The event is a mix of inspiring talks from astonishing tech women, interactive deep-dive-sessions about the latest tech trends, coaching sessions with experienced IT-professionals and lots of networking activities in a relaxing atmosphere. All to improve your personal and professional skills and broaden your network.
Reception & Welcome Drink
Keynote 1: What’s next in Computing?
Take a look back. How did your grandparents live? How did your parents live? How do you live? And now, try envision the future!
The exponential progress of semiconductor electronics has enabled a plethora of applications we all rely on every day. The abundant availability of electronics and the corresponding gadgets have changed how we work, how we interact and how we live. What’s next? Today, we live in truly exciting times – paradigm shifts in computing are happening right now. Extraordinary capabilities are emerging in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) thanks to the widespread availability of data, algorithms and models, and modern advances in computing. To further fuel the opportunities for applications and bring AI to the next level we need to reimagine computing. Through innovations in the physics of AI, we anticipate that an increase of multiple orders of magnitude in AI computational efficiency is realizable. We are exploring new materials, devices and architectures for analog AI computation, as well as the intersection of quantum computing and machine learning.
Keynote 2: Cultivating The Art of Persistence
Cultivating The Art of Persistence
If I were to assert the one quality that has been pivotal in shaping my career, it is persistence. Specifically, the courage to go left when everyone is going right. This factor is not easy and can be the root of tremendous self doubt; misunderstanding; and, alas ,hubris. Persistence must be coupled with the authentic you and inherently means being vulnerable in a tech world where errors are rarely if at all tolerated especially for women. The art of persistence includes knowing when to surrender; when to mourn and to move on. Persistence also means being generous with your peers as our industry does not have to be a zero sum game – only winners and only losers. Our careers do not need to possess this image of a ladder that rises and rises, it can be about infinite pivots and being ever so persistent. If there is one take away from my talk, it will be to take concrete action to develop your own art of persistence and to be generous along the way.
Keynote 3: Becoming a Change Maker
More than ever, our world needs creative thinkers and rebels who push the limits of what is considered possible in order to solve the big challenges of our time. All of us can become agents of change, provided that we learn how to tap into our extraordinary creative resources and we design inclusive, open and inspiring learning environments that can make positive change happen. It is within our reach to learn how to shape a bright future for humanity and “to focus all our energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new” as Socrates said.
Coffee-Break & Networking-Tables
Parallel Deep-Dive-Session: Stakeholder communication – gaining approval for your product strategy
Stakeholder communication – gaining approval for your product strategy
How do you scale your product business? Did you ever struggle to convince internal and external stakeholders of your ideas and plans? – Focusing on communication, Martina will share her key initiatives and learnings from her experience in different tech companies on how to develop, to implement, and to scale product management activities successfully. After an input presentation, you will have the opportunity to discuss own challenges and explore strategies how to address them.
#CustomerOrientation #B2B2C #Payments #Empathy #StakeholderManagement #CustomerOrientedMetrics
Parallel Deep-Dive-Session: Quantum Information - Big Hope for Tiny Particles
Quantum Information – Big Hope for Tiny Particles
- What is a quantum computer?
- Why are companies investing millions in building a quantum computer?
- What is quantum cryptography and how does it relate to quantum computers?
#quantumcomputing #nextbigthing #quantumcryptography #quantumcommunication #qubits
Parallel Deep-Dive-Session: Machine Learning is all about magic and unicorns? Let’s do the reality check.
Machine Learning is all about magic and unicorns? Let’s do the reality check.
Once upon a time, in a world out of reach, machine learning projects were born and set-up, composed of mystic algorithms (“insert magic here”) and understood by “unicorns” only.
Let’s change that! Leaving the enchanted castle, we should acknowledge that machine learning and artificial intelligence projects are hard work, but neither out of reach nor incomprehensible. I would like to share with you, how real ML projects feel like. How they evolve, how we tackled arising problems, and share my learnings on architectural and process specifics. Until eventually, we get to the point discussing the true differences between ML and every other IT-project, towards a demystified notion of what ML projects are all about.
