innovation@amazon

What is it?

The third edition of the Innovation@Amazon organized by Amazon Development Center Poland is coming up! Join us at our technical conference held in Gdansk to meet our top-notch engineers and tech pioneers, who are responsible for the development of Amazon’s products and solutions including Amazon Web Services, Machine Learning, IoT, Amazon Game Studios and Amazon Alexa.


Our event will take place in Stary Maneż, Gdansk on September 29th. Deep-dive technical lectures will be followed by the networking activities. This autumn you will spend quality time with first-class speakers, who will gladly share their knowledge over a cup of coffee.


Participation fee is symbolic and lets you contribute to a good cause! Income from ticket sales will be donated to ”Dotrzymaj Kroku” Foundation to support programming courses for children from Orphanages and Foster Families from Gdansk and Gdansk-area.

29 SEP 2018 GDANSK

Speakers

Nikolai Onken

Senior Manager, Amazon Cloud9

Nikolai Onken

Senior Manager, Amazon Cloud9

Nikolai is Senior Manager at AWS and is leading the AWS Cloud9 engineering teams in Amsterdam and Seattle. Prior to the AWS acquisition of Cloud9, Nikolai was VP of Engineering and helped Cloud9 to become one of the most successful cloud based IDEs. Nikolai is passionate about building developer tools which are a joy to use and help developers to reach their goals with as little friction as possible. At AWS, Nikolai is now focusing on building a great cloud based IDE for developers using AWS and alike.

    Lauren Kisser

    Director for AWS S3 based at Amazon’s Development Centre in Cambridge

    Lauren Kisser

    Director for AWS S3 based at Amazon’s Development Centre in Cambridge

    Lauren is Director for AWS S3 based at Amazon’s Development Centre in Cambridge. She leads a team of world class engineers working at the intersection of compute and storage.

    She is a champion for diversity and a STEM supporter. She is the executive sponsor of the Diversity Working Group at Amazon’s Development Centre in Cambridge, which aims to create and foster a diverse workplace. She was awarded the 2017 everywoman in Retail Ambassador of the Year award for her dedication to addressing the gender gap in retail and technology. Lauren has led outreach efforts to inspire girls to continue studying STEM subjects at school by inviting them to Amazon’s drone lab in Cambridge and regularly visited schools as a Prime Air STEM Ambassador.

    Prior to joining S3, Lauren was Director for Amazon Prime Air – a delivery system designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles, also called drones. Lauren led a global team of world‐renowned roboticists, scientists, and aeronautical engineers. In this senior role, Kisser led teams in flight operations, flight testing, product development, vehicle operations development and business operations. She holds two patents on automated fulfillment of unmanned aerial vehicles and multi-level fulfillment center for unmanned aerial vehicles.

    Having spent over a decade at the company, Kisser has also held multiple positions within Amazon’s information security and e-commerce teams. Prior to joining Amazon, Kisser drove security and compliance initiatives for Disney and Washington Mutual, and was director of information technology for the Cable Telecommunications Association for Marketing. Kisser earned both a Master of Science in Information Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver. She and her family live in Cambridge, U.K.

      Alex Klementiev

      Senior Manager, Alexa Machine Learning Core

      Alex Klementiev

      Senior Manager, Alexa Machine Learning Core

      Alexandre Klementiev manages a Natural Language Processing group at Amazon in Berlin, collaborating with teams across the company on projects involving natural language. Before joining Amazon in 2013, he was a postdoc at the University of Saarland and Johns Hopkins University working on computational semantics and machine translation. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2009 from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His research interests are in statistical natural language processing and machine learning.

        Andy Huntwork

        Principal Engineer, Alexa Skills Developer Tech

        Andy Huntwork

        Principal Engineer, Alexa Skills Developer Tech

        Andy Huntwork is a Principal Engineer for Alexa Skills Kit at Amazon.com and co-creator of The Magic Door, a popular Alexa skill. At Amazon, he currently works on building the next generation of capabilities for Alexa Skills. Previously, he led the team that launched “Alexa, play a game,” “Alexa, let’s chat,” and thousands of other phrases that launch skills. Outside Amazon, Andy built the Magic Door platform to enable his wife to tell engaging stories in a mostly self-service way without any coding. He also built the first audio engine in the cloud for voice applications, Talestreamer, and is interested ways to make voice interfaces sound better.

          David Kaiser

          Country Manager, Alexa Skills, Germany & Austria

          David Kaiser

          Country Manager, Alexa Skills, Germany & Austria

          David Kaiser leads the Alexa Skills Kit Business in Germany and Austria. He has a long cross functional experience in driving innovation starting in 1999 with developing and distributing Palm and Pocket PC software on one of the world’s first app stores. This was followed by building a consumer business for Europe’s largest private weather forecaster MeteoGroup including bestseller products like WeatherPro and MeteoEarth. Prior to joining Amazon in 2016 he managed the product strategy for one of the biggest dating companies worldwide.

            Tomasz Stachlewski

            Senior Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

            Tomasz Stachlewski

            Senior Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

            Tomasz is a Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services, where he helps companies of all sizes (from startups to enterprises) in their Cloud journey. He provides guidelines for creating cloud solutions that deliver the most value to his customers, and help take their IT to the next level. He is a big believer in innovative technology such as serverless architecture, which allows organizations to accelerate their digital transformation. Before joining Amazon, he worked at LOT Polish Airlines, where he architected their first cloud projects, and at Accenture.

              Julien Simon

              AWS / Machine Learning Principal Evangelist at Amazon

              Julien Simon

              AWS / Machine Learning Principal Evangelist at Amazon

              As an Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Evangelist for EMEA, Julien focuses on helping developers and enterprises bring their ideas to life. He frequently speaks at conferences and he’s also actively blogging at https://medium.com/@julsimon. Prior to joining AWS, Julien served for 10 years as CTO/VP Engineering in top-tier web startups where he led large Software and Ops teams in charge of thousands of servers worldwide. In the process, he fought his way through a wide range of technical, business and procurement issues, which helped him gain a deep understanding of physical infrastructure, its limitations and how cloud computing can help. Last but not least, Julien holds all eight AWS certifications.

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