CES 2016

CES® 2016 held at UCLA Anderson

Technology advances so rapidly you almost don't notice how much of the driving your car is doing on its own! And even the new models of consumer electronics are the product of last year's work ­- what companies are working on now isn't available yet. How are the sensors in my wearable devices, my smart home and connected car changing my lifestyle? Will Virtual Reality help me work more productively? Can I trust myself to be driven in a self-driving car? Will I be able to watch my favorite shows on my mobile device on high speed networks? That's where the CES® 2016 comes in -­ an annual event held in Las Vegas that showcases the top consumer electronics companies. But unless you fly to Vegas there's no way to enjoy the newest tech innovations and ideas.

Over 300 students, alumni, and professionals attended CES® 2016, held at the UCLA Anderson School of Management on January 14th, 2016. The program included talks and panels by invited industry professionals, faculty, and students, on topics addressed at the CES®2016 in Las Vegas. The themes for this event included Internet of Things, Smart Home, Connected Car, Streaming Video and High Speed Networks, Sensors and Wearables, Virtual Reality, and Drones.

Over 400 people attented the exhibition of displays, featuring the hottest new technologies. The event culminated with Anderson Afternoons, a networking reception sponsored by the Easton Center.

CES® is a registered trademark of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™. Neither UCLA nor the Easton Technology Management Center is affiliated with or endorsed by CES or CTA.

2016 Highlights

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A Leisurely Commute at the Speed of Sound: We’re Closer than You Thought
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CES® Opens with Surge-ical Precision
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MBA Student Considers the Digital Future of Health and Wellness
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#AndersonCES Vendor Display Showcases What’s Next in Tech
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Speakers & Exhibitors


Keynote 1 Speaker:
Keith Chen – Head of Economic Research, Uber

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Keynote 2 Speaker:
Bibop Gresta – COO, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

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Fireside Chat with:
Mark Frohnmayer - Founder & President, Arcimoto

Srinivas Anambhotla ('16) - Product Manager Intern, Cisco
Rohin Bhasin ('14) - Lead Venture Architect, BCG Digital Ventures
Justin Collard ('05) - Senior Director, DirecTV
Zachary Fields ('18) - Marketing Competitive Strategy Analyst, Cox Communications
Jake Graham ('16) - Accelerated Leadership Program Intern, Intel
Jennifer McCaney - Assistant Professor, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Michael Montgomery - President & Founder, Montgomery Advisory LLC
Marigold Mupalla ('16) - Business Intelligence & Strategy Analyst Intern, Crackle
Sushil Pramanick - Associate Partner & IoT Leader, IBM
Jason Sorger - Head of Distribution & Emerging Businesses, Crackle
Brian Witten - Senior Director IoT Security, Symantec


HP Mobility
Southern California Edison
UCLA Biomechatronics Lab
RKS Designs
Reassure Analytics
MM Silicon Beach
UCLA Modeling and Educational Demonstrations Laboratory Curriculum Materials Center
GI Logic
Welbean, Inc.
Biostar Organix (Diamcom USA)
Private Analytics
Korea Distribution Center


Easton Technology Management Center High Tech Business Association

In Partnership with the UCLA VC Fund, UCLA Anderson Office of Alumni Relations, UCLA Law School Alumni Network, UCLA Engineering Alumni Association, and UCLA Anderson Marketing & Communications

*Program Subject to Change

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Registration and Check-in

11:30 - 11:40 a.m.

Vandana Mangal - Executive Director, Easton Technology Management Center
Guillaume Roels - Faculty Director, Easton Technology Management Center

11:40 - 12:10 p.m.

KEYNOTE 1: "Surge Pricing & The Future of Flexible Work"
Introduced by Guillaume Roels

Keith Chen - Head of Economic Research, Uber

12:15 - 12:45 p.m.

