Speakers

They play a vital role in helping seeing the big picture and creating a sense of vision and inspiration for the Jammers

 

David McCann

Founder of BCX Design, I use behavioural science and design thinking tools to build customer experiences that win new customers and loyal relationships for organizations in high-growth Asian markets in.

Babuji Abraham

Mr Babuji Abraham is the founder/CEO of “Xdorf AI” an AI/ML startup which is changing the paradigms of customer interactions. He has over 30 years of experience in IT including various runs in leadership roles for ITC Infotech, Mindtree, Verifone, TCS, TIFR, GPTW and more. He is an unconventional leader who relies on experience and his wits and believes in bringing the right kind of change in the industry.

Abhijit Sinha

Abhijit is the Founder and CEO of Project DEFY (.org). He created the Nook Self-Learning model in a small village near Bangalore and leads Project DEFY and its team to enable many communities to develop and run their own Nooks. What started as an experiment at the age of 22, has now become a functional format of scalable self-learning that is taking shape in the grassroots of the world. Abhijit met Megha, his co-founder at the Service Jam, and the story of DEFY began.

Prabuddha Vyas

Founder of design & innovation company ( www.unikwan.com ) in INDIA. An Engineer and an Interaction Designer from the prestigious National Institute of Design, Prabuddha Vyas has 13 years of Industry Experience. Prior to UniKwan he has worked with Nokia Research Center (Bengaluru & Beijing) as a Design Researcher and an Interaction Designer for OVI.COM (NOKIA), Service Designer at IBM India Research Lab & Software Engineer at Syntel Inc. Under his leadership at UniKwan his team has successfully executed and delivered projects for companies like Nokia, Nokia Research Centre, Nagra Kudelski, Microsoft, Philips, IBM IRL, GE Healthcare, Atyati, MIT labs (USA), Openstream, Genpact, Wipro and many start-ups in INDIA and globally. He holds multiple patents in the area of mobile user experience & services. Design Evangelist and Guest speaker at IXDA (The Interaction Design Association) global platform for interaction Designers, Guest Juror and Faculty at National Institute of Design and various other colleges.

Sriram

Sriram currently works as a Design Director at IBM iX Bangalore Design Studio.
During his spare time, he engages in storytelling, mentoring start-ups & design students and conducting Brand Experience & Design Thinking workshops.

Rahul Ajmera

Rahul Ajmera is a User Experience designer with professional experience of over 15 years. He has held several senior UX positions at product companies tasked with building and leading UX functions. He is an industrial design graduate from the National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad) and is also a certified Usability Analyst and a Persuasion Design specialist. He is credited with several publications in the HCI space and has been a speaker at HCI related conferences. He holds several user-interaction related patents and has helped create IP during his previous stints. Design Thinking, User experience design, Contextual innovation, Persuasive design, and User research are some of his professionally acknowledged skills.

Madhulikha Umapathy

Madhulikha is a seasoned designer with over a decade of experience and is also the co-founder of Pomogrenade, an slow fashion brand that focuses on making sustainable fashion more affordable. She started as a designer who is curious about service and evolved to creating a apparel brand that uses design thinking tools as a backbone to design her business..

Pruthwik Janamatti

A new-age adventurer, Pruthwik’s first big brush with his adventurous fate started in 2013, when he travelled along the perimeter of India spanning over 15,000 km and 2 months on two wheels! Ever since, he has ventured into and conquered different aspects of adventure travel—from camping in remote areas to hitchhiking on a $100 budget across 2 countries in 3 weeks. Creative, resourceful and unpredictable, his mantra in life is – “You owe yourself another adventure”, and that’s what he lives for!

Shreya Pranit

Shreya also fondly known as Champa Chick is an artist & designer based in Bangalore. She started drawing in her childhood and never stopped. She is a designer by training and she considers herself lucky to be among the few people who can make a living by doing what they love doing the most.

Jury

Jurys are here to help do a final evaluation of the ideas and concepts that come out of the Jam. They are not a part of the overall process of the Jam and hence are usually the best and honest opinion on the Jam ideas.

Rekha Jaishankar

Rekha leads Content Strategy & Research for the UX Design Team at Accenture, Bangalore. As a Communications and Design professional she has experience in advertising, publishing and marketing communication. She enjoys travel, poetry and reading between the lines – to get at the real stories that people often don’t tell.

Anurag Rath

A serial techpreneur with over a decade’s experience plays leadership roles in multiple organizations across different industry sectors. He is the Founder and CEO of Think201, which services enterprises and startups globally through its design-driven technology solutions. His passion for technology led him to start his first venture back in 2006, and since then has been leading businesses to provide value through his technical expertise and unique business acumen.

Prashant KC

Currently the Associate Professor, Department of Fashion Communication, NIFT Bangalore is a seasoned professional with experience in Visual Merchandising, Retail Store design, Project Planning, Management & Execution of Retail Projects and Academia. Bachelors Degree in Interior Design, Post Graduation in Fashion Management (NIFT). A keen planner & strategist with a track record of developing operational policies / norms, systems & controls, motivational schemes & visual merchandising strategies.

