#UNIT 2017 | CONNECTING UNICORNS
The Global LGBTI Tech & Science Conference
MAY 6, 2017 | BERLIN
60+ PASSIONATE SPEAKERS60+ mind-blowing speakers, artists and performers both high-profile and grass-root.
1,000+ LGBTI TECH TALENTS1,000+ diverse LGBTI tech talents, experts, innovators, scientists, designers, artists from around the world.
10+ THEMESOur conference is very interdisciplinary in nature and explores state-of-the-art digital trends.
Inventive, progressive, inspiring, empowering, insightful, just plain entertaining or downright revolutionary!
100+ ENERGIZERS#UNIT is famous for its mind-blowing program and inclusion of digital arts, installations, interventions, performances, and music!
30+ COUNTRIES#UNIT brings people from all continents except for Antartica 🙂 More than half of our speakers have international backgrounds.
10+ WORKSHOPSWe love knowledge-sharing and mutual learning through interaction and doing. We propose various in-depth skill building workshops.
WHY #UNIT? WHAT IS IT FOR?
#UNIT is a cool and fun conference with well-known and promising talents as speakers. The event is also a great platform for future employers and employees to meet, and to start a new partnership. We believe that closer social connections ultimately create the feeling of a stronger community and make our spaces safer and more accepting.
Another goal is to promote LGBTI visibility, diversity, inclusivity in tech and science workplaces and to address these issues in safe spaces. There are not many events that create safe spaces to discuss everyday experiences of queer people in tech and science. There are even less platforms that bridge LGBTI communities and businesses together. #UNIT strives to draw wider social attention to issues of discrimination and exclusion at workplaces through bringing media attention and fostering reflective discussions.
#UNIT is a day, when LGBTI people share their inspirational and empowering personal stories of coming out, transitioning, challenging norms and attitudes at work. It is a day, when strategies of how to change tech spaces to be more diverse and inclusive are discussed. It is a day, when organisations reflect upon their policies and practices. It is a day that brings change into the daily lives of LGBTI people.
After studying physics at MIT and earning her BS (62) and MSEE (63) at Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, Lynn joined IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, NY. While working on IBM's Advanced Computing Systems project she made foundational contributions to computer architecture. Sadly, IBM fired Lynn as she underwent gender transition in 1968.
A gritty survivor, Lynn started her career all over again as a contract programmer in a covert new identity. Advancing rapidly, she soon became a computer architect at Memorex Corporation, but also began decades of living in fear of being 'outed' and losing her career again. Recruited by Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in 1973, Lynn invented scalable design rules for VLSI chip design, became principal author of the seminal Mead-Conway text Introduction to VLSI Systems, and in 1978, while serving as a Visiting Associate Professor of EECS at M.I.T., pioneered the teaching of these new methods. Lynn’s teachings quickly spread to over 100 universities, launching a revolution in VLSI microchip design during the 1980's.
Back at PARC Lynn also invented and in 1979 massively demonstrated an internet-based e-commerce infrastructure for rapid chip prototyping, thereby spawning the MOSIS System and the "fabless-design + silicon-foundry" industrial paradigm of modern semiconductor-chip design and manufacturing. As Assistant Director for Strategic Computing at DARPA, Lynn next crafted the meta-architecture and led the planning of the Strategic Computing Initiative, the Department of Defense’s major 1980's effort to coalesce the technology-base for modern intelligent weapons systems.
In 1985 she joined the University of Michigan as Professor of EECS and Associate Dean of Engineering, quietly continuing her distinguished career. Now Professor Emerita, she lives with her engineer husband Charles Rogers on their 23 acre homestead in rural Michigan. They’ve been together over 28 years. As Lynn neared retirement, she faced ‘outing’ as reports about her early work at IBM began surfacing. With a growing sense of pride in her accomplishments, she overcame her fears, quietly came out via the internet, and gradually created a major transgender advocacy website. Translated by volunteers into many languages, her site quickly became a beacon of hope and encouragement for gender transitioners world-wide and a trans focal-point to help expose the Gender Madness in American Psychiatry. Since Lynn “didn’t look like an engineer” back in the day, Silicon Valley’s cognoscenti were clueless about her accomplishments in the 1970’s. That began to change in 2012, when Lynn published her "VLSI Reminiscences" in a special issue of IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine, revealing how - closeted and hidden behind the scenes - she conceived the ideas and orchestrated the events that swept through and reshaped an entire industry.
