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Wed 28 Nov
- 07:30

Registration & Light Breakfast

Wed 28 Nov
- 08:45

The Future of Technology

Opening Remarks and Chairperson Introduction

Wed 28 Nov
- 09:00

The Future of Technology

Engineering a Career in Technology: Up-Skill your Workforce

Presentation Led by Headline Sponsor

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 09:30

The Future of Technology

Why Diversity is a Growth-Oriented Imperative, Not a People-Oriented Initiative

Evita Stoop-Fievez

CMO, Benelux @ IBM

Diversity is a growth-driver, enabled by new leadership, inclusive proposition development and societal responsibility. It will no longer be a goal on itself to drive the diversity and inclusion agenda when people start making it a core part of how they operate and move it from a people-oriented initiative to a growth-oriented imperative.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 10:00

The Future of Technology

Why Diversity Makes You Smarter

Lesley Slaton Brown

Chief Diversity Officer @ HP Inc

Sharon Ellerker

VP and Regional Head of HR – EMEA @ HP

Luciana Broggi

Enterprise Solutions GM, EMEA @ HP Inc

Claire Bramley

Regional Head of Finance - EMEA @ HP

When you create technology for everyone, everywhere, diversity and inclusion must be a vital part of who you are. The ability to bring your unique self, skill, experience, culture, perspective etc. puts you head and shoulders above the competition – personally and professionally. Join us in the panel where we will share how we managed to differentiate ourselves in the industry by creating strategies, networks, and facilitating a culture for inclusion. We’re driven by data and experiment to test effective outcomes and impact. You will hear more about the things we have done as a company and how we developed strategies and ideas, about where we’ve failed and great learnings.

Key Takeaways: How your company can listen, learn and include diverse perspectives, in order to create smarter solutions to problem solving. Understand the value of why success is driven by the power of people.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 10:30

The Future of Technology

Leveraging Cultural Differences for Competitive Advantage

Reserved for Diamond Sponsor

Diversity of experience and opinion has been tied to innovation and creativity of thought time and again. “The best workforce is a diverse workforce.” Our speaker delves why into profit is a driving force for companies to integrate specific strategies into their core strategies and why this connection exists.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 11:00

COFFEE BREAK

Wed 28 Nov
- 11:25

Career & Personal Development

Opening Remarks and Chairperson Introduction

Wed 28 Nov
- 11:25

Master Classes

Opening Remarks Led by Chairperson

Wed 28 Nov
- 11:30

Master Classes

Securing the Docker Containers that Run Your Microservices

Alina Radu

Security Software Engineer @ Yelp

Breaking down the large monolith application into microservices that run in Docker containers is all well and good, but there’s another challenge: keeping those containers secure. The session presents practical methods to secure Docker containers at the continuous integration/continuous deployment pipeline level, and also describes methods that apply equally well on standalone containers.

Key takeaways: understand the benefits of using the PaaS - CI/CD platform for securing the microservices containers, learn about common security pitfalls of running containerised microservices and about the mitigation techniques, understand the importance of patching security issues that appear in containers that run their microservices.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 11:30

The Future of Technology

Presentation Led by Charity Safford

Charity Safford

General Manager, Central & Eastern Europe, Baltics & Balkans and Emerging Markets @ Uber Eats

Details coming soon...

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 11:30

Seminar Zone - Emerging Technology

Rise of the Robots

Nora Bereczki

Global Marketing Manager @ OnRobot

What are the next challenges is industrial robotics and automation? What is human-robot collaboration and industry 5.0? How can you succeed with new ideas on a tech heavy market which develops super fast and which expected to reach $8.5 billion by 2025? Collaborative robots have the potential to become the comprehensive standard in industrial automation.

Key takeaways: What are the latest robotics trends in industrial automation, human-robot collaboration – a new type of working environment, how can you succeed with new ideas on a tech heavy market which develops super fast.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 11:30

Career & Personal Development

A Guide for Introverts and Extroverts - Carving Your Path to the Top

Presentation Led by Guest Speaker @ Audi

Wed 28 Nov
- 11:30

Career and Personal Development 2.0

How to Thrive as a Woman in Tech

Susanne Birgersdotter

Tech Entrepreneur, Founder and Owner @ SBDM

Susanne shares her personal journey into entrepreneurship, while providing insights about the larger startup scene, reflecting on how women are thriving in tech.

Key takeaways: How to overcome persistent gender bias, what investors think about female entrepreneurs, how to thrive as a woman entrepreneur.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 11:30

Seminar Zone - Founders and Entrepreneurs

So you Want to be your Own Boss

Tatyana Mitkova

Co-Founder and CEO @ ClaimCompass

Coming up with great business ideas is easy. It's putting those ideas into action that's difficult. This talk will guide you through important startup milestones such as finding the right co-founders, validating your business model, reaching your first customers, fundraising and growing your team. Get actionable insights from some of the most successful female-founded companies and first hand advice from ClaimCompass' founder and CEO Tatyana Mitkova.

Key takeaways: Get actionable advise on starting your own company. Learn why choosing the right market and really getting to know your customers is key to your success. Get tips on choosing the right c-founders and team members.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 11:30

Soft Skills

How to Lead a Diverse and Inclusive Engineering Team

Amanda McAlister

Technical Product Manager, ASOS

If you are a technical team leader, your jobs is fundamentally about people. Guess what? great minds don’t think alike! You are probably working with complex code bases, but nothing is more complex than humans. Inclusion is about enabling people to be their best selves, day in and day out.

Key Takeaways: How to encourage (and track) promotions of a diverse range of people, The dangers of bias one-to-ones and performance reviews, practical ways to cultivate an inclusive culture within your team.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 11:30

Tech Talks

How to Build your Business on Decentralised Ledger Technology

Monica Oravcova

Co-Founder & COO @ Naoris

Join this session to hear the link between cybersecurity and blockchain from the cofounder of one of the worlds only organisations bringing innovation into the blockchain & cybersecurity space. Learn everything you need to know about blockchain to become up to date within this technology and understand if blockchain is relevant to your industry too. How can blockchain enable the security of IOT devices, critical infrastructure and other hard to protect environments from technical point of view.

Key takeaways: Find out the current use cases and if a decentralised system could be used in your industry, understand the cybersecurity trends and threats today and how to tackle them, how to build an innovative cybersecurity business.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 11:30

Seminar Zone - Product, Design and Agile

Building High-Quality Products (SLA 99.999%) with Multiple Distributed Dev Teams

Lilia Gorbachik

Product Manager @ Intermedia

I'll share Intermedia's best practices in frameworks for the complex products with multiple distributes teams. Also, I would highlight the key points that are crucial to success, like ownership and communications. You could apply key aspects to your company without processes rebuilding.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:05

The Future of Technology

Panel - Getting a Seat at the Table

Laurence Bret-Stern

CRO & CMO @ Pipedrive

Nha-Lan Nguyen

CEO @ GLO Integration

Filippa Jennersjo

CIO @ Arbetsformedlingen

Maria Gomez

Head of Technology @ ThoughtWorks

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:05

Career & Personal Development

#MeTech -Taking Control

Inecke Snyder-Lourens

Director, Professional Services @ Cognifide

Why are there so few women in senior roles in technology? Find out why Hollywood and the rise in home computing both have a lot to answer for – and what else is slowing women down. Listen to Inecke Snyder-Lourens as she identifies the issues, and provides winning strategies to overcome the obstacles and get yourself recognition, promotion, and increases.

Key takeaways: Tips for your personal progression, what you can do in your organisation to support junior women, useful resource you can draw on.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:05

Career and Personal Development 2.0

Specialist or Generalist; How to Plan your Career Development

Kirsi Maansaari

Director, Product Management @ ARM

During this session I will share the different steps that I took that made me a suitable person for several roles with different expectations. Come away with a clear idea on how to plan your career roadmap and execute it.

