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Thomas Staven

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Thomas Staven

Thomas is passionately dedicated to technology innovation and delivering great experiences and business value to customers and has spent the last 16 years within Global R&D/Global Product Management and Global Sales at Unit4 in driving the ERP vendor's focus on delivering innovative enterprise solutions.

Currently Thomas is leading the Center of Excellence for ERP / Unit4 Business World and working closely with the Innovation Lab as Product Strategist, all to deliver the future ERP and bring innovative technologies such as machine learning, AI, chat bots etc. to the world of Business Software.

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Łukasz Wierzchowski

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Wierzchowski

R&D Director at Unit4. Łukasz is responsible for the development of Unit4 R&D hub in Poland. He's an expert in the area of software engineering and managing IT projects. He's been launching Polish offices of large international IT corporations for many years now.

He's a co-founder of the Wrocław branch of the Project Management Institute.

A graduate of the faculty of Computer Science at the Wrocław University of Science and Technology and Franklin University of Columbus.

In his spare time a keen traveller and snowboarder.

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Michał Furmankiewicz

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Michał Furmankiewicz

Currently working at Microsoft as a Cloud Solution Architect, dealing with clients in the financial sector. He spent his last 9 years working as a productivity consultant and later as an architect for the financial sector. In the course of his career, he was also responsible for one of the largest private cloud projects in Central and Eastern Europe. Michał is passionate about new technologies and their business usage. He perceives the cloud as a tool that can help transform your company. In his spare time he is sharing his knowledge with others during conferences, meet-ups or via his blog. He runs the http://architektwchmurze.pl blog.

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Bartłomiej Graczyk

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Bartłomiej Graczyk

For over 10 years, he's been responsible for the implementation of projects in the field of Business Intelligence & Data Warehouse. For the last two years, as a Data Architect at Microsoft, he helps the customers and partners shift their data solutions to the public cloud. He is a recognized expert in the field of licensing Microsoft and Software Asset Management products. He's an author of various publications, as well as a speaker at conferences and themed sessions. Holder of multiple certifications, including Microsoft Certified Trainer, MCSE: Business Intelligence & Data Platform. In 2013-2015 he was awarded the MVP title in the SQL Server/Data Platform category. In his spare time he describes his experiences and challenges he faces at http://www.sql4you.info.

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Adrian Staniszewski

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Adrian Staniszewski

In the internet industry for more than 15 years now. He carried out many projects for clients from Poland and abroad, starting as a developer, project manager and a business analyst. He's and expert in the area of implementation of online payment systems. For the past 5 years he's been involved with public administration, where he implements modern technologies, promotes and supports innovative projects. He is one of the leaders of the Open Data project in Wrocław and a huge fan of open internet systems. His daily routine involves managing online services visited anually by over 20 million users.

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Tomasz Brzozowski

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Brzozowski

From his youngest days, Tomasz was drawn to Information Technology, with the fascination evolving ever since. He loves every single side of the IT business - ranging from matters of purely technical nature related to programming, through aspects of project management, to recognizing business requirements and working directly with the client. That is probably why he never chose a single career path. If possible, he tries to balance his responsibilities as a system/solution architect, business analyst, implementation consultant and software engineer. No matter what part of the process he is responsible for, it is the view of the users working with the final software product that gives him the energy boost needed to face new challenges. No matter what he's doing, whether battling exceptions while late night coding, losing at memory game to his four-year-old baby daughter or struggling to make it home at 5 AM after a night out, he is always living the motto - "Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better".

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Piotr Rogala

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Piotr Rogala

Working the IT industry for many years, specializing in Microsoft solutions. With his recent focus on automation and inspired by DevOps solutions, he implements them in Azure. He also manages projects using the AWS and GCP cloud solutions. After hours, he's a fan of the automotive industry and bike sports, and also runs a blog about cloud solutions, justcloud.pl. Currently working at Unit4 Polska.

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Krzysztof Borgul

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Borgul

Lead Software Engineer at Unit4. Dedicated to Java and anything running on JVM from the beginning of his professional career. Recently exploring the ins and outs of Node.js and modern web frameworks like React or Angular 2. An enthusiast of Terry Pratchett's literature. Also a fan of board games.

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Dawid Chudaś

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Chudaś

4 years of experience in software testing, initially working for a small company, currently at Unit4 Polska. He became interested in testing during his studies; while getting familiar with new websites and applications, he often discovered bugs. This is why he decided to give it a try as a software tester. He's currently interested in various topics related to testing and test automation. Always willing to analyse test optimisation opportunities. Focusing on lower time effort with quality maintained, as well as on testing techniques. Off work, he's keen on economics (particularly financial markets), sports and board games.

