CES 2019

CES® 2019 at UCLA Anderson

January 17, 2019

11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Executive Dining Room, UCLA Anderson

Technology has become an integral part of our lives, changing our lives and work, the opportunities for new ventures and established enterprises, and more broadly society. Technology based disruptions are affecting almost every sector today including transportation, healthcare, financial services and retail. They are also affecting industry structure, organizational capabilities and the future of work for humans and machines/robots.

Every business is a tech business today. This event aims to bring successful entrepreneurs and executives and a glimpse off the latest innovations and their potential impact. The themes for CES 2019 will include autonomous vehicles, smart cities, the work place of the future, and other disruptive offerings developed in research labs on the UCLA campus, in startups, as well as in large global organizations.

2019 Highlights

"[Virtual] Assistants are the next UI Paradigm - from Windows to the Web to Mobile"
"We are working towards the ability to predict an employee's job satisfaction"
 "Disruption must occur from inside -making a case for change is key"

You have to work effectively with regulators - "If you're not at the table, you're on the table!"
"An ecosystem is required made up of cities, companies, power providers, internet service providers and application developers to create a truly smart city"


Keynote Speaker


Adam Cheyer (UCLA MS '93)
Co-Founder & VP Engineering, Viv Labs
Co-Founder, Siri Inc. (previous)

Adam Cheyer is an inventor, entrepreneur, and engineering executive who explores how computers can augment individual and collective intelligence. He is currently co-founder and VP Engineering of Viv Labs, whose goal is to simplify the world by providing an intelligent interface to everything. Viv Labs is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung.

Previously, Adam was co-founder and VP Engineering of Siri, a virtual personal assistant for your phone. As a startup, Siri won the Innovative Web Technologies award at SXSW, and was chosen a Top Ten Emerging Technology by MIT’s Technology Review. After Apple purchased Siri in 2010 to power the iPhone’s voice interface, Siri was presented “Best Technical Achievement” at the 2011 Crunchies Awards.

Adam is also a founding member, advisor, and first developer of Change.org. Using Change.org, an international community of 200 million members fights for what’s right locally, nationally, and globally. “Victories” are won every day by shining a spotlight on issues relating to the environment, human rights, food, education, poverty, and justice.

Adam also co-founded Sentient (formerly Genetic Finance), which distributes machine learning algorithms across many CPUs/GPUs to discover novel solutions to complex problems. Previously, Adam was VP Engineering at Verticalnet (enterprise software) and Dejima (mobile software).
As a researcher in Artificial Intelligence at SRI International, Adam authored more than 60 publications and 26 issued patents. He was Chief Architect of CALO, the largest AI project in US history. Adam graduated with highest honors from Brandeis University and received the “Outstanding Masters Student” award from UCLA’s School of Engineering.

Read More

Nikki Katz
Head of Digital Strategy & Emerging Experiences, Bank of America

Nikki Katz is responsible for leading the ongoing enhancement of Bank of America’s digital services and channels, transforming the online and digital customer experience, and delivering a suite of leading-edge capabilities that will enable the bank to continue their leadership position in digital.

Prior to joining the bank in August 2018, Katz was vice president of Technology at Disney’s Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products segment, where she managed organizational responsibilities ranging across design, development, e-commerce, and the technology platforms that power Disney’s games and websites.  Katz launched her corporate career as a software engineer at Yahoo, and progressed through multiple technology roles across engineering, operations, product, and management.

Katz holds a holds a Bachelor of Science in Symbolic Systems: HCI from Stanford University. She resides in Los Angeles with her wife and two children.

Read More


11:00 – 11:25 a.m Registration & Check In - UCLA Anderson Courtyard
11:25 – 11:35 a.m. Welcome

Terry Kramer (UCLA BA '82), Faculty Director, Easton Technology Management Center and Adjunct Professor of DOTM, UCLA Anderson

11:35 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Keynote I: AI From a Technology Perspective

Adam Cheyer (UCLA MS '93), Co-Founder & VP Engineering, Viv Labs and Co-Founder, Siri Inc.

12:15 – 1:05 p.m. Panel I: Where AI Meets the Bottom Line

Matt Plummer, VP Marketplace Products & Operations, ZipRecruiter
Matthew Levinson (UCLA PhD '13), Personalization Data Science Director, Nike

Moderator: Rick Merrill (UCLA JD '09), CEO, Gavelytics

1:05 – 2:05 p.m. Lunch & Networking
2:05 – 2:45 p.m. Keynote II: Digital Transformation in Businesses Today

Nikki Katz, Head of Digital Strategy & Emerging Experiences, Bank of America

2:45 – 3:35 p.m. Panel II: The Workplace of the Future

Derek Belch, Founder & CEO, STRIVR Labs Inc.
Daniel Burton, Founder & CEO, DroneBase
Steve Raymond ('00), CEO, 8i (former)

Moderator: Laura Fay, VP Research & Advisory, XaaS Product Management, TSIA

3:35 – 4:25 p.m. Panel III: Building a Smarter City

Micha Benoliel, Co-Founder, Nodle
Mike Freni, Chairman & CEO, Kumbaya Inc.

Moderator: John Blevins ('11), Adjunt Professor of DOTM, UCLA Anderson

4:25 – 4:40 p.m. Company Spotlights & Closing Remarks
4:40 – 6:30 p.m. Technology Exhibits & Reception with Anderson Afternoons

*Schedule Subject to Change


Featured Exhibitors

Easton Technology Management Center UCLA Tech

Presented By

Easton Technology Management Center


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