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7TH EDITION OF THE STUDENT ORGANIZED TECH CONFERENCE @ PORTO

About the conference

Talk a Bit is a non-profit tech conference organized by graduating Software Engineering students from FEUP, the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. Like in previous occurrences, this year's 7th edition of the conference will focus on the future of technology.

The conference started in 2013 with less than 150 attendees, a number that has grown to 500 in last year's edition. The trend is clear and demonstrates how important it is to think about the future of technology, since today the technological world is becoming more and more a part of our lives.

The conference talks are suitable for english-speakers.

VII Edition

The 7th edition of Talk a Bit will take place on January 26th, 2019, at FEUP. Starting at 9:00, the morning will be occupied by presentations from the codingforsocialimpact.org project, a local project that has FEUP students developing real projects for real organizations that aim to use those projects to make a positive social impact. Also during the morning, there will be several workshops with different subjects, which will be announced soon.

During the afternoon, there will be talks from external speakers, as well as a discussion forum. Both will cover all sorts of topics about the main theme of this conference.

Tickets are FREE!

The conference ticket is entirely free and includes access to the presentations, forum, workshops, lunch, coffee-breaks and networking!

Registered attendees also get extra goodies!

Speakers


Arlindo Oliveira

President at Instituto Superior Técnico

Let's Talk a Bit About Artificial Intelligence

Biography:

I am interested in technology, and in the way technology is changing the way we are. I was born in Angola, and have lived in Mozambique, Switzerland, the Bay Area, and Lisbon, Portugal. I got my degrees in engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, in Lisbon, and from the University of California, Berkeley. My academic work is focused on digital systems, algorithm design and machine learning techniques.

Rui Cordeiro

CEO at Critical TechWorks

Let's Talk a Bit About Connected Cars

Biography:

In his current role as CEO, Rui leads an amazing team at Critical TechWorks, people devoted to developing the next generation of software systems for the BMW Group’s future driving machines. Rui has spent over 20 years working in fast-growing companies focused on software-intense, safety-critical systems. His experience spans several domains, such as automotive, aerospace, space, defence and rail. In the last two decades, Rui has held many different roles including Software Engineer, Project Manager, Quality Manager, Engineering Director, PMO Director and Business Development Director. Rui also undertook a sabbatical focused on Diagnostic Engineering, Aftermarket Technology and Volvo Trucks Technology. Between 1998 and 2018, Rui worked for CRITICAL Software; an integral part of the company from its early days, he became part of the company’s management board in 2005. In 2017, Rui led the building of CRITICAL’s presence in Germany, working with customers such as BMW AG, Continental, Bombardier, Infineon, Aerospace Embedded Solution, Knorr Bremse. Rui then took his expertise to Critical TechWorks when it was founded in 2018. During his time with CRITICAL, Rui contributed to several subsidiaries and technology start-ups including Watchful Software, Critical Materials and Educed. Rui is a member of the board of CRITICAL Holding since 2007.

André Silva

Software Engineer at Parity Technologies

Let's Talk a Bit About Blockchain and the Web 3.0

Biography:

André Silva is a Software Engineer, graduated in 2011 at Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto. Currently, he collaborates with Parity Technologies (https://parity.io/), where he develops open-source software for parity-ethereum (https://github.com/paritytech/parity-ethereum), one of the Ethereum implementations, and substrate (https://github.com/paritytech/substrate), a framework for the development of distributed applications.

Sérgio Viana

Associate Partner & Microsoft Solutions Lead at Xpand-IT

Let's Talk a Bit About Personalized Experiences through AI

Biography:

Software Engineering graduate from Instituto Superior Técnico. Enthusiast and Evangelizer in the Digital Experience area, Sérgio has more than 10 years of experience in managing projects and teams. He established the partnership between Xpand IT and Microsoft Portugal, turning Xpand IT into a major partner at european level.

Rui Pereira

Researcher and co-founder of the Green Software Lab

Let's Talk a Bit About Green Software

Biography:

Rui is a Postdoctoral computer science researcher at the University of Minho and HASLab/INESC Tec. He received his PhD degree with the thesis entitled "Energyware Engineering: Techniques and Tools for Green Software Development" under the MAPi doctoral program from the Universities of Minho, Aveiro, and Porto, financed by FCT. During his PhD, he worked on analyzing, understanding, and optimizing software energy consumption levels through source code analysis and manipulation techniques. Additionally, is one of the co-founders of the Green Software for Space Control Mission (GreenSSCM) project, the Software Repositories for Green Computin FLAD/NSF project, and the Green Software Lab (GSL) project and research group. Currently, he is working on the GreenHub project and his research interests focus on green computing, human-computer interaction, and source code analysis and manipulation.

