Lectures list

Jacquelle Amankonah

Google



Jacquelle Amankonah is a Program Manager for YouTube at Google, currently running the operations, programs, and partnerships across Product, Engineering, and UX to build one of YouTube’s core business focuses of the year. Jacquelle is known at Google for having a domain expertise in how to reveal users’ true needs and desires, turning these methods and findings into a fundamental part of the company’s product development process. She speaks regularly at company-wide meetings run by the CEO to share the latest insights from users and how they can take steps to wrap these needs into the company’s offering. Given her passion for this area, she created and now runs an official program at the company aimed specifically at ensuring users’ needs are a core part of the way the staff thinks and designs, turning it quickly from a pilot experiment to company-wide initiative. Outside of this scope, Jacquelle has worked for 9 years in the entertainment technology space driving product management and wearing several business hats at brand new startup ventures and established corporations dealing with billion+ scale. She still holds an avid and thriving entrepreneurial spirit, believing the best ideas are born from unprecedented drive backed by unique innovation. She received her Master's degree in Law and Philosophy from USC at just 20 years old, and was heralded as being one of the Top 100 Young Entrepreneurs in the world. A proud aunt of two nieces, Jacquelle is a native of California and currently lives in the technology capital of the world, Silicon Valley


Lectures:

Unlock Your Product’s Full Potential: Mastering Your Users’ True Needs to Build the Right Product

Creating a product without seeking and relying on the true needs of your users can often be what holds a company back from achieving the level of speed and success that it has the potential for. Instead, earning a proper understanding of how to capture your users’ foundational needs, underlying motivations, and the data to reveal predictable behavior can guide your product toward the critical elements it needs to master your users’ desires, grow usage and daily engagement, and maintain a loyal user base. This talk will cover the critical and success-defining strategies on how to leverage your users’ voice and turn it into a core element of your product development philosophy. Learn how to build the right product by 1) speaking directly to your users in ways that get to the realities about what will drive them to actually use your product features, and 2) ensuring your company - whether a startup or an established corporation - has the proper methods in place to put your users’ desires efficiently and effectively into your product development.

Unlock Your Product’s Full Potential: Mastering Your Users’ True Needs to Build the Right Product

Creating a product without seeking and relying on the true needs of your users can often be what holds a company back from achieving the level of speed and success that it has the potential for. Instead, earning a proper understanding of how to capture your users’ foundational needs, underlying motivations, and the data to reveal predictable behavior can guide your product toward the critical elements it needs to master your users’ desires, grow usage and daily engagement, and maintain a loyal user base. This talk will cover the critical and success-defining strategies on how to leverage your users’ voice and turn it into a core element of your product development philosophy. Learn how to build the right product by 1) speaking directly to your users in ways that get to the realities about what will drive them to actually use your product features, and 2) ensuring your company - whether a startup or an established corporation - has the proper methods in place to put your users’ desires efficiently and effectively into your product development.

Florian Braunschweig

Lovoo



- Grown up near Frankfurt / Germany
- Living in Dresden since 2006
- Studied Media Informatics (Diplom) at the HTW Dresden
- Web and Desktop software development since 1999, therefore founder of Procedon, software development services
- Mobile software development since 2010, therefore co-founder of maniac labs, software development services
- Co-Founder of LOVOO in 2012
- since 2012 Head of iOS and CTO Frontend at LOVOO
- since 2015 Technology Evangelist at LOVOO
- LOVOO has over 50M registered users and is one of the most popular and successful network for meeting new people nearby.


Lectures:

Driving Innovation and Growth Opportunities at Grown-ups

One of the biggest challenges in small but fast growing companies is to keep the startup spirit alive, stay lean and fast and drive continuous innovation within the product even while maintaining a lot of necessary management structures and processes. At LOVOO, one of the fastest growing platforms to meet new people in Europe, we have made a lot of eye opening learnings during the last years, while the company grew up from a handful entrepreneurs to more than 200 employees. In this talk I would like to take you on a journey through the recent development of our product teams and how we today have established new ways to on the one hand keep up continuous and small product improvements and on the other hand have the possibilities to start moonshots to find innovative solutions for our customers needs.

Driving Innovation and Growth Opportunities at Grown-ups

One of the biggest challenges in small but fast growing companies is to keep the startup spirit alive, stay lean and fast and drive continuous innovation within the product even while maintaining a lot of necessary management structures and processes. At LOVOO, one of the fastest growing platforms to meet new people in Europe, we have made a lot of eye opening learnings during the last years, while the company grew up from a handful entrepreneurs to more than 200 employees. In this talk I would like to take you on a journey through the recent development of our product teams and how we today have established new ways to on the one hand keep up continuous and small product improvements and on the other hand have the possibilities to start moonshots to find innovative solutions for our customers needs.

