Vasanth M Kamath
Founder & CEO, Hydrogreens Agro Tech
Topic: Prosperity pool for & from farmers
Passionate about product innovation, weaving multiple subjects to find unique connections, new hypotheses & ideas. 13+ years of intrapreneurial experience is led by continuous learning & spans from setting up innovative product capabilities & teams (Hardware & Software), accelerating startups, Solving challenges in world food security etc.
Former Director of Innovation @ Target Corporation. Fellow of Food Future Foundation, Global challenge to grow cotton with 98% less water, Create climate models to understand agriculture better. Claim to fame : Saved a million cats with code.
Hydrogreens Agro Tech : A team that is on a mission to reduce water usage in agriculture, grow more organic fresh greens per square foot & while doing so improve the power & income of our farming community
Founder & CEO, Log9 Materials
Topic: Electric Mobility for India: Current Challenges & the future
A young and dynamic entrepreneur who stands to empower the young pioneers who will push the world forward through entrepreneurship and innovation. Graduated in Materials Engineering from IIT Roorkee in 2015 and will be completing his PhD from IIT Roorkee in Nanotechnology by 2020. Worked in the field of Nanotechnology for the last 5 years and specifically in graphene for the last 4 years. He has research experience from University of Alberta, Canada and has published more than 6 scientific articles and filed more than 15 patents.
Currently Akshay is the Founder and CEO of Log9 Materials Scientific Private Limited. Log9 is a nanotechnology startup unleashing the benefits of Graphene for Clean Energy and Filtration. Log9 is an IIT Roorkee spinoff founded in 2015. It was the first startup to be incubated by IIT Roorkee in its business incubator TIDES. Log9 has a R&D team of 17 people from top 10 universities of India passionate about bringing the clean energy revolution in India. Log9 team consists of Industry veterans, top academic experts and seasoned entrepreneurs who collectively bring over 100 man-years experience in the automotive industry, the manufacturing industry & materials engineering. Log9 boasts a strong intellectual property portfolio of 16 patents.
Sharat Satyanarayana refers to himself as an ‘aspiring nexialist‘. A parallel entrepreneur who loves testing new ideas that push the boundaries of creativity. A creative person managing with limited motor (for art) & tech skills, Sharat spent the (nearly) first half of his career (of 16 years so far) in the corporate domain, with the balance involving eclectic experiences as an entrepreneur / intrapreneur and a free agent.
In the recent past, Sharat has contributed to and developed deep technology innovation programs at leading retail firms such as Target (in collaboration with IDEO & MIT Media Lab), LOWE'S Home Improvement & Pantaloons.
Sharat can boast of an incredibly eclectic network of global innovators, makers and researchers. He brings an uncanny ability to connect dots and build strategic long-term partnerships; a genuine force-multiplier to teams he contributes to.
Sci-fi Fan and SF Columnist
Topic: Science Fiction for Hopeful Futures
Gautham has spent almost 20 years in the advertising industry. Until recently the National Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi Focus, he is currently a Consulting Partner at Celsius 100. An avid reader and science fiction fan, Shenoy is also a columnist for factordaily.com where he writes New Worlds Weekly, India's longest-running weekly column on Speculative Fiction.
Spacecraft Structures, Team Indus
Topic: Building on a Moonshot
Ananth is a Structural design engineer working with TeamIndus for the last 5 years. A graduate from Cranfield University, he joined TeamIndus during the initial days of the Lander Structures team. He is in charge of the design analysis and optimization of the spacecraft and has played key roles in building the two-engineering space qualified models of the lander. He has spoken about his TeamIndus journey at several platforms including TedXIITRoorkee. He is also a part of several foundation programs where he actively engages the next generation by taking them behind the scenes of the Moon mission and igniting an interest in STEM careers.
Founder and Chief Grunt @ The Huda Bar
Topic: Hyperlocal, De-centralized and Closing the Loop - Using Food to Lure Them In
Huda Masood has a PostGrad in Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine and a Bachelors' in Dental Surgery. But her passion for food, eating right and healthy and being broke eventually drew her into the food manufacturing industry. Over the course of many years this slowly evolved into what is now known as The Huda Bar.
Huda is also actively involved in bettering her immediate community - she has created a hyperlocal food group that is her grand social experiment in social impact - interactions that transcend the usual barriers of age, sex, religion and status and keeping the money in the Richmond Town family so to speak.
You eat what our friends and family eat." - The tagline Huda created is one close to her heart.
Originally just creating nutritious high energy bars, The Huda Bar now has an wide array of organic products available, raw honeys direct from her beekeeper, Himalayan Barley Flakes to organic tea herbs from Assam.
THB works with a strong focus to provide highly nutritious organic products at affordable prices (she remembers being broke and hungry) while growing the business organically and not giving into the corporate race.
The Huda Bar buys ingredients locally from responsible farmers and aggregators that ensure fair prices. All the ingredients and their producers have been carefully vetted to ensure that you eat what our friends and family eat.
