Former speakers

At every drinks, we invite one of our members to give a short presentation about an interesting subject related to their work field. A list of former speakers and their talks can be found on this page.

Yuri Sturkenboom

Cruit

Yuri Sturkenboom is the CTO and founder of Cruit, a startup that focuses on groundbreaking referral software.⁠ 

In his talk, Yuri told us about his journey from freelance developer to founding Cruit, and shared his knowledge on the significance of ERPs in the tech job market, the challenges they faced (entrepreneurial, technical, operational, acquisition), the benefits of outsourcing, and the experience of rolling out integrations with customer systems for the first time.

Bram van den Akker

Booking.com

Bram van den Akker is a Senior Machine Learning Scientist at Booking.com. During his talk, titled "Your job is your business", Bram talked us through his journey of starting a new project on his own, and how you can still have an entrepreneurial mindset while working in a company.

Roan de Jong

De Roos Advocaten

Roan de Jong is working as a paralegal at De Roos Advocaten and has expertise in both Artificial Intelligence and the field of law. In his talk, titled "Regulating tech that doesn't exist (yet)", Roan walked us through the challenges faced in regal regulations when attempting to regulate highly advanced fields like Artificial Intelligence, in particular the EU AI Act and how disruptive generative AI like ChatGPT has impacted it.⁠

Jelte Fennema

Microsoft

Jelte Fennema is a senior software engineer at Microsoft, where he works on the Citus database engine for PostgreSQL which in turn is used by Azure CosmosDB. In his talk, Jelte shared his work on the cancellation problem: the inability to predictively cancel queries sent to a horizontally scalable PostgreSQL setup. This problem occurs when cancellation database queries do not land on the same node that is executing the original query.

Lennart Kerkvliet

Vectornator by Linearity

Lennart Kerkvliet is working as an iOS developer at Linearity, working on their app Vectornator, one of the leading vector design apps in the Apple landscape. In his talk, Lennart shared his experience developing and publishing Vectornator as a multi-platform graphic design tool and told us all about scaling applications to multiple native platforms while still providing a smooth user experience.

Youri Voet

CodeGrade

Youri Voet is one of the founders of CodeGrade: The Virtual Assistant for your coding classroom. CodeGrade started as a university project at the University of Amsterdam to make the lives of TAs for coding courses easier, and for students to get the feedback they need to be successful in computer science education. In his talk, Youri walked us through his journey at CodeGrade and how they became the number one company in programming education software.