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Future Trends of Software Engineering

Tuesday 26.06.2018, launchlabs, Gundeldinger Feld, Halle 8, Dornacherstrasse 192, 4053 Basel, 6 pm - 9 pm

The current discussion about digitalization is dominated by new technologies and services while the enabling advancements in software development are far less visible. The rapidity of change contains challenges as well as opportunities for both software developers and users. This event on June 26 at launchlabs in Basel aims to give insights into both perspectives. We will discuss current and future trends from different perspectives as well as their effects on software development and the speed with which new solutions can be brought to market.
The event is aimed at IT professionals who want to understand what drives software development and how this impacts the speed, deployment and uses of new software solutions.

This event is part of our activities commemorating 10 year of swiss made software and is held in cooperation with BaselArea.swiss. We will also celebrate the launch of our newest publication at the apero following the main event. All participants are invited to take a free copy home.

The event is free of charge. However, registration is compulsory by 25th June 2018.



18:00 Arrival

18:10 Intro round one: Christian Walter, swiss made software

18:15 Round one: Hans-Dirk Walter, Karakun "Major Changes in Software Development"

18:35 Panel: The Software Developer’s Point of View: Jan Haderka, Magnolia; Luc Haldiman, unblu; Reto Schmid, Elca; Hans-Dirk Walter, Karakun

19:15 Break

19:25 Intro round two: Thomas Brenzikofer, BaselArea.swiss

19:30 Round two: “10 Years of Agile Development in Switzerland” Silvio Moser, SwissQ

19:45 Panel: The Software user’s / purchaser’s Point of View: Matthias Cullmann, Baloise Insurance; Jon Kavanagh, Hoffmann-La Roche; Silvio Moser, SwissQ; Martin Weber Nisslé, Pax

20:30 Apéro

Presenters and Panel Participants

Matthias Cullmann, Owner Center Of Excellence Software Engineering, Baloise Insurance

Matthias Cullmann has created software as a developer, architect, team and project lead, on- and offshore in France, India and Switzerland. Today he heads the Competence Center Software Engineering at Baloise Insurance and is product owner of the Continuous Delivery Teams. Matthias is a true open source believer, keen on automation and organizational hacking. Matthias lives in Basel and is engaged with BaselHack as well as BaselOne.

Jan Haderka, CTO Magnolia

Jan has been developing software since 1995, focusing on the development of content management and knowledge management and data mining solutions since 2000. Since 2008, Jan has played a key role in the development of Magnolia International and its focus on customer satisfaction and product quality.  For the past 15 years, he has lived in Ireland, Switzerland and Czech Republic with his wife and three children.

Luc Haldimann, CEO unblu inc.

In addition to his commitment to Switzerland as a center of technology as part of his role at swiss made software, Luc Haldimann is also a board member of Swiss-ICT, a Swiss ICT industry association, and a co-founder and managing director of software developer unblu inc. Internationally, he has previously held a management position within Canada-based Open Text. Other roles have included IXOS and the content management system producer Obtree, where he was also the co-founder and president of the board. Luc Haldimann graduated with a degree in Computer Science from ETH Zurich.

Jon Kavanagh, Head Solution Delivery and Basel Hub IT Head, Diagnostics IT, F. Hoffmann-La Roche

Mr Kavanagh joined Roche in January 2016 and leads a global department IT professionals providing the business (and customers) with technology and Digital solutions across all areas of the organisation - including R&D, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Marketing, Sales, Service, Finance and Procurement. He was previously with Syngenta International AG, Basel, where he held a number of executive IT positions leading significant business change and operations over a ten-year period. Prior to that he held roles of increasing responsibility in IT for several multinational companies across various industries including technology, chemicals and insurance services. 

Silvio Moser, CTO SwissQ

Silvio Moser is a co-founder of SwissQ Consulting AG. Since 1997 he has worked in various positions in consulting and management in the field of IT. His focus is quality assurance, product development and agile transformation. Additionally to his role as CTO at SwissQ he is in charge of the annual Trends & Benchmarks in Software Product Development study.

Reto Schmid, Location Manager, ELCA Informatique SA

Reto started his professional career as Consultant for the media and printing industries. As CIO and member of the Executive Board of Basel MediaGroup, he acquired many years of experiences in operations, strategic planning and business development on the executive management level, followed by his role as COO of Pixelpark (Switzerland). From 2003 to 2007, he was Country Manager at Gartner and became afterwards CEO and Shareholder of a smaller software consulting and development company. In the last years, he worked for ERNI and ELCA.

Hans-Dirk Walter, MdG Karakun AG

Hans-Dirk Walter has a doctorate of computer science at University of Karlsruhe, Germany (today KIT). He was responsible for middleware and database systems at Bankverein and later at UBS. He was a co-founder, software engineer and  consultant at Canoo Engineering and served as its CEO for 11 years. As of early 2018 he is a co-founder and member of the executive board at Karakun AG in Basel.

Martin Weber Nisslé, Head of Software Development at Pax, Schweizerische Lebensversicherungs- Gesellschaft AG

Since 2015 Martin Weber Nisslé is Head of Software Development at Pax. Before that he was Head Practice Managment at Credit Suisse during five years. He has 20 years of experience within IT environments across different industries.