Speakers 2020

Keynote Speakers

We proudly announce the following Keynote Speakers in our conference (in alphaberical order):

David FosterFounding Partner, Applied Data Science Partners | Author of 'Generative Deep Learning' (O'Reilly)/ Openstack
Norbert KraftNokia/ Bell Labs
Ghanshyam MannNEC/ OpenStack Technical Committee
Sean McGinnisDell/ OpenStack
Idan ShaharMicrosoft

David Foster

David Foster is a Founding Partner of Applied Data Science Partners, a data science consultancy building innovative AI solutions for clients. David has won several international machine learning competitions and is the author of the best-selling book ‘Generative Deep Learning: Teaching Machines to Paint, Write, Compose and Play’. He has also authored several successful blog posts on deep reinforcement learning including ‘How To Build Your Own AlphaZero AI using Keras’. 

He will talk about Generative Deep Learning – The Key To Unlocking Artificial General Intelligence?

Norbert Kraft

Norbert Kraft works in Telecom industry since 1991. He held several positions in research, development and system engineering for wide area network equipment.  
Now he is a senior researcher at Nokia Bell Labs, where he is working in the areas of network data intelligence, data mining, machine learning, big data technologies and artificial intelligence. All these technologies are key factors to derive new insights for network management and to improve customer experience in public networks. 

He will talk about how to optimize Mobile Networks with Reinforcement Learning.

Ghanshyam Mann

Ghanshyam works for NEC and is also serving as a member of OpenStack Technical Committee and as PTL of OpenStack QA. He is full-time upstream developer in OpenStack with an active contribution in many projects mainly in Nova, QA etc. He has worked in different domains like Avionics, Storage, Cloud and Virtualization etc.
Ghanshyam is a frequent speaker in OpenStack summits and LinuxCon on topics like RESTful API, Cloud Backup, Open Source Community etc.

He will talk about OpenStack Community: Structure, Activeness & Highlights.

Sean McGinnis

Sean is a Distinguished Engineer in the Dell EMC Office of the CTO, focusing on programs to support open source usage and involvement across the company. Sean is currently a community representative on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors. He has served on the OpenStack Technical Committee (TC), was the Project Team Lead (PTL) for the Cinder block storage project and the Release Management team, and is currently a core reviewer in a number of OpenStack projects.

He will talk about the Need for Open Infrastructure.

Idan Shahar

Idan ia an entrepreneur at heart with a passion for bleeding edge open source tech. He loves operating at the sweet spot of where business meets technology – the area where we can all drive true impact. Currently he is working at Microsoft on a specialized team where they focus on enabling their partner and startup ecosystem. He
loves his job and this ever-changing industry and looks forward most to meeting and collaborating with great people!

He will talk about: “Kubernetes Buzzwords – Everything you wanted to know – but never dared to ask “

Plenary Speakers

We proudly announce the following Plenary Speakers in our conference (in alphabetical order):

Manos AntoniouPyData
Ihsan DemirHazelcast
Ankit GadgilMozilla/RedHat
Dimitrios GlynosCENSUS S.A.
Constantinos HalevidisNiometrics
Yiannis KanellopoulosCode4Thought
Stamatis KatsaounisGRNET
Maria MykoniatiNOKIA
Alex NtoulasNKUA
Serena PeruzzoBardess Group
Emmanouil SerrelisExpanding the CIA triad for the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution
Martins SipenkoKASKO

Ihsan Demir

Ihsan is involved in development of Hazelcast Open Binary Protocol from start and has implemented it in several languages (C++, Java). He has been developing software in distributed environments over the last 10 years or more and has been developing software for about 20-years.

Speech title: “Tracking Protection Using Firefox” in INFRA day

Ankit Gadgil

Ankit is an Open Source enthusiast who supports in Privacy by design. He is an open web advocate. He likes engineering software through comprehensive architecture and design. Ankit is a Mozilla community mentor, Mozilla Reps Peer and a tech speaker. As a day job, he contributes code at Red Hat and enjoys working with Python and JS.

Speech title: Tracking Protection Using Firefox in APPS day

Dimitrios Glynos

Dr. Dimitrios Glynos is the Director of Product Security Services of CENSUS S.A. He holds a PhD in Computer Science and has worked as an IT security consultant, digital forensics expert, software developer and systems administrator.
At CENSUS he has led security assessment projects of devices, software and infrastructure for many different sectors including software & Internet services, financial, banking, insurance, payments, healthcare, consumer electronics and telecommunications.

Speech title: “Using program instrumentation to identify security bugs” in APPS day

Constantinos Halevidis

Sugandha Agrawal is a Software Engineer working at IBM R&D, Boeblingen, Germany, currently developing IBM Cloud Functions and participating in open source contributions for Apache OpenWhisk. She pursued her masters in University Stuttgart, Germany and is enthusiastic about Serverless technology and all about Cloud. She hosts IBM Cloud Developers Meetup in Stuttgart area and likes to paint and indulge in modern Calligraphy.
At Oπe\n, Sugandha will touch base with basics of Serverless and what it is. Understanding in depth what Serverless offers and where it fits best.
How can one implement Python applications on Serverless platform and dive into a special Python application running on Serverless today.


Working in the telecoms industry for 19 years, in various positions covering R&D, Technical Support, Operations, Hosting, Data Centers and Connectivity, allowed him to have a holistic view across multiple domains and their future impact across a wide range of industries. Currently working as Chief Architect Cloud in Nokia’s Mobile Networks, focused on Telco Cloud Reference Architecture.

