Over the weekend of January 9th and 10th, PTC Vancouver held the “Software Developers of Tomorrow” conference, attracting 55 attendees. This conference featured 2 keynote speakers and 3 panelists on day 1 and a career development Q&A session along with a workshop on day 1; a total of 7 wonderful guest speakers! Throughout the conference, attendees had the opportunity to ask the guest speakers any questions, and overall gained a deeper understanding of what a career in software development is like.



Peter Morlion

The conference opened with Peter Morlion’s presentation about the intriguing topic of legacy code. He goes over the processes required to keep legacy code readable, testable, and maintainable. His wonderful presentation is followed by a Q&A session where attendees inquired about his career choices and aspirations!


The amazing keynote presentation is followed by a panel consisting of 3 distinguished guests: Michiel van de Panne, Christy Lo, and Elisa Baniassad. Together, they draw from their rich experiences in the field of software development to insightfully discuss and answer questions asked by the attendees.

Michiel van de Panne is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at UBC, with research interests that span reinforcement learning, robotics, motor learning, and physics-based animation. His group models robot, human, and animal movements and the motor skills that underlie their movement. His research has been applied to robotics, games, and visual effects for film, and has been featured in the MIT Technology Review, Engadget, and elsewhere. His former students and postdocs have gone on to co found startups (Element AI, Anomotion, VGC); have assumed key leadership related to AI, including at Tesla (Director of AI) and DeepMotion (Chief Scientist); and hold faculty positions at universities including ETH Zurich, Simon Fraser University, Leeds, and York University.