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Friday, June 14

10:00 CEST

Can AI read?
Currently, the English Wikipedia contains about 5,8 million articles. For this huge amount of data, very efficient techniques are required to find the relevant answers for millions of users. The field of Question Answering has made tremendous progress in the last few years and algorithms are now capable of extracting precise spans of text that answer a specific question.

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Robin Rojowiec

IBM Deutschland GmbH (nicht im Auftrag)
Cognitive Engineer and Master Student in Computational Linguistics

Friday June 14, 2019 10:00 - 10:45 CEST
Forest Stage

11:00 CEST

Hacker School - the bridging concept between companies and scholars
Presentation of Hacker School concept

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Julia Freudenberg

Hacker School (i3 e.V. gemeinnütziger Verein)
Julia is the CEO of Hacker School – an initiative founded in 2014 who aims to inspire kids and young adults between 11-18 years for IT by two IT-specialists (Inspirer) on weekend courses. With her passion for networking, Julia seeks to find new partnerships and projects to enlarge... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 11:00 - 11:45 CEST
Forest Stage

11:00 CEST

Raus aus der Komfortzone
Gründe warum man unbedingt ein Tech-Startup gründen sollte, auch wenn vieles dagegen spricht, insbesondere als Frau

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Stefanie Langner

Stefanie is Co-Founder at Leankoala. The Startup is providing an Website Monitoring and Testing solution for Web Developers. Started in 2017 they are  supporting Digital Agencies, E-Commerce-Companies and Publishers securing their businesses. Untypically for startups she founded... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 11:00 - 11:45 CEST

13:00 CEST

An example on how a machine learning product was developed using open source tools
The story starts with a hackathon and ends up with having a forecasting engine for revenue in production.
Some talk ingredients:
# Prophet: forecasting at scale (facebook research)
# Airflow: platform to programmatically author, schedule and monitor workflows
# Presto: distributed SQL query engine for big data

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Philipp Kähler

Machine learning at mytaxi aims at improving the app experience for passengers and drivers and optimise the mobility sector.Philipp is one of the machine learning engineers at mytaxi. This includes preparing data, deploying models and helping data scientists to create models.

Friday June 14, 2019 13:00 - 13:45 CEST
Forest Stage

14:00 CEST

KI & Ethik
Limited Capacity full
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Discussing ethical questions might easily seem to be of philosophical or theoretical nature. In the case of Artificial Intelligence (AI), these are very practical questions relating to the trustworthiness of respective software.
The European Commission assigned a High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI HLEG), which recently proposed Ethics Guidelines for the application of AI and will also propose policy and investment recommendations within the next couple of month on how to make sure and foster that AI is used in accordance with these guidelines. After a short introduction on AI and the particular relevance of ethical questions for this type of software, the Ethics Proposal of the AI HLEG will be presented, and its possible practical consequences for companies applying AI software will be discussed.

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Steffen Brandt

opencampus.sh / Kiel.AI
I have been working freelance in the field of empirical educational research, doing probability-based statistical modelling. Being originally a computer science major, I got interested in machine learning a couple of years ago. One of I main interests lies in the trustworthiness... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 14:00 - 14:45 CEST
Forest Stage

15:00 CEST

Legal Aspects in App Development and Marketing
Are your planning to develop and to market an app? You are definitely eager to start your project. But there are some legal aspects you should be aware of right from the beginning: Where do you want to offer your app? Have you checked the specific technical requirements and marketing conditions of the app store? Are you using any third party content in your app (e.g., Google Maps)? If so, are you entitled to do so? Is your app processing any personal data? And have you checked that the name of your app is not infringing any third party rights? These and many more legal aspects will be covered in the session. 

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Ulrike Böker

Ulrike provides expert legal advice in the areas of intellectual property law, information technology law and data protection law. Her clients encompass small start-ups and large international companies. Ulrike is also a member of the Copyright Committe of the International Trademark... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 15:00 - 15:45 CEST
Forest Stage

16:00 CEST

Create, Learn & Grow - The importance of mentoring in software development
Limited Capacity full
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What are the requirements for good mentoring, how can they be fulfilled and why is mentoring important? We are going to answer these and other questions using our mentoring community „devconnect“ as an example. After our talk we would like to engage in a lively discussion with you about your personal experiences with mentoring and learn what insights you have gained from them.


Stefanie Stoppel

Our mission: Building a community of dedicated mentors and mentees who want to improve their coding skills by collaborating on software projects together.

Mary Vokicic

Our mission: Building a community of dedicated mentors and mentees who want to improve their coding skills by collaborating on software projects together.

Friday June 14, 2019 16:00 - 16:45 CEST
Electric Room

16:00 CEST

DIY low cost smart home in a rented flat
I see the smart home world from a consumers perspective and I was always frustrated. Overpriced, poorly written apps not upgraded in a while, no open api, connecting to a "cloud" without knowing what data gets collected about me - this list can go on and on... I want to show you that there are alternatives out there and I believe everyone can start their own DIY journey to make their home smart - in a good way.

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Niklas Grebe

Backend Developer, Bytro Labs
Nik is a 28 years old backend developer at Bytro Labs. Creating games is his passion. Besides his normal work he tinkers around with IoT devices in his flat to automate his life.

Friday June 14, 2019 16:00 - 16:45 CEST
Forest Stage