Ionut Balan

Information & Communications Technology

Braşov, Romania

Ionut Balan

Windows Insider MVP, Developer CERNER ROMANIA

Ionut is Windows Insider MVP, developer for Cerner Romania and passionate about technology (smartphones, wearables, security). He is a regular speaker at the major Romanian IT conferences, reviewer at and book writer with focus on mobiles.

For more than 12 years (1999-2011) he was part of Romanian CHIP magazine team, as chief of CHIP’s software test lab and later editor in chief, covering topics related to gadgets and smartphone/tablets. After leaving CHIP’s team and joined Siemens Healthcare – now part of Cerner, Ionut followed his passion for gadgets and started his own project at where is still monitoring the mobile market and reviewing the most interesting gadgets.

Current sessions

A beginner’s guide to Windows Mixed Reality

With Fall Creators update for Windows 10, Microsoft provided the foundation for everyone to get accustomed with the Mixed Reality concept and try to create and consume VR at home. Along with the recent lunch of several headset by Microsoft’s OEM partners, Mixed Reality is closer than ever before.
Through this presentation I will walk through the basic concepts, hardware, tools and API’s you’ll need to start building your Windows Mixed Reality experience. At the end of the presentation, you will be ready to create your first Mixer Reality app for Microsoft’s HoloLens and other Windows Mixed Reality devices, in a matter of minutes.
With the recent release of the Microsoft Mixed Reality headsets, controllers and Fall Creators update for Windows 10, it has never been a better time to immerse yourself in to the Mixed Reality space.

How to develop your first Alexa skill in under one hour

Are you tired of hearing all the time people talking about AI, voice commands, speech recognition and digital assistants, or do you think this is the future and like to be part of it? How often do you use Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant on your phone and/or laptop?
Devices like Amazon Echo or Google Home are more and more popular, and people around the world already use them on daily basis. And developing apps (skills) for these digital assistants is not only an interesting journey, easily discoverable and enjoyable for a tech guy, but also an opportunity to make money and become famous.
If you already understood that voice commands and AI is the future of technology and will redefine how we interact with gadgets and consume information, come and learn how you can build from the scratch your first Alexa skill. You will also discover how to test and deploy it on an Echo device, with little or no developer skills.
In this presentation you will learn the foundations of developing voice-enabled apps for Amazon Echo and build your own custom Alexa Skill in C# and ASP.NET Web API in under one hour.
As you might know, Alexa is Amazon’s cloud-based voice service and the brain behind tens of millions of devices including the Echo family of devices, FireTV, Fire Tablet, and third-party devices with Alexa built-in. Everyone can build capabilities, or skills, that make Alexa smarter and make everyday tasks faster, easier, and more delightful for customers.