Rekha Gupta Menon

Over 20 years of work experience in the banking, insurance, IT & Contact Center industry
Transforming Operations by Leveraging Technology – Digitization & Automation
Managed diverse roles from – Sales, Business development, Delivery, Risk Control Unit, Training & Capability Development
Worked with leading Organizations – Concentrix, IBM India, Birla Sunlife Insurance, PNB Metlife, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance & ANZ Grindlays Bank.

Karishma Ajmera

Karishma Ajmera is the founder and director at Twist Open Innovations, a UX design studio in Bangalore.
A graduate of NID, she has a cumulative work experience of 15 years in Customer Experience design, both offline and online. Karishma is adept at juxtaposing User Experience Design with business requirements and technology constraints.

Ramesh Agarwal

Ramesh is the founder of WorkAdda a co-working space and an incubator for companies working in food and IoT. He also co-founded Food Safety Works where he focuses on improving Food Safety by applying design and technology. He is a community builder, a champion of social enterprise and is an adviser on the board of Snehadhara Foundation. His dream is to move to the community farm “The Tamarind Valley Collective” where he can grow his own food.

Vasudha Chandak

Vasudha is a designer turned design recruiter helping designers and startups to find the right match. The transition happened as her experience with HR/Recruiters was pretty frustrating, and now she is trying her bit to ensure that it doesn’t happen with anyone else. Being a designer herself and having worked with start-ups like Practo and Shopo as their first designer onboard, she really understands the nuances when it comes to screening and hiring designers. On an average, 1 out of the 5 designers, she sends to any company gets hired. She treats herself as the brand ambassador for the companies she is working with and try her best to ensure that designers have a good interview experience whether or not they get selected. Few of her clients include Flipkart, Ola, Groupon, Housing, Swiggy, ClearTax etc.

Manish G Pillewar

Manish brings in design leadership and experience working with 60+ clients over the last 16 years across domains, platforms, geographies, and technologies. Manish is the Head of Design and an Associate Partner at this amazing place called Sahaj Software. Manish works extensively with start-up and new initiatives and helps them strategize their products and services through service design principles. He loves working in a fast-paced and hyper-agile environment solving complex mission-critical business problems at Sahaj. He has a Masters in Product Design from NID, is a visiting faculty and a member of the jury for its students. Manish often writes on business and design and has a keen eye on experience transformation for the digital natives and emerging technologies.

Mentors

These are hands on mentors ‘work with the teams’ briefly to help them get more better direction and fine tuning their ideas.

Aanay Tiwari

Aanay Tiwari is Product Guy from Bangalore. He comes with a strong background in Product Management, starting from market research/ideation to product retirement. He likes to cook food and play badminton when he is not working for IBM.

Anirudhan T

With more than 6 years of work experience with both for-profit and not-for-profit organisations, Anirudhan holds a strong passion for program management and problem-solving.
He started his career with Tata Motors in their Engineering Research Centreand moved to a CSR consulting firm, creating an iconic product called GoodCSR
At NUMA he handles both internal and external innovation projects for corporate clients. He holds a strong expertise in Government and Corporate relationships.

Muthuraj Thangavel

Product Manager, SAP Labs
Muthu is part of Industry Cloud Product Management group at SAP Labs. He is practicing & evangelizing ‘Design Thinking’ for 7+ years, has 2 US patents and a core team member of the Product Managers Forum. He is passionate about new Product Development & Business Model Innovation. Recognized speaker for talks in various SAP conferences, Nasscom & other prestigious forums.

Shweta Salpe

Shweta is a Service Designer and a Design Thinking expert with 8 years of mixed experience in Technology and Design! She believes every person is unique and have unique experiences to share. Thus, swears by participatory design! Other than work, you can reach out to her for some tips on trekking in the Himalayas!

Mritunjay Kumar

Mritunjay is a product leader who loves all thing SaaS and is currently leading a portfolio of products in content collaboration at Opentext. Having worked across MNCs such as Infosys, Dassault Syetemes, Harman etc. and startups such as GPIT, he believes execution eats strategy and customer empathy is the key to build products customers love and pay for.

Deepshikha Bhardwaj

In a world with overload of data and analytics, Deepshikha solves business and social problems through Design Thinking. She is a self-taught Design Thinker, pursuing her interest in behavioural economics from day-to-day activities and projects. A yoga enthusiast, swimming lover and struggling cyclist in city pollution, she loves to learn new sports every season. After completing her graduation in Economics, she decided to pursue the non-financial aspect of Economics, which has come to define the direction of her career. she uses her skills of empathising with user, identifying trends in consumer choices and business trends to design strategies for a sustainable future. Her mission is to make consumer research accessible, enabling informed decision making by entrepreneurs and product leaders.

Mehul Kanodia

Mehul has worked in the back of a restaurant as the guy who packs food for delivery, spent nights at a call-centre searching for life’s meaning (not really), and dabbled with several odd jobs. While he wanted to remain true to his Gujju roots of capitalism by getting an MBA to fuel all his consumerist desires, he ended up going to TISS for Masters in social work. Since then, he’s worked with Kudumbashree, arguably one of the largest women’s networks in the world, to realise his calling – Entrepreneurship development. He is a freelancer who worked with Quest Alliance for 2.5 years as a consultant to build their entrepreneurship domain and is now working with Udhyam Learning Foundation. He has worked with 14 organizations and in more than 15 states across India, loves giving a reality check, and lives somewhere between minimalism and nihilism. He loves cooking, politics and technology.