Internet of Things

Understanding and leveraging IoT for results
Thursday, Oct. 27 Location Code
10:45am-11:45am Houston Ballroom A, 3rd floor SIS/14

The Internet of Things, wherein everyday objects have network connectivity, is here! What are companies doing with all the data generated by connected devices? How are companies expanding their portfolios to offer connected products? What does it mean to join the internet of things?

Come to this panel discussion to ask your IoT questions and hear from people who are currently exploring this exciting topic!

Moderator: Michael Walton; Panelists: Avi Bakshi / Emiola Banwo / Manesh Patel

Panel Moderator:

Michael Walton is the head of manufacturing for Google for Work where he collaborates with Fortune 500 manufacturers to introduce game-changing strategies and technologies into their manufacturing operations. He is passionate about helping manufacturers capture and leverage their data to revolutionize every aspect of their processes and production, including systems integration, product lifecycle management, ease of use and management visibility.


Abhishek (Avi) Bakshi is a senior manufacturing manager at Google's consumer hardware division which is responsible for products such as Chromecast Ultra Google Home, Pixel phones and Daydream VR viewer. He joined Google in 2014 and spearheaded the development of Google's next generation QMS platform using predictive machine learning techniques for all hardware products across all manufacturing sites. Prior to joining Google, Bakshi spent six years in Apple's Advance Manufacturing Group, where he led the development of industrial automation protocols, manufacturing analytics and hardware test platforms. Bakshi has a dual masters degree in computer science/controls engineering from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and a MBA in operations from Michigan State University.

Emiola Banwo is a student at UT Dallas studying computer engineering and cognitive science (human-computer interaction). He has been studying IoT usability and adoption for four years as an undergraduate, including a research project sponsored by Google Research. Banwo is CEO of a startup exploring industry solutions for both consumer and manufacturer buy-in to facilitate IoT adoption that is desirable, widespread, affordable and non-novelty.

Manesh Patel is Sanmina Corporation’s senior vice president and chief information officer, responsible for the global IT team that supports all aspects of operations. He joined Sanmina in 1997 and was instrumental in providing leadership in the development and implementation of the IT strategy that enabled international expansion, customer-focused services, and the successful integration of more than 60 mergers and acquisitions. In 2010, Patel was named to the 100 Most Influential People on the Internet by Internet Evolution for his leadership in cloud adoption. Prior to Sanmina, he was with the European operations of Ford Motor Company moving to Silicon Valley in 1989.