Lead Codette & 2NClub
Mihaela is a Software Engineer and Technical Lead @ Codette. She's the
author of the Py@Codette workshops series, 2N Club and the Beautiful
Engineering inspirational series. She has taught various age groups,
from primary school to college. She believes that sharing knowledge is
the basis of creating future experts. Mihaela was featured in Forbes
Romania 30 under 30 in 2018. She graduated from the Automatics and
Computer Science faculty from the Politehnica University of Bucharest
and also has a master degree in Artificial Intelligence. On a personal
note, she oscillates between short periods of introspection and calm
and marathons chasing a better version of herself.
Topic: Inspiration and Codette
Deputy Chief of Mission Abigail Rupp, U.S. Embassy in Romania
Abigail (Abby) Rupp joined the Foreign Service in 1997. A
consular-coned officer, she has served overseas in Moldova, Ghana,
Russia and Ethiopia, and in Washington in the Bureau of Consular
Affairs, the Foreign Service Institute, and the Office of the Deputy
Secretary of State. She served as the U.S. Consul General in Florence,
Italy from July 2014 to June 2017. Ms Rupp arrived in Bucharest in
August 2017, to begin her position of Deputy Chief of Mission.
Ms. Rupp grew up in Columbia, Maryland and Reston, Virginia. She has a
bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University
School of Foreign Service and a master’s degree in Public Policy from
George Washington University. She speaks Russian, Romanian, and
Italian. She is married to Christopher Misciagno, a Diplomatic
Security Special Agent. They have three children.
CEO, Geek Girls Carrots
Małgosia Ratajska-Grandin is a President of Geek Girls Carrots, which
has the main mission to attract women to tech. Carrots Foundation
operates since 2011 and so far has done educational projects in 33
cities in Europe, Asia and North America. Małgosia co-founded a mobile
health startup Yagram Health. In 2017 she was rewarded with the
"Innovator under 35" title by MIT Technology Review for the mobile app
dedicated to mums-to-be. In 2018 she participated in the International
Visitor Leadership Program, U.S. Department of State’s premier
professional exchange program targeted at current and emerging
leaders. She received her M.A. in Political Sciences from Warsaw
University, she studied at Sciences Po Paris and received a French
Government fellowship for her second Master at Université
Panthéon-Sorbonne. Małgosia is a mother of two wonderful girls Zofia
Topic: Emerging Technologies need diversity
Freelance Content Marketer
Andra Zaharia is a content marketing specialist and creator of the
"How do you know?" podcast, focused on helping listeners improve the
way they make important decisions for their lives and careers.
How to overcome imposter syndrome and make better use of your
Get practical tips to overcome your fears about your abilities and
know-how so you can better focus on building towards results and
earning valuable experience.
Network Reliability Engineer, Adobe
Alexandra is a passionate network engineer. Understanding what a cloud
provider-grade infrastructure means, she joined Adobe with the goal of
actively contributing to the growth and scale of the network services,
focusing on both Private and Public Clouds.
Web-scale networking in the enterprise hybrid cloud
How to achieve modular, intelligent and scalable network architectures
in a world where the boundaries between private and public clouds are
Director Software Engineering, GoPro
Radu is a software engineer with more than 13 years of experience in
the IT industry. He started his career as a C/C++ engineer for a
financial software product and was in the meantime project manager,
manager, part-time entrepreneur in web hosting, e-commerce, gaming and
online travel booking. Since last year Radu has been leading the GoPro
office in Bucharest.
Topic: How do you build a GoPro?
We'll discuss about how GoPro Hero 7 Black came to life – from a
simple camera strapped to the wrist to 4K, HyperSmooth, TimeWarp and
machine learning. None of these would exist though without the
people who built them, so we'll get to know some of the people who
made all this possible.
Software Engineer, Bloomberg
Olga Matoula was born in Thessaloniki, Greece and studied Electrical &
Computer Engineering at Democritus University of Thrace. During her
Master’s in 3D Graphics, she became a co-founder of ‘Code it Like a
Girl’, an award-winning social enterprise that taught basic coding
skills to more than 250 women and girls in Greece. After undertaking
internship and graduate roles at Microsoft in Greece and the UK
respectively, she has found a home in London, where she works as a
Software Engineer on the Collaboration team at Bloomberg.
10 surprises from one year in Software Engineering (that they don’t
tell you in university)
Application Development Associate, Accenture
Alina has a background in IT and Psychology studies and, after more
than two years of working in the Technology Recruitment team at
Accenture, she decided to pursue a career as a Software Developer at
the same company. Wondering how she came to this decision, how was her
transition from a career in Tech Recruitment to a career in Tech? Find
out more in her keynote.
Why soft skills are so important in an IT career
A career in IT is actually a mix of both tech and soft skills,
combined. Join Alina in a discussion about courage in changing your
career 'direction' and how keeping a positive mindset, while using
your studies and work as a CV asset background can help you in your
career in IT.
Co-founder & CTO, Appticles
Alexandra is co-founder at Codette, co-founder and CTO at MorphL, a
platform that uses Machine Learning and BigData to predict users
behaviours in digital products and services, and co-founder at
Appticles, a platform for creating Progressive Web Apps. She has a
technical background and before starting Appticles, she owned an
outsourcing company. She likes to get involved in various activities
encouraging women to choose a career in Computer Science. She's an
alumni of two business accelerators - Startupbootcamp in Copenhagen
and Prosper Women Entrepreneurs in the U.S.
Chief Make it Happen, TalentBrowse.com
Andreia is co-founder at TalentBrowse.com, the fastest IT recruiting
platform. As her third entrepreneurial endeavor, Andreia has created a
solution for two of the most stringent problems in IT recruiting: the
lack of suitable candidates and the long recruiting process. She's
passionate about technology and loves reading about data analytics and
human behaviors trends.
Community Manager, TechHub Bucharest
Adriana draws her inspiration from people who believe in their ideas
and engineer them into reality. Starting as a participant in some
startup related programs, she loved this environment so much that she
never left. Startup related events and programs, resident management,
logistics, she's done them all, currently being the Community Manager
at TechHub Bucharest. In her spare time, she doesn't miss any concert
in town, she loves reading, running and she’s a declared coffee lover.
Alin Claudiu Apostu
Project Manager at Romanian Business Leaders - "I want to be an
Alin-Claudiu Apostu is a multipotentialite serving the global
community in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation.
Entrepreneur and investor at heart, he strongly belives in a happy and
sustainable world. He coodinates a national program in Romania called
„I want to be an entrepreneur” which aims to promote the
entrepreneurial mindset among young people and create local
communities of young entrepreneurs. Recently he started another
program on top of „I want to be an entrepreneur” which aims to help
companies innovate with the help of youngsters. He is Vice-Curator of
the Global Shapers Bucharest Hub (an initiative of World Economic
Forum), a network of hubs developed and led by young people who are
exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to
make a difference in their communities.
Previously he has launched and managed a pre-acceleration program for
startups which have a social component in their business, he has
worked for Hewlett-Packard as a Project Owner and Content Admin and
worked in Ensight Management Consulting.