Polish Specialists Innovating New Zealand IT Industry

On 24 of July 2019 Polanz has organized IT event in Europa Hause in Auckland.

Our first speaker of the evening was Ralf Klis, IT architect, Certified Prince2 Practitioner, Certified ScrumMaster® with a MScs, Master’s in Computer Science and an expert in WordPress and a primary sponsor & organiser of regular WordPress meetups & conferences. Ralf’s clients have included many top-end brands such as ASB, Vodafone, Healthscope NZ, PlaceMakers and Ford. He’s the owner of FutureLab – a digital agency specialising in developing custom solutions for businesses in New Zealand and Australia.

His presentation was: The real cost of R&D for small business – pros and cons of investing in the unknown.

Our next speaker was Chris Dzikiewicz, who graduated from top European business schools and moved to New Zealand in 2010. He previously worked as the Digital Marketing Executive for a leading manufacturer and distributor of fireplaces in New Zealand & Australia (brands: Escea, Stoke, Spartherm).He is now a business consultant and digital strategist for small and large businesses in the wider Pacific region (including retail, travel, software, financial services sectors). He combines strong analytical skills thanks to his finance background with a passion to drive sales via effective marketing. He has led international and multilingual marketing campaigns, which have involved managing staff and specialist agencies, and has been responsible for overseeing large marketing campaign budgets.

His presentation was: Digital Marketing Strategy – Methodology & Practical Tips.

Our third guest was Jarek Beksa who has worn many hats in his career: programmer, researcher, academic lecturer, founder, designer, producer and sound engineer. Since 2009 he has designed and developed 35 applications, spanning from games and stories for kids to B2B applications. Jarek’s vision is sound – literally. He is passionate about accessibility, sound engineering, user experience, games and interactive storytelling. In years 2013 and 2014, he led the Gamification Lab’s applied research project focused on accessible user interfaces at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany. In 2014, he was awarded The Vice Chancellor scholarship at Auckland University of Technology and moved to New Zealand for PhD studies on accessible audio games. He is a creator of award-winning Audio Game Hub and Blind Cricket simulator and the innovative Sonnar Library service on Amazon Alexa and Google Home platforms.

His presentation was: Voice applications and smart speakers – future of Human-Computer Interactions.

All presentations were very informative and were very well received by all attendees.

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