Codess Bucharest

Tuesday 10 October, 2017


Emily Claudet

Product Manager - Swiftkey - Microsoft

Emily is a product manager for the mobile keyboard app SwiftKey in the AI and Research group at Microsoft. She is responsible for SwiftKey iOS and core text input across iOS and Android, which includes prediction, correction and typing behaviours. Previously she worked at HelloFresh in Berlin, designing and building web applications to optimise their logistics in 9 countries. Prior to that, she was a Product Manager at Kano Computing in London, a Kickstarter funded start-up making a Raspberry Pi Kit and Linux-distro aimed to teach children programming.

She holds a bachelors degree in Information and Computer Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, travelling, language learning and game development.

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Camelia Elena Blaga

Engineering Manager - Microsoft

• Location: Bucharest, Romania
• Studies: Mathematics and Computer Science University of Bucharest, Master Faculty of Management, ASE
• Work experience: 
• Oracle: support engineer
• Microsoft, since 2008: support engineer, technical lead, team manager
• Inspired by: smiles 
• Passionate about: people 
• Goals: make a difference and to do something good every day for the others
• My likes go to: traveling, mountains and cocktails on the beach, sand, waves in general 😊 
• My motto: “Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” (Hebbel) 

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Edward Upton

Founder - Littledata

Edward Upton is the founder of Littledata and has a background in both technology and business strategy consulting. He has broad experience helping companies with business analytics, and also with building software tools with a simple user experience.

His background was working as a senior PM at Macmillan Education and Government Digital Service, and previously founded Teachable.

Edward also writes his own code, using Javascript and Meteor as a full-stack development framework.

Littledata provides marketing teams with actionable insights to improve online customer conversion. From data audit and automated Google Analytics setup, to benchmarking and alerts, our service gives digital managers data they can trust. Automating the report generation allows them to focus on the recommended actions.

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Alexandra Ciortea

Premier Field Engineer - Microsoft

Alexandra Ciortea joined Microsoft almost 9 years ago as a Project Server and SQL Server  French speaking Support Engineer.  Since 2013 she solves onsite customer’s technical issues, working as a SQL Server Premier Field Engineer at EMEA level. Alexandra is the perfect trouble solver , finding the „Why’s” and the „How’s” of  SQL problems but she is also passionate about teaching SQL Workshops to Microsoft’s customers and local SQL community. She is a speaker for Microsoft Ready events and SQL Saturday. Changing the office seat with a plane seat offered het the opportunity to travel, interact with different cultures and languages, work and evanghelize the things she is passionate about.

She graduated The Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science- Bucharest and has a Master diploma on IT Management . Last year she joined the teaching assistents team at the same faculty.

Ken Liu

Talent Acquisition Manager – Engineering Europe - Microsoft

Ken Liu is a Talent Acquisition Manager in the Engineering Europe team with a mission to attract and hire the best in class engineers to Microsoft. Ken is passionate about gender diversity in engineering and has helped host RailsGirls, DigiGirlz and Codess in other locations. Previously he was HR Manager for the Microsoft Skype business and so is not only keen to hire the best, but ensuring the best are engaged, developed and retained.

In his spare time, Ken is constantly fidgeting with new gadgets, reading tech blogs and articles, and balancing his obsession of great food with his love of fitness.

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Natalie Rideout

Codess Connector

Heading up all Product Management and Design /UX  talent acquisition across Europe. Natalie partners with all the design studios across Microsoft including Microsoft Teams, Swiftkey, Hololens, Skype, DELVE, Office, FASTRACK, Lionhead, Rare and Bing.

Natalie is passionate about fostering innovation through diverse technology teams and attracting the very best talent in the market.  

Combining effective senior level stakeholder management and client relationship experience with the latest design sourcing methods we seek to recruit Microsoft's future leaders.

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Photos from event


Time Event
6:00 - 6:45pm Registration and Welcome Drinks
6:45 - 7:00pm Kick-off and Welcome
Hosted by Ken Liu, Talent Acquisition Manager at Microsoft
7:00 - 7:20pm Lightning Talks – Round 1
7:20 - 7:40pm Lightning Talks – Round 2
7:40 - 8:00pm Lightning Talks – Round 3
8:00 - 8:20pm Lightning Talks – Round 4
8:20 - 10:30pm Socialising and Networking
Grab a drink and start networking!
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