A Fellow of the IEEE, Member of the Hall of Fellows of the Computer History Museum and elected to the National Academy of Engineering, Lynn has also received honorary degrees from Trinity College and Illinois Institute of Technology. Awarded the 2015 James Clerk Maxwell Medal by the IEEE and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, her citation included these words: “Her influence on modern electrical engineering is deep and profound, arguably on the scale of Armstrong and Steinmetz.”
‘Life in stealth’ of microchip genius who migrated to a new identity: Lynn Conway beat transgender bias and began a revolution”, by Magnus Linklater, The Times (UK), Nov. 14, 2015.
IEEE/RSEoyal Society of Edinburgh "James Clark Maxwell Medal" Citation, read by Barry Shoop, IEEE President-Elect, Nov. 12, 2015.
Talk: An Invisible Woman: The Inside Story Behind the Microelectronic Computing Revolution in Silicon Valley
In 2015, US White House Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith raised profound questions about women’s contributions in science, engineering and math being erased from history. In this talk we explore a case study of such an erasure from the history of Silicon Valley, and surface a very counter-intuitive sociological explanatory-conjecture about the underlying causes and effects.
Julie is a senior female managing director with over 28 years’ experience in Investment Banking, Prime Services and Private Wealth Management operations. She has extensive international exposure gained whilst working and living in various locations (Hong Kong, London, Tokyo and India) and managing teams of up to 450 staff in 18 countries/cities across all regions of the globe.
Julie has been a formidable advocate for diversity and inclusion throughout her career. Amongst other achievements, Julie founded and chaired a highly visible LGBT network in Asia for a top tier global bank and launched a hugely successful LGBT Ally program. Julie continuously drives employee education, awareness and engagement on LGBT issues through internal communications, her support of public events and hosting in-house LGBT inclusion and ally training workshops. She was also a leader within the Hong Kong banking community for collaboration on matters that impact same sex partnerships in the city.
In the 2016 Community Business LGBT Inclusion Awards 2016, Julie was named the 2016 Hong Kong LGBT Ally. She was also placed 4th in the 2016 FT and OUTstanding Power Lists as an Executive Ally.
Jon "maddog" Hall is the Chairman of the Board of the Linux Professional Institute (LPI), and the President of Linux International. Since 1969, Mr. Hall has been a programmer, systems designer, systems administrator, product manager, technical marketing manager, author and educator.
He currently works as an independent consultant, and is involved with bringing environmentally friendly computing to emerging marketplaces as well as working on performance and educational issues with Free and Open Source Software via the Linaro Association. He is also closely aligned with LeMaker, a design center located in Shengen, China.
While not a founding member of LPI, maddog helped formulate some of the concepts and donated personal money to allow the first 200 tests be subjected to psychometrics.
Mr. Hall has worked for such companies as Western Electric Corporation, Aetna Life and Casualty, Bell Laboratories, Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), VA Linux Systems, SGI, Futura Networks (Campus Party), Linaro and LPI. Mr. Hall taught at Hartford State Technical College (HSTC), Merrimack College and Daniel Webster College. While at HSTC his students gave him the nickname of "maddog", and he developed the skills necessary for talking to university students over pizza and beer.
Mr Hall has worked on many different operating systems (MFT, MVT, VS1, VS2, MVS, CP-67, VM/CMS, RSTS/E, RSX-11M, CP/M) but concentrated on Unix systems since 1980 and Linux systems since 1994, when he first met Linus Torvalds and correctly recognized the commercial importance of Linux and Free and Open Source Software. Mr. Hall obtained a DEC "Alpha" system for Linus Torvalds and organized an engineering team which helped the Linux community to port Linux to the world's fastest 64-bit microcomputer.
Since 2006 Mr. Hall has been working on Project Cauā, allowing students who could not afford to attend university to both attend university and get real-life job experience.
