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PRO SESSION: Cultivating Engineer Team Resilience in the World of AI

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Akshay Sharma, Chief Technology Officer

Akshay Sharma is an entrepreneur, founder, and an experienced engineering leader in technology with a focus on healthcare. Since 2018, he has served as chief technical officer of Prior to his role as CTO, he served as VP of engineering for the company, where he developed several key technologies that power mobile-based privacy products in healthcare. While at he has been integral in the creation of core mobile app offerings, including:, Passport, privacy-based health-at-work solution, Serenity, a mental health digital offering, NetRunner, an edge computing and inference AI app, and Genewall, a genome app that deals with bioinformatics on the edge.

He is passionate about developing and applying poly-omics data combinations to healthcare and life-sciences as well as developing AI to assist in medical data understanding. He has built products, technology, and teams focused on edge computing (mobile/MCUs/sensors) and privacy (computations/inferences/learning). He holds several patents in this space.

Akshay previously founded / co-founded several companies, including: Swast, a startup focused on doctor-efficiency within the Indian healthcare ecosystem, and PixelSimple, a company engineering nextgen media streaming systems in the U.S. and Bangalore. Akshay also serves as the CTO of TEDx SanFrancisco, and is also involved in initiatives around decentralized clinical trials.

Akshay received his Bachelor of Engineering in Information Science and Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University in 2002.

An engineering team that works on AI products and technologies presents unique challenges. There is more ambiguity, unknowns and uncertainty in the definitions of AI products. To build a high performing engineering team in the era of ML and AI requires leaders to think differently, and empower key team members to factor in failures and allow for concurrent experimentation of ideas and technologies. Leaders need to build “resilience” not just at the infrastructure layer, but also at the management layer, allowing the team to take measured bets. In this session, CTO Akshay Sharma will dive into what that management layer needs to look like – simple reporting structures, promoting fungibility and collaboration across teams, setting goals and, even, encouraging failure – to ensure engineer teams are keeping up with evolving product cycles and technologies while also fostering a scalable culture.