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Discover more about our engaging programs, meet our professors, and get a glimpse into life at Contech by attending one of our future events!

Patrick Fagan

Host: Ipek Polat

Techno-Telepathy

November 18, 04:00 PM UTC​

How machines can read our minds every time you go online, you leave an invisible behavioural trace called a digital footprint. This can be used to predict all sorts of things about you that you might not expect, including your most personal habits, feelings and thoughts; these insights can then be used for psych-targeted messaging and nudges. In this webinar, Patrick will explain how it all works.

Brian Drake

Host: Ipek Polat

U.S. National Defense in an Artificial Intelligence-Enabled Future

November 23, 05:00 PM UTC​

In this webinar, we will explore the emerging technical battlespace for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and how AI will play an outsized role in that future. Brian Drake, the Federal CTO of Accrete.AI, will draw upon over 20 years of national security and technology futures experience to explain what the battlefield will look like both at home and abroad.

Past Events

Mete Tanrikulu

Host: Ipek Polat

Transformation Of An Industrial Conglomerate: Succeeding In The Biggest Struggle Of Our Time

October 29, 04:00 PM UTC​

Corporations are in the middle of transforming themselves to succeed in a digitalized world. In this talk I’ll use real-world business cases to show what is possible in regards to developing a traditional industrial business model towards a digital one. Finally I’ll talk about our strategy implementation and what Siemens stands for in the future.

Brandon Arnovick

Host: Ipek Polat

The Future of UX: Evolving Roles and Skills

October 14, 06:00 PM UTC​

Thinking outside the laptop, getting a seat at the “table”, experiences inside of experiences…this is where we are going, come join the conversation.

JENNA TIFFANY

Host: Ipek Polat

7 Common Mistakes In Marketing

October 7, 11:00 AM UTC

Award-winning Marketer Jenna Tiffany will share 7 of the common mistakes in marketing from her extensive experience. Packed with global examples and giving you plenty of tips on avoiding and overcoming these common pitfalls. You will take away actionable advice on what should (and shouldn’t be) included in your marketing strategy, how to set measurable objectives and frameworks to identify opportunities and threats to your business.

SARAH FRUY

Host: Ipek Polat

Kill the Website Relaunch

September 22, 05:00 PM UTC

Your website is your company’s most visible brand and communications asset and a key part of the sales and marketing funnel. In order to best leverage this asset, you need to keep your website content updated and the brand innovative. Join Pantheon’s Director, WebOps Partner Marketing Sarah Fruy as she teaches you how to stop relaunching your website and start iterating on your digital experience.

CHRISTIAN FARIOLI

Host: Ipek Polat

The 7 Digital KPIs that Every Digital Leader Should Know to Increase Sales and Profitability

September 14, 02:00 PM UTC

How do you measure success in digital?
Digital is finally understood by CEOs as a more complex subject. The question remains as how can a leader measure success in this distracted future?
When implementation of the prioritized digital road map has begun, it is time to start measuring performance. Given the scale and complexity of digital activities, measurement is critical to ensure that all the expense and effort of digital investment are paying off with improved performance. CEOs and Digital Leaders should monitor 7 broad markers to assess the organisation’s digital progress accurately.
This entertaining session will help you navigate the most relevant KPIs that will empower you to succeed in the new Digital paradigm.

ASHLEY FAUS

Host: Ipek Polat

What if the future ISN'T all digital?

September 3, 05:00 PM UTC

People spend their days in front of screens. Meeting with colleagues on Zoom. Walking down the street, texting. Relaxing in the evening, streaming a show. Technology consumes our lives. But what if the future ISN’T all digital? In this talk, we’ll explore how to unite online and offline experiences to build community, foster brand loyalty, and create brand affinity.

YOLANDA VALERY

Host: Ipek Polat

Purpose, Audience, Value and Execution: how to PAVE your way to digital content that will move the needle

August 30, 11:00 AM UTC

In this webinar, we will discuss the stepping stones of utilising content to put your brand above the rest. As the Head of Digital Engagement for Ocado Group (and forever a journalist), Yolanda explains that figuring out what you want to say is only the beginning.

ANĐELKA DUCIĆ

Host: Ipek Polat

How to Choose The Right Business Idea For a Startup

August 27, 05:00 PM UTC

That is the million-dollar question. Here are three things to focus on:

Yourself – are you good at it? Are you passionate about it? Are you ready (financially, mentally, physically) for that endeavor?
Competition – are there other people doing the same thing? What makes you special and how will you stand out from the crowd? If there are no competitors, ask yourself why – is it because the idea is not good? Or maybe the customers don’t need it? Which brings us to point number three.
Customers – who is your target audience? How will you reach them? Are you solving a problem they are having and how?

