Nuray has a passion for innovation, technology, culture, and many more topics. She finished her Master of Science (MSc) degree in Computer Science at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Nuray’s thesis “Multimodal, Affective, and Intelligent Human-Computer Interaction” combined her passion for technology and innovation.
Her passion for technology and culture brought her to Japan, where she studied Japanese language and culture at Keio University in Tokyo. As a student, Nuray was part of the Extreme Blue internship at IBM, where she expressed her passion for technology and innovation. As a young professional, she worked as a Management Trainee at Air France KLM, where she was responsible for several innovative projects, the first one creating an Agile development track using Scrum.
As a next step in her career, Nuray has worked in several roles (project manager, portfolio manager, information manager, advisor) for several innovative, local and European projects (open innovation, open data, crowdsourcing, crowdfunding) as part of the City of Amsterdam in “quadruple helix” partnerships with public, private, academia, and citizens.
She has combined all of these experiences in AmsterdamTech.City and GlobalTech.City, focusing on tech trends such as Blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), Big & Open Data, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Nuray organises and moderates monthly tech events every first Monday of the month in Amsterdam and other cities around the world. This is a platform where government, academia, corporates, startups, scale ups, students, and citizens connect together presenting problems and solutions. We are all connected!
Nuray Gokalp's mission is to solve societal challenges with trending tech solutions globally!
Marjolijn has a background in Urbanism and Architecture with a focus on sustainable development. She started her career at an architectural firm. She then became aware that she rather improve existing buildings than designing new ones, and that a sustainable design is an integral part of this. Therefore she started working at a start-up that renovates historic buildings in a sustainable way. There she worked with lots of different buildings and owners; from historic homes to churches, fortresses and student unions. With as well a technical as a design background she can translate complex ideas into understandable concepts. This is also one of the things she does now at Locol. We see that the barriers in sustainable energy are often not of a technical kind, but that it is often a social barrier what keeps us from implementing sustainable energy. Therefore we assist and manage these processes with several stakeholders to make sure that we come to the desired result.
Bert Vrijhoef is an entrepreneurial researcher who performs international health services and policy research. He is Chief Innovation Officer at Panaxea in Amsterdam, Principal Research Scientist at Maastricht University Medical Centre (dep. Patient & Care), and visiting Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, (dep. Family Medicine).