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What is the Amazon AI Conclave?

At Amazon, we’ve been investing deeply in Artificial Intelligence for over 20 years, and many of the capabilities customers experience are driven by Machine Learning (ML).’s recommendations engine is driven by Machine Learning, as are the paths that optimise robotic picking routes in our fulfilment centres. Our supply chain, forecasting, and capacity planning are also informed by ML algorithms. Alexa is fuelled by Natural Language Understanding and Automated Speech Recognition deep learning; as is our drone initiative, Prime Air, and the computer vision technology in our new retail experience, Amazon Go. We have thousands of engineers at Amazon committed to machine learning and deep learning, and it’s a big part of our heritage.  


Event Highlights

  • Keynotes: Get insights into the key trends in AI, AI ecosystem in India and AI at Amazon
  • Meet the top AI companies in India competing for the Amazon AI Awards 2018
  • Get an overview about AI at AWS from AWS Global Product Leads
  • Hear about all the exciting developments on Alexa from the Alexa Skills and Alexa Voice Services teams
  • Visit the showcase zone and see cutting-edge work in AI by companies
  • Attend sessions across 3 tracks: AI Developer, AI Engineer & Data Scientist and AI Pipelines & AI for Business
  • Engage with the Amazon (AWS, Alexa) business and technical teams


December 13, 2018
Welcome Address
Navdeep Manaktala, Head - BD, Amazon Internet Services Pvt. Ltd.
Keynote: AI at Amazon
AI to Transform Everyday
Greg Anderson, WW Director - Intel software tools
Innovate using Machine Learning and AI: Highlights from AWS re:Invent 2018
Vasi Philomin, General Manager, Machine Learning & AI at Amazon
Alexa Overview
Adam Berns, Director, Business Development, Alexa Voice Service
Funding in AI
The Alexa Fund
Rodrigo Prudencio, Amazon Corporate Development
AI Awards
Hosted by
Dinner and Networking

Day 1

Business Track

Thursday, 13 December 2018
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Registration closed

Day 2

Technical Track

Friday, 14 December 2018
9:00 am - 5:15 pm
Registration closed

Panel Discussion

Dale Vaz
Head Of Engineering & Data Science, Swiggy
Subramanian M S
Head of Analytics, Bigbasket
Vikram Chandra
Founder, editorji
Anubhab Goel
Head - Digital Transformation, HDFC Life
Navdeep Manaktala
Head - BD, Amazon Internet Services Pvt. Ltd.


Vasi Philomin
Director Language Tech, AWS
Rajeev Rastogi
Director of Machine Learning, Amazon India
Kris Skrinak
AI/ML Architect, AWS
Olivier Klein
Head Emerging Tech, APAC, AWS
Thomas Delteil
Applied Scientist, AWS
Cyrus Vahid
Principal Evangelist Deep Learning, AWS
Madhusudan Shekar
Head - Digital Innovation, Amazon India
Dilip RS
Country Manager, Alexa Skills
Kumar Venkateswar
Sr. PM SageMaker, AWS
Vikram Anbazhagan
Sr. PM Language Tech, AWS
Dinesh Katiyar
Partner, Accel Partners
Barnam Bora
Head of AI & ML – Asia-Pacific, AWS
Marcelo Bossi
Technical Business Developer, AWS
Atanu Roy
AI Specialist Solutions Architect, Amazon Internet Services Pvt. Ltd., Amazon India
Sohan Maheshwar
Alexa Developer Evangelist, Amazon
Akersh Srivastava
Sr. Manager, Solutions Architect, Voice Design Education
Ranju Das
Director, Software Development, Rekognition and Video, AWS
Girish Dilip Patil
Senior Architect Deep Learning and AI, Amazon India
Soji Adeshina
Deep Learning Engineering, AWS
Rodrigo Prudencio
Alexa Fund Development, Amazon Alexa
Martyn Mallick
Director, Strategic Business Development, Amazon
Raj Rao
Associate Director, Pandit Ventures Pvt Ltd.
Jayant Swamy
Chief Data Architect, Data Business Group, Accenture Technology

Ritesh Raj Saxena
Head-Savings & Digital Business, IndusInd Bank

AI Awards Jury Members

Rodrigo Prudencio
Alexa Fund
Vasan Subramanian
CTO, Accel India
Prayank Swaroop
Principal, Accel Partners
Manish Singhal
Founding Partner, pi Ventures
Kapil Bansal
Intel, APAC and Japan
Nandu Madhava
General Manager, Twitch, APAC
Rajesh Sawhney
Founder GSF, CEO & Co-founder, InnerChef
Deepak Sharma
Chief Digital Officer, Kotak Mahindra Bank
Akanksha Balani
Country Lead - India, Singapore, ANZ - Intel software tools

AIexa Awards Jury Members

Dilip RS
Country Manager, Alexa Skills
Sandipan Chattopadhyay
CEO, Xelpmoc Design & Tech
Ashok Chandavarkar
Director - Strategic Initiatives, Intel India
Vishal Krishna
Business Editor, YourStory


Award categories

Retail / eCommerce
Media and Entertainment
Financial Services

Alexa Award categories

Alexa Community Influencer of the year
Alexa Star Developer of the year
Alexa Innovator of the year
Alexa Agency of the year
Alexa Popular Brand Partner of the year

Who can apply

Companies interested in applying for AI Awards should:

  • Offer AI-based B2B/B2C solutions for commercial use and should be using one or more services from Amazon Web Services (AWS).
  • Series A funded or below

Apply for Alexa Awards if you have:

  • developed engaging Alexa skills for Indian customers - individually or for a brand
  • contributed to community evangelism by conducting Alexa skills workshops, resolving fellow developers’ queries and more

How it works

AI Awards

  • Solutions will be judged across parameters including maturity of use case, stage of productisation, novelty of approach/technique, and business model (may vary by category)
  • Finalists will be selected basis a jury review by leaders from AWS and program partners as well as AI experts from the industry
  • Finalists will pitch to a jury on Thursday, 13 December 2018 at the ITC Gardenia in Bengaluru
  • Winners will be chosen by the grand jury and announced during the grand finale in Bengaluru on the same day

Alexa Awards

  • Skills/Solutions will be judged across parameters including number of skills published, skills rating, number of customers engaged, community engagement, Alexa features used, Alexa voice design and positioning (may vary by category)
  • Finalists will be selected basis a jury review by leaders from Alexa team and program partners as well as AI experts from the industry
  • Finalists will pitch to a jury on Thursday, 13 December 2018 at the ITC Gardenia in Bengaluru
  • Winners will be chosen by the grand jury and announced during the grand finale in Bengaluru on the same day

Award benefits

AI Awards

  • Technical advisory from AWS experts
  • Mentoring sessions with industry leaders
  • Industry connects – introduction to key companies amongst your target audience
  • AWS credits amount basis eligibility
  • Amazon devices
  • Third party startup offers

Alexa Awards

  • Technical advisory from Alexa experts
  • AWS credits basis eligibility
  • Amazon devices

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