KEYNOTE 2: "Transforming Transportation at the Speed of Sound"
Introduced by Vandana Mangal

Bibop Gresta - COO, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

12:45 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 - 2:30 p.m. PANEL 1: Streaming Media/High Speed Networks

Introduced by Kavika Dilawari ('17)

Justin Collard ('05) - Senior Director, DirecTV
Zachary Fields ('18) - Marketing Competitive Strategy Analyst, Cox Communications
Mike Montgomery - President & Founder, Montgomery Advisory LLC 
Jason Sorger - Head of Distribution & Emerging Businesses, Crackle (Sony)

Moderator: Marigold Muppala ('16) - Business Intelligence & Strategy Analyst Intern, Crackle (Sony)

2:35 - 3:50 p.m. PANEL 2: Internet of Things

Introduced by Ankita Sood ('16)

Srinivas Annambhotla ('16) - Product Manager Intern, Cisco
Rohin Bhasin ('14) - Lead Venture Architect, BCG Digital Ventures
Jennifer McCaney - Assistant Professor, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Sushil Pramanick - Associate Partner & IoT Leader, IBM
Brian Witten - Senior Director IoT Security, Symantec

Moderator: Jake Graham ('16) - Accelerated Leadership Program Intern, Intel

3:55 - 4:30 p.m.

Introduced by Dammy Akinfenwa ('17)

Mark Frohnmayer - Founder & President, Arcimoto

Host: Ana Hory ('03) - General Manager/Director of Product Management, Tablets & Phones, Belkin (past)

4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Technology Exhibits and Reception with Anderson Afternoons

Featured Speakers & Panelists

Keith Chen

Head of Economic Research, Uber

Keith Chen is an Associate Professor of Economics with tenure at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. His research blurs traditional disciplinary boundaries in both subject and methodology, bringing unorthodox tools to bear on problems at the intersection of Economics, Psychology, and Biology.

In early work examining the evolutionary origins of economic behavior, he has shown that when monkeys are taught to use money, they display many of the hallmark biases of human economic behavior, suggesting that some of our most fundamental biases are evolutionarily ancient. Professor Chen's most recent work focuses on how people's economic choices are influenced by the structure of their language. His work has shown that how a person's language encodes future events influences future-oriented behaviors as diverse as saving, smoking, and safe sex.

Professor Chen also advises numerous companies on topics at the intersection of behavioral economics, business strategy, product design, and dynamic pricing. He currently serves as Head of Economic Research for Uber, where among other projects he designed Uber's current "Surge" pricing model.

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Bibop G. Gresta

COO, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

With extensive experience in start-ups, transportation, media, and finance, Bibop G. Gresta is a world renowned speaker, and internationally regarded as one of the foremost experts on Advanced Media and Transportation Technologies. He has been in charge of International mergers and acquisitions, business development, coding and software development; and has served on the boards of several stock listed companies in the UK, Germany and Italy. He sits on the board for several humanitarian projects, is an advocate for Transhumanism and ethical entrepreneurship, is an inventor and patent holder, and is partners with Dirk Ahlborn, CEO and Co-founder of Jump Starter, Inc. Bibop serves as Vice CEO and COO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc., where he coordinates a team of 480 engineers in 26 countries which is presently fabricating the first Hyperloop. In television Bibop was host, author and producer of hit programs for several TV networks like MTV and Tmc2. In film, he acted in two mainstream Italian movies, and in radio he toured with Meto Grosso, producing 21 dance-rap records that hit the top 10 several times over his five year tenure.

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Ramin Ramezani

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Computer Science, UCLA

Dr. Ramin Ramezani is an adjunct assistant professor of computer science and a research scientist at the Center for Smart Health at UCLA. He is also managing technical director at Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) within David Geffen School of Medicine.

Ramezani was formerly the chief technologist in the big data and analytical unit within the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London, where he still holds an honorary association. Prior to that, he was a member of computational creativity group in the Department of Computing at Imperial College, where he finished his Ph.D. with a dissertation titled “An Artificial Intelligence Framework for Investigative Reasoning.” The research entailed automatic reformulation of AI problems and combined reasoning.

His research is focused on employing various engineering techniques to tackle problems that arise in the medical domain, primarily personal health and early disease detection tendencies.

