IT Lightning Talks: session #21



Alberto Di Meglio (CERN), Andrei Dumitru (CERN), Pedro Ferreira (CERN), Sebastian Lopienski (CERN)

IT Lightning Talks (ITLT) are short presentations on any topic related to computing technology or to the IT department. See more here:

There is a live webcast for this event
    • 10:00 AM 10:03 AM
      Welcome 3m
      Speakers: Andrei Dumitru (CERN), Pedro Ferreira (CERN)
    • 10:03 AM 10:11 AM
      How to fix poor social interactions in a remote-first world? 8m

      Most of us agree that poor social interactions online is the main downside of remote teams and online events. This has a substantial negative impact on all of us who work remotely because it lowers our motivation and affects our well-being. How can we make social interactions online better with technology to thrive in a remote-first world? We will discuss a new way of discovering new people, having lively discussions, and having spontaneous experiences online.

      Speaker: Maciej Gladki (CERN alumni /
    • 10:11 AM 10:19 AM
      Can Machine Learning algorithm successfully invest in the stock market? 8m

      Presentation of a case study applying Machine Learning algorithm in stock selection. The study focusses on designing artificial analyst who gives recommendation on which stocks to invest in. The project is a collaboration between CERN PF, UNIL and AGH. The presentation features QF-Lib - a modular Python library developed at CERN that provides an advanced event driven backtester and a set of tools for quantitative finance.

      Speaker: Marcin Andrzej Borratynski (CERN)
    • 10:19 AM 10:27 AM
      /e/OS — a privacy-centric OS for your phone 8m

      According to a recent research paper from Trinity College Dublin, Android devices send substantial amounts of information to the OS developer and to third-parties (Google, Microsoft, Facebook, etc.) that have pre-installed system apps, even if these apps are never used. /e/ is a privacy-centric Android variant which aims to minimise disclosure of personal data to third parties. At the heart of /e/ is MicroG, a free software re-implementation of the Google Location Services API. Beyond the OS itself, the /e/ foundation provides alternatives to the rest of the Google ecosystem, including an app store, a mapping application and cloud services (e-mail, calendar and contacts, office apps, storage, etc.) This talk will give a whirlwind overview of /e/ and my experiences of installing and using it on my phone.

      Speaker: Michael Davis (CERN)
    • 10:27 AM 10:35 AM
      CERN LiveQnA app 8m

      Presentation of a new web app for audience interaction during live presentations.

      Speaker: Alex Iribarren (CERN)
    • 10:35 AM 10:43 AM
      Hacking IoT - from zero to remote shell 8m

      A walk-through on how to exploit an IoT device to gain a remote shell.

      Speaker: Daniel Fischer (CERN)
    • 10:43 AM 10:51 AM
      Unit tests for your cloud-native stack 8m

      Cloud-native resources are great because they are so dynamic, but deploying a complex set of microservices and cloud integrations can also take its time.
      This is why it's important to have unit tests for our cloud-native stack which can be run quickly on every developer machine.
      This talk will present two such tools: container-structure-test and helm-unittest.

      Speaker: Jack Henschel (CERN)
    • 10:51 AM 10:59 AM
      Passwordless logins with Yubikey 8m

      This talk explores two topics:
      1) Creating a PAM configuration to automatically unlock a screen when Yubikey is plugged in
      2) Automatically locking the screen when Yubikey is unplugged

      Speaker: Adeel Ahmad (CERN)
    • 10:59 AM 11:00 AM
      Open mic' 1m