Speaker: Thijs Bernolet

Front End Architect @oqtonai

At the age of 7, Thijs wanted to become an inventor. It didn’t matter what, he just wanted to invent things. Several broken washing machines, a fried television and 8 blown amplifiers later he saw a magical light shining from a machine they called a ‘Macintosh’. He’s been hooked ever since. Thijs is always looking for new ways to interact with machines and everything involving technology. After learning every programming language within his reach, he choose an experimental education at the Royal Academy where he got a strong focus on concept and creativity. He later co-founded a company called We Work We Play where he further experimented with 3D in the browser, mobile and interactive installations. He also cofounded Nerdlab in Belgium, a non-profit organization that wants to show kids how to hack cool things together with hardware and software. They recently send an iphone to space and build a Ghostbusters replica backpack with GPS that gets carried around Europe. After joining circuits.io and getting aquired by Autodesk, he moved to the Bay Area to continue work on the real time browser breadboard simulartor and later on led the development effort of the new Autodesk design system (HIG). He then moved on to join Oqton, a new startup that aims to revolutionize manufacturing by creating an operating system for the factory that is driven by AI.

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  • Devex & Teams

    Explore how to reduce developer friction between teams and stakeholders.

  • Blameless Culture

    Absorb the lessons learned from failures and outages in a human-centric process.

  • Modern CS in the Real World

    Learn how companies are applying recent CS research to tackle concurrency, distributed data, and coordination.

  • Architectures You’ve Always Wondered About

    Next-gen architectures from the most admired companies in software.

  • Bare Knuckle Performance

    Learn from practitioners on the challenges and benefits of architecting for performance and much more.

  • Java - The Interesting Bits

    Learn the new features in the recent and near-future releases of Java and the JVM and what they offer.

  • Ethical Considerations in Consciously Designed Software

    Design considerations for various contexts, locations, security and privacy requirements.

  • Operating Microservices

    Learn from practitioners operating and evolving systems in performance demanding environments.

  • Security

    Learn how to make security an inherent part of the software development process.

  • Native Compilation Is Back (A Look at Non-Vm Compilation Targets)

    Issues with native compilation for in browser-based and server-side environments

  • Trouble-Shooting in Production

    Learn debugging strategies for complex and high stakes environments where standard debuggers and profilers fail.

  • Predictive Architectures and ML

    Explore the systems and designs covering the full loop from machine learning to inferencing.

  • Data Engineering on the Bleeding Edge

    Explore the latest trends in data engineering that help improve the life of the developer

  • Production Readiness

    Observability, emergency response, capacity planning, release processes, and SLOs for availability and latency.

  • Humane Leadership

    A look at leadership with an emphasis on empathy, taking chances and building other leaders within organizations and teams