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Exploring possibilities, empowering partnerships | 2018

  • Date:Aug 28th - 29th, 2018
  • Location:Cisco Cessna Campus,
  • Duration:2 days
  • Attendance: Internal

About Toolpalooza India 2018


Toolapalooza, is a unique platform for our technical community to showcase their solutions across Cisco. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Exploring Possibilities |Empowering Partnerships focusing on Innovation, Analytics, Quality and Productivity to enhance engineering experience.

During the course of the two days, one will witness how internal and external solutions can enhance engineering experience, ease-of-use, analytical insights, information accessibility, faster software delivery and much more…

What to expect @ Toolapalooza?

This year’s Toolapalooza will feature exciting offerings, including:

  • Toolapalooza Innovation Contest - inviting submissions based on the aforesaid tracks
  • Keynote speakers - talking about latest Industry Trends and Innovations
  • Best in class productivity solutions.
  • Lots of interesting and stimulating presentations from:

    • Internal Cisco teams talking about their solutions
    • External vendors talking about best of their offerings to Cisco
  • Toolapalooza games - relax between the presentations and have some fun!
  • Exciting performances that entertain and engage you through the two days of the event.


ToolaPalooza In Rooms sessions, 28th August 2018
Venue : Event Center, BGL17, 1st floor

Session Time Session Name Speaker
9.00 am Inauguration and Lamp lighting @ BGL17,
ground floor followed by walk through of demos.
9.30 am Welcome and Ice breakers
9.45 am Driving Business Outcomes via Automation & Machine Learning - Living through the revolution at ANZ Bank Pankajam Sridevi
Group General Manager,
Operations and Services, ANZ.
10.45 am Are these bots going to take away our jobs? Dr. Roshy John
Global Head,
Industrial Robotics & Cognitive Systems
at Tata Consultancy Services
11.15 am Quiz and Raffle for the audience
11.30 am Softwareization in the Telecom Industry Sanjoy Ghosh
Vice President,
Global Delivery - Digital at HCL
12.00 noon Quiz and Raffle for the audience
2.00 pm Jegan Arthanari
Senior Director,
World Wide Field Engineering,
ES Mgmt Sales,
2.30 pm Quiz and Raffle for the audience

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ToolaPalooza In Rooms sessions, 29th August 2018
Venue : Event Center, BGL17, 1st floor

Session Time Session Name Speaker
10.00 am Welcome and Ice breakers
10.15 am The future of debugging is here… It's just not widely distributed (yet). Bruce Bye,
Technical Software Manager,
at Undo
10.45 am Raffle for the audience
11.00 am 5G Cloud RAN real time Network Analytics and Security for enhancing customer experience Subhas Mondal,
Chief Architect,
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Wipro
11.30 am Raffle for the audience
11.45 am Coverity CodeXM – Synopsys’ proven approach for writing custom static analysis rules Pavan Boggarapu
12.15 pm Raffle for the audience
2.00 pm Panel Discussion
Topic: Engineering for the Digital Economy

Hrishikesh Dhewan
CTO, Ziroh Labs

Chiranth Patil
Angel Investor, InsurDataTech

Anita Recharla
Director, Customer Experience, Cisco

Laxmi Mukund
Principal Engineer, Enterprise Engineering, Cisco
3.00 pm Announcement of the Winning Ideas and Prize Distributions
3.30 pm Wrap up

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Meet the speakers

Our Panelists

Hrishikesh Dewan

Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Ziroh Labs

Ziroh Labs is a start-up formed with the core idea of creating privacy-preserving cryptographic systems that can be used en masse. We believe that privacy is a very important requirement and should be adhered to under all circumstances. While the traditional methods of privacy entail an implicit notion of trust to third-party service providers, it is being observed in multiple instances across the globe that such trust, however, does not exist. Ziroh Labs is formed to design systems where implicit trust mechanisms are a thing of the past, and users are endowed with complete controls on what is being shared, used and profiled.

Prior to Ziroh Labs, Hrishikesh has worked for organizations such as Dell, Siemens and ETH Research Lab. He has written authored four books on computing, have published numerous papers/patents on numerical optimization, distributed systems in national and international conferences of repute. Apart from Ziroh Labs, Hrishikesh pursued his Ph.D. at Department of Computer Science, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and has over 17 years of industrial experience.