If you can answer these questions in a satisfying manner, you’re well on your way to building a successful business.

PATRICK MCFADIN

Host: Ipek Polat

Using OSS and Kubernetes to Free Your Cloud Applications

August 24, 02:00 PM UTC

We have been hearing how the big clouds will be the end of Open Source for years. News of that demise may be a bit premature. There are some new trends that put Open Source back in the disruptive seat. By way of an example, Patrick McFadin will use his first-hand involvement with the Cassandra project and show how Kubernetes is changing the economics of Open Source Software yet again. The commodity pricing of compute and storage is driving an entirely new definition of “Free as in Freedom”, and as a result, the stage is set for a lot of great things for years to come. If you are new to Open Source and thought it was just about running free software on your laptop, let Patrick open the door to a lot more possibilities.

ROBIN HUIZING

Host: Ipek Polat

The Best Kept Tech Secret. How to Really Make Money with 3D Printing

August 20, 04:00 PM UTC

In this webinar, we will tell you how small startups and solo entrepreneurs are using 3D printing to generate 7 figure annual revenues. Without buying printers and without paying for 3D prints. As a tech entrepreneur with deep roots in the 3D printing industry, Robin shares technical hacks and business tricks with entrepreneurs, designers, and engineers.

DAMIR ZORCIC

Host: Ipek Polat

Technical Wizard and Humanist

August 30, 11:00 AM UTC

As a society and as a business we are facing one of the biggest challenges of humanity, which is information control, misinformation and freedom of speech. Personally I believe that humanity as a whole can grow through dialogue, and allowing each other to speak. So at this event I will touch on the importance for the business, and individuals to focus on solutions as well as the mindset that enables freedom of expression without government control or intrusion. The importance of free flow of information. And how we can maintain the internet as the space for free exchange of knowledge and ideas. Corporations have taken a much too influential role in shaping humanity, so it’s time to integrate and implement decentralised technologies together with existing and future projects under a common language that is easily accessible to all users in the world.

DAVID DYLAN THOMAS

Host: Ipek Polat

Design for Cognitive Bias: Using Mental Shortcuts for Good Instead of Evil

August 10, 05:00 PM UTC

Users’ minds take shortcuts to get through the day. Usually they’re harmless. Even helpful. But what happens when they’re not? In this talk I’ll use real-world examples to identify some particularly harmful biases that frequently lead users to make bad decisions. I’ll then talk about some content strategy and design choices we can use in our apps, designs, and platforms to redirect or eliminate the impact of those biases. Finally, I’ll explore our own biases as designers and some methods to prevent our own blind spots from hurting users.

JONO ALDERSON

Host: Ipek Polat

What Happens When Everybody's Website Is Fixed?

August 6, 2021 05:00 PM UTC

Search engines play a critical role in influencing how we research, build consideration sets, and choose which brands we buy from. But what happens when they start to define what ‘good’ looks like, and when they alter the very landscape we compete in? Jono explores how Google’s increasing influence on consumer purchase behaviour might mean that you need to take a good, hard look at your brand strategy, content strategy, and technology stack.

NILS BECKMANN

Host: Ipek Polat

How to Build a Successful Tech Startup

July 30, 2021 10:30 AM UTC

In this webinar, we will discuss the challenges, pitfalls, considerations, and changing business landscape for tech startups.

As the Founder of Pitch & Grow, Nils explains top tips for building startups, and how to make your business stand out in a fiercely competitive environment.

EMANUELE PESARESI

Host: Ipek Polat

How to Gain More Visibility by Sharing Your Passions Online

July 27, 2021 12:30 PM UTC

Skills are needed to stand out in an increasingly competitive online world, in order to provide a touch of “uniqueness” to what we share online. Emanuele Pesaresi will be sharing how the digital ecosystem can increase visibility if you have skills, by putting his story through the lenses. He will also provide insights, stimulate ideas, and highlight that we have more chances to share our passions nowadays.

HARI PRIYA

Host: Ipek Polat

Insights From an Engineer Mind

July 4, 2021 09:30 AM UTC

Hari Priya is today’s dynamic global leader within the IoT, engineering, and Digital Assets/Blockchain Technology industries. Hari will be sharing her journey through Women Tech Network, history of Women in computing as an engineer. Let’s explore the endless advances women can make in the computing fields!

Nickholas Metcalfe

Host: Ipek Polat

The Future of Digital Marketing

June 24, 2021 17:00 UTC

Founder & CEO at Sonic d3, Inc, with his 25 years of involvement in digital marketing will be sharing the top 10 trends that will impact consumers and marketers you have to know. Also, a critical look at what is shaping consumer behavior over the next 5 years and what is changing for marketers will be essential to stay ahead…