The semi-finalists continued to leverage the support offered by some of the best names in the space of Technology and Agriculture through the Purdue University Experts and Cisco Leadership volunteers’ engagement. Experts such as Dr Dharmendra Saraswat, Dr Klein Ilelegi, and Dr Marshall Porterfield from Purdue University brought in international exposure to the contestants and helped with specific technical inputs to help improve their solutions and think about scale. At the same time, Sirisha Palepu, Lokesh Lohiya, Dinesh Singh, and Ravishankar Rao, the leadership volunteers from Cisco, through multiple hours of interaction, helped the teams with strategic inputs on Business Development and sharpening the teams’ policies around People and Culture.
Purdue University is a world-renowned, public research university that advances discoveries in science, technology, engineering and math and was ranked 15th Best Agricultural University in the world by QS Top Universities 2021.
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