Key takeaways: how to make your own competence roadmap, tools to view your competences from different angles, how to move between different roles successfully.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:05

Master Classes

CYBER DEFENSE 2018: An overview of HIDS, NIDS and IPS systems

Sylvia Chidi

Director, IT @ Emanuel School

This presentation will introduce you to cyber intrusion tools that help to prevent cyber intrusions threats from entering the networks. I will present an overview of HIDS, NIDS and IPS and look at some of the popular tools used today by Intrusion Protection Systems (IPS), Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) and Host-Based Intrusions Detection Systems (HIDS) systems. Together we look at the difference between HIDS & NIDS and I will give a thorough explanation of how IPS systems operate.

Key takeaways: An understanding of Intrusion prevention system, an understanding of intrusion detection systems, an overview of how IPS systems operate and popular IPS tools used today.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:05

Soft Skills

If you’re Aiming for a Management Role in Tech, Be a Generalist – Not a Specialist

Maria Anselmi

Group Director, Data, Bisnode

The tech industry is one in which women remain underrepresented in leadership positions. By way of illustration, only 5% of the top 50 in the Forbes ranking of the most influential women in the world are tech leaders. Interestingly, only two of the 10 most influential women in tech have a technical education. By contrast, eight of the 10 richest male entrepreneurs have a technical background. It seems clear that women who aspire to hold a management position in the tech business need not prioritize a technical education.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:05

Seminar Zone - Founders and Entrepreneurs

Female Entrepreneurs – Where are you?

Johanna Herbst

Founder, Delygate

Ever wondered whether to be the next female entrepreneur? Learn about the (statistical) truth of women and entrepreneurship and why it is so important to get more women into the startup ecosystem. Johanna will also share insights about challenges women face and how to overcome them.

Key takeaways: Be inspired to be the next female entrepreneur! Learn why we need more women in the startup world, what challenges to expect and how to address them.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:05

Tech Talks

Defeating Diabolical Adversaries with Advanced Cyber Security Tactics

Rini Icent Gopinath

Information Security Expert @ ABN AMRO

A small piece of your personal information can manoeuvre an adversary to cause a damage in millions to your company. If you think that security products like Anti-virus, Firewall or various other technologies used in an organization today can save you from all Cyber-attacks, then you are settling for an illusion of security. In this session, we will see how the bad guys have developed their ethereal skills over the past years and launch sophisticated attacks on organizations, the significant role each of you play in the Cyber battle and how are we gearing-up to tackle such emerging trends in Cyber-attacks.

Key takeaways: Gain an understanding of how an attack could cause an incogitable damage to a company, learn how can you contribute to secure the organization, discover three things to challenge your security teams.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:05

Seminar Zone - Product, Design and Agile

Customer Centricity in B2B Marketing

Linh Bergen-Peters

CMO @ SpotCap

Successful, modern-day businesses have one thing in common: an understanding of their customer which borders on obsession. Customer-centricity is the idea that the customer should inform each and every business decision you make; from developing your product or service to how you market and sell it. Linh’s presentation will discuss marketing best practices to become a more customer-centric organisation and look at the challenges and opportunities.

Key takeaways: Best B2B marketing practices to help organisations better understand their customers and their needs and how to achieve customer centricity.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:05

Seminar Zone - Emerging Technology

Futureproof-Professional - How to Deal with Blockchain-Based Software

Sanne Visser

Software Tester @ Nederlandse Spoorwegen

Presentation Description: The main feature of this technology is decentralization. It’s book-buying without Amazon, ride-sharing without Uber and especially this will be software development without outright ownership of the database. The goal of the talk is that for IT-professionals to stay ahead of the game we must not get disrupted out of business. Instead learn how take advantage of innovative tech and develop a new specialism, which I did as a blockchain tester. In this talk I will show the disruptive nature of blockchain and how I dealt with this new challenge head-on. Changes and innovations are inevitable, I want us to be future-proof.

Key Takeaways: leave excited about blockchain and its potential, understand how you could deal with such disruptive technology as an IT-professional, share in my personal story of taking advantage of a major change in technology by developing a new speciality.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:05

Workshops

Workshop Room 1 - E104

Making the Intangible Tangible: Inclusive Workplaces and why they are Good for Business

Caroline Pickard

Trainer and Consultant @ Catalyst

In this workshop, attendees will learn what makes the workplace inclusive, and how to recognise and combat exclusionary behaviour.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:05

Workshops

Workshop Room 3 - E102

Workshop Reserved for Deloitte

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:40

Seminar Zone - Founders and Entrepreneurs

Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Tech: Comparison of Different Approach to Women Entrepreneurs between Europe, CIS and the US

Daria Dubinina

Founder, Crassula

Entrepreneurship is not easy and it can be even more hard when you are a woman entrepreneur. Daria will share her international experience on how to survive in the challenging environment, how to build successful business and keep the work-life balance.

Key Takeaways: Broaden your horizons: there are no women and men professions, be sly: build business relationships that benefit strategically, rather than tactically, you can do it: how to build profitable company in under 3 years with no investments.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:40

Soft Skills

Lean in to Challenges that Matter by Practicing Leadership

Sophie Sysavath

Data Analyst @ Bla Bla Car

This talk is about practicing leadership out of a position of authority. You are not a C-level director, nor even a manager, but you still can practice leadership to instigate change in your organization. Discover some of the resources you have at hand and start engaging with your peers into changing things that matters to you. Key takeaways: Identify challenges that require leadership, understand the use of authority and develop yours, articulate your purposes or see yourself as a system.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:40

Seminar Zone - Emerging Technology

Reinforcement Learning: The Less Hyped Approach to AI, Violeta Misheva, Data Scientist, ABN AMRO Bank

Violeta Misheva

Data Scientist, ABN AMRO Bank

Reinforcement learning is a subfield of Machine and AI and is one that comes closest to what we expect from AI in the long run. It has been applied to solve Atari games and to beat the human champion in the game of Go, among others. Reinforcement learning is very powerful and can be applied to most situations involving decision making (especially repetitive one). However, applying RL is very difficult and the number of productionalized RL projects is super limited.

Key takeaways: What is reinforcement learning? What makes it difficult to apply in practice? What are some of its limitations and its future?

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:40

Career & Personal Development

How Smart Women work in Smart Worlds!

Jitka Beukenkamp

AVP, Digital Business Benelux @ Cognizant

Organizations are finding their ways to keep up with the fast pace of Digital Challenges. Organizations need talent that thrives and gets inspired by the continuous business and organizational changes. You have to embrace your responsibilities and get things done!

Key takeaways: How you can be successful in the current and future digital ecosystems, how can trust, respect and awareness be the core of business success, why diverse leadership is smart in this Smarter World!

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:40

Career and Personal Development 2.0

How to Get Ahead in Tech Sales

Vicky Davenport

Director, EMEA Channel Sales @ Autodesk

Automation is changing the things we make, how we make them, and how we work. More convergence across industries. Better integration and connection. It´s never been a more exciting time to be in tech and do meaningful work. Vicky looks at how automation is changing what we are capable of the future of making. Building on her diverse experience, Vicky shares her top tips on how to progress in tech sales.

Key takeaways: Gain an insight into future trends and industry insights, discover diversity strategies you can use, hear advice on how to build a successful career in tech sales.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:40

Tech Talks

Leading the Charge to Security Behaviour Change

Diana Birsan

Security Program Manager @ Shopify

You've built tools and even run security training, so why don't your end users GET IT? This failure to connect can be the death knell for a product that would legitimately increase security, improve workflows, and save money. This talk focuses on exploring social behaviour and how we can motivate people to help solve our security concerns. Let's put an end to the "end user" culture and empower humans instead.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:40

Seminar Zone - Product, Design and Agile

Managing and Staying Connected to your Users in Increasingly Automated Landscapes

Amanda Bostrom

Operations Manager @ Twickets

Staying human and Customer experience focused in an increasingly automated/bot driven tech-scene.

