6th DeafIT Conference 2021 in Munich

Current information:
We are happy to announce that all speakers have confirmed their participation in the 2021 conference!
Status September 2020


The Keynote Speaker

My experience as a hard of hearing Senior management

I have been managing the product development section in Germany since 2018 and been with the same company for 5 years. My management position is responsible for around 30 employees who are all located worldwide. I will share my daily duties as well Management duties which includes: Leadership, Goal settings, motivations among my team, meeting other CEO and CTO. What strategies or experience did I encounter being hard of hearing and how do I approach with others .

Business Management

Stefan Halter, hard of hearing, speaks German
Director, Technology & Operations at Clarivate Analytics, Karlsruhe (GER)

Blockchain for the Euro

Facebook writes on its headlines and wants to develop its own blockchain-based currency which is called “Libra”. Even with Euro it can now also be traded on blockchain system – without banks or Paypal. What does this mean for us? What economic, political and social change will it affect to our environment? Here in the lecture, we will discuss about the technical aspect of blockchain.


Matthias Stommel, Deaf, DGS
Agile IT-Projektmanager at CryptoTec Industrial GmbH, Cologne (GER)

AI and accessibility: How cloud-based solutions with AI already contribute today’s Accessibility.

Presentation of “hybrid models” that works together with Artificial Intelligence to allow a human correction. Smart features such as the learning of the AI from individual dictionaries or technical jargon also help companies and authorities to use them. What will the future bring and what will the trends look like? Live subtitles can be received directly on your device, independent of device, browser or OS. Viewers can also use live translation. The result is that every speech, lecture and event is accessible to foreign language speakers and the deaf and hard of hearing.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Annika Karstadt, hearing, Speak German / DGS
Partner Manager Project EVE at Pages Media GmbH, Munich (GER)

Functional Programming and Domain Driven Design – a dream team!

Many concepts that play a role in Domain Driven Design can be implemented very easily with functional programming. This includes for example

* Hexagonal architecture
* Description of invariants
* Stateless services

Examples in functional languages as well as classical languages – functionally used – show how many concepts of Domain Driven Design can be implemented elegantly and effectively. A look at the integration in classical languages and architectures offers the opportunity to actually use these techniques in practice.


Marco Emrich, hearing, speaks German
Senior IT Consultant at codecentric AG, Nuremberg (GER)


additional Speakers

Create 10x team through empathy and inclusion

Be a 10x developer by turning the people around you into a 2x developer. How to reach a 10x team and how to build a learning environment with praise, humility and empathy, so that powerful teams can grow in it. I’ll show you why you have to fight a second class and how to narrow the gap in remote / offshore teams. With the results of scientific studies and personal experience in such teams, I will demonstrate practical tips and demonstrate how everyone can be a leader.

Agile Project management

John Fletcher, hearing, speaks German
Software Architect at codecentric AG, Frankfurt am Main (GER)

Incremental & Iterative

Developing and delivering projects and products in ever shorter cycles has now become established in IT. Other areas of our economic life are also characterized by the procedure of gradual / adapted delivery. Lean production in industrial manufacturing and design thinking are two examples of many who choose the process model that can be compared with agile software development, Scrum or Kanban. The lecture clarifies what unites these procedural models and what differences the different areas of application have brought about. The Audience should get tools to better assess current hypes and develop a better sense of the naturalness of these methods.

Agile Project management

Sebastian Schürmann, hearing, speaks German
Self-employed Software Developer, Hamburg (GER)

Communication innovations: Deaf role models for companies

Pedius is a communication system that breaks down digital barriers to communication by responding to the need of the deaf and hard of hearing to be able to use the phone independently for the various daily or emergency calls using speech recognition and synthesis technologies. Everyone should have the opportunity to use the mobile phone independently for all calls, for one’s daily usage, and for emergency calls. Speech recognition and synthesis technology is used for this. In Pedius, a mobile app, a user can make normal calls. During the connection, the deaf user writes in the chat and an automated voice converter the text and speaks the content for the hearing party on the other end. The spoken answer then becomes visible in real time as written text in the chat.


Gabriele Serpi, Deaf, IS
World Deaf Tech (WDT) & Europe Deaf Tech (EDT), Rome (IT)

EmergencyEye® enables emergency call 112 without language barriers and with live video

Using the EmergencyEye®X technology, emergency callers can share live video with the emergency services during the 112 emergency call and chat now. This means that the 112 emergency call can also be used by the deaf. The tone dialing process identifies the deaf call. as of November 2019, the chat can even be translated into all major languages simultaneously and all without pre-installation on the phones of the caller and this also applies for foreign callers. The emergency callers only need to call 112 and then the dispatcher activates the software from the control center.


