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Duncan Davidson


A long time ago: Apache Tomcat, Ant, and Java open source; more recently: Objective-C, Swift, a half-dozen other languages. Front end, back end, whatever. Also passionate about photography.


Reframing our Perspective

Most of us have built software that seemed like a good idea at the time, but we later regret. All of us have tackled code that was probably somebody else’s good idea that leaves us feeling like we’re looking at tangles of mud-covered straw. What separates these two states? How can something so beautiful when viewed at one angle look like a perfect mess from any other? What do you do about it? What’s one of the skills we all need to know to be able to tackle the fundamental mess and complexity we face in our work? Damn if I know for sure, but I’ve got a hunch and I want to explore it with you.

Gustav Martner

Digital Reliance

Founder of the digital agency Daddy which was aquired by the creative powerhouse CP+B in 2009. Co-founder of Burt Corp which provides a DMP for some of the world’s biggest media companies. Nowadays focusing on projects to strengthen human rights and sustainability in a digital context, for example advicing the Swedish Government on how to better protect vulnerable consumers online. Featured at conferences such as TechCrunch50 (SFO), Web2.0 (Berlin), KamFan (Hong Kong) and DMC (Moscow). Plays the musical saw.


The overextension of digital media

All new innovations comes with a message — a promise of what benefits it brings. However — the true definition of something is the actual change it promotes and there are often a big discrepancy between these two definitions. In this lecture we will follow the technological advances of digital media, and how the benefits we celebrate eventually overextend and reverse. What are the emerging overextensions and how can we navigate better in this wheel of constant innovation, advances and set-backs?

Jackie Michl

Detroit Labs

Jackie is the Delivery Lead of a mobile app development team at Detroit Labs in Detroit, Michigan (USA). Her passions range from rock climbing, to modern board games, to an odd obsession with moose. Even though she is a “project manager,” Jackie has a thirst for technical knowledge and is in the midst of developing her own Android app (despite being an iOS user). Jackie has met seven moose IRL and hopes to meet many, many more.


When to Build & When to Deploy: Project Management Lessons from Scythe

Scythe is an incredibly complex game with several moving parts that you track and progress diligently throughout play. To be successful, you need to manage your time and resources wisely.

This unique talk dives into a handful of strategies for achieving victory in Scythe that also have uncanny parallels to managing software development IRL.

Attendees of all backgrounds will walk away with useful task, team, and time management tidbits that are effective in agile environments. (They’ll also have a strong desire to pick up a modern board game. Wallets be warned.)

Karen helps people and systems work better together She loves designing and building infrastructure and platform products. She enjoys the challenge of reconciling developer experience and operations, as well as the end users goal and experience.

Karen is a Product Architect and Engineering Manager at


Living with Morpheus

Do you know that developer who has all the answers? They’re THE person to go to for anything and everything. They’re a knowledge base, solve problems fast, and know the deepest darkest places in the system. They’re the Morpheus to your Matrix: without them, you would all be lost.

Having a Morpheus on your team has obvious advantages. But when team members use them as a crutch, it hinders personal growth and development velocity. In this talk, we’ll find out how we can save the team without sacrificing Morpheus.

Lennart Fridén

Agical AB

By day, a consultant at Agical, a perpetual journeyman, and a symmathecist in the medium of software.

By late afternoon, a fairly mad horse rider and an avid tabletop roleplayer.

The less said about mornings, the better. Plenty of tea helps though.




They are all around us. They are in our code. They hide between the lines spoken at standup. They are there, for everyone to see, in our meetings. At lunch. In our interactions. In our inactions.

Stories. A multitude of stories revealing how we think, how we act, and how we feel. But above all else, they can give us a glimpse of why.

Stories. You merely have to pay attention to them.

Nathan Herald


Worked on Wunderlist, now work at Microsoft.


Building Tools for Liberal Heterogenous Infrastructures

To allow team members to deploy any language at any time without approval, we built tools to build, deploy, isolate, and protect our systems so anyone can deploy anything whenever they want. The increased productivity and experimentation let us deliver new services super quick. I’ll talk about our incremental tool upgrades, where they are today, and where we wish they were in the future.

Nicklas Gustafsson

Nicklas Gustafsson

Dale Carnegie Sweden

As a partner at Dale Carnegie Sweden, Nicklas is supporting companies in different ways, mostly in questions regarding leadership, communication and culture. He believes in lifelong learning and is constantly seeking hidden potential, both in himself and in others. As a continuous learner he wants to take on a new challenge every year so the previous three years he learned to play tennis, bought a boat and built his own sun deck. Nicklas is also engaged with the TEDx organization as the coach of the speaker team this year.


Finding Your Spark

This talk will focus on our spark, the inherent abilities hidden within ourselves and how to unleash at least a little of that unknown potential.

Scott Chacon


Scott Chacon is a cofounder of GitHub and more recently of language learning service Chatterbug. Scott is the author of Pro Git, loves speaking at conferences and holds a WSET Level 3 certification in Wines and Spirits.


Becoming an Adult Prodigy

So often we think of ourselves as being naturally good or bad at things. Whether it be coding, illustrating, chess, singing, playing an instrument, remembering names, learning languages or anything else — most of us believe that we are born with or without the talent to be great at it. We observe those who are better than us and curse their natural abilities.

However, what if that’s all a lie? What if there are no prodigies? What if natural ability is actually a disadvantage to becoming great at something? What if Mozart just grew up in the right environment and was no different from you or I? What if you were actually better than a child at learning a new language, despite what you’ve been told?

This talk is about how you’re never too old to become great at something. We’ll look at the research around excellence, prodigies, and learning to see how no matter your age or background, there is a simple way to become the better than anyone you know at nearly anything you can imagine.

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