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Joshua Ness
Senior Manager, Verizon 5G Labs
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Session Title:
Web3 and 5G: Enabling technologies for an augmented future

Session Synopsis:
In this interactive session, we'll look beyond the hype of VR meetings and slapping NFTs on anything with a pixel, and we'll examine how Web3 and spatial computing will intersect with connectivity and digital property rights to create an environment that seamlessly blends the physical, augmented, and virtual. Attendees also have an opportunity to reimagine a typical process -- e.g. buying a home or going on a date -- through the lens of this interconnected ecosystem of emerging technologies. They will walk away with a solid understanding of these concepts and be ready to have informed conversations about how to implement them in their organizations.

About Joshua
Joshua Ness is an ecosystem orchestrator for 5G and emerging technology enablement, connecting physical and digital environments to create immersive and impactful experiences. He helps leadership teams across industries implement the “art of the possible” to develop and apply new disruptive connected technologies for industries like healthcare, manufacturing and retail, as well as consumer areas like gaming, sports, and media.

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Benjamin Ryder
Software Engineer, Emerging Technologies and Incubation
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Session Title:
Edge Native – The new paradigm for operating and developing Edge Apps

Session Synopsis:
Customized Edge-AI for computer vision starts to become feasible at scale, customers now require a multitude of solutions deployed on a common underlying platform, and applications at the Edge are evolving rapidly and require a new approach to operate them across thousands of locations. In this session we will explore the business transitions and associated requirements at the Edge, discuss and demo how we evolve the cloud-native principles that we’re all so familiar with, and reflect on how we can meet the business transition needs growing at the Edge.

About Ben
Ben is a Software Engineer in Cisco’s Emerging Technologies and Incubation group, where he helps drive software and architecture development for Edge platforms, solutions, associated services and applications. His interests and experience spans from backend infrastructure to front mobile and web frontend development, as well as applied machine learning and data science.  o    Passionate about innovation and working at the cutting-edge, Ben focuses on delivering tangible product and business benefit while exploring the latest trends and technologies. He holds a Master of Engineering in Computing (Imperial College London), and a PhD in Information Management (ETH Zurich).

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Shawn Kyzer
Principal Data Engineer
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Session Title:
Better Decisions Through Big Data and AI

Session Synopsis:
We will step through a common use case and framework to explore how any organization regardless of size or industry can leverage Big Data and AI to make intelligent decisions and find competitive advantages giving them an upper hand in the ever changing landscape of business. At the end of this session you will be able to know how to work with what and who you have, approach your data problems with a product first approach and what that looks like while applying these concepts with a real use case.​

About Shawn
Shawn is passionate about harnessing the power of data strategy, engineering and analytics in order to help businesses uncover new opportunities. As an innovative technologist with over 14 years experience, Shawn removes technology as a barrier, and broadens the art of the possible for business and product leaders. Shawn’s deep technical knowledge includes distributed computing, cloud architecture, data science, machine learning and engineering analytics platforms. He has years of experience working as a consultant practitioner for a variety of prestigious clients ranging from secret clearance level government organizations to Fortune 500 companies.

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Kian Abolfazlian
Director, Data Transformation Leader, Image Guided Therapy Business Cluster
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Session Title:
From Technology-literate People, to People-literate Technologies? Of course, it is Human to be Digital!

Session Synopsis:
The Knowledge-asset is the single most important capital of any organization. Intelligence Augmentation of employee competencies, enabled by a Knowledge-first Customer-centric E2E Digital Transformation is one of the most suited vehicles for the monetization of this capital. But this transformation cannot be achieved via a focus on creation of ever larger groups of Technology-proficient digital-savvy data-literate professionals. We need People-literate technologies.

About Kian
For the past 20+ years, Kian has been a Principal Digital Strategist and Trusted Advisor on Digital-First solutioning for boards of directors, C-Suites and senior stakeholders in knowledge-intensive organization, across Europe, Americas and Asia. He is passionate about designing ""People-literate technologies"", as well as people-centric digital-first solutions in the context of smart spaces for healthcare, manufacturing, global logistics, buildings & shops, as well as homes and cities. I design and deliver Intelligence Augmentation, using innovative convergence of solutions.

