Panel: Exploring Sustainability in Tech Without the Guilt-Trips
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Most of us are all well aware of it: the current trend of climate change is not looking great. We can already feel some of its consequences and it is very likely to only become worse. As software developers we’re all about innovation though, so as long as we’re innovating not all hope is lost.

So how can you use innovation to become more sustainable, both as a software developer and as a human being? There is no single answer to that question, which is why we’re hosting this talk as a panel so that you’ll be able to hear multiple opinions. Each of us has a different perspective and knows different things we can do to help make a difference, and we'd like to hear from you as well!

We’d like to emphasize that we don’t want to guilt-trip anyone. This session is intended as a source of inspiration. The sheer scope of the problem can cause even the best of us to freeze up. Hearing ideas, no matter how small, from peers will provide you and us with ideas for the next step to take. This talk could be an opportunity for you to catch a few sustainability tips that can find their way into your life without costing you any noticeable effort.

Hanno Embregts
Info Support

Hanno Embregts is an IT Consultant at Info Support (the Netherlands). He has extensive experience with both front- and back-end development, with a special interest in automating the software development process to the fullest.

He likes his work best when it is fast-paced and versatile, which is why he juggles Java development, public speaking, leading Info Support’s Java Community and teaching courses at Info Support’s Knowledge Centre. When Hanno doesn’t have access to any kind of computer - which can only be called the most desperate of times - he plays in a band as a lead singer and guitar player. He is also a passionate fan of alternative rock band Switchfoot and Dutch football club Feyenoord. Last but not least: he has been told off repeatedly for using Star Wars quotes at work (things didn’t improve much by replying “I find your lack of faith disturbing”).

Jan Ouwens

Jan is a senior developer, trainer and speaker at Yoink in the Netherlands; he is interested in back-end systems, functional programming and languages. He has worked in various fields, such as banking, retail, law enforcement, transportation and electron microscopy, but he is perhaps best known for being the author of EqualsVerifier, a tool that rigourously tests Java's equals and hashCode methods in a single line.

Jan-Hendrik Kuperus

Jan-Hendrik is a passionate developer who is not afraid to break something open in order to find out how it works. He is also passionate about eliminating tedious tasks from his routines. Being a developer from the beginning of the Java-era, he has seen tools and frameworks come and go. Through the years, his role at work has shifted from developer to architect and this has impacted the time he can spend on coding. Since time is now precious, annoying tools and procedures have long been the target of his drive to optimise. Apart from work, he tinkers with Arduinos and Raspberries at home, plays with LEGOs with his kids and spends his remaining creative energy on cooking and gardening.