Let’s look back on today’s exciting mix of industry news, tech talks, and visions of the future, shall we?
Austrian-born computer entrepreneur Hermann Hauser discussed how AI is changing the way we think of intelligence in general and how humans can co-evolve with machines. Mate Rimac gave us an insight into the future of electric vehicles and the role developers play in it. John Romero stirred up old memories of days spent playing Doom, and Brenda Romero awakened our silenced desires of wanting to become serious game developers. Both Romeros were praised for spending every minute off stage by talking to attendees. Dan Lebrero gave us specific tips on how developers can learn to be more efficient, and Lori Olsen explained why mobile developers should give Ruby Motion a second chance. And finally: Eileen Uchitelle talked about ways to deal with vulnerability and how to create a welcoming environment to encourage developers to participate in open source.
Looking ahead, Friday is going to be a high-octane day full of engaging talks on some of the hottest and most controversial topics in the industry.
Day 3 is the day all blockchain enthusiasts have been waiting for. Best-selling author and leading expert on Bitcoin Andreas Antonopoulos will talk about the ways in which blockchain technology is transforming the finance industry, and Ripple’s CTO Stefan Thomas will talk about sending packets of money with Interledger.js. One of the questions he will try to answer is: Can the concepts behind TCP/IP be transferred to payments?

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Stephen Fluin of Google will speak about how to push the limits of the Web with Angular, and Felix Krause, creator of fastlane, will illustrate the risks and benefits of including SDKs in applications using real-world examples.
Friday also promises to be a big day in the Executive Track. First, Margarete Schramböck, Austria’s Minister of Digitalisation and Economy, will participate in the Strategic Digital Disruption panel discussion. Then the Cybersecurity in the Age of Digital Transformation panel discussion will touch on one of the hottest topics in the industry today, and the Coding and Creativity in Education panel discussion will focus on a topic close to the heart of the management and team of WeAreDevelopers.
As we keep the juicy discussion of tomorrow’s highlights going, the names of Jones and Spolsky keep coming up. Angie Jones of Twitter will speak about the need to test AI applications and how developers can best prepare themselves for this new realm of software. And last but not least, Joel Spolsky of Stack Overflow will give the closing speech of the Congress, in which he will talk about the history of Stack Overflow and how he sees the software industry developing in the future.
And finally, the question everyone is talking about is where will next year’s congress take place? Barcelona, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Munich or Berlin? Well, we don’t want to let the cat out of the bag too early, so you’ll just have to wait and see what announcements Day 3 has in store.