Keynote Speech

9:50 AM – 10:50 AM (Wednesday, September 24th)

Pranav Mistry

VP, Research


Keynote I


Pranav serves as the head of Think Tank Team and Vice President of Research at Samsung. He is leading research and development of Samsung’s future products. Pranav also serves as advisor to several Indian and International technology companies. In 2010, Pranav was invited to Golden Triangle Workshop by United States President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).
He was awarded the 2009 ‘Inventor of the Year’ Award by Popular Science. He was also named to the MIT TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35. In 2010, he was named to Creativity 50 – the list of top 50 creative people in world. Mistry has been listed as one of the 15 Asian Scientists to Watch by Asian Scientist Magazine. Recently, GQ India listed Pranav as one of the most powerful Digital Indians and was named among the 37 Indians of Tomorrow by India Today. Mistry has been called “one of ten, best inventors in the world right now” by Chris Anderson. World Economic Forum honored Mistry as one of the Young Global Leader 2013.

William McFarland

VP, Technology


Keynote II


William J. McFarland is currently Vice President of Technology at Qualcomm Atheros, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm. In this role, he leads new initiatives across Qualcomm Atheros’ product line, which includes WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, FM, NFC, Ethernet, and Power Line Communications,. Bill also guides standards, regulatory, architecture, and technology roadmap planning.
Prior to the acquisition of Atheros by Qualcomm in May of 2011, Bill was the CTO of Atheros Communications, focusing in the same areas. He joined Atheros in 1999, and was promoted to Director of Algorithms and Architecture in 2000. As Director or Algorithms and Architecture, he led the team responsible for system design and simulation, chipset architecture, digital signal processing design, and regulatory and standards related issues. Bill became the CTO after Atheros went public in 2004.
Prior to joining Atheros, Bill spent 14 years at the Hewlett Packard Research Lab designing analog ICs for high speed digital test equipment, fiber optic communications links, and wireless communications. In 1993 Bill became manager of the integrated radio research group, where he led early research on integrated CMOS radios. Bill has published over 35 papers, and holds over 70 patents. Bill received a BSEE from Stanford University in 1983, and a MSEE in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi.