#UNIT 2017 | CONNECTING UNICORNS

The Global LGBTI Tech & Science Conference

 

MAY 6, 2017 | BERLIN

#UNIT is a unique and entertaining conference: very laid-back, positive atmosphere without suits and formalities, a lot of networking possibilities, inspiring talks, music, encounters, performances and installations.

 

50+ PASSIONATE SPEAKERS

50+ mind-blowing speakers, artists and performers both high-profile and grass-root. Do you have an idea or a talk that is inventive, progressive, inspiring, empowering, insightful, just plain entertaining or downright revolutionary? Do you want to shape #UNIT 2017? Do not be shy, apply and we will get in touch with you soon.

1,000+ LGBTI TECH TALENTS

1,000+ diverse LGBTI tech talents, experts, innovators, scientists, designers, artists and businesses from around the world, who come to Berlin in order to share, inspire, empower and learn from each other, work together and create common projects. Do you want to get a ticket discount? Become a member of UNICORNS IN TECH!

10+ THEMES

Our conference is very interdisciplinary in nature and it is divided into 10 themes that are state-of-the-art digital trends. Our aim is to build bridges between disciplines to explore unexpected insights and connections between our unicorns to create stronger networks and new collaborations. Vote for the themes and win a ticket here!

30+ COUNTRIES

#UNIT 2016 was very international bringing people from all continents. Almost half of our speakers had international backgrounds. For #UNIT 2017 we strive to be even more international in order to create a spirit of the interconnected diverse world. 

10+ WORKSHOPS

We love knowledge-sharing and mutual learning through interaction and doing. We will propose various in-depth skill building workshops. Most of the workshops are free, but some workshops require a set of materials that we have to buy in advance. For those workshops, you have to register additionally. 

100+ ENERGIZERS

#UNIT is famous for its mind-blowing program and inclusion of digital arts, installations, interventions, performances, and music! Beyond any doubt you feel yourself energetic and excited, entertained and curious, enchanted and fascinated. We will throw up a party in the end to ease our packed brains.

WHY #UNIT? WHAT IS IT FOR?

COMMUNITY BUILDING

Our ultimate goal is to connect as many diverse unicorns interested in tech and science as possible. In order to share, inspire, empower and learn from each other, work together and create common projects, and just enjoy some time together! “Connecting Unicorns” is the core of our program. There will be many networking opportunities, including regular speed-networking, common workshops, networking games, networking desk, company and start-up stands, pitching, and of course talks.

#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.

 

INSPIRING, MUTUAL MENTORING AND LEARNING

We put all our efforts into bringing the most inspiring speakers to #UNIT. We strongly believe that inspiration drives innovation. We want our members and guests to get excited about path-breaking technologies and plethora of opportunities, they bring to us. We do our best to bring mind-blowing or unknown technologies for play-and-try. We also focus on meaningful close mentorship and skills building. We have various workshops at #UNIT, where you can learn concrete unique skills. The workshops vary in content, format and difficulty level.

BUILDING GLOBAL BRIDGES

#UNIT 2017 | Connecting Unicorns: The Global LGBTI Tech & Science Conference is going to become more global with more international speakers than #UNIT 2016. We want to bring together LGBTI tech communities from East and West, North and South, from high-profile speakers and established authorities to emerging talents, to discuss the new trends and future of tech and science.We are going to discover alternative voices and unknown but remarkable tech and science projects from around the world and create a space for mutual learning, inspiring and empowering! We are going to look for LGBTI hidden tech gems and stars beyond Silicon Valleys and bring them to Berlin on May 6th, 2017!

DIVERSITY, INCLUSIVITY, VISIBILITY

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.

HAVING FUN

The thing that makes us different from other tech conferences is fun. Fun is in our DNA. We love to entertain. We create very easy-going atmosphere without suits and formalities. We want to create a safe space, where everyone feels truly as a part of the community, of the bigger family. We shorten social distances and destroy the boredom. We love each of our smart and gorgeous guests. We welcome everyone. And we all party with our DJs and celebrate! Dive with us into a pool of uniqueness, joy and excitement!

