Speakers

Rob van Kranenburg
IoT evangelist - Top 10 IoT Thinker in the world
Rob van Kranenburg (1964) is involved in innovation and negociability strategies of Internet of Things. He has worked at the University of Ghent with Professor Ronald Soetaert, the University of Amsterdam with Professor Elsaesser, de Balie with Andrée van Es, Doors of Perception with John Thackara, and has taught various courses at graduate and postgraduate level and Art and Design Academies. He founded Council, a thinktank for the Internet of Things, to bring this latter perspective into the heart of the debates.He is a co-founder of bricolabs (bricolabs.net) and wrote The Internet of Things, a critique of ambient technology and the all seeing network of RFID, Network Notebooks, Instititute for Network Cultures, Amsterdam, 2008, andTowards Designerly Agency in a Ubicomp World, In: Tales of the Disappearing Computer, Kameas A., Streitz, N. (eds), CTI Press, 2003, pp. 119-127. http://www.theinternetofthings.eu
Marjana Majerič
Deputy General Manager, Technology Park Ljubljana
Marjana Majerič, M.Sc., is a business strategy, business planning and financial management specialist. She shares her over 17 years of extensive business experience as a mentor and advisor in Technology Park Ljubljana SME community. She served as a Manager of Investment in Venture Capital Fund Horizonte Venture Management; as Deputy Director of the first Slovene private incubator; she was Director of loan department for SME's in Volksbank-Sberbank. She is honorary member of program council of Ljubljana University Incubator and former member of editorial committee for monthly magazine SLEVCA (Slovene Venture Capital Association), member of different committees for evaluation and approval of projects/companies in financing, rewording, etc. She has been awarded with U.S. government honorary award "Woman and Entrepreneurship".
Uroš Merljak
Channel Sales Manager, Schneider Electric Slovenia
Uroš finished studies of Telecommunication at University in Ljubljana. He started to work as a Programmer and Head of technical support department at Vabaco varovanje d.o.o. in 1994 and continued in 1997 has a sales engineer for Video and Multimedia systems in TSE d.o.o. He was a project leader, commercial manager and responsible for deployment of Quality system according to ISO9001. In 2012 he joined Schneider Electric as a sales engineer, continued as Retail division Manager, Partner business Team Leader and Partner business Manager. His current job incorporates almost all Schneider Electric portfolio, especially Low voltage equipment and Industry equipment. His vision is to position Schneider Electric as an innovative market leader in areas of Energy Efficiency, Mobility and IoT together with the whole Schneider Electric Slovenia team.
Aleš Hančič
Director, TECOS, Tooling and Die Cluster Slovenia
In 2005 dr. Aleš Hančič joined TECOS Slovenian Tool Development Center, first as a young researcher and PhD student in the field of biopolymer composites, and then as Director of Research and Development. In November 2006, he was hosted by the University of Minho in Portugal, where he completed a part of the experimental work on the doctoral thesis at the Department of Polymer Engineering. In August 2012, he received his doctorate at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Ljubljana. In 2013 he was appointed a Director of the Slovenian Tool Development Centre TECOS. In the recent year he has also been employed at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana as a research and teaching assistant and as a research associate lecturer at the College of Polymer Technology in Slovenj Gradec. He is also the president of Board of Directors of Centre of Excellence for Polymers CO PoliMat.
Dejan Podgoršek
Manager for Business Development & ISVs, SEE, IBM Slovenia
Dejan Podgoršek joined IBM in 1991 as AIX system engineer, then he took over HW sales and in year 2000 become IBM HW sales manager. In 2010 Dejan took international position and was leading the team in CEE for Growth Initiatives. 2013 joined IBM Developer Relations team and now he is leading the Business Development & ISVs in the SEE region. Part of the role is also leading IBM Innovation Center Ljubljana where the team can help you build, market and sell your solutions. You can use IBM Innovation Centers to port and test solutions, engage with IBM Watson IOT and other IBM cognitive solutions, Analytics, Cloud, .... close deals with your clients, collaborate with IBM, Business Partners, academic leaders, IT professionals and Outthink you Business.
Jure Lampe
CEO - SenLab
Jure Lampe is a serial entrepreneur. He is responsible for the development of many new business opportunities in six companies he has owned and managed since 1992. He has been involved in different projects as a developer, a researcher, a team leader and an advisor. His team holds some prominent awards, including “Bluetooth.org application of the month”, “Bluetooth.org CES finalist”, “Wearable Technology Show Winner” in SmartHome, “Finalist” in IoT category and two “AAL forum awards”. SenLab participates in several EU research projects with IoTool and IoChat solutions.
Marcus Kottinger
IBM - Industry 4.0 / Business Development
Since 2014 Marcus Kottinger supports European IBM Partners in executing projects which deals with digital transformation in the name of IBM‘s Watson IoT brand. Core industries are energy, utilities, telecoms and public infrastructure management companies, mainly acting in Smart Cities areas. Before Marcus Kottinger joined IBM he worked at Siemens in the field of energy and asset management in Europe Mideast and Africa to optimize backend process to achieve sustainable energy consumption and an efficient asset utilization within the locations of Siemens in Europe.
Jernej Adamič
Zenodys B.V. - Founder & CEO
Jernej Adamič is a founder and CEO of a startup company Zenodys, started in 2014 and he's engaged as a Business Strategist. He's an early adopter and IoT evangelist. Zenodys provides an Internet of Things Visual Platform for Industry 4.0. Jernej has been in product and business development for 15 years and has been running digital agency for the last 6 years. Between 2007 and 2015 he has been working as a general manager at Adnet d.o.o. and between 2012 and 2015 as a marketing advisor at Kabi d.o.o. In 1997 he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Ljubljana and in 2006 an MBA form University of Kansas.