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Rohin Bhasin ('14)

Lead Venture Architect, BCG Digital Ventures

Rohin is the Lead Venture Architect at BCG Digital Ventures where he is responsible for new ventures and product innovation. Prior to BCG DV, Rohin was an investor with Nike's venture arm, Double M Partners and BlackShip Capital. Rohin began his career at Goldman Sachs and was co-founder of ZumaCloud, an enterprise analytics company, and North American Property Preservation. Rohin is a graduate of USC and UCLA and is long LA.

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Justin Collard

Senior Director, Technology Development

DIRECTV, Now Part of the AT&T Family

Justin is an IT and business professional, focusing on implementing and operating entertainment technology solutions.  Most recently, he led technology integration team as part of a 14 month M&A integration planning program, culminating in the acquisition of DIRECTV by AT&T in July 2015.  Before joining DIRECTV, Justin was a consultant serving the technology, aerospace, and consumer business industries.  He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Kansas, and earned his MBA at UCLAAnderson in 2005.

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Zachary Fields ('18)

Marketing Competitive Strategy Analyst, Cox Communications

In his current role, Zack researches, analyzes, and reports competitive intelligence information and activity of national direct competitors, as well as peers in the cable and telecommunications industry. Zack wrote the first and current company strategy playbook against DirecTV. In addition to identifying product and promotional trends within video, high speed internet, and phone, he focuses on video the ever emerging Over-The-Top (OTT) competitors. Zack was also selected and currently a member of the Cox National Diversity & Inclusion Council as a millennial. Cox was ranked 17th in 2015 on the Diversity Inc. Top 50 list, a position aided by the council. Before taking the national role in Atlanta, Zack held a regional role for Cox California focused on offer, retention, and competitive strategies.

Prior joining Cox Communications, he worked for EBD Group, a biotech conference company which held business development conferences across Europe and the US.

Zack attended Syracuse University earning an undergraduate degree in Marketing Management. He played lacrosse for the university and was a member of the 2004 National Championship team.

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Jennifer McCaney

Assistant Professor, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

Jennifer McCaney, PhD is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.  Jenniferoversees the MedTech Innovation Program through the UCLA Business of Science Center, which supports the university's entrepreneurial ecosystem as well as assists university faculty and physicians in commercializing their research.  She holds a Lecturer position at the Anderson School of Management where she teaches a course on disruptive technologies in healthcare and medtech innovation.  Jennifer is also the Director of MedTech Innovator, a global industry-driven medtech competition and accelerator that incubates early-stage start-ups in medical devices, diagnostics and digital health.  While finishing her doctorate, Jennifer co-founded Hourglass Technologies, a medical device start-up in the obesity space and previously worked as a consultant to biotech and pharmaceutical companies in Boston.  A Fulbright Scholar, she completed her PhD in mechanical engineering at Stanford and holds an MS and BS in mechanical engineering from MIT and a BS in finance from the Sloan School of Management.  Jennifer also has an MS in biomedical engineering from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

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Michael J. Montgomery

President & Founder, Montgomery Advisory LLC

Michael J. Montgomery is an advisor and investor in early stage companies, an active board member, and a Lecturer at the Anderson School of Business. Michael was the Co-Founder and President of Montgomery & Co., LLC, a boutique investment bank focused on media and technology, from 1993 through 2013. The Investment Bank specialized in M&A and equity financings for private and occasional public companies. Montgomery & Co. became known for its focus on the intersection of media and technology. Michael personally initiated the transaction and sold Intermix (whose primary asset was MySpace) to News Corporation, Club Penguin to Disney, Daily Candy to Comcast, and over 30 other deals during his career there. Montgomery & Co. was known for its hands-on execution and deep understanding of the sectors it banked. Montgomery & Co. merged its operations into Signal Hill in 2013.

Prior to Montgomery & Co., he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sega GameWorks L.L.C., a joint venture between Sega, Universal Studios, and DreamWorks. It owned and operated family entertainment centers across the United States.

