Tech Session Speakers
Ravi Gururaj is a serial entrepreneur with 5 ventures and 2 public exits, an angel investor, a mentor to numerous entrepreneurs, technology executive, and ecosystem evangelist. He is Chairman & Co-Founder of Frictionless Ventures where he is building and investing in innovative software products primarily in the cloud, mobile, and big data segments.
Over his 25-year career, Ravi has held wide ranging roles including promoting an STPI unit exporting software components out of India, product management at Intel, served as Managing Director of the Trilogy Software's India engineering center, and founded multiple successful software product ventures two of which were acquired by public NASDAQ listed US technology companies.
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.
Rutvik joined Inventus after 12 years of successful technology industry operating roles. He has participated in India's fast emerging internet ecosystem since 2007, first with Google where he launched several products including Voice Search, Google Mobile App, SMS Channels and managed Google News globally, and most recently as the CEO of ecommerce startup Taggle in Bangalore. Before Google he spent 6 years in the U.S. building internet management software for CA Technologies and a startup.
Shradha founded YourStory in 2008, on the premise of championing the spirit of entrepreneurship in India, YourStory has grown into India's leading digital media platform for entrepreneurs, innovators, leaders, founders and change makers.
Recently she was conferred with L'Oreal Paris Femina Award 2015 in Online Influencer category. In December 2014 she delivered a Ted talk at Tedx Bay Area, San Francisco that won her accolades from the world over. The Economic Times ranked her among the top five women entrepreneurs in the Indian startup ecosystem. In 2015, she was selected in the list of 500 LinkedIn Influencers across the world.
Alok Kejriwal, Digital Entrepreneur, likes to create companies to sell them later. Sold last Company to Disney. Currently builds games for a living. Has a love-love relationship with VCs. Lives on an airplane. Avid Art of Living follower & meditator. Spiritual Seeker. Blogs vigorously. Talks to Yoda in his sleep. Mentors entrepreneurs. Virtual address is therodinhoods.com. Increasingly getting to be known as Alok 'Rodinhood' Kejriwal.
Ashiq is a Technical evangelist at the Tizen Experts website and has been Involved with evangelizing Tizen Operating System since its inception in 2011, attending all major Tizen events held globally since.
With a technical background of IT consultant, network Infrastructure and integration he is able to realize the opportunities that Tizen represents in the wearable / smart home and IoT space. Tizen Experts is the worlds largest independent resource for Tizen.
Bhanu is a board advisor, global product leader, entrepreneur and development enthusiast. He is passionate about building purposeful Products which enhance human endeavor and development.
In a corporate career spanning 19 years, he set up and successfully led various global product programs for Nokia, Perot Systems, Informatics Group and NIIT helping them grow to hundreds of millions of users both in Developed Markets and Emerging Markets. Since 2013, Bhanu has been nurturing Product Leadership capacities across industry sectors. Sharing his time between India, Europe and USA, Bhanu advises corporate boards, CXOs, enterprise leaders and startup founders on strategy, capability and OD in building successful product organizations. As an angel investor and startup advisor, he saw through three startups in Europe and India from Idea to Market to Series A in the last two years. Bhanu is an invited Executive Coach and Professor of Practice at the Institute of Product Leadership.
Dinesh Gopalakrishnan, Product Manager, Games2win
Dinesh has been in the Online and Mobile gaming industry since 9 years and is currently the Product Manager at Games2win. Being an avid cricket fan, he naturally managed to make 6 cricket games in the last one year. 2 of them being 'Power Cricket T20' with 4.5 Million downloads across all appstores, reaching #1 Spot and 'World Cricket Champs-2015' crossing 1.5 Million downloads overall in 3 months, reaching #2 Spot in the Top Free Sports category on the Android Play Store.
Dinesh has vast experience in production management and publishing online and mobile games. He has been with the 2win group working since last 16 years having managed a creative studio for many years
Joyce started her career in the food and beverage industry when a friend introduced her to the world of casual games. Jumping right into it, she has enjoyed the privilege of working in the games space in publishing (Oberon Media), content acquisition for a computer manufacturer (Lenovo) and focused on the potential of building a gaming hub in the region with a government agency (iDA Singapore).