Clara Gonçalves

Executive Director of UPTEC

Let's Talk a Bit About Transdisciplinary Approach to Innovation

Biography:

Clara Gonçalves (Degree in Agronomic Engineering, Sciences School of University of Porto) is the Executive Director of UPTEC - Park of Science and Technology of University of Porto. During the last years she is working in the implementation of an effective knowledge and technology transfer model between academia and business, supporting more than 500 tech-based start-ups and spin-offs and attracting Innovation Centers from national and international enterprises to the University of Porto ecosystem. For the past 11 years Clara was involved in several seminars and conferences as a speaker and organizer in Portugal and abroad, was member of the Scientific Council of the Fine Arts School of the University of Porto, organized several entrepreneurial programs with Post Doc, PhD, Masters and Under Graduated students and lead the establishment of international partnerships with universities, companies and technological organizations in a national and international context. In 2016, Clara made the International Visitor Leadership Program (Washington, San Francisco, Albuquerque, Detroit and New York), invited by the U. S. Department of State (USA).

Workshops

To be announced soon.

Networking

The main goal of the pitch session is to give you the opportunity to meet with our gold sponsors, to know them and their work. Students can meet a lot of people in a networking environment, allowing them to improve their soft skills.

Scheduled time: 10:35am - 12:00am

Phase 1

Once ticket is obtained, apply via google forms.

Phase 2

All selected participants are divided into groups according to the number of companies.

Phase 3 - Recursive

In each round, each group has 12 minutes to talk with the company’s members, switching between companies at the end, allowing the students to meet with all companies.

Limited number of participants, apply now!

Schedule

Morning

09:00

09:05

Opening Session

09:05

09:15

LDSO Intro

09:15

09:25

LDSO Group 1

Description will be included soon.

09:25

09:35

LDSO Group 2

Description will be included soon.

09:35

09:45

LDSO Group 3

Description will be included soon.

09:45

10:25

Companies Pitch

Description will be included soon.

Coffee Break

10:40

10:50

LDSO Group 4

Description will be included soon.

10:50

12:00

CSI Projects

Speed talks about Coding for Social Impact.

12:00

13:30

Lunch

Afternoon

13:30

13:45

Opening Session

13:45

14:30

Arlindo Oliveira

Lets Talk a Bit About Artificial Intelligence

14:30

15:35

Forum

Description will be included soon.

Coffee Break

15:55

16:30

Talk 2

Description will be included soon.

16:30

17:05

Talk 3

Description will be included soon.

17:05

17:40

Talk 4

Description will be included soon.

Coffee Break

18:00

18:35

Talk 5

Description will be included soon.

18:35

19:10

Talk 6

Description will be included soon.

19:10

19:30

DEI

Description will be included soon.

19:30

19:50

Closing Session

Meet Our Sponsors

We are grateful for their support!

Bronze


Partners


Location

Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto

Address: Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, s/n.

Phone: +351 22 508 14 00

Email: geral@talkabit.org

Need help getting to Talk a Bit?

By plane:

To Aeroporto Sá Carneiro (OPorto), and then by car or subway (line E) with line changing in Trindade to line D with direction to Hospital S.João with exit on station IPO.

By car:
  • Coming from South by A1 - Ash bridge: Take the direction Porto - Paranhos and follow the signs toward the Hospital de S. João.
  • Coming from A4: Take the direction Porto Centro and follow the signs toward the Hospital de S. João.
  • Coming from A3: Take the direction to Hospital de S. João
  • Coming from A28: Take the A4 direction to Vila Real - Porto Centro - Follow the direction to Hospital de S. João.
By bus:

From Rodonorte/Rede Expressos/Tâmega station, follow to Aliados Avenue and take the subway with direction Hospital S. João (line D). Or take bus number: 204, 300, 301 and 803. There are also other buses near Hospital de São João. For more information: www.stcp.pt

By train:

If coming by train, there are two main stations:

  • Campanhã – followed by the subway to Trindade in any line (A,B,C,E) and then change to D line.
  • São Bento – and then get in the subway (line D)

If coming by subway, take the one from line D (yellow) going to Hospital de São João and exit on IPO. After that, follow Rua Dr. Plácido da Costa to FEUP. For more information: www.metrodoporto.pt