Prior to joining Sega GameWorks, he was a partner and Senior Executive of DreamWorks SKG from 1995 to 1996. He was their lead executive for their $900 million equity raise in 1995. The capital raise was one the largest capital raises ever for a new company without significant operations. He also led their real estate efforts to secure land to build their studio in Glendale and their attempted studio at Playa Vista.

He joined DreamWorks after a nine year career at the Walt Disney Company. As Assistant Treasurer and then Vice President and Treasurer, Michael was responsible for numerous innovative financing arrangements conceived and executed for Disney. This includes the $720 million non-recourse advance for the royalties of Tokyo Disneyland, the first large royalty financing conceived for intellectual property. He was also instrumental in their off-balance sheet film financings, including Silver Screen 2, 3 and 4, and the appropriately named $600 million Touchwood Film Financing. He also proposed and then played a key role in the execution of the initial public offering of EuroDisney in 1989. Upon returning from Paris, he conceived of the first bond with a return indexed to an unrelated security or index. The $927 million zero coupon bond indexed into Euro Disney’s stock value pioneered with the SEC and Wall Street the use of derivative-like structures imbedded in bonds. In 1993, he moved to Paris, France, to serve as Directeur General and Chief Financial Officer of Euro Disney, where he played a key role in a difficult financial and operational restructuring.

Before joining Disney, he worked at ARCO in its treasury organization, which was well known for its financial sophistication. As the Manager of Corporate Finance, he was the point person for the $620 million sale of the Arco Plaza and played a key role in its $4 billion restructuring in 1985. From 1980 to 1984, he also served as CFO and later President of Arco Solar Europe, a subsidiary of Arco Solar, in Milan, Italy and later, London, UK. At that time, Arco Solar was the largest solar photovoltaic company in the world.

He has been a Director of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. since July 2006, and of a Director of Synacor, Inc. since December 2011. He chairs the Audit Committee for both companies. He is also on the advisory board of MoFilm, a London based company doing crowdsourced content for brands.

He also served on the Board of Directors of Corus Pharma and previously, PathoGenesis Corporation, a public pharmaceutical company that developed and sold an aerosolized antibiotic for CF.

He received an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College (1977), where he holds a BA degree as a Rufus Choate Scholar with magna cum laude honors.

He is the current President and chairs the Board of Directors of the Bel-Air Bay Club.

Michael is married to the former Nicole Perben, and they have one son, Colyn, who is 28 years old and lives in London.

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Sushil Pramanick

Associate Partner & IoT Leader, IBM

Mr. Sushil Pramanick is a Senior Management Executive with over 20 years of industry experience. He is currently an Associate Partner with IBM Analytics and serving as IOT Leader for Insurance sector. He is recognized as industry thought leader in Big Data Analytics and recently ranked in Top 10 by independent research firm and rated amongst the Top influencer by CEO World in 2014. He has provided advisory services to several Fortune 100 companies. In addition, he is the Founding Chairman and Board Member of The Big Data Institute.

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Jason Sorger

Head of Distribution & Emerging Businesses, Crackle

Jason Sorger is currently the head of distribution, partnerships and emerging businesses at Crackle. He is a graduate of both UCLA and Harvard Business School.

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Brian Witten

Senior Director IoT Security, Symantec

Brian Witten is a Senior Director for “Internet of Things” (IoT) at Symantec. Brian has led security research and engineering for more than 20 years. Over the past few years, Brian has led engineering on Android, Symentec Endpoint Protection (SEP.cloud), and reputation based security for enterprise, as well as encryption and identity technologies. Prior to that, Brian created Symantec Government Research Labs and Symantec Research Labs Europe, as well as several new technologies now used in Symantec’s enterprise and Norton consumer offerings. An experienced information security expert, Brian has worked closely with leading universities, government organizations, and industry partners. Prior to joining Symantec, Witten worked at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. military’s central research and development organization charged with sponsoring revolutionary, high-payoff research where he managed an R&D investment portfolio of more than $150 million in U.S. and international efforts.

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