Veera Manikandan Raju
Veera drives System and Software strategy of TI's next generation embedded processing platforms. He is an accomplished leader in Wireless and Embedded industry with track record across strategy, planning, innovation, execution & production through various worldwide key roles like Senior Director of Visual Technologies, Director of Natural User Interfaces and other high impact roles in TI's wireless and embedded processing groups. He ramped over 100+ Wireless, Embedded and automotive products into market based on Android, Linux, Symbian and RTOS.
Veera is also a senior member technical staff which recognizes him as top 6% of the world wide distinguished technical population across Texas Instruments. He has been with Texas Instruments for over 14 years and has 5 granted patents and 16 filed patents in USPTO and many publications.
Rustum Scammell has been making games for more than 10 years. He owns Craft Colony, a game production & consulting company. He is a games technology generalist and takes a holistic approach to game development. He has been developing in Unity since 2009. Rus is an MSC Malaysia Intellectual Property Creators Challenge (IPCC) winner. In 2012, he released Penyu the Turtle, a top down shooter for iOS. He also launched and managed Malaysia's first online portal for game assets. Previously, he was Technical Art Director at Big Bad Robots and Senior 3D Artist at GameBrains. He lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Chitra Ravi is founder and CEO of EZ Vidya a premier education research and innovation organization focused on delivering quality holistic education in Indian schools. Chrysalis, the flagship product of EZ Vidya, focuses on 'transforming classrooms to Thinkrooms, in hundreds of schools. Recently a digital learning app called "Buzzle" was launched by EZ Vidya in over 12 cities in India. These along with awards like the 'Game Changer of the Year 2012' award by IndiaMart and ET Now, stand testimony to Chitra's work. More recently EZ Vidya was awarded the South Asian Education Summit award for "Innovation in school curriculum".
Chitra holds a Masters in English and an MBA. Apart from steering EZ Vidya as CEO, to constantly come up with innovative ideas; Chitra travels to various schools and actively participates in several national and international conferences in education
Saran Chatterjee has worked with Flipkart for close to 3 years as the VP of Product Management. He has played a key role in scaling Flipkart by shaping company strategy, setting up product management, design and operations org and heading the consumer experience and platforms teams. Prior to Flipkart, Saran worked with Yahoo! for six years across diverse functions - including product management for consumer search, search advertising, product marketing and operations. He has also held key product development and planning positions at Fujitsu Network Communications.
Saran holds an MBA degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Ohio and BS in Electrical Engineering from Jadavpur University. His interest lies in new technology, creating products that solve real consumer problems and in the process have significant impact on their lives.
Julian Philips is founder of Mobile Perspectives, a management consultancy advising businesses on mobile strategy. Julian has over 18 years of experience in the industry and has been the founding member of two US based mobile startups - Unimobile & July Systems. Most recently he was CEO of Matchify - a mobile dating company.
At July he was SVP Product Management & Marketing, and responsible for the vision of July's product and market strategy. As part of the July's customer success task force he has advised CXOs of Fortune 500 Media, Travel and Retail companies and helped various teams within their organization to navigate critical challenges in their mobile journey. Before joining July Systems, Julian was part of the founding team at Unimobile Inc. (acquired by VeriSign) where he managed Product User Experience and Marketing Communications. He was also the principal designer for the Unimobile Messenger, the world's first internet to mobile Instant Messenger.
Hiren Chandiramani is the Director of Product Management for the Enterprise Infrastructure and Solution Group (EISG) at Cisco, India. Hiren has over 16 years of experience in Product Management & Marketing, Technical Marketing, Go-To-Market Strategy and management. At Cisco, Hiren was responsible for building the first networking product targeted at Emerging markets that was completely designed and delivered from Cisco, India. He was also responsible for building a Product management and Technical Marketing organization from ground up that is responsible for all enterprise switching and routing products being delivered out of Cisco India.
