April 20, 2017
We had a wonderful conference yesterday attended by over 100 people from a variety of backgrounds and levels of experience.
We start by thanking our Keynote, Mark Fulgham, President of NTT Data Inc., for affording us his time on a weekend. While his decades of experience in the IT industry ensured that he has “seen it all”, he was most willing to share his viewpoints on the theme of the conference. We thank Ashok Santhanam (IITM 1974) for being the host for the Keynote Fireside.
The theme of the conference was “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Jobs”, but our diverse panels addressed a wide ranges of topics during the conference. The panels were informative and engaging, with panelists expressing their views on the topic, while often challenging others with quips and repartees to get a point across. While most of the panelists were Alumni from IIT Madras, true to the IITMAANA spirit of building the Alumni Community we did dip into our talented pool of IITM Alumni spouses & progeny, Alumni from other IITs, and experts with no connection to the IIT brand.
We’d like to recognize the following panelists for their contributions to the success of the event:
Ajay Royan, Anil Suri, Anima Anandkumar, Dilip Venkatachari, Eshwar Belani, Gayatri Subramaniam, Greg Miller, Kalmanje Krishnakumar, Kannan Govindarajan, Konda Ankireddyapalli, K Sridharan, Kumar Dhuvur, Lalitha Kumar, Madhura Belani, Muthu Muthusrinivasan, Naghi Prasad, Prasanna Vinjamuri, R Guha, Ravi Belani, Shashi Sastry, Srinivas Narayanan, Sudeshna Pabi, Tilak Gopalarathnam, Usha Sangam, Vic Mahadevan.
Our thanks also go to an amazing pool of volunteers – Surendra Lele, Revathi Santhanam, Poorna Kumar, Vishakh Hegde, Gandharv Bakshi, Namdev Nayak, Srikanth Deshpande, Ram Vemuri, and Avinash Nayak – for their help on the day of the conference.
We thank Arka Restaurant of Fremont and their staff for the food, coffee, and excellent service provided.
Lastly, we thank our Event Sponsor, ServiceNow, for the use of their beautiful facility, and to Kannan Govindarajan (IITM 1991) for his tireless efforts in helping us procure the venue for this conference.
Padma Gargeya, Shishir Rai, Naren Nayak
(IITMAANA Bay Area Chapter Board)