Prof. Dr. med. Guenter Huhle MSc, hearing, speaks German
Founder of COREVAS GmbH & CO.KG, Grevenbroich (GER)

DeafIT Speaker 2020 Sebastian Klein Accessibility


DeafIT Speaker 2020 Mark Hollering Accessibility



SIGNS – Video based recognition of Sign language

Language assistants use natural language processing to decode and respond to audible commands. In other words, no sound means no response. SIGNS closes the gab between Hard of Hearing and language assistants. You can now use the Voice Assistants for the first time. The innovative smart tool is reinventing the voice, which voice technology is much more than just a sound.

SIGNS recognizes and translates sign language and communicates with any language assistant. International brands are also implementing SIGNS in their products.
This lecture shows the concepts and technology behind it.


Sebastian Klein, hearing, speaks German
IT Project Manager bei LAB 13 – MRM//McCANN, Frankfurt am Main (GER)

Mark Hollering, hearing, speaks German
Director Creative Technology bei LAB 13 – MRM//McCANN, Frankfurt am Main (GER)

MS SQL Server Programming and Scheduling

There are various standard and custom programming you can use with the MS SQL Server databases and data. This presentation will highlight various methods and ideas you can use and its requirements to take full advantage of your programming skills with SQL Server databases, to deliver your companies database and data requirements. Various examples will be shown to illustrate different methods from maintenance plans to Visual Studio projects, and how they can be deployed and scheduled.


André du Plessis, Deaf, ASL
Database Administrator & Developer at Web IT Data, Calgary (CAN)

IT modernization is not possible without cultural change

In order to adapt to the ever changing market requirements and to provide flexible and modern IT for every user. The role of IT has to be completely reinvented. The key to success is the collaboration between departments and IT on a level playing field. The needs-based solutions will only be found in close cooperation. We will need to break away from our “antiquated customs” and improve ourselves for the future. All of this requires an open and appreciative corporate culture. In her presentation, Petra Jaschhof speaks on her experiences and the role of “diversity” and “inclusion”.


Petra Jaschhof, hard of hearing, speaks German
Chief Information Officer (CIO) at BWI GmbH, Munich (GER)

BigQuery Machine Learning: Pratical Use Cases

Machine learning model create directly in the Cloud Database? BigQuery, part of the Google Cloud Platform, offers integrated solutions, called BigQuery ML, with which it is possible to create machine learning models and to make predictions based on the data in the database. This lecture shows use cases that use prediction using linear regression, logistic regression and K-means clustering in the database.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Markus Stade, hearing, speaks German
Digital Analytics Consultant, Munich (GER)

Are Signing Avatars ready for real world situations?

There has been much publicity on claims that avatar technology can replace human interpreters. This presentation will analyze the current state of avatar technology and discuss its potential for effective applications in todays world. The 2018 WFD/WASLI statement on signing avatars describes acceptable possibilities, but some projects claim greater breakthroughs in automatic spoken-to-sign translation. This talk will give an overview of signing avatars and discuss their strengths and weaknesses, with particular emphasis on the suitability in the settings mentioned in the WFD/WASLI statement.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Dr. Rosalee Wolfe PhD, hearing, speak English / ASL
Professor School of Computing, Chicago (USA)

Avatar systems as semi-automatic translator

There is a huge amount of Information (websites, TV, newspaper, radio, medicine leaflet, speaker announcements, etc.). There is a very low numbers of interpreters and translators for these information service. Therefore, Avatar systems have been developed that help human translators to create translations more quickly. Like any technology, using the avatar system will help it to improves its quality. The lecture deals with the advantages of avatar systems as a translation aid and also describes the development of the technology.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Claudia Schweinzer, Deaf, ÖGS & DGS
Deaf Translator & Quality Management at Sign Time GmbH, Wien (AUT)

Cinemagraphs – Living photographs

When I saw it for the first time, I thought to myself: What is that?! The Cinemagraph – The word actually reveals it, it consists of two parts: Cinema (video) and Graphic (graphic / still image). Since 2011, the new medium spreads on the web and is becoming increasingly popular. of course… Video and photo? How is that supposed to work? With great curiosity I have experimented some years on Cinemagraphs myself and would like to show you the possibilities, techniques and examples. Come to my Cinemagraph lecture – let yourself be inspired!


