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FAYA:80 – The Event marked a history in Kerala IT>>  Disrupt Kerala 2017 – a special edition of FAYA:80, the monthly technology hangout happening in Technopark since 2013, marked a history in Kerala IT by discussing the most emerging happenings and trends in the IT industry.

“Disrupt Kerala 2017 – Break the Echo Chamber” was aimed to evaluate emerging trends in the dynamic IT landscape and explore new ideas for developers and organizations to navigate, adapt and grow in the face of unpredictability.

Among the topics discussed were future trends in Data Management, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, User Experience, Block chain technology, Mixed Reality and Internet of Things (IoT). The event featured seminars, workshops and a panel discussion by a number of prominent personalities, including IT Secretary M. Sivasankar IAS.

Running in parallel to the discussions and lectures were live demonstrations of virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality. There were also a workshop and demonstration of the incredible potential of bionics.  In short, Disrupt Kerala 2017 was a day-long treat for all the technology enthusiasts here in the state.

The event was flagged off by Mr. Hrishikesh Nair, CEO, Kerala IT Parks and NASSCOM Regional Council Member.

The first session, Tech Disruption- Opportunities and Threats, was by keynote speaker Mr. Michael Gord, Founder & CEO of MLG Blockchain Consulting Canada, Founder of Bitcoin Canada, member of the Board of Directors – Blockchain Association of Canada (BAC) and Advisor to McGill Fintech Club.

A 15 minute tea break followed, following which there were parallel sessions in 5 venues.


The forenoon sessions here included Software and Hardware Breakthroughs in bionics and IOT by Mr. Sanju Mathew, CEO, Onbyz and VR, AR and MR: What’s Real, What’s Now, What’s to come by Mr. Abhilash Ashok of Valorem.

The afternoon witnessed a workshop Get your Hands-On Block Chain! By MR. Jikku Jose, Co-founder, Qucentis.


The forenoon sessions here included Fairness in Big Data by Mr. Anivar Aravind, Founder, Indic Project, and Decoding Phantoms in the Brain Using Technology by Mr. Mohammed Rafi, Behavioral Scientist.

The afternoon workshop, Build Your First VR Mobile App with Unity was conducted by the BuildNext Team comprising of Mr. Dileep P. G. and Mr. Nithin Jose.


The forenoon session Blockchain in Bioinformatics, was by the Accubits Team, Mr. Jibin Mathew and Mr. Rahul A. R.

The afternoon sessions here were also by the Accubits Team- Soft Computing by Mr. Manuyash Chaudhary and HPL Cloud Computing by Mr. Jithin V. G.


This venue witnessed a forenoon demo, Speech Enabled Kinematics-Bionic Hand by Team Onbyz and an afternoon demo, Experience VR, AR and MR by Team Valorem.


At 11 15 AM, Mr. Satish Babu, Chairman, APRALO – ICANN, led the session on FOSS- Role of Communities, following which, at 12.00 PM, Mr.Venkataramanan, Data Scientist at Thoughtworks, took over with his session Designing Machine Learning Systems.

After lunch, at 2.00 PM, Prof. Nandini Vaidyanathan, chairman, CARMa Venture Services, took the session How to Grow Faster and Smarter in the Age of Disruption, following which at 3.00 PM Mr. Rama Brahmam Aleti led the session UX at the Age of Disruption.

Following this was the Panel Discussion on the topic -Staying Relevant at the Age of Disruption, moderated by Mr. Anoop P Ambika, CEO, CLAP. The panel also included Mr. M Sivasankar IAS, IT Secretary, Government of Kerala, Mr. Michael Gord, Prof. Nandini Vaidyanathan, Dr. Asharaf S. Associate Professor, IIITMK and Mr. Rahul Alex Panicker, Co-founder and President, Embrace Innovations.

After a short tea break, at 5.00 PM, the valedictory function was started off by Mr. Saravana Mani, deputy director, NASSCOM, with a briefing on the sessions of the day. Following this took place the launch of FAYA:80 NASSCOM Kochi and Kozhikode chapters, by Mr. Hrishikesh Nair, CEO, Kerala IT Parks.

The launch of Tech Myrmidons, online portal for tech enthusiasts to keep track of tech-information, by Mr. Michael Gord followed. Previous speakers of FAYA:80 were felicitated by Mr.Michael Gord, Prof.Nandini Vaidyanathan and Mr. Hrishikesh Nair.

Finally, the Vote of Thanks was delivered by Mr. Deepu S. Nath, Managing Director, FAYA, concluding the day-long event.

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