#traptheunicorn #machinelearning #artificialintelligence #interdisciplinaryteams #insights #learning #itsnotmagicitsaprocess
Diversity, a word, which says nothing and all in one…In a world, in which tech and business is colliding and erupting new things, what is key?
Let’s find out! Sometimes we need to overcome our internal monsters and need to step into the our heroes mindset. It’s not a traditional workshop – today it will be more about collaboration, new ways of thinking and fun.
We will see who finds the key!
This workshop needs your full dedication and participation. Please make sure you can attend the whole 60 Minutes – I promise it will be worth it.
Wrap & Closing
Apéro-Riche, Campfire-Coaching-Sessions, Networking-Lounge
Closing of "official event"
Miriam MeckelFounding publisherada
Miriam Meckel, PhD, is the founding publisher of ada, the platform for digital life and the economy of the future, at Handelsblatt Media Group. Previously she had been editor-in-chief since 2014 and publisher of WirtschaftsWoche, Germany’s most important weekly magazine for business in Düsseldorf, since 2017. Miriam Meckel has been Professor of Corporate Communication at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland since 2005. She was Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and Visiting Professor at the Singapore Management University for several years. Miriam Meckel received the Cicero Speaker Award in the category “Science”, published numerous books, scientific journal articles and journalistic articles.
Why I Tech
Technology is like a stretching exercise for our imagination – in its ideal form it can show us what the future holds and enrich the human experience.
Heike RielIBM Fellow, Department Head Science & TechnologyIBM Research
Heike Riel is a distinguished scientist known for advancing the frontiers of information technology through the physical sciences. She is an IBM Fellow and the Department Head of Science & Technology at IBM Research. Her responsibilities include leading the research agenda of the Science & Technology department with the goal of creating scientific and technological breakthroughs in the Physics of Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing and Technologies, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Precision Diagnostics and Smart System Integration.
In a previous role she established the technical research agenda of the IBM Research Frontiers Institute – a global research consortium comprising international industry partners focused on developing groundbreaking computing technologies. Furthermore, she has led research and development efforts to build end-to-end solutions for IoT applications starting from the differentiated sensor device to the leading edge data analysis for developing artificial intelligence solutions.
She earned a PhD in Physics from University of Bayreuth (Germany) and a MBA from Henley Business College (UK). She has authored more than 140 peer reviewed publications, filed more than 50 patents and received several major awards. More details: https://ibm.co/2o3bENc
Why I Tech
It’s fun – it’s challenging – it’s my passion. Technology makes us live a better life. Technology innovation is the key to solving our societal problems.
Monique MorrowPresident & Co-FounderThe Humanized Internet, former CTO at Cisco
Monique Morrow is President and Co-Founder of the Humanized Internet, a non-profit organization focused on addressing the need to control our identities as well as providing digital identity for those individuals most underserved. Much of Monique’s work operates at the intersection between blockchain technology, security-privacy issues, questions of legal jurisdiction, and portfolio development. She has explored these issues as a member of several advisory boards. She is regarded as one of the most influential technology leaders worldwide, has earned numerous honors, and is a tireless advocate for women in technology and engineering.
Why I Tech
I love technology whilst it has no agency, one has the opportunity to be purposeful in it’s invention and application to create a better world. We absolutely need to think about the implications of technology to our society as a positive narrative in creating the future we wish to have together, not the one we wish to avoid.
Cristina RiesenFounderWe Are Play Lab Foundation
Cristina Riesen founded We Are Play Lab Foundation with the mission to empower kids by accelerating positive change in education. Entrepreneur, startup mentor and lecturer, she is interested in using the power of creativity, technology and entrepreneurship to tackle complex societal challenges. Former General Manager for Evernote in Europe, Middle East and Africa, she is an EMScom graduate and a certified Hasso Plattner d.School design thinking professional with more than 10 years of experience in communications, international business development and entrepreneurship. Prior to Evernote, she was radio editor and worked in public relations for iconic design and architecture brands. After managing the launch of the Swiss Edtech Collider at EPFL, she joined part-time the Strategic Development team at ETH Zurich until February 2019.