Mr. Hall is the author of numerous magazine and newspaper articles, many presentations and one book, "Linux for Dummies". He currently writes a blog for Linux Pro Magazine.
Mr. Hall has consulted with the governments of China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Brasil as well as the United Nations and many local and state governments on the use of Free and Open Source Software.
Mr. Hall serves on the boards of several companies, and several non-profit organizations. He is currently very active with the University of Sao Paulo's Centro Interdisciplinar Em Tecnologias Interativas (CITI), acting as a member of their advisory board.
Mr. Hall has traveled to over 100 countries, many more than one time, speaking on the benefits of Open Source Software having received his BS in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University (1973), and his MSCS from RPI in Troy, New York (1977).
In 2008 Mr. Hall joined the battle for Marriage Equality in New Hampshire, having been a Justice of the Peace for over a quarter century. On the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing's birth in 2012 Mr. Hall announced on his blog that he was part of the LGBTQ community. This blog post continues to be the most-read blog article in the history of Linux Pro Magazine. Subsequently he was elected to the "Out100" list of 2012 as "OUT" magazine's "Tech Guru" of the year.
In his spare time maddog is working on his retirement project:
maddog's monastery and marina for math, music, micro-computing, micro-brewery, micro-winery, micro-distilery, and bait shop.
Topic: Making Money With Free Culture
In the English language there is a problem with the word "Free". It can mean both "without cost" and it can mean "freedom". This talk will interweave elements of computer history, the computer industry, issues of the industry today and how "Free Culture" can sometimes make more money than closed source software, and how this fits in with the LGBTQ community.
Humberto CoronaData Scientist | Zalando (formerly at Verizon, Sony, UVIGO, UCD), advocates for visibility of LGBTI in tech
Humberto is a data scientist with a background in recommender systems, having done research a number of years in four different countries, both in industry (Verizon, Sony) and in academia (UVIGO, UCD). Currently based in Dublin (Ireland), Humberto enjoys working in a team at Zalando that builds customer-centric data products, and he also helps to manage the data science guild. Since 2016, Humberto has been a board member of Intertech Ireland, an organization that promotes inclussion and diversity for LGBTQ+ people in the tech sector in Ireland. You can read more about his research, code, art and words at http://hcorona.github.io
Jillian C. YorkDirector for International Freedom of Expression | Electronic Frontier Foundation, co-founder of Onlinecensorship.org, a winner of the Knight News Challenge in 2014
Jillian C. York is a writer and activist focused on the intersection of technology and policy. Based in Berlin, she serves of the Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she works on issues of free expression, privacy, and digital security. Jillian frequently writes about these issues; her byline has recently appeared in Quartz, the Washington Post, and the Guardian.
In 2012, Jillian co-founded the project Onlinecensorship.org, which won the Knight News Challenge in 2014. Jillian is a fellow at the Center for Internet & Human Rights at the European University Viadrina and a member of the Deep Lab collective.
Carlos SainzLeads the LGBT group for eBay Germany, Head of Global Marketing Planning | eBay (formerly: Siemens, McKinsey, Valoris)
Telecoms Engineer from Madrid, Carlos started his career with SIEMENS mobile networks in Germany, then Asia and then Latin-America. After his MBA and some time as a consultant with McKinsey and Valoris, he joined eBay in Berlin 12 years ago and has led a number of functions there, from Finance & Strategy to Customer Service and Operations. In his current role in marketing planning for all digital channels, his team ensures a seamless translation of regional business strategies and plans into global marketing operations. Driving an operational performance loop to drive quality and accountability, and maximize business impact. He leads the LGBT group for eBay in Germany. He has just returned from his paternity leave after he and his partner had a child through surrogacy in California.
Talk: An inspired customer is a regular customer.
We will discuss following questions: How can we use customer insights and analytics in tandem with Marketing to produce the personalized offers that match the individual needs and interests of today's customer? How far can we personalize without losing the ability to scale? We’ll talk about scaling individually targeted campaigns and content from both the Marketing and Business Intelligence perspectives and discuss real-life examples of success and failure at eBay.