Key takeaways: Why it's important to maintain a human connection with your team, and how that helps managing change, steps to maintain this connection, what it has got to do with your ability to influence and get sh!t done.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:40

Master Classes

Pentesting ChatOps

Melanie Rieback

Radically Open Security

ChatOps, a concept originating from Github, is chatroom-driven DevOps for  distributed teams, using chatbots (like Hubot) to execute custom scripts and plugins. We have applied the concept of ChatOps to the penetration testing workflow, and found that it fits outstandingly – for everything from routine scanning to spearphishing to pentest gamification. This talk discusses the tools that we use (RocketChat, Hubot, Gitlab, pentesting tools), and provides battle stories of using Pentesting ChatOps in practice.

Key takeaways: Cyber security consultancy is often considered a black box. Using ChatOps means full transparency and demystifies what cyber security professionals are doing, ChatOps functions as our command and control center, ChatOps improves the interaction and the coordination of distributed teams.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 13:10

LUNCH BREAK

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:10

Master Classes

Build and Deploy a Webapp with Kotlin, SpringBoot and CloudFoundry

Aarti Kriplani

Senior Software Engineer @ Pivotal Labs

Kotlin is a new-ish open-source programming language based on JVM and with simpler syntax and powerful constructs. Spring Boot makes it easy to create stand-alone, production-grade Spring based Applications that you can "just run". Cloud Foundry is an open source, application platform for cloud computing. In the demo, participants would experience and learn how easy and quick it is to build a simple web app and also deploy it, using the right tools and technologies. 

ey Takeaways: Overview of Kotlin, SpringBoot and CloudFoundry. Bootstrapping a webapp. Understanding that web development on a JVM based language with the right tools is also as simple as building a Ruby on Rails application and much more performant and scalable.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:10

The Future of Technology

Which Topics in AI & Machine Learning are Still Mostly Hype?

This session breaks this question down into a few categories, all the while stating the exact business benefits and concerns we aren't thinking about.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:10

Career & Personal Development

Stronger Together: How Men Can Help Us Achieve Diversity in Tech

Natasa Jovanovic

Senior Product Manager, Navigation User Interface @ TomTom

Lasting change comes from within. This is why, for women to thrive in a male-dominated tech world, we need men and women to work together towards a more inclusive workplace. In this talk, I will share how we can encourage men to play an active role in achieving diversity.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:10

Career and Personal Development 2.0

A Look Back on the Highs and Lows of 20 years in the IT Industry

Bhavna Mistry

Solutions Engineering Manager @ NetApp

Twenty years in the IT Industry has gone in the blink of an eye. Bhavna Mistry shares her experiences, the highs and lows, lessons learned and why IT is still a great place to work and needs more women in this industry who offer a different perspective compared to their male colleagues.

Key takeaways: Reflection on highs and lows and how to learn to overcome the difficult times, top 10 tips for how to survive in this highly rewarding and challenging industry, why we need more women and girls in the IT Industry and the unique, untapped skills we bring.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:10

Tech Talks

Memoirs of a Geisha: Building AI without Gender Bias

Laura Andina

Product Manager, Tuenti @ Telefonica Digital

The most famous voice assistants in the world Siri, Alexa and even Anna from Ikea have one thing in common: they are all women. How are bots made? Is there a way to build AI assistants that do not rely so strongly on the perception of women as “helpers”? Is there a way to create AI without outdated gender stereotypes? (Spoiler: yes it is!)

Key takeaways: get to know the basics of developing a voice assistant, understand how gender is a bias to take into account, find out the concrete measures that can be taken to build voice products without this gender bias.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:10

Seminar Zone - Emerging Technology

From Solving the Problem of Traffic to Thinking about the Mobility Behavior of People

Leen Balcaen

Senior Director, Industry Solutions, EMEAR @ HERE Technologies

Looking at mobility trends today (explosion of modes, changed ownerships,…), technology is being embedded everywhere. The challenge is that this technology is stupid and not yet smart enough to make a significant difference in our lives. During this presentation I will demonstrate how you can achieve a level of intelligence to use SMART technology from the point of view of people behaviour.

Key takeaways: how to place people behavior at the core for technology to become SMART, how to work with others during this process and why cooperation at large scale is mandatory.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:10

Soft Skills

Internal Consulting Without Insulting? How to be a Consultant Within your Org.

Elham Rastkhadiv

Senior Software Engineer @ OpenTable

Ever been in a team that needed improvement but didn’t know how to begin? Come and learn about how I use my consultancy skills to make positive changes. We will focus on building up skills in pair-programming, coding values, testing standards, knowledge sharing and on-boarding people to the codebases.

Key takeaways: Be motivated to be your own internal consultants, apply some of the techniques we learned or try out new experiments which will fit your organization.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:10

Seminar Zone - Product, Design and Agile

Customer Success In The Age Of The Customer

Martine Niermans

Founder @ Q10 Consultancy

In the age of the customer, the success of customers is key. How can we be truly customer centric, what do we need to do when serving customers to ensure there is win-win growth for you and your customer? Customer success is the strategy which replies to these questions.

Key takeaways: How to make your organization customer centric, how to map a customer journey aligned with all cross-functional roles, learn to optimise adoption, performance and consequently retention and expansion of your offerings.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:10

Seminar Zone - Founders and Entrepreneurs

Choose your own Boss

Lotta Croiset van Uchelen

Chief DNA Officer @ Schuberg Philis

Learn how Schuberg Philis works well as a company without managers. There are several possible ways to introduce a manager free way of working in your company, so that you can have your own self-steering team.

Key takeaways: Start today working as a self-steering team by: Making promises instead of making agreements, going for the root cause, and starting to call each other colleagues instead of employee and manager.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:45

The Future of Technology

The Business Rewards of Developing a Digital Mindset

In a rapidly evolving environment, companies are under increasing pressure to utilize technology effectively to transform their management efficiency, collaboration and overall operations. How do we redesign our organisations for digital business models?

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:45

Soft Skills

How to Make yourself Resilient for the Future of Work

Marlene de Koning

Lead Solutions Consultant @ LinkedIn

The reason I chose to make myself resilient, by going out of my comfort zone and start learning hard skills, is because the world of work keeps changing. Companies are collecting data in every step they take and regardless of the job you have you need to be able to make decisions based on insights and not on your instinct. In tech jobs you have the data but need to be able to make the impact of this data clear. Everyone needs to make themselves resilient in order to keep learning and grow your career!

Key takeaways: Keep learning for life long resilience, why soft skills matter in the data and tech world – it can be a career accelerator, how to sell to your clients and directors.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:45

Tech Talks

The Missing Experience in Home IoT

Christina Bechhold Russ

Principal @ Samsung NEXT Ventures

We've connected everything from locks to blenders, and while many households have a device or two, the truly smart home has yet to materialize. What keeps consumers at bay, and what's the key to the ideal home IoT experience?

Key takeaways: Understand what consumer pain points are being created in home IoT, hear examples of companies, big and small, successfully addressing the key challenges, evaluate what opportunities exist build products and services that remove adoption barriers and improve the ownership experience for users.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:45

Career & Personal Development

Make the Force be with You

Pascale Thorre

Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion @ Nokia

Influencing others, and your career, starts by knowing who you are, and how to best manage yourself, physically and mentally at each stage of your professional evolution. This session will be packed with best practices gathered from our speaker’s diverse experience, translated into actionable tips to help you turn your strengths into career accelerators.

Key takeaways: Know what motivates and energizes you, what does not, align mind and body towards your goals, take the driver seat in your career journey.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:45

Master Classes

Fast Prototypes with Flutter + Kotlin/Native

Ayelen Chavez

Mobile Engineering Manager @ OLX Group

Flutter is a free and open source tool developed by Google to craft native mobile apps quickly. In this session, we are going to try out Flutter to build an app from scratch. And to make it even more fun (and faster) we are going to implement the business model in Kotlin/Native so both Android and iOS apps can use the same source code to model common behaviour.

