See Industry Leaders, Kwaai, and the broader developer community at SCALE21x on March 14th, 2024 for the Second Kwaai Personal AI Summit.  Hear about the opportunities and risks associated with the adoption of AI in the workplace, across our society, and in your personal life and what Kwaai is doing about it across our workgroups: Tools, Fundamentals and Policy.

Kwaai is on a mission to democratize AI with Personal AI.  We are building Personal AI, ensuring privacy and ownership, conducting fundamental research into model efficiencies, and advocating for responsible and humane policies that anticipate AI.

Join us to hear from AI thought leaders, including Keynotes from:

Bruce Schneier

Security Guru, Bestselling Author, Privacy Leader

NYT Bestselling Author, including A Hacker's Mind
Author, Crypto-Gram, Schneier on Security
Fellow, Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University
Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School
Board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Chief of Security Architecture at Inrupt, Inc. 

AI and Trust

Trusting a friend and trusting a service are fundamentally different, and current AI systems are poised to exploit that difference. We will think of them as friends when they are actually services, and confidents when they will be actually collecting data behind our backs. Government is how we create social trust in our society, which requires regulating this potentially intimate technology.

Identity and Privacy Author, Blogger and Leader
Fellow, Berkman Klein Center for Internet  & Society, Harvard University
Fellow, Center for Information Technology and Society, UC Santa Barbara
Instigator, ProjectVRM
Emeritus Editor in Chief, Linux Journal
Co-Founder, Customer Commons
Partner, The Searls Group

Individual Empowerment and Agency on a Scale We’ve Never Seen Before!

According to Sam Altman, that's what OpenAI promises. Problem is, it can't deliver, because OpenAI is for AI in 2024 what IBM was for personal computers in 1974: still a mainframe company. As individuals, we know more about what we need from personal AI than any of the AI giants of today can guess at. And that's what Doc will talk about.

Pankaj Kedia

AI Venture Capitalist
Founder and Managing Partner, 2468 Ventures

Pankaj Kedia is a tech intrapreneur and inventor turned AI investor, entrepreneur, educator, advisor, and thought-leader.

As a tech intrapreneur, Pankaj played leadership roles in founding, incubating and growing a series of new personal computing businesses at Intel and Qualcomm over the last 3 decades. He is credited for driving the growth of the Internet with laptop PCs, establishing mobile Internet with smartphones, and capitalizing on cloud expansion with IOT and wearable devices. Having lived through these technology revolutions – Internet, Mobile, and Cloud – Pankaj is now shaping and accelerating AI explosion as an investor, entrepreneur, educator, advisor, and thought-leader. As a renowned global tech executive, Pankaj is bringing the benefits of AI to society-at-large and is focused at the intersection of AI and high-growth verticals such as healthcare, wellness, industrials, consumer, finance, and energy.

As the Founder and Managing Partner of 2468 Ventures, he has directly invested in 125+ early-stage and Series A startups, is a partner at multiple VC firms and angel groups where he chairs the AI committees, teaches AI to MBA students at the University of San Diego Knauss School of Business, sits on multiple public, private, and non-profit boards of AI companies, and is a sought-after CXO advisor around AI and technology topics. He is a lifelong learner with degrees from Univ of Michigan, Wharton, Stanford, and IIT Roorkee. Pankaj lives in La Jolla, has worked in 25+ countries across 4 continents, has traveled to 100+ countries as a global citizen, and is committed to making San Diego a beacon of AI innovation.

The AI Accelerated Personalized Computing Revolution

We have had a front row seat as computing has evolved over the last 3 decades – from the desktop PCs to laptop PCs, from tablets to smartphones, and from single-function devices to a plethora of smart devices and wearables. With AI going pervasive on a global scale, we are at the cusp of the next personalized computing revolution – where use cases will truly be optimized for 1:1 experiences. The personal assistant will know who you are, the recommendations will be based on personal context, the personality of the UX will adopt to your likes and dislikes, and the form factors will adapt to your lifestyle. This AI Accelerated Personalized Computing Revolution will be bigger and bolder than anything we have seen in the past with the Internet, Mobile, and Cloud and will transform how we work, play, connect, live, and share. In this keynote, Pankaj Kedia will share his vision for this impending revolution and challenge the audience to solve potential issues in realizing this vision.

