Innovation Summit | Silicon Valley


17 October, 2019
Starting at 2 pm

MeltingPot2020 Innovation Summit 2019

MeltingPot aims to be precisely that - A MeltingPot of ideas and conversations with thought leaders who are immersed in innovation and value creation. MeltingPot also stays closely connected with the culture and context to bring maximum value for the high-quality delegates as well as provide take-aways to thought leader - speakers. CXOs, entrepreneurs, researchers, young innovators comprise our community of meltingpotters in every geography across the globe.

In the inaugural edition of MP2020 in Silicon Valley, we wish to focus on a carefully curated theme of talent, performance and wealth creation. World 4.0 and her impact in areas such as talent, GTM and peak performance will be the focus in our panels of experts while our keynote speaker - leaders will share their prescience and foretell the future to us.

Here's why you should be a part of MP2020
Why MP2020 is valuable to CXOs?
  • Log into the world of Talent 4.0 and GTM 4.0
  • Update about the new paradigm of collaboration with universities
  • Listen to success stories of leveraging talent on campuses
  • Access, excite and attract top talent globally to your company
  • Making GTM more contemporary and aligned with NextPractice
  • Interact with handpicked start-ups that could be tomorrow's winners
  • Build valuable capacities and connections into Asia through Wain Connect

Creative Disruption Through Academia - Industry Collaboration in Era 4.0

Why MP2020 is valuable to higher education leaders?
  • Listen to the real-world business-leaders and entrepreneurs who are scripting tomorrow
  • Build connections for better college outcomes - jobs, internships, research funds, technology, etc.
  • Connect with the university ecosystem in India/Asia for strategic partnerships
Why MP2020 (Bay Area Edition) is valuable for top universities?
  • Interact with architects of Campus4.0 in different parts of the world
  • Listen to real world leaders and entrepreneurs who are scripting tomorrow
  • Build connections and strategic partnerships in the North American continent with universities
  • Experience the throbbing innovation ecosystem in the Silicon Valley

Meet Our Speakers

Event Schedule

01:30 pm


02:00 pm

Welcome Address

02:10 pm

Opening Keynote

Andrew Ko, MD, AWS

Satya Narayanan R, Chairman, CL Educate & Founder, MeltingPot2020

02:50 pm

Panel Discussion - TechTrends 4.0

Chairperson: Arun Ramamoorthy, General Partner, Z5 Capital


Andrew Ko, MD, AWS

Arvind Nithrakashyap, Co-Founder & CTO, Rubrik

Leila Takayama, Associate Professor, University of California

Nanda Kumar Puthucode, Chief Investment Officer & Founding MD, Bunge Ventures

This panel of Industry and Academic experts will share their insights about trends in Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning, Data Management and Governance, Cloud / Edge Infrastructure and Ubiquitous Computing.
They will also discuss near term disruptions versus long term trends to watch and how to prepare to deal with these changes.

Key topics of discussion will include -

1. Top technology trends to watch
2. How these trends will / could impact businesses and why should you care
3. What are some near term vs long term disruptions
4. How should businesses, students and academics deal with these changes

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03:50 pm

Panel Discussion - GTM 4.0

Chairperson: Mani Iyer, CEO, Kwanzoo


Chitra Nayak, Board Member, Invitae

Sonal Puri, CEO, Webscale Networks

Jim Whitehead, Professor, Computational Media, University of California

Jayesh Govindarajan, VP Analytics & Data Science, Salesforce

Zero-to-Traction: Go-to-Market (GTM) The Right Way Across Industry, Academia and The Government
Introducing and scaling a new product / service into the market comes with unique challenges, whether you are a an academician who seeks to turn academic research into a start-up venture, a tech entrepreneur or corporate executive seeking customer growth, or a public official looking to bring new businesses to your city or state. In this session, our expert panel will bring their own experiences and insights to you.