Key takeaways: Understand how Flutter is a great tool to make quick PoC and show your ideas to non-technical people, learn how Kotlin/Native cross-compiles to support other platforms that don’t support Kotlin natively, like iOS, discover the glue code to pass around/serialize objects to realise the results are worth it.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:45

Workshops

Workshop Room 2 - E105

Workshop Reserved for Nike

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:45

Career and Personal Development 2.0

Presentation led by Suzanne McGovern

Suzanne McGovern

Diversity and Inclusion Leader @ Splunk

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:45

Seminar Zone - Founders and Entrepreneurs

Leading Remote, Distributed Teams & Digital Nomad-ism

Rhiannon Payne

Founder and CEO @ Sea Foam Media

In this session, Rhiannon will delve into her experiences and best practices of managing team members across multiple time zones. She will share insight on how to find the right people and how to continually train and support them to become team leaders. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of how to delegate the digital nomad lifestyle, while hearing the true benefits this could provide for your organisation. Key takeaways: How to assemble & grow a remote team that WORKS, how to scale your business, how to be the kind of boss you always wanted.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:45

Seminar Zone - Product, Design and Agile

All in

Kristen MacDonald

CEO @ The Workshop Technologies

A light-hearted look at why diversity in product design and development is important. Full of our own and other company’s micro-stories of when things go sideways… This ‘quick-hit’ session is aimed to arm you with ammunition to get leadership buy-in for initiatives.

Key takeaways: Why diversity in product design and development is vital for success, micro-stories of epic fails for you to share with your team, proven tactics for your Tech toolbox to maximize Leadership buy in.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:45

Seminar Zone - Emerging Technology

The Benefits and Challenges of Neurodiversity

Viola Sommer

COO @ Auticon

Viola Sommer, COO at Auticon, will discuss the potential of neurodiverse strengths within the European tech industry. Auticon specialises in placing IT consultants who are autistic. Viola will share views on the benefits of neurodiversity, common misconceptions, and offer practical advice on working with and managing staff with different cognitive styles.

Key takeaways: What neurodiversity is, Why the tech industry needs it, How to be more successful with neurodiverse teams.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 15:20

The Future of Technology

Empowered Technologists: Creating the Right Environment for your Team to Thrive

Maria Gomez

Head of Technology @ ThoughtWorks

To succeed in your ambitious mission in the enterprise you need a high-performing technology culture. A key component of that is high-quality talent, but finding the right people is a difficult task and highly competitive. Luckily, the majority of what you need to do to attract, retain and unleash talent is precisely what you need to do to create a high-performing technology culture. But that is easier said than done. Based on my work as a consultant, I have practical advice on how to empower technologists to do their best work, but landmines lie in their way: organizational silos, bureaucracy, and the dreaded “it’s always been done in this way.” Executive sponsorship is critical for success, but you must also engage middle management to ensure transformative efforts do not stall.

Key takeaways: uncover how to empower your technologists and dive into challenges, get pointers and real-world examples from my experiences to assess the maturity of your organization, hear the recommended specific actions to help you get closer to achieving your mission.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 15:20

Career & Personal Development

Presentation Led By Uygar Sonmez and Angela Kapdan

Uygar Sonmez

Director of Engineering @ Xing

Angela Kapdan

Product Manager @ Xing

Wed 28 Nov
- 15:20

Career and Personal Development 2.0

Laying the Foundations for Change for the Women who will Follow

Amber Rahim

Coach @ Amber Rahim Coaching

Join this session to get a deeper understanding of your role in the movement of creating a more inclusive industry. This talk is built around this quote:

“Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world” (Margaret Mead) Let’s focus on our world, not the whole world.

Key takeaways: Learn the Impact Model: Stay - Do something - Stay, why everyone is a leader - and how to use this to create change, take away the action item: this is the impact I want to have: _______”

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 15:20

Master Classes

Automating your Infrastructure Deployment and Configurations, using PowerShell, REST APIs and JSON payloads

Esther Barthel

Solutions Architect @ Cognition IT

In this masterclass Esther will share her automation techniques to incorporate a DevOps strategy for your infrastructure deployments and configurations in both Cloud and Datacenter environments, using PowerShell, REST APIs and JSON payloads. You will gain insights in using Microsoft Azure ARM Templates, Runbooks and PowerShell scripts to easy deploy networking and server components, or using PowerShell scripts for on-premises deployments and configurations of your infrastructure. So be prepared for a lot of cool demo's to practice what she preaches.

Key takeaways: How to use REST APIs and JSON payloads to automate your (administrative) workflows, How to script task automation in your datacenter with PowerShell, How to automate your infrastructure deployment in Azure, using ARM Templates, Runbooks and PowerShell scripts.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 15:20

Tech Talks

How to use Mixed Reality

Danielle ter Haar

Consulting Partner @ Technology2Enjoy

Danielle will talk about the use of Mixed Reality in companies. Through her experience with several proof of concepts, she will share this information related to a variety of different industries including healthcare, construction, leisure. Danielle will give a live demonstration using HoloLens.

Key takeaways: What is Mixed Reality? How do the devices work? How can you use MR in your company?

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 15:20

Seminar Zone - Founders and Entrepreneurs

How to use Personal Branding to Generate Business

Veronica Guguian

Founder @ SPIN Ideas

Behind every company, there is an entrepreneur with his or her personal brand. As we all know, Personal Branding is all about Image and Visibility. The first step in growing your business as an entrepreneur is to leverage your personal network. Everything comes down to your image: how others perceive you, what do they say about you and how visible and accessible is your expertise. For a woman active in a man dominated environment, it is even more important to establish herself as an expert in her industry, as a thought leader and learn how to build and utilise her network in order to increase her “market share” and develop her business. Your values and experience, your network and authenticity are the key elements that make you different. However, if these elements are not communicated to the right people, your goals will not be reached.

Key takeaways: how to start building your personal branding in a conscious way, how to approach personal branding, how you can use your network to generate business.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 15:20

Seminar Zone - Emerging Technology

Success in Emerging (Health) Tech Innovations

Laura Nuhaan

Digital Advisor @ Microsoft

Laura will give you some insights in the latest trends in digital health tech and some practical tips in how you to really execute innovation in your company. After this presentation you will feel more confident in how to make technology and innovation more successful in your own organization. She will cover topics such as customer centricity, how to align with different stakeholders internally and externally, collaborating for success and how technology can be leveraged to create impact.

Key Takeaways: The power of the healthcare revolution, the importance of putting the customer first, aligning innovation with execution.

Wed 28 Nov
- 15:20

Soft Skills

Gender Sensitive Communication and Project Management

Olga Sholderer

Senior Associate, Research & Data Servies @ AACSB International

Ever wondered how you can make work in tech more inclusive for both genders? Discover the power of gender-inclusive communication and empower yourself and others in this field! Explore the ways of making your approach to project management more gender-sensitive and contribute to making tech world more diverse and balanced. Together we will walk through the principles that will help you bring your communication and project management skills to a new level in a gender-sensitive way.

Key takeaways: How to challenge gender stereotypes, how to promote gender equality through your language, why you should add gender dimension to your project planning.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 15:50

COFFEE BREAK

Wed 28 Nov
- 16:20

Tech Talks

Presentation Reserved for UBER

Wed 28 Nov
- 16:20

Career & Personal Development

Presentation Reserved for Oracle

Wed 28 Nov
- 16:20

Career and Personal Development 2.0

Exploit your Creative Assets to Excel as a Woman in Marketing Technology

Nhung Le Nguyen

Senior Consultant @ Deloitte Digital

In this talk, Nhung shares her personal journey view on how to disrupt the marketing field and to break free from the bias on a woman’s ability to work in media & marketing technology. She will also share insights on how she combines her passion for creative marketing with technology and tips & tricks to develop a profound strategic understanding of your own soft- and hard skillset and how you can apply these skills in your career growth to strive for the best results possible.

