GigaOM announces additional speakers and special events for Structure:Europe 2012

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The wheels are in motion for wide adoption of cloud computing across Europe, and it will be a game-changer for the European economy

GigaOM, a global technology media company, today announced new speakers and special events for GigaOM Structure:Europe 2012, taking place 16-17 October 2012 in Amsterdam. Cloud computing technologists, entrepreneurs and investors from around the world will gather to discuss a host of technical and business opportunities emerging from Europe over the next 18 to 24 months.

Despite a minefield of regulations, complex privacy rules and political issues to overcome, the value of cloud computing is too attractive for Europe to ignore. Prominent cloud computing insiders will take the stage at Structure:Europe, including:

  •     Jay Parikh, vice president, infrastructure engineering, Facebook
  • Chris Swan, CTO, client experience, UBS
  • Bernard Dallé, general partner, Index Ventures
  • Ruediger Baumann, CEO, Zimory
  • Werner Vogels, CTO and vice president, Amazon
  • Michael Osterloh, vice president, market structure, Eurex     
  • Bob Jones, head of CERN openlab, CERN     
  • Phil Francisco, vice president, big data product management, IBM     
  • Mok Oh, chief scientist, PayPal
  • Nick Halstead, founder and CTO, DataSift     
  • Christian Lindholm, board advisor, Fjord     
  • Dan Levin, COO, Box

See the full list of speakers and sessions here.

"The wheels are in motion for wide adoption of cloud computing across Europe, and it will be a game-changer for the European economy,” said Derrick Harris, senior writer for GigaOM and co-chair of Structure:Europe. “Now is the perfect time to examine the burgeoning opportunities in cloud, big data and internet infrastructure.”

GigaOM’s Stacey Higginbotham will host a Twitter chat with Structure:Europe speaker and Eucalyptus Systems CEO Marten Mickos on October 10 at 6 a.m. PDT. Mickos will describe his experience navigating the American and European cloud markets, different approaches to the cloud, and other key issues affecting the global cloud market. Details about how to participate are here.

Hosting provider LeaseWeb is taking one Structure:Europe attendee to the cloud – literally. LeaseWeb will give away a once-in-a-lifetime flight on its Extra 300LT. Con Zwinkels, managing director of LeaseWeb, will pilot the plane, which is capable of intense aerobatics and can reach speeds of almost 400 km/hour. To enter to win, conference attendees must have their photo taken by the LeaseWeb Cloud 330 team during the cocktail reception on 16 October. One winner will be drawn at the end of the reception.

Structure:Europe attendees can be among the first to visit Equinix's new IBX® Data Center in an exclusive tour of AM3 Science Park. Equinix’s most efficient data center, AM3 offers a full range of premium colocation, interconnection and support services to a wide range of secure digital ecosystems built by networks, enterprise, content, cloud and IT services companies and financial institutions. Tour details and registration are here.

Some of the world’s most influential companies, including headline sponsor Equinix, have already lined up to sponsor Structure:Europe, and sponsorships are nearly sold out. Contact Mike Sly at eventsales(at)gigaom(dot)com or +1 415 235 0358 to learn more about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities.

A limited number of tickets are still available. Follow Structure:Europe on Twitter (@GigaOM / #structureeurope) to stay up to date as final details are announced.

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