Why I Tech
I see technology as a fantastic enabler of positive change in the world. Provided that we develop and use it wisely, it can contribute to designing a world in which everybody can fulfil their potential.
Martina ForsterSenior Product Manager Payment SecurityNetcetera
Every second, around 20’000 digital payments happen across the globe. A number that is expected to grow by 50% by 2021. Every transaction passes up to four identification and verification steps and customers expect highest security and availability. As one of the leading payment security service providers, Netcetera serves more than 1’000 banking institutions and payment card issuers with over 25 million cards in operations worldwide, ensuring highest quality and standards for all involved parties. As Senior Product Manager at Netcetera, Martina is in charge for Payment Security products guaranteeing an outstanding customer experience while not sacrificing on the security and performance requirements of banks and issuers. Prior to joining Netcetera in 2017, Martina worked in various roles in consulting, business development, and sales at a world leading software company in the field of spatial information, gaining experience in Africa and Europe alike.
Why I Tech
Technology allows faster than ever before to find solutions for global needs and to shape the interaction between humans.
Esther HänggiLecturer & Researcher, University of Applied Sciences & Arts LucerneHSLU
Esther Hänggi is a lecturer and researcher at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. During the last thirteen years she has been working in quantum information, cryptography, application security and identity and access management both in academic and private institutions.
Nadja KeidelExpert Data ScientistZühlke Engineering AG
Nadja Keidel is working as an Expert Data Scientist at Zühlke Engineering AG where she gained several years of experience in conducting data analytics and machine learning projects in various industries. She holds a CAS ETH in computer science with focus on data science as well as a MSc ETH Mathematics..
Why I Tech
Math is beauty, IT is empowerment. I love when ideas come to life, become visual and touchable.
Tech provides us with an unbelievably rich toolbox of libraries and frameworks, but also ways to collaborate and strategies to tackle complex problems and handle difficult settings. My passion lies in bridging between technology and business – I strongly believe these worlds need to move closer and even integrate. Next to solving problems and implementing solutions, we should be all sharing more of the ‘aha’-moments.
Jasmin Deniz KaratasGamification Chapter Lead/ManagerAccenture Interactive Delivery
Jasmin Deniz Karatas is the ASGR Gamification Chapter Lead in Accenture Digital Interactive and built up the Gamification Clan. She started her Accenture Quest three and a half years ago, after she already finished her missions within agencies and startups in the topics of Strategic Design, UX, holistic Concept creation and, Human Centered approaches.
Angela NicoaraHead of IoT Innovation LabLucerne University of Applied Sciences (HSLU), Department Informatik
Angela Nicoara is the Head of IoT Innovation Lab, leading the IoT Systems & Software Research at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences (HSLU), Department Informatik, Switzerland. She is an impact-driven technical leader and innovator with 17 years of experience in industry and research, with a proven track record of building breakthrough technologies, systems, and software architectures in IoT, mobile, and distributed systems from inception to widespread adoption (at Intel, Deutsche Telekom, Google, ETH Zürich, Caatoosee, WebQuote, HSLU). Angela received her PhD in Computer Science from ETH Zürich. Her work has been published in numerous leading technical conferences, workshops and symposia proceedings. She is a regular speaker and panelist at premium international industry and scientific conferences. She received several prestigious awards and honors for her work and technical contributions, including Intel Division Recognition Award 2018, Women in IT Awards USA 2018 – Finalist – “Innovator of the Year” (Top 10 Women Innovators in USA), Best Paper Awards from IEEE RTAS and ACM WWW, Deutsche Telekom Innovation Award. Her work has been quoted by the press and media, as well as chaired and served as TPC member of multiple industry and scientific conferences.