US networking giant, Cisco’s annual user conference, Cisco Live 2017, is being held in Las Vegas from June 25 – 29th, drawing nearly thirty thousand IT, networking, software, security, and communications professionals from across the globe. On June 25, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage with Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins for the opening keynote of the conference.
Later that day, the Cisco Live Executive Symposium, an invitation-only gathering of Chief Information Officers of major companies, featured Dipak Basu, Founder and CEO, Anudip Foundation, in a conversation to share his insight on “Technology Solutions to Solve the World’s Problems.”
Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President of Cisco Corporate Affairs and Paul Polak, Founder of Windhorse International, joined Basu to discuss how institutions are employing technology in vital humanitarian missions worldwide. Basu’s executive session focused Anudip’s empowerment of 70,000 youth and women from high-need marginalized communities in India for participation in the knowledge economy through a robust technology platform and a state-of-the-art blended learning system. His session offered life-changing testimonials from Anudip alumni working at Anudip’s sister company, iMerit Technology Services, and at other employers. To illustrate the importance of how Anudip and iMerit are providing machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions from a hitherto untapped workforce, Basu emphasized Chuck Robbins’ opening keynote where the Cisco CEO said, “ We are moving into a world of unbelievably massive expansiveness. Distributed connectivity across hundreds of billions of devices. And through artificial intelligence, through machine learning and scale, we have the ability to extract greater insights from all these connections than we ever have in the past.”
Continuing the theme of leveraging high-tech to accelerate global problem solving, Basu described Anudip’s visionary research on 3D Printing for Development (3D4D) and highlighted its 3D Printed Prosthetics program for poor amputees, and 3D Printing as a service for rural entrepreneurship.