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  • Next Talk: August 21st, 2018

    TOPIC & SPEAKER

    Interactive fiction adequacy

    by Alève Mine, a science fiction author, EPFL MSc. in microengineering, the only multilingual female sci-fi/action film actor and director with serious martial arts experience to whom the above applies. Founder and lead of the Zurich VR/AR meetup group.

    “Interactive fiction adequacy” proposes models, methods, and standards as a means to implement the principle of adequacy in interactive fiction. By nature, they will tend to enhance the impact of the theme of the story on the player. The modeling aims for story automation and individualisation. The standards are about the models, mainly that of the character, about data formats, and about story description diagrams.

     

    The talk aims for the deconstruction of this concept and of its significance for VR/AR.

  • Our Story

    Pantalks, initiated by Panter employees in 2010, began as a small community Meetup where individuals looking to exchange knowledge, tech and non-tech, could connect and share their insights. Today, with over a thousand Meetup Members and more than 90 Pantalks hosted, the community has grown into a meaningful network. Once a month we host an intriguing talk with fresh from the field insights and engaging discussion over snacks and drinks— we'd love for you to join us!

     

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  • Past Talks

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    Crypto Economics

    by Simon Emanuel Schmid, Head of UX/Front-end at Melonport

     

    «Crypto Economics» is a semi-technical introduction into blockchain technology with a focus on the potential of the blockchain to change the way we organise our lives. Simon talked about the current financial system - its strengths and weaknesses and will compare it to blockchain based solutions. This talk explained how distributed consensus is reached in a trust-less system and how proof of work mining works. He went further into the concept of smart contracts and how “smart” or not they are. Simon ignited our enthusiasm about the new way of thinking how we can build our future together in an open and decentralised way.

     

    Simon Emanuel Schmid is Head of UX/Front-end at Melonport and aims to make the blockchain easily understandable and usable.

    BLOCKv TGE (Token Generating Event) - What we did and what we learned​

    by Andreas Studer, Software Engineer at BLOCKv

     

    BLOCKv provides a platform for virtual goods that can be recorded on the Blockchain. By adding an experiential layer on top of Blockchain, virtual goods come alive as 3D model, animated artwork, music or video.

    In October 2017 BLOCKv raised $22 Mio. during their TGE.
    In this presentation, Andreas showed how they tested their smart contracts and share their learnings.

    Tokenisation of assets on the blockchain - the TEND way

    Marco Abele, Founder & CEO of TEND

    TEND is a blockchain company that tokenizes real luxury assets onto the Ethereum blockchain. By tokenizing the world’s most precious and beautiful objects and making them available to a much broader audience, TEND’s vision is to create a positive impact on society and to enrich people’s life. TEND is located in Zug, Switzerland, the Swiss Crypto Valley, and was founded by Marco Abele.

     

    Marco is the Former Chief Digital Officer of Private, Retail & Corporate Banking at Credit Suisse with an 18 years banking track record including at Deutsche Bank. He was voted top 100 bankers and top 100 Digital Shapers of Switzerland.

     

    During his talk, Marco explained how the tokenisation of assets on the blockchain will change the future and introduce TEND, the trailblazing blockchain app. He also shared some insights on the ongoing token sale which is in accordance with Swiss law, how it differs from other ICOs and the learnings from TEND so far.

    karma.run or why you may no longer need a framework

    Thomas Wilde ,  Karma.run AG

    karma.run is not a framework nor a headless CMS - it's an integrated data storage server that enables developers to build, scale and manage applications and simplify data processes. It`s simple, open-source and was built by developers for developers. The primary objective of karma.run is to make your data management sensible, consistent and integral. This helps to simplify the change management of your applications and keeps your data agile over time.

    Karma.run comes with an integrated API (JSON, XML), multi-model database (relational + graph), attribute-based permissions (ABAC), a very powerful query engine, continuous schemata migrations and can be deployed on-premise or cloud (Kubernetes). You can persist structured, recursive and nested data-structured with ACID semantics, but you can also run complex programs to transform, manipulate, and enrich your datasets like with ETL (extract, transform, load).
    Find out more about the concept, features and technology on www.karma.run.

    Karma.run AG is a deep-tech company from Zurich and has developed a new database system that meets the rising requirements of modern applications and today's Full-Stack Developers. Thomas Wilde is a data engineer at heart and shared insights, features and code with us.

    Data, Details and Dating - If you can automate your build pipeline, why is your life any different?

    Have you ever wanted to blame watching Transformers 3 for making you sick or shout at your mother for being the reason you ate 5 packs of Pringles in an hour?

     

    Chris showed us how to use all the data in our life to help make informed decisions and deal with information overload. He also detailed how he used his own research to optimise his Tinder matches and highlighted some recent research on the `millennial` generation, why we can blame our parents for our shortcomings and how we can do some things to fix it ourselves!

    From Zero to 300 - the good, the bad and the ugly

    Rafael Martín, co-founder of Emergya

    Rafael talked about what he has learned over the 15 years of entrepreneurial journey with his company Emergya, a software development agency.

     

    He shared his successes but mostly focused on the difficulties and challenges they had to face in the different stages of the company.

    Cynefin - understanding complexity

    Christoph Meier, Agile Coach​

    Christoph Meier was talking about the framework with the special name Cynefin. Christoph heard Dave Snowden speaking about complexity and the Cynefin framework a few years ago and didn’t understand one word. So he invested some time to really understand what is meant. He shared and discussed his findings and tried to find out if this model is relevant in the real world.

    Solving the hard problems of single-page apps incrementally with Vue.js

    Raphaël Saunier

    In this pantalk, Raphaël Saunier talked about why Vue.js remains one of the most hyped JavaScript libraries of the moment and how it could help in upcoming projects.
     