Prior to moving back to India to join Cisco in 2011, Hiren was based in Silicon Valley where he held various leadership roles in Product Management and Marketing with companies such as Brocade, NetApp, VMware and HP. He started his career as a developer working for HP's networking division before transitioning into Product Management. Hiren holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and a BE in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bombay.
Ajit's focus is on developing the Smart TV front-end application development for variety of content providers. He has a keen interest in front-end technology and tools, contributed in development of more than 50+ application for Tizen.
Amit Gauraw looks after the SmartTV App development Team in Samsung. He works with partners and developers to produce innovative Smart TV applications. He is having extensive experience of Smart TV Application Development.
Anvesh is an enthusiastic Web app developer, with complete understanding of Tizen Web app development. He has been with Samsung since a couple of years and has been dedicatedly contributing to app development aspects of Tizen.
Ashok is a Software Architect for IoTivity Framework at the Software Center (SWC) Group. He was also involved in architecture, design and development of connectivity solutions in Samsung used in Smartphones and Wearable devices. Ashok spent his initial years at Samsung developing IPSec, Wireless Profiled TCP and was also involved in the research of porting Gecko based web engine for resource constrained Mobile and Camera platforms.
Avnish is Software Architect and currently leads Tizen TV team. He has an experience of more than 8 years in Samsung in developing SDK, UI frameworks and applications for DTV. He has also contributed significantly in Connectivity, Graphics, Web, MVPD/PVOD and Convergence areas. He is in-charge of Tizen TV SDK in SRI-Delhi. Prior to joining Samsung, Avnish has spent over 8 years in developing solutions for broadcast and multimedia technology companies.
Brian Warner is Senior Open Source Strategist at Samsung Research America. Prior to joining Samsung he was Director of Client Services at The Linux Foundation, where he managed the Tizen Project and a variety of other Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects.
Chandra Bajpai is the VP of Advanced Technologies at OpenMobile. A proven technology product management executive, Chandra brings 20+ years of experience in high tech engineering, marketing, presales, strategic planning and management. Cultivating a broad perspective on the high tech marketplace, he has run the gamut from early stage startups to billion dollar behemoths including SystemSoft, Metatomix, Charles River and Monster.com. At SystemSoft, Chandra conceived and developed two market defining products, CardWizard and SystemWizard, directly propelling the company towards market leadership and a highly successful IPO.
As a technology evangelist, Chandra has been a supporter of Samsung's Tizen platform from its earliest concepts. OpenMobile has delivered state of art solutions under his guidance that have expanded Tizen's.
Chandu looks after developer outreach program. He works with brands, partners and developers to produce innovative mobile applications based on current and future technologies as well as evangelizing the Samsung platforms. At Samsung he also manages Solution/Service development for B2B verticals focused on Healthcare & Education.
Dalvinder is one of the key developers of MVPD/IPTV middleware for Tizen TV. He has long experience in multimedia middleware development, IPTV middleware, Flash player and web runtime technologies.
Govindaraju is currently leading the Tizen UI & Graphics team. He has spent over 15 years in Software design, development & standardization majorly in Mobile domain. His major focus areas are Mobile UI and Graphics middleware & drivers.
Kaushik is working with Samsung for more than 10 year that includes more than 5 years of experience of working in web domain. Prior to work in web domain he also worked in multimedia applications. Before joining Samsung he spent about 3 years working for multimedia and networking technologies. He is currently leading Web Runtime Framework team for Tizen.
Madhavi has worked in depth on telephony middleware and thereafter extensively contributed to communication APIs for app development on platforms like bada , Tizen. Before that she worked on core messaging services.
Currently she enthusiastically holds Tizen DevLab technical sessions as part of evangelizing Tizen App development.
Maneesh Kumar Shrivastava
Maneesh is one of the key developers of 'Premium Video on Demand (VoD)' framework for Tizen TV. He has more than 10 years of experience in developing secure multimedia and graphics system on TV.
