Amazon organizes Annual Tech Conference in Chennai

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Chennai, November 13, 2019: Amazon India today announced its annual Amazon India Tech Conference (AITC) to be held on November 14- 15, 2019 in Chennai.The theme of the 2-day event is “Building Today. Innovating for Tomorrow”.The event provides an interactive forum for the India Tech Community to meet, collaborate and learn best practices from Senior Leaders and Engineers at Amazon. The conference will be a stage to share knowledge and showcase the innovative engineering efforts & projects of various teams across India Development Centers. The conference also aims to foster relationships between teams spanning all locations in India.The event will include a series of keynotes by technology leaders, panel discussions, Speed Mentoring, Pitch It!, Poster Design and technology stalls.

The conference will have participation from senior leaders at Amazon including Dave Limp, Senior Vice President, Amazon Devices; Rob Williams, Vice President, Device Software, Amazon; Colleen Aubrey, Vice President, Performance Advertising, Amazon; Sandeep Gupta, Vice President, Fire TV Devices & Experience, Amazon; Aaron Rubenson, Vice President, Worldwide Amazon App Store; Matt Battles, Vice President, Advertising Technology, Amazon; Miriam Daniel, Vice President, Product Management, Alexa Devices; Narsi Narsimhan, Vice President, Connectivity Solutions Group, Amazon; and Rajeev Rastogi, Vice President, Applied Sciences, Amazon.

Speaking about the Amazon India Tech Conference, Deepti Varma, Director – HR, India and Middle East, Amazon said, “Every Amazonian is guided by Amazon’s leadership principles like customer obsession, ownership, invent and simplify things, having a bias for action among others. We take great pride in being the earth’s most customer-centric company and have the culture of hiring superstars. We believe that technology is changing the face of HR and culture and, through Amazon India Tech Conference, we aim to showcase the latest innovations at Amazon and provide a platform for Amazonians to collaborate and engage with Amazon Tech fraternity to further share knowledge and further up skill themselves.”

Manikandan Thangarathnam, Director Engineering at Amazon said, “Amazon’s Culture of innovation is a key differentiator in serving customer requirements in the most innovative and hassle freeway. For a technology-intensive company like Amazon, it is critical to push the edge and share knowledge in new areas like artificial intelligence and machine learning as we have been one of the early proponents of technology to improve customer service. Amazon India’s technology team has been the backbone in solving many of the operational challenges at Amazon and the conference will help Amazonians to further gain as well as share insights with tech experts at Amazon.”

To keep the participants engaged through out those 2-days, Amazon is organizing unique activities like Technology Stalls and Pitchit! The Technology Stall is a way of sharing information, knowledge, and best practices with other attendees at Amazon India Tech Conference. This year, the company will be using the tech stalls to showcase posters and demos from across Amazon India. Demos will be selected from various ongoing innovation themed hackathons spanning ‘Build For India, Inventify and Team specific hackathons. On the poster front, the focus will be to demonstrate the inventions and novelties happening around us, with clear emphasis on ‘thinking big’, ‘scaling’ and ‘synergy’ across Amazon’s various businesses and engineering organizations.

PitchIt! is specifically for Amazon employees. The employees are invited to present their think big and innovative ideas to a panel of Amazon Leaders. The shortlisted participants get to present a 5 minute elevator pitch presentation and/or a demo on the specific idea. The idea will be judged by the panel and winners stand a chance to win exciting prizes. Similarly, Speed Mentoring is an opportunity to connect with Amazon leaders to help get answers for any career related question that participants may have in slots of 15 minutes each.These time bound interactions will give participants the opportunity to interact with multiple leaders within a single hour.

Amazon is an innovator’s hub which incorporates creators from across demographics, expertise and experiences. Amazon hires the world’s brightest minds and offers them an environment in which they can invent and innovate to improve the overall shopping experience for customers across the globe. Amazon’s evolution to a robust e-commerce partner to now also being a development platform is driven by the spirit of innovation that is part of the company’s DNA. Amazon aims to solve customers’ complex technical and business problems by developing simple solutions.

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