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Opportunities in Internet of Things (IoT)

IIT Mentors Program Committee

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

Opportunities in Internet of Things (IoT)

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IIT Mentors Program Presents:

Opportunities in Internet of Things (IoT)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

 Turmeric Restaurant

141 South Murphy Avenue

Sunnyvale, CA 94086


Space limited to 25 prospective mentees only! Previous events were sold out. Please note that you need to have studied in one of the IIT's to attend this event.

See the Attendee List at the bottom of the page

Program Details

There is a lot of buzz lately about Internet of Things (IoT). It is a concept that not only has the potential to impact how we live, but also how we work. Broadband Internet has become more widely available, the cost of connecting is decreasing, more devices are being created with WiFi capabilities and sensors built into them, technology costs are going down, and smart phone penetration is sky-rocketing. All of these things are creating a “perfect storm” for the IoT. Simply put, this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). The analyst firm Gartner says that by 2020 there will be over 26 billion connected devices, that’s a lot of connections (some even estimate this number to be much higher, over 100 billion). The reality is that the IoT allows for virtually endless opportunities and connections to take place, many of which we can’t even imagine today. It is not hard to see how and why the IoT is such a hot topic today, it certainly not only opens the door to a lot of opportunities, but also to many challenges.

The roundtable has two main objectives- 1) what are the opportunities in IoT? and 2) How does one transition into IoT from any background? Example questions the mentors will answer are:

  • Where do you see the next set of opportunities in IoT?
  • As an IIT alum, what are opportunities available to me to transition and advance my career in IoT?
  • Most valuable skills needed for working in the IoT Industry?
  • What is the current workforce composition for different IOT Functions?
  • What does it take to transition into IoT without prior experience?
  • Are there courses/training that one can take to transition into IoT?
  • What are some examples of value of IoT?
  • Which industries and functions would be disrupted by IoT?
  • What IoT positions are open today in your organization? 
  • How do you quantify the benefits to your company by embracing IoT?
  • The massive amounts of data that all of these IoT devices are going to produce relates IoT to Big Data. How do I advance my career with link in Big Data and IoT?


Program Summary

  • 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM Registration, networking and dinner
  • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM Round table discussion and Q & A with the mentors
  • 9:00 PM Adjourn



 Ido Sarig, Vice President and GM, IoT Solutions Group at Wind River


Ido is responsible for driving the company’s Internet of Things product strategy. He has been leading product and marketing organizations in high-technology companies for more than 20 years. Most recently, he was the Chief Marketing Officer at BDNA. Prior to that he was a partner with Thomas Weisel Venture Partners. Earlier, he was with Mercury, where he held senior executive positions in Engineering, Technology Strategy and Product Marketing. As Vice President of product marketing for Mercury’s APM business unit, Ido successfully launched Topaz, the first APM solution for real-time monitoring of a user’s experience on the Web.

Ido has been a well-received speaker in venues such as STAR; EuroSTAR; Software Quality Europe and many others. At EuroSTAR, his presentation on “Building in Software TestPoints” was selected by attendees as one of the top ten papers.

Ido holds an MBA, Magna Cum Laude, from Tel Aviv University. He earned his BS, Cum Laude, in Computer Engineering from the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology.

Subhash Chowdary, Chief Executive Officer, Aankhen Inc.


Subhash was the Chief Architect at Apple Computer, USA where he co-authored the VITAL architecture pioneering the concept of portals, data warehousing and ‘web services’. The concepts were the foundation for content delivery and access using personal digital assistants (PDAs) such as smart phones and tablets.  His unique experience spans management of manufacturing operations in India, geothermal energy based power generation in the US and deployment of information technology innovations at large multinational enterprises across the world such as Apple, American Airlines, Citgo, Nestle, Pfizer, Dell and Lockheed Martin.

Recent accomplishments include deploying the concept of ‘Shouldbe Cost®’ computation creating breakthroughs in global financial supply chain management. Physical supply chain innovations include the deployment of supply chain security and visibility leveraging automated data capture from internet of things (IoT), cloud and Bigdata technologies to build secure and intelligent real time supply chains.

Mr. Chowdary has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, MS in Industrial Management from IIT Madras and an MS in Computer Science from University of Texas.



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141 S. Murphy Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

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