Onsite Registration: 8.30 am – 9.30 am

Day 1: August 29, 2016

9.30 – 9.40

Welcome Address

Kaushik Bhaskar

Kaushik Bhaskar

Vice President, India Software Labs, IBM India

Kaushik Bhaskar is the Vice President of India Software Labs (ISL) at IBM, which is one of IBM’s largest development and innovation centers with teams spread across five different cities in India. Kaushik is responsible for driving product development and technology innovation across several pillars including Big Data & Analytics, Social Business, Enterprise Security, Cloud Optimization, Smarter Commerce, Enterprise Mobility, Smarter Cities, and Product and Service Innovation. He is also the leader for the IBM software group cluster in India. In addition to these responsibilities, Kaushik is responsible for Information Integration and Governance product development globally.

9.40 – 10.00

Keynote: Accelerating innovation with cognitive solutions and cloud platforms

We’ve ushered in a new era – an era where Cognitive and Cloud technologies dictate the pace and direction of business. An era, where dark data must not only be read, but also be put to work. Businesses that are cognitive find insights from patterns in mere minutes, and will be able to operate smarter, speed up innovation and get to market quicker. Join us as we discuss the role of Watson and IBM Cloud in building the cognitive abilities that are transforming the industry.

Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas

Vice President, Product Development, IBM Analytics

Rob is currently the Vice President of Product Development in IBM Analytics. In his current role, he leads product development for Big Data and Analytics, which includes the development of IBM’s Hadoop, NoSql, advanced analytics, machine learning, database, data warehouse, business intelligence, data security, and data integration products. In 2015, Rob published his first book “Big Data Revolution: What farmers, doctors, and insurance agents can teach us about patterns in big data”. He has also published a variety of articles in publications ranging from InfoWorld to Silicon Valley Business Ink.

10.00 – 10.30

Keynote: India on the move: Vision for the future

What is the power of a billion minds? Jugaad (a colloquial Hindi word that could mean an innovative fix or a simple work-around, used for solutions that bend rules) maybe second nature to us, but how do we make the leap from immense potential to a reality where India is truly digital? As we travel down the path of innovation and disruption, it is becoming increasingly clear that we must go beyond global models and methodologies, to find solutions that are unique to this demography and culture. Engage with us, as we head into a digital tomorrow.

Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani

Chairman, EkStep, Former Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India

Nandan is a sought-after entrepreneur, thinker and writer. Earlier, he was the Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in the rank of a Cabinet Minister, and the co-chairman of Infosys Technologies Limited, which he co-founded in 1981. In 2006, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan. He has been named as the Businessman of the year by Forbes Asia; listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2006 & 2009 by Time magazine; and named as one of the Top 100 Global thinkers in 2010, by Foreign Policy magazine.

10.30 – 10.50


10.50 – 11.10

Digital Business Transformation in the Cognitive era

Follow the journey of this start-up, named as one of the "Top 10 cloud computing startups" in 2010 at a time when cloud computing was still in early stages. It leveraged Cloud to be a key differentiator. A few years later, this start-up became a member of the IBM family. It is important to not only keep abreast with the technology trends but also be an early adopter to stay ahead of the herd. Cloud as a platform has made tremendous progress taking the grunt work out of app development. Put your Data to work with the help of cognitive computing - unravel insights that were hitherto simply not known. API technology makes it possible to apply machine learning as part of the Analytics, leveraging the cognitive services available on cloud. Join us and be part of the cognitive era!

Adam Kocoloski

Adam Kocoloski

IBM Fellow & CTO, Analytics Platform & Cloud Data Services

Adam is an IBM Fellow and CTO for the Analytics Platform & Cloud Data Services organization. He joined IBM in 2014 via the acquisition of Cloudant, where he built a highly available, scalable database and drove the development of the systems required to offer the database as a service. Adam’s record of open source contributions and leadership in the NoSQL and cloud services communities includes numerous publications and conference presentations. Adam received his Ph.D. in Physics from MIT in 2010 where he studied the gluon’s contribution to the spin structure of the proton. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and three young daughters.

