6,048 attendees listened to 202 speakers host 176 speeches on 7 stages in just 2 days! That’s a summary of Infoshare, Central and Eastern Europe’s biggest tech conference. Such an event couldn’t be missed, so naturally DC Lab was there as well – with Scanbox, an innovative device that diagnoses the condition of a screen and offers protective services.
We joined Kerris, our partner interactive agency, at their stand and participated in the conference from its very beginning, not only listening to what was going on on-stage, but also networking.
What sort of inspiration did we find at each stage? Speakers from the Inspire Stage talked about building a personal brand and drew listeners in to a discussion on how new technologies will change the innovation and investment market in Poland, and whether blockchain technology will continue to gain popularity. What struck the chord was a speech by Antti Merilehto from Fintech Finland, who compared the state of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning as it is today with what it was a year ago, showing how much a single year can change in terms of technology. We also listened to a great speech by Michał Szafrański, who talked about the solopreneur business model; i.e. a company that doesn’t have employees and intentionally remains as a small business (using his own company as an example).
The event’s two Tech Stages featured some real geeks, who talked about programming websites and applications, cloud computing solutions, big data, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of things (IoT). This was the stage where smashingmagazine.com’s (an online magazine publishing articles for developers) Vitaly Friedman gave a speech on Responsive Web Design. Piotr Konieczny from niebezpiecznik.pl attracted a lot of attention with his lecture on legal hacking.
The Startup Stage was particularly close to our hearts due to our plans for development in this area. Organizers chose speakers from around 493 different startups that participated in the Startup Contest. We thought that this selection was extremely successful. We enjoyed listening to Jess Williamson from Techstars, a networking site for entrepreneurs, who talked about using insights from behavioral economics in business planning. The main prize of € 20,000 was awarded to the team from ThinAir Water, who came up with a solution for recovering water from the atmosphere, including water processing and treatment. A total of 92 startups were present in the exhibition area. Some of them made it onto the list of our favorite inventive companies.
We didn’t steer clear of the Marketing Stage neither. Over there, well-known industry practitioners talked about content marketing, communications targeted at Millennials, social media or video marketing. Rahim Blak talked about how to issue your own cryptocurrency and make a profit, and Nicholas Szymanski from our partner agency Kerris explained why 90% of what we hear about marketing doesn’t make sense. On the event’s second day, this stage was turned into a Leaders Event, during which attendees discussed innovations, startups, and Europe’s investment market.
Apart from participating in lectures and discussions, we were also present at Kerris’s stand and met with partners and people interested in protecting their phone screens from damage. We showcased our Scanbox device and explained why it’s worth investing in smartphone security, diagnosing the condition of your screen and cover it with a protective layer. We were happy to see people queueing up to test our Scanning Box, proof that our solution sparks interest in end-customers. A number of business meetings also shows that business partners are interested in our solution.
Here’s what Inga Zdzińska, Head of Digital Care Lab, had to say. During an interview, she talks about the challenges of the digital industry and the importance of a rapid implementation of innovations in new technologies.
We wouldn’t be ourselves if we missed the events that accompanied the conference, held outside the Gdansk Expo. We met some conference attendees at the official Before Party in Sopot and the Great Networking Party at Gdansk’s Stary Manez to discuss a variety of topics (not only tech-related), network, and share a few laughs.
Below is a list of what we think were the most interesting projects presented during Infoshare:
The most interesting projects presented at Infoshare 2018 selected by DC Lab:
- Josie Pepper – a humanoid robot with artificial intelligence
Many Infoshare attendees turned their heads at Josie Pepper – a humanoid robot with AI. In mid-February 2018, Munich airport became the first airport in Germany to try this robot out. During its pilot phase, Josie Pepper helped passengers by responding to their questions about flights, flight operations or airport services. Created by French company Softbank Robotics in cooperation with Lufthansa, Josie’s “brain” comprises of an efficient processor and access to WLAN Internet. This is connected to a cloud service that processes and interprets speech and is linked with airport data. What’s unique about this solution is that Josie is a type of robot that not only speaks using predefined texts and phrases, but is actually to respond to individual questions thanks to its machine learning skills.
Robot Josie Pepper on Terminal 2 at Munich Airport.
photo: Bernhard Huber/Flughafen München
- ThinAir – a startup that can extract drinking water from the atmosphere
ThinAir Water is a startup responsible for creating technology that can extract water from atmospheric air, treat it and make it fit for human consumption. By combining a surface with a proprietary structure and chemical properties, ThinAir designed an extremely effective covering that can condense water from atmospheric air. This surface can be used in Atmospheric Water Generators to improve their water-condensing capabilities. ThinAir is still working on improving its solutions and making water acquisition even more efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly. Find out more at: https://www.thinairwater.com/
- Photon – a robot that can teach you to program
Photon, an interactive educational robot, was another innovative attraction at Infoshare. The robot works with a mobile app and is used to introduce children to the world of new technologies and programming through a variety of fun experiments. Tasks that children are given are based on a story in the app. Young users help Photon overcome challenges whilst learning the basics of programming and logical thinking. Photon is available in 4 graphical programming languages and can be adjusted to a child’s age: there’s Photon Draw (programming by drawing a path across a screen, for children aged 3-5), Photon Badge (creating programs using instructions with symbols, for children aged 5-7), Photon Blocks (programming through connecting and configuring blocks, for children aged 7-10), and Photon Code (creating sequences similar to real programming, for children aged 10-12). Playing with Photon was so addictive that two DC Lab team members could be spotted playing amongst the children. With the help of a representative from Photon Entertainment’s stand, they learned how to program on a special mat, change the robot’s lighting colors, teach it to avoid obstacles, and condition its behavior to adapt to varying circumstances.
Photon – educational robot that teaches programming
Photo: Photon Entertainment sp. z o.o., www.photonrobot.com