IT Weekend Ukraine 2017 & Ukrainian IT Awards 2017

2017 Sep 16
16a Parkova Rd, Kyiv, Ukraine
Convention & Exhibition Centre PARKOVY
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The annual IT Weekend Ukraine has been bringing together 1000+ attendees to dive into the world of innovations together with global tech experts. During 5 years, we presented speakers from SAP, Skype, IBM, Intel, HP, Dell.

For 2017 we are exploring digital transformation by showcasing the latest developments in Robots & Machines direction with focus on Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Big Data and Data Science as well as Bots and Machine Learning.

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5+

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Program

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Machines Stream

Robots Stream

Machines Stream

08:00 09:00

Registration

09:00 09:20

Welcome Speech

How to Survive as a VR / AR startup

Although virtual reality & augmented reality have a bright future they are not seeing market & consumer growth as expected. This slow uptake means entering or surviving the VR & AR market as an indie developer, production studio or agency is a difficult and long term game which is claiming its toll of failed VR startups along the way. How can you enter this market and survive the next few years as VR & AR matures to ensure you are ready to capitalize on its inevitable massive industry growth in the future. This presentation will touch upon the lessons learnt from Glitch Studios, a VR & AR production studio with offices in London, Olso & Istanbul, uncovering some of the myths around this industry and some of the pitfalls that can be avoided to maximise your success as we hold our breath for mass consumer adoption.

Although virtual reality & augmented reality have a bright future they are not seeing market & consumer growth as expected. This slow uptake means entering or surviving the VR & AR market as an indie developer, production studio or agency is a difficult and long term game which is claiming its toll of failed VR startups along the way. How can you enter this market and survive the next few years as VR & AR matures to ensure you are ready to capitalize on its inevitable massive industry growth in the future. This presentation will touch upon the lessons learnt from Glitch Studios, a VR & AR production studio with offices in London, Olso & Istanbul, uncovering some of the myths around this industry and some of the pitfalls that can be avoided to maximise your success as we hold our breath for mass consumer adoption.

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VR Producer & Co-Founder at Glitch Studios AS

Sami Hamid

Sami is an experienced international project manager who has over 10 years of project management under his belt. His adventures have seen him in critical roles in projects including the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics and 2010 Shanghai World Exposition. Sami has been in the virtual reality industry since early 2015 producing both small and large scale projects using early hardware development kits while creating and managing a VR production team consisting of developers, designers and 3D artists. Apart from co-founding Glitch Studios, Sami is also the Virtual Reality Lab Director for VR1, a Crytek led incubation initiative mentoring grass root VR projects & teams to learn and experiment with this emerging technology. He is also a VR Evangelist organising and attending VR community events and conferences around Europe and Turkey. Sami is a gamer at heart, having spent much of his youth immersed in video games of all genres. He is a self-taught programmer, certified Unity developer, and enjoys developing indie VR projects in his spare time. He believes video game mechanics and game architecture are fundamental building blocks in the creation of compelling and unique virtual reality experiences. more

The Power of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality for Business

Director of Creative AR & VR Hub

Timothy Jung

Dr. Timothy Jung is Founder and Director of the Creative Augmented and Virtual Reality Hub (www2.mmu.ac.uk/creativear) at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He has been involved in a number of funded AR VR research projects at national and international level and currently, he is managing various Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Projects in the Tourism and Creative Industry. He is an advisor of BirdHIVE VR & Drone project led by Lake District National Park. He is renowned for his work in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality and his research work has been covered by Manchester Evening News, TechNorth, VRFocus, TechRadar, Independent, Huffington Post and he is a regular invited speaker & keynote speaker in major international conferences. He is the Conference Chair of International AR & VR Conference 2017/2018 in Manchester. more

