Chandra Raman

Global Lead, thingQbator Program at Cisco


Chandrashekhar has over 15 years of experience in the technology industry in roles ranging from strategy, planning, application development, consulting and product management cutting across verticals like smart cities, education and retail.

Over the last five years his focus has been around the broad area of the Internet things, and more specifically around harnessing the disruptive potential of open innovation ecosystems. He currently runs Cisco’s internal incubation program ‘thingQbator’ where he helps aspiring intrapreneurs turn their ideas into working prototypes and from there on to marketable products/solutions. The program was started in India and has now being replicated in other cisco locations in San Jose, London and Pune based on its success in Bangalore.

In his spare time he analyses data from Indian elections and blogs at