TNG is a Slack Services Partner
Now it's official: we are the first Slack Services Partner in the German speaking regions of Europe! We are excited to support customers in their integration challenges with tailored apps and slick integration solutions for the popular communication platform. We'll help you to embed Slack into your different systems and workflows - according to your needs. Agilely and sustainably.
Are you facing a complex challenge or are you looking for a specific solution? Get in touch! You can find details about our cooperation with Slack and contact information here.
Strategic corporate events in times of Corona - our summer retreat 2020
Continuous, strategic development is so important to us at TNG that we organize a strategy retreat once a year in summer. We do so with all of our colleagues, because we are proud of all of them and want to integrate their knowledge and skills in the best way possible. Accordingly, on this day we distribute strategic information and exchange innovative ideas, as well as reflect collectively on TNG within the framework of open space or bar camp sessions.
In addition to the lively discussions and diverse opportunities for socializing, our summer retreat has so far been shaped by summer sun, summit lights, whirlpool fun, and alpine hotel rooms. Because of Corona, however, it was not possible to repeat it in this form. But did we let that stop us?
Of course not! Without missing a beat, we virtualized our summer retreat 2020 and conducted it remotely - with great success.
If you would like to learn more about the concept and technical implementation, you can find two detailed articles (in German) on our first remote summer retreat on LinkedIn. We are looking forward to your comments, ideas and the exchange of experiences. Follow us on LinkedIn and stay tuned!
JHipster at TNG
A recent workshop with JHipster Core Developer David Steiman ensured that a number of our consultants can optimally support our clients and are up to date with the state of the art in JHipster, in keeping with TNG's ethos of continued professional development for all colleagues, even during the Corona crisis. JHipster is one of the Java world's most popular code generators, and sees much activity on GitHub as well as being used by many companies. The workshop covered topics such as fast realisation of proof-of-concepts and sketching of microservice landscapes. Particularly central was the question of how applications can be developed so as to avoid maintenance-heavy JHipster upgrades.
The workshop took place before Big Techday 2020, under whose auspices David Steiman, together with Frederik Hahne, presented a talk on the JHipster Development Platform. The talk is available on YouTube (in German).
Big Techday talks now available online
Were you unable to attend the Virtual Big Techday on May 8th? Missed a talk? Or was there a talk so good you want to watch it again? Many talks are now online in our YouTube playlist. From A ("Autonomous Football Robots in the RoboCup Small Size League") to Z ( "Wie Zahlen Farben Schaffen - How Numbers Create Colours") you'll find it all there. Happy Watching!
TNG with deepfakes on WDR
How deceptively real are deepfakes? And do they also work in real time? In the WDR programme “reporter”, TNG Innovation Hacking shed light on how photo-realistic and high-quality deepfakes can be, with a demonstration of reporter Saadet Czapski appearing to present "Tagesschau“, the best-known German news programme. Deep Fakes are images or videos that have been altered or falsified by artificial intelligence techniques, and are mostly used in "face swapping", i.e., faces are exchanged in order to create the illusion of seeing another person in the picture or video. TNG's team explained how, after two days of training the artificial neural networks, the results look deceptively real. Deep Fakes can even be created in real time, using a technology that has been developed for research purposes only and that is presented in the report. The technology developed by TNG is not accessible to the public and has the purpose of creating media competence and an awareness of how well-advanced the technology in this area already is. The report was broadcasted on June 1st, 2020 and can be seen on YouTube.
A virtual event location for the Big Techday
We have set up the event location for our Big Techday conference, which will be taking place tomorrow (8th of May 2020). This year, instead of carrying chairs and moving tables – it took lots of code! Our virtual event location has (almost) everything normally found at a conference - although we sadly cannot provide food this year. There are zoom webinars representing each of our "lecture rooms", and it's possible to switch back and forth between them. The talks will also be streamed live on Youtube (Link). Various Slack channels are available to chat with our speakers and other attendees. There will even be tours through our exhibition!
Big Techday the Thirteenth - anything but ordinary
Coming soon: TNG presents the annual Big Techday. The science and technology conference, with a focus on IT, will stream live online on Friday May 8th, 2020. We are excited to present talks on subjects such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, programming languages as well as on trends and topics far removed from the regular everyday of IT consulting, e.g. the interaction of science and philosophy. The Big Techday offers an opportunity to think outside the box and gain insights into many varied and highly interesting fields. This year our speakers include, Pawel Kmiec "The Story of Glomar Explorer in a Giant LEGO Version", Joseph Viehauser and Maximilian Bode "Creating a Data-Driven, Cloud-Native Ecosystem at the BMW Group", as well as many more. Further information including the complete timetable and abstracts of the talks can be found here. We are already looking forward to a uniquely interesting and entertaining Big Techday.
Conferences und User Groups
TNG colleagues were still out and about towards the end of the year, giving lectures at various conferences, for instance at the ContainerConf 2019 with the lecture "Tools for building container images". At the ObjektForum in Munich two colleagues supported the heroic mission to "Rescue the Mudolith". Colleagues were also pleased to speak in front of enthusiastic listeners at the WiMa Congress in Ulm and ML Conference in Berlin.
Conferences and User Groups
In September and October our colleagues were out and about again presenting the topics "Deep Fakes" and Style Transfer in showcases and lectures: at the NerdNite and Media Days in Munich, the Autumn Campus in Nuremberg, the JavaZone Conference in Oslo, the KanDDDinsky in Berlin and the JFall in Ede.
Colleagues also gave lectures on diverse topics, such as "7 ways to run Apache Flink on AWS" or "Automated Testing of an Angular Application" at various conferences. TNG was preset at the AWS Community Day Germany, the WDC Conference and the Open Source Summit Europe.
TNG also took part in Meetups and User Groups in September and October: the Piazza Meetup, the Software Architecture Meetup Nuremberg and Meetup der Wardley Mapping Community. We again organized the Haskell Hackathon MuniHac in September.