John Willis

Cloud and DevOps Thought Leader
Author, Deming's Journey to Profound Knowledge
Co-Author, The DevOps Handbook
Founder, Botchagalupe Technologies

Join us for an enlightening presentation led by John Willis, a pioneering figure in the DevOps movement. As he was wrapping up his book on Dr. Edwards Deming, often regarded as the pioneer of agile, lean, and DevOps methodologies, John stumbled upon ChatGPT. This serendipitous discovery prompted him to delve into the realm of AI from the perspective of a seasoned IT professional. Dive into the insights from his book, "A Journey to Profound Knowledge: How Deming Helped Win a War, Altered the Face of Industry, and Holds the Key to Our Future," and understand its connection with the emergence of AI in the tech world.

Anatomy of an LLM from one of the Godfathers of DevOps

John offers a deep dive into the intricacies of tuning and augmenting Large Language Models (LLMs and RAGs). Gain a comprehensive understanding of the current Generative AI landscape, encompassing vector databases, LLM orchestration, foundational LLMs, and testing and observability. Stay tuned for live code demonstrations; I hope the demo gods are on our side!


Reza Rassool

CEO and Chair, Kwaai

Reza Rassool is a serial startup entrepreneur and a recognized figure in technology, boasting an impressive career highlighted by two exits to Google. His strategic foresight and leadership as the former CTO of RealNetworks were pivotal in steering the company through a significant turnaround, successfully transitioning its core business towards artificial intelligence (AI). Rassool's contributions to technology extend beyond leadership roles; he is an innovator with a substantial portfolio of patents, including 75 patents registered with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WPTO) and 58 with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). His creative solutions have been acknowledged through prestigious product awards, including a Technical OSCAR and an EMMY. Deeply committed to fostering the next generation of innovators, Reza serves as an affiliate professor at the University of Washington, and leader of ThinkDay(s) where he mentors students and contributes to the academic community's growth.

In his current role as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Kwaai, Reza Rassool continues to channel his vast experience and passion for technology into the mission of democratizing AI. Through Kwaai, he aims to break down barriers in the artificial intelligence field, making it accessible and equitable for developers and innovators across the globe. This initiative reflects his enduring commitment to leveraging technology as a force for good, fostering an inclusive community where diverse voices can contribute to the advancement of AI, thus shaping a future where technology empowers everyone.


Matt Small

Community Leader, Kwaai

As a seasoned technology, customer experience and business development leader in cloud and AI and a pioneer in the mental health industry, Matt brings unique insight and tenured perspective to his endeavors.

As a fractional technology executive and startup consultant, Matt helps technology companies get to know their users, prospects and customers better.  Matt is also co-founder of Lucid Cradle, offering first-in-the-world legal Psychedelic Mushroom Experiences in Bend, Oregon.

Matt serves as the community leader for Kwaai and as a corporate officer.


Román Pineda

Professor of Computer Science

Román Pineda is a distinguished PhD Candidate at Anahuac University in Mexico, focusing on advancements and innovations within the realm of computer science. In addition to his academic pursuits, Pineda imparts his extensive knowledge as a Computer Science Professor at Universidad Tecnologica Centroamericana, where he specializes in teaching Compilators, Operating Systems, and Intelligent Systems. With a profound professional background encompassing 17 years of experience in banking, specifically in Software Architecture and Lifecycle, Pineda brings a wealth of practical insights to his academic roles. His expertise is further recognized through his active involvement as a member of the board in various esteemed companies located in Honduras and Panama, underscoring his significant impact on both the academic and corporate sectors of technology.


Balaji Lakshmanan

GenerativeAI CTO

Mr. Balaji Lakshmanan is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Studiobit. He is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience in the technology sector. He plays a critical role in shaping the company's vision and strategy, specializing in cloud-based conferencing and live streaming solutions. Balaji is recognized for his innovative leadership, earning four patents for his work on cloud switch architectures. He is pioneering development of ultra-low latency audio/video architectures to enhance conferencing and live-streaming experiences.

