The agenda of IDCEE'13 that kicks off in just three days is packed with interesting and exciting keynotes and panels. During the two days of the conference, three stages will work simultaneously with speakers, startups and panelists talking, pitching and discussing.
I approached Startup Bootcamp's Andy Shannon, oDesk's Matt Cooper and Jelastic's Ruslan Synytskyy and asked them which events at the conference they would definitely attend.
Given the variety of backgrounds of my interviewees, the events picked should be interesting for all categories of participants willing to expand their horizons, from geeks to market researchers and from solo entrepreneurs to those working in big companies.
Thursday, October 10
The day starts off with a traditional opening ceremony with live music and opening notes from the conference's organizer Viktoriya Tigipko. After that, Alan Patricof from Greycroft Partners will speak about the general trends in the world in digital media; when he finishes, all three stages begin their work.
To start off the day, one can head to the Tech Stage to listen to Mark Zbikowski's “Notes from 25 years at Microsoft.” As follows from the name of the talk, the speaker is a Microsoft veteran who has turned a Senior Technical Advisor to Jelastic, a prominent Ukrainian startup providing cloud infrastructure for Java and PHP applications.
In his keynote, Zbikowski will share the lessons learned in 25 years of working with with one of the world's software giants. As the talk is taking place on the Tech Stage, expect many insights that will be extremely useful for tech specialists and entrepreneurs working in this segment; however, there's also a lot of things to pick up from it for IT people working in bigger companies.
Half an hour later, you have a chance to listen to Peter Arvai, the CEO and co-founder of the amazing presentation service Prezi. His keynote “Across the Atlantic” is recommended by Andy Shannon, the Head of Global Operations at Startupbootcamp.
Later on Thursday, make sure you don't miss the keynote titled “Building Emerging Europe Champions as a good way for non-Silicon Valley player” by Tomasz Czechowicz, CEO & Managing Partner at MCI Management SA. In his talk picked by Matt Cooper from oDesk, the VC professional will outline the main trends of CEE technology business and explain the investment strategy in this region.
Friday, October 11
The first pick of the day made by Andy Shannon is the panel discussion “Startup accelerators in CEE: Local accelerators vs. Western accelerator. Are they competitors or partners?” moderated by Marco Montemagno. Don't miss your chance to listen to a bunch of representatives of prominent startups accelerators and funds discussing the relationships of and interaction between the East and the West.
For those interested in tech stuff, there is Michael Widenius' keynote “How to do a successful company around open source” that starts at 11:30. The brave new world of open source solutions is waiting for you right there.
Shortly after lunch, return to the Tech Stage for the keynote of Kristo Käärmann, co-founder of TransferWise. The topic of this talk picked by Andy Shannon is “Can a tech startup eat the bankers' lunch?” Don't waste an opportunity to hear the answer to this question.
If you know what PHP stands for and are interested in its future, don't leave the Tech Stage and stay for the keynote of the language's “father” Rasmus Lerdorf. His talk's name “PHP 5.4 and 5.5 performance and features” pretty much speaks for itself.
I hope these highlights will help you to find the most interesting and useful events at IDCEE. There's still plenty of time left to squeeze as much as possible in the two conference days.
See you soon!
Photos: IDCEE 2012.