Chiranth Patil

Founder, Riskcovry

A day is Chiranth’s life is anything but boring. As our founder, Chiranth explores his entrepreneurial pursuits at Riskcovry, dabbles in angel investmenting via BetaPlus, works with major banks via MEDICI as EiR, mentors start-ups attempting to get from 0 to 1 AND enjoys the rapid pace of it all! And at the heart of all the action and context switching lies his passion for FinTech.

He started his career in the USA, gaining strategy and product management experience in Corporate, Advisory and Startup environments. He has also founded and led many successful financial ventures in India, gaining a deep understanding of India’s FinTech market, which he brings to Riskcovry. A man of action, he lives by his words- “execution eats idea and strategy for breakfast!”

Laxmi Mukund

Principal Engineer at Cisco

Laxmi Mukund has 17 years of experience and a master's degree in computer science and networking.She works on various routing and switching enterprise and data center platforms leading and developing features in the areas of core routing, switching, Netflow, LISP, Vxlan, Datacenter interconnects, and Programmability. Her key focus area for the last few years has been software defined access and customer network topology reviews and deployments.

Anita Recharla

Director, Customer Experience, Cisco Systems

Anita works as Director of Customer Experience for Cisco’s India & SAARC theatre. She is chartered with driving success & growth of the Support Services and Professional Services portfolio, through strong customer & partner relationships. Prior to this, as Director of Software Development at Cisco, she led a large engineering team that produced best in class routing & optical networking systems.

She has over 20 years of industry experience in USA & India, primarily focused on Networking & Telecom. She has a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Anna University, Chennai and a Masters in Computer Science from Wayne State University, Detroit.

Anita holds a US Patent for “Network Element Management”.

Anita lives with her husband and 2 grown-up children in Bangalore.

Rajesh Chandrasekhar(Moderator)

Director of Operations at Cisco Systems.

Rajesh’s work experience in the high-tech industry – aerospace & defense, and telecommunication – spans over twenty+ years. His engineering experience is built on solid fundamentals nurtured through Graduate school in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University. His engineering endeavors earned him multiple US patents & publications worldwide. His varied management experience spans technology, people, programs, and operations, and is backed by an MBA from WP Carey School of Business.

Rajesh’s aerospace & defense R&D excursion at Honeywell ranged from doing research in advanced displays for super-sonic aircraft to program management of inertial navigation systems for submarines & satellites. The program management responsibilities warranted managing large budgets subject to government audit, tight scope monitored closely by the primes, and exacting schedules tracked by the US Navy.

In his previous roles at Cisco, Rajesh has been responsible for Engineering Operations of Optical & Small Cells businesses that included fiscal budget management and running the program office. In his site-operations role, Rajesh has lead site-wide initiatives & programs, such as advancing innovation, employee engagement, & university relations. Currently, Rajesh owns the Technical Communications function for Core Products, globally.

Outside of work and family life, Rajesh is an avid fitness enthusiast who enjoys golfing, long- distance running, yoga, Tai Chi, and traveling.

Meet the sponsors


Platinum Sponsors

Wind River

Wind River is a global leader in delivering software for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company’s technology has been powering the safest, most secure devices in the world since 1981 and today is found in more than 2 billion products. Wind River offers a comprehensive edge-to-cloud product portfolio that is backed by world-class global professional services, award-winning customer support, and a broad partner ecosystem. Wind River software and expertise are accelerating digital transformation of critical infrastructure systems that demand the highest levels of safety, security, performance, and reliability. To learn more, Visit us here


Undo provides software execution record & replay technology, allowing vendors of complex Linux applications to quickly diagnose severe software failures in test or in production and fix critical bugs that are impossible to reproduce (and therefore fix) by any other means. Undo's technology is used by leading technology companies, from Electronic Design Automation vendors to enterprise database software manufacturers. Customers include global players such as SAP HANA, Cadence Design Systems, Mentor Graphics, and Micro Focus. For more information, Visit us here

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.

Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT and IT-enabled, infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery ModelTM, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata Group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has a global footprint and is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. For more information, Visit us here


Synopsys helps development teams build secure, high-quality software, minimizing risks while maximizing speed and productivity. Synopsys, a recognized leader in static analysis, software composition analysis, and application security testing, is uniquely positioned to apply best practices across proprietary code, open source, and the runtime environment. With a combination of industry-leading tools, services, and expertise, only Synopsys helps organizations maximize security and quality in DevSecOps and throughout the software development life cycle. For more information, Visit us here

