One of our missions in Startup Grind is to #educate and #inspire our community by bringing to you influential founders.
For this event we’re excited to have Mark Burgess on the #SGOslo stage for a fireside chat.
Mark Burgess is a successful technologist, scientist, author, serial founder and advisor to public and private organizations globally - a hidden gem in the Norwegian ecosystem. Originally from the UK, he’s been living and working in Norway for almost 30 years.
Mark is known through his work as creator, main architect and principal founder of CFEngine the Norwegian tech company with users in 100+ countries (customers include IBM, eBay, Cisco, Qualcomm, AMD, US Navy, US Energy Department, NASA AT&T, Chevron and Linkedin). He has also created Promise Theory, the model behind CFEngine’s successful computer management software. Currently he is the founder of ChiTek-i focusing on conceptual innovation, and co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Aljabr Inc., a US based company. Mark holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Newcastle University and he’s emeritus professor of Network and System Administration from Oslo Metropolitan University (previously Oslo University College - HiO). Last but not least, he’s a published author (check the long list of his scientific and fiction books on Amazon).
We will be also joined by Eirik Wahlstrøm, the visionary co-founder of Ludenso (ex MovieMask) - the successful Norwegian startup that bridges the gap between the physical and digital world, by providing tools for thousands of developers through an open source platform for mobile AR. Eirik was the previous winner in Norway of Silicon Vikings Startup World Cup and participated in the global competition in Silicon Valley. We will be hearing from Eirik about his startup, Silicon Vikings and Startup World Cup experience.
Join us for an evening full of inspiring stories and insights in entrepreneurship and innovation.
And don’t forget that we love to mingle and network!
CFEngine, ChiTek-i, and Aljabr
Technologist, scientist, advisor to public and private organizations globally---author, founder and original architect of CFEngine, founder of ChiTek-i, and Aljabr. International technology advisor, and public speaker. Popularizer of science, and advocate for science's cultural importance in modern education, as well as part time composer.
Mark Burgess is a theoretician and practitioner in the area of information systems, whose work has focused largely on distributed information infrastructure. He is known particularly for his work on Configuration Management and Promise Theory. Mark Burgess was CTO, Founder and original author of CFEngine, and in 2018 he founded ChiTek-i, and co founded Aljabr Inc, with Joseph Jacks and Petar Maymounkov. He was senior lecturer and then professor of Network and System Administration at Oslo University College from 1994-2011. He was the first professor with this title. Mark obtained a PhD in Theoretical Physics in Newcastle, for which he received the Runcorn Prize. His current research interests include the behaviour of computers as dynamic systems and applying ideas from physics to describe computer behaviour. Mark was the principal author of the popular configuration management software package CFEngine for 20 years, and was the founder, chairman and CTO of the Cfengine company. He has led theoretical and practical contributions to the theory of automation and policy based management, including the idea of Operator Convergence and Promise Theory. He is the author of numerous books and papers on Network and System Administration and has won several prizes for his work. Today, he works as an advisor on science and technology matters all over the world.
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