From Agile frameworks, to climbing the Kilimanjaro and Virtual Reality – Wrocław intivers shared ideas and experiences during a session of talks inspired by the famous TED format. There’s nothing better than a bit of creative encouragement and a relaxed company of fellow brothers and sisters in code.
The Wrocław intive bunch held ‘the talks’ for the first time and with considerable success. The place – Parish Gastropub – was packed with intive’s people, despite late hours and a busy end of the work week. Six talks were given and all of them quite different.
Coding, trekking and Artificial Neural Networks
The evening kicked-off with Bartosz Boguszewski and his talk on Agile frameworks for software houses. Bartosz explained what’s behind DSDM and how it makes life easier. In a way. Dynamic System Development Method is an Agile approach that targets the complete project lifecycle. Bartek described how the method can be easily tailored to suit the needs of a particular endeavor. Be agile! – he concluded.
Ela Rogalska took the audience on a short trip to Thailand and Malaysia. intivers travelled through the crowded streets of Bangkok, marveled at the ancient ruins of Chiang Mai with its ever-green jungle scenery, only to make a quick jump to Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur – the busy and colourful capital. The highlight of Elżbieta’s trip (and speech) was the wonderful Ko Samui, where the beaches offer nothing less than a true paradise.
What do elephants have to do with Artificial Neural Networks? Piotr Kluska explained how the latest AI solutions help in wildlife conservation schemes. Drones pointing to poachers have contributed to a significant drop in brutal acts on elephants and rhinos. Piotr proved though that ANNs have a much wider spectrum of possible use cases. From fighting cancer thanks to precise diagnostics, through automatic prototype-based drug generation, to intelligent Virtual Artists that are able to compose music without human help.
Martyna Dzięciołowska told the story of her January Kilimanjaro challenge. It was quite something to hear a first-hand account, especially from someone who doesn’t climb high mountains on a regular basis. After all, it’s the kind of challenge many of us dream of but eventually give up because of the fear of failure or health problems. Martyna described how she overcame the oxygen crisis, how she fought the desire to halt after reaching the snowy heights, and how she climbed to the top, with a knee injury and an empty stomach.
Radek Ganczarek also talked about a challenge but one of a different kind: how to get engaged with RPGs and stay cool. Getting rid of the nerd label shouldn’t be that hard if someone like Vin Diesel admits to these ‘guilty pleasures’ – stated Radek. He also showed how RPGs evolved since the seventies and how diverse and hip they get nowadays. Thanks to Radek’s passionate speech the audience seemed to really get the message: RPGs are way cooler than we tend to think.
The evening wouldn’t be complete without Paweł Panowicz and his story on VR, MR, and AR. His talk, enriched with a bit of a stand-up monologue at the beginning, gave a thorough overview of the history of VR, the rise of AR and the probable future of both technologies. It’s safe to say that, within intive, Paweł is one of the biggest AR hotheads around. He explained to all gathered the meaning of DoF (Degrees of Freedom) and the amazing capabilities of 6 DoF tech. He also made everyone count on Mark Zuckerberg’s promise: “AR for all in the nearest future!”.
Idea-sharing takes some guts
intive talks presented a great occasion to train public speaking under time constraints. Considering it was a first time for some of yesterday’s speakers – the evening was a real triumph. Practice makes perfect: looking forward to the next event and the next line of speakers!