HONOURABLE SPEAKERS

Prof. David K Smith

Prof. David K Smith

Renowned nano-chemist at Department of Chemistry | University of York, one of the most visible LGBTI scientist and Youtube star with with over half a million views

Dave Smith is Professor of Chemistry at University of York, where he carries out fundamental research into smart nanomaterials and nanomedicines, publishing ca. 150 research papers and with an h-index over 50. He is a passionate educator with a strong belief in widening participation, giving outreach lectures to 30,000+ UK school students and developing his own YouTube chemistry channel, with over half a million views.
Dave has been recognised for excellence both in research and teaching, having received the Corday Morgan Award in 2012 from The Royal Society of Chemistry and a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy in 2013. In 2014, he was one of C&ENs Top 20 Chemists to Follow on Twitter. He has also been recognised as one of the RSC’s 175 diverse ‘Faces of Chemistry’ in recognition of work to raise the profile of LGBT+ scientists. Dave entered into a civil partnership with his husband Sam in 2010. They live in central York, with their adopted son, where they enjoy the vibrant and historic city, and like cooking and travelling.

Prof. Lynn Conway

Pioneering electrical engineer and computer scientist, world-known for foundational contributions to computer architecture and transadvocacy | University of Michigan

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.

Wikipedia article about Lynn Conway

Robert Hanson

Inspirational advocate for LGBTI visibility in business, CEO | John Hardy (formerly: CEO | American Eagle Outfitters, Global Brand President | Levi's)

Robert Hanson is the Chief Executive Officer of John Hardy. Hanson joined John Hardy  in 2014 bringing with him more than 25 years of brand development and retail experience. At John Hardy, Hanson drives the global strategic, creative, operating and financial development and performance of the brand.
Prior to joining John Hardy, Hanson served as Chief Executive Officer of American Eagle Outfitters since 2012. During this time, he led the brand to outperform the majority of youth specialty competitors, added $1 billion of market value to the company, and built the framework to transform American Eagle Outfitters into a global, multi-brand competitor. Before this, Hanson was Global Brand President for Levi’s and was a member of Levi Strauss & Co.’s worldwide leadership team.
Robert is openly gay CEO and advocates for LGBTI visibility in businesses.

Jon "maddog" Hall

Key person in development of Linux systems, "Tech Guru of 2012" by OUT magazine, Chairman of the Board | Linux Professional Institute (LPI)

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.

Aslı Aladağ

Aslı Aladağ

Product manager | adjust

Aslı Aladağ is a product manager at adjust, originally from Istanbul, a Berliner since 4 years. When she is not in the meeting with backend or frontend teams, she is teaching hatha yoga in the studio and in the park.

Carlos Sainz

Carlos Sainz

leads 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.

Matthias Bremer

Matthias Bremer

Applied Physicist and Electrical Engineer | University of Kiel

Matthias studied Electrical Engineering and Business Management at the University of Kiel, Germany and Applied Physics at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Currently, he is working in Kiel towards a PhD about organic light emitting diodes and photoresponsive surfaces.

Daniel Irvine

Daniel Irvine

LGBTI advocate, Software Crafter | 8th Light

Daniel Irvine has been writing software for most of his life. He eats, sleeps and breathes code. As a consultant, he spends much of his time coaching others in becoming more effective in their daily work. He focuses not only on technical skills but also on social issues such as the promotion of inclusive environments and the prioritization of team welfare over code quality.

Originally from Ireland, Daniel has lived in London for the past decade but remains very much an Irishman at heart. He is an avid yogi and also a cat owner.

Michael Othen

Michael Othen

Founder, produced several LGBT-themed games | Digicub Ltd

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.

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!).

digicub.com

Yaknel Elorza

Yaknel Elorza

Ashtanga yoga and meditation guru with 10+ experience

Yaknel is not your average yogi. She’s been practising Ashtanga yoga and meditation for over 10 years, while adding to her tattoo collection, rescuing a beautiful galgo, adopting street cats, and hitting the roller derby track.

