TiE Pune NTT DATA Open Innovation Contest 9.0 - Grand Fi...
Jan 10, 2019
01:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Sabha 1, JW Marriott Hotel, Senapati Bapat Road

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NTT DATA is a world-class, global IT services provider headquartered in Tokyo and has many innovation needs coming from all industries, across the globe.  Through this contest, NTT DATA aims to partner with mature businesses to create innovative solutions to the needs.





Registrations and Networking


Welcome Note by Kiran Deshpande


Welcome Note Kotaro Zamma and Kaz Okada


Pitch Contest (6 companies)


BREAK (15 mints)


Pitch Contest (5 companies)


BREAK with Light Refreshments (20 mints)

17.35 pm:

Keynote Speech by Pramod Kumar

17.50 pm:

Winner Announcements with Certificates

18.20 pm:

Valedictory Keynote

18.30 pm:

Event Concludes


Kiran Deshpande, Co-Founder - Mojo Networks, President, TiE Pune

Kiran is currently :

  • Co-Founder - Mojo Networks (Now an Arista Company) - Massively scalable Cloud Managed Secure Wi-Fi technology)
  • Charter Member & President of TiE Pune (Charter Member since 2009) – Mentored over 20 start-ups
  • Angel Investor & Board Member - 18th Parallel (Android based smart STB & Gaming Console)
  • Angel Investor - Bombay Shaving Company (Men’s grooming)
  • Board Member - Sun Shot Technologies (Commercial rooftop based Solar Systems)
  • Senior Member of IEEE

Past Experience
(40 years of technology, business leadership & entrepreneurial experience in the technology industry)

• 2002-2003: Advisor to KPIT CEO & Chairman for Strategy ( part time 6 months)
• 1996-2001: MD & CEO of MBT (now known as Tech Mahindra) from June 1996 – November 2001 
• 1992-1996: Senior Vice President of Software Services of IMR, Inc. (later acquired by CGI) 
• 1978-1992: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in various executive, sales and R&D positions 
• 1998-2000: Member of Maharashtra IT Task Force

• B.E. (Honors) – Electronics 1976 BITS, Pilani
• M. Tech (EE) Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, 1978


Pramod Kumar, Managing Director & Head of Banking, India, Barclays

Pramod has 25+ years of investment banking experience spanning across several sectors including industrial, financial institutions, metals & mining, and consumer sectors.  Prior to joining Barclays in November 2011, He worked with Citi for over 9 years, most recently as a Managing Director leading coverage of multiple sectors, including auto, financial institutions, EPC, consumer, infrastructure and real estate. He received his Masters in Finance degree from Delhi University and his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from SRCC


Kaz Okada, Senior Expert, Open Innovation and Business Incubation, NTT DATA

Mr. Okada is also a long-time employee of NTT DATA, but his uniqueness comes from his experience outside the company, and outside the country. He was born in Japan, raised in Europe, and educated in the United States. His career started as a network engineer serving NASA and the Japanese space agency, but he has also worked as a software engineer at Microsoft in Seattle. He then moved to Washington, DC where he came across countless innovations both as a Manager of Research and Business Development and as a Visiting Fellow of CSIS, which is a top think tank in the United States.

His diverse and international experience makes him an ideal consultant for open innovation, and he is now leading the globalization of NTT DATA’s open innovation program

Kotaro Zamma, Head of Open Innovation and Business Incubation, NTT DATA

Mr. Zamma has been working for NTT DATA for 30 years and knows Japan’s IT industry inside out. Five years, ago, he was the first person in NTT DATA to advocate open innovation as the future of the company. Now, he is the industry leader in Japan’s innovation ecosystem.

At NTT DATA, he directs open innovation contest and monthly forums to find and connect promising startups to business units and customers of NTT DATA and runs programs that put the partner startups on the fast track to proof-of-concept and new business.

At Kobe University, he teaches open innovation.

  1. ​Sabha 1, JW Marriott Hotel,
    Senapati Bapat Road,
    Pune, Maharashtra, India


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