PhxMobi Emerging Tech Festival

Sponsored by Couchbase

November 14th


Anurag Sahay

Anurag finished his Computer Science graduation from IIT Delhi in 1993 and started his career with IBM. At IBM Austin he worked on Performance Modelling and helped improve the performance characteristics of the Mach Kernel. He joined Ipsilon Networks in Palo Alto in 1995 and lead the Quality and Performance Team and eventually joined Nokia as part of Ipsilon acquisition. Anurag moved to Redmond, Seattle in 2004 and joined Microsoft and was with the Microsoft Mobile Protocol team. Due to personal and family reasons, he moved to India in 2008 and took a break from Corporate life. He started teaching at an Engineering College to improve educational outcomes. As part of his experiments to improve Educational outcomes – he started using Machine Learning and eventually along with a few friends he became a part of a Disease Diagnosis startup that used Neural Nets for Diabetic Retinopathy diagnosis using Retinal Images.

Anurag joined Nagarro in 2016 and has been leading the AI practice at Nagarro.



Robert Scoble

Author of four books on technology — latest is “The Infinite Retina” about how seven industries will see a radical change in the 2020s due to Spatial Computing.



David Brown

David Brown has been helping customers implement real-time, low latency, big data, and ML architectures for 20 years. As a representative for Couchbase, he supports some of the largest tech companies in Phoenix.


Hari Gottipati

Hari Gottipati is a software professional, distinguished architect, thought leader, consultant, speaker and freelance writer who specializes in Open Systems, Java, internet scale computing/apps, architecture, Big Data, NoSQL, mobile, LBS, AI/ML, AR and Internet Of Things. Expert in analyzing market landscape for startup ideas and molding them into successful products with the technical/competitive advantage. Regularly writes about bleeding edge technologies and his quotes can be often found in various technology news/magazines such as Gigaom, CNN Money, WSJ, Bloomberg Businessweek etc. A well known blogger and his blogs can be found at on java.com and xml.com. Speaks at various events on the latest technologies, including iBeacons, Big Data, NoSQL, AI, AR, architecture and of course Java. Worked for many mobile startups, as well as big companies including Yahoo, Travelocity, and Motorola. Passionate about technologies and spends most of his time exploring bleeding edge software technologies.


Google Developer Expert

Ruqiya Bin Safi

Google Developer Expert in Machine Learning | Women Techmakers Ambassador | Software Engineer | Data Science | AI | ML | DL



Kalyan Subramanian

Kalyan Subramanian is currently a Software Engineering Manager at Facebook, working on Connectivity. He was previously Sr. Director of Engineering at Cradlepoint (acquired by Ericsson) working on cloud-managed LTE and 5G mobile routing products. In addition to wireless communication systems, Kalyan has worked on large-scale cloud platforms, multicore processors, machine learning, video, and GPS systems at several Silicon Valley startups and industry leaders such as Intel, TI, Altera, and Motorola.

He is passionate about open source efforts and has been a Linux hacker for a long time. Kalyan received his B.Tech in EE from the Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi.



Usha Jagannathan

Usha’s job responsibilities focus on emerging technology framework evaluations, labs’ operational efficiencies, creating strategic partnerships, branding, driving change, and implementing ethical guidelines to design and deploy responsible AI products. She has been a fierce advocate for diversity and inclusion and passionate about encouraging young girls and women across age groups to pursue careers in STEM.



Bindu Reddy

Bindu Reddy is the CEO and Co-Founder of Abacus.AI. Before starting Abacus.AI, she was the General Manager for AI Verticals at AWS, AI. Her organization created and launched Amazon Personalize and Amazon Forecast, the first of their kind AI services that enable organizations to create custom deep-learning models easily. Prior to that, she was the CEO and co-founder of Post Intelligence, a deep-learning company that created services for social media influencers that was acquired by Uber.

Bindu was previously at Google, where she was the Head of Product for Google Apps, including Docs, Spreadsheets, Slides, Sites, and Blogger. Bindu has a Masters Degree from Dartmouth and B.Tech degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.


Arizona State University

Mohammad Farhadi

Mr. Mohammad Farhadi has been working on accelerating neural networks since Aug 2016 under Prof. Yezhou Yang’s supervision as part of his Ph.D. He published several papers in this field. He joined Nextrea Video as a summer intern in May 2019. During his internship, Mohammad worked on accelerating neural networks using FPGA accelerators and testing the methodology he developed in the university on a real-world application. Mohammad later joined Ford Motor Company as a summer intern in May 2020. He worked on accelerating object detection models, which can assist autonomous vehicles for passing junctions safely.

Before joining ASU as a Ph.D. student, Mohammad completed his master’s at the University of Tehran and started working on several industrial-level projects. He has worked as the project manager and leading a team to set up several datacenters. He also was president of the Iranian Student Association (ISA) from Aug 2017 to Aug 2018 at ASU.