Data Science – The New Troublemaker in the Delivery Pipeline

Data Science, Big Data or AI are buzzwords no one can escape in the last years. With a grain of salt, in the past it was sufficient for many companies to just buy a Hadoop cluster in order to show that one is really doing “this data stuff”. Times are changing and the companies slowly realize that data buried in a datacenter is worth nothing. The biggest value of data science lies in data-driven automation of business decisions and therefore as an active part of a company’s value stream. Just like mechanical engineering for an automotive manufacturer or software development for a tech company. Because of this, the same arguments for continuous delivery apply to the data science delivery process. Furthermore, as data science needs to pull data “greedy” from many different sources, this imposes a new dimension of complexity to the continuous delivery pipeline. While the increased required resources can mostly be managed, the increased coherence due to the excessive number of different data sources from throughout the whole business creates great trouble, especially for modern modular and scalable architectures like microservices. At Blue Yonder, we have more than seven years of (sometimes painful) experience delivering and operating predictive applications as-a-service for our customers. In this talk I will share important lessons learned, how we deploy, how we test, how we monitor and how we “crunch the numbers”. In short, I will take you for a walk through our data science delivery pipeline.

Data Science, Big Data or AI are buzzwords no one can escape in the last years. With a grain of salt, in the past it was sufficient for many companies to just buy a Hadoop cluster in order to show that one is really doing “this data stuff”. Times are changing and the companies slowly realize that data buried in a datacenter is worth nothing. The biggest value of data science lies in data-driven automation of business decisions and therefore as an active part of a company’s value stream. Just like mechanical engineering for an automotive manufacturer or software development for a tech company. Because of this, the same arguments for continuous delivery apply to the data science delivery process. Furthermore, as data science needs to pull data “greedy” from many different sources, this imposes a new dimension of complexity to the continuous delivery pipeline. While the increased required resources can mostly be managed, the increased coherence due to the excessive number of different data sources from throughout the whole business creates great trouble, especially for modern modular and scalable architectures like microservices. At Blue Yonder, we have more than seven years of (sometimes painful) experience delivering and operating predictive applications as-a-service for our customers. In this talk I will share important lessons learned, how we deploy, how we test, how we monitor and how we “crunch the numbers”. In short, I will take you for a walk through our data science delivery pipeline.

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Senior Data Scientist at Blue Yonder GmbH

Sebastian Neubauer

Sebastian joined Blue Yonder as a Data Scientist after completing his PhD in physics. One of the first things Sebastian learned on the job is that it takes a lot more than just software and algorithms to deliver value to customers. Realizing this, he focused his efforts on configuration management and application life cycle management as well as the design, development and operation of distributed systems. He is now a Senior Data Scientist at Blue Yonder specializing in the improvement of data science delivery services. more

Virtual Reality: An Inevitable Future

Humanity has always craved immersive experiences. In the modern age, this manifests itself in, among other things, our increasing appetite for bigger, higher resolution screens, our attraction to immersive theatre, and the many purchases we make under the banner of 'experience days'. In this talk, we will explore how virtual reality has evolved as an immersive storytelling device from its primitive predecessors. We will look at how VR is currently being used and how it could be used in the future, alongside an analysis of predictions and trends in the industry. Through these different lenses, we will start to understand why virtual reality's future is not only secure but expected to form a significant part of both our personal and professional lives.

Humanity has always craved immersive experiences. In the modern age, this manifests itself in, among other things, our increasing appetite for bigger, higher resolution screens, our attraction to immersive theatre, and the many purchases we make under the banner of 'experience days'. In this talk, we will explore how virtual reality has evolved as an immersive storytelling device from its primitive predecessors. We will look at how VR is currently being used and how it could be used in the future, alongside an analysis of predictions and trends in the industry. Through these different lenses, we will start to understand why virtual reality's future is not only secure but expected to form a significant part of both our personal and professional lives.

