Intergalaktische Erfahrungsreise 2023

What You Say is What You Get: Hands-Free Coding in 2023
07-23, 15:00–16:00 (Europe/Berlin), Vortragsraum
Language: Deutsch

Software for interpreting and synthesizing natural language is used by millions of people every day who use smart home assistants or simply prefer dictating over typing on their mobile phones. But while hands-free interfaces have found widespread adoption among consumers, IT professionals still mostly consider them gimmicks or do not consider them at all for the purpose of software development – unjustly so!

In this presentation, you will learn how to talk your computer into writing good software. We will start with basic controls and navigation before addressing how to code using just your voice (and eyes and facial expressions and more!), covering best practices and common pitfalls along the way. I will then share my personal experiences as a user, but also relate them to ongoing research and current developments in the industry. The talk will close with recommendations for getting started and a zero-cost setup for hands-free coding that you can use right away.

Content Note


Wolfram "Wolle" Wingerath is junior professor for data science at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. Wolle did his PhD on real-time databases at the University of Hamburg in 2019, before he was responsible for all matters relating to the analysis and continuous processing of data as head of data engineering and research at the company Baqend. Having used speech recognition tools for software development since 2011, Wolle has more than a decade of experience in the context of Handsfree Coding. With the eponymous GI initiative (, he aims to increase the visibility of hands-free coding within the computer science community and establish it as a means to increase efficiency as well as reduce barriers. Since Wolle likes to meet new faces and is always keen to exchange ideas with others, he is a regular speaker at developer and research conferences to present the things he is passionate about.