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Keynote Address by Prof. Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala

The presentation on Oct 11, by our esteemed keynote speaker Prof. Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala is now available at :


Dear Opportunity Hack Enthusiasts,

We are delighted to have Professor Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala as the Keynote Speaker at the eBay Inc. Opportunity Hack 2014 to be held this weekend

Dr. Jhunjhunwala is a renowned professor at the prestigious IIT Madras. A graduate in technology from IIT Kanpur, Dr. Jhunjhunwala completed his MS and PHD from the University of Maine. From early 1979 to 1981, he was associated with the Washington State University, post which he joined IIT Madras where he currently leads the Telecommunications and Computer Networks group (TeNeT).

TeNeT works with industry giants in the fields of Telecom Development, Banking, IT and Power Systems (including solar) Technologies relevant to India, and is specially focused on rural technologies. Over seventy companies have been incubated by TeNeT in the last twenty years.

Dr. Jhunjhunwala also chairs the IITM Incubation Cell, Health Technology Innovation Center (HTIC), co-chairs the Rural Technology and Business Incubator (RTBI) at IIT Madras, and is professor in-charge of IITM Research Park. He also chairs a MHRD committee, ‘Quality Enhancement of Engineering Education (QEEE).’

Honored with the Padma Shri Award in the year 2002, Dr Jhunjhunwala has also been endowed with the Shanti  Swarup  Bhatnagar  Award in 1998, Dr.Vikram Sarabhai Research  Award  for  the  year  1997,  Millennium  Medal at Indian Science Congress  in  the  year 2000 and H. K. Firodia for "Excellence in Science & Technology"  for the year 2002, Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Foundation Award for Science  &  Technology  for  the  year 2004, Awarded Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary  Lecture  Award  by  INSA  for  the year 2006, IBM Innovation and Leadership Forum Award by IBM for the year 2006, awarded Bernard Low Humanitarian Award in 2009, awarded “Bharat Asmita Vigyaan –Tantragyaan  Shresththa  Award”  for  the best use of Science & Technology through Innovation in 2010 to name a few.  He has also been awarded the Honorary Doctorates by  the Institute of Blekinge Institute of Technology,  Sweden in 2008 and University of Maine, USA in 2010. In 2010, he was also awarded JC Bose Fellowship in 2010 by DST, Government of India, awarded Dronacharya (2011) by TiE and recently awarded Top Innovator of Top 11 in 2011 Innovators Challenge. He is a Fellow of World Wireless Research forum, IEEE and Indian academies including INAE, IAS, INSA and NAS.

Dr.  Jhunjhunwala serves as Director on the Board of Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Limited, Polaris, Sasken, Tejas, Tata Communications, Exicom,Mahindra Reva Electrical Vehicles Pvt Ltd and Intellect Design Arena Limited. He also serves as a board member of several educational institutes and section 25 companies including BIRAC. He was a member of the Prime Minister's Scientific Advisory Committee till 2014.

It is indeed an honor for us to have Dr. Jhunjhunwala with us on Saturday, 11 October at 9.45 AM at our PayPal Chennai Center. Let us make the most of this opportunity, acquire knowledge, gain wisdom, and learn from the legend himself.