11.10 – 11.30

Architecting for Innovation

Truly innovative ideas should transform the landscape you operate in, and become a milestone that you chart progress against. Architecting for Innovation is based on the principles of openness, linear scalability, strong security, and most importantly vendor neutrality. Join the conversation to understand how one incorporates emerging architecture for scale and agility, new areas like APIs, and micro-services across the vast, diverse and dynamic landscape of disruptive technologies.

Dr. Pramod K Varma

Dr. Pramod K Varma

Chief Architect, Aadhaar, Chief Technical Officer, EkStep Advisor to NPCI and GSTN

Pramod Varma is the Chief Architect and Technology Advisor for the Aadhaar project, where he is responsible for the entire system architecture and all strategic technology decisions. He joined UIDAI in 2009 as part of the founding team and has been pivotal in ensuring that an open, scalable, and secure architecture is built to meet the needs of Aadhaar. He is also the CTO for EkStep, a not-for-profit, learner-centric, technology-enabled platform that aims to improve applied literacy and numeracy. In addition, he sits on the technology advisory board of the National Payment Corporation (NPCI), Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN), and is part of many public initiatives as a volunteer for iSpirt.

11.30 – 11.50

Innovation & Collaboration: Two sides of the same coin?

Today, India ranks third, among the five largest start-up communities in the world, with the number of startups crossing 4,000. But how can we ensure that we stay with this momentum? That we support and grow the start-ups that will make the greatest difference? Can we make sure the ecosystem, start-ups included, work together for a better tomorrow? Learn how you can join IBM in partnering with the ecosystem to ensure that start-ups grow and mature, and are not mere flashes in the pan.

Vani Kola

Vani Kola

Managing Director, Kalaari Capital

Vani is the Managing Director of Kalaari Capital, which has funded more than 50 start-ups in India, including Myntra, Snapdeal, and Urban ladder among others. After a successful stint, spanning more than two decades, as an entrepreneur and VC in Silicon Valley, she moved back to India, where she been actively engaged in leading investments for start-ups. She also plays a key role in mentoring start-ups to make them successful brands.

11.50 – 12.30

Innovation Showcase launch & Lightning Demos

Sneak peek into the innovation showcase which will have demonstrations of some of the coolest innovations from startups and IBM in the space of Cognitive, Cloud and IoT. The demos will provide an overview of how startups and enterprises can use IBM technologies to solve their business problems in a scalable and cost effective manner


Manish Bhide

Sr. Technical Staff Member, IBM Analytics

Manish is an executive architect responsible for the infrastructure of the DataWorks Forge service offering. He has been with IBM for more than 14 years and has worked across different parts of IBM such as IBM Research and IBM Software group. Manish has a passion for innovation and is credited with conceptualising several technological innovations which have made an impact on IBM’s products and offerings. Manish is a prolific inventor and has filed more than 35 patents and has published more than 25 research papers in IEEE/ACM conferences.

12.30 – 14.15

Lunch break / Innovation Showcase Walkthrough

14.15 – 17.00

Break out Tracks

Technology in Financial Services (FinTech)

Financial Services Industry, long seen as a highly technical, highly regulated industry dominated by giant banks that resist disruption is now riding on an entrepreneurial wave. This industry is currently the second biggest target for disruption. Even a fraction of a point of market share represents significant business, so everyone in the eco system wants to ride on the wave.

Get to hear from the Industry experts on the hot opportunities in the industry and how they are using cool technologies to address them. This thematic track will have two sessions:

Session 1: API Economy & Blockchain (14.15 – 15.30 hrs)

Rajendra Mhalsekar, President, Head of Corporate Banking Technology & Solution Group, Yes Bank will share how they are partnering with IBM to create a new age financial enterprise in this API economy.

Pramodh Vr, Senior Offering Manager, IBM Cloud would share how the cocktail of APIs, Regulation, Blockchain& Digital transformation is creating newer opportunities, fostering innovation and also posing threats to Banks &Fintechs. He will also throw light on how IBM is helping startups & enterprises make this cocktail taste exciting.

Sessions will be anchored by Stephen Warwick, VP, IBM Cloud

Session 2: Cognitive, Mobile & Cloud technology (15.45 – 17.00 hrs)

Girish Dhanakshirur, IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM will share how financial services are leveraging IBM's Mobile and Cognitive offerings, delivered via Cloud.

