From technology breakthroughs to solving problems that matter

Jul 19, 2018 · Palo Alto, United States of America

In this talk Jean-Claude Junqua will use his career path to show how he moved from being a technology expert in speech recognition and machine learning to tackling problems that are deeply rooted in the way we live and impact society as a whole. Innovation, business success and social impact are byproducts of a strong desire for a better world, successful collaborations and trusted partnerships. Jean-Claude Junqua will take you through his journey and provide some insights on how he began to connect the dots which led him to where he is today.


Jean-Claude Junqua has 20+ years of successful experience as a global executive in the US, Europe and Japan. During his tenure at Panasonic he led the global speech activities involving teams in US, Japan and China. After 2 years spent in Japan, Dr. Junqua served as Vice President of Panasonic North America and developed the R&D activities of Panasonic in Silicon Valley creating new business opportunities in various areas such as Consumer Electronics, Automotive, Avionics, Mobile Communication, Smart Home, Speech Recognition/Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things (IOT). Always enjoying new challenges, Dr. Junqua created an internal startup inside Panasonic which led to the creation of a new US business unit in the area of Health and Wellness. Dr. Junqua is also Visiting Professor at Osaka Institute of Technology and Adjunct Professor at CMU Silicon Valley. Currently, Vice President of American Strategy and Business development at Smappee, Inc., and CEO and Founder of CE2Innovate, one of his passions is to develop new approaches to innovation, to initiate and develop business transformation and to help startups and public companies reach their next level of growth. He serves as a mentor and coach for startups at a number of accelerators in the Bay area and is the author/co-author of more than 100+ articles and 90+ patents as well as two books in the area of speech recognition.

One-time change: we'll start 15 minutes later this evening; Varian is itself meeting in its cafeteria until 6:30, so we'll start at 6:45, and start the program at 7:15!

6:45 - 7:15 Registration / Checkin
6:45 - 7:15 Enjoy networking, along with wine, beer, soda, cheese, fruit, cold cuts, courtesy of tonight's sponsor
7:15 - 7:25 Introduction and opening announcements
7:25 - 8:45 Keynote and Q&A
8:45 - 8:50 Closing announcements
8:50 - 9:00 Informal networking and followup Q&A
9:00 - 9:05 Clean up - please leave the room beautiful
9:05 - 9:15 Clear the room & have a safe trip home!


The Varian Cafeteria, 3130 Hansen Way, Palo Alto, has plentiful parking. If you map it on Google Maps, the pointer to 3130 Hansen Way, about at the kink in Hansen Way, is actually where the closest parking lot is. The cafeteria building is the buff curvy-winged building due south of the kink in Hansen Way. If you prefer public transportation, it's just a 22-minute walk from CalTrain's California Avenue station.

Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

Ron Lichty, who has been managing and consulting-in-managing software development and product organizations for over 25 years at companies of all sizes, launched Ron Lichty Consulting five years ago to mirror what he did as a manager: making software development hum. ( Ron’s book, Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams,, published by Addison Wesley, has been compared by many readers to programming classics The Mythical Man-Month and Peopleware. His Live Lessons: Managing Software People and Teams video training is available via O’Reilly’s Safari Bookshelf. Ron also co-authors the periodic Study of Product Team Performance,

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