Mohan Rao GNS
Mohan Rao brings 22+ years of experience in leading Mobile Protocols & Platform Team at Samsung Bangalore. His R&D team is responsible for bringing Tizen into a market of futuristic Samsung Devices. Apart from leading the talent pool of Samsung Bangalore, Mohan serves as a technical communication point for stakeholders including Operators, Senior Management and Suppliers.
Mohan Sundar B
Mohan Sundar B, Group Engineering Manager, Samsung R&D Institute, Bangalore.
Mohan is leading a team of developers working on Cloud and Intelligence domain. He has 14+ years of experience in software design and development. He is working in cloud & intelligence domain for last 4+ years. Before this he was leading a team which was responsible to develop DRM, System optimization solutions. His interest areas are cloud based service development and distributed computing platforms.
Swamy leads team of contributors to open source projects Blink, BlueZ, EFL & gStreamer which are used Tizen. The team is also responsible for ensuring healthy status of Tizen Open Source by reviewing the patches and answering technical queries. Prior to joining Samsung, Swamy has 14 years of experience with mobile and networking software development.
Pardeep works for Smart TV to produce innovative TV applications based on current and future technologies as well as evangelizing the Samsung platforms. He has 10 years of experience in Web application Development with large technology companies. He manages and lead a application development team under his supervision, and developed most notable applications over the platform and recognized world-wide.
Praveen has good exposure to application development and has witnessed the application UI development using GTK and gradually evolved towards the adaptation of EFL in Tizen platform. He was a core member of Tizen Z1 commercialization team handling the Call application. Besides that he has been active in spreading the EFL development knowledge to the new joiners & other R&D engineers through internal training presentations.
Rajaram Naganur is working with SAMSUNG from last 14 years with various responsibilities including Video Telephony, DVB-H, SHP Multimedia, bada Multimedia: development & productization. He currently leads Tizen Multimedia Framework & Multimedia Applications and Tizen teams.
Ravi Sankar Guntur
Ravi started off his programming career with Linux/Tizen. He was associated with Tizen since its beginnings. he currently leads a team which focuses on improving Tizen performance. He has 11 years of Programming experience and his areas of interest include system programming and optimization techniques.
Ruchika Saxena is having 12+ years of experience in embedded software across Consumer Electronics (STB & DTV) and Automotive (IVI, Engine & Body control) products. Currently, she is leader of Tizen Multimedia Framework development at Samsung Research Lab in Delhi and actively developing Tizen Multimedia Audio framework, Camera & Screen Mirroring framework.
Sachin Dev Sharma
Sachin manages Tizen TV development team. He is involved in defining key features of Tizen TV profile and platform architecture. He has 16 years of professional experience in TV and Set-top box platform software development
Sanjay N M
Sanjay is active gStreamer contributor and Multimedia expert. He provides guidelines regarding open source compliance and mentorship to those starting their open source journey. Apart from Tizen, Sanjay also had experience with Android & Bada mobile platforms.
Samrat S N
Samrat is currently leading a team for building UX for TIZEN mobile in India. In his 5 years with Samsung he has lead several user-focused UX innovation projects across platforms & product lines. Currently his responsibility extends to creating compelling mobile UX solutions for local & emerging markets. Prior to joining Samsung, Samrat, an NID alumnus, spent 9 years in industry working as an automobile designer and innovation consultant with leading design & product companies.
Senthil is part of Tizen team at the Software Center (SWC) Group, Bangalore Lab. He has 13+ years of working industry experience in embedded software development. Senthil has worked on multiple domains including Java micro edition VM porting, compilers, bootloaders, and kernel drivers. He is an avid fan of linux and open source. Senthil's interests are programming languages and virtual machines.
Suchin works for Tizen web application team. He has 9 years of experience in Web Technologies and worked on end to end web solutions.
Sungyul is a member of the Tizen R&D Graphics Team. He currently works on developing Tizen Graphics features and 3D Graphics; which includes OpenGl-ES and DALi (ED specialized widget system)