A a Peering Facilitator, Phil Matte is responsible for developing sales strategies and leading the sales efforts in forging new customer relationships for AMS-IX Bay Area, AMS-IX Chicago and AMS-IX New York in order to drive the growth of AMS-IX USA Inc.
Phil holds over 25 years of decorated sales leadership experience in the Information Technology and Telecommunications sectors. He has joined the AMS-IX USA Inc. from Spread Networks, LLC, where he served as Director of National Accounts providing custom fiber optic network solutions to US-based Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), data centers and telecommunications companies. Prior to joining Spread Networks, Mr. Matte held sales management roles at Voiance Language Services, CoreLink Data Centers and Switch and Data (formerly Palo Alto Internet Exchange (PAIX)).
Henk Steenman joined AMS-IX in 2001 when the AMS-IX Association decided to insource the technical management of the Exchange to the AMS-IX B.V. Before he joined AMS-IX as CTO, Henk had already been involved with AMS-IX as board member and chair of the AMS-IX Association.
Prior to working at AMS-IX, Henk was Director Internetworking Center of Expertise (ICoE) at AT&T. In this role he was responsible for the ICoE budget, 9 team members and a lab environment. Prior to his function as Director ICoE, he worked as a Senior Network Architect for AT&T. Before working at AT&T, Henk worked at the Network Operations Center of SARA (1990 -1997) and as Manager Network Services at SURFnet BV.
Henk studied Astrophysics, Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Amsterdam and holds a bachelor degree in Marine Engineering.
Job Witteman has been CEO of the AMS-IX Company since it was formed in 2000. In that capacity he was one of the founders of Euro-IX, a platform for European Internet exchanges. Before, Job joined AMS-IX, he was a founding board member of the AMS-IX Association that was formed in 1997. Currently, he is part of the Logistics Group of the Amsterdam Economic Board.
Prior to joining AMS-IX he was Senior Marketing Executive with UPC (Liberty/UCG) and GlobalOne/France Telecom. For both companies he initiated the (European) Internet Service portfolio.
Job was involved in the set up of the first commercial pan-European ISP EUnet prior to that. He holds a Masters degree in Computational Linguistics from the Amsterdam University.
Chris van ’t Hof is a researcher and writer in information technology. With his background in both engineering and sociology, he analyses the interaction between human and electronic networks. He has written a book on ethical hacking. His company Tek Tok organises conferences on scientific and technological issues. He also has his own talk show: Tek Tok late night.
For more information, visit his website.
Wienke Giezeman is the co-founder of The Things Network. He is on a mission to provide the entire world with a free and open internet of things data network. He managed to provide the city of Amsterdam with coverage in 6 weeks, and he is now building a global IoT data network.
He started his career with KPN but soon after he left the corporate world and founded WappZapp, a video on demand platform providing curated free and paid video. Wappzapp got acquired by Sanoma Publishing at the end of 2014.
Wienke has been fighting for a free and open internet since he founded Startups for Net Neutrality. Together with a group of people he let the EU Parliament know how important net neutrality is for starting online businesses.
Internet of things, it is a word often used these days. But how do you apply it to improve the life of the refugees that dominate the world news? Dick Klaassen is inspired by this subject and it shows in his talks. During the second Gulf War he guarded the border between Turkey and Iraq and later served in Afghanistan. He saw what conflict can do to people. After 11 years he ended his career in the Air force. Because as he explains with wide gestures: “I’d rather go to places where people want my help.” So his work with ‘Doctors without Borders’ began. He lead the technical department of a hospital in South Sudan and had a first-hand look at the conditions that force people to become refugees. As he worked here he realized things aren’t as black and white as they are often portrayed.
Today, back in The Netherlands, Dick has become a real family man. With 2 daughters of his own, Dick wants to help the millions of families stuck in refugee camps to create humane living conditions for themselves. Deploying internet of things in refugee camps, Dick wants to get a “camp in the cloud” using LoRa technology. If that wasn’t enough he aims to do it using something he calls Symbiotic Entrepreneurship. What that means and how he plans to do it, you will learn from his talk.
Walt Wollny is the Director of Interconnection Strategy. Supporting Hurricane Electric global network reach to over 36 countries and over 157 Internet Exchanges. Focus on global connectivity and new markets. Walt has been working in the in the Internet industry for over 20 years. Before Hurricane Electric, Walt was an IP Business Development Manager at Amazon supporting over 64 new CDN builds including new markets including Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan, Philippines and Australia. Walt is also on the board of directors at the Seattle Internet Exchange.
Stijn works in the heart of the Dutch digital economy. As Director of the Dutch Datacenter Association, he represents the largest commercial data centres of the Netherlands. Among others, he is involved in facilitating the settlement of foreign multinationals and start-ups in the Netherlands. He also acts as an ambassador of the 'Digital Mainport' and promotes the country's stable digital network abroad.
Mikko became international news when he tracked down the creators of the first computer virus in the world and visited them. Since then Mikko is a well-respected speaker at conferences and spoke at several TedX events. He also advices governments on their security and privacy strategies, writes columns for the New York Times and Wired magazine. Mikko’s TedX talk from 2011 received most views as online video on internet security ever worldwide. This video has been watched over a million times and is translated in 40 countries.
