The Agenda Committee

Who's behind the NDC Oslo agenda?

Erlend Oftedal

Erlend is a developer, security tester, CTO at Blank AS. One of his main technical interests is how we as developer can teach ourselves to write better and more secure code. He has built open source security tools, and spoken at several developer and security conferences.

Patricia Aas

Patricia Aas is a C++ programmer working on the Vivaldi Browser where she has currently taken on platform integration of media. She has previously worked at Opera Software on their Desktop Browser and at Cisco on their Telepresence Hardware Endpoints, primarily on Linux. Patricia is a curious person, always trying to find out how things work. She hopes that we will find a way to make the world a better place by creating things that can be used for good.

Øyvind Holmstad

Øyvind Holmstad is a backend developer at NRK with a big interest in machine learning and functional programming. He is currently the technical lead in NRKs recommendation team where he is combining machine learning technology with editorial insight to give algorithmic recommendations across NRKs services. He enjoys taking part in the community, and has spoken at different conferences and meetups.

Tomas Jansson

Tomas Jansson is a well-known developer in the community of Norway. He has been engaged in the .NET User Group in Oslo as a member of the board for many years and chapter lead for a couple of years. Tomas was also one of the figures behind the OsloFSharp meetup that started almost three years ago and has grown ever since.

After 11 years of consulting Tomas switched in the end of 2016 and joined the great team at Unacast where he is currently a Senior Director of Engineering, meaning developer with some extra chores. Unacast is one of the Nordics hottest startup and builds products that runs on the google cloud platform. Joining unacast meant a switch of gear for Tomas, but he is enjoying every bit of it, and that has also given him a much wider technical expertise.

Mathias Brandewinder

Mathias Brandewinder has been developing software on .NET for about 10 years, and loving every minute of it, except maybe for a few release days. His language of choice was C#, until he discovered F# and fell in love with it. He enjoys arguing about code and how to make it better, and gets very excited when discussing TDD or F#. His other professional interests include forecasting models, machine learning and applying math to solve business problems. Mathias is a Microsoft F# MVP and the founder of Clear Lines Consulting. He is based in San Francisco, blogs at

Aida C. Lopez

Aida C. Lopez is designer and partner at Blank AS. During the last 10 years she has been working with developers to create better digital services. Aida´s approach is people-centered and cross-disciplinary. She is concerned about the rapid changing technology context, which is making professionals strive to be updated, and make it difficult to achieve cross-disciplinary understanding. Aida believes that we need common perspectives, and that looking at technology from the point of view of the people affected by it can have great positive effect for cross-disciplinary collaboration. Her main interests are privacy, security and AI.

Eirik Backer

Eirik Backer is a cross over designer and front end developer working at NRK. He has previously been teaching interaction design at the Norwegian School of creative studies, and done web projects all over the world. Eirik is curious and passionate about the intersections where design, technology and the adaptiveness of web creates great user experiences.

Martin Gravråk

Martin is an experienced software developer with over 10 years’ experience. He is obsessed with internet connected gadgets and often says that if something doesn’t have WIFI then it isn’t worth having. In his day job Martin works at Bouvet in Oslo. He spends his evenings at the local makerspace experimenting with machinery and software.

Kjersti Sandberg

Kjersti Sandberg is the founder of ProgramUtvikling AS and has organized NDC from the very beginning. Her daily job is with the professional areas of sale, marketing and business development. Here role within this year`s agenda committee has been to liaise with speakers and present good ideas.

Jakob Bradford

Jakob is the general manager of the NDC conferences. His role in the committee is making sure we don’t select more speakers than we can fit in the agenda which is a hard job with so many good suggestions (even with 9 tracks). He sometimes nags about budgets, but the committee usually doesn’t care.