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Transform Cohort 3 Student Networking Event

Join Transform and Polsky Deep Tech Ventures for an engaging evening that will highlight the work of emerging data science and AI startups. The event also will feature a fireside chat with Andre Tost, CTO of the IBM Security AI Center of Competence.

Transform is a 14-week accelerator hosted by Deep Tech Ventures at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, in partnership with UChicago’s Data Science Institute.

Thank you to our event sponsors, Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), IBM, Next Era Transformation Group, and Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS).



5:00 p.m. – 5:10 p.m. // Registration 

5:10 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. // Opening Remarks (Samir Mayekar) 

5:15 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. // Introduction (Shyama Majumdar)

5:20 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. // AITP Future Tech Remarks (Justin Nemeth)

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. // Fireside Chat (André Tost, Arunava ‘Ron’ Majumdar, Lazlo Gonc)

6:05 p.m. – 6:40 p.m. // Transform Cohort 3 Pitches

6:40 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. // Networking



André Tost

Distinguished Engineer and CTO

IBM Security AI Center of Competence

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André is a Distinguished Engineer in IBM’s Software organization and one of IBM’s leading technical experts on Hybrid Cloud, IT Architecture and Software Engineering. He currently works as an AI Engineer in the Worldwide watsonx Client Engineering team, focusing on bringing Generative AI solutions to customers across the globe. Before his current assignment, he acted as the CTO for the AI Center of Competence in IBM Security, as well as the Chief Architect for IBM Cloud Paks, which deliver IBM’s software portfolio running in containers on Red Hat OpenShift.

André co-authored six technical books, published over 40 technical articles and has spoken at conferences worldwide. Originally from Germany, he now lives and works in Rochester, Minnesota (US).


Arunava ‘Ron’ Majumdar

Advisory Architect and Lead

IBM Center for Advanced Studies

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Arunava (Ron) Majumdar is a Watson and Cloud architect with over 20 years of experience in Software design and development. He leads the Asset Portfolio Strategy for the IBM Watson and Cloud Platform and is the lead for the Chicago Center for Advanced Studies.

Ron has several patents and published assets to his credit and is collaborating with Research faculty and Universities on innovative ideas and their implementations with emerging technologies. He is also leading several efforts for a comprehensive innovation strategy for IBM in the Greater Chicago area.


Laszlo Gonc

Founder and CEO

Next Era Transformation Group

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Laszlo Gonc, CEO of Next Era Transformation Group, blends years in cybersecurity, AI/ML, digital risk and technology strategy across numerous industries. A sought-after national keynote speaker and senior advisor, he excels in guiding companies through digital transformation, emphasizing cybersecurity’s role in safeguarding and AI/ML’s role in enhancing operations. His insights empower organizations to build better revenue strategies integrating demonstrated technology innovations while navigating the complexities and risks of leveraging AI and cyber for competitive advantage across your organization for today’s challenges and beyond.Gonc is a member of the Forbes Technology Council, Chair Emeritus for the PMI Chicagoland Executive Council, and sits on a number of nonprofit and professional advisory boards including the Illinois Institute of Technology C²SAFE Advisory Board, the Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University, National Advisory Committee, and the National Advisory Board for the Cybersecurity Collaborative.



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