TechSurge: Global Deep Tech Summit
TechSurge is an annual invite-only conference bringing together today’s leading voices in business, government, and venture capital to explore issues at the intersection of emerging technology, startup ecosystems, and global investment.

This exclusive platform for thought leadership delivers a day-long program of keynote talks and discussion forums, headlined by an all-star lineup of technology leaders. Attendees network and learn alongside leading CEOs and founders, prominent investors and analysts, and path-breaking academics.

Please check back soon for information about the next TechSurge Deep Tech summit, set to take place in the heart of Silicon Valley.
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About
Hosted by venture investment firm Celesta Capital, TechSurge is an annual Deep Tech conference fostering dialogue at the intersection of technology advancement, entrepreneurship, and the investment landscape.
TechSurge Agenda

9:00 am

Registration & Networking Breakfast

Moderator

10:00 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Arun
Kumar
Atul
Keshap
Moderator

10:10 am

Remarks from U.S. Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti

Eric
Garcetti
Moderator

10:30 am

From Policy to Action: U.S. India Strategic Tech Partnership

Arun
Venkataraman
MD
Ranganath
Edward
Knight
Sandip
Patel
Arun
Kumar
Moderator

12:00 pm

What to Watch: India’s Critical & Emerging Technologies

Amitabh
Kant
Prof. Ajay
Sood
Dr. Abhay
Karandikar
Debjani
Ghosh
Sriram
Viswanathan
Moderator

2:00 pm

Building India’s Next Generation of Deep Tech Leaders

Ankit
Mehta
Srinath
Ravichandran
Ranjith
Mukundan
Vishnu
Ramakrishnan
Sudhir
Rao
Moderator

2:45 pm

How Can India Become the Next Global Force in Semiconductors?

Keyvan
Esfarjani
Dr. Arogyaswami
Paulraj
Nivruti
Rai
Ami Patel
Shah
Nicholas
Brathwaite
Moderator

4:00 pm

Silicon Valley & India: The Deep Tech Opportunity

Nicholas
Brathwaite
Sriram
Viswanathan
Arun
Kumar
Shereen
Bhan
Moderator

5:00 pm

Garden Cocktail Reception | Nandiya Garden

Moderator
Past Speakers Include
Vint
Cerf

Pioneer and Evangelist of the Internet

Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Turing Award

Bio

Vinton G. Cerf earned his B.S. in mathematics at Stanford in 1965 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science at UCLA in 1970 and 1972 respectively.

Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet Society, MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. A former Stanford Professor and former member of the US National Science Board, he is also the past President of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Internet Society and serves in advisory capacities at NIST, DOE, NSF, NRO and NASA. He is a member of both the US National Academies of Science and Engineering.

Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards for his work, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the Prince of Asturias Award, the Japan Prize, the Charles Stark Draper award, the ACM Turing Award, the ACM Systems Software Award, the ACM SIGCOMM Award, the Marconi Fellowship, the Legion d'Honneur, the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the IEEE Medal of Honor, the Library of Congress Living Legend Medal, the Terra Mariana Medal (Estonia), the St. Cyril and St. Methodius Medal (Bulgaria), the Areté Medallion (Elon University), the Murillo Toro Medal (Colombia), the Catalunya International Prize, the George C. Marshall Innovation Medal and the Franklin medal. He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, the Worshipful Company of Stationers and a Freeman of the City of London. He is a Fellow of AAAS, ACM, IEEE, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the British Computer Society and the Hasso Plattner Institute.

He is a member of the Halls of Fame of the Internet Society, the Consumer Technology Association, and member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He has delivered the Romanes Lecture (Oxford), the George Gamow Lecture (University of Colorado) and Shannon Luminary Lecture (Nokia, Bell labs). He is a Foreign Member of the British Royal Society and Swedish Academy of Engineering, Eminent Member of Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE) and holds 29 honorary degrees.

John
Chambers

CEO, JC2 Ventures

Fmr. Chairman and CEO, Cisco

Bio

John Chambers, founder and CEO of JC2 Ventures, focuses on helping disruptive startups from around the world build and scale. He invests in companies that are leading market transitions. Chambers is also the Chairman of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) and was most recently appointed Global Ambassador of the French Tech by President Emmanuel Macron of France.

In addition to investing in and mentoring startups, Chambers promotes entrepreneurship, gender equality, and accelerating overall new business creation around the world to create startup nations and a startup world, as he believes that startups will be the core driver of economic growth and job creation in the Digital Age.

Prior to founding JC2 Ventures, Chambers spent 25+ years with Cisco, serving as CEO, Chairman and Executive Chairman. He currently holds the title of Chairman Emeritus with the organization.

Eric
Garcetti

United States Ambassador to the Republic of India

Bio

Eric Garcetti is a committed public servant, educator, and diplomat. He was confirmed in a bipartisan vote as the 26th United States Ambassador to the Republic of India on March 15, 2023.

After serving twelve years as a Los Angeles city councilmember, including six as City Council President, Garcetti was elected as the 42nd Mayor of the City of Los Angeles in 2013 as the youngest mayor in Los Angeles history, and he was re-elected in 2017 with the widest margin ever recorded in his city.

During his mayoralty, Garcetti led Los Angeles through crisis, charted a bold green future, and launched record investments in infrastructure. Under his watch, Los Angeles was named the best run city in America by the What Works Cities initiative of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Garcetti was named Public Official of the Year in 2019 by Governing Magazine.  Garcetti oversaw a period of record economic growth and opportunity, won the Olympic and Paralympic Games for Los Angeles in 2028 and left the city with a record budget surplus. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Garcetti was praised for leading Los Angeles’ aggressive response, building the largest testing and vaccination sites in the world and adopting many of the earliest public health protections while keeping critical sectors of the economy going.

