Last year, the IT Arena organizers made a courageous step – invited Alexander Nix, the former CEO at Cambridge Analytica as the keynote speaker of the conference. CA was responsible for scandalous Brexit and Trump’s win in the presidential election in the USA. This year, Сambridge Analytica was involved in another scandal – personal data breach of 50 mln Facebook users. While it is still a secret who will keynote the event in 2018, we’re ready to announce the first batch of speakers, who will definitely get the attention of IT Arena attendees, that will take place on September 28-30 at Lviv Arena Stadium.
It’s time to talk about things that are not typically discussed, at least in Ukraine. Even the most progressive IT events avoid this topic. Yes, we mean Sextech. Experts estimate that by 2020 the industry will be worth $ 50 billion. Despite such optimistic forecasts, the field of pleasure wasn’t the most dynamic tech industry until recently. This year, IT Arena will offer its attendees a unique opportunity to learn more about the topic. Among IT Arena speakers – Stephanie Alys, co-founder & Chief Pleasure Officer at MysteryVibe, a British manufacturer of sex toys. Stephanie explores the impact of technology on human interactions in the most intimate areas and embodies tech insights in smart sex products.
In her speech, Stephanie will talk about how difficult it is to find professionals for the development of sex products and receive funding from investors, existing sex taboos in the progressing tech world, and a special approach to marketing.
Myriam Joire, a tech journalist and product and media strategy consultant is also on IT Arena 2018 lineup. Myriam is a US blogger and expert in mobile technology with a background in game development, programming and previous work experience at Engadget, Pebble, Sony Entertainment.
A former software engineer turned journalist, Myriam changed careers by turning her blog into a job. After spending 3,5 years in Engadget, as Senior Mobile Editor, Myriam became Chief Evangelist at Pebble where she headed communications and go-to-market strategy and helped launch the critically acclaimed Pebble Steel smartwatch at CES 2014. Today, Myriam hosts the Mobile Tech Podcast, a weekly podcast about mobile devices, and writes for a number of major tech publications like Pocketnow, Chip Chick, and Mobile Geeks. Myriam also advises consumer HW companies on product and media strategy with a focus on launches and crowdfunding, and help her clients raise over $8 million in crowdfunding in the last years.
Myriam has not only extraordinary knowledge in tech, the woman is known for changing her sex. After a long transition that started back in 1999, Myriam defines herself as a woman and queer. At IT Arena, Myriam won’t speak about transgenders, but how modern tech influences each of us regardless of sex.
Among other speakers – a dozen of startup experts (a separate Startup Stream will be added in 2018), digital marketing gurus, cybersecurity geeks, founders top managers, investors, and startups both from Ukraine and other parts of Eastern Europe. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about Ukrainian tech developments at Startup Alley, network with speakers, and chill at awesome afterparties.