Alka Roy is the founder of The Responsible Innovation Project working on building delight, trust and inclusion into technology and AI and a guest lecturer on Responsible Innovation & AI at UC Berkeley. She speaks, writes, mentors and hosts multidisciplinary and deep tech sessions on innovating with values and serves on several open source and industry ML/AI, Data Science and Trusted AI committees. She is preoccupied with the questions: How are we designing our future? And how will that design, design us?

Alka is a product and technology leader who has been part of several industry firsts including GSM/5G and iPhone launch as well as managed cross-functional UX, Product & Engineering teams for conversational AI and cloud enablers at AT&T and Cingular Wireless. She was instrumental in setting up the Bay Area 5G co-create lab for AT&T to spur innovation and lead the Responsible AI initiative for AT&T Innovation Center & Foundry. She holds patents for policy and security frameworks and has advised several startups as well as served on non-profit steering committee and boards, extensively mentored women in tech and is currently a board advisor for InspirASIAN, How Women Invest, Mountain View Performing Arts Committee. In addition to a Computer Science & Electrical Engineering degree, Alka also holds an MFA in creative writing & literature and has written and directed short plays.

Upcoming Talks

Oct 28th, 2020 Human & Machine: Transparency by Design, Research Discussion Seminar, Center for Human-Compatible AI, UC Berkeley

Nov 18, 2020 Responsible Innovation & AI, Guest Lecture, Engineering Leadership Professional Program, Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, UC Berkeley

Nov 19, 2020 Responsible AI for Data Science, AI Governance International

Past Talks

Oct 17, 2020 Keynote Address, FEMTech Summit

Oct 13, 2020 Responsible Innovation & Data Science: Why Does Trust Matter with AI and How Can We Get There?, Women in Big Data Silicon Valley

September 25, 2020 Finding Your Voice, Mentoring Session for AT&T’s InspirASIAN ERG

September 15, 2020 Responsible Innovation, Diversity Equity & Inclusion & Gaming, In Conversation with Trinidad Hermida, Head of D&I at Niantic, Berkeley’s Newton Lecture Series

August 20, 2020 Responsible AI? Designed and hosted a multi-disciplinary Academic/Industry Roundtable

July 20, 2020 Responsible Innovation, Service Ethics, Trusted AI, and Service Robotics, Technical Session, AHFE

July 7, 2020 5G & AI: Path to Innovation, Global 5G Evolution

2018 & 2019: Spoken at various Workshops, Industry Forums and Panels on 5G, Smart Transportation, AI & Ethics, Technology & Bias.

Press

Forbes Interview On Responsible Innovation Framework for the Age of AI

Protego Press

Towards Data Science

The Startup

NYU Student Interview with Alka Roy

If you would like me to speak at your event or conference please connect with me.

I’ve also participated in think tanks, interviews, podcasts, and webinars on emerging technology, AI, Responsible Innovation, Tech culture or leadership. Please connect with me if you would like to discuss a collaboration.