What is a hacker? We talk about hackers, the Chaos Computer Club and hear about the good side of hacking.
What services do you use? Together we discover the internet, its services. and the business models. We talk about big data, personalized offers, news and search results. We discuss filter bubbles and what everybody can do to leave them, sometimes.
What can you do? We find out what is possible in the settings of different services and apps, We talk about accounts and passwords.
The workshop will present UNIDO as a specialized UN agency, outlining the gender dimensions of clean energy technologies and how UNIDO is promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment through the twin track approach of gender mainstreaming and gender-targeted actions. Participants will receive insight into UNIDO’s operations, projects and tools for gender mainstreaming, and will be invited to discuss initiatives that increase women’s access to and participation in developing and implementing sustainable energy solutions.
Giorgia Pasqualetto International Consultant, UNIDO
Giorgia graduated in Energy Engineering from the University of Padua (Italy). At UNIDO, she focuses on technical assistance projects that promote energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in industries in Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. She also co-authored studies on the impact of the adoption energy management systems and ISO 50001 in the industrial sector. She believes that equal inclusion of women is a crucial element in the clean energy transition.
Katharina Proestler Sustainable Energy Expert, UNIDO
Katharina has more than 9 years professional experience in the area of sustainable energy technologies and has been involved in the sector from different aspects and sectors including public, private and academia. She studied environmental technologies, international relations, business administration, and law at the University of Applied Sciences Aschaffenburg (Germany), Technical University Vienna (Austria), University of Alicante (Spain), and Solvay Business School (Belgium). Both her academic background and professional experience combine different disciplines, which characterize her strength: working at the junction of nexus dimensions. At UNIDO she is working since 2014 on promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the department of energy and manages several cleantech projects, mainly in South East Asia.
Priyanka Teeluck Gender Expert, UNIDO
Priyanka is a specialist working on the interlinkages between gender equality and climate change. She studied environmental economics and management, and has experience in integrating gender considerations throughout climate activities. As a Gender Expert for UNIDO, she promotes gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout UNIDO’s activities in industrial sectors.
The TU career Workshop is designed to support participants in both career planning (theory and practice), career management, and career strategies and types. The participants will learn about how to set, manage and reach their career goals and objectives. The TU career experts will also introduce the typical career paths and present what are the strategies for income development.
Have you ever looked back and thought: This was never supposed to happen! Sometimes life has its own plans for us and messes up all our carefully prepared next steps. This has happened to me multiple times and has led me from becoming a linguist to a software engineer and many other things along the way. This is a story of learning, growing, not giving up and dealing with all the stuff life throws at you.
Eva Lettner Frontend web developer & co-founder of Women&&Code
Eva works as a frontend web developer and is the Co-founder of Women&&Code, an organisation that helps teach women programming skills. Her ultimate goal is for people to acknowledge that hot pink is the best colour in the world. In her downtime, she likes to knit, sew and create.
What is inside all these devices that protect us from harm every day? What can we do to increase our trust in them? This talk will provide an introduction into safety-related electronics and one method that reduces risks to people: their verification. When hearing verification, many engineers think of boring testing activities. On the example of the new CERN radiation monitoring electronics (CROME) we will explore the art of hardware verification and discover its software side. After introducing System-on-Chips and FPGAs, two methods for their verification will be explained in more detail: constrained-random simulation and formal property verification. These were the methods I chose during my Master’s thesis project for the verification of a safety-critical FPGA inside the CROME radiation monitors. Finally, I would like to introduce the technical student programme at CERN, which allowed me to write my Master’s thesis there. I want to encourage students to go abroad, open up their minds and explore the world.
Katharina Ceesay-Seitz Master student in TU Wien (Embedded Systems), CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research
Katharina Ceesay-Seitz is currently working on the verification of safety-critical electronics for radiation monitoring at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. This work was part of her Master’s thesis for her studies in Embedded Systems at the TU Wien. Before that she worked as Embedded Software Developer in Vienna (TTControl) and Barcelona (Giesecke & Devrient). During her Bachelor’s studies in Software & Information Engineering, she spent 6 months at the European Space Agency in Madrid.
Yes, Wiener Linien, like many others in this sector, traditionally tends to be a male-dominated company. Yet, for several years, Vienna’s public transport operator has been self-critically addressing the relative share of female employees in its workforce and has been trying to specifically attract girls and women to embark on technical careers.
This strategy relies on apparently minor and obvious issues such as creating an atmosphere at work in which everyone feels comfortable – based on mutual respect, a culture which tolerates errors and face-to-face meetings instead of sending emails. Wiener Linien has trained several employees to become so-called recognition coaches, who accompany managers to meetings and then give them feedback on their communication behaviour.
