STEW, Software Technology Exchange Workshop, was organized this year for the eighth time. One of the news for this year was that the conference has now been developed together with co-hosts among Swedsoft’s members, Lund University of Technology, Malmö University, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Linnaeus University, Teknikföretagen, Saab, Starcounter, Addalot, Informator, ANTS and Business Region Gothenburg.
One of the speakers were the opening speaker of the year Maria Stellinger Ernblad, Chief Digital Officer in the city of Malmö. In her presentation, she talked about how Malmö works with her digital journey, what they want to achieve, what challenges they focus on in AI. During the discussions it was emphasized, among other things, how important it is that all parts of society, such as companies and citizens, help to raise their perspectives and needs to create a smart digitized society.
This year’s second keynote was Peter Neubauer, co-founder and CTO at Mapillary. In his presentation, Peter talked about how they built the system, gained an engaged community, about the upcoming trends they are seeing and their research.
The conference ended with Bishop Johan Tyrberg providing theological perspectives on artificial intelligence. In his closing keynote, Bishop Johan touched on areas like fear, we can forgive a machine and can it forgive us as well as questions about what we can do and what we should do. In his presentation, which had a positive view of AI, he sent away the participants with a lot of questions to reflect upon.
Throughout the conference, opportunities were also given and it was encouraged to make new contacts and create exchanges of thoughts and knowledge. Among other things, through the placement at the conference, discussions, the annual STEW dinner and all breaks. As organizers, we are happy with the discussions that took place between participants and between participants and speakers, something we also received several positive comments on.
Prior to the conference, this year’s autumn meeting was also held where the budget and plan for 2020 was decided.
Thank you to all of you who participated, spoke and in various ways engaged in STEW 2019!
Do you want to be a co-host in 2020? Contact the office directly.