Design in India Challenge II Winners Cycle I - 2017

Sensara Technologies India Pvt. Ltd.

Sensara Technologies India Pvt. Ltd. developed a Smart TV solution on a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ platform. Using Edge Compute and Advanced Analytics, their solution redefines the TV watching experience.

Lightmetrics Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Lightmetrics Technologies Pvt. Ltd. used the CV and ML capabilities of a Snapdragon platform to enable a highly robust and intelligent ADAS product. Integrated with a cross platform video safety solution, the device provides better data and actionable insights into driving behavior.

The Jury


National IT & Corporate Editor and Chief of Bureau-Mumbai

The Hindu Business Line


Thomas K. Thomas is National IT and Corporate editor, and chief of bureau-Mumbai, for The Hindu Business Line (HBL). He has been associated with the publication for 14 years. He drives news coverage across major corporate beats including FMCG, retail, pharma, aviation, auto, real estate, IT and telecom across BusinessLine bureaus. He covers telecommunications industry exclusively; researching his stories thoroughly and is well-informed on developments in the industry.


Thomas is a key influencer in telecom media. In a career spanning over 18 years, Thomas, has interviewed many thought leaders, C-suite executives and company founders including Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO- Tim Cook, Netflix Co-Founder & CEO- Reed Hastings, Microsoft CEO- Satya Nadella, Co-founder of WhatsApp -Brian Acton, Founder of Xiaom-i Lei Jun, Chairman of Mahindra Group- Anand Mahindra, Chairman of Aditya Birla Group -Kumar Mangalam Birla , Founder Airtel- Sunil Bharti Mittal and Finnish President - Sauli Niinistö among others.


Vice President and President, Qualcomm India, Qualcomm India Pvt. Ltd.


Larry Paulson is VP and President of Qualcomm India, based in Mumbai. Larry’s key responsibilities are to provide leadership and drive business growth for Qualcomm in the region. Additionally, he oversees the sales and business organization in India with responsibility for all QCT and QTL GTM activities. He will be also working towards further building and strengthening Qualcomm’s eco-system in India; and to drive a closer collaboration with telecom operators, smartphone OEMs, application developers and ISVs, online and offline channel partners, to leverage the adoption of 4G LTE services riding on Qualcomm’s technology and solutions in the above areas.


Larry has more than 30 years of experience in wireless industry in areas of strategy, R&D, customer development, product marketing and technology creation. He joined Qualcomm in 2013 as VP of Product Mgmt. for Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD). Most recently, he led the QCT Platforms organization and had expanded the QRD platform from the low tier to all MSM™ chipset tiers and into new categories, such as virtual reality.


Prior to Qualcomm, he was the EVP and CMO at BrightPoint. Before that, he held numerous positions at Nokia during his 20+ year stint with the company, including Global SVP and GM of Nokia's WW CDMA device business He also oversaw Nokia's ODM process with partners in China, Taiwan and Korea with responsibility for strategy, R&D, customer development and product marketing. Prior to that, Paulson served as SVP, North America Business Development and President of Technophone (a wholly owned subsidiary of Nokia).

Shashidhar (Shashi) Reddy

Vice President – Engineering, Qualcomm India Private Limited, Hyderabad


Shashi Reddy has 25+ years of experience in Wireless and embedded software industry and has worked in companies like Qualcomm, Skyworks, Northern Telecom, Sony, and Intel in US and India. He is currently head of Qualcomm India’s Hyderabad Design Centre that develops embedded wireless products.


Shashi was instrumental in setting up the Indian Design centre for Skyworks Solutions and later for Qualcomm in Hyderabad. He helped start the Qualcomm Hyderabad centre in 2004 and grew it close to 3000 Engineers operation working on development and Validation of Wireless Platforms which power Mobile, Tablets, and other wireless and connectivity devices.


Shashi holds a M.S in Computer Science from University of New Haven, Connecticut, USA and a B.E. in Electronics and Communication from Gulbarga Univ.


Senior Director, Engineering, Qualcomm India Private Limited, Bangalore

Qualcomm India Pvt. Ltd.


Dr. Dhananjay Gore is Head of Qualcomm Research India and also leads the modem and multi-media systems engineering teams for product development at Qualcomm India.


Dhananjay joined Qualcomm Incorporated in 2003 in the Corporate Research and Development group in San Diego. He was a key contributor to the design and development of mobile broadband; OFDMA based wide area networks (UMB – 3GPP2 RevC) – a pre-cursor to the 4G LTE standard. He has led project-engineering efforts for 3G smart repeaters and modem development. Dhananjay is an alumnus of IIT Mumbai and Stanford University.


Sr. Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Technology Licensing, Qualcomm Incorporated


Pranesh Sinha leads Technology and Product Strategy initiatives at Qualcomm. Currently, he is driving Qualcomm's collaboration efforts in multiple countries by building innovation labs which benefit ecosystem partners. Pranesh has been at Qualcomm for more than 10 years in various roles including 3GPP standardization, technology strategy, and product development. Some of his key accomplishments include delivery of the world’s first HSPA+ and LTE products, establishing LTE-TDD as a global standard for unpaired spectrum, and delivering the first world-mode cellular modem including TD-SCDMA.


Pranesh has also worked in management and technical leadership roles at Intel, Texas Instruments, Ensemble Communications and Conexant. He is published in technical journals and holds multiple patents. He graduated from the National University of Singapore.


CEO, CoE-IoT (Center of Excellence for IoT)



Sanjeev Malhotra is the CEO for the Centre of Excellence for IoT established by NASSCOM in association with MeitY and Government of Karnataka. He is responsible for developing the ecosystem and infrastructure for innovation and entrepreneurship involving industry, government and academia. CoE for IoT is one of the biggest incubators and accelerators for start-ups focused on IoT.


In his career spanning over 20 years, Sanjeev has a rich experience in the Embedded and Web Technology space with work experience at Intel and Qualcomm amongst others. Sanjeev has an M.Tech and an MBA.

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