However, the company has also considered how a better work-life balance can be established for underground, tram and bus drivers who work shifts and at weekends. One approach here is based on flexitime models. Driving underground trains on a part-time basis? A pilot project has just been launched to make this option a possibility.
Every company wants to have the best employees; Wiener Linien trains these itself. Managers are being called upon to identify high potentials in their departments. A particular focus here is on nominating female employees or, if not, questioning why no female employees have been nominated. These female employees then receive personal support in the form of tailored coaching and mentoring programmes and the like. There are also networking events for managers and female experts which national and international keynote speakers are invited to attend. This is aimed at motivating and encouraging female employees in particular to apply for key existing and future positions.
Sabine Wimmer will also be describing her own experiences. What is her day-to-day life at work like in a male-dominated department? And how did she work her way up to being a department head while on part-time parental leave?
Sabine Wimmer Head of the Infrastructure department, Wiener Linien
Sabine Wimmer heads up the infrastructure department at Wiener Linien. She is therefore responsible for the strategic planning of construction projects, with her and her team checking the offers submitted by construction companies and also assuming responsibility for the budgets allocated to these construction projects. One of her main focuses is on digitalisation: all construction work is digitally captured so that as-completed drawings, track kilometres and similar information is all easily accessible. Sabine studied Engineering at the Vienna University of Technology. At Wiener Linien, she was formerly a sub-department head while on part-time parental leave before being promoted to the position of department head.
Digital forensic science is the process of obtaining, analyzing and using digital evidence in investigations or criminal proceedings. Digital evidence ranges from images of child sexual exploitation to the location of a mobile phone. We look at how evidence is obtained, legislation and regulation, and efforts to address challenges faced by practitioners. A digital investigation is a process where we develop and test hypotheses that answer questions about digital events. This is done using by scientific methods where we develop a hypothesis using evidence that we find and then test the hypothesis by looking for additional evidence that shows the hypothesis is impossible. Digital evidence is a digital object that contains reliable information that supports or refutes our hypothesis. There are some fundamental concepts to grasp about evidence in general and digital evidence in particular. Evidence also exists in a legal domain. There are 193 member states of the United Nations, but worldwide there are many more legal systems. Based on that, the legal coverage in this talk is widely-used general principles. In general terms, there are very few explicit references to the specific laws of any country. The talk is focusing on "state of the art" in areas of forensic specialization. The main topics of the talk are cybercrime, encryption, social media, legal and regulatory requirements, challenges and debates, digital evidence and investigations involving networks (social media, mobile, and telecommunications technology).
Sebyll Ildiko Onbasi Expert in security, forensics, and strategic network analysis, IEEE Association, Women Techmakers, OWASP, IACR, and Erich From Society
Sebyll Onbasi has been working for more than two years in Security Consulting. Also, she has been working as a Consultant with the Viennese Start-Up KIVU Technologies with a focus on security, forensics, and startegic network analysis. In her first job role she was a software developer and an intern at the Austrian Central Bank. Sebyll is passionate about tech for good, public safety, and security as well as she is interested in software development and applied cryptography. She is a member of the IEEE Association, Woman Techmakers, OWASP, IACR, and Erich Fromm Society. In her free time, she is reading books about cryptology, software development and psychoanalysis, as well as she is a long distance runner.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is getting more and more involved in our daily life, often without us even noticing or being aware of its presence. It may come hidden in intelligent smartphone cameras, it may influence us while shopping or it may even decide whether we get hired by a company or not.
In order for an AI to function as one, it has to be trained on data before it can actually act intelligently. It may behave in odd, unexpected ways, but one has to remember: Maybe the situation is completely new and it simply has not learned the correct behavior yet. Humans have to constantly learn and adapt over their lives, an AI, however, is trained only on a very limited set of data and thus may develop a completely different and biased view.
Which reasons are there to cause such bias, what influences it and how can we attempt to reduce the bias? This talk sheds some light on bias in AI and how to overcome it when developing AI solutions.
Katrin Strasser AI software developer (NLP), Catalysts
Katrin Strasser is an AI software developer with main focus on Natural Language Processing at Catalysts. This includes planning and developing software for AI projects, as well as Business Development. During her bachelor studies in Game Development & Augmented Reality and her master studies in Bioinformatics she was able to gain insights into a broad variety of IT related topics.
