“Disruptive” is an Understatement: The World on Robotics, Sensors & 5G

November 20, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Knobbe Martens
12790 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130
$65 (non-member)
Karen Winston

“Disruptive” is an Understatement: The World on Robotics, Sensors + 5G

Much more than just faster connections for your smartphone. Yes, 5G technology has the potential to transform the internet and lower latency to single digit milliseconds, but more importantly, it will enable a myriad of new applications and use cases. Think connected smart devices in the IoT; autonomous vehicles; smart cities and connected factories. Now, think of all the new applications that will be needed to make our smart cities and connected worksites work with 5G.

Whether you’re in a technology business or a business that relies on technology…and which one doesn’t?…or perhaps you’re an individual thinking of upgrading to a smart home, 5G is going to make the future we see in SciFi movies possible. The question is when?

For that answer and more, join us Wednesday, November 20.


5:30: Registration, Networking, food and drinks

6:30: Program

7:30: Audience Q & A

8:00: Program Concludes, Networking, Coffee & Dessert until 8:30


Mary Beth McCabe

Dr. Mary Beth McCabe (moderator)
Associate Professor, National University

As National University’s Academic Program Director for Marketing since 2010, Dr. McCabe brings 25 years of hands on experience in television and digital advertising plus business ownership to the College of Professional Studies. She has been an executive in the San Diego business community since 1982, with KUSI-TV and prior, in Chicago at WCIU-TV. Her business clients range from Fortune 100 firms to family run enterprises. Her academic degrees are from Alliant University (DBA, Marketing), DePaul University (MBA, Marketing) and University of Dayton (BA, Communications). Dr. McCabe has been on the marketing faculty at UCSD Extension, San Diego State University, and the University of San Diego. She is co-author of Mobile Marketing Essentials (Stukent, Inc), now in its sixth edition, and author of The World’s First Guide to Independent Travel. She lives in San Diego, and volunteers with American Marketing Association, MIT Enterprise Forum and several community groups. Dr. McCabe received the only National University President’s Award for Online Course Development (2018). She was also recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Diego Ad Club.


Cheryl Goodman
Head of Corporate Communications, Sony Electronics

For more than 20 years, Cheryl Goodman has pushed the boundaries of innovation by expanding cognitive diversity by including more women in tech. She served for a decade at Qualcomm where she leads the dialogue in wireless, display tech, and app development. Goodman left to run Athena, a non-profit designed to advance women in tech & life sciences. In her tenure, she created resources for female entrepreneurs in bio & tech while achieving the organizations highest level of fundraising ultimately being recognized as a leading CEO in the San Diego region. Today she’s at the Global multinational Sony, headquartered in RB. As Head of Corporate Communications, she evangelizes the broad innovations lead by the creative entertainment company. “I take the same mission-focused mindset found in the non-profit world and apply that to the world of technology. My goal is to bring other high-level contributors, who sometimes get overlooked, alongside me as I continue on my journey to demonstrate how technology transforms lives.”

Goodman is a true advocate for assistive technologies as she recently overcame sudden and severe hearing loss in both ears. After enduring a series of correction surgeries, Goodman is a champion of mobile and audio technologies that allowed her to thrive despite not being able to hear.

Abhijit Kudrimoti

Abhijit Kudrimoti is a Product Management Leader at Verizon.

He has worked for several years in the Internet of Things (IOT) space and played a significant role in the development and marketing of Verizon’s Thingspace IoT services platform. Abhijit works with technologies such as Location Based Services, Device Provisioning, Management and Diagnostics, Global Roaming, Public IP and Private Mobile Networking, 5G and Mobile Edge Computing, LTE and Narrowband-IOT, consistently and successfully delivering products to market for Verizon.

Abhijit started his career as an embedded modem software engineer and subsequently did 3GPP2 standards development work at Qualcomm in the area of wireless data internetworking.  Abhijit later worked as a product manager at different mobile device hardware and software vendors such as Nokia and Palm and D2 Technologies.  Abhijit has an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Los Angeles CA, and M.S. and B.Tech degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona and the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, respectively.

Sudeepto Roy is a Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm

Sudeepto is a Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm and has held various leadership positions spanning wireless embedded engineering, customer and startup enablement, patent licensing, product planning and regional strategy. He and his team members have played an instrumental role in the design and worldwide launches of several generations of handsets, IoT, computing, networking, and infrastructure products which effected the industry’s major technology shifts from 2G, 3G, 4G and now, 5G.

Sudeepto holds a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Engineering from MSU, India and ODU, Virginia respectively, and has completed post graduate certificate programs in Engineering Management and Intellectual Property Law at Caltech and UCSD.

Sudeepto volunteers for issues of community interest (particularly, children’s safety and development), and serves on the board of two non-profit schools (“La Petite Ecole” du Lycee Francais et International, and Onkur Bangla Language Academy of San Diego). As a resident of the coastal village of Del Mar with his wife and daughter, his hobbies include family activities, technology writing, travel, gardening, reading, music, and pilates.

chad sweetChad Sweet is CEO of ModalAI, Inc.

Chad has more than 20 years of leadership experience and focuses on system architecture and business development. ModalAI is a leader in autonomous robot and drone perception and communication systems. The company develops highly-integrated artificial intelligence (AI)-powered modules that empower companies in a variety of industries to utilize aerial and ground autonomous navigation systems that communicate via 4G and 5G cellular networks. Through June 2018 he led global robotics R&D at Qualcomm Research. Previously at Qualcomm he led efforts in computer vision and wireless communications with 15 patents granted.

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