Alix Rübsaam is researcher on Posthumanism and philosophy of technology. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam and currently working at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. Her presentations cover a broad range of topics amongst which disruption, HR and Artificial Intelligence, whereby the emphasis is always on the intersection of computers and humans.
Her current research focuses on humans and technology, whereby the role of technology is to complement people’s abilities. We can place current technology in a long range of tools that increase people’s functioning. Contemporary technology however, is much more intrusive and could even take over part of our brain functions. If computers can think, what does it still mean to be a human being? In this context, Alix researches the social and cultural impact of AI and autonomous weapons (drones). If drones are programmed to act autonomously, where do we draw the line for humans?
Governments have been using zero-day vulnerabilities for espionage and warfare purposes for quite some time now. Using these vulnerabilities, they are able to execute covert operations while remaining relatively undetected. In the past few years, several public events have enabled us to peek behind the curtain, into the strange world around these zero-days: the sellers and buyers, the finders and users have lost some of their secrecy.
In this interactive talk, Christiaan Ottow will explain some of the dynamics behind the zero-day trade. The talk will take the shape of a quiz where participants can influence the discussion through the answers they give.
Quint Houwink is an Aerospace Student in his third year. He applied for the Delft Hyperloop team in the summer of 2015 because of a strong admiration for Elon Musk’s work.
Initially he worked as a part-time member of the powertrain department. This changed to full-time when the workload increased as a result of the team being allowed to the semi-finals in Texas in January 2016. Quint’s specialty were the design and execution of test setups for the electrodynamic suspension. Later on he was also involved in the acquisition of in-kind sponsoring.
Prior to joining Interxion, he was Director of Solution Marketing, Europe for Colt. Mike has a BSc in Business Studies with a specialisation in Marketing from the CASS Business School in London. Mike directs the strategy, marketing and business development of Interxion.
Marco Hogewoning is External Relations Officer - Technical Advisor with the RIPE NCC. As part of the External Relations team, he helps lead the RIPE NCC's engagement with membership, the RIPE community, government, law enforcement and other Internet stakeholders.
Marco joined the RIPE NCC in 2011, working for two years in the Training Services team. Prior to joining the RIPE NCC, he worked as a Network Engineer for various Dutch Internet Service Providers. As well as designing and operating the networks, he was also involved in running the Local Internet Registries.
Marco has been involved with the RIPE community since 2001 and was involved with various policy proposals over that period. From to 2010 to 2014 he served as one of the co-chairs of the RIPE IPv6 working group.
Barend (41 years old) earned a M.sc degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Technical University of Eindhoven in the field of Information Systems. Started in 2006 at DELTA/Zeelandnet.
First as project manager with projects like telephone migration (45.000 lines), raster change and setting up the NOC. Currently as head of Network Operation and Security Operation Center (24/7 NOC/SOC) and as the DELTA/ZeelandNet Information Security Officer (CISSP). Barend is also member of the ISAC-Telecom, O-irt-O and DELTA N.V. Security board.
In his free time he experiments with Home-domotica systems, is interested in energy and multimedia transitions, the internet of things , politics, technical deep-diving, but most important husband and father of two daughters in the age of 3 and 6.
Erik Bais has a profound background in (ISP) consultancy and networking; in 2010 he founded A2B Internet, a company providing transit, full BGP network management (fiber) Internet access and networking services as well as services in Dutch datacenters. Erik is also co-founder of the Dutch IPV4 broker, Prefix Broker.
After working for several International organizations like Tenneco Automotive and Accenture, Erik joined the ISP Industry in 2000. Initially as a consultant for multiple ISP and ISP related projects but soon he joined a Dutch Microsoft oriented webhosting company and as their CTO transformed the company into a full service all-round ISP. Late 2005 Erik was responsible for the creation of an EMEA team for a US Based System Integrator focused on helping ISPs and Telcos with their Microsoft hosting strategy. He ended up doing projects in Africa, the Middle East and a large part of Europe.
Erik is especially passionate about technology, networking, security, RIPE policy and privacy. As a result, he is actively involved in lobbying for digital privacy. Supporting ISPs during the EU Data Retention Act and against the expansion of wire tapping regulations.
Siemon van den Berg is a young entrepreneur with a passion for innovation en technology.
His career in the IT sector began at a very young age. He started his first (hosting)business when he was just 18 years old. He has years of experience in managing large multi-disciplined projects from both a technical as well as a commercial perspective. As an entrepreneur Van den Berg likes thinking outside of the box and coming up with smart solutions to complex problems. Van den Berg is CEO as well as founder of The Datacenter Group. The Datacenter Group is a carrier- and cloud-neutral twin datacenter, located in Amsterdam and Delft. Together with his team Van den Berg aspires to enter the international market by setting up a partner network and by realizing at least 10 additional datacenters in the Benelux within the next 10 years.
Steven has over 24 years of experience in various parts of the Internet industry such as Network and Systems Operations, Network Architecture, Software Development, and Technical Pre-Sales. He has been at AMS-IX for over 15 years, and previously worked at AT&T, DANTE (now Géant) and SARA (now Interxion). Steven holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from the Vrije University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.