Steli Efti

Close.io



Steli Efti is the co-founder and CEO of Close.io. He’s Silicon Valley’s most prominent sales hustler, a YC alumni, advisor to several startups and entrepreneurs and the author of The Ultimate Startup Guide To Outbound Sales.


Lectures:

If You Don't Understand Your User/Customer You're Fucked

Whoever understands the user best will ultimately own them. In this talk Steli Efti will share tactical and practical advice from the trenches to help you understand your users better than your competitors do and ultimately build a better product that wins in the market.

If You Don't Understand Your User/Customer You're Fucked

Whoever understands the user best will ultimately own them. In this talk Steli Efti will share tactical and practical advice from the trenches to help you understand your users better than your competitors do and ultimately build a better product that wins in the market.

Patrick Gilbert

Bonivo



Patrick has more than 15 years experience within Digital transformation, Customer experience/CRM, business innovation, analytics and communication.  He is a frequent keynote speaker at seminars and events.

Patrick has extensive knowledge regarding all aspects of digital transformation and customer experience, both from a strategic, tactical and technology perspective.


Lectures:

The Digitalization Journey

When large blue chip companies approach digitalization it's often either with a sense of fear or somewhat misplaced enthusiasm and always with a lot of confusion. When making "analouge" companies successful through digitalization, the product or service is seldom the largest obstacle. This talk highlights areas within large companies that are crucial to not only succeed with digitalization, but to have it transform the whole organization.

Stage 3 21 April @ 15:00 - 16:00 The Digitalization Journey

The Digitalization Journey

When large blue chip companies approach digitalization it's often either with a sense of fear or somewhat misplaced enthusiasm and always with a lot of confusion. When making "analouge" companies successful through digitalization, the product or service is seldom the largest obstacle. This talk highlights areas within large companies that are crucial to not only succeed with digitalization, but to have it transform the whole organization.

Boaz Katz

Bizzabo



Boaz is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Strategist at Bizzabo where he is creating a unique product culture of excellence.
Bizzabo is the world’s first event success platform. It helps organizers create successful events by empowering them to build amazing websites, sell tickets, grow communities, go mobile and maximize event experiences - using a beautiful, user friendly platform. Bizzabo is used by thousands of conference organizers from around the globe. It’s available online and across iOS and Android devices. The company has offices in New York and Israel.

He began his career designing and defining airborne interfaces for helicopters with Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky for 3 years while serving in the Israeli Air Force. After this, he continued to lead innovative products as a leading product manager of a small elite research team at Elbit System.
Graduated from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya , where he studied for a BA in computer science and participated in the prestigious Sam Zell Entrepreneurship program.
Boaz is a skateboarder, surfer, foodie (cooking and eating), fulfilling his passions for building and innovating great products that people love to use.


Lectures:

Prioritization is Hell

Prioritization is always an emotional process. In every stage of your startup the prioritization process will and should be different. The goal of this session is to provide you real tools and knowledge to implement on your next priority session.

Stage 3 21 April @ 11:00 - 12:00 Prioritization is Hell

Prioritization is Hell

Prioritization is always an emotional process. In every stage of your startup the prioritization process will and should be different. The goal of this session is to provide you real tools and knowledge to implement on your next priority session.

Matteo Lai

Empatica



Matteo is the co-founder and CEO of Empatica, a company focused on wearable computing for the medical space, based in Cambridge, MA and Milan, Italy. The company recently developed Embrace, a medical quality wearable for monitoring Epilepsy, Autism, and other neurological conditions.
Studied Engineering and trained as an Architect, holds a Double MSc degree in Architecture and a Master in Innovation Management. He worked on technology experimental projects in the US, Europe and South America.


Lectures:

Making a Medical Wearable End to End: Empatica War Stories from the Trenches

Empatica develops wearable product for medical research and monitoring of neurological conditions. We have a end to end approach (making sensors, device, software, algorithms, cloud), which can be quite challenging. We will tell some stories in the development of Embrace, our latest product.

Making a Medical Wearable End to End: Empatica War Stories from the Trenches

Empatica develops wearable product for medical research and monitoring of neurological conditions. We have a end to end approach (making sensors, device, software, algorithms, cloud), which can be quite challenging. We will tell some stories in the development of Embrace, our latest product.

