and we might take him up on that.
What is Community Talks
After (almost) three years of remote work, we feel the need to, once in a while, get together and learn about inspiring stories from our line of work or from our community that are relevant to us.
With this idea in mind, we created a program called Community Talks. It is part of our larger discussion about tech storytelling and how to have better conversations in our everyday work.
Once a month, we want to invite somebody from outside RomSoft to share with us an inspiring story, or just to have an interesting conversation, be it in the technical area or anything else that we have a shared interest in.
Our guests will play the role of the Guide to any good story, helping us navigate through difficult challenges, acquire new skills, and understand where the opportunities lie in this rapidly changing world.