While Mayor, Garcetti was elected by his global peers to serve as Chair of C40 Cities – a network of 97 of the world’s biggest cities taking bold climate action.  At COP26 in Glasgow, he represented the world’s urban leaders delivering the Cities Race to Zero pledge, a commitment of over 1,000 global cities to implement net-zero carbon futures.

Garcetti served as a naval officer in the reserve component for 12 years and was selected as Rockefeller Next Generation Leadership Fellow, an inaugural Asia 21 Fellow of the Asia Society, a Young Fellow of the French-American Foundation, a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and a Reboot Fellow.  In 2005, he was awarded the New Frontier Award given each year by the Kennedy family and Kennedy Library to a young elected official who embodies President Kennedy’s vision of service.

Garcetti earned a B.A. at Columbia College, Columbia University as a John Jay Scholar and his roommate’s father, William Clark, was a predecessor of his as U.S. Ambassador to India. Ambassador Garcetti studied Hindi and Indian culture and history while at Columbia and went on to earn a Master’s degree at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.  After graduating, Ambassador Garcetti was selected as a Rhodes Scholar, studying at The Queen’s College, Oxford and the London School of Economics and Political Science. While in England, he met his now-wife Amy Elaine Wakeland, who was a fellow member of his Rhodes Scholar class. They have one daughter and have been foster parents for more than a decade.

A fourth-generation native of Los Angeles, Garcetti is a proud card-carrying member of the Screen Actors Guild and is an avid pianist and photographer.

John
Hennessy

Chairman, Alphabet Inc.

Fmr. President, Stanford University

Bio

John L. Hennessy is Director of Knight-Hennessy Scholars, the largest fully endowed graduate-level scholarship program in the world. He is Chairman of the Board of Alphabet and serves on the Board of Directors for Cisco Systems and the Board of Trustees for Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Formerly the tenth President of Stanford University, he is also a computer scientist who co-founded MIPS Computer Systems and Atheros Communications. He and Dave Patterson were awarded the ACM A.M. Turing Prize for 2017.

Sanjay
Mehrotra ‍

‍President and CEO, Micron

Bio

Mr. Mehrotra joined Micron in May 2017, after a long and distinguished career at SanDisk Corporation where he led the company from start-up in 1988 until its eventual sale in 2016. In addition to being a SanDisk co-founder, Mr. Mehrotra served as its president and CEO from 2011 to 2016, overseeing its growth to an industry-leading Fortune 500 company. He also served as a member of its board of directors from July 2010 to May 2016.

Prior to SanDisk, Mr. Mehrotra held design engineering positions at Integrated Device Technology, Inc., SEEQ Technology and Intel Corporation.

Within the past five years, Mr. Mehrotra served on the board of directors of Cavium, Inc., and currently serves on the board of CDW Corporation.

Mr. Mehrotra earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley and is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program (SEP). Mr. Mehrotra holds more than 70 patents and has published articles in the areas of nonvolatile memory design and flash memory systems.

Kara
Swisher

Host of On with Kara Swisher & Pivot Podcasts

Editor-at-Large New York Magazine

Bio

Kara Swisher is the host of On with Kara Swisher and co-host of the Pivot podcast. She is the former host of the Sway and Recode Decode podcasts and the co-founder of the technology website Recode. Swisher recently stepped away from her role hosting and organizing the Code Conference, which she co-founded nearly two decades ago. She also left her role as a weekly columnist at the New York Times. Swisher is also editor-at-large of New York Magazine and a regular contributor to NBC, CNBC, and MSNBC.

Considered the top reporter in the tech game, Swisher has been reporting on the industry since the early 1990s. She was there when Amazon was looking for its first headquarters in Seattle, when Google was in its garage and when Netflix was just a small startup. Once called Silicon Valley’s most feared but revered journalist by New York Magazine, Swisher has established herself as the oracle of the tech world with unrivaled access to the industry’s most significant leaders.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is TechSurge?

TechSurge is an annual Deep Tech-focused thought leadership conference for leaders in technology development, commercialization, and investment. Through a day-long program of keynote talks and discussion forums, attendees explore opportunities and challenges in the development, commercialization, and acceleration of global Deep Tech sectors including semiconductors, AI, manufacturing automation, digital biology, and more.

Who attends TechSurge?

TechSurge is intended for senior business, investment, and academic leaders and executives from the technology sector.

Is TechSurge an open invitation event?

TechSurge is primarily an invitation-only event with limited capacity, intended for senior stakeholders active in the Deep Tech space. If you would like to request an invitation to the event, please fill out the request form below and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

I received an invitation. Can I invite a colleague as well?

Space is limited at TechSurge and predominantly invite-only, for select individuals and organizations. If you or your organization were invited and/or received a registration link, please register and we will confirm your attendee seat.

If your organization is interested in attending with a larger group (more than 5), please reach out to techsurge@celesta.vc to discuss arrangements.

Which topics will be discussed at the event?

TechSurge covers topics at the intersection of technology, entrepreneurship, and economics, with a particular focus on critical deep tech sectors including innovations in chips, AI, mobility, blockchain, digital biology, and more. Please check back for the full agenda of talks and panels as the event draws closer.

Will the event be catered?

Yes, we will be serving light morning fare with coffee, a boxed lunch, and closing the day with small bites during cocktail hour. Ample refreshments will also be served throughout the day. Attendees can share any special dietary restrictions through our registration form so the proper arrangements can be made.

Can my company sponsor? Can I apply to speak at the event?

We offer multiple event partnership and sponsorship opportunities for companies similarly interested in fostering vibrant conversation and community around Deep Tech investment. Please reach out to techsurge@celesta.vc to request further information.