Lake Nona is setting the stage as one of the first fully connected communities, where technology-based solutions are piloted among thousands of residents, who are often referred to as “citizen scientists”.
The living lab is powered by Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network, enabling real-time data for the city center’s healthcare, autonomous mobility, wellness, education, and Lake Nona’s connected retail infrastructure. Together, Verizon & Lake Nona are making it possible for enterprises to introduce innovation with more resources and less barriers, closing the gap between ideation and real-life application.
Tune in for a closer look at life inside of a connected community as we hear from Verizon and Lake Nona about what the future holds for this innovation hub.
Mr. Rasesh “Sesh” Thakkar serves as Senior Managing Director of Tavistock Group, Owner of Lake Nona and has been with the Group for 25+ years. Mr. Thakkar’s areas of experience ranges across industries such as life sciences, financial services, real estate, and leisure services as well as corporate finance and structures, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and operations. He’s also known for being one of the main visionaries behind Lake Nona. Currently, he serves on the Board and Governors Council of Orlando Economic Partnership and is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Tavistock Foundation and of the Florida Governor’s Council of 100.
As Vice President of Innovation Sheena drives the vision for strategic initiatives and alliances with a focus on technology, entrepreneurship and entertainment. Over the past several years, Sheena has successfully elevated the profile of the Orlando region as a tech hub, securing national media opportunities, serving as the lead on major initiatives including Rise of the Rest 8.0, FL Simulation Summit, City of Orlando Community Tech Grant and Synapse Orlando.
She led the launch of the Orlando Tech Council - a critical component of the Orlando Economic Partnership focused on accelerating and maturing the Orlando region's technology ecosystem through new programs including the regional 1st customer program Tech Connect.
Debika Bhattacharya is Senior Vice President of 5G & Enterprise Solutions for Verizon Business, charged with delivering 5G solutions and strategic business outcomes to Verizon’s Global Enterprise and Government customers — leading a team of 1,100+ sales and technology professionals across 20 countries.
Debika’s current focus is on delivering business value to clients through Verizon’s best- in-class solutions such as 5G, Edge Computing, Software-Defined Services, and Digital Collaboration — partnering with customers to navigate the challenges of today while building the foundation for future success.
As a seasoned global executive, Debika has extensive experience leading complex technology projects for Fortune 1000 clients, guiding successful IT transformations in healthcare, retail, manufacturing, and financial services. She has held a variety of executive roles within Verizon, including an overseas assignment in Europe. She was instrumental in the global expansion of Verizon’s communications network, as well as the deployment of breakthrough optical wave technologies.
Debika holds advanced degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the State University of New York. She serves as an industry liaison to the MIT community and participates in outreach programs aimed at increasing the participation of women and minorities in Science and Engineering. She is also active in IEEE-Women in Engineering and the Society of Women Engineers.