Meet INAT Summit 2019 speakers and travel with them from E-migration to Digital Transformation.
Darko Mesaroš is a Solutions Architect working for AWS in Berlin, Germany. As a SA within AWS, he helps shape the strategy and enable the broad use of Amazon’s utility computing web services by directly working with customers. Darko owns the technical engagement and defining implementation architectures, developing deep expertise in the AWS technologies as well as broad know-how about how applications and services are constructed using the AWS platform. Darko is an avid collector of old Computers and Video Games. He comes from Subotica, Serbia.
Abstract of talks
– Workshop: Putting reinforcment learning into hands of Developers with AWS DeepRacer
– AWS DeepRacer is the fastest way to get rolling with reinforcment machine learning, literally.
Get hands-on with a fully autonomous 1/18th scale race car driven by reinforcement learning, 3D racing simulator, and global racing league. In this workshop you will learn how to work with AWS DeepRacer, write a reward function, and train your model.
– Working Backwards from the Customer
– Innovation starts with the working backwards from the customer. In this session, we will share how this approach plus culture and other mechanisms can enable everyone to be an innovator. Hear about how your company can build an effective system and an environment that will foster and support human creativity and drive technological progress.
– INAT Spirit:
– During the early years of my carreer, I had a comfy, government, job. Which I could keep and have an easy going IT career for the rest of my life. But, out of INAT, I have decided to one-up everyone who commented on my cushy position, by working twice as hard and changing my
career into what it is now. Doing the 10-year challenge (2009-2019) feels so satisfying now.
Born in Venice, Franco graduated at the Faculty of Chemistry. After ten years in Pharmaceutical Industries as chemical engineer, Franco moved to Information Technology business.
In 1997 Franco founded MHT, an ERP & CRM global system integration company he directed until 2017. Now he is supporting digital and economic transformation in evolving organisations.
Franco is now involved in BIM [Building Information Management] in a DBA Group SpA project, supporting the digitalization of Infrastructure Lifecycle Management and taking part in global development and improvement of OpenBIM interoperability data Standard (IFC) with BSI.
Franco’s achievements in digital transformation include:
- Since 1997 Franco was heavenly involved in global initiatives with Confindustria, in Italy and Serbia, and other ecosystems aimed to develop, defend and diffuse human culture and business through digital, according to a post-digital approach, i.e. The state of being in which you assume the digital instead of marveling at it (F.Speirs).
- As CEO of a primary global Microsoft partner, member of the Global Management Board of a global ICT a company based in Hong Kong, and through founding, developing and managing international branches, Fracno developed a wide experience on IT technology global providing.
- In 2018 Franco designed and put in motion with Confindustria Serbia the DIGINDEC initiative, to bridge the Republic of Serbia and Italy in a win-win initiative to boost digital transformation in both countries.
- Franco has been involved in many digital transformation projects in highly regulated environments (construction, pharma, aerospace, healthcare, etc.). Thus, he has deeply studied the impacts of regulatory compliance and international laws on digital evolution.
- This allowed him to develop a huge experience about the pros and the cons of digitalization issues related to social and business environments, and of the impacts of law and regulatory requirements
Franco’s business attitude and personal interests in his own words:
”My global business made me work in many countries, but Belgrade has been the place where I founded my most successful international initiative in 2011, now named Engineering Balkan. But the best achievement of my Serbian experience has been to know and love this country and its people.”
”I’m a skier and a hiker and I love mountain wilderness, but the most I like to connect with people all around the world, and I’m keen on everything can help global cooperation and good relations, especially in Europe I consider our common country.”
How did INAT spirit / Innovation attitude spirit help you in your personal life or professional career?
Digital has been the innovative media I used to share my attitude to achieve more from our time, our business, our life.
My business and cultural proposition has been focused on interaction and integration of digital, humans and organisations in a global world. In doing this I’ve been perseverant enough to go live in 100% of digital transformation projects I managed with my team, rebel enough to overwhelm people was saying we can’t do it, I had the endurance to run a group of sometime wild race horses I called my company for 20 years and I got stamina enough to continue in innovative adventures with new companies in new businesses.
Michelle E. Messina
Michelle E. Messina is CEO of the global direction and strategy consulting firm, Explora International LLC based in Silicon Valley, California. Explora International trains startups, mentors, and angel networks using the best practices of Silicon Valley in master classes and bootcamps. She has worked in more than 65 countries around the world and functions as a strategic advisor to international governments on their startup innovation ecosystems. Michelle co-authored the best-selling book “Decoding Silicon Valley: The Insider’s Guide” and is Chair of the Impact Hub Belgrade and an advisor to their Venture Grow fund.
