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Breakout Sessions With Industry Experts

 

How Having a Social Mission Can Grow Your Business

Consumers are demanding increasing transparency from manufacturers. They don’t just what to know what you sell, they want to know how you sell it and where your ingredients/materials come from. Kuli Kuli’s Founder & CEO Lisa Curtis will lead a discussion about how having a social mission, and showcasing it through a B Corp certification can grow your business. Learn how a B Corp certification works and how it could help grow your business.

Presented by Lisa Curtis, Founder & CEO of Kuli Kuli

Lisa Curtis is the Founder & CEO of Kuli Kuli, the leading brand pioneering the superfood moringa in the US market. Lisa founded Kuli Kuli after working with moringa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Lisa has grown Kuli Kuli from a Peace Corps dream into a multi-million dollar social enterprise that sells delicious moringa products in over 7,000 stores. Lisa and Kuli Kuli have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and hundreds of other publications. Prior to Kuli Kuli, Lisa served as the Communications Director at Mosaic where she managed a team of six to grow the company from zero to over $5M invested in solar through Mosaic’s online marketplace. Previously, Lisa wrote political briefings for President Obama in the White House, served as a United Nations Environment Programme Youth Advisor and worked at an impact investment firm in India. She is a regular contributor to Forbes and has been recognized as a StartingBloc Fellow, a Wild Gift Better World Entrepreneur, an Ashoka Emerging Innovator and a Udall Scholar. She was honored as a 30 Under 30 Leader by Forbes, GreenBiz and the University of California. She was also named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 “Top of the Class” for Social Entrepreneurship.

Cybersecurity for Factories

As small, medium and large factories transform to digitize and automate their mission critical operations, they are exposed to cyber threats. What are these threats and their consequences? What actions should they consider to address or prevent these threats? What standard practices should they follow or regulations should they comply with? Xerus Systems Co-Founders Bala Balachander and Gopal Chillariga will lead a discussion on end to end cybersecurity considerations to enable a secure Industrial 4.0 for today’s factories regardless of their scale of operations.  

Presented by Bala Balachander, Co-Founder and CEO of Xerus Systems and Gopal Chillariga, Co-Founder and COO of Xerus Systems

Bala Balachander has more than 25 years of experience in operations, technology and business. Working with both large and small companies, he has taken innovative and leading-edge cellular, Wi-Fi, consumer electronics products; chipsets, technologies and manufacturing automation; workflow systems; and mobile and internet of things (IoT) security infrastructure to market. He built and guided numerous teams to innovate, standardize, develop market and deploy leading-edge solutions and services. He previously held positions with Holistic Labs, Airgo/Qualcomm, Empowertel Networks, Nortel/Bell Northern Research and Citation Computer Systems. Mr. Balachander received his Master of Science from the University of Texas, Arlington and a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering from Bangalore University.

Gopal Chillariga has more than 25 years of experience leading operations and technology teams. He has worked on complex development projects that include systems architecture and design; hardware and software development; end-to-end systems integration and deployment of cellular, Wi-Fi and consumer electronics products; chipsets and technologies; manufacturing automation and workflow systems. He previously held positions at Holistic Labs, Airgo/Qualcomm, SiSilk Networks Inc, mDiversity Inc, Motorola and the Center for Development of Telematics. Mr. Chillariga received his Master of Science from the University of Iowa, Iowa City and a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Design Thinking for Innovative Products 

Design Thinking is an iterative process and shared language used by entrepreneurs, government officials, and corporate leaders to create innovative products and services. In this 45-minute Berkeley Innovation Group (BIG) workshop, participants will “learn with their hands.” Facilitated by BIG partners, Jeff Eyet and Clark Kellogg, attendees will use design thinking tools to identify innovation blockers and use the tools and methods to reframe the challenge. Seeing it differently is the most important step to doing something about it. Working with BIG is serious fun.

Presented by Jeff Eyet and Clark Kellogg, Co-Founders of  Berkeley Innovation Group (BIG)

Jeff Eyet is a radical diverger who prototypes through stories and applies these passions as the co-founder of the Berkeley Innovation Group (big). Working together since 2012, Jeff was Clark’s student at BerkeleyHaas, then rose to a lecturer position before focusing full-time on client work. He has led strategy work with Recology, UC Health, Mills College, and Dow Chemical and supported engagements with GE Health, GE Digital, Kaiser Permanente, Nissan, Paypal, and Abbott Labs.

Clark Kellogg is a curious soul who brings an unending passion for creativity to his Design Thinking practice. Trained as an architect at UC Berkeley, Clark has over thirty years of experience spread among architecture, product design, and strategy creation. His academic background covers 15 years at UC Berkeley, currently teaching Creativity, Design Thinking, and Applied Innovations at Haas. Privately and as a co-founder of The Berkeley Innovation Group, he has led consulting engagements with corporations, non-profits, governments, and universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Europe.

Automation & IoT

Digital transformation and automation are essential enablers for factories today faced with operational and even existential challenges that adversely affect their bottom line. How can digitization and automation help address these challenges? What constraints would need to be overcome to commence the journey? How can Industrial IoT be an enabler for this transformation? What are typical ROI expectations? Xerus Systems Co-Founders Bala Balachander and Gopal Chillariga will lead a discussion to explore digital transformation and automation considerations and how IoT is a key enabler for companies considering this journey.

Presented by Bala Balachander, Co-Founder and CEO of Xerus Systems and Gopal Chillariga, Co-Founder and COO of Xerus Systems

Bala Balachander has more than 25 years of experience in operations, technology and business. Working with both large and small companies, he has taken innovative and leading-edge cellular, Wi-Fi, consumer electronics products; chipsets, technologies and manufacturing automation; workflow systems; and mobile and internet of things (IoT) security infrastructure to market. He built and guided numerous teams to innovate, standardize, develop market and deploy leading-edge solutions and services. He previously held positions with Holistic Labs, Airgo/Qualcomm, Empowertel Networks, Nortel/Bell Northern Research and Citation Computer Systems. Mr. Balachander received his Master of Science from the University of Texas, Arlington and a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering from Bangalore University.

Gopal Chillariga has more than 25 years of experience leading operations and technology teams. He has worked on complex development projects that include systems architecture and design; hardware and software development; end-to-end systems integration and deployment of cellular, Wi-Fi and consumer electronics products; chipsets and technologies; manufacturing automation and workflow systems. He previously held positions at Holistic Labs, Airgo/Qualcomm, SiSilk Networks Inc, mDiversity Inc, Motorola and the Center for Development of Telematics. Mr. Chillariga received his Master of Science from the University of Iowa, Iowa City and a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

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