C. Todd Lombardo

Fresh Tilled Soil



C. Todd Lombardo is a leader who wears many hats, all at once: Author, designer, scientist, professor, and visualizer. After originally beginning his career in science, C. Todd shifted his focus to product and design, ultimately innovating, designing, and managing products for countless companies large and small. In his role as Chief Design Strategist at Fresh Tilled Soil, he employs strategic thinking to craft smart, impactful solutions that radically transform clients' product strategies. C. Todd serves as Adjunct Faculty at IE business School in Madrid, and co-authored the Design Sprint book published by O’Reilly.


Lectures:

Design Sprints: No, Design Doesn't Go Faster, You Just Make Better Products.

Considering creating a new product or re-think of an existing one? Why not increase your chances of success with a design sprint? Design sprints are time-bound prototyping exercises that help your team explore new solutions, test product ideas, and validate your findings—all in a short amount of time.

Organizational Dynamics of Innovation

It is not the strongest that survives, rather the most adaptable. What structural, behavioral, cultural, and organizational factors play into a company's success in producing hit product after hit product? Examining both successful and unsuccessful examples, this talk presents a framework for teams to set themselves up for repeated innovation success

Design Sprints: No, Design Doesn't Go Faster, You Just Make Better Products.

Considering creating a new product or re-think of an existing one? Why not increase your chances of success with a design sprint? Design sprints are time-bound prototyping exercises that help your team explore new solutions, test product ideas, and validate your findings—all in a short amount of time.

Stage 3 21 April @ 17:00 - 18:00 Organizational Dynamics of Innovation

Organizational Dynamics of Innovation

It is not the strongest that survives, rather the most adaptable. What structural, behavioral, cultural, and organizational factors play into a company's success in producing hit product after hit product? Examining both successful and unsuccessful examples, this talk presents a framework for teams to set themselves up for repeated innovation success

Ramzi Rizk

Eyeem



Ramzi Rizk is CoFounder and CTO of EyeEm; the Berlin-based photography community and marketplace. EyeEm's distinct blend of talented photographers sharing beautiful and authentic photos, and unique, deep learning powered photo classification, ranking and search technologies have made it one of the fastest growing photography platforms in the world. Before founding EyeEm, Ramzi spent years researching privacy in Social Media, and leading engineering teams focused on mobile and web. Ramzi is a passionate software architect, photographer and pianist. Together with his team at EyeEm, he organizes @PhotoHackDay, a global hackathon focusing on Photography. Ramzi loves product, scalable architecture, and the magical space where product, engineering and business meet.


Lectures:

Everything Breaks, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace Change

Eric Schmidt is famous for warning that every process breaks at every order of magnitude. Change is constant and necessary to scale. As we grew from a community to a marketplace and technology platform, from a few thousand to 16 million photographers, from 4 team mates on a living room couch to 75 people in three cities and timezones, our organization has had to evolve. I will share ten lessons learned along the way

Everything Breaks, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace Change

Eric Schmidt is famous for warning that every process breaks at every order of magnitude. Change is constant and necessary to scale. As we grew from a community to a marketplace and technology platform, from a few thousand to 16 million photographers, from 4 team mates on a living room couch to 75 people in three cities and timezones, our organization has had to evolve. I will share ten lessons learned along the way

Mikael Ronde

Bonivo



I have strong passion for the transformation process society, organization s and individuals go through when information from connected devices and persons become abundant. If we call this Internet of Things, Smart livong or digitalization doesn't matter, it’s a huge challenge and opportunity at the same time.
All organizations will face a need of transformation when their existing revenue streams will be challenged and new business models need to be put in place. Products will become more personal and become a more intimate part of a consumer’s life. Understanding the consumer in depth is required to create a new level of user experience, while at the same time having much respect for their personal life is crucial for success.
And all this in an extremely rapid pace where changes happen week by week, rather than year by year.
I have 10 years of experience as a Project and Program Manager within the Energy, IT, Manufacturing, Automotive and Public sector. The last years I’ve been working with all aspects related to an organization going through the digital transformation process from business models and organizational changes to hardware development and bringing new types of product into customers personal life.


Lectures:

The Digitalization Journey

When large blue chip companies approach digitalization it's often either with a sense of fear or somewhat misplaced enthusiasm and always with a lot of confusion. When making "analouge" companies successful through digitalization, the product or service is seldom the largest obstacle. This talk highlights areas within large companies that are crucial to not only succeed with digitalization, but to have it transform the whole organization.