Tomaž Savšek
Assistant Director - TPV d.o.o.
Dr. Tomaž SAVŠEK has a BS (1989), an MS (1992) and a Ph.D. (1998) in electro technical science from the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Ljubljana. He was a Research Engineer at the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Ljubljana from 1989 to 1992. Since 1992, he headed a project team for the development of a combat simulation system. He also headed Centre for Operational Research and Simulations. He has Certificate of Senior International Defence Management Course from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, USA. Since 2006, he is Assistant General Manager in TPV, responsible for the public private partnership and strategic research and development projects. He is also a professor at the Faculty of Industrial engineering in Novo mesto, focused on green car initiatives and e-mobility.
Marko Jankovič
Researcher - Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana
Marko Jankovic is a researcher at the Faculty of Computer and Information science, University of Ljubljana. At the moment he is actively involved in the EkoSMART project as part of which he is working on the solutions to support remote patient monitoring. In the past he gave presentation on several local and international conferences (DSI, RCIS, etc.).
Toby Ruckert
CEO - Unified Inbox Pte. Ltd.
Perpetual inventor, classical pianist, and serial entrepreneur Toby Ruckert is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Unified Inbox. With Unified Inbox Pte. Ltd., an intelligent Internet of Things (IoT) messaging platform company, Toby built an extensive network of global telecoms, ISPs and manufacturers for IoT, robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Passionate about startups, new business models and the future of communications, Toby is a popular speaker at global technology conferences on the topics of IoT, AI and other transformational technologies, as well as entrepreneurship, business philosophy and creating a culture of innovation.
Sandra Roosna
Soracom - Director, Marketing and Business Development
Sandra Roosna is Director, Marketing and Business Development at Soracom, one of the world's fastest growing IoT operator offering connectivity solutions. She is a vital part of a team, that is breaking down the technical barriers to IoT/M2M and enabling prototyping to commercialization already for nearly 6,000 businesses in 120 countries. Sandra has 10+ years of experience in business development and proven track record of significant accomplishments in strategic marketing, e-society development and implementing secure identity solutions.
Irina Shklovski
Associate Professor - IT University of Copenhagen
Irina Shklovski is an Associate Professor in the Interaction Design and Technologies in Practice research groups at the IT University of Copenhagen. Her research is positioned at the intersection of communication, information science and human computer interaction, largely focusing on big data, information privacy, social networks and relational practice. Current projects consider privacy, interactions with data, online information disclosure and data leakage on mobile devices working to address the sense of powerlessness people often experience in the face of massive personal data collection. She is the coordinator for the EU Horizon 2020 project VIRT-EU, which examines how IoT developers enact ethics in practice in order to design interventions into the IoT development process to support ethical reflection on data and privacy in the EU context.
Matevž Pogačnik
Associate professor - University of Ljubljana, Faculty of electrical engineering
Matevž Pogačnik is an associate professor with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana. He is the leader of the joint multimedia group of the Laboratory for Multimedia and Laboratory for Telecommunications. His research and project work is focused on development of interactive multimedia services for different devices with a special emphasis on user experience and different interaction and presentation modalities. He is mostly involved in projects related to development of interactive services in the fields of eco awareness, eLearning, rehabilitation, telemedicine and infotainment on mobile, smart TV, IPTV and VR/AR devices. Matevž Pogačnik participated in numerous European research projects, national research projects and industrial projects and preparations of new study programs in the fields of multimedia and digital TV.
Sanmit Ahuja
Chief Executive - ETI Dynamics Ltd, UK
Sanmit is the Founder and CEO of ETI Dynamics. He has over 20 years experience in a range of sectors including Technology, Media, Finance and Infrastructure. He is a major champion of sustainability and and is personally spearheading a number of technology commercialisation ventures. His core skills are infrastructure finance, technology commercialisation and developing high impact initiatives. Prior to founding ETI Dynamics, he was the head of investments for Commonwealth, a multilateral of 53 Commonwealth countries. He set up a number of venture and development finance vehicles for the organsiation. He is also a Board Member of Centre for Ganga River Basin Management & Studies (CGanga), a think-tank formally set up by Ministry of Water Resources (India) to aid the Government in implementation of the Ganga River Basin Management Plan. Sanmit is also the Vice Chairman of Oval Observer Foundation, a strategic engagement and an action platform for economic, social and political issues related to emerging markets and high growth nations. Sanmit holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering from University of Pune, India and an MBA from London Business School.
Dejan Ljuština
PwC - Member of the Management Board
Dejan Ljustina is a partner in the PwC CEE partnership in charge of the TMT and the energy utilities industry in Southeast Europe and also country managing partner of consulting in Croatia and Slovenia. Upon his arrival to PwC in 2012 he established a PwC consulting office in Zagreb. He is an expert in projects for corporate and functional strategies, new business models development, operational restructuring, cost and efficiency management, market regulation models, commercial and operational due diligences and merger and acquisition lead advice, primarily in the TMT and energy sectors. He started his career in Ericsson (1999) as a software engineer, progressing to project manager working for Intel where he managed a team of software developers during the development of Intel’s Itanium processor. After graduating in telecommunications at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing of the University in Zagreb, he obtained a master degree in economics and business management at IEDC-Bled School of Management in Slovenia.
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