Caroline is CTO and co-founder at Ortrud Medical, a Swedish company that makes an intelligent tourniquet for intravenous access. She applies engineering principles to biology, and her background is in synthetic biology as part of the University of Edinburgh iGEM team at MIT, systems biology at the University of Oxford, and executable biology as software engineer at Microsoft Research in Cambridge. For her doctoral thesis on molecular mechanotransducers, she used Oxford super computing facilities and developed analytical software tools. In 2014, she left the UK for a Clinical Innovation Fellowship at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Caroline actively pursues opportunities to assist technological innovation based on her background in wet, soft and hardware. Her work in academia, industry and startups has given her experience of research and product development in a variety of settings, and she is keen to promote and create environments that support work and knowledge exchange. Today, she is on the board of Stockholm Makerspace, co-organises the Sthlm Hardware meetup and has initiated the Geek Girl Startup group for Swedish women tech entrepreneurs. She mentors Uppsala and KTH medtech teams, and has spoken at both the UK launch and Swedish editions of Geek Girl Meetup as well as the 2017 Women In Technology conference in Stockholm. Encouraging kids’ tech curiosity is vital, and Caroline teaches electrical power generation to ten-year-olds and is an active member of Tekla, MakerTjej and MakerSheroes networks – great initiatives that show female tech presence and leadership by teaching.
Patrizia leads a team of technical experts for traditional storage and next generation data center environments with a focus on IBM’s software defined environment strategy. She is leading the skill transformation of the IBM Systems HW team to support the new strategic initiative like Cognitive, Hybrid Cloud, Analytics and AI. During the last eighteen years at IBM, Patrizia has different other technical roles leading the design and the implementation of innovative technical solution for Banking, Insurance and important Fashion Company. Prior to work for IBM she spent fourteen years in ST Microelectronics were she covers different roles. At the beginning of 2017 Patrizia was nominated by IBM GM Women In Technology Leader. Patrizia has a daughter that is now 25.
Born in Bulgaria and moved to France at the age of 13, Svetlana Videnova speaks both languages, including English, fluently. She completed a degree in Computer Science in Toulouse followed by a year at California State University of San Marcos to study Intercultural Communication to expand her academical knowledge outside of programming languages. Whilst studying, Svetlana undertook numerous work internships to gain practical experience as both a developer and a Project Manager. At the end of her studies, Svetlana accepted a role as Technical Account Manager at French Fintech start-up, Mangopay; a role which brought her to London to help with the expansion of the company. With her international background and passion for discovering diverse cultures and mindsets, it was only a matter of time before she moved into the technically complex travel industry to take on new challenges and opportunities in innovative projects as Product Definition Analyst at Amadeus