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Julien Bertolini
IoT Expert
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Session Title:
Understanding Industry 4.0 with a concrete example: Volvo Smart Factory

Session Synopsis:
New technologies call for more flexible production sites and plenty of creative high-tech solutions. Volvo Smart Factory is an ambitious program to move toward Industry 4.0. Join us to see how they are producing truck parts on a real "Industry 4.0 assembly line" and how the modular and interconnected design brings performance and flexibility. Discover the role of IoT technologies to pilot and monitor shop floor equipment in real time. Understand the benefits and challenges of next-generation manufacturing including the strategic approach, the organization, competence development, the key role of IT/OT convergence, and more.  -    Understand the benefits of Industry 4.0 - Get an overview of a real implementation of next-generation manufacturing - The steps to move toward the industry of the future.

About Julien
He was working for more than a decade in the IoT domain & his role at Volvo is to build and deploy IoT solutions in factories all over the world. As an expert, he loves to solve a business pain point, from the idea to the industrial deployment. His favorite adage for a successful IoT project is: “Think BIG, start small.

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  • LinkedIn
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Anton Muzhailo
Senior Solution Architect, CEE Technology Office
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Session Title:
GlobalLogic Architecture Assessment Framework as a basis for architecture maturity evaluation.

Session Synopsis:
We will talk about engineering and architecture maturity assessments and discuss the main reasons why they fail. During the speech, I will provide a reference framework we use at GlobalLogic and will share the best practices and approaches.

About Anton
I’m a senior solution architect at GlobalLogic with an extensive background in Enterprise Architecture and Digital Assurance. As a part of GlobalLogic Technology Office I’m leading technical advisories, assessments and consultings across multiple domain verticals such media, healthcare, automotive, telecom. Throughout my career, I’ve been playing multiple roles in software engineering, test automation, configuration engineering and processes management. For the past 10 years, I conduct hard- and soft-skills trainings for internal and external audiences on a regular basis. My professional motto is “Every improvement, change and deliverable should be based on a clear business value, not on how cool it looks or how trendy it is”.

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Adrian Postelnicu
Chief Product Officer
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Session Title:
Leverage Product metrics to maximize business outcomes

Session Synopsis:
How does METRO.digital define impact and how do we measure it when talking about our technical solutions? We use data. We are a large enterprise in charge of building scalable solutions for a global international business (20+ countries) across Europe and Asia. We craft our products around the business needs, and we push for innovation. Practically, METRO.digital delivers digital products for the METRO Group.
Every year, we must decide how to allocate next year’s budget (triple-digit million EUR) to the products that we maintain and evolve, to the upcoming projects, and to the new solutions that we need. We decide how much to invest in the most impactful solutions for our business; the ones that can bring the highest incremental value and deliver consistent throughput on areas like e.g., customer touchpoints, customer loyalty, cost reduction or employee productivity. But which ones are those? Out of the 150 solutions that we develop we need to leverage data to find the answers. We look at the digital products’ metrics from all angles: business impact, engineering perspective (DORA, SLAs), user experience/satisfaction (CSAT), penetration rate, team productivity, etc. We equate this to the overarching wholesale strategy of METRO, and then we come closer to the desired outcome.


About Adrian
Curious learner and courageous contributor. Facilitating people’s discovery journey of their own mission in life. Actively supporting them to follow it. Keen on bridging diverse perspectives and finding the sweet spot of collective contribution and meaningful goals. Started off as a software engineer and accepted the challenge of leadership as an Engineering Manager for several years. Took an exhilarating detour through Product Design (UX) and landed in Product Management a couple of years back. Currently pushing forward the Product Management paradigm, as Chief Product Officer, in METRO.digital and facilitating the magic trio of Product, Design, and Engineering to thrive inside a well-established corporate environment. All in Tech and Wholesale - for more than 15 years.

