Speakers 2019

Martina Forster

Senior Product Manager Payment SecurityNetcetera

Speaker 2019

Martina Forster

Senior 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 Hänggi

    Lecturer & Researcher, University of Applied Sciences & Arts LucerneHSLU

    Speaker 2019

    Esther Hänggi

    Lecturer & 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.

      Jasmin Deniz Karatas

      Gamification Chapter Lead/ManagerAccenture Interactive Delivery

      Jasmin Deniz Karatas

      Gamification 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.

        Nadja Keidel

        Expert Data ScientistZühlke Engineering AG

        Speaker 2019

        Nadja Keidel

        Expert 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.

          Lizan Kuster

          Lizan Kuster

          Moderator, Speaker, Entrepreneur
          Lizan Kuster

          Lizan Kuster

          Moderator, Speaker, Entrepreneur

          Lizan Kuster is a moderator, advocate, speaker, and entrepreneur. She is currently leading the business development of Kickstart. Kickstart bridges the gap between tech scale-ups, corporates, cities, universities and institutions to accelerate innovations. Lizan served as lead and was responsible for the strategy and development of the World Economic Forum's global platform for startup initiatives and is a Global Shaper. She co-founded and headed Impact Hub in the Philippines and made her mark as part of Impact Hub's global strategy group. She holds a Bachelor in Business Administration International Management.

          Why I Tech

          It has been only 26 years ago when the 56k dialup modem was commercially introduced. Imagine or remember how much the world has changed since then. Technology has and is transforming the way how people live, consume, communicate and work. I love technology because of the possibilities and the potential power to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges.

            Miriam Meckel

            Founding publisherada

            Keynote-Speaker 2019

            Miriam Meckel

            Founding 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.

              Monique Morrow

              President & Co-FounderThe Humanized Internet, former CTO at Cisco

              Keynote-Speaker 2019

              Monique Morrow

              President & 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.

                Angela Nicoara

                Head of IoT Innovation LabLucerne University of Applied Sciences (HSLU), Department Informatik

                Speaker 2019

                Angela Nicoara

                Head 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.

                  Heike Riel

                  IBM Fellow, Department Head Science & TechnologyIBM Research

                  Heike Riel

                  IBM 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.

                    Christina Riesen

                    Cristina Riesen

                    FounderWe Are Play Lab Foundation
                    Christina Riesen

                    Cristina Riesen

                    FounderWe 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.