    Vue.js distills many of the most useful ideas from frameworks such as React, Ember, Angular, and Polymer to provide a simple, cohesive, and incrementally adoptable toolset which you can use to solve many of the challenges that arise when building SPAs. Standing on the shoulders of Webpack, it is also at the forefront of the latest innovations in code-splitting and server-side rendering.

    Supercharging Your Developer Toolbox with Elixir

    Mateusz Sojka

     

    This talk was about Elixir, a dynamic, functional language designed for building scalable and maintainable applications. Elixir leverages the Erlang VM, known for running low-latency, distributed and fault-tolerant systems, while also being successfully used in web development and the embedded software domain.

     

    The talk was held by Mateusz Sojka, a software engineer working at Swisscom and co-founder of a podcast hosting service called Podigee. Since he got interested in Elixir he hasn't looked back. During his talk, Mateusz listed and explained the main features of Elixir, the Erlang VM and OTP. He presented Phoenix, the web framework, and Nerves, a platform for embedded programming.

    Coding Physical Objects: An Interactive LED Art Piece

    Christian Walther

    An insight into a fascinating project created by the beauty of mathematics (finonacci sequence) and a passion for DIY.

    This talk was given by Christian, a software developer by trade, physicist by education, and seasoned tinkerer, who turns code into tangible objects, functional or decorative. He elaborated on his vision and approach to developing an interactive LED art installation. Furthermore, Christian demonstrated how his idea gradually ripened by writing code rather than hand-drawing the design. Arriving at its exact shape took months of programming, calculations, various testings, tweaking parameters and numerical optimizations. Throughout one and a half years of development a fascinating interactive object with irregularly shaped pixels arranged in an organic, yet mathematically precise flower-like pattern has emerged. It was realized using various digital tools such as laser cutters, and 3D printers. Always a work in progress, it displays colorful animations or useful information, remote-controllable from an internet-connected smartphone. The slides can be found here.

    Loading JavaScript Modules Everywhere!

    Gion Kunz

    It's hard to imagine front-end development without JavaScript modules nowadays. AMD, CommonJS and ECMAScript modules are helping us in structuring our projects and libraries. In this talk Gion Kunz, a Frontend developer, reviewed the history of JavaScript modules and introduced one of the most powerful tools when dealing with modules. Moreover, a look was taken at the awesome SystemJS ecosystem and how it can be leveraged to build fantastic, future prove applications. The slides can be found here.

    How to Build a B2B SaaS Company - an Engineer's Blueprint

    Robin Guldener

     

    In this talk, Robin Guldener, co-founder and head of product at Avrios, revealed what it took to get Avrios off the ground: from finding a problem worth solving, building an MVP, deciding if and how to get funding, to the daily challenges of running a B2B SaaS product. Avrios is a rapidly growing SaaS startup from Zürich whose platform helps hundreds of companies manage their cars better. His blueprint described the decisions and challenges that await those in the SaaS startup world.


    This talk was aimed at engineers, designers and product people who have thought about starting their own SaaS business or are curious to learn more about this fascinating world.

    3-Dimensional Audio: What it is, How it Works and Where it’s Going

    Gio Jacuzzi

     

    At our last speaker Gio Jacuzzi described how engineers use ambisonics, a full-sphere surround sound technique that can contain sound sources above and below the listener, to create a 3D audio experience. He went on to explain that audio engineers have created microphones called “binaural stereo microphones” that can replicate humans' three natural audio perception properties. To emulate our natural listening experiences, engineers place these microphones in artificial heads and ears to make recordings. This why we can experience a 3D audio sensation while listening to a recording made with binaural microphones over headphones.

     

    After the talk Gio answered questions from the audience and the lively discussion continued over an apéro. The slides can be found here.

    Insights from Five Years of Rails Girls Switzerland

    Jasmine Torfli & Rodrigo Haenggi

     

    At this Pantalk Jasmine Torfi, organizer of Rails Girls Zurich, and Rodrigo Haenggi, coach and organizer of Rails Girls Basel, shared their insights from Rails Girls Switzerland and the world-wide community.

     

    Attendees enjoyed a presentation packed with an equal dose of humour and seriousness. A main point of discussion was how to support and foster diversity in tech and other sectors.

    Building Reactive Microservices with Vert.

    Florian Kammermann

     

    In this talk Florian Kammermann from Swiss Post IT, demonstrated why vert.x is the perfect fit for microservices. He explained that vert.x is event driven, non-blocking and that the communication is done over a (distributed) eventbus. Attendees appreciated the concrete examples Florian provided, and the opportunity to learn the basic functions of vert.x.

    Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning Applied in Fashion & Medicine

    Lukas Bossard & Flavio Trolese

     

    In this talk Lukas Bossard, co-founder and CTO at Fashwell, explained the challenges computers face when trying to identify fashion products in social media images. His talk dove deep into the technology behind the latest recognition systems and machine learning.

     

    In the second half of the talk Flavio Trolese, co-founder of 4Quant Ltd, discussed the challenges physicians encounter when trying to recognise and classify lung cancer. He described how the ETH Spin-off 4Quant supports radiologists to more accurately and cost-effectively identify lung cancer with deep learning and image analytics.

    Why Bots are NOT the New Apps (yet) and How to Build Better Ones

    Alex Weidauer

     

    In this Pantalk, Alex Weidauer, co-founder of LastMile, a Berlin-based AI startup, told us why despite the hype, bots haven’t offered a superior interface to apps-yet.

    Alex illustrated what bots are missing based on his experience building databot.ai, and discussed the technology required to build better bots.

     

    Thanks to Alex, Pantendees will be able to find the best built bots, or even build their own better.

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