Stage 3 21 April @ 15:00 - 16:00 The Digitalization Journey

The Digitalization Journey

When large blue chip companies approach digitalization it's often either with a sense of fear or somewhat misplaced enthusiasm and always with a lot of confusion. When making "analouge" companies successful through digitalization, the product or service is seldom the largest obstacle. This talk highlights areas within large companies that are crucial to not only succeed with digitalization, but to have it transform the whole organization.

Naren Shaam

GoEuro



Born in Bangalore, India, Shaam has an MBA from Harvard University and worked in the auto industry and financial services before moving to Berlin in 2012. As a passionate traveller, it was while backpacking around Europe in 2010 after completing his studies that Shaam first became aware of the need to improve the transport booking system on the continent; and the inspiration behind GoEuro was born. Although the trip was a fantastic experience, Shaam found he was spending too much time planning the trips rather than enjoying the travel. There was no centralised, clear platform, to compare train, bus, rail, and car hire options. The travel operators were not all presented in one search engine, and each country had a different way of showing data and managing user experience, making it a very challenging process, in need of change. He decided to move to Berlin and found GoEuro


Lectures:

PODs – New organization to optimize your team improving autonomy and alignment

Trust in your people is a very important part of GoEuro’s culture and PODs structure are the best example of it and of how to improve and dynamize in processes in product and tech teams. PODs are self contained independent units with a clear objective or product ownership that delivers superior results/value to our customers. They are self sufficient and cross functional teams independent of other PODs, and contain people with all the skills and tools necessary to deliver their part of a product: from design to release and maintenance

PODs – New organization to optimize your team improving autonomy and alignment

Trust in your people is a very important part of GoEuro’s culture and PODs structure are the best example of it and of how to improve and dynamize in processes in product and tech teams. PODs are self contained independent units with a clear objective or product ownership that delivers superior results/value to our customers. They are self sufficient and cross functional teams independent of other PODs, and contain people with all the skills and tools necessary to deliver their part of a product: from design to release and maintenance

Stefaan Top

AllThingsTalk



Stefaan Top holds an MBA from VLEKHO and ULB, Solvay. He started his career in various sales and marketing positions with international technology companies. Since 1993, Stefaan has been working with, and investing in, early stage technology companies where he developed his expertise to translate innovation into valuable market propositions while forging multi-disciplinary teams. In his role at AllThingsTalk he will lead the efforts to continuously bring the company’s products and operations in line with customer needs.


Lectures:

Connected Houses [hands on]

Connected houses

The workshop will let you explore all IoT tools and build step-by-step a project called ‘The-connected-houses’. This project consists of two parts, a first part will lead you to build a prototype in line with a pre-defined scenario, the second part will allow participants to build additional features which they will define in a so-called ‘Ideation’ session. The workshop is aimed at software developers, hardware makers and innovators.

Ideation

Great ideas don’t arise from splendid isolation. Structure and creativity combined however, lead to impactful result. During the workshop we will familiarise you with a 7-step methodology to formulate, structure, share and challenge your ideas to evaluate how IoT technologies will strengthen them. Team size will be 2-3 people, typically innovators or designers and the workshop duration is about 4 hours.

IoT Prototyping (Sensors, Computer and prototyping platform)

All participating teams will use an AllThingsTalk Rapid Development Kit. This prototyping tool includes an computer and a set of sensors. Next to the hardware the Kit includes access to AllThingsTalk IoT Prototyping Platform to enable you to quickly connect your devices and develop interaction between them and the Web Services of your choice using the powerful rules wizard included in the platform. Team size will be 2-3 people, hardware or software developers and the workshop duration is about 4 hours.

Professional coaches and product specialists

Product specialists, developers and coaches from AllThingsTalk will be glad to support participants with hands-on assistance when needed.

Innovative Technologies and Bright Ideas. Now What ?

(Almost) Everybody has heard about a promising future where the Internet of Things will affect our lives and business. But today most of us still have questions on how it will affect our business processes, businesses and product innovation. So, how can we tackle and kick start the innovation proces within our company, how do we embrace innovative ideas and technologies as an organisation, share ideas and build them into viable products?
This presentation will attempt to demystify IoT and address these questions.

Stage 3 22 April @ 12:00 - 13:00 Innovative Technologies and Bright Ideas. Now What ?

Innovative Technologies and Bright Ideas. Now What ?

(Almost) Everybody has heard about a promising future where the Internet of Things will affect our lives and business. But today most of us still have questions on how it will affect our business processes, businesses and product innovation. So, how can we tackle and kick start the innovation proces within our company, how do we embrace innovative ideas and technologies as an organisation, share ideas and build them into viable products?
This presentation will attempt to demystify IoT and address these questions.



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