Techsylvania Conference Agenda for 2016 Is Here!

This is probably one of the most important blogposts related to this Techsylvania edition. Not only that we have a tendency to save the best for last, but specially because this article summarises hundreds of days of hard work, commitment and hope to get Techsylvania on fresh and prosperous grounds.

It’s also about all the support that we have received so far to successfully launch a new and better edition each year. Reputable speakers that have never visited Romania before, valuable partners that have decided to join us for the second or even third time in a row, courted startups from across the globe—you name it, we have received an enormous boost and we couldn’t be more glad about it.

The only thing that’s on top of our minds right now is to deliver what we have promised: Techsylvania as a leading tech event in Eastern Europe. But we surely need your help to conquer this title. And how can you do it? By joining us on the 21-24th of May, at Students’ Culture Hall in Cluj-Napoca, of course!

The conference agenda features two broad themes: technology and innovation. But the two would be less worthy discussing about without their emergence with business. This is where things get spicy.

We have started Techsylvania as an event concept with three main pillars: Code. Product. Funding. As we want to add value to entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts through know-how and interaction, we have aligned the conference content to our vision: as a tech company, you focus on the technical side first, then you start doing business through product development and marketing efforts and when you’re big enough, you look for investors and PR stunts to seal the deal. And of course, we should not forget about successful entrepreneurs or investors that can inspire you and fuel your drive to do more!

So without further ado, we pinpoint some of the talks you ought not to miss at this year’s Techsylvania conference:

Monday, 23rd of May

09:00 – 10:00

Registration

10:00 – 10:15

Opening Remarks

10:15 – 11:00

Keynote: Challenges that Entrepreneurs Outside Silicon Valley

In Conversation with Tim Draper (DFJ) – Face

Philipp Kandal (Telenav) – Moderator

11:00 – 11:20

Talk: Peter Halacsy (Prezi) – How to Build a Global Company from the Edge of Europe

11:20 – 11:40

Talk: Wallace Wu (Misfit) – Wearable 2.0: Tech + Fashion

11:40 – 12:00

Coffee Break Hosted by Accenture

12:00 – 12:20

Talk: Simon Gosling (Happy Finish) – Creating Immersive VR Experiences for Brands

12:20 – 12:50

Panel: Should you Build your Business from Romania or Go Abroad?

Anca Albu (thechange.rs) – Moderator 

Vladimir Oane (Hootsuite)

Flaviu Simihaian (iMedicare)

Daniel Tamas (Idea Studios)

Szabi Szekely (Halcyon Mobile)

12:50 – 13:10

Talk: Karel Obluk (Evolution Equity Partners) – IT Security: Challenges and Opportunity

13:10 – 13:30

Talk: Andreas Ehn (Wrapp) – The Case for Factoring Out Common Technology

13:30 – 14:20

Lunch

14:20 – 14:40

Talk: Cristiano Betta (Betta Works) – Lightweight Libraries with Rollup, Riot and Redux

14:40 – 15:00

Talk: Andy Piper (Twitter) – Crafting the Best Apps using Fabric

15:00 – 15:30

Panel: How to Get Good PR

Stefan Fountain (PR.co) – Moderator
Shaun Saunders (Graffiti PR)
Jen Wieczner (Fortune)
Michaela Krause (Ballou PR)
Peter Yared (Sapho)

15:30 – 15:50

Talk: Eric Wood (Telenav) –  Collaborative Design: How to Integrate Design into Agile

15:50 – 16:10

Talk: Lisa Enckell (Approach) – Getting your App Off the Ground

16:10 – 16:30

Talk: Vladimir Oane (Hootsuite) – Flavours of Product Management: Why do all Product Managers Work on Different Things?

16:30 – 16:50

Coffee Break Hosted by Accenture

16:50 – 17:10

Hackathon Winners Present On Stage

17:10 – 17:30

Talk: Peter Yared (Sapho) – Goodbye SaaS, hello Containers-as-a-Service

17:30 – 17:50

Talk: Marius Swart (Coca-Cola) – What Comes First: Partnerships or Sales

17:50 – 18:10

Talk: Hussein Kanji (Hoxton Ventures) – Why VC’s aren’t Impressed with Just a Good Business

18:10 – 18:40

Keynote: In Conversation with Fredrik Nylander (Lakestar) – Scaling the Engineering Teams at 2 Unicorns

Philipp Kandal (Telenav) – Moderator

Tuesday, 24th of May

09:00 – 10:00

Registration

10:00 – 10:15

Opening Remarks

10:15 – 11:00

Keynote: Mark Shuttleworth (Ubuntu) – Faster, Easier and More Secure: The Next Generation of Embedded Development

11:00 – 11:20

Talk: Holger Weiss (CC Ventures) –  The 3rd Age of Mobility: Why will the Connected Car Change all of Our Lives

11:20 – 11:40

Talk: Rohan Chandran (TechRocket) – Leadership and Gestalt: Creating a Path to Success as a Founder

11:40 – 12:00

Coffee Break Hosted by Riverbed

12:00 – 12:20

Talk: Fabian Westerheide (Asgard Capital) – Rise of AI: The Singularity Might be Closer than You Think

12:20 – 12:50

Panel: Stupid Things to Avoid when Pitching an Investor

Rumen Iliev (LAUNCHub) – Moderator
Karel Obluk (Evolution Equity Partners)
Thierry Vandewalle (ISAI Gestion)
Fredrik Nylander (Lakestar)
Frank Meehan (SmartUp)

12:50 – 13:30

Startup Avalanche: FINALS

13:30 – 14:20

Lunch

14:20 – 14:40

Talk: Jennifer Beecher (SoundCloud) – 10 Principles for Building Better Products

14:40 – 15:00

Talk: Flaviu Simihaian (iMedicare) – How to Sell your First Customers

15:00 – 15:30

Panel: Women in Technology

Jen Wieczner (Fortune) – Moderator
Steffi Czerny (DLD Media)
Lisa Enckell (Approach)
Jennifer Beecher (Soundcloud)
Lisa Lang (ElektroCouture)

15:30 – 15:50

Talk: Jan Hichert (Riverbed) – Modus Operandi: from Startup to Successful Tech Exit

15:50 – 16:30

Talk: Steffi Czerny (DLD Media) & Friends

16:30 – 16:50

Coffee Break Hosted by Riverbed

16:50 – 17:10

Talk: Tom Laster (Facebook) – Building to Stand Out in the Evolving Marketing Technology Ecosystem

17:10 – 17:30

Talk: In Conversation with Joyce Shen (Thomson Reuters) – Technological Innovations in the Enterprise Sector
Lucian Mindruta (DigiFM) – Moderator

17:30 – 17:50

Talk: Frank Meehan (SmartUp) – Scaling a Company to International Success Using the Cluj Tech Scene

17:50 – 18:10

Talk: Mark Post (Maastricht University) – Meet the New Meat

18:10 – 18:40

Keynote: Ioana Cozmuta (NASA) – Innovation at the Edge of Space: an Engine for Global Opportunities

18:40 – 18:50

Closing Ceremony & Startup Avalanche Winners

22:00

Official After Party

We hope you are convinced by now that this Techsylvania edition will bring the promised added value—experienced professionals, trending topics and huge networking opportunities. And don’t forget about the Techsylvania workshops delivered by our speakers and partners about which you can get more details after registration.

See you at Techsylvania!

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