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Anca Fotache
General Manager

Session Title:
Opening Speech IT Ops Stage

About Anca
Anca Fotache joined Booking Holdings in April 2022 as Center of Excellence Lead and General Manager in Romania. Anca has a strong background in operations, customer service, project and portfolio management, as well as proven expertise in leading strategic programs. Prior to joining Booking Holdings Romania, Anca served as EMEA Senior Service Delivery Director at Stefanini, a global technology company. Anca holds an MBA from Tiffin University and a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the University of Bucharest.

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  • LinkedIn
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Yoann Fouquet
Senior Site Reliability Engineering Manager at Booking.com, part of
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Session Title:
Automating years of tribal knowledge to mitigate incidents faster

Session Synopsis:
In modern days, even with a great testing process before service deployment, incidents can still happen. Automating incident response is sometimes possible, but there are some cases when you cannot automate the unknown. Automating years of tribal knowledge to mitigate incidents faster will describe the process to automate incident response at Booking.com, and how working with talent and teams across borders contributes to innovation and operational success. The presentation will also cover the alerting setup, the runbook creation process, the gameday setup to train the developers and SREs, and the automation tool which brings clear insights to the incident responders.

About Yoann
Yoann Fouquet is a Senior Site Reliability Engineering Manager, with experience in building and operating resilient applications at high-scale. He joined Booking.com in 2018, where he is supporting company core services on performance, reliability, scalability, disaster recovery and security topics with a continuous focus on optimizing and scaling SRE practices through efficient tooling and processes. Yoann is currently leading teams at both Booking.com and the Booking Holdings Center of Excellence in Bucharest, Romania.

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Jose Ramirez
Site Reliability Engineering at Booking.com, part of
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Session Title:
Automating years of tribal knowledge to mitigate incidents faster

Session Synopsis:
In modern days, even with a great testing process before service deployment, incidents can still happen. Automating incident response is sometimes possible, but there are some cases when you cannot automate the unknown. Automating years of tribal knowledge to mitigate incidents faster will describe the process to automate incident response at Booking.com, and how working with talent and teams across borders contributes to innovation and operational success. The presentation will also cover the alerting setup, the runbook creation process, the gameday setup to train the developers and SREs, and the automation tool which brings clear insights to the incident responders.

About Jose
Jose Ramirez is a Site Reliability Engineer, with experience in building and operating resilient applications and platforms at high-scale. He joined Booking.com, part of the Booking Holdings family of brands, in June 2022, where he is working supporting the Horizontal Business Services track on reliability, resiliency, security and SRE practices. His work spans technologies and teams that sit across Booking.com and the Booking Holdings Center of Excellence in Bucharest, Romania.

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Ionuț Loșonti
Actuary, Risk Manager, Martoms Brothers & Co

Session Title:
Blockchain applicability

Session Synopsis:
Gathering the necessary data to evaluate and process risk management claims is one of the industry's most difficult challenges. Martoms Brothers & Co has developed a new system that leverages blockchain technology's applicability in the risk management field to innovate business rules and automate policy claims processing via smart contracts, all while maintaining a permanent audit trail.

About Ionuț
A graduate of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science "Babes-Bolyai" in Cluj-Napoca, Ionut LOSONTI is an actuarial and risk management professional with over 20 years of experience in the financial field.

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Clement Anghel
Data Privacy Architect
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Session Title:
Efficiency Vs. Privacy?

Session Synopsis:
Data Privacy is a critical factor for the efficiency of the software development process, as well as for the success of the Product. Brilliant coding is not enough, it is always the synergy between Software Engineers and Privacy Engineers that makes a development project future-proof.

About Clement
Clement Anghel, Senior Technical Architect, ERS TST (HPI), HCLTech - extensive experience in Data Privacy GRC (governance, risk and compliance) management and hands-on familiarity with Privacy Engineering, over 25 years of Process Efficiency & Automation for reduced operational costs and risks, along with increased sales and customer loyalty.

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Claudiu Râpan

Moderator

About Claudiu
Experienced Tech Journalist with a demonstrated history of working in the newspapers and online media industries. Claudiu has been a Tech Editor for several romanian outlets and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of one of the only remaining printed tech publications in the country, connect Magazine.

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