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Appril Festival 2024

Appril Festival 2024

As you may (or may not yet) know, I'd love to support and help the tech industry, today I'd like to highlight Appril Festival, i have volunteered a several times and it's a great event to attend, learn and network.

Appril Festival: Celebrating the Intersection of Apps, Design, and Business

Appril Festival

Appril Festival, a vibrant celebration at the crossroads of app development, design, and business, is back! From April 17th to 26th, 2024, professionals from all corners of the Netherlands gather for a week filled with inspiration, innovation, and networking. Whether you're a product owner, designer, developer, or business enthusiast, Appril has something exciting in store for you.

What Is Appril Festival?

Appril Festival is all about connecting the dots—the product side, design aspects, and business elements—involved in creating successful apps. Here's what you can expect during this multi-day extravaganza:

  1. Inspiring Talks: Dive into thought-provoking discussions led by industry experts. Learn about mobile businesses, app marketing insights, UX/UI design, and cutting-edge technologies.

  2. Exciting Workshops: Participate in hands-on workshops that empower you with practical skills. From behavioral science to impactful presentations, there's something for everyone.

  3. Tasty Lunches: Fuel your creativity with delicious lunches while mingling with fellow app enthusiasts.

My top sessions to look forward to

The future is Artificial

Speaker: Theo Palios from Unicorn Labs.

Dementia is a debilitating disease affecting millions of people worldwide, with Alzheimer’s being the most common form. Unfortunately, many individuals go undiagnosed until the advanced stages, leading to delayed treatment and increased healthcare burdens. Our startup aims to change this by introducing an innovative AI-powered application that detects early warning signals for dementia through behavioral and speech patterns analysis.

In our talk, we will delve into the problem of late diagnosis in dementia patients, highlighting its impact on individuals, families, and healthcare systems. We will also discuss the limitations of current diagnostic methods and how AI can address these challenges. Our solution involves three neural networks that analyze speech patterns to detect context, speed, and word forgetfulness, providing early warnings for Alzheimer’s and dementia.

We will share our preliminary results, demonstrating the effectiveness of our application in identifying individuals at risk of developing dementia up to five years before symptoms manifest. Our solution also provides personalized care recommendations based on individual needs, improving quality of life and reducing healthcare costs.

Join us as we explore the future of dementia diagnosis and treatment through AI-powered solutions. Together, let’s work towards a world where early intervention becomes the norm, rather than the exception.”

Weekend Fun: Scheepvaartmuseum (Maritime Museum)

By Wesley de Groot & Jake Ruston, a Appsterdam Event.

Het Scheepvaartmuseum (formerly Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum Amsterdam) is a Dutch museum at Kattenburgerplein 1 in Amsterdam about shipping and maritime history. It is housed in the building of the former ‘s Lands Zeemagazijn and contains the second largest maritime collection in the world. It specializes in the maritime history of the Netherlands.

Sustainable solutions for our digital dependency

Speaker: Roeland Weve from Pinch.

Cloud computing does not take place in the sky.
Gigantic data centers are popping up all around us, home to new AI services and BitCoin mining operations that consume more energy than the entire country of the Netherlands annually.
Code using Python & Java (the most popular) can use up to 45x times as much energy as other programming languages.
Whether you are a programmer or user, our dependence on all this processing power is creating a new energy competition between our homes / businesses and our digital lives.
What are some examples for sustainable development? Join us April 18th where we talk to industry pioneers that are developing serious solutions to solve our addiction to energy.

Midjourney Basics: 2-hours into Midjourney

Speaker: Roeland Weve from Pinch.

In this two-hour workshop, we will lead you through the fundamentals of Midjourney, offering real-time insights into crafting beautiful artwork for various purposes, including mobile apps, websites, promotional materials, and more.
Feel encouraged to ask any questions you may have throughout the session.
By the workshop’s end, you’ll possess the skills necessary to generate impressive images effortlessly, simply by composing straightforward text prompts.

Rapid app development with FlutterFlow

Speaker: Stephan Veenstra & Stephan Mantel from Pinch.

None of the code, all of the glory

Full agenda:

Discover the (Dutch) Industry

Join Us!

Appril Festival is more than an event; it's a community. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting your app journey, there's a place for you. Mark your calendars, embrace the spirit of innovation, and let's celebrate the magic of apps together!

For more details and registration, visit the official Appril Festival website.

Appsterdam is partnering with Appril Festival, and we are looking forward to seeing you at one of the many events!

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