Judges

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    Professor Sadagopan

    Director (President) IIT-Bangalore

     

    As the first Director of IIT-Bangalore, he is involved in the visioning, planning and executing the growth of this Institute. Professor Sadagopan is a Fellow of the UK's IET (formerly IEE), Computer Society of India and Institution of Engineers (India). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and ACM.

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    Ashwini Asokan

    Co-founder CEO, Mad Street Den
    & Mad Street Lab

     

    Ashwini is constantly looking for ways in which visual artificial intelligence can transform the shopping experience. Prior to co-founding Mad Street Den, she was leading the Interaction and Experience Research (IXT) Lab at Intel Corporation. Her work at Intel has spanned from conducting ethnographic and design research to translating insights into consumer experiences. She has trained as a classical dancer as well.

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    Debjani Ghosh

    VP Sales & Marketing Group,MD,
    South Asia, Intel  

    Debjani Ghosh is responsible for establishing new growth areas for Intel in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. She works with governments and industry in these countries to establish policies and initiatives that help accelerate the adoption of technology in the South Asia region. Debjani is the chair of the IT Committee at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and vice president of the Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology. She is also a trustee of the NASSCOM Foundation. In 2013, Fortune India ranked her among the 25 most powerful women in India.

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    Rahul Agarwal

    Managing Director & CEO, Lenovo India

     

    Rahul Agarwal has over 20 years of experience in leading global and Indian business and marketing functions. As the global head of marketing communications for Lenovo from 2007 - 2010, Rahul led the worldwide marketing communication, market research, product launches and analytics. Leading Lenovo India's business since July 2015, he headed the commercial business from 2010 to June 2015 and was the chief marketing officer of Lenovo India from 2005-06. Prior to Lenovo, he was the country marketing manager of PC Division for IBM in India.

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    Sharad Sharma

    Co-founder, iSPIRT

     

    Sharad is one of the active technology angel investors in India with about two dozen investments. He is a passionate evangelist of the software product ecosystem in India. He is the co-founder and Governing Council member of iSPIRT. He was the Chair of NASSCOM Product Forum and a member of the Executive Council from 2009-13. Most recently he was a SVP at Yahoo! and CEO of India R&D. Previously he turned around VERITAS operations in India. He also brought AT&T/Lucent R&D to India as an intrapreneur. Sharad Sharma also co-founded Teltier, now part of Cisco, and is currently the CEO of BrandSigma Inc.

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    Jaspreet Bindra

    Digital Head, Mahindra Group

     

    Jaspreet Bindra is currently the Senior Vice President of Digital Transformation at Mahindra & Mahindra, where his responsibilities include driving digital transformation across the $18-billion Mahindra Group's diverse businesses. Previously, he was the CEO of Getit Infoservices Ltd and, before that, the Regional Director of Retail, Entertainment & Devices at Microsoft India. Over the past several years, he has also been active in India's energetic startup ecosystem as a Mentor, Angel Investor and Advisor, working with startups such as Glue Designs, QuikTile, Wooplr and MyPoolIn, among others.

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    Gourav Jaswal

    Founder and Director, Prototyze

     

    Gourav Jaswal is the Founder and Director of Prototyze, one of the few vertically-integrated technology incubators in India. It has spawned multiple ventures in the area of financial technologies (Loan Singh), freight transportation (TempoGO), mobile fitness (Mobiefit) and corporate training (HandyTrain). He also founded a cluster of knowledge-capital companies called Private Unlimited (Synapse, Visual Juju, ScreenRoot…) each of which bootstrapped to profitability.

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    Jayanth Kolla

    Founder, Partner & Principal Analyst, Convergence Catalyst

     

    Kolla has previously worked with firms like Analysys Mason, Nokia and Motorola Mobile Devices. He comes with extensive experience in the technology industry in strategy consulting, product marketing and engineering domains. He has a sound understanding of technology business dynamics and practices and his firm has written extensive reports on everything digital including mobility, analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT).

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    Alok Shende

    Principal Analyst, Ascentius Consulting

     

    Shende is responsible for Ascentius’s research and operations in India. Alok has over 15 years of experience out of which he’s worked for the past 10 years in various roles with analyst firms. He has developed expertise in Telecoms market with a specific focus on the enterprise and consumer markets in the course of working with Frost & Sullivan as a Vice President and as Director, Consulting with research firm Ovum.

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    Brian Bergstein

    Executive Editor, MIT Technology Review

     

    Brian is the executive editor of MIT Technology Review. He’s been a technology journalist for 15 years, reporting on the Web, computing, telecom, and the business of technology from Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston.

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    Sauvik Banerjjee

    Global CTA & Innovation Lead (Omni Channel, IoT, Industry 4.0 & AI), Digital Business Services, Asia Pacific & Japan, SAP AG

     

    Sauvik Banerjjee is the youngest global player in new generation technology, he happens to also be the oldest subject matter expert in pure tech. A firm believer of moderation in life as is demonstrated in his award winning digital film, he has been responsible for taking disruptive tech in omni-channel commerce to unimaginable new levels. His passion for tech lead him to become one of the only 6 people in the world to have worked on all global Omni channel platforms with over 150+ digital implementations running successfully all over the world across industry verticals. His current focus is on disruptions in the following areas:
    • Artificial Intelligence for consumer usage-deep learning and machine learning
    • Internet of Things (IoT) for logistics to waste management
    • Industry 4.0 and its impact on current B2B and B2C usage in plant lines
    • Hover Board usage and drone usage for domestic purposes.
    His research on cross language retrieval on search engine algorithms has been stellar and he is on a single minded mission in India to be the reason behind Connect India in every way he possibly can. Other than currently handholding India’s latest 6 giant Omni-channel roll outs with the intent of impacting and changing the face of India’s Omni-channel market. Sauvik has been working on his book to be released soon. A global achiever and a mentor to over 600 people all over the world till date and mentors of 15 global startups.

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    R Sukumar

    Editor, Mint

     

    As a part of the founding team of Mint, he joined HT Media in October 2006. He earlier led positions of strategic and operational leadership for India’s leading business magazines like Business Today and The Hindu Business Line.