Key takeaways: embrace your skill set: how to observe and understand your value, how to develop your skills, understand how this contributes to your organisation.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 16:20

Seminar Zone - Founders and Entrepreneurs

Gig Economy for Women – A New World of Opportunity?

Julia Zacharias

Vice President EU Delivery & Customer Success @ Applause

The onward march of technology and the “gig economy” is re-shaping the workplace. We are slowly starting to move away from traditional “9-to-5" jobs working for one employer in one location to “gigging” for a multiplicity of work providers and/ or creating our own gigs at a time and place of our own choosing. Is the gig economy allowing women to finally have it all?

Key takeaways: How women can use the gig economy to enter the tech world and create careers with a good life balance, how to decide whether the gig economy is the right career track for you/ which pitfalls to avoid, Case Study: How Applause and uTest enable women around the globe to build a career as software testers from their own living room.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 16:20

The Future of Technology

Concentrating on Workforce Inclusion Without Exclusion

Why are we all talking about Diversity? Diversity doesn't stick without inclusion. Let's break this chain of thought and state the realities of inclusion and exclusion.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 16:20

Soft Skills

Am I Tech Enough?

Iulia Feroli

Data Scientist @ Mediaan

The tech world can sometimes have a culture of defining itself by contrast with non-STEM fields. There is often a status quo view of what is “real work” and what is “a waste of time”. How do you find your place in this world if you happen to like elements of both?

Key takeaways: You define what is ""tech enough"". You don't have to be a code monkey or a ""techbro"" to be allowed in this field, how to make company culture a priority, if you make the conservative ""more experienced"" people in your field confused by your choices/approach to tech - congrats you're doing something right. 

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 16:20

Seminar Zone - Emerging Technology

Hidden Danger: Racial and Gender Biases in AI

Gunay Kazimzade

Research Assistant, Technical University Berlin

In the era of digitalization where AI is involved in the decision-making process in major areas of our lives, it is critical to investigate it with respect to racial/gender biases and its implications. The presentation will emphasize how algorithms are regulating our choices and how racial/gender biases are reflecting on our society and future.

Key takeaways: Unintentional and unnoticeable gender/racial biases in AI: How to fight against? Black box algorithms and explainable AI: Can we teach machines to be literate? Transparent AI: Biased algorithms or biased data?

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 16:20

Master Classes

Pattern Library: How & Why

Lily Zhang

Software Engineer @ 8fit

When scaling a modern app, one faces the challenge of keeping its design consistent. Creating a pattern library is a cross-functional project made easier by tools like Storybook. Learn how a pattern library can make building UI as quick and fun as Legos, and what one question you should ask a team to keep design debt in check.

Key takeaways: Understand when to use a pattern library and its benefits, learn tools to help you get started to design component APIs, learn to speed development time and improve developer experience.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 16:20

Workshops

Workshop Room 1 - E104

Workshop Reserved for ECB

Wed 28 Nov
- 16:20

Workshops

Workshop Room 2 - E105

Empowered Play: Discover your Full Voice and Unlock your Full Potential

Minna Taylor

Founder and CEO @ Energize your Voice

Utilizing the principles of improvisation and experiential training methods, we will explore how to move beyond your comfort zone and create new habits of communication and authentic expression. We will playfully experience failure, agility in communication, dynamics in vocal and physical expression, and presence techniques.

Key takeaways - Learn to speak up and own your space, tactics for overcoming objection and conflict engagement, fundamental leadership skills.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 16:55

Soft Skills

Internationalize Yourself

Raisa Cuevas

Conversion & UX Specialist @ Google

Technology is international, and experience abroad can give you a unique competitive edge in your tech career. Working in another country comes with its challenges, but doing so will improve your understanding of the world. Learn how travel can help you develop as an individual and as a valuable teammate. 

Key takeaways: Get inspired to step out of your comfort zone and work abroad, improve your cultural understanding to build better products for the world, gain valuable experience to 1-up yourself and your career.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 16:55

The Future of Technology

Be Boldly You: Turbo Charge your Executive Presence

Olivia Schofield

Founder and CEO @ Spectacular Speaking and Vocal Women

Tired of being overlooked and undervalued? It’s time to stand up and stand out. In this session I share stories of Women in Tech who made their way into top management and board level positions. We look at small simple changes that made a big impact on their career journey. 

Key takeaways: See how language can inspire and motivate those around you, learn simple effective tips for creating executive presence, discover a mindset change that will help your leadership potential be noticed.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 16:55

Tech Talks

Navigating the Payments Maze

Meike Muckenhaupt-Greenaway

Senior Solution Architect OmniChannel Payments @ adidas

Putting the consumer experience first and staying ahead of the everchanging payment landscape is a challenge for global brands and retailers. How do you build a future-proofpayments environment to support digital growth, and balances the need for global standardization with local nuance? From the moment the consumer trusts you with their payment until the time it safely arrives at the bank, the process needs to be smooth and secure. Putting the consumer first and breaking across online and physical channel boundaries comes with technical challenges. But there are ways to overcome these challenges. In this session we will discuss how a sustainable, scalable foundation helps cut operational costs and enables more flexibility to adapt in this rapidly changing payments environment.

Key takeaways: How to stay ahead of the everchanging payment landscape, how you build a future-proof payments environment to support digital growth, how a sustainable, scalable foundation helps cut operational costs and enables more flexibility to adapt in this rapidly changing payments environment.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 16:55

Seminar Zone - Product, Design and Agile

Understanding Design Systems

Noortje Smink

Lead Designer / UX Manager @ Werkspot

Design debt might have been inevitable before, but now there’s a way to avoid it—design systems. Unlike putting together design components like pattern libraries and style guides, a great design system tells how an organization designs and builds products. It becomes a new shared language between designers and developers. But what are the components of a design system? And how do you get buy-in from stakeholders? Let’s dive in!

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 16:55

Seminar Zone - Emerging Technology

Emerging Tech Unlocking Basic Needs for sub-Saharan Africa

Wendy van Thiel

Product Manager @ Off.Grid:Electric

Teresa De Sanctis

Digital Health Analytics Expert @ PharmAccess Foundation

The fourth industrial revolution paved the way for technological innovation to disrupt every industry worldwide. Continuously empowered tech solutions permeate our lives, yet billions of people still live daily without electricity and approximately 400 million people have no or very limited access to quality healthcare. In a journey made possible by digital technology via mobile payments, we will highlight how those basic needs can be made accessible to everyone, everywhere.

Key takeaways: Technology can make these basic needs accessible, Success depends on how implementation is done, For real impact, the solution needs to be self-sustainable

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 16:55

Seminar Zone - Founders and Entrepreneurs

Cultivating Your Unique Culture & Becoming A Global Talent Magnet

Kiana Sharifi

Head of Talent @ Balderton Capital (UK) LLP

Startups have to compete with tech giants for the same talent with less cash and fewer perks to offer. The ones who win put people first. They know culture is not the soft stuff, it is the hard stuff. It is harder to get right and to fix than any other aspect of your company. But a great company culture is not built, it is cultivated. Learn how you can do this in your company and attract top talent on a global scale.

Key takeaways: how to effectively scale teams and culture in startups, explore powerful tools and techniques for attracting and retaining top talent, find out how to use your connections wisely.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 16:55

Career & Personal Development

Presentation Details Coming Soon

Thu 29 Nov
- 16:55

Career and Personal Development 2.0

Girls Can! Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Technologists

Roz Sermons

Principal Architect @ Guidewire

In a time when there are huge shortages in vital IT skills we can’t afford to ignore half of the population. Why aren’t more young girls choosing IT as a career and what can we do to improve things? A call to both individuals and organizations.

