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  • Next Talk September 19th

    TOPIC & SPEAKER

    Cynefin - understanding complexity

    by Christoph Meier, Agile Coach

     

    The framework with the special name Cynefin exists for quite some time. (What) Can it help us in an agile development environment? Can it describe complexity? Is it better than Scrum? And most of all: What the hack is it about, really?

    Your mental comfort zone may be challenged. Be prepared to discover and share your unknown unknowns.

    The speaker Christoph Meier is an Agile Coach and curious gardener of mental, human and organizational topics inside tech, currently working at Liip in Zürich. He 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 now likes to share and discuss with you his findings. And find out if this model is relevant in the real world.

    We look forward to welcoming you to the next pantalk!

  • 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 50 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!

     

    Find out more about Panter and our open positions.

  • Past Talks

    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.

  • Speak

    Keen to share your insights and knowledge with an engaging community? We'd love to hear your idea! Drop us a message if you'd like to speak at the next Pantalk.