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Silicon Valley: No better place than to achieve the American Dream: the heart of innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.


The world is changing at a much faster pace than in the past. As Alvin Toffler had imagined in his book “Third Wave”; in the knowledge age good ideas can come from anywhere and anyone. Successful organizations can no longer treat people who are supplying native wit as dummies.

The new drivers of change are significantly different than what we have seen in the past decade. These new drivers pervade through our society faster and at a higher degree; touching more human beings than before. The fundamentals of being in business or a professional in this new world order driven by, social, cloud, mobility, analytics, energy and health sciences, necessitates a new way to look at businesses and/or profession. New business opportunities are getting created, bringing with it challenges across the whole spectrum from ideation, starting, running or exiting businesses for an entrepreneur and career planning challenges for processionals, plus there is an added element of the impact these changes have on our lives and society as a whole.

One key impact is that intelligence is pervasive and hence encourages, courage, imagination, entrepreneurialism, warmth, organizational savvy and street smart. In this new environment it becomes imperative that organizations/entrepreneurs/ professionals to not look at business as only revenue streams but also as an engine for social innovation.
The Business Forum at AKKA WKC 2014 has set an agenda to address this spirit of doing business/being a professional in the new paradigm and chosen a theme of “Social Innovation”

We cordially invite you to educate and share knowledge on how to tap into ecosystems of social innovation by addressing industry professionals, entrepreneurs and business leaders to help them leverage social innovation in the competitive business world.

The format for the business forum is

  • Key Note & Fireside Chat : - Key Note address by the Chief Guest and a chat with Chief Guest and key speakers

  • Panel Discussions : - Panel consisting of distinguished speakers

  • Speakers

  • Mentor Round Tables :-A opportunity to network with participants with similar ideas/ themes and seek a mentor from a list of distinguished Professionals/ Entrepreneurs, getting dedicated time with Mentors

There will be abundant opportunity to network, seek guidance, discuss ideas etc during the day long event

Agenda for the Day

August 29th, 2014 starting at 8:30 AM
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Inaugural Session
Key Note Speaker : TDB
Dr Parthasarthi : CG India
Ramalinga Reddy : Minister, Karnataka Govt
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Panel 1 : Cloud at Lightining Speed Impact of Cloud related businesses on Knowledge, Education, Communication on our Day to Day life
Moderator : Mangala D'Sa
Shailesh Rao : Head of Cloud Business Unit, Google
Sridhar Chandrashekar : VP, Cloud Infrastructure, ServiceNow
Guru Pangal : GM, WSSC StorSimple, Microsoft
Ravi Srivastav: CEO, Elastic Box
11:00 AM to 11:30 AM Mentor Round Table 1 Mobile : TBD
How to Start a Business in India : Srinivas Rao
Wellness & Health : TBD
How to run a Business, Perspective from Finance : Uday Bellary, TBD
VC : Amit Shah, Amar Gupta
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Life Stories :Lateral Thinking Deepak Aatresh: Founder, CEO and visionary behind Aditazz, Inc
Moderator : Srinivas Rao
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Life Stories : Style & Couture Shekhar Rahate, Haute Couture & Phd in Sociology
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM Mentor Round Table 2 Energy, new sources, new opportunities: TBD
Material Sciences: Srinivas Rao
Leadership : Ram Kedlaya
How to start and run a successful business : BV Jagadeesh, Kumar M
Technology, CTO perspective: Keerthi M, Subramanian K , Sri Hosakote
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM Panel 2:- India Centric Opportunities Discussion with various Government Organizations from Karnataka.
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Panel 3: Quantified Human: Changing Peoples Life Forever Internet of Things, how it impacts life. Tony Shakib: VP IoT Cisco, Amit Shah: VC, Artiman Ventures. Moderated by Srikanth Hosakote, SVP Cisco
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM Panel 4:- Life Stories : Successful Entrepreneurs Moderator: B V Jagadeesh, Managing Partner KAAJ Ventures
Kumar Malavalli, Chairman, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Glassbeam
Keerti Melkote, Founder and CTO Aruba Networks
Amar Gupta, Founder Amber Networks
Nagaraj Reddy, CMD, NR Group
4:30 PM to 4:45 PM Closing Remarks
4:45 PM to 5:30 PM Round table 3 & Tea Break





Please contact Business Forum for additional information