Maral Kalajian

Keynote speaker

Head of Marketing and Communications at Watty


Maral, also known as, ‘Maral from Twitter’, ‘Powerhouse’, 'energy pack' or ‘Curly’ is one of the most familiar faces in the Stockholm tech scene. Maral is the head of marketing and communications at Watty, one of the hottest startups in Europe. She is also the co-founder of Peppy Pals and SUP46 Femtech co-organizer.

Maral was listed as among the 100 most influential names in the Scandinavian startup scene by tech site The Nordic Web in 2016.


"Obsession is the reward"

In life, it all comes down to what we want, how much we want it and our willingness to go all in to get it. Everything else is detail.

Edith Ngai

Associate Professor, Dept. of Information Technology, Uppsala University


Edith Ngai is currently an Associate Professor in Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, Sweden. She has been a visiting researcher in Ericsson Research in 2015-2017. She received her PhD from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2007. She did her post-doc in Imperial College London, United Kingdom. She has also been a visiting researcher in Simon Fraser University, Tsinghua University, and UCLA. Her research interests include Internet-of-Things, mobile cloud computing, network security and privacy, smart cities and urban computing. She is a project leader of a national project, GreenIoT (2014-2017), for open data and sustainable development in Sweden.

Edith is a VINNMER Fellow (2009) awarded by the Swedish governmental agency VINNOVA. Her co-authored papers have received best paper runner-up awards in IEEE IWQoS 2010 and ACM/IEEE IPSN 2013. She is a program chair of ACM womENcourage 2015 and a TPC co-chair of IEEE SmartCity 2015, IEEE ISSNIP 2015, and ICNC 2018 Network Algorithm and Performance Evaluation Symposium. She is an Associate Editor for IEEE Access and IEEE Transactions of Industrial Informatics. She is a senior member of ACM and IEEE.


"Green Internet-of-Things for smart cities"

Internet of Things (IoT) has become a promising technology for addressing societal challenges for smart cities worldwide. IoT for smart cities has to provide the accessibility of open data and cloud services for governments and general public to develop new services and applications. In this talk, we will present our GreenIoT project for open data and sustainable development in Uppsala, Sweden. We will present our system architecture, testbed development, and research work on data modelling using Gaussian Process for urban environmental modelling. Finally, we will highlight on-going research activities on IoT and mobile crowdsensing for smart cities and healthcare applications.

Amandine Le Cahain

Software Engineer at DICE


I have a master's degree in Computer Science. I started as a web developer in a games company in France, Asobo Studio, where I've developed a companion application for the Monopoly video game published by Ubisoft. I moved to Sweden and joined DICE in 2016 as a software engineer focusing on building user interface and backend services for Battlefield games.


"A look into video games development"

How many of you have already played a video game?
The video games industry has generated 91 billions of dollars worldwide in 2016 and millions of dollars are invested into the development of triple A video games such as Battlefield 1. More and more people are playing games resulting in a more diversified population of players with now 46% of them being female. How are video games made and how can game developers propose a larger diversity of characters and storylines to their players? This talk will give you some insights on the technical solution we used to make Battlefield 1's user interface and walk you through the different aspects of video games development, the people involved in making video games and the challenges of the industry.

Panagiota Fatourou

Department of Computer Science of the University of Crete, Greece
Affiliated faculty member at the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) of the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH)


Panagiota Fatourou is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Crete, Greece and an affiliated faculty member at the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) of the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH). She has been an EcoCloud visiting Professor at the School of Computer and Communication Sciences,Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland. Prior to joining the University of Crete and FORTH ICS, she was a full-time faculty member at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Ioannina. She has worked as a postdoc at Max-Planck Institut fuer Informatik, Saarbruecken, Germany, and at the Computer Science Department of the University of Toronto, Canada. She got a degree in Computer Science from the University of Crete, Greece, and a PhD degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece. Her research interests focus on theoretical aspects of computer science with emphasis on the theory of parallel and distributed computing.
Prof. Fatourou is an elected member of the ACM Europe Council and a member of the Advisory Committee of ACM-W Europe. She has served as the editor of the Distributed Computing Column of the Bulletin of the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (BEATCS) and as the General Chair of the ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC 2013). She is the Program Committee co-chair of the 20th International Conference on Principles of Distributed Systems (OPODIS 2016), and she has numerous participations in the Program Committees of the most well-known conferences and workshops in her field. More than 70% of her conference and journal publications are in venues that could be characterized as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Prof. Fatourou was the coordinator of a Marie-Curie Innovative Training Network and the Greek representative of the COST Action Euro-TM. She has participated in twenty additional research and development projects, most funded by the European Commission, and she has worked as an expert for proposal evaluation at the European Commission.


"Harnessing the Difficulties of Synchronization"

We are well into the era of multi-core architectures and as the applications demands are still growing, we soon expect to see the first many-cores which will feature many hundreds or thousands of cores. Refactoring software to introduce as much parallelism as possible is therefore of crucial importance in order to take advantage of the massively parallel nature of current and future multi-core and many-core machines. A major obstacle in this direction comes from the difficulty of achieving efficient synchronization and communication between threads that run concurrently. This lecture aims to alleviate this difficulty by presenting state-of-the-art synchronization mechanisms and highly-efficient fundamental concurrent data structures.

Ruth G. Lennon

Lecturer in the Department of Computing in Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland


Ruth's research interests focus on enterprise scale systems. She has been a member of many technical panels and committees. She is a member of ACM, ACM-W, IEEE, IEEE-WIE and the IEEE Computer Society. She is a member of the working group developing the P2675 DevOps standard. Ruth is the ACM-W Europe Scholarship Chair for 2016 and 2017.


"I think I can I know I can"

This talk will outline a number of basic techniques that can be used to improve your chances of getting a job. Promote your self. Build your team. Pay it forward.

Mariana Bocoi

Developer at Klarna


Mariana is a passionate software developer who studied human computer interaction and usability at RWTH Aachen in Germany, worked at Ericsson and then moved to Sweden and started working at Klarna. The thing Mariana enjoys the most is learning new things! One of her learning journeys led her to discover clojure well enough to teach it to beginners. Now she is developing in clojure with her current team.


"The tools and woes of the trade"

Curious what tools and frameworks I use all day at Klarna? As a developer for 5+ years that worked in different environments and teams, I have gotten comfortable with my tools. At the same time in software one needs a lot patience and tenacity. The worst thing one can say is "How hard can it be?".
Join me to find out all about my dev tools and woes!

Alaa Rahimi

Cloud Operations Engineer


Alaa is an IT engineer who believes she can accomplish much more when she is part of a team which evolves. She has a master's degree in IT Engineering. She started her career as a Linux developer and followed her path as a cloud engineer. She joined Freespee a year ago to blend her telecommunications passion with her proficiency in cloud computing. She is most interested in combining new technologies with current platforms and knows that new challenges exist to encourage creativity.


"Are you curious to know how we teamed up to build our latest product?"

Is it always as easy as it looks?
Challenges? Fun!

Victoria Wagman

Developer at 46elks


Victoria works as a developer at 46elks. Passionate about learning and sharing knowledge. Runs on do-it-now mentality and vegetable juice. Every day striving to, through actions, pay it forward. Involved with #pinkprogramming. You can talk to Victoria about: APIs, telephony, elixir, web development, pinkprogramming, automation & stickers.


"How to learn what you didn't know that you want to know"

How do you keep developing relevant skills?
How do you find out what's worth learning?
How do you learn what you didn't know there was to learn?
Victoria shares her experiences on how you can keep learning and develop relevant skills throughout your life.