How do you:

1. Message, position, and differentiate your offering(s) to your target audience
2. Ensure product / market and company / category fit
3. Land your first set of referenceable customers
4. Rapidly gain referenceable customers
5. Build and scale a repeatable sales model

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04:50 pm

Panel Discussion - Worldwide Collaboration is the future.

Chairperson: Ram Akella, Professor & Director at University of California


Dr. Abhay Jere, Chief Innovation Officer, Innovation Cell, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India

Ellick Chan, Head of University Relations & Research - Intel AI Academy, Intel Corporation

Alex Ermolaev, Director of AI, Change Healthcare

Attila Lengyel, Director of Strategy, Innovation & Adoption, Data Analytics at Western Digital

This panel of Industry and Academic experts will share their views on reskilling, upskilling, cross-skilling in a world of automation and AI / ML. Collaboration between industry and academia is key to dealing with the emerging skill gap in the US.
Key topics of discussion will include -

1. What is upskilling, reskilling, and cross-skilling?
2. How should businesses and academic institutions prepare for this changing world
3. What are some trends causing this skills gap
4. Examples of successful collaboration models

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05:50 pm

Closing Keynote

6:00pm onwards

Beer & Wine

Performance by Archish Jazz Combo

This collective is a coming-together of some of the Bay Area's top youth musicians.
Spanning 4 different high schools, the members have played at many large-scale events such as the Monterey Jazz Festival and San Jose Summer Jazz Fest. The group bridges the standards of the jazz era and the modernized grooves of today’s music in a cross-genre fusion unique to the California scene.


Archish Arun - Keyboards
Ethan Osier - Guitar
James Anderson - Drum kit
Ansel Austin - Bass
Sumi Govindaraju - Saxophone
Ryan Kang - Trumpet

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9:00 AM

Registration & Networking

9:30 AM

Innovation Showcase

09:40 AM

Research Showcase : Multi-University Global Collaboration
Dr. Parameshwaran Ramakrishnan, MBBS, MD Psychiatry, Master of Divinity, Harvard & Research Investigator at UC Berkeley.

10:00 AM

Opening Keynote
GV Prasad, Co-Chairman & CEO, Dr Reddy's Laboratories

10:30 AM

Plenary Session : Making Delhi A Leader State Through Research and Innovation In Instituions
Manish Sisodia, Honorable Minsiter for Education, Govt. of NCT of Delhi

11:10 PM

Tea/Coffee Break

11:30 AM

Expectations and demands from Campus: The Corporate Perspective
Chair: Jitendra Chaddah, Sr. Director Operations & Strategy, Intel
Naresh Kumar Gupta, Vice-President, Samsung Electronics; Dr. Ranjan Patnaik, Director, DuPont Knowledge Center, Dr. Mangesh Karad, Executive President, MIT-ADT University

12:30 PM

New Era, New Jobs, New Skills - Prepare before the Demographic Wave
Chair:Anindya Chatterjee, Professor, IIT Kanpur
Gautam Puri, Vice Chairman & MD, CL Educate; CP Gopinath, Chief Integrator, 361* Minds; Dr Sidhhartha Mukhopadhyay, Dean of Alumni & International Relation, IIT Kharagpur

01:30 PM


02:30 PM

Future Building Through Young Entrepreneurs & Start Ups
Presentation by VCs - Tapish Bhatt, Vice President, CIIE, IIM Ahmedabad; Satish Mugulavalli, Director of Technology, YourNest Venture Capital; Sachin Malhan, Director, Ashoka Fellowships; Padmaja Ruparel, Co-Founder, IAN

04:30 PM

Research Spotlight: Solving The Language & Script Challenge Using Technology
Sanjiv Saraf, Founder & Trustee, Rekhta

04:45 PM

Research Spotlight: Predicting Credit Rating Transition using Text Analytics & Survival Analysis
Dr. Chandrashekar Subramanyam, Sr. Professor and Chairman Centre of Excellence ? Business Analytics, IFIM

05:10 PM

Closing Note by Satya

05:30 PM

Vote of Thanks