The Agenda Committee

Who's behind the NDC TechTown 2020 agenda?

Martin Ertsås
Martin Ertsås is a software developer working for Cisco Systems in Norway on their Telepresence Hardware Endpoints.

His main interests are C++, Linux, Security, Embedded Systems, and Developer Happiness. Martin enjoys digging through new code to unravel how it works, or spending time improving a tool or process to increase the happiness and productivity of those around him.

Patricia Aas
Patricia Aas is an international speaker and has spoken at CppCon, ACCU, C++OnSea, NDC Security, NDC Oslo and many other conferences on subjects ranging from Sandboxing in Chromium to Vulnerabilities in C++. She has taught a range of subjects in Computer Science at the University of Oslo.

Patricia has a masters degree in Computer Science and 13 years professional experience as a programmer, most of that time programming in C++. During that time she has worked in codebases with a high focus on security: two browsers (Opera and Vivaldi) and embedded Cisco telepresence systems.

Andreas Bredesen
Andreas Bredesen is passionate about technology and software. Especially how technology and software can realize a strategy to achieve goals in pursuit of a grand vision.

Today Andreas is working as department manager for Missile Software Technology in Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.

Andreas comes from a role as Development Manager in iTet AS, where he had the strategic responsibility for the portfolio of products that the SW department developed and managed.

Olve Maudal
Olve Maudal has been involved in organizing and/or just helping technology conferences and events in Norway and around the world (JavaZone, ACCU, NDC, AtlanTec, TechZone, SecCon, TechTown, EDC and many more). Olve is also a regular attendee/speaker/teacher at conferences and knowledge sharing events. His interests include embedded systems, C, C++, TDD, Python, secure coding, software architecture, machine learning, supercomputing, codebase archeology, and knowledge management. @olvemaudal

Arne Førlie
Arne Førlie is a software developer in the Missile Software Technology group in Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace. His interests include real time operating systems, C++, Software Configuration Management and build systems.

Although he holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, his whole career has been in the field of software. Arne has enjoyed several software conferences as an attendee or on YouTube.

Håkon Gjone
Håkon Gjone is a Group Manager in the Embedded Software department in Kongsberg Maritime. He has a master’s degree in Cybernetics and has worked as a software developer making applications for Kongsberg Maritime Power Management System and automation systems.

Pål Grønås Drange
Pål Grønås Drange is a computer scientist and currently the leading advisor for software engineering in Equinor. He holds a PhD in algorithms and a craft certificate in computer electronics, and is an avid open source enthusiast. His interests are mainly within algorithms, optimization, graph theory, and machine learning, and he has a passion for software craftsmanship, as well as Python and the free software philosophy.

Tom Holtermann Andersen
Tom Holtermann Andersen is the R&D Manager for the Data Respons R&D Services office in Kongsberg, where technology management has been the main activity since 2005. Prior his technology management career, Tom worked as a SW developer, SW architect and C++ specialist for nearly 20 years. In his SW specialist career he has worked for the Norwegian Armed Forces, Norwegian Space Centre/Andøya Rocket Range and Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace before joining Data Respons in 2001.

Alexander Gosling
Alexander Gosling is a software manager for Integrated Defence Systems in Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace. He has a degree in Computer Science and worked as a software developer for 10 years before becoming a software manager. One of the challenges he enjoys is how to incorporate new software technology, tools and development methods into existing projects and products.

Kjersti Sandberg
Kjersti Sandberg is the founder of ProgramUtvikling AS and has organized NDC from the very beginning. Her daily job is with the professional areas of sale, marketing and business development. Here role within this year`s agenda committee has been to liaise with speakers and present good ideas.