Wipro Ltd

Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO) is a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company. We harness the power of cognitive computing, hyper-automation, robotics, cloud, analytics and emerging technologies to help our clients adapt to the digital world and make them successful. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, strong commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship, we have over 160,000 dedicated employees serving clients across six continents. Together, we discover ideas and connect the dots to build a better and a bold new future. For more information, Please Visit


HCL is a next-generation global technology company that helps enterprises reimagine their businesses for the digital age. Our technology products, services, and engineering are built on four decades of innovation, with a world-renowned management philosophy, a strong culture of invention and risk-taking, and a relentless focus on customer relationships. We offer an integrated portfolio of products, solutions, services, and IP through our Mode 1-2-3 strategy, built around digital, IoT, cloud, automation, cybersecurity, analytics, infrastructure management, and engineering services, among others.


Gold Sponsors

Softserve Inc.

SoftServe is a digital authority that advises and provides at the cutting-edge of technology. We reveal, transform, accelerate, and optimize the way enterprises and software companies do business. With expertise across healthcare, retail, media, financial services, software, and more, we implement end-to-end solutions to deliver the innovation, quality, and speed that our clients’ users expect. 

Terralogic Software Solutions Pvt Ltd

A technology partner helping enterprises and technology providers in their digital transformation journey by aligning with their roadmap, business needs and cost limitations through a cohesive mix of disruptive technologies like Cloud, big data analytics, AI/ML-based solutions, intuitive design, delivering true partnership for mutual success.


Spirent develops innovative solutions that allow IT and communications industries to evaluate the performance, agility and security of the latest technologies, infrastructure and applications being deployed worldwide. As well as working with customers in the IT and communications industries, we work with other sectors, including aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics, energy, finance, government, and many more. We also provide tools for service technicians and field test engineers to improve network quality and make troubleshooting of live networks efficient and effective. Spirent employs over 1,500 employees in over 25 locations in more than 12 countries. Our communications businesses serve 1,400 customers worldwide.

CSS Corp

CSS Corp is a new age services company that enables telecom and enterprise networking companies to unlock growth and drive predictability that results in step-function improvements in speed, efficiency and security. Our multi-disciplinary teams combine business acumen with technology and process expertise to optimize, transform and modernize complex network environments.

UST Global

Develops connected technologies and solutions to manage energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. The group invests in R&D in order to sustain innovation and differentiation, with a strong commitment to sustainable development.

IXIA Solutions Group

Ixia provides testing, visibility and security solutions, strengthening applications across physical and virtual networks for enterprises and  governments, service providers, and network equipment manufacturers.

Viavi Solutions

VIAVI Solutions is a global leader in both network & service enablement and optical security and performance products and solutions. With the deep expertise necessary to deliver unparalleled physical and virtual network intelligence, VIAVI Solutions helps service providers, enterprises, and their ecosystems, to develop, deploy, maintain, optimize, and evolve the most complex and powerful networks on the planet.


Silver Sponsors

Lexington Soft

Lexington Soft is a provider of end-to-end enterprise software solutions for Development, Test Automation, Security and Network Management. We currently service more than 200+ client accounts ranging from multi-billion dollar Fortune 500 companies to Mid-Market firms. We partner with some of the world’s leading software organizations that develop powerful and user-friendly DevOps solutions for Software Architecture, Code Coverage, Static/Binary Analysis & Application Delivery Management that are easy to evaluate and deploy.


Aricent is a global design and engineering company innovating for customers in the digital era. We help our clients lead into the future by solving their most complex and mission critical issues through customized solutions. For decades, we have helped companies do new things and scale with intention. We bring differentiated value and capability in focused industries to help transform products, brands and companies. With 27 years of experience in Design and Engineering, our key focus is currently in the areas of AI/ML, Automation, 5G, Scalability and agility. 

For more information, visit www.aricent.com

Persistent Systems Limited

Persistent Systems builds software that drives the business of our customers; serving software product companies and enterprises with software at the core of their digital transformation.


Global technology consulting and services company, operating across 17 countries, we’re consistently regarded as one of the best places to work, embodied every day by our winning culture made up of 19,000 entrepreneurial, collaborative and dedicated “Mindtree Minds." We are a global preferred supplier with Cisco and have large teams working out of Cisco office and Mindtree ODC and have partnered with Cisco for last 14 years where we have worked across the product lifecycle by investing in innovation - jointly filing patents, helped in product development, sustenance and end of life and managed end customer support. Mindtree has invested heavily and has eco-system partnership to support newer customer initiatives in the space of SDN, IoT, DevOps, Cloud deployment and Analytics