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Conference Opening – Save Asmervik, Deputy Director of Webstep Ltd.

bilde%20save%20opens%20tdc%202015Save Asmervik is a person with a passion and high levels of energy, many engagements, curiosity and openness for dialogue with new people, organizations and networks.

Save pays close attention to colleagues, customers and partners. He is particularly interested in business development in the Trondheim region, especially for the software industry.

He is focused on building competence and professional networks, both internally, with our clients and for the development community in general. He is personally engaged with Norwegian Computer Society, Chamber of Commerce, Trondheim Developer Conference, Payment Conference among many other duties.

Save Asmervik’s day job is to run Webstep’s Trondheim office through developing extreme competent senior consultants, satisfied customers and a strong economy.

Plenary Keynote – Mikko J. Terho, CTO for Mobile Software and the site Manager of Huawei’s R&D centre in Finland

mikko_terho_huawei_keynote_profes_2016.jpgMikko J. Terho is the CTO for Mobile Software and the site Manager of Huawei’s R&D centre in Finalnd since 2013. Previously he was Vice President in Nokia and named as a Nokia Fellow in recognition of his achievements in the development of innovative communication technologies.  ‘Nokia Fellow’ is an honorary role designed to contribute to the leadership of Nokia’s technology vision and strategy creation through activities such as mentoring and participation in industry-wide collaboration.  Nokia Fellows are significant contributors to respected industry bodies, such as the European Telecommunications Standards Institute.

Considered to be one of the founders of Digital Convergence (technologies that bring together communications and information in the same device), Mikko Terho was a leading influence behind the development of the iconic Nokia 9000 Communicator.  An industry first, this product was introduced at CeBit in 1996 and was the first to combine digital voice and data services with personal organizer functions in a portable, easy-to-use device.
Mikko Terho’s contributions in the early phase of wireless data were significant.  For example, a team under his leadership showcased the world’s first mobile video call on a high-speed data connection at the Telecom ’95 event.  During his long career with Nokia, Mikko Terho has taken a leading role in championing new service-oriented architectures and in bringing new software architectures towards implementation.  As one of the founding board members of Symbian, the leading open mobile operating system, Mikko Terho has had a significant influence on, and made a substantial contribution to, the development of the mobile industry as a whole.  His appointment as Nokia Fellow supports Nokia’s approach of attracting the best and brightest minds in the industry to work on some of the most challenging and exciting research and development issues.
Mikko Terho has served on the board of directors for SysOpen Digia and YOMI Software as well as on the Hewlett Packard Software Development Advisory Council.  He was also a member of the Infrared Data Association (IrDA) Board and participated in the standardization of PC cards and GSM data.

 Plenary Keynote – Hogne Titlestad, CEO of Friend Software Labs, Norway

Hogne is the mind and architect behind the Friend Unifying Platform(FriendUP), a meta-operating
system that implements and exemplifies the principles of liquid software. FriendUP aims to allow user to seamlessly move their data and applications across locations and devices.

Our world is ever more interconnected and the established operating systems are stuck in the old pre internet paradigm. Most contemporary operating systems are tied to the underlying hardware; changing hardware means changing user interfaces, features and possbilities. FriendUP sits transparently on top of any operating system, and by using a web browser as the runtime environment, the limitations are removed for the user.

Hogne is part of the 1980’s generation that grew up with programming on personal computers. By hanging around in digital chat rooms on his free time, he learned the programming skills that turned his passion into his career. Having studied philosophy and world history at the University of Bergen, he is a self taught programmer. His experience is from developing for alternative operating systems, network and graphics software. Hogne has worked with server and web programming for the last 15 years. At the same time, he has been an active contributor to the Demo Scene, where computer specialists compete and aquire skills in many categories every year..

Plenary Keynote – Dag I.K. Sjøberg, Professor in Software Engineering, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, Norway

dag_sjoeberg_uio_keynote_profes_2016.jpgDag Sjøberg says that software systems form the foundation of the economic, political, social, cultural and scientific spheres of modern information society. Such systems are, for example, crucial to solving global humanitarian and environmental problems. Since 1999, he has been a Professor in Software Engineering at the University of Oslo and since 2014, a part time senior researcher at SINTEF. Previously, he worked as a statistician and computer scientist at the National Hospital of Norway and a software developer and group leader at Statistics Norway. In 2001, he formed the Software Engineering Department at Simula Research Laboratory and was its leader until 2008, when it was number 1 in a ranking by the Journal of Systems and Software. Since 1996, he has, together with SINTEF and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), continuously run projects for the improvement of software development processes and for innovation in Norwegian industry, including such organizations as ABB, Telenor, Software Innovation, DNV Software, and many others. Sjøberg has been the member of the steering committees and a co-owner of three start-up companies. He was an Associate Editor of Empirical Software Engineering from 2002 to 2009 and IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering from 2010 to 2014. His main research interests are the software life cycle, including agile and lean development processes, skill assessment, and empirical research methods in software engineering. More about his position can be found in an interview in ACM Ubiquity (

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