The countdown is running and it's time to raise the curtain, at least, a bit. With pleasure we would like to announce the JAZOON'12 keynote speakers!

  Dave Thomas
Father of OTI and
CEO of Bedarra Corp




K01.26 Opening Keynote
'Development Next – And Now For Something Completely Different?'

The future of technology is racing towards us with new platforms, languages, tools, paradigms, practices, databases, hardware and frameworks … all to be applied to new products and applications. Given all these new technologies are almost here we speculate on the potential nature of software development in the latter part of the decade. Will our sacred rituals of Sequential Programs, Tables, Objects, Patterns, Tags and Agile be legacy or still the way for software professionals? How should we expand our reach - what skills, practices, languages, platforms will be important? Will we be eaten by the complexity dragon or slay it with some essential simplicity that allows faster, cheaper, better software development and delivery?

Dave Thomas has a wide spectrum of experience in the software industry as an engineer, professor, consultant, architect, executive and investor. Dave is founder and CEO of Bedarra Corporation; which provides virtual CTO and CEO, business mentoring and seed investment to emerging companies. Recently formed Bedarra Research Labs undertakes speculative research on applications of emerging software technologies.

Dave is best known as the founder and past CEO and president ofObject Technology International Inc. (formerly OTI, now IBM OTI Labs)and led the commercial introduction of object and component technology.The company is often cited as the ideal model of a software technologycompany.

He was also the principal visionary and architect for IBM VisualAgeSmalltalk and Java tools and virtual machines including the initialwork on popular multi-language IDE. OTI pioneered the useof virtual machines in embedded systems with Tektronix shipping thefirst commercial products in 1988. He was instrumental in theestablishment of IBM's Pervasive computing efforts and in particularthe Java tooling.

Dave is an adjunct research professor at Carleton University, and the University Of Queensland and is widely published in the software engineering literature. He is a popular humorous albeit opinionated keynote speaker. Dave remains active in various roles within the technical community including ECOOP, AOSD, Evolve, and Agile Development Conference, Agile/XP Universe and OOPSLA Onward. He is a founding director of the Agile Alliance and most recently a founder of Open Augment Consortium.

 Dale Lane
IBM Watson Core Technology Group

'IBM Watson since Jeopardy!'

In February 2011, IBM demonstrated it's latest Research breakthroughs in natural language processing and deep question answering. Named Watson, it made history when it was entered into the famously complex US television quiz-show 'Jeopardy!' where it comfortably beat two of the greatest human players ever to appear on the show. Since then, work has focused on bringing these breakthroughs to real-world problems. Dale will talk about the work that has been happening since Jeopardy! and some of the plans for Watson's future.

Dale Lane is a developer in IBM's Watson Solutions. He is working to transform the incredible Research achievement into a product that can be applied to real-world challenges. Prior to Watson, he spent several years in IBM's Emerging Technologies division - a part of Software Group responsible for looking ahead to tomorrow's technologies. He helped bridge the gap between IBM's Research and Development divisions, identifying ways for future IBM Software products to exploit upcoming technologies.

Jonas Bonér
Typesafe Inc

'Building Scalable, Highly Concurrent and Fault-Tolerant Systems: Lessons Learned'

The skills of building Scalable, Highly Concurrent and Fault-Tolerant Systems are becoming increasingly important in our new world of Cloud Computing, multi-core processors, Big Data and Real-Time Web. Unfortunately, many people are still doing it wrong; using the wrong tools, techniques, habits and ideas. In this talk we will look at some of the most common (and some not so common but superior) practices; what works - what doesn't work - and why. 

Jonas Bonér is a husband, dad, programmer, teacher, speaker, musician, writer and Java Champion. He is the CTO and co-founder of Typesafe and is an active contributor to the Open Source community; most notably founded the Akka Project and the AspectWerkz AOP framework (now AspectJ). 

Diana Larson
Board of directors of the Agile Alliance and principal of FutureWorks Consulting LLC

'Agile Chartering: Energize Every Project Liftoff

As the first act of the flight, a rocket launch requires an entire set of systems to successfully lift the vehicle into orbit – not just the vehicle itself, but all the systems needed for smoothly moving off the ground into space. Likewise, your project team needs its entire set of supporting systems in place to begin a successful journey to effective teamwork, high performance, and high value delivery. Liftoff – it's the unexplored, often ignored, Agile software development project practice. 

Agile Chartering ignites your project Liftoff in a way that gives impetus to the project team, and the business, and sets the endeavor on the trajectory to success. Project leaders and team members use Agile Chartering to inform, inspire, and align everyone involved in product delivery. Experience a journey through the framework for effective, yet lightweight, "just enough" Agile chartering, including the three key elements of inspiring Purpose, collaborative Alignment, and dynamic Context. Learn why real-life team members say Agile Chartering provided the initial momentum that powered their projects toward success. 

In this high energy keynote, Diana Larsen, co-author of Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and Projects, will take you on an exploration of ways to accomplish team and project Liftoffs, including the vital step of chartering the project.   

Diana Larsen partners with clients in the software industry to create, guide, and fortify resilient workplaces and improve project performance. In addition to consulting with and coaching leaders and teams on adopting Agile work systems, she draws on 20+ years of working with technical professionals to lead team, project, and whole system processes for collaborative thinking and planning. Diana co-authored Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and Projects and Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great. She serves on the board of directors of the Agile Alliance and is a principal of FutureWorks Consulting LLC.

Prof. Dr.
Henrik Schärfe

Director - Center for Computer-mediated Epistemology
Department of Communication, Aalborg University, Denmark

K05.28 Closing Keynote
'Stay Human - on the future of men and robots'

Our technological future hold so much promise - and it poses so many threats to life as we know it. This ambivalent relation to technology has become a central part of human thinking in the past decades, and has become a key issue in our efforts to define humanity, as technological advances accelerate around us. Nowhere do our hopes and fears of future development appear stronger than in the meeting with the technology that looks like us: The android. By using his own lifelike android as point of departure, Professor Scharfe explores how new technologies may cause us to think differently about our future - and about ourselves.

The take home message of this unusual keynote is: Embrace new technologies - but Stay Human where it really matters.

Prof. Dr. Henrik Schärfe (1968) is PhD and Professor of Information Science, Department of Communication, Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark.

Henrik Schärfe has been employed by AAU since 1999 as PhD fellow, Assistant, Associate, and full Professor. Since 2008, he has served as Director of Center for Computer-mediated Epistemology at AAU. His diverse career includes contributions to seemingly distinct research areas such as: Narratology, AI / Knowledge Representation, Persuasive Design, Human Centered Robotics, and Research Infrastructures.
The common denominator in these efforts is his determination to understand different aspects of human understanding, specifically how technology influences the way we think about ourselves and our world. Scharfe has served as reviewer, editorial member, and advisor to governments and research councils in equally diverse fields.

According to
Time Magazine, Prof. Dr. Henrik Schärfe is one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World!

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