Samuel Gordalina

Entrepreneur & Software Engineer

Samuel Gordalina

Entrepreneur & Software Engineer

Samuel Gordalina

Samuel Gordalina

Entrepreneur & Software Engineer

Entrepreneur. Web & Mobile Developer since my teens, open source enthusiast and organizer of local events & conferences. Amateur musician.


Full Name

Samuel N. Gordalina

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BSc in Computer Science

Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa - 2007 to 2010

Erasmus exchange program

Università degli Studi di Roma 'La Sapienza' - 2009 to 2010

Work Experience

Independent Consultant

May 2014 - Current

Consultant in Web & Mobile applications.


Co-founder - September 2014 - Current

EpicMember simplifies association management.


CTO & Co-founder - January 2013 - May 2014

Led the IT team to develop a platform for non-profit organizations which allowed them to receive donations and manage volunteering opportunities.

Nelmio AG

Software Engineer - July 2012 - July 2013

Software development using Symfony2 and Backbone.js

Digisource - Serviços Informáticos Lda.

CTO - March 2008 - July 2012

Responsible for researching and developing technology to increasing the application development process, this has led to a higher development efficiency, quality standards and application usability.

DNC Técnica, Lda.

Developer & Systems Administrator - November 2006 - July 2007

Windows and Linux networks Systems Administrator. Development of an application in C# to computerize technicians paperwork.



Team leader & Developer - July 2014

For the European Innovation Academy, we've created the SpiceMe mobile application. It is a dating service based on astrological compatibility. It is available on the Google Play Store and iOS App Store.

SymfonyDay Portugal 2014

Co-Organizer - March 2014

SymfonyDay Portugal is a non-profit conference by the community and for the community about Symfony and PHP.

Nodecopter LX

Organizer - October 2013

Nodecopter event in Lisbon, Portugal. NodeCopter.js is a full day event where 15 - 60 developers team up in groups of 3. Each team receives one Parrot AR Drone 2.0 and spends the day programming and playing with it. At the end of the day, each team gets to present their work to the other attendees.


Organizer - December 2012 - Current

phplx organizes php meetups every month where technical talks about PHP and related topics are given in Lisbon.


Deploying PHP applications with Deployer

phplx - December 2014

There are many approaches to deploy applications, but none of them are built from the ground up in PHP.
Sam will talk about Deployer, a deployment tool, and how to use it for small to real world examples.

Object Calisthenics - A fresh look on OO

phplx - November 2013

Object Calisthenics is an exercise on object oriented programming introduced by Jeff Bay where 9 simple rules can help you go back to basics and revisit object oriented programming through a new perspective, more like a code kata rather than absolute principles.

REST APIs made easy with Symfony2

phpday - May 2013

phplx - April 2013

REST is an architecture style for designing networked applications which has gained much traction lately, mainly due to its simplicity and for only requiring HTTP as the communication protocol.

This talk will leverage the extensibility and configurability of Symfony2 to easily create a reusable and testable REST API in minutes. Watch as we cover some real world examples and fill the gap where the abstraction layer falls short in providing the implementation for specific requirements.

We will dive into how data can be serialized & deserialized with little effort as possible whilst supporting different formats, namely JSON & XML. Authentication and Authorization will be visited in order to exemplify the security aspects of a real world API.

Sam will talk about how to document the API without effort and have that documentation generated automatically for end user consumption. Also we will fiddle with a web sandbox for instant access to the API.

Composer — An Introduction

phplx - December 2012

Composer is a tool for dependency management in PHP, this talk will help you leverage it for managing 3rd party libraries and automatically have them autoloaded without ever needing to copy anything or setting up autoloaders.

Judging & Mentorship

LAUNCH Hackathon

Judge - Mar 2016

1,000 confirmed developers and designers will join us the weekend before LAUNCH Festival, competing for up to $1m in investment. 250 teams of four will spend 48 hours creating a company, with the top five making it to the main stage of the LAUNCH Festival on Friday where they will be given two minutes to show their creations before a grilling from our judges! The Grand Jury will select the top projects and invite up to four of them to the LAUNCH Incubator — which comes with a $250,000 investment (for ~7% of the company).

Startup Weekend Lisbon

Mentor - May 2015

Startup Weekends ate 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, adn launch startups.

3 Day Startup Porto

Mentor - October 2014

Mentor - November 2013

The idea of 3 Day Startup is simple: start tech companies over the course of three days. We rent work space for an entire weekend, recruit 45 student participants from a wide range of backgrounds, cater food and drinks, and bring in top-notch entrepreneurs and investors. The participants pick the best ideas for startups during the Friday brainstorming session and deliver prototypes and investor pitches on Sunday night.



2nd place - Novabase Gameshifters 2015 - March 2015


Best Mobile App - European Innovation Academy 2014 - July 2014

Top 16 - European Innovation Academy 2014 - July 2014

European Innovation Academy is the most innovative technology entrepreneurship summer program taking place at University of Nice, Sophia-Antipolis Engaging entrepreneurial minded students from all disciplines - IT related students plus entrepreneurship students plus students from all OTHER disciplines equals a start-up. 2014 Nice is EIA's 4th Edition Extreme accelerator for developing entrepreneurial studies! Students will receive 6ECTS for the program Every year we host 500 young entrepreneurs, 100 business mentors and 50 top level professors from 40 different countries. European Innovation Academy works closely with World`s top universities - Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley and global companies like Amadeus, Samsung