Michael is a serial entrepreneur and a visionary whose goal is to transform Jerusalem into one of the leading 20 cities in the world for startups and entrepreneurs. He helps fulfil this goal as a member of the board of the nonprofit organization MadeInJLM and Director of the Startup accelerator AtoBe, which operates as part of the Azrieli College of Engineering. MadeInJLM identifies future innovators and provides them the platform to contribute, connect, mentor and create. What is unique about AtoBe is that its main and only focus is engineering and technology. It provides innovators with state of the art equipment that enables them to work wonders.
Mr Mizrahi is also one of the driving forces behind three programs that are funded by the EU Tempus and Erasmus Plus programs.
Startup Nation and The story of AtoBe Startup Accelerator
Entrepreneurs need more than just their good idea. They need guidance, knowledge, and support in bringing their idea from conception to a real thriving business. They require the physical space and resources to research develop and get their product ready for the real world. In AtoBe Startup Accelerator, We embrace our best and brightest toward realizing dreams of students, graduates and entrepreneurs from all over Jerusalem. The Accelerator cultivates entrepreneurs, providing the training and tools to facilitate innovation by connecting technological know-how with the entrepreneurial spirit, thus connecting the dots in the process to propel entrepreneurs forward, bringing their ideas to actual fruition. It enables Jerusalem’s prosperity, growing the number of startups launching from Jerusalem and positioning the city as a hub of technology and excellence.
The goal of the seminar is to examine a case study of how innovation thinking, engineering and entrepreneurship can make a difference and impact a city like Jerusalem and help cope with the challenges of the future.
Mike Olsen, Founder and CEO of Proctorio, dubbed an “Artful Hacker” by PC Magazine and named one of Arizona’s “Entrepreneurs Under 35” by the Arizona Republic.
Mike Olsen is the Founder and CEO of Proctorio, an online proctoring company that uses machine learning and facial recognition technologies to validate student activity and identities in computer-based learning environments. Dubbed an “Artful Hacker” by PC Magazine and named one of Arizona’s “Entrepreneurs Under 35” by the Arizona Republic, Mike is a leader in creating educational technology that protects student
privacy while increasing the value of online degrees. As Lead Research Software Engineer for ASU Online, Mike helped develop one of the world’s premiere online educational systems. Having graduated from Arizona State University with degrees in Aeronautics and Software Engineering, Mike has a reputation for disrupting old paradigms and increasing student success in digital classrooms.
Mike is an adroit and dynamic speaker with a global perspective on cybersecurity and data protection. As a prominent member of the Phoenix startup community, Mike enjoys discussing his experiences as a founder, innovator, and leader. Mike is actively engaged in research and discussions on data security and protecting student privacy.
Sonja is a serial entrepreneur and seasoned communications professional who has lived, worked and played in over 75 countries. In other words, she is a full-time multilingual creative solution seeker. Sonja is passionate about innovation, inclusion and urbanization. She has spoken on these topics at over 30 conferences around the world. She is currently mapping the knowledge economies of cities around the world; art hunting for large format contemporary art; and most recently launched a premium cacao product.
After being ill for years, Roi was diagnosed with a rare condition (POTS Syndrome), starting a medical revolution, saving lives and promoting health on his way to saving his own life. Roi Is the founder of the patient-led Israeli society for Dysautonomia and has founded several health startups and NGOs including Valero Clinical, Help+, Doqme, Project hearts, and Labriut! he is One of the founders of the Israeli TEDx community and a TEDx speaker and trainer himself. Roi serves as the first-ever Chief Patient & Head of Patient Innovation for the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute in Austria.
Fun fact: Roi has delivered 2 babies While serving as a volunteer Paramedic for the Israeli Red Cross – MDA.
Milena Milićević helps companies achieve business growth and succeed in new markets with technologies of the future and building committed teams.
She works as a digital transformation consultant for diverse industries and business development consultant for IT companies.
Milena has significant experience in the following fields: using Augmented and Virtual Reality solutions in digital marketing and Industries 4.0; building online and offline communities for businesses, non-profits and alumni organizations; building destination branding and event management projects from scratch; and teaching university students at Bachelor and Master programs.
Also, Milena is the founder of INAT centre (Innovation Attitude Centre), a non-profit organization that enhances education and career development of IT professionals for jobs of the future. The organization’s main project – INAT Summit – has been gathering thought leaders, engineers and IT business people from 10 different countries in Belgrade since 2017.
Due to her education and professional engagements, Milena has lived and worked until age 25 in Belgrade, Berlin, Cambridge, London and Rome. Milena completed her MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Belgrade and an MPhil in Management from the University of Cambridge.
Ivan Livić is a Vice President in Apigate, a startup funded by the Asian largest telco group – Axiata.