Panos Louridas

Panos Louridas is an Associate Professor at the Department of Management Science and TechnologyAthens University of Economics and Business. He holds an MSc by Research and a PhD in Computation from the University of Manchester. He is the author of Real World Algorithms: A Beginner’s Guide. His research spans many different areas, including Software Engineering, Software Design, Security, Practical Cryptograpy, Data Analytics.

Speech title: Data Visualisation with Python (Mostly) for Fun and Research

Nikos Kapetanos

Nikos is a lead software engineer at Yodeck.com, focused on system level programming, using Python, currently exploring IoT. In his presentation, he will talk about the building blocks required for a Python-based MVP, focusing on an IoT framework we love, Crossbar.io.

Kostas Kagkelidis

Kostas is a lead developer – ARGO monitoring platform @ GRNET. Speech title: GRNET presenting the design, development and evolution of ARGO: a modern distributed platform providing monitoring, analytics, reporting and alerting for large federated e-infrastructures.

Alex Michael

Alex is a co-founder and CTO at Plum, where he oversees the technical direction of the product. He is the former payments lead at Tictail. He joined Tictail as engineer #5, built the platform and team that handled payment processing for 150,000 shops and watched the company grow to 60 people with offices in Stockholm and NYC. Prior to Tictail, he built software for retail data analytics, social networks, sports and Bloomberg. He is also the co-founder of Hack Cyprus, a tech movement in Cyprus which runs hackathons and coding schools for youngsters who want to learn how to code. He has an MEng in Computing from Imperial College London.

Paris Kasidiaris

Paris is co-founder at SourceLair, an online IDE for Python and JavaScript, performs trainings on all-things Docker and also co-organizes the Docker Athens meetups.  He loves Python, Docker and automating stuff. Topic: Get back to sleep with Infrastructure as Code.
Description:  Messing with infrastructure bears huge responsibility. That is why it is one of the most stressful duties in software, keeping you from sleeping all night. Rejoice wit Infrastructure as Code! Let’s explore the patterns letting us create reproducible infrastructure and never lose our sleep again!

Laurent Picard

Laurent is a developer passionate about software, hardware, science, and anything shaping the future. He works for Google where he ecstatically explores cloud technologies. In a previous life, he pioneered the ebook industry, co-created the 1st European ebook reader, and co-founded Bookeen. He now enjoys sharing his passion in international conferences. You can find him on Twitter at @PicardParis. Speech title: Building smarter solutions with Machine Learning, from magic to reality

Dimitris Fotiadis

Dimitris is  holding a PhD degree in biometrics, computer vision and machine learning. Currently he works as a product owner and a senior R&D DevOps software engineer at the MN Cloud department of Nokia (Athens) and is also head of the R&D department of Authenteq.
He has worked as an associated lecturer at the Universities of Surrey, Derby, UEL, and Teesside. His professional interests involve research and development in the areas of software quality, biometrics, data science and DevOps. Speech title: Software quality evaluation platform.

Lightning Speakers

We would like to proudly announce the following Lightning Speakers in our conference (in alphabetical order):

Vladimir IurcovschiWarply, PyData Athens
Zois KokkonisNOKIA
Anna PasiouMicrosoft
Konstantinos TsakalozosCanonical Ltd.
Matina TsavliNOKIA

Matina Tsavli

Matina works as a Security System Architect in NOKIA TAS. She holds a Computer Engineering and Telecommunications Diploma / University of Thessaly, an MBA in Telecoms / Athens University of Economics and Business, a MSc in Digital Systems Security / University of Piraeus and has acquired many security certifications. Her research interests are in the fields of information security. Speech title: The road to software architecture evolution is paved with DevSecOps

Zois Kokkonis

Polizois (Zois) Kokkonis is a product manager with Nokia for data management solutions. He has extensive experience with a diverse range of telecommunication solutions and is particularly interested in develping the “ecosystems” around network data and services.  Zois studied physics, worked in materials research (PhD in physical chemistry) and also holds an MBA degree. Speech title: Telcos digital transformation and the cloud: a new architecture imperative

Anna Pasiou

Anna works as a Services Support Sales Lead for Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) at Microsoft, focusing on developing the strategy to support the lifecycle of our clients. Prior to this position she held the CEE Services Cloud Adoption Lead. She loves driving for execution through teamwork. Speech title: “The Cloud Era Needs More Women”. Having an interest in computing was it cool or not? Learn how motivation and energy has enabled her growth in leadership allowing her to be part of the cloud era.

Konstantinos Tsakalozos

Konstantinos is currently working on Kubernetes and Big Data for Canonical Ltd, the company behind Ubuntu. Prior to that he worked for Microsoft – Skype in the Big Data Group. In 2012 he received his Ph.D. on “Resource management in IaaS-Clouds” from the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications at the University of Athens.  In this presentation we will go through the “artistic aspects” of assembling and shipping a micro-Kubernetes distribution. We will offer our experiences from the single node Kubernetes distribution called MicroK8s. How we handle releases, technical issues but also unfavorable reviews surely interest both distribution maintainers and users alike.

Vladimir Iurcovschi

Vladimir is a Mathematician, Data Scientist and Teacher. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in Data Science. He has working experience in data mining, natural language processing, predictive modelling and a passion for deep learning to solve problems that matter. He enjoys travelling, teaching and coding.

Abstract: During this session we will discuss the need for interpretable ML and DL models. We will present some modern techniques used to “open” the black-box and make their interpretations comprehensible to humans.  We will shed some light into why the models make certain decisions, what might go wrong in certain scenarios and how we can eventually gain trust in these machine learning and deep learning models.