Key takeaways: why skills shortages are costing the industry billions worldwide, why girls as young as 7 are already convinced that technology is not for them, how we are all in a position to change this, girls need role models.

 

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 17:30

Tech Talks

Closing Remarks

Wed 28 Nov
- 17:30

The Future of Technology

Networking Address - Engaging Everyone in Diversity: Male Agents of Change

The most senior roles in the largest businesses are still overwhelmingly held by men - so we exclude them from the 'women in tech' conversations and conferences?

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 17:30

Soft Skills

Closing Remarks - 6 Steps to Destroy the Gender Bias Illusion

Wed 28 Nov
- 17:30

Career & Personal Development

Closing Remarks

Wed 28 Nov
- 17:45

NETWORKING DRINKS

Thu 29 Nov
- 07:30

Registration & Light Breakfast

Thu 29 Nov
- 09:00

The Future of Technology

How to Create an Inclusive World in a Non-Inclusive World

Can I single-handedly dissolve tensions and re-build societal culture? No! So here's how you can help.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 09:30

The Future of Technology

Using Tech for Better Living

Understand how profit and purpose can work in harmony, find out how companies are screwing up on purpose, learn how to embed purpose properly across your organisation.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 10:00

The Future of Technology

Winning in the New Era of “Little” Data

Bee Hayes-Thakore

Director of Business Enablement @ Arm

Big data has captured our imaginations, but it’s only part of the story. Understand how, in the coming years, “little” data from billions of IoT- and AI-enabled devices can transform businesses and how to get meaningful data that your business can trust.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 10:30

The Future of Technology

Robots are Coming

Ernst Naezer

IT Innovation @ ING

Flavia Sequeira

IT Innovation @ ING

ollowing the slightly terrifying, fear inducing title, this talk is an attempt to demystify the vast field of AI and Machine Learning. You will understand why AI is hyped, where the recent developments have been, what are the biggest questions been asked, and the of course go home with a lot of examples and ideas. We now find ourselves in an AI Revolution. AI carries with it huge opportunity that is comparable with Electricity. The Electrical Revolution changed our products, jobs, society and lives; imagine what an AI Revolution would mean!

Consider this talk as a starting station to arousing your interest, kindling creativity and navigating this immense potential.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 11:00

COFFEE BREAK

Thu 29 Nov
- 11:30

The Future of Technology

Your Guide to Safe Computing

Your Guide to Safe Computing - Protect your business with limited time and resources, what to do if you can't afford a CISO,  protect your customer and employee information? This session will provide some actionable steps you can take to help secure your business.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 11:30

Career & Personal Development

Presentation Reserved for Guest Speaker at Zalando

Thu 29 Nov
- 11:30

Career and Personal Development 2.0

The Power of Social Change – Now’s the Time!

Sara Jonnasson Ginters

Founder @ Via Consulting

#technicalerror is the Swedish #metoo movement for the tech industry and revealed the magnitude of the workplace environment issues too many women face. Most IT companies undertake activities to improve gender equality yet the number of women that go into, and remain, in IT is declining across Europe. Why is that and what should be done about it? It’s clear that IT and tech organizations need to re-think their diversity and inclusion efforts to address this challenge. Join this session to explore what needs to change to build more inclusive IT organizations!

Key takeaways: How social movements can drive change in society and organizations, why organizations need to get more innovative when it comes to diversity and inclusion to increase the pace of change, concrete advise on how to bring these perspectives back to your organization.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 11:30

Soft Skills

How to Survive in the Tech Environment

Liliia Smirnova

Marketing and Business Development Manager @ CoreValue

According to a research from Harvard, Wharton, and MIT, a male’s voice is perceived as more logical and persuasive, than that of a female. This is a fun but very practical presentation on how to communicate with ‘men in tech’ of all levels from junior to super senior and even C-level in the right way so you can find the common ground, get heard, get positive feedback and make decisions or gather important information for your new marketing or any other strategy/plan; without the fear of sounding weird or worse - feel stupid.

Key takeaways: Know the difference in communication and perception of two species, how to be engaging and persuasive at the same time, how to talk tech in an ‘appropriate’ way - when research, statistics, facts and other figures come in handy.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 11:30

Tech Talks

Sentiment Analysis in Natural Language Processing: Extracting subjective information from Text

Halleh Khoshnevis

Machine Learning Engineer @ Trifork

Sentiment Analysis aims to determine the attitude of a writer with respect to some topics. This sentiment polarity can be the writer’s judgments, evaluations or any other emotional perceptions. With the growing availability of opinion resources such as blogs and review sites, the demand for seeking out the opinions of others has increased considerably but most of the time, these are hidden in long reviews or blogs. Hence, it is difficult for a reader to mine attitudes or angles of a topic. The task, therefore, should be automated and computers should be involved in this procedure.

Key Takeaways: Know the different applications of sentiment analysis in various fields, learn the importance of data preprocessing, hear the challenges of sentiment analysis, and why having more data leads means better predictions.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 11:30

Seminar Zone - Founders and Entrepreneurs

How to get Bought for a Strategic Price – The 5 Steps to a Successful Exit

Hazel Moore

Co-founder & Chairman @ FirstCapital

Selling your business is usually the culmination of a journey rather than an event. For most people it’s a long-term process requiring hard work, planning and preparation. Learn more about the five steps you need to take before starting an exit process to ensure the outcome is a successful one.

Key takeaways:  gain visibility & understand where you add value and check the “fit”,  how to lead your market, how to ensure your marketing materials truly reflect your brand’s position and messaging that will resonate with your buyers.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 11:30

Seminar Zone - Emerging Technology

Unlocking the A.I. Potential in Healthcare to Save Lives

Gabrielle Davelaar

Data Platform Solution Architect, AI, Microsoft

Gabrielle found herself in 2016 searching for a treatment of a rare epilepsy syndrome her son was suffering from. Trained as a computational neuroscientist she was eventually capable of finding a combination of medications that successfully treated her son using A.I.. However, the field of healthcare has a lot of challenges that are slowing down emerging technologies that could save lives of many people. However patients can empower each other and find treatments using technology that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible.

Key Takeaways: When data seems scarce, look again. You’ll find healthcare data in unexpected places. Ask for help, communities of patients are stronger than ever and are enabling each other through technology. Technology empowers people to a new level, however a lot needs to happen in the field of healthcare to get its true A.I. potential out there.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 11:30

Master Classes

Test Drive Infrastructure

Pooja Salpekar

Fullstack Engineer @ Babbel

Join me to see how to test the infrastructure setup with modern day provisioning tools. Test driving infrastructure scripts allows the whole system to be trusted and updated without fear of introducing breaking changes or otherwise causing instability. On-going checks on the health of the system to ensure quick recovery from failovers.

Key Takeaways: Setting up infrastructure for complex systems, Devops best practices, Monitoring the servers. Audience Level: Beginner / Intermediate

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 12:05

The Future of Technology

Emotional Intelligence: Does it Really Make a Difference?

Ineke Verwijs

Head of Customer Service Management @ Fujitsu

During this talk Ineke will cover the most important innovations/developments in the IT market, the concept of digital empathy and the growing need for digital empathy.

Key takeaways: What needs to be delivered, how to deliver IT solutions, the people needed to deliver future proof effective IT solutions and the potential for people with a high EQ.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 12:05

Career & Personal Development

Career Advice I wish I‘d Had

Sonna Barry

Business Development Director, Services, EMEA @ Westcon Group Germany

To me the biggest challenge has always been to stay true to myself and my beliefs while balancing adaptation to the current company‘s culture. From my perspective there is a lot of advice out there, that encourages (young) professionals (especially females) to play certain roles to facilitate moving up the ladder. I now believe that true career development happens when you find ways to move beyond that.

Key takeaways: how to accept the fear - and do it anyway! (Strategies for moving beyond your comfort zone), why you should ask for help - you don‘t have to be perfect, learn to know and love yourself (how to stay you in an environment of constant change).