She will give a yoga workshop and will talk about:

The lack of diversity in modern yoga in the west culture· How the industry is targeting an specific social group excluding the LGTBI communities. How we can change it and take action.

Midori Kocak

Midori Kocak

Computer Scientist & Web Developer | Transadvocate & Educator

Midori is a world citizen, a computer scientist & engineer, jQuery, php and cakephp expert. She has been coding in PHP and creating web applications since dial-up years (2001). Midori actively contributes to open source software projects. She is also a designer.

Title:
"For Absolute Beginners: Introduction to Web development"

Description:

This workshop aims the people who are SCARED to code. It is not that difficult to code! Midori will talk about how internet is working, what web development is all about, and about HTML, CSS and JS. Participants will create their own profile page using basic HTML, CSS and JS coding skills.

Lea Böhm

Lea Böhm

Inspirational expert in people management, CEO & Founder | allesroger.io

Lea has studied economics, politics and sociology and has worked several years in finance and operations until she realized that people are much more interesting than numbers. Consequently she switched to people management in 2012 and became an expert for topics such as leadership, internal communication, motivation, team building and development. She holds a degree in coaching and mediation, and is the CEO & founder of AllesRoger - the new work agency for leadership.

OUR SPEAKERS AND OUR TEAM
The list of our speakers, performers, workshop organisers, artists, musicians, moderators, volunteers, etc. is coming soon and will be updated on a weekly basis.
Andrew Doherty

Andrew Doherty

Design 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 title: The future of design

 

Talk description: 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.
Sarah Jansen

Sarah Jansen

Hardware Developer, Transadvocate, Laser Geek

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.

Maxi Beilfuß

Maxi Beilfuß

Inspirational coach, marketing consultant; Founder | 7Elements Communication

Maxi studied Media and Marketing Management and works as a speaker, coach and marketing consultant. After her Master's she has founded „7Elements Communication“, where various professionals work in an interdisciplinary cooperation, combining research, branding, strategy, marketing and design for a brand development.

Anh N. Tran

Anh N. Tran

Founder | IWC (formerly in Delivery Hero, Rocket Internet and other startups)

Anh was born in Vietnam and has been living in Germany for more than 25 year. She has been raised in both cultures, speaks both languages fluently and consider herself as "Gernamese".
After her graduation, she joined the dynamic startup scene that directly led her through companies such as Delivery Hero, Rocket Internet and a few smaller early stage startups. Her main area of focus were Business Development, Sales Operations and Account Management.
Anh holds a B.A. in Communication from the Cologne University of Applied Science and a M.A. in International Communication and Politics from the City University of London.
Since she felt in love with Berlin she has settled herself in the capital of Germany, enjoying the great variety of food, culture and people.
Anh is a founder of IWC (International Women's Connection).
Steven Pakasathanan

Steven Pakasathanan

Passionate geek about renewable technologies, Founder | ampido (former Energy Manager | Vodafone)

Steven studied Mathematics in the USA and Renewable Technologies in Germany. He worked as Energy Manager for Vodafone with a budget responsibility of 40 Million Euro. Steven is in the Founder Team of ampido.

Julia Läger

Julia Läger

Creative Analytical Engine musician, develops own software tools for her music

Julia creates improvisations with software tools that she writes. Using voice and image sonification she gets an output moving between ambience, electronica, drone and noise.

Analytical Engine's source material is her voice, algorithmically layered into dense ambiences and merging with sonified images inspired by her background in physics and computer science. The results of her improvisations are eerie soundscapes, transforming from mesmerising pop drone to pulsating noise.

 

Check out her work:

 

https://soundcloud.com/analytical-engine

Tom Biegeleisen

Tom Biegeleisen

Senior software engineer | Huffington Post

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.

Dastan Kasmamytov

Dastan Kasmamytov

Project Manager | UNICORNS IN TECH

Danik is a terrible nomad: he was moving all around the World, but for the God's sake he had settled down finally in Berlin. He is mostly responsible for web-programming, graphic design and animation, but in the end does many other things 🙂
Jillian C. York

Jillian C. York

Director 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.