As an AI enthusiast, Balaji has formulated groundbreaking strategies for integrating artificial intelligence in telecom and live-streaming platforms. Known for his ability to lead high-performing teams, he has successfully executed complex projects that automate processes and streamline operations. His comprehensive areas of expertise encompass technology strategy, digital transformation, cybersecurity, budgeting, vendor management, and global project delivery. Balaji is passionate about leveraging technology to drive business growth. He specializes in AI integration strategies, aiming to position companies at the forefront of technological innovation. His focus is on creating future-ready solutions that embrace emerging technologies.


Richard Whitt
Tech Policy Attorney

Richard Whitt is a seasoned corporate strategist and technology policy attorney, currently serving as Fellow in Residence at the Mozilla Foundation and Senior Fellow at the Georgetown Institute for Technology Law and Policy. He co-founded GLIAnet PRIMER LLC, where he advises on governance challenges at the nexus of market, technology, and policy, and is president of the GLIA Foundation and founder of the GLIAnet Project.

With an eleven-year tenure at Google (2007-2018), he held various positions including corporate director for strategic initiatives and, at Motorola Mobility (acquired by Google), Corporate Vice President and Global Head of Public Policy. His roles at Google involved leading on privacy, cybersecurity, intellectual property, and Internet governance issues, and he played a key role in initiatives like the first free public WiFi hotspot in Cuba. Prior to Google, Whitt spent twelve years at MCI Communications, ending as vice president for federal law and policy. A noted author and speaker, he has contributed to over two hundred industry conferences and numerous academic institutions. I addition to his extensive professional experience, Whitt holds degrees from Georgetown University Law Center and James Madison University.


Ruth Rassool


Ruth Rassool is beginning her 16th year in the English department at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita. She was formerly a COC student then transferred to UCLA. Her main focus is literature, particularly "British" literature - whatever that means -. She moved to LA from the UK in 1994 and was due to arrive on 1/17. Recently, Ruth has been looking for ways to incorporate generative AI into her teaching in an ethical, equitable manner. This inevitable inclusion of AI requires that we look at Academic Freedom, Curriculum, and Policy.


Brittany Deventer

Creative Technologist

Brittany Deventer is a creative technologist with successful careers in the software and entertainment industries.   She taught herself to code while freelancing in the NYC theater scene and now works as the sole software developer at Southern California Safe Company, where she manages the software for their IoT based cash management products.  In 2021, she co-founded Green Deeds, a mobile application that rewards users with Celo cryptocurrency for recycling or composting.  She’s worked with LaForge Optical to build a proof-of-concept application for their AR glasses to display names of recognized contacts.  She is the founder of the Creative Technologists Meetup Group in Los Angeles, creator of The Don’t Just Exist Movement, and a passionate filmmaker and storyteller. 

Brittany values fundamental understanding of the tools one keeps in their arsenal and is excited to see Kwaai advocating for education, policy, and ownership in the onslaught of Web 3.0.  


Sushil Kumar

Technology Program Leader

Sushil Kumar is a Technology Program Leader and has led multiple digital transformation initiatives involving automation, cloud platforms, and application modernization in the defense and banking industries. He has integrated the latest and emerging technologies like GIS, Secure Communications, Resilient Information Networks, Advanced Cloud Computing, Data Processing, Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence into various aspects of businesses to fundamentally change the nature of operations.

His digital transformation programs at the Indian Army and IBM have led to a very high social impact improving the experience and lives of employees, customers, and consumers ranging from soldiers deployed in forward areas in harsh conditions to common users across banking, insurance, and airlines.

He completed his MBA focused on AI and emerging technologies at USC Marshall School of Business and is currently engaged in a technology modernization project for citizens-centric applications for a county government in CA, USA. He is an advisor at KWAAI where he contributes to the AI Policy and Cloud Infrastructure aspects. He is extremely passionate about the cause of democratizing AI and has been contributing to the development and proliferation of responsible and ethical AI for everyone drawing upon his strong people focus, experience, and education. Sushil Kumar was recently awarded the Global Indian 2023 Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of Technology Program Management and Digital Transformation.


