Emerging Tech

By Pickle  February 3, 2024
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C V RAO – Post-Production Maestro

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C. V. Rao, the CTO at Annapurna Studios, boasts a prolific 20-year journey in the entertainment industry. Leading 100+ technicians, Rao steers the postproduction realm, offering comprehensive services from data storage to the final release. His role extends to managing a virtual production stage, shaping the future of storytelling. Rao’s influence is evident in Annapurna Studios and Qube Cinema’s state-of the-art virtual production facility in Hyderabad, propelling filmmakers and content creators to realize their visions on a global scale.

DEEPAK BAKSHI – Digital Commerce Maestro

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Deepak Bakshi, the Managing Director and Founding Partner at Accenture Song, is a luminary in digital commerce transformation and datadriven marketing. Leading the Digital Commerce practice in India for the world’s largest technology-powered creative group, his 19+ years’ expertise spans Digital Strategy, e-Commerce, and User Experience design. Deepak’s passion lies in leveraging data-driven insights to propel business growth. With a global footprint across 15+ countries and diverse industries, including Consumer Goods, Retail, Automotive, Life Sciences, and Travel, Deepak orchestrates transformative journeys. His leadership at Accenture Song reflects a commitment to human craft, technical prowess, and inspired connections, fostering innovation that delivers tangible business results.

RAJIV MALIK – Strategic Growth Leader

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Meet Rajiv Malik, the adept Senior Director at Wacom India Pvt. Ltd., renowned for spearheading highgrowth businesses and fostering top-tier teams. With a remarkable career spanning 25 years, he excels in establishing business verticals, orchestrating distribution networks, and navigating the realms of Broadcast, Film, Video, digital content creation, IT, AV, and media & entertainment technology. Having collaborated with leading brands and talent, Rajiv is driven by purpose and passion, consistently achieving excellence through high-quality execution.

RAVI VELHAL – Immersive Storytelling Innovator

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Intel’s Global Content Technologist, Ravi Velhal, elevates storytelling through groundbreaking technology. A pioneer in 8K OTT live-streaming for global events like the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and a co-producer of award-winning Hollywood VR Cinemas, he’s a luminary in Immersive Cinema Virtual Reality. Recognized with prestigious awards, including Hollywood accolades and Emmys nominations, Ravi’s contributions extend globally, shaping the intersection of technology and narrative. His leadership in 8K live-streaming and collaboration with creative visionaries mark him as an Innovator in cinematic experiences.

SHRUTI VERMA – Transforming Unreal Engine in India

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Shruti Verma, as Business Lead for India/SEA/Africa at Epic Games, is a seasoned professional with 20+ years in marketing and business development. Her passion lies in connecting communities and building lasting relationships across diverse sectors. At Epic Games, Shruti is instrumental in expanding brand awareness and adoption, demonstrating Unreal Engine’s transformative potential. With a track record at Unity Technologies and NASSCOM, Shruti brings strategic vision to foster strong ecosystems, showcasing how technology, like Unreal Engine, can redefine industries and unleash creative possibilities.

G SENTHIL – AVGC Tech Innovator

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Senthil Kumar, Founder of WorkTrak and Steelsonic Software, is a pioneer in AVGC technologies with 15 years of rich experience. A designer of crucial IT and Network management software, he stands out as the creator of animation and VFX pipeline management solutions. A visionary in employee productivity and analytics software, he founded WorkTrak, aiding HR managers in boosting company productivity. Senthil’s journey spans leadership roles at major animation studios and contributions to open-source projects. With expertise in software architecture, electronics, and database design, he continues to drive innovation in the intersection of technology and creative industries.

SAMIT SHETTY – Animation & VFX Technology Expert

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Samit Shetty, a Technical Solutions Specialist at Autodesk, stands as a go-to person for Animation & Visual Effects technologies. With over a decade of industry experience, Samit collaborates with top studios, optimizing technology workflows for quality output and efficiency. His role involves working closely with VFX Supervisors and Heads of major studios in India, showcasing his expertise in cinematic procedures, cutting-edge technologies, and animation-VFX workflows.

VISHAL DHUPAR – Empowering AVGC with AI

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Vishal Dhupar, Managing Director at Nvidia India, spearheads the mission of empowering the Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming, and Comics (AVGC) sector. With over 30 years of industry experience, Vishal has driven strategic business growth for leading technology companies. At Nvidia, he plays a pivotal role in redefining the future of Media and Entertainment with cutting-edge AI, hardware, software platforms, and networking solutions. Under his leadership, Nvidia contributes to transforming the industry by optimizing content production, data analytics, and software-defined infrastructure.

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