Lecture by Dr. Pravin Bhagwat in Faculty Hall @ 4 pm

Location: Faculty Hall

Organised by : Department of Electronic Systems Engineering (ESE)

Title : Confessions of an Accidental Entrepreneur
Speaker : Dr. Pravin Bhagwat, CTO, Mojo Networks

Date : 9 January 2019, Wednesday
Time : 4 PM
Venue : Faculty Hall

Abstract :

An academic at heart who became an entrepreneur through a series of coincidences, he started his venture as a ‘Make in India’ experiment fourteen years ago. It has now grown into a provider of Cloud Managed Secure Wi-Fi solutions for the global market. The journey of last 14+ years has been a non-stop roller coaster ride – intense at times and yet highly enjoyable. In this retrospective talk, he’ll talk about ‘joys’ & ‘challenges’ of building a globally competitive tech start-up from India. Through a series of real life stories, he’ll share his insights on cultivating Silicon Valley style innovation culture and winning attitude. He’ll also talk about systemic, cultural and social barriers which stop us from unlocking full entrepreneurial potential of the young generation.

About the speaker :

Dr. Bhagwat is an entrepreneur and a wireless security researcher. He is Cofounder and CTO of Mojo Networks – a provider of highly scalable & secure cloud managed wi-Fi solutions. Prior to starting his entrepreneurial career, Pravin was a lead researcher at AT&T Research and IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, New York where he was a member of MobileIP, WiFi and Bluetooth research teams. He also served as a visiting faculty member at computer science department, IIT Kanpur. Pravin also has 27 patents to his credit.

For the past five years, Pravin has also been experimenting with a couple of nontech ideas, such as leading a community level green/recycling initiative, jumpstarting an eco-restoration project near Pune and making a feature film length documentary. Pravin has B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur, India and MS/PhD in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA.