Girl Geek X

Girl Geek X

Girl Geek X Volvo Dinner – September 20th in Mountain View

Girl Geek X Volvo Dinner

Join us for an exciting Girl Geek Dinner at Volvo on Thursday, September 20th in Mountain View, California!

Learn from women in Volvo Car Technology USA’s Silicon Valley R&D office as they discuss their impact on transforming a traditional car company into a technology company that happens to build cars. Volvo has put a stake in the ground, distinguishing itself within the ever-competitive automotive industry – it’s near-term roadmap addresses everything from eliminating vehicle fatalities to manufacturing purely electric vehicles.


6:00pm – 7:00pm: Check-in, socialize, demos & mingle over dinner
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Welcome & Talk: “It’s the tech that drives us; Volvo’s Tech Team talks about what’s ticking under the hood.”
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Continue to mingle while indulging in the Swedish tradition of Fika

Speaker Bios:

Tasneem ManjraTasneem Manjra, Head of Network Development, Volvo Tech Fund
Tasneem is currently Head of Network Development for the Volvo Tech Fund, where she will lead marketing and strategy initiatives geared at increasing the visibility of the fund amongst startups and VCs. Prior to this, Tasneem spent the greater part of 15 years developing and executing marketing plans for startups and Fortune 500s. Most recently she was head of marketing at Poynt, where she executed partner marketing with leading financial institutions worldwide, as well as led PR and communications; simultaneously, she developed product firsts in her role as product lead for all things merchant experience and insights. A Los Angeles native, Tasneem benefitted from clean air, free health care, and poutine in Canada, where she completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto; she also holds an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Sohini RoyChowdhurySohini RoyChowdhury, Senior Research Lead, Volvo
Sohini is a Senior Research Lead and Machine Learning/AI expert for R&D at Volvo Cars. Sohini focuses on the development of novel algorithms for AD/ADAS systems, optimal utilization of the vehicle sensor suite, and is mentoring several collaborative research projects with universities. Prior to this she was an Assistant Professor at University of Washington. She received her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Minnesota in 2014 with a specialty in computer vision, image processing, pattern recognition, machine learning, and AI system design. Sohini has 45+ peer-reviewed, published, articles including IEEE Journal cover articles, and several Best Educator and Mentorship awards (2015-2017).

Heather BrunoHeather Bruno, Senior Manager, Digital Business Development, Volvo
Heather is a Senior Manager of Digital Business Development for the Consumer Enterprise Digital Group at Volvo Cars. She’s been labeled an ‘athletic geek of technology’ and has 15+ years of driving business partnerships across multiple industries. Her greatest successes have been within the Product Development realm where she’s shepherded over 60 startups from innovation/concept to market launch. Her industry expertise includes Consumer Electronics, Software Development, Industrial Design & Engineering, User Experience Design & Development, and Manufacturing. In her free time, Heather enjoys exploring that next adrenaline rush, driving her S90, playing beach volleyball, and traveling to remote destinations.

Sharon LaiSharon Lai, Intellectual Property Counsel, Volvo
Sharon is Intellectual Property Counsel for the Americas at Volvo Cars. She works at the intersection of business, law and science. In her role, she works closely with engineering, business, and intellectual property teams to protect, license, develop, and monetize intellectual property. She left a career in traditional law firms to join Volvo because she was inspired by the company’s focus and dedication to safety – after all, Volvo was the company that shared their patented three-point harness system (used in every car today). Sharon holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a JD/MBA from Syracuse University. One of her favorite early career memories was initiating a microcredit loan program in a drought-stricken area south of the Sahara desert in her capacity as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Brandyn JutovskyBrandyn Jutovsky, Project Manager, Concept Vehicles, Volvo
Brandyn is a Project Manager within the Volvo Design and Concept Center at Volvo Cars in Los Angeles. Her division is focusing on the next generation of vehicles; in a world where you are no longer driving, there are endless opportunities for in-cabin technology and interaction innovations. In order to push the boundaries of vehicle design and technology innovation, concept work is incorporating both the LA Design Studio and the Mountain View Technology Office. Prior to this role, she worked for the CEO of Volvo Car North America in business development and strategy, driving governance materials such as the long-term Business Plan and Board of Directors reviews. She graduated from the UCLA School of Engineering in 2014 with a double major in Computer Science and Economics. Outside of the office, Brandyn can be found in a yoga studio working towards her yoga teacher certification.

About Volvo:

Volvo has put a stake in the ground across ecology, safety, and innovation – it’s near-term roadmap addresses everything from eliminating vehicle fatalities to manufacturing only-electric vehicles. Learn from Volvo’s Silicon Valley R&D team, including autonomous driving leads, legal counsel, product, design, tech VC, and HR, as they talk about the car industry trends and how that has impacted all elements of their business.

Getting There:

Parking is available in the lot behind the Volvo building in Mountain View.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.