Cyborg Artist and Researcher
Topic: Making Art with Artificial Intelligence: The Evolution of the Cyborg Artist
Harshit is a (cyborg) artist and researcher. A lot of the work he does currently focuses on the interplay between human and machine imaginations and intentions, spanning across virtual and physical embodiments. Through his artwork, he wants to create experiences for people to explore and express with seemingly distant technologies like artificial intelligence/ machine learning, drones, digital fabrication, sensors, augmented reality and in the process invite people to reflect upon and re-evaluate their relationship with technology. We live within a complex sphere of technical processes, and seldom do our experiences make us stop and come face to face with them, sit down and have a conversation with them, become comfortable with them to a level that we start reflecting on how they are truly affecting us.
He is a graduate of the Fluid Interfaces group at MIT Media Lab and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Guwahati). He has carried out art residencies at various places to develop his practice in diverse cultural contexts, including at the Art Center Nabi (Seoul), Museum of Tomorrow (Rio de Janeiro), Kakehi-Lab (Tokyo/ Yokohama). He has exhibited work at premier art festivals and museums around the world, like the Ars Electronica Festival, permanent exhibition at Heinz Nixdorf Museum (Germany) Tate Modern, Asia Culture Center (at Otherly Spaces/Knowledge exhibition), QUT Art Museum (Why the Future Still Needs Us exhibition), Museum of Tomorrow, Alt-Ai (at the School For Poetic Computation, NYC), Art Center Nabi, Laval Virtual, BeFantastic Festival (Bangalore, India), ISEA. His work has also been extensively covered in international media. Along with this, he has published several research papers on creation tools at human computer interaction conferences, including Siggraph, UIST, UbiComp, TEI, IUI, IDC.
Lead- Open Innovation NASSCOM CoE - DSAI & IoT
Topic: Open Innovation, Co-Creation, and Insights on the Startup Ecosystem Collaboration.
25 Years exposure to Operations, Marketing, Co-Working, and Open Innovation and worked with Leading Organizations such as Taj Hotels,Barista,Metro Cash and Carry India, Reliance Retail, Arvind Brands. Deeply immersed in the startup ecosystem as a Senior Volunteer with Headstart Network Foundation, Co-Organizer at Techstars Startup Weekend, Mentor at Kerala Startup Mission.
Co-Founder & Chief Growth Officer - Project DEFY
Topic: Unlearning- The future of learning systems
Megha Bhagat is a social innovator with a legal background. She has worked on designing strategies for livelihood creations, job creations through alternate learnings and is responsible for DEFY’s growth strategy, viability plans and partnerships. She believes that the jobs of the future will come from self taught learners and creating next generation entrepreneurs at every level.
Project DEFY is a Non profit Section 8 company that enables individuals from marginalised communities to create their own education through self designed learning in creative community environments called Nooks.
Executive Director and Managing Trustee, Jhatkaa.org
Topic: Democracy 2.0 - how digital technology can simplify citizen participation in governance
Avijit Michael has worked at the intersection of campaigning and digital technology for the past decade. He led the team that pioneered online petitions and digital mobilisation in India with Greenpeace. He then worked at Change.org as Country Director to setup their India operations before moving to a role as Global Development Director where he built strategy for user engagement globally. He currently leads Jhatkaa.org with a focus on increasing citizen participation in democracy using digital technology that enables Indians to hold government accountable.
CEO, Muse Diagnostics
Topic: Body music and other ideas
Arvind is a Veterinarian, Biologist, Entrepreneur and Writer. He has spent over 5 years working with wildlife in various corners of the globe and writing on wildlife, medical issues and their intersection with society. For the last several years he has been developing medical devices from within his own clinic to starting a company.
Muse Diagnostics creates affordable, digital, IoT diagnostic tools to improve healthcare efficacy and accessibility. We leverage transdisciplinary expertise to create innovative, sustainable and scalable solutions. Our first product is the world's most advanced, effective and affordable digital stethoscope called Taal along with its machine learning diagnostic app called Surr
Digital Nomad, Founder 'Life Of Audacity'
Suvarchala Narayanan is a digital nomad who divides her time between technology & business journalism for PWC’s Strategy and Business magazine and leading Life-Design and authentic relationship retreats.
Following her Master’s thesis on the Future of Learning & Work, she embarked upon an experiment based on reflecting the central point of the thesis – varied gig-work, fluid identity, and continuous learning. Her past experiences include work as an actress and travel show host, organic farming on a Greek island, startup consulting & journalism for print and digital media.
CEO, Vitor Healthsciences Pvt Ltd
The Future of Healthcare: Beyond Hospitals
Milind Naik is a media & technology industry veteran with a career spanning more than 25 years helming leadership roles across brands like Cricinfo, Star TV and Miditech. He previously founded a mobile-technology venture called Papillon which serviced companies in their mobile application development endeavours. At Vitor, he leads product strategy & technology rollout.