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Girl Geek X Amazon Dinner – February 27th, 2018 in Sunnyvale!

Girl Geek X Amazon Dinner

You’re invited to a Girl Geek X Amazon Lab126 Dinner at our office in Sunnyvale on February 27th, 2018. Join us for an exciting evening featuring lightening talks and a panel discussion by our women in tech, delicious food and drink, cool swag, demos, and a raffle!

Our speakers and panelists include women from an Amazon Devices New Initiative team as well as from various Alexa teams. We’ll talk about the devices which have come from Lab126 including the Fire Tablet, Fire TV, Kindle e-readers, and Alexa devices. We will also discuss how we bring devices to the market from concept to launch, Amazon’s product management process, and the challenges and fun aspects of working in a fast pace environment to continually add new features and improve software quality.


6:00pm – 7:00pm: Registration & Food & Drinks & Networking
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Welcome & Talks
8:00pm – 8:30pm: Panel Discussion & Q&A
8:30pm – 9:00pm: Raffle & Networking

Amazon Girl Geek Speaker Bios & Talks:

Heidi SchubertHeidi Schubert, Senior Software Development Manager – Amazon Devices New Initiative
Heidi is a Senior Software Development Manager on an Amazon Devices New Initiative team. Heidi joined Lab126 five years ago to manage the developer tools team for tablets and the Fire Phone. Since then she has led several different areas within Fire OS including DevOps and QA. Prior to joining Amazon, Heidi was a Director of Research at Real-Time Innovations (RTI). RTI develops real-time publish-subscribe middleware. Heidi held multiple different positions at RTI over ten years including consulting on autonomous systems, software development, and research into safety-critical software. Heidi holds a Ph.D. from Stanford in Aerospace Engineering, and her Ph.D. thesis was on the control of flexible space-based robotic manipulators. Follow her on Twitter at @srhnhm.

Heidi Schubert’s Talk Description: Amazon Lab 126 released the first Fire Tablet in 2011 and the first Fire TV in 2014. Since then, one or models have been released each year. The software team builds new features for each new product, and makes the new software available on existing products. This talk will review some of the software innovations that were done on these products, and the different software teams that contribute to the products including Fire OS. Heidi will talk about how the software teams can add new features, support a fast pace, and continually improve software quality.

Latha RamananLatha Ramanan, Principal Product Manager – Alexa
Latha is a Principal Product Manager (Technical) with the Alexa Experiences and Devices team. Latha joined Lab126 3.5 years ago to develop Fire Phones. She moved to Alexa group and worked on bringing intuitive core user experiences to Alexa display devices such as Echo Show and Echo Spot. She was the lead product manager for the recently launched Echo Spot managing both hardware and software product decisions. She is now focused on bringing up new services for Alexa display devices. Prior to joining Amazon, Latha was a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Intel working with third party customers and ecosystem partners to bring Intel mobile phones and tablets to market. She spent most of her 14 years working on Mobile/Wireless ecosystem, software strategy and ecosystem enabling in the Mobile wireless space in various positions like software engineer, technical enabling, solutions manager, Strategy Planner and Product manager. She started her career as a software engineer working on Linux client and Windows server to bring Internet Set-top box to clients in Spain back in 2001. She has a Master’s in Computer Science and an MBA.

Savitha GoudaSavitha Gouda, Senior Technical Program Manager – Alexa
Savitha is a Senior Technical Program Manager in the Alexa AVS Certification team. Savitha joined AVS a year ago to manage the Certification Program for 3P products comes with AVS integration. Since then she is involved in building team and have certified hundreds of products and most of them are launched in Market too. Prior to joining Amazon, Savitha was a Principal TPM at LG electronics managing WebOS releases for various LG business units like Signage, TV, H&A, Mobile. Savitha held multiple different positions in consulting companies like TCS, Accenture and product development roles at SAP over ten years including developer, SDM, Architect, Director in ERP/CRM/on-demand product development; She has mixed background of consulting and product development. Savitha holds a Master’s degree in computer application, and various project management certifications like PMP, PMI-ACP, PSM.

Talk Description for Latha Ramanan and Savitha Gouda (Co-Presenters): The first Alexa device was introduced for invite only to customers in November 2014. We have since then released many successful Alexa devices in the market. We will discuss a brief history on Alexa; how we bring these devices to the market from concept to launch, and talk about Amazon’s product management process. In addition, we will also talk about how we work with Alexa to third party customers.

Monica JoshiMonica Joshi, Senior Software Development Manager – Amazon Devices New Initiative
Monica is a Senior Software Development Manager an Amazon Devices New Initiative team. Monica joined Lab126 five years ago to manage the embedded software feature team on the Kindle eReader products –Paperwhite, Voyage and Oasis and. She also led the embedded platform team that built the Echo Dot product. Prior to Amazon, Monica held multiple leadership positions at Cisco Systems, building enterprise networking Ethernet switching products like the Catalyst 2900/3500 series. Monica has a Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering degree from Utah State University and an under graduate degree in Electrical Engineering from India.

Talk Description for Monica Joshi: She will be giving an overview of the Kindle eReader products and the engineering technologies behind it. Monica will also cover the challenges and fun aspects of working in the embedded software development space and unique aspects of what it means at Amazon Lab126.

Anna ToAnna To, Principal Technical Program Manager – Alexa OS
Anna is a Principal Technical Program Manager on the Alexa OS team. She joined Amazon in June 2016. She worked with product management teams, user experience teams & engineering teams to launch Echo Show & Echo Spot, the new multi-modal Alexa device with features including video calling, video flash briefing and Alexa photo. She is part of the core team delivering the Multi Room Audio and Echo Spatial Perception features for Alexa customers. Prior to joining Amazon, she led engineering teams to build development platform for thousands of data storage engineers in Netapp for 5 years. Anna grew up in Hong Kong and moved to United States for her Master’s in Computer Science in University of Southern California. She started her tech career as a software engineer in the telecommunication industry and worked on different areas including router OS and state of the art video conferencing product in Cisco. Anna is also an avid skier, mother of two boys and is in active exploration of mindfulness.

Ambika PajjuriAmbika Pajjuri, Senior Product Manager – Alexa
Ambika is a Senior Product Manager on the Alexa team. Ambika joined Amazon nearly 3 years ago and works on new Alexa devices and experiences. She currently leads exciting new consumer features like Amazon’s Multi-room music. Prior to joining Amazon, Ambika spent over 15 years working as a software tech lead, senior product manager and an entrepreneur at various consumer and networking companies (Airvana, 2Wire/Arris, Kidsenz). Ambika earned her Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University. Outside of work she enjoys hikes, travel and Bollywood dance.

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About Amazon:

Amazon Lab126 is an inventive San Francisco Bay Area research and development team that designs and engineers high-profile consumer electronic devices. We engineer devices like Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, Amazon Fire TV, and Amazon Echo. As the Amazon devices team, we deliver instant access to everything—digital or physical—from anywhere, via delightfully unique Amazon experiences that make life easier and more fun.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets go onsale on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 on Eventbrite.