Speakers for
DeepRacer 2021

Shaili Chopra

Founder,
SheThePeople.TV

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Shaili Chopra is the founder of SheThePeople.TV, India’s biggest platform for real stories of real women. She is a Stanford Draper Hills Fellow and was named Impact's 40 Under 40 in 2020. In April 2017, she received the prestigious Vital Voices fellowship, instituted by Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright.

Shaili has a prolific journalism career, which has now furthered her into entrepreneurship, allowing her to use her news skills to create meaningful content for the web. In her last role, she was the Senior Editor and Lead Anchor at ET NOW, Economic Times Business News Channel and earlier with India’s largest tv network NDTV. In March 2016 Shaili was announced one of India’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Media, Marketing and Advertising by IMPACT Magazine.

Shaili received India’s highest honour in journalism, the Ramnath Goenka Award for Best in Business Journalism. She also won the Media Foundation Best Business Anchor Award for 2010 and, in the same year, the Federation of Indian Industry (FICCI) gave her the Young Women’s Achiever Award for her contribution to media. She also won the News Television Award for the Best Reporter in India in 2007.

Prof. K VijayRaghavan

Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India

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Prof K. VijayRaghavan is a distinguished professor in the field of developmental genetics and former director of the National Centre of Biological Sciences. His fields of specialization are developmental biology, genetics, and neurogenetics.

Education

Prof. VijayRaghavan graduated with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1975. He completed his doctoral work in 1983 in the field of Molecular Biology and holds a PhD from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Initial Career

Worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, after which he joined the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, where he was instrumental in establishing the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru, under the aegis of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in 1992.

Groundbreaking Research Work

He spearheaded groundbreaking research to understand the important principles and mechanisms that control the nervous system and muscles during development, and how these neuromuscular systems direct specific locomotor behaviours.

Professional Details
Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India since 2018, he has served as Director of the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru, where he continues as a Distinguished Professor. He was Secretary, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India between January 2013 to January 2018.

Puneet Chandok

President – Commercial Sales, AISPL,
AWS India and South Asia*

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Rahul Sharma

President – Public Sector, AISPL,
AWS India and South Asia*

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Shaili Chopra is the founder of SheThePeople.TV, India’s biggest platform for real stories of real women. She is a Stanford Draper Hills Fellow and was named Impact's 40 Under 40 in 2020. In April 2017, she received the prestigious Vital Voices fellowship, instituted by Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright.

Winners of AWS DR LEAGUE 2021​​ ​

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Testimonials

Thanks, AWS team, for walking us through every step of the race. The last week was hectic going through various stages of the AWS DeepRacer League, but with a lot of excitement. Looking forward to participating in upcoming races!
Helen Thomas
Winner
AWS DeepRacer Women’s League – India 2021
The AWS DeepRacer League is a great starting point for exploring reinforcement learning in a practical way. I learnt a lot about the technical aspects of building a good reinforcement learning model and hope to dive deep into it in the future. The initiative taken by AWS to encourage women to take part in the AI/ ML community is commendable! This has been a fun learning experience for me.
Surbhi Agrawal
First runner-up
AWS DeepRacer Women’s League – India 2021
I didn't have a single clue about Reinforcement Learning before entering the AWS DeepRacer Women’s League competition. While competing in the earlier rounds, I realised there is a whole another world to explore here, and I was literally taken aback with what we can do with some simple code.
Kashish Bansal
Second runner-up
AWS DeepRacer Women’s League – India 2021

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