Klaus Jäger

Klaus Jäger

Physicist, solar energy researcher | Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energy GmbH

Klaus is a postdoctoral researcher at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energy GmbH, a German national research institute. His research activities lie primarily with the theoretical development of optical structures for solar cells, with the aim to maximize the power output of the solar cells.

Josh Rivers

Josh Rivers

LGBTI advocate, co-founder | Series Q

Josh Rivers is the co-founder of Series Q, the network for LGBT+ entrepreneurs. He’s passionate about improving the lives of LGBT+ people around the world, and building communities and networks that support and celebrate queer culture.

Thomas Mayer

Thomas Mayer

Interaction 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.

www.thomas-mayer.de

www.ttt3000.de 

Bas Timmers

Bas Timmers

Genius in business digitalisation, Founder | Neue Signale

Bas Timmers has been fascinated by technology and innovation since buying the Acorn Electron computer somewhere in the eighties. After trying to digitize newspapers and tv stations for a couple of years in the Netherlands, he moved to Berlin. With his recently-founded company Neue Signale (Interference) he helps small and medium-sized companies transform their business models into the digital era.

Contact details:

Company website: neuesignale.de
Personal websites: bastimmers.nlbastimmers.com and the blog about Berlin heimatberlin.nl

Jose Rivera Jr.

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!

 

Joseishere.com

Photo credit is to Sasha Arutyanova - http://www.sashaarutyunova.com/

Humberto Corona

Humberto Corona

Data 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

blog: http://medium.com/@totopampin

 

Maria von Känel

Maria von Känel

Founder | IFED, Co-founder | Swiss Rainbow Families Association, NELFA

Maria von Känel is founder and coordinator of the International Family Equality Day (IFED) and co-founder and General Manager of the Swiss Rainbow Families Association and NELFA (Network of European LGBTIQ* Families Associations).

Maria has been in a registered partnership since 2007, when Swiss law first started recognising same-sex partnerships. She lives near Zurich with her wife and their two children.

Her wishes for the future are: mutual recognition of registered partnerships within the EU and other European countries as the next step toward full legal recognition for rainbow families.

Miriam Förster

Miriam Förster

Founder | Familyship, brings her strong IT knowledge into solving crucial LGBTI issues

Miriam Förster is an IT project manager and founder of the co-parenting platform „Familyship“. She is committed to the social acceptance of alternative forms of family. For this reason, she is also voluntarily involved in NELA by providing the website for the "International Family Equality Day“.

Web: www.familyship.org

Dr. Ana Peleteiro Ramallo

Dr. Ana Peleteiro Ramallo

PhD 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.

EVENT SCHEDULE

We are working hard to produce a diverse and comprehensive program and to create a day full of excitement, encounters, performances, entertainment, presentations, installations, music, art and a lot of inspiration!
  • SchwuZ Club
    Rollbergstr. 26, 12053 Berlin

  • May 6, 2017
    09:30 am - 06:30pm

  • After-party
    Schwuz Club

9:00 AM ENTRANCE HALL

REGISTRATION

Please, be on time to make the most of the day!

by UNICORNS IN TECH team
10:00 AM Main Stage

OPENING INTRODUCTION

The day of excitement begins here!

by Stuart Cameron
6:00 PM Main Stage

CLOSING REMARKS

Say thank you to the organising team 🙂

by Stuart Cameron
6:30 PM MAIN STAGE

MONSTER SELFIE

Show up for the best picture of #UNIT 2017

by Stuart Cameron
9:00 PM SCHWUZ CLUB

AFTER-PARTY

Time to celebrate and shake our bodies!

OUR PROUD SPONSORS AND PARTNERS
 
GOLDEN SPONSORS
SAP

SAP

SAP is the world's leading provider of business software, offering applications and services that enable companies of all sizes across more than 26 industries to become best-run businesses.

www.sap.com

Sticks&Stones

Sticks&Stones

The Rock Star of all Career Fairs

It has been called "The rockstar of all career fairs". We consider ourselves to just be very different. At STICKS & STONES, there is no room for redundant or boring mediocracy. Instead rockstars, geeks, pandas and unicorns are reflecting the infinite complexity of life. Our speakers belong to the best of their genre and there are few as proud and exciting as our exhibitors.

More than 100 companies are here to meet people like you - regardless if you are gay or straight, something in between or beyond, regardless if you are a student, a graduate, a young or senior professional.

More info here.

Erasys

Erasys

The roots of erasys GmbH stretch back to 2002. Our history is closely interwoven to the successful gay dating portal PlanetRomeo.com that allows 1.8 million gay men to connect with each other daily.

Learn more about erasys and jobs at erasys:
erasys.de

SILVER SPONSORS
Zalando

Zalando

Zalando is transforming from an e-commerce company into a multi-service platform that provides fashion as a service. We make it our mission to imagine and predict the infinite points of interaction between fashion and people - and develop the technology to make this possible. The +1300 members of Zalando Technology across our offices in Germany, Ireland and Finland build most of our 40 platform products in-house and open source - from our logistics software to our mobile applications. We work in Scala, Java, Clojure, Spark, React, Swift, and Docker - to name just a few.

When it comes to how we work, we believe that trusting each other is key. Through our culture of Radical Agility, we let the principles of Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose guide us. Our +110 engineering teams are made up of over 70 nationalities. Diversity is a major factor to our success - from the variety of skill sets and interests to the tools and languages our teams choose to use.

MEDIA PARTNERS
TechBerlin

TechBerlin

TechBerlin is where the startup community shares news, events and resources


techberlin.com

Gay Times

Gay Times

The World's Biggest Gay Magazine

Gay Times has been in print for 30 years and prides itself on being the most established, credible and original gay magazine. We are acessible, responsible, fun, sexy (not explicitly crude) informative and innovative and we aim to convery these values through all GT branded platforms.



Read the magazine here.

Travels of Adam

Travels of Adam

travelsofadam.com

Adam Groffman is a freelance writer, marketer, and travel blogger based in Berlin, where he covers city trips around the world, expat life, LGBT issues, festivals, and nightlife. His writing has been featured in The Guardian, AFAR, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Vanity Fair, Condé Nast Traveler, and numerous online publications. Adam Groffman is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, the North American Travel Journalists Association, the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. When he’s not out exploring the coolest bars and clubs, he’s usually enjoying the local arts and culture scene. His travel stories are available on his blog, Travels of Adam, and additional travel tips (and embarrassing stories!) are shared in real time through his social media.

DIGICULT

DIGICULT

digicult.it

Estabilished in 2005 Digicult is an online platform that examines the impact of digital technologies and applied sciences on art, design, culture and contemporary society. Digicult is an independent project, with no funds from any institutions or companies, it is neither public nor private, that reaches more than 100,000 online users on a monthly basis. Based on an international network of critics, curators, artists, designers, professors, researchers, journalists, media center, galleries and festival, Digicult is an editorial project that daily publish news, informations, articles, interviews, reports, essays. Digicult is founded and directed by art critic and curator Marco Mancuso.


digicult.it

Pink Banana Media

Pink Banana Media

Media Partner

LGBT Online Advertising & Marketing Agency

www.pinkbananaworld.com

BONER Magazine

BONER Magazine

bonermagazine.com

Popular monthly gay print journal in Germany. Distributed in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne, Mannheim, Munich & Stuttgart.

bonermagazine.com

media:net

media:net

medianet-bb.de

Connecting Business. Sharing Knowledge. Networking the Future: we offer a creative platform for many companies. Are you looking for contacts in your expertise field and beyond to build synergies, partnerships and business initiatives? media.net provides more than 130 educational events every year about business development, personal development, design, etc.


www.medianet-bb.de

Dataconomy

Dataconomy

dataconomy.com

Dataconomy Media is Europe’s leading online portal focused on data-driven technologies. We provide the technology & business communities with in-depth insight, cutting-edge research, and established thought leadership. Dataconomy offers a platform for readers to further develop their understanding of technology, business, and the intersection between the two. Dataconomy.com is home to commentary from industry leading practitioners of all data-driven technologies, career guidance for aspiring scientists, and fascinating case studies from the companies on the cutting edge of data science.