Session will be anchored by John Ponzo, Fellow and VP, MobileFirst CTO, IBM Cloud

Technology in Healthcare (HealthTech)

A new partnership is now emerging between humanity and technology with the goal of transforming global health. Cognitive systems that understand, reason and learn are helping people expand their knowledge base, improve their productivity and deepen their expertise. With Cognitive Computing and Internet of Things, we are now able to see health data that was previously hidden, and do more than we ever thought possible.

Listen to the practitioners and experts show and tell how Cognitive Technologies and IoT are being put to use to transform healthcare. This thematic track will have two sessions:

Session 1: Cognitive Healthcare (14.15 – 15.30 hrs)

Session will be anchored by Rama Dash, Leader, IBM Watson Health

Session 2: IoT& Healthcare (15.45 – 17.00 hrs)

Session will be anchored by Rama Dash, Leader, IBM Watson Health

Technology in Commerce

Organizations have long emphasised on delivering delightful customer experience. Trying to know what customers want before they do, trying to understand nuances of tone, sentiment and environmental conditions to engage customers on a human level to deliver the right experience at the perfect moment to delight customers and inspire lifelong advocacy. Today, technologies like Cognitive Analytics, Cloud and Mobile have made this closer to reality.

Industry experts will share how the convergence of cognitive, mobile and cloud are being leveraged to deliver delightful customer experiences. This thematic track will have two sessions:

Session 1: Cognitive Commerce (14.15 – 15.30 hrs)

Session 2: eCommerce trends (15.45 – 17.00 hrs)

17.00 – 19.00

Social evening @ Innovation showcase

Join us after the conference for some snacks and beverages while you socialize with fellow entrepreneurs. Make new friends. Unwind. Get deeper understanding of the technologies behind all the innovations at the showcase. Do not miss ‘Flash Acts’ from time to time.

Day 2: August 30, 2016

9.30 – 9.40

Welcome Address & Day 1 Recap
Speaker: Anmol Nautiyal, Convener, IBM India Labs Engage 2016. Director, Cloud Integration, IBM Cloud

9.40 – 10.00

Keynote: The New IBM

Every decade IBM has reinvented itself. As we progress on our transformation journey it has become clear that digital is not the destination, but converges with digital intelligence to bring greater business value to clients. In the digital era, India is primed for strong economic growth, fueled by the robust ecosystem of start-ups, entrepreneurs and SMBs. However, when most organizations are going digital, what is it that will differentiate you to help you take the lead in the cognitive era?

Vanitha Narayanan

Vanitha Narayanan

Managing Director, IBM India Private Limited

10.00 – 10.20

Innovating with the Eco System

Subrat Mohanty

Mr. Subrat Mohanty

Senior Executive Vice President, HDFC Life

Subrat is responsible for Strategy, Operations, Health, and Technology at HDFC Life. He joined HDFC Life in 2010 and has led the strategic themes and transformation initiatives of the organization during a fast changing industry environment. Prior to assuming this role, he was the Strategic Business Unit (SBU) Head at Infosys BPO where he spent 8 years building the business from scratch. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from NIT Rourkela and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.

10.20 – 10.40

Keynote: Why it is a good time to be an Entrepreneur!

The start-up ecosystem in India has never been so exciting. There are a set of programs in place, including those by Governmental agencies at the central and state level, by Enterprises / Corporates to provide a conducive environment for start-ups to bloom. Start-ups aspire for scale while Enterprises want to be more agile - each group has what the other group want! Effective collaboration between Enterprises and start-ups could be the game changer. Access to the right technology at the right time makes a big difference. Of course, funding is key and those start-ups who have the scale (market) and the right technology, have an edge. Listen as experts hash out the perfect formula that start-ups can apply, repeatedly.

Ravi Gururaj

Ravi Gururaj

Founder & CEO of QikPod / Member of NASSCOM Executive Council

Ravi Gururaj is Founder/CEO of QikPod, where he is building a nationwide network of parcel delivery lockers in partnership with top-tier investors and strategic industry partners. Ravi is an entrepreneur/founder of 6 technology ventures, two of which exited as public NASDAQ companies. He is also an angel investor, a mentor to numerous entrepreneurs, a technology executive, and an ecosystem evangelist. Ravi is a member of the NASSCOM Executive Council; chairs the NASSCOM Product Council; and co-hosts the NASSCOM Product Conclave. He is Charter Member of TiE Bangalore where he launched the Cloud SIG, is Co-Chair/Founder of the Penn & Wharton Club of Bangalore, and is Co-Founder & Co-Chair of HBS Alumni Angels India chapter.