Dominik Nimar, Deaf, DGS
Junior Graphic Designer at Serviceplan group for innovative communication, Munich (GER)

The Communication disrupter

Communication concerns everyone who aspires to a higher level of education. Despite the difficulties, more and more deaf people are studying in Germany. In order to react to these particular problematic communication situations, a technical prototype was designed at the TU Munich. This prototype calculates our speech speed and volume. It sends a loud feedback if one of the participants talks too fast or too loudly or if they interrupt each other during the conversation. In this way, the interferer allows people to communicate with each other again at eye level.


Nils Enders-Brenner, deaf, speaks German
UX & Industrial designer at DocuWare GmbH, Germering (GER)

Music for deaf people

Music was and is important for all societies. It is one of the most beautiful ways to experience feelings. A widespread misconception is that deaf people are unable to experience joy in music.

We have developed a portable body subwoofer that allows audio signals to be felt in the form of structure-borne sound. By perceiving the bass in the upper body, the user experiences an unusually authentic sound experience. And this completely silently for his environment.

deep.one emerged from a research project of co-founder Frederik Podzuweit, who published a first design. As a result of the high demand from deaf people worldwide, he developed the product.

In addition to music, all other audio-visual entertainment content from films, gaming and VR/AR can be intensively experienced. Hearing impaired as well as hearing people are equally enthusiastic. Frederik talks about the history of the company, the challenges in product design and prototype development as well as the first steps in building the company.

Afterwards there is the possibility to try out the product live.


Frederik Podzuweit, hearing, speaks German
Managing Director of deep electronics GmbH, Munich (GER)

Domain-driven Design in Practice – Understanding the Domain with Event Storming

Domain-driven design means: Good software originates from the domain. Event storming is a modern analysis technique to bring developers together with the experts of the domain Together we look at concrete stories from the working world and learn what is really important for the experts and how their workflows works in practice. The great thing is: the event storming already gives us concrete hints for the software architecture and implementation. And event storming is also a lot of fun.

In this talk I tell you how event storming works and how we use it in practice. In the following workshop the participants do a real event storming together with me.


Dipl.-Inform. Jörn Koch, hearing, speaks German and DGS*
Domain-Driven-Design-Coach, WPS – Workplace Solutions GmbH, Hamburg (GER)

„Event Storming in Practice – Understanding Specialist Processes Using the Example“

Event Storming helps us to understand specialist processes and to build perfect software for them. In this workshop we analyse a professional process from the domain “cinema”: How should a perfect cinema ticket sale for deaf people look like?
The participants tell an exemplary story in two groups. With all the exciting details they find important. We write down the events of these stories on small sticky notes, which we arrange and group. At the end of the event storming we are real experts and have a very concrete idea how to build our cinema software.


Dipl.-Inform. Jörn Koch, hearing,
speaks German with german sign language interpreter – DGS
Project delegs, Hamburg (GER)

Truffle framework with GraalVM

A couple of years ago, Java was still the dominant language on the JVM and could do whatever one wanted. Later, a few scripting languages were added, such as Jython and JRuby. And the new compiled languages like Scala and Kotlin heralded the era of polyglot programming. The Truffle project associated with GraalVM now promises to make it even easier to interlink languages that are not the actual JVM languages with the ecosystem.


Lars Hupel, hearing, speaks German
Consultant at innoQ Germany GmbH, Monheim am Rhein (GER)

Modern, barrier-free eLearning for deaf people

Language is one of the key tools in everyday and professional communication. In an effort to give deaf people a fair chance to enter the labour market, we see the need to create new learning opportunities for our trainees. They are modern, low-threshold, barrier-free (for the deaf people), flexible and location-independent. Our eLearning tools focus on sign language, images support access to the text. A visually clear design, a reference to reality and classic game features promote the motivation to learn.


Johanna Steiner BA, hearing, speak German / ÖGS
Stv. Päd. Project leader of Signs for Europe at equalizent trainings and consulting GmbH, Vienna (AUT)

*Speakers are subject to change. Update June 2020

  • DGS – German Sign Language
  • LGB – Sign Exact German Language
  • ÖGS – Austrian Sign Language
  • IS – International Sign
  • ASL – American Sign Language