Tech Debates Zurich


What every (future) CTO needs to know

Survival tactics for CTOs, technical leaders,
and those that aspire to lead technology departments

17 October 2019
7:00PM to 9:00PM


What every (future) CTO needs to know

Join us on Thursday, 17 October 2019 from 7PM to 9PM for a lively discussion about survival tactics for CTOs, technical leaders, and those that aspire to lead technology departments. Discussion topics include:

    • Managing technical debt
    • Improving culture, hiring smart and reducing defection risk
    • Forecasting talent demand
    • Understanding the opportunity cost of keeping stable technology vs adopting new technology
    • What to do in the first 90 days of your new job
MODERATOR - René Pfitzner

MODERATOR - René Pfitzner


René is currently building, a revolution in customer experience for D2C ecommerce businesses. Before that he was an independent Data Strategy Consultant and Lead Data Scientist at Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

David Roon

David Roon

CTO and Co-Founder, OpenLaw

David Roon is the Chief Technology Officer of OpenLaw and the creator of JVM based tools to integrate Ethereum development as well as the creator of Cubefriendly, an open data database engine.

Nikolay Kobyshev

Nikolay Kobyshev

Founder & CTO of Assaia International AG

Assaia International Ltd is developing a solution that watches airplane turnarounds in real time using computer vision. The produced information is used to make airports a more efficient and safe place. Nikolay is a technical co-founder of two computer vision companies, and a co-founder of HackZurich.

George Michelson

George Michelson

VP Solutions, Sphere Software

George is a seasoned technology executive, leader, successful founder, and currently a mentor to start-ups and their executive teams. His passion for innovation and operational excellence has helped multiple companies transform their processes, automate labor intensive tasks and build world-class software development organizations. 

Reserve Your Seat

October 17

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Viadukt, Bogen
Viaduktstrasse 93