10.40 – 11.00


11.00 – 12.00

Pitch Perfect: Startup Innovation pitch

No, this is not a competition. It is an opportunity to witness some of the cool innovations. Of the 30 plus start up innovations evaluated, the best 6 will give their elevator pitch on the stage. An excellent opportunity for you to listen and learn from the new age disruptors.

12.00 – 12.20

India’s Moonshot TeamIndus

TeamIndus India’s entry into Google Lunar XPrize, is building a privately funded Spacecraft capable of soft landing on the Moon by Dec 2017. TeamIndus is ranked Top-3 in this competition featuring 16 international teams. What are they up to? What do they aspire? What do they believe? What do they create? Hear from the horse’s mouth.

Speaker: Sheelika Ravishankar, Jedi Master, TeamIndus

12.20 – 13.30

Lunch break / Innovation Showcase Walkthrough

13.30 – 17.30

IBM Bluemix Garage (Limited seats, pre registration required)

Innovation is inevitable today for enterprises to cope with dynamic markets, changing customer demands in a rapidly growing digital world and of course fierce competition. But Innovation without scale is just optimization. The IBM Bluemix Garage Method is a holistic and pragmatic approach to rapid innovation on Cloud. The Bluemix Garage method combines Design Thinking principles, Agile Development, DevOps, and Cloud to build and deliver innovative solutions. The Bluemix Garage experiential workshop will provide an insight into one of the most successful and popular techniques that most customers today are adopting to accelerate innovation and lead the race.

Nandkishor Dhomne

Nandkishor Dhomne

Vice President-IT & Chief Information Officer, Manipal Hospitals

Nandkishor is the VP-IT & CIO at Manipal Hospitals (MHE), where he is responsible for driving groups digital hospital strategy for all MHE corporate Hospitals within India and Internationally. He is also accountable for technology implementations in teaching hospitals of the group within India. His key roles & responsibilities include defining IT Strategy/Roadmap for a digital hospitals, setting up and running IT organization, evaluation, selection and implementation of various Information Technology solutions and keeping them up-to-date, aligning IT initiatives with business requirements, process automation using technology solutions, analytics/dashboards, cloud & mobility, information safety and security, compliance, data center & connectivity etc. Nandkishor is a part of The CIO Power List 2015, India 100 Most Respected CIO Award, Healthcare Hero Award by Dynamic CIO etc.

Sivaraj Sethunamasivayam

Sivaraj Sethunamasivayam

Program Director, IBM Watson Health

Sivaraj is a Program Director of IBM Watson Health in India Software Lab. Siv and his team is leading IBM’s efforts in India/APAC to transform healthcare and social programs through the usage of cognitive systems, especially IBM Watson and Watson Health Cloud. Over the past decade, Siv has worked with government Health and Human Services and Care agencies across the globe. He has helped them use IBM technology to solve fundamental health and social issues such as: health insurance, child welfare, disability management, sustenance measures for the poor etc.

Rajlakshmi Borthakur

Rajlakshmi Borthakur

Founder & CEO TerraBlue XT

Rajlakshmi (“Raji”) Borthakur is the Founder & CEO of TerraBlue XT, which is an award-winning healthcare startup based out of Bangalore, India.Raji and her team is building TJay, a true IoT product for the prediction and management of epilepsy and a cognitive computing-based decision support system (DSS) for healthcare professionals. With Tjay, they hope to make the lives of people with epilepsy safer and diagnosis data-driven and accurate. What’s exciting for the team is that TJay can be scaled to manage other diseases and disorders, making it possible for people in remote areas to have access to quality healthcare.

