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AMS GGD #19 Culture impacts technology | Technology impacts culture

06 November 2014

Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014

Time: 18:00-22:30

Location: Schuberg Philis HQ

hawthorn AnoukVos

Our next event on December 11th marks the beginning of a new sponsorship from Schuberg Philis for IT related dinners.

The dinner will take place at Schuberg Philis HQ, in Schiphol Rijk.  And there is a free shuttle from Amsterdam Zuid!

You can already reserve your spot here.


18.15 – 18.45          Registration and Starters

18.45 – 19.00          Introduction

19.00 – 19.30          First talk: Leslie Hawthorn

19.30 – 19.45          Dinner

20.00 – 20.45          Second talk: Anouk Vos

20.45 – 21.15          Drinks in the restaurant

The Human Element in Development: What Your Tools Say About Your Culture

An internationally known community manager, speaker and author, Leslie Hawthorn has spent the past decade creating, cultivating and enabling open source communities. She created the world’s first initiative to involve pre-university students in open source software development, launched Google’s #2 Developer Blog, received an O’Reilly Open Source Award in 2010 and gave a few great talks on many things open source. In August 2013, she joined Elasticsearch as Director of Developer Relations, where she leads community relations efforts.

Thanks to Agile, the DevOps movement and other new methodologies in software engineering, our industry now has a greater focus on how our human interactions impact our technical creation processes. However, it’s pretty easy to understand how our tools work (Your Mileage May Vary), but understanding our colleagues’ motivations or how our corporate culture impacts those motivations is much trickier. In this talk, Leslie Hawthorn will reverse engineer collaboration anti-patterns from stories of how specific organizations use their development tools. Attendees will leave amused, inspired and with some great ideas of how to best use tools to facilitate optimal human functioning.

Intern@tional Relations

Anouk Vos thinks “cyber geeks” in the 21st century need a crash course in international relations. Technological developments in the cyber domain are increasingly creating risks with unprecedented societal impact. As a result, the relationships that exist between the cyber savvy, governments, corporations, and citizens are changing in fundamental ways. Balances of power are altered within societies and giving rise to a new world order. Drawing from her own experience in international policy making and her daily interactions with cyber innovators putting new technologies on the table, Anouk Vos will outline the struggle policy makers face in the light of addressing physical impacts of virtual activities. Balancing statecraft of old-fashioned diplomacy with advanced cyber foreign policy requires delicate ropemanship. How can sluggish behemothian organisations such as 65-year old NATO deal with the policy part of the ever-evolving ‘internets’? Throughout her talk, Anouk Vos will share examples of past challenges in cyber international relations and share her insights on what to expect in the future.

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