In addition to Shaloo Garg (Managing Director of Microsoft for Startups) and “Aku” Aakriti Srikanth (Forbes 30 Under 30 for 2019), panelists for this panel which I moderated were InSik Rhee (GP of Vertex Ventures), Jean English ( CMO of Palo Alto Networks), Ken Elefant (GP of Sorenson Ventures), and Punit Chiniwalla (Managing Director of Singtel Innov8 Ventures).
At the Mental Health Innovation Gathering, Jeremy Kranz and Chan Chuan Chen invited a group of entrepreneurs, researchers, and investors to join together for a discussion about how to improve our failing mental health systems by developing new methods for treating mental health and building supportive communities.
As a computer science Master's student at Ohio State in 2014, Aakriti Srikanth planted her stake in the field of AI when she won a $100,000 competition for utilizing IBM Watson technology to match university students' personal preferences to campuses' many available activities. Since then, the Indian immigrant has been a female figure in the technology space, heading AI product management at IBM and building AI product marketing from scratch at open-source enterprise-software developer Red Hat.
Deemed by influential Fortune 500 leaders as the “Woman in AI to Watch out For” and featured on Entrepreneur.com as an Influential Woman in AI, Aakriti Srikanth is a pioneer for women in technology and a champion for human connection in the world of artificial intelligence.
“Aakriti’s impact in the technology space is unique in that it embodies everything Silicon Valley stands for,” said Luis Serrano, Head of Content AI at Udacity. “Her knowledge in AI and other technical fields is very deep, her business and product marketing experience are top notch, and her will and passion to help others and contribute to the community are outstanding. She is a very complete leader, and certainly enriches the technology space with her talent and passion.”