Fair Trade Software
We undertake software projects in conjunction with partners in developing countries such as Kenya. This is not Offshore Outsourcing, but rather a way of growing the ICT sector in developing countries by allowing start-ups in those countries to participate in projects run to international standards. This provides people with role models and mentors not available in their own country, and allows them to learn management skills. In return our customers in the Netherlands benefit from involvement in a sustainable initiatives and the positive PR that this creates.
‘Close your eyes: Imagine a world that matches your aspirations. Let go of the constraints we usually impose upon ourselves, benefit from the creative powers of our imaginations.
Now, open your eyes and let’s envision together how we can make it a reality.’
In his talk, Desmond will invite you to take this voyage of the imagination and to identify first principles in how to facilitate the emergence of a new reality.
As a longstanding Visiting Professor at FH Kufstein, Desmond is here from Paris where he leads DMCG Consulting under the tagline : ‘Deliver Margins, Create Good.’
I want to draw a comparison between human intelligence and artificial intelligence (AI). To achieve this, I explore new technologies in the fields of computer vision, natural language processing and machine reasoning. The train of thought and learning strategies of AI algorithms will be compared to those of humans in the form of an analysis which I will present you. In the end, it will be clear that an AI is able to solve superficial problems like image recognition, however not develop a deeper understanding of relations and connections. This will ultimately change in the next few years, as AI research is progressing at an impressive rate.
In a world that gets increasingly digital and connected, we believe in the power of 3D avatars. You may ask yourself: What is this? And how should it help me in my daily life? Well, a 3D avatar is basically a digital twin of yourself and it can make your life not only easier but also more exciting and comfortable at the same time.
The increasing use of AR and VR technologies, as well as 3D sensor technology in even the smallest of smartphones, leads to a growing desire for diving into the digital world in a more personal way. Simply because our world is getting more digital, does not mean that it gets impersonal. Quite the contrary will be the case.
In the near future, you will use your digital twin for size recommendations in online shops, for digital clothes fitting and runways as well as futuristic gaming, social interaction and even real-time sports. We envision the future with digital twins for everybody.
When I first heard piano music as a child, I immediately fell in love with it. The sound made such a big impression on me. It was so beautiful, so elegant. Maybe you know this feeling, too. When you hear someone play a beautiful song on a piano (or any other instrument) and you think: “Gosh, I wish I could play like that! But then you think “I don‘t have the time” or “I’m too old for this!”.
Let’s take a look at how we learn an instrument like piano. Nearly all the established methods are based on sheet music. So, after the piano lesson we’re left alone with this sheet of paper at home. We’re trying to figure out which key to press, and what it should sound like. It’s very, very frustrating. It takes years until you can read music fluidly.
Fortunately, today we can solve this with a video. We can add a special kind of video, that is synchronized with the sheet music. So it shows you exactly how to play each note.
Public speaking is not an art, but not a problem. A good speaker is someone who speaks like a counterpart in everyday life, quite natural and authentic. The most important thing is not the rhetorical skill, but the ability to ignite and inspire people. The amount of likes on videos, podcasts and webinars will automatically increase exponentially! People don’t want to read anymore, but rather want to see and listen to interesting people who have something to say. The speech of the future is not perfect, rehearsed or directed by a professional director, but quick, dirty and full of content! If you give people too many tips on how to improve their presentation skills, their performance will not get better but worse. My mission is to help people overcome their fear in front of a camera or on a stage. I have a very special technique which is easy to learn and easy to implement. Presenting is like flirting with the crowd. The future of public speaking has only just begun!
I am active in the crypto sphere focusing on blockchain technologies. There are lots of misunderstandings, uncertainties and also fears about this new technology. Bitcoin has made blockchain famous. However greed and rapacity took over, with crypto currencies being used to make the rich even richer, lots of people becoming addicted to trading and others losing everything. That is why I felt we need voices to tell the beautiful and positive stories about what else is possible: Green energy blockchain, grading system supporting people with smaller incomes, certification of food on blockchain, blockchain for land ownership proof. These are just some of the many other applications where we could use blockchain to help people. My mission: supporting blockchain use cases with an added value to society. I created the hashtag #ReturnonSociety, which is now widely spread by startups, large enterprises and even at conferences.
When Shpock launched, the marketplace app revolutionized the mobile classified’s business. Today, more than 10 million monthly users make Shpock one of Europe’s most dominant shopping apps. Since the beginning, the Backend was one of the major pillars of Shpock’s international success story. The Backend does not only provide the API with more than 700M requests per week but provides performant tools to all teams at Shpock. It builds systems for Event Tracking, Logging, CRM, Messaging Queue and push notifications with focus on high availability and scalability – tailor-made for Shpock’s needs. The infrastructure is hosted on 600+ root servers with more than 10 database clusters. The talk will give you insights in the evolution of both Backend and infrastructure with case examples on selected Shpock-made technologies as well as the past roadmap of application development. It will also show the possible challenges Shpock will face in the future.