Apigate is a telco middle-ware provider that enables APIs such as Direct Carrier Billing, SMS, Authentication, location based services, etc. He is responsible for product management of self-service platform, and building go-to-market strategy for startups and developers. Prior to that, he was working in Amazon Web Services as Marketing Manager for SE Asia, region of 800M people. Ivan graduated at FER in Zagreb in 2011, and soon after moved with his wife to work as an engineer in Kuala Lumpur. In 2013 he raised seed round for his 1st startup and moved to Bali. For the last 5 years he’s been based in Singapore where he lives with his wife and a newborn baby girl.
So far he was involved in 3 self-funded business ventures, where he learned through his successes and failures. He’s passionate about learning and mentoring startups in the areas of Product management, B2B Marketing, Business Development, Data driven decision making.
In free time, Ivan plays guitar, trains for marathons and triathlons and plays futsal.
Ivan commented on INAT spirit and how it shaped his personal life and professional career, ”As I was growing up in a small town of Kutina in Croatia, I wanted to change things for the better for young population. So we organized Punk and Hard Core festivals, graffiti yams, exhibitions – all out of INAT and to prove others positive changes can be done even at age 15. In the same spirit I founded a tech startup when others were seeking secure government job. And out of INAT I accepted the job in Malaysia as a graduate student to jump into unknown and grow the carrier the harder way.”
Djordje FIlipovic is the founder and CEO of 30Hills.com digital studio. 30Hills develops unique solutions for web and mobile technologies through startup initiatives
or corporate innovations. Djordje has graduated with a masters degree from Syracuse University, NY, USA.
In the process of digitization and digital transformation, 30Hills has collaborated with twenty startups, as well as corporations such as: TicketMaster, Societe Generale bank, Intesa, PwC, NELT, NIS, EY, Berkshire Hathaway, Karing Group, LafargeHolcim, Fashion Company, Dr. Max, VIP Mobile and others.
Uri is consulting companies who want to add AI capabilities to their services\products. Uri has worked with consulting companies and organizations and helps them to choose and implement the best AI solution for their needs. In addition, Uri has founded the biggest AI community in Israel called “Machine and Deep Learning Israel”. The community has more than 13,000 members who are the leading AI talents in Israel.
Uri also loves to share his knowledge and give lectures and workshops which talks about many different aspects of AI.
When did you show your INAT spirit / Innovation attitude spirit in your personal life or professional career?
I wanted to prove that AI can create new tools and be used for many cool things and that’s why I created AutoHash – an app that gives your the best hashtags to any photo. In the beginning, none thought that people will use it or that the AI is strong enough to understand the content of the photo but I showed them otherwise! AutoHash because a great success with almost half a million photos analyzed each month! And the best part is that AutoHash is growing organical without spending 1$ in marketing. In that moment I knew I should alway listen to myself and trust my insticts.
William leads Augmented Innovation projects for IBM. William is among the most exceptional IBMers appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Academy of Technology member. Top 100 technical leaders providing the direction of IBM with innovation that matters. William is also the Chairman of the Technical Experts Council for Slovakia and Czech Republic, focusing on innovation, patenting, research and state-of-the-art technologies and fostering the technical eminence of young talents/experts in the region.
William began his studies in engineering in Rome and then in Vienna, by looking at the world of Artificial Intelligence and soon appreciating its interdisciplinary nature. A journey that led him to follow innovative projects and conferences as keynote speaker around the world. A passionate pianist, William won the auditions for the MuSa project (Musica Sapienza) in 2007, a role he held for 4 years during his studies. And…he is a self-taught pianist!
When did you show your INAT spirit / Innovation attitude spirit in your personal life or professional career? This is the maker spirit and endurance world needs now. A spicy ingredient to sparkle entrepreneurship, leadership and social vitality!
Siniša Mikašinović is a Solutions Architect at AWS, based in Luxembourg. He helps enable customers to adopt AWS services as well as acquire new skills and best practices. Areas of expertise are Windows on AWS, GameTech, and WorkSpaces. A PowerShell enthusiast, still an owner of a Windows phone, and father of a 6-year-old, very loud, boy.
When did you show your INAT spirit / Innovation attitude spirit in your personal life or
professional career? OR How did INAT spirit / Innovation attitude spirit help you in your
personal life or professional career?
After some 15 years of various IT jobs in Serbia, I finally reached a very comfortable position,
fit for retirement. But then I realized – “I’m only 35! I’m not ready for the fishing boat yet!” So I left my cozy bubble, joined AWS, and my professional worldview exploded. I haven’t regretted my decision once – Just wished I found my inner Innovation Attitude Spirit sooner.
Gorica has extensive expertise in the area of business process analysis, product management, sales, and marketing. As an entrepreneur, Gorica co-created Taqoo advertising platform with a prediction engine with its own advertising channel. The whole solution includes different technologies starting from hardware infrastructure, mobile communications, last-mile content delivery, web applications, storing data, taking care for privacy, etc. Taqoo reinvented itself many times to pack technology complexity behind intuitive and well optimized user interfaces.
That was a more technical description. The most significant accomplishment came with implementing the product in the actual business ecosystem. Connecting the dots between the product, the market, and all stakeholders is a complex process. Tough times never last, but tough people do.
Filip plays a leading role in the firm’s information technologies sector and transactions. He advised internet incubator and VC fund on investment rounds and acquisition of tech startups. At the same time, he is also a safe pair of hands for tech startups and joint ventures, providing legal support and advice from their incorporation through development and expansion phase until execution of a successful exit strategy.
Likewise, Filip developed his legal skills and pragmatic approach in various M&A and due diligence projects and transactions in a wide range of industries including private equity, TMT, energy, IT, retail and healthcare.
Filip advises local and international clients on compliance and regulatory aspects of their business operations. Besides his bachelor of law degree from University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, Filip holds a joint Master of Law and Business degree from Bucerius Law School (Hamburg, Germany) & WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management (Vallendar, Germany) where her learned that to provide the right legal advise a good lawyer must know and understand his client’s business. When he is not busy doing “the regular lawyer staff” he is always up for an ultimate frisbee matchup.
Filip explained how he showed his INAT spirit / Innovation attitude spirit in his personal life and professional career. ”Whatever one is striving for, one needs to be innovative in finding a way to get there. Every success story has a drop or two of INAT in it.”
Dr Ivana Kostić is the Co-Founder of Health Tech Lab, created for making an impact in the local, serbian and global health tech ecosystems. HTL emerged after her initiation and organization of the 1st MIT Medical hackathon in Belgrade, in collaboration with MIT hacking medicine. She is also the Technology Transfer Associate at the Innovation Fund and MASHAV alumni.
Ivana earned her PhD degree from the MIT Portugal Program / Bioengineering Systems in collaboration with Portuguese lab –Biomaterials & Stem Cell-based Therapeutics Lab– and –Karp Lab– at MIT together with Brigham and Women’s and Boston Children’s Hospital. These joint efforts were oriented towards developing minimally-invasive and more effective therapies for ischemic organs. The collaboration is still ongoing.
Her initial interest in this area was sparked by Physiology studies at the University of Belgrade and an additional rich practical knowledge gained through the IAESTE internship in Brazil and the First BSRT Summer School for Regenerative Medicine in Berlin.
Filip is a software engineer who specialized in building performant and accessible web
applications. He works at SpiceFactory where he’s built products for both established
community. Filip’s also an author, having published two courses on React.js and the MERN
In his spare time, Filip’s main hobby is bread braking. An activity that’s equal parts creative and
analytical – requiring discipline, precision, and careful process.
Q: How did INAT spirit / Innovation attitude spirit help you in your personal life or professional
It helps and guides me every day! It’s dangerous to just “go with the flow” and never question
existing processes or practices. When we find something that’s broken, it’s our mission to figure
it out and fix it!
Milos Jovanovic is a founder and design technology director at Geometrid Asia, Singapore based digital design and technology practice for architecture, engineering and construction.
Completed bachelor studies in 2013 at the University Union Nikola Tesla, Faculty of Building Construction Management, Department for Architecture and Urban Planning in Belgrade.
Joined MERO-TSK International in 2015, a specialist space frame and façade design, engineering, manufacturing and construction company based in Germany, at its Construction Systems office, team for geometry development and computational design in Würzburg.
Later that year moved to Singapore to join a regional branch MERO Asia Pacific as a computational design specialist on the project Jewel at Changi Airport (2015 – 2018). Meantime completed Bukit Jalil National Stadium project at Kuala Lumpur Sport City in Malaysia (2016 – 2017).
Currently at Geometrid leading project development from design to fabrication, as well as product development of digital tools and applications for building construction industry clients.
Marko is the founder of Zamphyr, free school of technology. Pioneer of Free Education, and Education 2.0 movement. Works on moonshots and invests in extraordinary humans. Gave up consulting startups and venture capital funds from Silicon Valley to Hong Kong, returned to Serbia to work on the vision of crowdsourced, universal school accessible to entire humanity. As a free culture and free education activist advocates for a fundamental shift of paradigm in education and for a post-scarcity society.
When did you show your INAT spirit / Innovation attitude spirit in your personal life or professional career?
I was bad at school because of inat, I was out of my comfort zone because of inat, and now I hope I will make something great because of inat.