The Agenda Committee
Who's behind the NDC TechTown 2017 agenda?
Olve Maudal is a software developer working for Cisco Systems in Norway. Over the years he 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, 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, codebase archeology, and knowledge management.
Robert Smallshire is a founding director of Sixty North, a technology product and consulting business in Norway providing services throughout Europe. Robert has worked in senior software architecture and technical management roles in the energy sector. He has dealt with understanding, designing, advocating and implementing effective architectures for sophisticated scientific, enterprise and embedded software in Python, C++ and the .NET stack. He is currently bootstrapping a new Internet-of-Things venture for solar power prediction and monitoring. He holds a Ph.D. in a natural science.
Pål André Eriksen
Pål André Eriksen works in Kongsberg Maritime as VP for Technology, responsible for the SW unit Interaction. Educated as Electrician, Bachelor of Engineering and with an Executive Master in Management he contribute with the “other” perspectives. Take the role of securing the conference relevance for Technical Management without losing the momentum for the hard core developers. A newcomer in the agenda committee work – will we see him again after this? :o)
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. He acted as a connection between the SW development department, sales and marketing departments, management and customers. In this role, he had personnel responsibility for developers in the SW department, budget and financial responsibility as well as responsibility for the strategic and operational management of the department.
Prior to this, he was senior system developer in iTet where his main tasks were project management, system architecture and development, implementation, integrations and customer contact. He also contributed to internal development to make processes, services and systems more efficient.
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, this is the first time being part of an agenda committee.
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 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.
Jakob is the general manager of the NDC conferences. His role in the committee is making sure we don’t select more speakers than we can fit in the agenda which is a hard job with so many good suggestions. He sometimes nags about budgets, but the committee usually doesn’t care.