Speaker: Lysa Banks

IBM Distinguished Engineer, CTO Watson Media Cognitive Solutions @IBM

Lysa Banks is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Technical Executive.  She is known internally as the "Mother of Cloud Video" having founded the video business unit within IBM which offers cloud base live and on-demand video processing, streaming, distribution and IPTV/OTT solutions.  Lysa was the CTO, serving as the Head of Engineering and Technical Strategy, for IBM Watson Media  –– applying IBM's cognitive capabilities to multimedia content primarily in the media and entertainment industry.  She now works in the IBM Cloud Engagement Hub, helping IBM clients with their journey to Cloud and AI adoption.  

Prior to this role, Lysa was the Lead Architect and Program Manager for Industry Cloud Solutions at IBM. She also served on IBM’s Corporate Technical Evaluation team, where she worked with senior executives to shape IBM’s technical strategy through investment in emerging technologies. Additionally, Lysa has provided technical leadership on several IBM acquisitions.

Lysa graduated summa cum laude from New Jersey Institute of Technology with a degree in Computer Engineering and Applied Math. She is passionate about mentoring the next generation of STEM students and professionals.  Lysa likes to go fast be it on her motorcycle, road bike, downhill skis or PoC to production.

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