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 12:05

Tech Talks

Enterprise Level NPM Security (and other dependency management tools)

Kat Chilton

Senior Front End Developer @ Adyen

Now that Javascript is emerging as a first class citizen of web application development, it is more crucial than ever to secure it before implementing it into automated build/deployment pipelines. This talk will take the audience through the entire process, from problem and requirements through solution, implementation and lessons learned.

Key takeaways: Understand the problems that all complex dependency trees will introduce, agnostic of language or platform, see analytics about weaknesses in NPM, and the public packages in its registry, learn about the risk exposed by “dependency sprawl”, and code examples of how we implemented Skantek, our own security verification tool for NPM, at Adyen.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 12:05

Seminar Zone - Founders and Entrepreneurs

Is your Business right for VC?

Nicola McClafferty

Investment Director @ Draper Esprit

Drawing on her experience as a founder and investor, Nikki will walk the audience through key questions of reflection when their business is ready for funding, common mistakes that young entrepreneurs make, and, if VC funding is an option, how to pick the right VC to take your business global.

Key takeaways: Should you raise VC money? Common mistakes made to avoid. How to think global.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 12:05

Seminar Zone - Emerging Technology

Empowering Learning through Emerging Technology

Mariana Filipova PhD

Innovator & Founder @ STEALM Academy

This talk walks you through a teaching and learning system I created based on developing high human potential and learning a variety of effective techniques for memory, assimilation, logic and even positive thinking improvement. My system shows kids and adults that there is always an easy way for doing everything successfully.

Key takeaways: effective motivation for Life Long Learning through digital technologies, How to rise from a sluggish child to a successful adult, What is STEALM and how it works?

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 12:05

Seminar Zone - Product, Design and Agile

How to use your Parenting Skills in an Agile Organization

Evelien Roos

Agile Coach @ Xebia

Working Agile new to you? If you have kids, you have probably been doing it all the time. The most Agile thing you can do is raising kids; there are no upfront plans or processes to follow, you act on what happens and you inspect and adapt regularly. How to use these skills and knowledge for your Agile teams and organization?

Key takeaways: what is Agile, advantages of Agile working for your teams and organizations, how can you use the skills and knowledge from parenting with your teams and organizations?

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 12:05

Master Classes

Building High Performing APP's for Multiple Devices in JavaScript

Andrea Ceran

Software Engineer, Front End Tech Stack @ DAZN

At DAZN we are building a sport subscription app with over 8000 live events accessible in selected countries. The app is built of multiple SPA's, using React & Mobx and microservice API's using Node.js. One of the biggest challenges is to have the application customised and optimised for multiple devices.

Key takeaways: How to build reusable JavaScipt apps targeting multiple devices, Event handling and remote controls, performance optimisations - why it is important.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 14:10

Career and Personal Development 2.0

The Risk of Avoiding all Risks

Jil Maassen

Strategy Consultant, EMEA @ Optimizely

Some people live life on the edge, others are more conventional. Whether you are risk averse or a risk lover depends on more than individual character traits. Organizational culture plays a huge factor in how decisions are made and innovation requires companies to “be bold” a take risks, but that’s easier said than done, especially when the success of a company is on the line. In order to change cultures to foster innovation, we need to understand individuals, and how we support them in taking controlled risks. This session will investigate why experimentation is the best tool for helping risk averse organizations create cultures of innovation.

Key Takeaways: Understand the root causes of risk aversion, how to become a ninja at managing risk aversion within yourself and others, how to leverage experiments to take controlled risks.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 12:40

The Future of Technology

Handling Emerging Technology: The Force to Be Reckoned With

Presentation Led by Guest Speaker

Details coming soon...

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 12:40

Seminar Zone - Emerging Technology

How AI & Machine Learning has Changed Today’s Marketing and What the Future Holds

Dr. Maryam Ramezani-Bartsch

Head of Digital Advanced Analytics @ adidas

In today’s hyper connected, highly personalised, multi-device world, marketing is all about connecting to the consumers at the right time with the right message. Consumer data is becoming the greatest asset of every company and successful companies are those who are being smart on how to utilise it to create real relationships with their customers.

Key takeaways: learn how advanced analytics is applied to digital marketing today and what the future will look like, walk away with key learnings on how to successfully leverage AI technologies to enable insights driven marketing in large organisations.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 12:40

Tech Talks

The Power Behind Location Analytics

Ana Maldonado

Head of Data Strategy & Corporate Solutions @ Qualogy

Location Analytics refers to the ability to gain insights from knowing where people are. It is an innovative technology that helps from managing crows during city events to understanding buyer behavior in a shop. For the 2017 UEFA Women's Champions League the Dutch players position was analysed using data science, and unexpected insights on the players behavior lead to understand their exceptional performance.

Key Takeaways: Position data analysis using statistical and predictive analysis is not only useful for football coaches. Sensor, video and WiFi tracking are becoming hot technologies. You will learn transferable techniques that can help you understand the power behind location analytics.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 12:40

Career & Personal Development

Growing Together Through Mentorship

Meera Rao

Senior Principal Consultant @ Synopsys

Mentors from varying backgrounds and skillsets bring out the best in mentees. Learning to spread that knowledge and empowerment on to others is vital. In this talk, I’ll share how my career has changed through inclusion and inspiration, and how I’ve learned to pass these skills on to others.

Key takeaways: Learn how you can find mentors who can help you build a meaningful career, Understand how to then leverage those skills in your professional life and inspire others in the workplace, determine how to support a program in which the mentor and mentee are equally dedicated to success.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 12:40

Soft Skills

Soft Skills, Hard Reality: Building a Successful Technical Career

Annikki Lane

Co-Founder & COO @ Adtile Technologies

It is clear that technology is changing faster than ever before but in addition to technological skill it is vital to develop other skills in order to keep up with the pace of the industry. In this session Annikki will share her experiences forging a technical career which began as a software developer and advanced into a leadership role, working closely with developers both in start-up companies and larger corporations. Get insights into the crucial skills of curiosity, communication and presentation whilst working with different people.

Key takeaways: Understand why it is important to be open-minded, how to be comfortable stepping out of your comfort zone, understand how to interact effectively with different types of tech professionals.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 12:40

Seminar Zone - Founders and Entrepreneurs

How to Build Culturally Responsive Online Businesses

Sundas Jabeen

Web Developer @ Natural Cycles

Living in a digital era, everyone wants to build and market their products globally. However, most people do not consider the fact that even though the world has been connected as one global village, it still has different cultures that drive different behaviours and perceptions. How do we then communicate with them (all) and gain their trust? People need to feel at home with the cultural references in your designs. By using the cultural parameters, we can create culturally responsive products that are accepted and used by people across the globe. During this presentation I propose a variety of cultural variables to show the appropriate content for specific groups of users in the same way that we use media queries to show content according to viewports or breakpoints.

Key Takeaways: why cultures and languages dictate consumer behavior, how culture can make your message perceived differently, why localisation is the key to make people trust you.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 12:40

Master Classes

Reserved for Irina Tagintseva, Lead DevOps Engineer, Gap

Thu 29 Nov
- 13:10

LUNCH BREAK

Thu 29 Nov
- 14:10

The Future of Technology

The Future of Education is Through the Blockchain

How do you bypass the traditional education system? What opportunities are there for talented women entering the industry to quickly rise to expert or leadership positions? And most importantly, why blockchain enhances collaboration, openness and compromise!

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 14:10

Career & Personal Development

#Imposter#Fraud#NotMe!!

Joanne Thurlow

Head of IT @ Siemens

Think you’re not up to your job, even though you clearly are? You’re not alone. ‘Imposter syndrome’ makes you doubt your accomplishments and fear being exposed as a fraud. Millions suffer, especially women. But this does not have to be so. Use reframing to think yourself out of this syndrome.

