Vice President of Media Labs, Innovation arm of NBCUniversal
Sowmya Gottipati is Vice President of Media Labs, Innovation arm of NBCUniversal. Sowmya drives technology innovation and help deliver business solutions enabled by emerging technologies with particular emphasis on developing new business models for NBCUniversal. She leads pilot and incubation programs in collaboration with start-up and venture capital community, academic research groups and technology professionals from the worlds of application and content strategy, mobile development, distribution, video, and consumer-experience technologies. She is also the Co-Chair for one of the TechWomen Chapters at NBCUniversal. Previously, Sowmya served as a technology leader at AT&T where she managed and delivered products to the market that are currently bringing $3B+ in revenues. She has more than 19 years of hands-on experience in technology strategy and product innovation, product development, product and program management, and financial management. Sowmya holds a MS degree in Engineering from N.C. State University and MBA from Columbia Business School. She is an aviation enthusiast and holds a private pilot license.
Director of Entrepreneurship Programs NYC Media Lab
Amy Chen develops and leads innovation programs focusing on emerging technologies. She connects industry executives with university faculty and students to experiment, prototype and launch startups with technologies like extended reality (XR), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), natural language processing (NLP), Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain and 5G wireless. The multi-year sponsorships and partnerships that she leads relate to tangible outcomes: technology adoption, startup formation, job creation and hiring.
At NYC Media Lab (www.nycmedialab.org), Amy funds and supports early-stage entrepreneurs who are building scalable ventures. She manages the Combine (www.thecombine.nyc) accelerator program which has a track record of employing the lean startup methodology for finding product-market fit.
Amy graduated from Barnard College with a BA in Economics and from NYU Stern School of Business with an MBA.