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VR/AR Lead at PwC UK

Jeremy Dalton

Jeremy leads PwC’s VR/AR proposition, helping clients understand and quantify the benefits of virtual & augmented reality technology. On a personal level, Jeremy is invested (both mentally and financially) in VR and AR. He believes these technologies will play a significant role in how we live and work in the future. He’ll also tell this to anybody who will listen and has spoken at conferences and festivals across the world from SXSW in Austin to the Battle of Ideas in London. As part of my mission to educate, connect and inspire, I am the co-president of the London chapter of the VR/AR Association, a global industry trade group for virtual reality and augmented reality with chapters, committees and 3,700+ organisations as members worldwide. Having come from a mixed British/Arab heritage, Jeremy was born in London but spent most of his life living in Dubai. He returned to the UK to study mathematics at the University of Southampton and met his Turkish wife while spending a semester abroad at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. He also happens to be a Chartered Accountant (but prefers not to advertise that too loudly!) You can find Jeremy on Twitter under the handle @jeremycdalton more

Developing AR applications with the ARMedia SDK and related platforms

The talk presents the main features of the ARMedia SDK and related authoring platforms with a focus on the 3D object tracking capabilities. The whole process involved in the creation of robust 3D trackable data will be discussed using both CAD-based and photogrammetry-based approaches, showing the strengths and weaknesses of each. Practical use cases will be discussed with meaningful examples taken from the Industry, Cultural Heritage, AEC, Gaming and Publishing sectors.

The talk presents the main features of the ARMedia SDK and related authoring platforms with a focus on the 3D object tracking capabilities. The whole process involved in the creation of robust 3D trackable data will be discussed using both CAD-based and photogrammetry-based approaches, showing the strengths and weaknesses of each. Practical use cases will be discussed with meaningful examples taken from the Industry, Cultural Heritage, AEC, Gaming and Publishing sectors.

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CTO at Inglobe Technologies

Alessandro Terenzi

Alessandro is co-founder of Inglobe Technologies, a company that specialises in Augmented Reality applications development and services. His experience in Augmented Reality and related technologies spans over 10 years, during which several projects were completed in many different application domains (Cultural Heritage, Architecture & Engineering, Maintenance & Training, Industry, Media). Alessandro first started as a R&D engineer and currently is covering the CTO position at Inglobe Technologies where he developed the well-known AR-media Plugins line of products for content creators as well as the AR-media SDK for software developers. Recently he focused also on industrial applications and solutions leveraging on Augmented Reality. Along with production activities he regularly spends a good amount of time on research activities as well. more

How to Progress from NLP to Artificial Intelligence

Why isn’t Siri smarter? Our computers currently have no commonsense understanding of our world. This deficiency forces them to rely on parlor tricks when processing natural language because our language evolved not to describe the world but rather to communicate the delta on top of our shared conception. The field of natural language processing has largely been about developing these parlor tricks into robust techniques. This talk will explain these techniques and discuss what needs to be done to move from tricks to understanding.

Why isn’t Siri smarter? Our computers currently have no commonsense understanding of our world. This deficiency forces them to rely on parlor tricks when processing natural language because our language evolved not to describe the world but rather to communicate the delta on top of our shared conception. The field of natural language processing has largely been about developing these parlor tricks into robust techniques. This talk will explain these techniques and discuss what needs to be done to move from tricks to understanding.

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Co-Founder and CEO at DeepGrammar

Jonathan Mugan

Dr. Jonathan Mugan is Co-Founder and CEO at DeepGrammar. Dr. Mugan specializes in artificial intelligence and machine learning. His current research focuses in the area of deep learning, where he seeks to allow computers to acquire abstract representations that enable them to capture subtleties of meaning. Dr. Mugan received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. His thesis was centered in developmental robotics, which is an area of research that seeks to understand how robots can learn about the world in the same way that human children do. Dr. Mugan also held a post-doctoral position at Carnegie Mellon University, where he worked at the intersection of machine learning and human-computer interaction. He is also the author of The Curiosity Cycle: Preparing Your Child for the Ongoing Technological Explosion. more

How Startups Can Unleash The Power Of Artificial Intelligence

Presentation will cover main strategic initiatives that company has to take in order to successfully adopt AI. Focusing on data, growing narrow expertise, getting advantage of academia and creating a process versus chaotic experimentation.

Presentation will cover main strategic initiatives that company has to take in order to successfully adopt AI. Focusing on data, growing narrow expertise, getting advantage of academia and creating a process versus chaotic experimentation.

