NTT DATA presents Open Innovation Contest 9.0CONTEST OVERVIEW

The Tokyo Winner

Iotium

Site schedule

San Francisco Pitch Day

Date and time30th January, 2019
VenueQuadrus Conference Center
2400 Sand Hill Road, #204, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Opening Remarks
  • Eric Clark
    Chief Digital Officer
    NTT DATA Services
    Profile
Judges
  • Ajay Chopra
    General Partner
    Trinity Ventures
    Profile
  • Rakesh Sood
    Managing Director of Sood Ventures
    Sood Ventures
    Profile
  • Kris Fitzgerald
    CTO
    NTT DATA Services
    Profile
  • Sweta Mepani
    Chief of Staff to the CEO and Head of Strategic Initiatives
    NTT DATA Services
    Profile
  • David Lee
    Chief Sales Officer
    NTT DATA Services
    Profile
  • Kotaro Zamma
    Head of Section of
    Open Innovation and
    Business Incubation
    NTT DATA Corporation
    Profile
  • Kaz Okada
    Senior Expert
    Open Innovation and Business Incubation
    NTT DATA Corporation
    Profile
Keynote SessionDisruptive Innovation Technologies
  • Arvind Sodhani
    Founder and Managing Partner
    Silver Trail Ventures
    Profile
Agenda
Kotaro Zamma
Head of Section of Open Innovation
and Business Incubation
NTT DATA Corp.

Having worked in NTT DATA for nearly three decades, Zamma knows the IT industry of Japan inside out, and firmly believes that open innovation will revitalize his company and the industry.

As the head of Open Innovation and Business Incubation, he directs biannual contests and monthly forums to find and introduce promising startups to business units and customers of NTT DATA, and runs programs that put the partner startups on the fast track to proof-of-concept and new business.

Kaz Okada
Senior Expert
Open Innovation and Business Incubation
NTT DATA Corporation

Kaz Okada is a Senior Expert in Open Innovation and Business Incubation section of NTT DATA Corporation, which is Japan's largest systems integrator, and he is responsible for globalizing NTT DATA's open innovation program.

His career started as a network engineer serving NASA and the Japanese space agency, but he has also worked as a software engineer at Microsoft in Seattle. He then moved to Washington, DC where he came across countless innovations both as a Manager of Research and Business Development and as a Visiting Fellow of CSIS, which is a top think tank in the United States.
His diverse and international experience makes him an ideal consultant for open innovation, and he is now leading the globalization of NTT DATA’s open innovation program.

Mr. Okada earned his Master of Science from George Washington University School of Business in 2006.

Ajay Chopra
General Partner
Trinity Ventures

A successful entrepreneur-turned-investor, Ajay co-founded Pinnacle Systems, which he grew from his living room into a global, multibillion-dollar company that won an Emmy award and traded on NASDAQ. He joined Trinity in 2006 and invests in consumer and business applications and services.

Rakesh Sood
Managing Director of Sood Ventures
Sood Ventures

Built on 25+ years of experience and segment expertise in high-tech, Rakesh has spent the past 16 years successfully growing companies as an investor, advisor, and a partner. His strengths in setting up new operations, launching new funds, and identifying innovative opportunities have resulted in unprecedented growth in his companies.

Kris Fitzgerald
CTO
NTT DATA Services

Chief technology officer for NTT DATA Services. Kris leads NTT DATA Services’ client innovation programs, which includes leveraging NTT Group R&D and related investments to enhance service delivery and business outcomes. Kris has about 40 years of progressive experience in the IT sector, spanning various industries.

Sweta Mepani
Chief of Staff to the CEO and Head of Strategic Initiatives
NTT DATA Services

Sweta Mepani is responsible for driving our top priorities and leading strategic initiatives. She has more than 20 years of diversified entrepreneurial and enterprise experience in IT Services and Consulting. Her global experience spans several industries including Financial Services, Insurance, Public Sector, Manufacturing and Pharmaceuticals. She has held senior leadership positions with Keane, Inc., Vistaprint and KPMG.

David Lee
Chief Sales Officer
NTT DATA Services

David Lee is chief sales officer with responsibility for sales strategies across diverse channels, overall sales processes and results and mentoring world-class teams for sales and sales support. He was previously president of NTT DATA Services’ International Business, with general management responsibility for the business outside of the United States and Canada. Before joining NTT DATA Services in 2015, David was chief sales officer at Dell Services, and prior to that, he was chief sales officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services.

Arvind Sodhani
Founder and Managing Partner
Silver Trail Ventures

Arvind Sodhani is founder and managing partner of Silver Trail Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based global technology venture fund. Previously, Sodhani was executive vice president of Intel Corp. and president of Intel Capital, one of the largest technology venture capital firms. Under his leadership, Intel Capital grew into an acclaimed Tier 1 VC, investing in more than 500 technology startups and ranking No. 1 in exits among top VCs in PitchBook, with 300 exits between 2005 and 2015. Earlier, Sodhani held other leadership roles at Intel Corp., including treasurer and head of mergers and acquisitions. He also worked in Intel's offices in Belgium and Argentina. He has served on the boards of Nasdaq and Smart Technologies Inc. In 2015 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Global Corporate Venturing and in 2014 topped its Powerlist 100. Sodhani also produces wine at Sodhani Vineyards in St. Helena, in California's Napa Valley. He holds an M.S. from the University of London and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Eric Clark
Chief Digital Officer
NTT DATA Services

Eric Clark is Chief Digital Officer focused on advancing digital-first and cloud-first agendas for NTT DATA Services and our clients. As a key contributor and spokesperson for NTT DATA Services, Eric is often called upon to deliver his insights to clients, media and analysts on topics such as the development and execution of strategy and operations for digital transformation, cloud, mobility, internet of things and security.