NETWORK PARTNERS
hub:raum

hub:raum

www.hubraum.com

hub:raum provides seed funding for startups that have the potential to fundamentally transform important markets for Deutsche Telekom. 

Startups receive capital to establish market traction as well as added benefits like co-working space, mentoring and introductions to Deutsche Telekom.



More on www.hubraum.com

Data Natives

Data Natives

Network partner

Data is part of our new cultural identity, transforming the way we communicate, learn and interact. Data Natives is the conference for the data-driven generation, and a meeting point for industry experts, entrepreneurs, tech- and business professionals to interact, inspire each other, and disrupt the status quo. Our growing community of over 64,000 data lovers thrives on new perspectives, thought-provoking content, and exhilarating events. Data Natives stands out because we do things differently. We are home to tech-savvy, young-minded, forward-thinking individuals with a passion for tech and business.

TESTIMONIAL

This is what people say about last year's conference. Want some more? Click here to read more reviews and learn more about #UNIT 2015 and #UNIT 2016.

“The atmosphere was relaxed and non-commercial (and not over-organized) as regular tech meetups. And we met a lot of nice people and friends. ”

Anonymous
Anonymous
From the #UNIT 2016 feedback survey

“#UNIT 2016 did fulfill my expectations. I like the open minded atmosphere - the mix of themes and presenters. It was a great cool day.”

Anonymous
Anonymous
From the #UNIT 2016 feedback survey

“It was a really good balance between levels of technical talks and non technical talks, people were friendly, it was a nice atmosphere”

Anonymous
Anonymous
From the #UNIT 2016 feedback survey

“I love to come with a curious eye, to pick some subjects of interests and to learn a few things. And it was a great event that I really enjoyed. Many quality presentations about diverse topics. I learnt a few things during this day and got some new ideas to explore.”

Anonymous
Anonymous
From the #UNIT 2016 feedback survey

FAQs

Here are some answers to common questions. If you still have any questions, please feel free to write to us.

Who are the organisers behind #UNIT?

#UNIT is organised by UNICORNS IN TECH, The Global Tech Community for LGBTI and Straight Allies. Learn more about the network here. Do you want to get a discount for #UNIT? Become a member of UNICORNS IN TECH! The membership in our network is free.

I am a straight and/or cis individual. Can I come to #UNIT?

#UNIT is the most inclusive conference! No one is excluded, everyone is welcome, and this includes straight friends. We only ask that you respect the space and your fellow attendees. You should check out our Code of Conduct for more info.

Is there any accreditation for media?

All media representatives have to email us until May 1, 2017. We will add you to our guest list.

How do I become a sponsor/partner?

We welcome proud companies and organisations to become our sponsors and partners. Here is more information about sponsorship/partnership. If interested, please, email us with a subject line "#UNIT 2017 Sponsorship/Partnership".

How do I become a speaker/performer at #UNIT?

We are looking for established experts and unknown talents to present their perspectives and ideas at #UNIT. Please, fill out this form and we will get in contact with you!

Are there any scholarships to attend?

We will have very limited scholarship funds. They are mostly for speakers, who can not afford to come to Berlin on their own. Women, people of colour, trans people, people with disabilities and other underrepresented queer groups are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Please, subscribe to our newsletter to keep yourself updated about scholarship opportunities.

Where can I buy tickets for #UNIT 2017?

Sign up for our newsletter and keep yourself updated about early-bird tickets and other ticket discounts! The tickets for #UNIT 2017 will be available in the end of 2016.

VENUE AND DIRECTIONS

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RT @professor_dave: I am keynote speaker at #UNIT2017 in Berlin - a meeting connecting global LGBT+ scientists. To attend or speak see: htt…
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