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Partner at Colab, a Los Angeles-based venture studio

Artur Kiulian

Artur Kiulian is a Partner at Colab, a Los Angeles-based venture studio that helps early stage startups build technology products using the benefits of machine learning. Colab has combined company valuations of over $300 million. A specialist in artificial intelligence, Artur is the author of “Robot Is The Boss: How To Do Business with Artificial Intelligence”, a book that teaches companies how to incorporate machine learning into their businesses. more

Deep Learning and the Industries

Deep Learning is difficult (?) and there are no hard and fast rules for designing a deep network. However, there are certain practices one can follow and these will come out only after dealing with many different datasets and trying out different methods. This talk will focus on the current deep learning applications on a broad level with their impact on the industries. We will cover the most popular deep learning libraries and how to tackle different deep learning problems. The talk will end with a focus on how deep learning is being used by the current startup companies and if companies are really selling "deep-learning".

Deep Learning is difficult (?) and there are no hard and fast rules for designing a deep network. However, there are certain practices one can follow and these will come out only after dealing with many different datasets and trying out different methods. This talk will focus on the current deep learning applications on a broad level with their impact on the industries. We will cover the most popular deep learning libraries and how to tackle different deep learning problems. The talk will end with a focus on how deep learning is being used by the current startup companies and if companies are really selling "deep-learning".

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Data Scientist

Abhishek Thakur

Abhishek Thakur is a data scientist (company name and title to be announced soon). His focus is more toward applied machine learning and deep learning rather than theoretical. He completed his Masters in Computer Science in University of Bonn in early 2014 and since then has been working in the industries with a research focus on Automatic Machine Learning. He likes taking part in machine learning competitions and has attained a worldwide rank of 3 on the popular website Kaggle. He has also performed well on different other machine learning competition platforms. more

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25% goes to charity

This year, IT Weekend Ukraine is raising money for a good cause with 25% of the ticket price going to a charity initiative.

Money raised will go to SoftServe Charity Fund “Open Eyes” to implement a project ‘Positive rooms’. This is a special bright place for kids who undergo treatment in hospitals. The aim of the project is to create positive space with games, books, toys, creative and educational materials. This is the room where kids can forget about being patients for a while, just smile and have fun.

Charity Fund “Open Eyes” founded in 2014 has been implementing social, educational, cultural and infrastructure projects. To find more information about the Fund please visit website.

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Data Scientist

Abhishek Thakur

Data Scientist

Abhishek Thakur

Abhishek Thakur is a data scientist (company name and title to be announced soon). His focus is more toward applied machine learning and deep learning rather than theoretical. He completed his Masters in Computer Science in University of Bonn in early 2014 and since then has been working in the industries with a research focus on Automatic Machine Learning. He likes taking part in machine learning competitions and has attained a worldwide rank of 3 on the popular website Kaggle. He has also performed well on different other machine learning competition platforms.

Partner at Colab, a Los Angeles-based venture studio

Artur Kiulian

Partner at Colab, a Los Angeles-based venture studio

Artur Kiulian

Artur Kiulian is a Partner at Colab, a Los Angeles-based venture studio that helps early stage startups build technology products using the benefits of machine learning. Colab has combined company valuations of over $300 million. A specialist in artificial intelligence, Artur is the author of “Robot Is The Boss: How To Do Business with Artificial Intelligence”, a book that teaches companies how to incorporate machine learning into their businesses.

CTO at Inglobe Technologies

Alessandro Terenzi

CTO at Inglobe Technologies

Alessandro Terenzi

Alessandro is co-founder of Inglobe Technologies, a company that specialises in Augmented Reality applications development and services. His experience in Augmented Reality and related technologies spans over 10 years, during which several projects were completed in many different application domains (Cultural Heritage, Architecture & Engineering, Maintenance & Training, Industry, Media). Alessandro first started as a R&D engineer and currently is covering the CTO position at Inglobe Technologies where he developed the well-known AR-media Plugins line of products for content creators as well as the AR-media SDK for software developers. Recently he focused also on industrial applications and solutions leveraging on Augmented Reality. Along with production activities he regularly spends a good amount of time on research activities as well.