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Jerzy Jura

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Jura

Business Analyst at Unit4. Until recently, he had been testing products, which allowed him to explore their functionalities. He got into the IT business from a completely different industry, as it might seem, namely from education. As an English teacher, he worked with many IT companies which in turn contributed to his interest in software. As an analyst, he currently focuses on optimising existing functionalities, as well as products under design. He's passionate about music - both as a listener and an active musician.

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

4:00-5:00 PM

5:00-5:15 PM

5:15-5:45 PM

5:45-6:15 PM

6:15 PM

9:00 PM

10:30-11:00 PM

Registering participants, assigning team numbers.

Opening remarks, explanation of rules

Presentation: "How technology is changing our workplace" (Thomas Staven)

Presentation: "How IoT is changing the world. Projects in Poland, the cloud and the future" (Michał Furmankiewicz, Bartłomiej Graczyk)

Start of the contest

Pizza

Stretching class with a coach

SATURDAY

8:00-9:00 AM

10:00-11:00 AM

11:00-11:30 AM

11:30-noon

Noon

Breakfast

Presentation of ideas

Judging panel proceedings

Prize ceremony

Hackathon end

LOCATION

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Organiser

Unit4

Unit4 is a leading provider of enterprise applications empowering people in service organisations. With annual revenue close to 500M Euro and more than 4000 employees worldwide, Unit4 delivers ERP, industry-focused and best-in-class applications. Thousands of organisations from sectors including professional services, education, public services, not-for-profit, real estate and financial services benefit from Unit4 solutions. Unit4 is in business for people. More information can be found by visiting our website, following us on Twitter (@Unit4global) and checking out our LinkedIn page.

Unit4 Polska consists of three business units:

The R&D Wrocław site is one of three global Research and Development sites in Unit4. The other two are located in Norway and Spain. Currently it employs 200 people, including Developers, Analysts, Testers and Technical Writers, focusing on the development of the global Unit4 Business World solution.

In Poland, Unit4 develops HR and ERP-class systems, distributed under the brand name TETA. Unit4 Polska solutions are currently used by over two thousand large and medium-sized industry-leading companies and institutions.

Central Customer Support in Wrocław is a team of more than 130 consultants supporting clients in organizations using ERP software developed by Unit4 worldwide.

Partners

Microsoft
Biuro Karier Politechnika Wrocławska
Wroclaw Agglomeration Development Agency
Wroclife
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Microsoft

Long-time IT industry leader. A company everyone is familiar with, with flagship products such as Windows or Office. For several years intensively investing in cloud technologies like Azure. As a consequence, the company opens up to the idea of Open Source. Another indicator of the change in the approach of the giant might be the release of Visual Studio development environment for Linux and OSX. Microsoft focuses on innovative solutions like HoloLens augmented reality smart glasses.

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ARAW

Wroclaw Agglomeration Development Agency is a public non-profit company founded by the city of Wrocław and the Wrocław agglomeration commune governments. Its mission is to promote the region, support its economic development, attract foreign investors and cooperate with both new and mature business.

ARAW organizational structure includes the following:

  • Business Support Centre - responsible for economic promotion and active acquisition and support of foreign investors,
  • Centre for Promotion and Services - implementing projects related to promotion, development of local governments, professional education, local development strategies and EU projects,
  • Wroclaw.pl Editorial Office - responsible for the image of Wroclaw's main website and dedicated portals,
  • Administrative & Secretarial Office - responsible for the financial, administrative and legal support for the company's operational activities.
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Career Services, Wrocław University of Science and Technology

We maintain a database of job, practices and internship ads. We offer free career counselling, coaching, assistance in the preparation of application documents and in setting up businesses to students and graduates of the University (regardless of the year of graduaiton). We involve employers in conducting valuable workshops developing your skills exactly in areas required by the labour market. We enable employers to conduct recruiting directly on the Wrocław University of Science and Technology campus (Speed Recruitment). We organize meetings for employers and students (presentations, training courses, open days, study tours). We regularly release the "Catalogue of Employers", containing the most important information about companies and their recruitment policies. Our two major ongoing projects include: Campus Recruitment - a job, practices and internship fair and Employer Attractiveness Ranking - a poll for best employers chosen by students.

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Wroclife

Wroclife is a printed magazine, active website and a popular Facebook fan page. Wroclife combines innovative presenting of urban contents, whose main assumption is to provide readers with something more than “news” and to meet receivers’ expectations.

In Wroclife we show that well-prepared content does not have to be dull. Our articles are based on carefully-developed iconographies. We write about our city life, problems of inhabitants and we show how Wroclaw changes. We do that in a straightforward way but we do not take shortcuts or simplify anything. Wroclife is a magazine for active people in the extraordinary City.

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