Key takeaways: How to become aware of gaps on route to the top and gain tips to navigation them – starting with the Imposter Syndrome, learn to manage your mind to manage your state with the power of reframing, understand how closing the Imposter Syndrome gap acts as a foundation for closing many of the other gaps you may face.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 14:10

Soft Skills

Why You Should Pursue Public Speaking and How to Get There

Yenny Cheung

Software Engineer, Yelp

Starting a tech career as a minority is challenging. It could mean being the only one to speak against the popular opinion, or becoming more visible to get the same level of recognition. Public speaking helps you achieve that and more. This dialog shares tips on how to overcome the fear, and ways to get started. Attendees will be prepared to brace presenting from a team meeting to a conference.

Key takeaways: how to overcome the fear of public speaking, how to find speaking opportunities, how to use public speaking as a tool to improve confidence and communication skills.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 14:10

Tech Talks

Before you Dream of AI do your Homework

Susan Wegner

VP, Data, AI & Governance @ Deutsche Telekom

This talk motivates the need for data as a precondition for machine learning enabled artificial intelligence products and services. I will include examples of disruptions triggered through AI from both the Telekom internal and external point of view. Additionally, how the current strategic direction of Deutsche Telekom is subsequently highlighted in terms of data and AI and compared with other industry peers.

Key takeaways: How to achieve AI business impact: focus on company data strategy, Prio Use Cases and how to implement them case by case to achieve quick business impact, how to work on your data management.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 14:10

Seminar Zone - Founders and Entrepreneurs

Building Business in Blockchain

Jessica Hofmann

Founder @ Atos Blockchain Factory

How does one build business in Blockchain? In a market that is only just starting to evolve, the definition of success is yet to be defined. Jessica Hofmann, Founder of the Atos Blockchain Factory, shares her insights from building a Blockchain knowledge and delivery center.

Key takeaways: how to build a first-class customer relationship, how to create a successful business strategy to facilitate the growth path of your customer into the market & technology, realise a realistic timeframe for exploring something new like Blockchain.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 14:10

Seminar Zone - Emerging Technology

The Science of Illusion (Virtualization)

Priya Saxena

Software Developer, Cloudhouse Technologies

You may call it the science of illusion; the art of deception; the magic of spoofing; the tactics of faking; or simply, the world of virtualization! Today we are surrounded by virtual software ranging from virtual machines (VM) to virtual reality (VR). In this session, we will touch base on emerging virtualization technologies and take a deep dive into Application Virtualization.

Key takeaways: Understanding the Virtualization landscape (products from Microsoft, VMWare, Citrix etc), deep dive into App Virtualization Technology, pointers for career growth and business opportunities in the virtualization field.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 14:10

Master Classes

Dealing with Missing Data in R: Amputation or Imputation?

Rianne Schouten

Developer Data & Analytics & Missing Data Methodologist @ Samen Velig-Mideen & Utrecht University

Solving missing data problems requires an understanding of the reasons/mechanisms underlying the missingness. Through examples in R, I will show how amputation (the generation of missing values) helps in finding the appropriate imputation (filling up missing values) method. The goal is to teach how to critically evaluate solutions for incomplete datasets.

Key Takeaways:  Missing data happens with different underlying mechanisms, simple R-functions like ‘md.pattern’ and ‘ampute’ help to investigate the missingness, the appropriateness of a missing data method depends on the missing data problem.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 14:45

The Future of Technology

Regulating Tech Giants

If human rights are at risk we may need new, legally enforceable rights and mechanisms to grapple with emerging technologies. Can we rely on the “ethical conscience” of tech companies to know our fundamental rights are protected? Ethics are laudable—but sometimes they are not enough. 

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 14:45

Career & Personal Development

Fortune Favors The Bold: Using Mindful Risk For Continuous Growth

Leitha Matz

COO @ Zuper

The tech industry is constantly evolving. Skills you learned two years ago may be outdated tomorrow. As tech professionals, we need to think like futurists, recognise opportunities and continuously reinvent our skills, systems and ideas. This session focuses on mindful risk, iterative improvement and breaking through mental barriers that hold us back.

Key takeaways: Gain tips on thinking like a futurist., Gain techniques for risk evaluation, leave with the tools to help you recognize your opportunities.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 14:45

Soft Skills

Storytelling: The Critical Skill that is Hard and Soft

Jamesa Saoirse Brown

Director, Digital Strategy @ Cognizant Digital Business

In tech, we put focus on developing hard skills and increasing importance on soft skills but storytelling is a mix of these, and the ability to weave a narrative out of the flood of facts, data and context is critical to leadership and success. Key Takeaways: Learn how to structure a compelling story, starting with a clear intention, explore how storytelling can help you take ownership of your career, learn editing techniques to continuously refine stories as you take on new information and insights.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 14:45

Tech Talks

Challenges of Building Machine Learning Models in Production

Elena Sokolova

Team Lead, Data Science @ Booking.com

In this talk I would like to give an overview of most common things that can go wrong when building machine learning models for production and several solutions for these problems. I will share my experience with building such models during two years of work in Booking.com as a Data Scientist.

Key takeaways: Why a lot of data does not mean good data in Machine Learning, how data contains a lot of biases that can reduce the accuracy of your models, why you should test all your models in A/B testing to estimate the real performance.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 14:45

Seminar Zone - Founders and Entrepreneurs

Removing the Fear - Sales Tips and Tricks

Valeria Pagano

Head of Sales @ OnMaCon GmbH

Once you have created your business, you have to acquire customers. Doing active sales is not easy and is not everybody’s cup of tea. During this session I’ll share tips and tricks on sales tactics to take your fear (at least partially) away.

Key takeaways: Cold Calls – how to make them, the 5 ‘be’s’ (my own theory!), how you can learn to listen.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 14:45

Seminar Zone - Emerging Technology

The Real Impact of Emerging Technology on the Future of Work

Thu 29 Nov
- 15:20

Soft Skills

#IhavenoideawhatImdoing

Erin Davies

Agile Coach @ PA Consulting

Battling with Imposter Syndrome is never easy, but is particularly hard as a young woman in Technology. Even more when you’re from a non-technical background. How do you fight against Imposter Syndrome when it feels like the odds are stacked against you; and you’re waiting to be found out?

Key takeaways: The pervasiveness of impostor syndrome, top tips to help you overcome this thing holding you back from being your best self.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 15:20

The Future of Technology

The Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2019

Led by Guest Speaker

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 15:20

Career & Personal Development

7 Serious Questions to Play Your Future

A session that gives you an opportunity to carve out your future plans. Our guest speaker will have you write them down, force you to be honest, ensure you are being true to your heart and intuition so that you walk away with your very own game plan to build the future for yourself. Of course, there are some tips and life hacks along the way.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 15:20

Tech Talks

The Hidden Potential Treasures of Apps

Cosima Von Kries

Technical Evangelist @ Nintex

Are you making the most of your Apps to make your business life easier? What actually is an App? The real answer is that almost everything is an app. In the era of BYOD, an application is a means of accessing information whenever, wherever and however. Using demo scenarios this talk shows how companies can improve the collaboration, productivity and happiness of their employees by using customs Apps and Microsoft Apps.

Key Takeaways: Which combination of Apps on different devices creates strong business collaboration, how do Apps/Mobility have a huge impact for digital transformation and the workplace of the future, how to create a powerful mobile strategy.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 14:45

Master Classes

Building Machine Learning Services with AWS Sagemaker

Iulia Pasov

Data Engineer @ Sixt

Machine Learning is not a new topic, but in many companies the path from PoC to production is long and difficult. However, deploying machine learning models has never been so simple. In this session I will present key takeaways on building, training and deploying machine learning models with AWS Sagemaker.

Key takeaways: building ML models with AWS Sagemaker, training ML models with AWS Sagemaker, deploying ML models with AWS Sagemaker