When I tell people where I work and what I studied, the response is always one of surprise. If you were to say that molecular biology research and telecommunications data science have nothing to do with each other, you’d be right… but also wrong. In my talk I will share with you my take on careers and answer some of the career-related questions that are often posed to me on this topic. I will talk about my transition from academia in the life sciences, into the telecommunications industry, and my experiences along the way. I will introduce you to the world of data science at A1 Telekom Austria, how we manage and protect your data, and how we use it to improve the user experience of our customers. Using examples from my current day-to-day work, I will show you how the two worlds are more similar than you might think.
Jillian Augustine Biochemist, molecular biologist and data scientist, A1 Telekom Austria AG
Jillian is a biochemist and molecular biologist by training who, after her PhD, jumped feet first into the world of Data Science in Telecommunications. Navigating interactions and experiences in a field desperate for diversity, she creatively applies her research skills on a daily basis as part of the Advanced Analytics & AI Team at A1 Austria.
Today, tech startups are heralded everywhere as some of the most forward-thinking, innovative companies in the world. However, gender inequality still remains a surprisingly big problem in tech startups from Silicon Valley, all the way to Vienna, even in this era of #MeToo and overall heightened awareness on the importance of gender equality at the workplace. Why does this problem continue to persist, and what can we do to make things better? Based on research for her dissertation at the WU and TU Entrepreneurship & Innovation MBA Program, Kaitlyn WonJung Chang will present actionable tips to actively break the vicious „Brotopian Cycle“ that countless startups find themselves in.
Kaitlyn WonJung Chang COO, Kobza and the Hungry Eyes - KTHE GmbH
Born in Korea, raised in the U.S. and in based in Austria since 2012, Kaitlyn WonJung Chang has 15 years' working experience in the intersection between tech and creativity. She has worked for 10 years at Samsung Group and led the Austrian branch office as Managing Director of Cheil Austria & Switzerland, the in-house creative agency of Samsung. She has won more than 50 international and Austrian innovation and creative awards and currently works as COO at Kobza and the Hungry Eyes - KTHE GmbH, an Austrian independent creative agency. In her "second life" she dedicates her free time to serving as Vice President for the nonprofit organization Women of Vienna, the biggest community for women* in Austria with more than 16,500 members, and mentors and advises startups in both Vienna and Seoul.
Autonomous mobility is transforming the way we envisage vehicles in all sectors, giving rise to new products, technologies and human machine cooperation.
Artificial intelligence based systems will allow to handle the complexity requirements of autonomous working and driving tasks. However, AI based decision processes cannot be validated. Therefore new approaches are necessary to guarantee the dependability of the system in every driving situation and its failsafe behaviour.
Christiana Seethaler Director of Product development, TTControl
Christiana Seethaler holds a Master of Science degree in electronics and computer science from the Technical University of Graz and completed an executive MBA program with focus on project and process management. After a few years of professional experience in embedded software development she joined TTTech in 2001. There she held various positions in project and product management with a focus on safety related electronic controllers. In 2013 she took over the position as a technical head of the business unit Off-Highway at TTTech and director product development at TTControl. Her professional interests are in the areas of embedded software, functional safety and autonomous driving.
Our daily life is based on interactions, ever more often our communication takes place online. As to say the “real” world is slowly transferred into the digital world. But what if the digital is located on this planet and is based on water as much as we humans do? My talk will deal with the manifestations of the digital “Cloud” the software and hardware platforms supporting data centers, physical transmission links, browser-based applications, and so forth. I will put an emphasis on the environmental impact our online activities have and how the link of art and science can help to communicate this complex relationship. The hypothesis is: No Water. No Cloud. This indicates that the only way to stop the ongoing surveillance of our online activities is to cut the water supply of surveillance agencies. It became clear to me that the Cloud is ultimately dependent on water in form of electricity and cooling systems. I started thinking about the abstract, immaterial system of the Cloud and how it becomes part of our environment. All of a sudden, my cloudy imaginations of this mystical data ship floating weightless through cyberspace turned into a body relying – as my own – on water. Since 2015 I collect pieces of the Cloud and its manifestations to indicate the material world of the immaterial Cloud. One of these Clouds is about to form in a village in Upper Austria. This will be the starting point of our journey through time and space powered by Water.
Christina Gruber Freshwater ecologist and Visual artist
Christina is a freshwater ecologist and visual artist working at the intersection of art and science. She currently lives in Vienna but travels most of the time along rivers, investigating the relationship between rivers and people. In her work as researcher and lecturer she tries to develop new strategies to deal with human-environment interactions. Lately she is focusing on hidden operations of representation and knowledge organization.
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