BootstrapLabs AAI18 Panel – Industrial and Manufacturing AI Applications

Human assisted AI is changing industrial and manufacturing – what are the applications and use cases we should pay attention to?

In this panel conversation at BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference, Macario Namie discusses Industry 4.0 with leaders from GE, Kespry, and Foghorn Systems. Discover how AI and human assisted autonomy provide better utility in manufacturing and industrial work flows and why its important.  Learn about new processes in construction, insurance, mining, and off-shore oil drilling that leverage AI and have the potential to lower costs and increase revenue.

Moderator: Macario Namie, Head of IoT Strategy, Cisco


  • Karen Kerr, Executive Managing Director, GE Ventures
  • George Matthew, CEO, Kespry
  • Matt Man, Founder,
  • Ramya Ravichandar, Director Product Management, FogHorn Systems Inc

During this session, the panelists discussed AI in manufacturing and industrial applications, the need to combine domain expertise with algorithms, and getting actionable insights from your data in real time.

Some of the key takeaways from the session are:

  • For AI to deliver value in industrial applications you really need to have domain expertise and understand the particular workflows of the industry you’re serving.
  • Clients in the industrial space aren’t looking to replace the human component, they’re looking for human-assisted solutions that will augment people with AI.
  • You need to demonstrate how technology will translate into ROI. These companies have been burned in the past by following a technology fad, so you need to show how AI can have an operational impact today.

About Macario Namie:
Macario Namie joined Jasper in 2007 and – after Cisco’s acquisition of Jasper in 2016 – now leads IoT strategy efforts, including ecosystem development, for Cisco. Prior to this role, Macario spent 8 years leading marketing for Jasper, responsible for product marketing, corporate marketing, field marketing, and demand generation. Macario brings nearly 20 years in marketing Software-as-a-Service enterprise applications. Prior to Jasper, Macario led Worldwide Product Marketing at WebEx, where he was responsible for solution definition and execution of go-to-market plans for the entire WebEx product portfolio. Macario also held senior roles at ePeople and Lycos and holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

About Karen Kerr:
Karen Kerr leads a team focused on making investments and partnerships in the advanced manufacturing ecosystem. Karen comes to GE with two decades of experience in developing technology based businesses and venture investing. Previously she served as Senior Director of New Ventures and Alliances at the University of Southern California (USC) Stevens Center for Innovation. Before joining USC, Karen led business development at Intellectual Ventures, was Managing Director at ARCH Venture Partners, and founded Agile Equities LLC. Karen was named one of LA’s Top Innovators in 2012 by C Suite Quarterly, selected to C200 leading business women in 2004, and selected by Crain’s Chicago Business for its 40 under 40 list of leading business professionals in Chicago. Karen earned a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Chicago and an AB in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College.

About George Matthew:
George Mathew is the CEO & Chairman of Kespry, the leading aerial intelligence platform
provider. At Kespry, he focuses on leading the company’s mission to transform how people and businesses capture, use and get value from worksite intelligence. Prior to Kespry, George held senior leadership positions at Alteryx, and SAP. He holds a BS in Neurobiology from Cornell University and an MBA from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar.

About: Matt Man
Matt Man is the founder of, a video analytics and big data product for construction sites. In Matt’s previous life he founded a mobile application development firm GreenOwl Mobile which deployed 45+ smart city apps across 5 countries. He is an experienced SaaS founder who understands the enterprise B2B market. He holds a Masters in Engineering from Stanford, and BASc in Engineer Science from the University of Toronto. He started experimenting with AI during his undergraduate years, where he coded his first neural network to translate sign language.

About Ramya Ravichandar
Ramya heads Product Management at FogHorn. She is seasoned leader in emerging markets, with a track record of creating value. She brings a rare combination of technical expertise in real time analytics, machine learning, AI, and valuable experience in Industrial IOT. Ramya has a PhD in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.

About BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference and Community: 

The BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference 2018 is a yearly conference organized by BootstrapLabs, a leading Venture Capital firm focused on Applied AI. The annual event brings together over 800 members of the Artificial Intelligence community for a day of incredible speakers and exciting conversations. The community is comprised of founders and executives who are experts in the field of applied artificial intelligence, veteran technologists leading the world’s most innovative organizations and key partners in the AI ecosphere sharing deep-domain knowledge within specific verticals.

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