Michael's 10-year career in game development spans console, mobile and the rise of free-to-play. He has produced several LGBT-themed games and is founder and co-founder of Digicub and Fusebox Games.
Talk: A Game Dev Story
A candid account of Michael's journey through independent mobile game development. Through his top 10 lessons learned, Michael addresses the design implications of free-to-play, the fair representation of gender and sexuality in his own games, and the ‘fun’ in fundraising (there isn’t any!).
Andrew DohertyDesign Consultant (former Lead Product Designer | Google), passionate about technological accelaration
Former Lead Product designer at Google in Mountain View California, Andrew Doherty now consults to large organisations around the world on how they can best prepare their products for an exponentially accelerating design arms race.
Talk: The future of design
Humans have come a long way from our first designs 3.3 million years ago. We are now approaching the knee of the exponential curve in the increasing capability of information technology. Everything is about to change, and much faster than we may be able to comprehend. The ERA of AI everything is upon us. What is coming, and what can we do to prepare ourselves and our companies.
Born in 1970 in Lübeck, Sarah has put her fingers into a socket with the age of three. Since then her great love and passion are tech in general and electronics in specific. She's done a professional training for electronics at Dräger in Lübeck, worked in a house for refugees and studied social sciences in Wuppertal. In 2001 she went back to electronics and jumped into the world of lasers in 2012.
Dr. Ana Peleteiro RamalloPhD in Artificial Intelligence (2014), 30+ international peer-reviewed publications, Data Scientist
Ana holds PhD in Artificial Intelligence (2014), and she has 30+ international peer-reviewed publications (Scholar). She has spoken at 10+ international conferences and given several invited talks. Ana is currently a data scientist at Zalando, Europe’s leading online fashion platform. At the Fashion Insights Centre in Dublin, she works in the Fashion Content team, where she uses machine learning, NLP and engineering, among others, to provide fashion insights and to generate data-related products. In her free time, Ana is very active both in attending and giving talks at meetups and other different events (ML Dublin, PyconIE, Women Who Code, etc), and she loves to do sports and travel.
Jose Rivera Jr.Well-known visual artist, musician and performer, who combats the stigma through arts
Jose Rivera Jr. is a multidisciplinary recording artist, musician, and choreographer based in Brooklyn, NY. José's work lies at the intersection of music, dance, visual art, and wearable tech. He is currently creating his latest work, LQQK, The Way I Look, a 15 part recorded and digital music series to premiere throughout 2017. LQQK was workshopped at performance venues and galleries in Berlin, Amsterdam, Stockholm, and NYC throughout Summer 2016. José has performed throughout NYC from Radio City Music Hall, to La Mama Experimental Theater Club, to the mirror in his bedroom. joseishere.com | @joseishere
In addition to his work as a performer, José is the social media manager at Project UROK, an initiative of the Child Mind Institute. UROK creates digital content to effectively combat the stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness. José is the first line of content and conversation at Project UROK, talking to kids and teens (ages 13-28) day in and day out from across the globe. He has extensive experience and a unique algorithm for creating a safe, supportive online community where teens can safely discuss their mental health. José is versed in all current and emerging platforms - you name it, José talks about it!
Photo credit is to Sasha Arutyanova - http://www.sashaarutyunova.com/
Tom Biegeleisen is a senior software engineer with the Huffington Post, where he has worked on a variety of projects and tech stacks over the last five years. He recently moved back to New York, his Heimatstadt, after living in Berlin for a year and a half. He is extremely excited to be back in Berlin speaking at #UNIT again!
Talk: Effective Communication Through Code Over Time
Good communication between engineers is vitally important in deploying and maintaining well-functioning systems. But it's not just about code readability in the present day: organizations often fail to think about code maintenance in the longer-term. How can engineers help each other to maintain high-quality, readable code and avoid technical debt over the course of years or even decades? This talk will examine some strategies and pitfalls in engineering communication during the software lifecycle and discuss how the Huffington Post tries to address these issues.
Thomas MayerInteraction Designer, internationally famous for his interactional design projects
Thomas Mayer was born and raised in the marvelous Ober - Swabian countryside. At the age of 28 he is a trained carpenter, achieved his bachelor degree in Interaction design and was able to participate in multiple projects in a broad variety of tasks.