Shalini Kapoor

Shalini Kapoor

IBM Distinguished Engineer, Chief Architect-Internet of Things Ecosystem, Watson IoT IBM Internet of Things

Shalini drives development and architecture of new IoT solutions for ecosystem partners and also leads integration scenarios across industries and horizontal solutions which intersect through Cloud, analytics and device integrations. As a worldwide technical leader she provides directions to IBM's Global System Integrators on their IoT strategies. With over 19 years of experience, Shalini has immense experience in client facing technical roles and complex solution definition and development across industries. She is known for incubating and innovating next gen solutions and works with major clients worldwide to take these solutions to market

Shalini is a Distinguished Lead Architect as certified by The Open Group and a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. She received the Emerging Women Achiever's award from CII in 2011, Zinnov Technical Role Model award for 2012, and the Woman in Technology award from eMERG, India, 2015. She holds 10 patents and has written several papers for IEEE conferences.

Mahesh Tiyaaguru

Mahesh Tiyaaguru

Chief Technical Officer, abof.com

Mahesh is the Chief Technical Officer at abof.com. He is responsible for Technology / IT strategy and works closely with a variety of vendors and consultants to build best-in-class solutions for abof.com – all about fashion.Before joining abof.com, Mahesh was AVP - Technology at Homeshop18 and had built/re-built custom platforms for search, payments, supply chain, order management, logistics etc. He started his career with Yahoo in technology research and has multiple patents in WebSearch and AdRelevancy. He had an entrepreneurial stint for 3 years where he built a web-scale crawl and a structured data-extraction platform that provided data as a service.

Michael Bordash

Michael Bordash

Distinguished Engineer, IBM Commerce CTO Group

Michael is a distinguished engineer at IBM, who currently leads technical strategy & advanced development team for the IBM Commerce portfolio. He has helped create technical connections between Watson, Commerce, IBM at-large, customers and partners. He is the former CTO at Xtify, which is now known as IBM Mobile Customer Engagement. Xtify acquired by IBM Late 2013. Michael is a published author, tech & music columnist, and a start-up tech veteran.

Manjeri R. Dharmarajan

Director, IBM Commerce

Director, Commerce Development India and Emptoris IBM Commerce

Manjeri (Dharma) Dharmarajan manages the Commerce development team at IBM India Software Lab. Dharma has a BTech (CS) from IIT Madras and an MS (CS) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dharma has extensive experience in globally distributed enterprise software development, and works with the IBM sales and services teams to make our clients successful on IBM solutions. In his spare time, he likes to travel, and counts climbing a volcano and rafting down an underground river as his notable achievements

Hari Vasudev

Hari Vasudev

Senior Vice President of Engineering, Flipkart

Hari is the Senior Vice President of Engineering for Supply Chain at Flipkart. His role entails transforming supply chain in India through technology innovation in key relevant areas such as Mobile, IoT, Robotics and Data Sciences; enabling Flipkart to offer a very differentiated customer experience at scale. With experience of over 20 years, Hari has built and scaled organisations across multiple domains in the software industry.

Vikram Malhotra

Vikram Malhotra

Business Development and Offering Leader, IBM Commerce

Vikram Malhotra is a part of the Client Success India leadership in the Commerce BU, and leads the offerings and business development portfolio. He works on creating industry or cognitive MVP offerings on the commerce portfolio, solving client business problems. Vikram, also works very closely with various IBM groups in executing a collaborative go-to market strategy that helps impact IBM Top Line, with specific focus on the ANZ and the MEA region currently.

Mike Yesudas

Mike Yesudas

Distinguished Engineer and CTO, IBM Commerce Services

Mike is the IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO for IBM Commerce's Client Success. He is the technology leader, responsible for making, implementing and deploying the IBM Commerce's solutions around the world for over 10 years. He is a graduate from IIT Kharagpur, and has been at Baker Hughes, Hewlett Packard, and General Electric, before joining IBM in Dallas, Texas. He is a technology evangelist in commerce and specialises in performance and security of eCommerce solutions.

Rochan S

Rochan S

Co-Founder, MoeySmart

Rochan S is the co-founder of MoneySmart, a game changer for the banking industry which help banks to forge deeper relationships with their underbanked customers. MoneySmart creates a powerful platform for banks to develop customer insights and behavior based segmentation to help deliver personalized client experience through mobile. Earlier, Rochan has co-founded ecommerce startup in gaming auctions. In early part of his career, Rochan has spent considerable time at IBM's leading Research Laboratory TJ Watson Research Center and he also led Infosys Consulting Practice for the APAC region. Rochan is alums of Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad and National Institute of Technology (NIT), Surathkal.