Sam Johnston

Venture Studio Leader

Sam Johnston (CMgr FCMI/FIML GAICD MACS Snr CP) is an Australian technology executive and serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience founding and advising startups, and in leadership roles at top global technology companies including Google, Equinix, Citrix, and DXC Technology.

Sam is currently CEO at Acumino, a Singapore venture studio focusing on emerging technologies and disruptive innovation. He is working with other founders to create the businesses of tomorrow by applying his research into emerging technologies including drones, robotics & humanoids, 3D printing, computer vision & voice, augmented & virtual reality, artificial intelligence & machine learning, blockchain, chatbots, and quantum computing.

Sam has a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, an executive MBA specialising in finance from S P Jain School of Global Management in Singapore, and is completing a Master of Science in computer science specialising in machine learning at Georgia Tech. He has lived and worked in Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America.


Mark Vega

Intellectual Property Attorney

With over 30 years of legal and strategic experience, Mark Vega helps clients understand and navigate the complex and evolving landscape of global privacy laws and the implications of doing business in an era embracing AI.

He serves as a Technology / Privacy / Corporate Counsel at Incite Law, a boutique firm known for providing outside general counsel engagements with a focus on privacy, technology, and strategic business operations across various industries. Vega offers legal and strategic guidance to C-suite executives and medium to large-scale enterprises in both the private and public sectors. He is responsible for setting the strategy and overseeing the development, management, and implementation of a company's privacy posture, data ethics, and general compliance programs across jurisdictions. As a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), he stays abreast of the proliferating privacy law landscape.

Additionally, Vega is a Privacy / Cyber-Security Consultant at PRITECH, where he reviews and modifies clients' data practices to meet stringent legal standards and achieve broader organizational aims. He adheres to the principles of "Privacy by Default" and "Privacy by Design", ensuring that no aspect of the work or link in the chain is overlooked, thereby enhancing operations with AI to be better, quicker, faster, and stronger.

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Kwaai's Inaugural Personal AI Summit

Kwaai Fundamental Research Leader
Workgroup Leader: Machine Reasoning
Founder and CEO,

Combining Medicine (MD) and Artificial Intelligence (PhD) at Sorbonne University, Dr. Khai Pham has been in the field of AI for 30 years. Few have tried to work on unifying AI approaches across the different systems, including Machine Learning, Reasoning AI, and Distributed Multi-Agent AI. He is a leading expert in Distributed AI and focuses today on developing the next-gen Generative Distributed Reasoning AI (GDR-AI) that differs from existing Generative AI, such as ChatGPT, by two main elements: it is based on reasoning and not pattern recognition and generates reasoning models (the way humans understand the world and make rational decisions) instead of texts, images, or videos.

He has been a successful innovator and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. He was the founder & CEO at DataMind, a leading AI company based on the first generation of his Distributed AI Technology. It was used by major financial institutions, marketing centers, and medical manufacturers, and Bank of America acquired the patent in 2012. Later renamed RightPoint, it was acquired by E.piphany (Nasdaq:EPNY) for US$637 Million.

Today, Dr. Pham is the Founder & CEO of (TNL), the first AI Digital Cells Lab at scale capable of generating the most advanced Digital Human Cell Clones . This allows the prediction and the mechanistic understanding of the impacts of molecules or drugs on any human cells of interest. This impacts the entire drug R&D value chain in multiple ways. TNL provides a decisive advantage for developing both first-in-class drug, by providing mechanistic identification of novel disease-targets, and best-in-class drug, by simulating each drug in various R&D phases. For example, all assets of a pharmaceutical company can be prioritized for early development using TNL’s platform and existing launched products can be quickly repurposed for new indications. The TNL AI Digital Cells Lab has already proven its effectiveness in serving biopharmaceutical customers, particularly in the realms of cancer and autoimmune diseases.  Dr. Pham is also a founding advisory board member of, a non-profit AI Research and Development Lab Democratizing AI. He mainly contributes to the AI Fundamentals.

Advancements in Machine Reasoning

In this talk, Dr. Khai Pham will share about how biological inspiration from our thinking mind will help us advance causal reasoning.