VR/AR Lead at PwC UK

Jeremy Dalton

VR/AR Lead at PwC UK

Jeremy Dalton

Jeremy leads PwC’s VR/AR proposition, helping clients understand and quantify the benefits of virtual & augmented reality technology. On a personal level, Jeremy is invested (both mentally and financially) in VR and AR. He believes these technologies will play a significant role in how we live and work in the future. He’ll also tell this to anybody who will listen and has spoken at conferences and festivals across the world from SXSW in Austin to the Battle of Ideas in London. As part of my mission to educate, connect and inspire, I am the co-president of the London chapter of the VR/AR Association, a global industry trade group for virtual reality and augmented reality with chapters, committees and 3,700+ organisations as members worldwide. Having come from a mixed British/Arab heritage, Jeremy was born in London but spent most of his life living in Dubai. He returned to the UK to study mathematics at the University of Southampton and met his Turkish wife while spending a semester abroad at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. He also happens to be a Chartered Accountant (but prefers not to advertise that too loudly!) You can find Jeremy on Twitter under the handle @jeremycdalton

Senior Data Scientist at Blue Yonder GmbH

Sebastian Neubauer

Senior Data Scientist at Blue Yonder GmbH

Sebastian Neubauer

Sebastian joined Blue Yonder as a Data Scientist after completing his PhD in physics. One of the first things Sebastian learned on the job is that it takes a lot more than just software and algorithms to deliver value to customers. Realizing this, he focused his efforts on configuration management and application life cycle management as well as the design, development and operation of distributed systems. He is now a Senior Data Scientist at Blue Yonder specializing in the improvement of data science delivery services.

Director of Creative AR & VR Hub

Timothy Jung

Director of Creative AR & VR Hub

Timothy Jung

Dr. Timothy Jung is Founder and Director of the Creative Augmented and Virtual Reality Hub (www2.mmu.ac.uk/creativear) at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He has been involved in a number of funded AR VR research projects at national and international level and currently, he is managing various Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Projects in the Tourism and Creative Industry. He is an advisor of BirdHIVE VR & Drone project led by Lake District National Park. He is renowned for his work in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality and his research work has been covered by Manchester Evening News, TechNorth, VRFocus, TechRadar, Independent, Huffington Post and he is a regular invited speaker & keynote speaker in major international conferences. He is the Conference Chair of International AR & VR Conference 2017/2018 in Manchester.

VR Producer & Co-Founder at Glitch Studios AS

Sami Hamid

VR Producer & Co-Founder at Glitch Studios AS

Sami Hamid

Sami is an experienced international project manager who has over 10 years of project management under his belt. His adventures have seen him in critical roles in projects including the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics and 2010 Shanghai World Exposition. Sami has been in the virtual reality industry since early 2015 producing both small and large scale projects using early hardware development kits while creating and managing a VR production team consisting of developers, designers and 3D artists. Apart from co-founding Glitch Studios, Sami is also the Virtual Reality Lab Director for VR1, a Crytek led incubation initiative mentoring grass root VR projects & teams to learn and experiment with this emerging technology. He is also a VR Evangelist organising and attending VR community events and conferences around Europe and Turkey. Sami is a gamer at heart, having spent much of his youth immersed in video games of all genres. He is a self-taught programmer, certified Unity developer, and enjoys developing indie VR projects in his spare time. He believes video game mechanics and game architecture are fundamental building blocks in the creation of compelling and unique virtual reality experiences.

Co-Founder and CEO at DeepGrammar

Jonathan Mugan

Co-Founder and CEO at DeepGrammar

Jonathan Mugan

Dr. Jonathan Mugan is Co-Founder and CEO at DeepGrammar. Dr. Mugan specializes in artificial intelligence and machine learning. His current research focuses in the area of deep learning, where he seeks to allow computers to acquire abstract representations that enable them to capture subtleties of meaning. Dr. Mugan received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. His thesis was centered in developmental robotics, which is an area of research that seeks to understand how robots can learn about the world in the same way that human children do. Dr. Mugan also held a post-doctoral position at Carnegie Mellon University, where he worked at the intersection of machine learning and human-computer interaction. He is also the author of The Curiosity Cycle: Preparing Your Child for the Ongoing Technological Explosion.

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