His curiosity is his incitement to proactively commit to design-oriented projects in which he is always eager to learn and enhance his skills. He prefers multidimensional projects in which he can involve his hands and his methodical way of thinking for best results.
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An Invisible Woman: The Inside Story Behind the Microelectronic Computing Revolution in Silicon Valley
Prof. Lynn Conway
From Strength in Diversity to Smart Nanoscale Technologies
Prof. David K Smith
Julie Shirley (UK), Steve Demeter (USA), TBA (Germany), TBA (TBA)
Meet other unicorns. Talk to companies. Play in networking games. Connect
Making Money With Free Culture
Jon Maddog Hall
Stuart Cameron & Dastan Kasmamytov
Say thank you to the organising team 🙂
Show up for the best picture of #UNIT 2017
Time to celebrate and shake our bodies!
DJ Julia Läger
The future of design
Get to know other unicorns 🙂
Effective Communication Through Code Over Time
Building inclusive dev teams
New Deal on Data
Inspiration at scale at eBay
A Game Dev Story
Greet and meet other geeks
Meet other unicorns!
Meet other unicorns!
How to Deal With Everyday Discrimination
For Absolute Beginners: Introduction to Web development
CODING WORKSHOP: RECOMMENDER SYSTEMS
Humberto Corona & Ana Peleteiro Ramallo
The lasersaur, or how to build your own great lasercutter
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Wear It Berlin: The Future Festival for Wearable Electronics and Fashion Tech
On June 8 and 9, 2017 Wear It Festival brings together designers, artists, investors, entrepreneurs, business, science and media to build a bridge between ideas, products, people and capital. For the third time the Festival comes along with the chance of experiencing the most exciting innovations in wearable electronics and fashion tech at Palais Kulturbrauerei. In the evening of June 8th there will be a ceremony to introduce the Innovation forum and Wear It Hub Network which are funded by Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung. On both days many inspiring national and international speakers will be participating with various thrilling topics. We all are going to talk about possible limits of the wearable industry and discuss about visions. Among others some trivial but popular questions are: “How do I wash it? How will it last forever?” Together we would like to find out what kind of challenges this innovative sector has to deal with. Interactive workshops, mindblowing performances, an exhibition, a fashion catwalk and a startup show are going to complete this unique program. Through the program Wear It connects ideas, products, society and economy. Multidisciplinary thinking enables a discussion about wearable products - reaching beyond smartwatches and glasses and finding their way into a wider range of applications. Wear It Berlin focuses on bringing designers and makers to the industry for a universal dialogue to be established and for true collaboration to emerge.
Trafopop Berlin: Wear It all started
Wear It came into being as an idea of the Berlin artist collective „Trafopop". To set a new trend in 2013 they cycled around Berlin dressed in self-made LED biker-jackets. Among them: Thomas Gnahm who started Wear It Festival in 2014. Today wearable electronics are a huge trend at every technology and fashion fair, and Wear It is where it all started. As of 2017 Wear It is not only a Festival. We also initiated the Wear It Hub Network with its many meetups all over the city. The biggest among those the second FashionHackDay on May 19 - 21 at FabLab Berlin. We want to turn Berlin into a trendsetter in the wearable technologies industry and connect anyone interested in exchanging and collaborating. This is a truly revolutionary project!
Berlin should position itself as an international Wearable City
The wearable technology market is at such an exciting stage – the opportunities are ready to be picked up and developed into new products and services. That‘ s why the wearable industry stands in such a prominent position with all industries wanting to sample a part of this new revolution. This means it’ s time to take a step further and turn Berlin into a global player and not be outdistanced by the US industry. Berlin has got the potential such as science projects, an innovative startup scene and a diverse textile industry. Due to the lack of interdisciplinary work new products haven’ t yet been introduced. Wear It Berlin constitutes as an opportunity to seek out these new technologies, new desires and new markets and to develop some of the most
groundbreaking innovations of the 21st century. Therefore Wear It Festival is connecting all players - on a national and international scale.
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