Bryce Howitson

Bryce is obsessed with creating products that people want to use. He helps organizations of all sizes prototype, and test their ideas. Sometimes called a designer, a developer, a strategist, a writer or artist, Bryce has led teams and worked in the trenches.

Bryce is a Google Developer Expert in UI/UX/Product/Web Technologies and certified Design Sprint Master. He shares his knowledge by mentoring and teaching from his homeland in the great frozen north of Minnesota.


Atlis Motor Vehicles

Mark Hanchett

Mark Hanchett has over 10 years of product development experience with 16 successful electromechanical and software product launches. Mark brings a passion for solving hard problems in product strategy, design, manufacturing, and business operations, while continuously driving a focus on the best possible customer experience.

Mark has served as Founder and CEO of Atlis Motor Vehicles. Prior to starting ATLIS, Mark was a director at Axon Enterprise Inc. from 2012 to 2017, leading teams in the development of innovative hardware and software products for law enforcement. From 2007 to 2012 Mark served as a senior mechanical engineer and project manager leading cross-functional teams through the design and development of innovative conductive electrical weapons at Axon Enterprise Inc.


Arizona State University

Sze Zheng Yong

Sze Zheng Yong joined the Arizona State University as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in January 2017. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral associate with the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

He has obtained a Dipl.-Ing.(FH) degree in automotive engineering with a specialization in mechatronics and control systems from the Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, Germany in 2008 and his S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2010 and 2016, respectively.


IOTech Systems

Jim White

Jim White is CTO of IOTech Systems – a UK based edge/IoT software products and solutions company. Prior to joining IOTech, Jim was a Distinguished Engineer and IoT Platform Development Director for Dell Technologies. There he created and architected the project that became EdgeX Foundry – one of Dell’s largest ever open-source efforts. He remains a member of the EdgeX project; serving as chairman of the EdgeX Technical Steering Committee. EdgeX is a vendor neutral, hardware agnostic, open framework for building industrial IoT edge computing systems. Jim has over 25 years of experience in software development for IoT / Edge systems, enterprise application integration and mobile applications.

He is co-author of ‘Java2 Micro Edition: Java in Small Things’, a Lynda.com author, and a frequent conference speaker.


Arizona State University

Dr. Wenlong Zhang

Dr. Wenlong Zhang is an assistant professor at ASU Poly (system engineering). His research interests include dynamic system modeling and control, human-machine collaboration, and statistical learning. Dr. Zhang received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE Real-time System Symposium in 2013 and was a finalist of the Semi-plenary Paper Award at the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC) in 2012. He received a Bisgrove Early Tenure-Track Faculty Award from Science Foundation Arizona in 2016 and the NSF CAREER Award in 2020.


Arizona State University

Dr. Yi Ren

Dr. Yi Ren is an assistant professor at ASU SEMTE (mechanical and aerospace). His research focuses at the modeling, specification, evaluation, and design of AI-enabled engineering systems, with particular applications to human-robot interactions. Dr. Ren received Best Paper Awards at the ASME International Design and Engineering Technical Conferences in 2015 and the ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering in 2017. He received an Amazon Machine Learning Research Award in 2019.



Katina Michael

Katina Michael is a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. She is the director of the Society Policy Engineering Collective, and founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society.



Kiran Mudiam

Dr. Kiran Mudiam is the SVP Emerging Technologies at Marsh Digital, a division of Marsh and McLennan Companies, leads their Real-time Risk Management and the Mobility with Autonomous Vehicle technology. Prior to Marsh, he was at The Touchpoint Solution, Trimble, Amex, Motorola. He was a founding member of Aligo, that was started while he was pursuing his Ph.D. at Arizona State University.


Lotus Labs Inc

Anjali Nennelli

Anjali Nennelli is entrepreneurial by choice and a technologist. She is a problem solver, serial entrepreneur, community builder, mentor, women in tech advocate, lifelong learner and a thought leader. She is also a Advisory Board Member and Mentor at Chandler Innovations.

She has hands-on experience and expertise with mobile & emerging technologies and their ecosystems. With over 16 years in tech industry, she has worked in software solutions from start-up to large-scale enterprise architecture. She is a founding member at Mokriya, a product creation studio that delivered products to Fortune 100 enterprises like Intel, Google, Twitter, Verizon, L’Oreal etc. She has also taken one of her products through the YC startup school.

Currently in its ninth year, PhxMobi Emerging Tech Festival is Nennelli’s passion project; she’s thrilled to use her thought leadership to bring people together to witness the cutting edge of technology, and along with her products, hopes to make a difference in this world.

She is currently building a product services company around AI and Machine Learning.


Nagarro Inc

Pranil Kanderi

Pranil is the CTO & Managing Director at Nagarro Inc.

Pranil is passionate about making an impact and enhancing people’s lives with technology. He is particularly focused on using the intersection of mobile, IoT, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and hopefully autonomous driving to build products for the future.

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