Next Talk: Tuesday, June 19th
TOPIC & SPEAKER
AI Community Launch
We are gonna change things up a bit for the next time: Namely, we are going to give the stage to a new AI community (to be announced on the 19th) which is establishing itself in Zürich this summer.
They are an eclectic community of developers, entrepreneurs, researchers, policymakers, regulators and citizens who aspire to build dependable and trusted solutions of applied AI to solving current societal challenges. This includes AI systems, especially in collaborative settings that support de-siloed and cross-domain reuse. In other words, fostering trusted AI interoperability across different development platforms. Another goal of theirs is to educate in the considerable potential of AI solutions and prevent over-inflated expectation and fear.
We find this an important cause - and are therefore here to support them!
Let's join forces at their workshop on "How we can mobilize the impacts of AI in an interactive and comprehensible way to the broader public and for the benefit of societal good? "
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!
Find the presentation slides of past talks here.
«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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
How to Build a B2B SaaS Company - an Engineer's Blueprint
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
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.
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 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.
Keen to share your insights and knowledge with an engaging community? We'd love to hear your idea! Drop us a message at email@example.com if you'd like to speak at the next Pantalk.
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