What role can open source play in career development? How does one contribute to and create new open source projects? How do you build a community around an open source project? We chat with Ben Pfaff, Principal Researcher at VMware Research to explore these questions. Ben is a systems researcher focusing on Software Define Networking.. He was one of the first employees at Nicira Networks in 2007 after completing his PhD at Stanford. There, he founded and led development of the Open vSwitch and OVN projects. He also contributed to the OpenFlow and P4 specifications. In January 2020, Ben joined the VMware Research Group. He is a Senior Member of ACM and a Fellow of the Open Networking Foundation. Ben has been a free and open source software developer since 1995, as a contributor to Debian and GNU and other projects.
What does it mean to work on Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning? Are there multiple roles and ways to contribute in the field? How does one assess interest, aptitude and garner the required skills? To answer this and share his incredible journey, we talk to Nimar Arora, AI/ML lead at Devrev.
Nimar Arora did his BTech in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur, Masters from UT Austin and PhD from UC Berkeley after 16 years working in the industry. He founded a company called Bayesian Logic, where he co-invented and deployed the NET-VISA generative model to help the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (a UN organization) detect and locate nuclear explosions on a global scale.
Nimar's Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nimar-arora
Taking a break in your career can help you find balance and motivation. It can help build fresh perspectives and set you on a new path. What can help you make these decisions? How do you stay focussed on what you set out to do during a break? We talk about this with Pramod Biligiri. Pramod is an entrepreneur. He is the founder of Bitken technologies. He has more than 15 years of technical experience in the software industry, including stints doing data infrastructure at Yahoo and Uber. Prior to that, he has worked on data-related projects at ThoughtWorks and Capillary Technologies. Linkedin profile: