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New specialists of the global tech industry confirmed as How to Web 2013 speakers

A new series of specialists from the global tech scene have confirmed their attendance to How to Web 2013, the most important event dedicated to innovation and technology in South Eastern Europe. They will be addressing topics like tech innovation or developing global products and services.

The list of speakers for How to Web 2013 is completed by specialists that be holding talks regarding developing home products connected to the internet, building long-term innovative teams, big trends in technology, as well as the importance of design in developing innovative products.

Robin Wauters, renowned technology journalist, ex-European Editor of The Next Web and TechCrunch, will talk about big trends in technology – and small European companies making it happen. David Bizer, Ex-Talent Geek HackFwd, German accelerator that has recently stopped its activity, will talk about his personal experience with the accelerator, presenting his learnings during the creation, development and eventual closure of HackFwd.

Christopher Martin, Senior Expert at Bosch’s Research and Technology Center, where he studies the way in which the Internet of Things can be introduced in household appliances, will debate why making a great Internet-connected product is so difficut, as well as coming up with a few ideas on how startups can overcome the challenges. Maria Diaconu, Founder and CEO of Mozaic Works, experienced software developer, later Agile Lean practitioner and coach, will talk about how effective, long-term innovative teams can be built.

Vitaly Golomb, Founder and CEO of KeenSystems, and Stefan Szakal, Founder and CEO of X3, will talk about the importance of design in building successful products. Vitaly Golomb will talk about design driven development – the iterative design process in an early stage product and best practices in hiring and working with designers. Stefan Szakal will be presenting a designer’s perspectiv on Microsoft’s Design Language, going for an answer to the question. Is Metro a real innovation in UX design or just an attempt to catch some headlines?

Simon Stewart, Facebook software developer and member in the core team that develops the automated testing instrument Selenium, will talk about how Facebook develops the Android app and the measures it takes to improve the quality, speed, and stability of the app. Simon will cover everything Facebook’s Android team does from source control, builds, testing and release.

The second scene of the conference will host panels that will debate startup-specific subjects: best practices when going through an accelerator; how does the right startup team look; shipping the right product for the right market; tips and tricks when looking for investments; how to involve and learn from mentors, clients and investors; what are the most common mistakes startup founders do. All these themes will be approached during the two days in the company of over 25 investors, representatives of world-class accelerators and investment funds that work with early-stage startups.

The second scene is open for the entire public of the conference, being specially designed for those that are currently building their own startups or making steps in this direction. The main beneficiaries of these discussions will be the 32 finalists of Startup Spotlight, competition and orientation program organized in parallel with How to Web. The 32 teams originating from Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Greece, and Poland, were announced at the beginning of the week, and the list is available online at http://startupspotlight.co/finalists. The 32 finalists receive free access to dedicated workshops, mentoring sessions, pitching on the two scenes of the conference, and cash prizes of 20.000 USD offered by IXIA.