Sumithra Jagannath

SUMITHRA JAGANNATH

PRESIDENT, ZED DIGITAL
Sumithra's Bio

Sumithra Jagannath is a driven, technology-focused President with deep roots in software development, custom enterprise search engine development and digital marketing strategies. She is the Owner of ZED Digital (www.zeddigital.net), a digital software enterprise based in Columbus, Ohio. ZED Digital provides web & mobile application development and digital marketing solutions to help businesses grow their online revenues and become authorities in their market.

Ms. Jagannath is a McGill University post graduate and served as professor of software usability at Concordia University graduate school in Montreal, Canada. She founded a consulting firm in software usability fresh out of college and has not looked back since. She now sits on the Web Development Board of Advisors at Franklin University and is the Vice President for Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. Her expertise stems from her passion for computers and 20+ years of experience in software development and implementing usability engineering processes in organizations such as utility companies, banks and Government organizations.

Her flagship product for transit called ZIG has provided state of the art technology in trip planning to leading transit organizations in the country such as Central Ohio Transit Authority and Greater Cleveland RTA.

Her technology has been mentioned in leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal, London Times and The Hindu Business Line and was also named as a finalist to the Canadian Octas awards and BizTech Innovation awards.

She is a spirited entrepreneur, public speaker and the proud mother of a beautiful daughter. She was elected to the Who's Who of entrepreneurs and Oser au Feminin, a French publication of powerful women in business and won the Minority Business Enterprise of the Year in the Biztech Awards from Columbus Business First. Through her career, Ms. Jagannath has led international teams based in Canada, India, USA and South Africa.

DR Srini Ramaswamy

DR. SRINI RAMASWAMY

CHIEF OF TECHNOLOGY, ZED DIGITAL
Srini's Bio

Dr. Srini is passionate about design of large scale software-integrated systems that impact quality of human life. He has a balanced blend of academic, start-up and industry experiences and serves as Chief of Technology at ZED Digital.

  • Strong track record in fostering highly functional global teams that engage in thoughtful risk taking and creative problem-solving in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Demonstrated global technology management expertise with experiences in managing local, remote, outsourced/offshore and virtual technical/cross-functional teams.
  • Deep understanding of software development and project management expertise across the product life cycle promoting highly effective product development (Waterfall, Agile) approaches and project execution with a focus on Performance, Quality, Cost and Innovation and Continuous Improvement; while balancing new feature development with paying down historical technical debt.
  • Ability to manage and lead a culturally diverse, world-class software development team within the organization to achieve superior results while anticipating risks and roadblocks
  • Actively consulted as an expert on legal cases involving globally outsourced projects, identity theft and POS credit card authentication cases.

Specialization
Data Aggregation for Smart Cities and Transportation, Technical / Engineering Management (Software and Systems), Program/Project Management, New technology scouting and evaluation, Vision / strategy development and execution, software development process adaptation and improvement, Industrial Automation systems, Energy, Power & Water Systems, Healthcare systems, Healthcare IT, Big Data, Cloud Computing.
Personal
Enjoy travel, reading, writing, speaking to students and educational advocacy issues. Have traveled extensively in Europe, Asia and Americas; enjoy visits to natural and man made wonders; visited the Amazon, Galapagos, Stonehenge, Fjords, Pompeii, Millau Viaduct, Cricket 'holy' grounds (Lords and MCG), Himalayas, Alps, Andes (Cotapaxi, Chimborazo) and the Rockies.
DR Srini Ramaswamy

FRANK T. MARTIN

DIGITAL STRATEGIST, TRANSIT
Martin's Bio

Frank T. Martin is an Hall of Fame awardee for 2016 by the American Public Transit Association. He has spent more than three decades in the transit industry including private and public sectors in senior management (Senior Vice President - Atkins and Vice President – First Transit formally ATE Management and Service Company, Inc. respectively) for two global transportation and engineering companies and as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer for several of the nations’ top transit organizations.

As a public servant, Frank developed the reputation as a skilled and accomplished public transportation management executive solving some of the most complex issues facing the public transit industry. He carried the same skills into the private sector for over the past ten years becoming a trusted advisor, as well as emerging as one of the industry’s preeminent business development and sales strategist.

Mr. Martin has extensive experience in business development and sales, urban and regional planning, including over 40 years of experience in managing and directing transportation projects focusing on multidisciplinary and complex planning, administration, and operations and maintenance; analyzing program systems and processes; and developing business plans and strategies to optimize operating efficiency.

He has served as a general manager and chief operating officer for several of the nation’s top transit systems and has served in an oversight capacity for the implementation of programs from South Florida (South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, formerly Tri-Rail) to Northern California (ACE, Caltrain, and Capital Corridor) while working as the chief operating officer for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA).

Free Website/Mobile App Contest


$30,000 IN PRIZES

BUILD YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE - WIN A FREE WEBSITE OR MOBILE APP + OTHER PRIZES


In celebration of our recent rebranding and 17 years in business, we thought we would help out small businesses in Central Ohio. We’re having a contest and if you’re a business owner, you have a chance to win big! We’re giving away a free business website, custom mobile app and other prizes valued at $30,000, all designed to boost your business success online.

Grand Prize 1 – Responsive Website valued at $15,000

  • A custom-built website with a compelling look and feel that tells your story
  • Multi-platform responsive Website that works across all mobile devices
  • Free hosting for 1 year
  • Initial Search Engine Optimization on-site
  • Lead generation forms for conversion tracking
  • Onsite analytics and measurement tools
  • Case studies to showcase your business (view sample)
  • Custom photo gallery or dynamic product catalog with product descriptions, images and spec sheets aggregated from 2 of your suppliers using our invisible web search engine (view sample)

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Grand Prize 2 – Mobile App valued at $12,000

  • User Interface Design (screen interactions, view modes, menus, etc)
  • App’s collaboration and data transfer with remote server
  • Push notifications and reminders to your customers
  • Social media integration – links to social media channels you want your mobile app to connect to

3 RUNNERS UP – ATTEND 1 YEAR OF ZED TRAINING WORKSHOPS FOR FREE

How to Enter

So how do you enter the contest? It’s easy and free and it only takes 3 simple steps to enter to win. You must be a business owner with a business that makes 1 million or more in revenue to be eligible to win. Sorry, no personal websites this time around. You may enter your business for a website or a mobile app but not both.

The five winning entries will be selected during a drawing at our Celebration Event in May.

  • Step 1

    Like us on Facebook

  • Step 2

    Multiply your chances of winning. Each qualified business you refer to the contest adds one more entry in your favor. Share this contest page with other interested businesses like yours. Have them mention your name in the contest form under “Referred By” when they enter the contest.

  • Step 3

    Submit Contest Form – We need to know about your business and what kind of website you need. Fill out the Contest Form with as many details as you can.

Contest Form




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Choose Entry type*

Are you currently considering a website redesign/mobile app project ? *

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Contest Rules
  • The contest will run through September 23, 2015.
  • The five winning entries will be selected during a drawing at our annual open house on September 24th, 2015.
  • Entrant must represent a business with over 1 million in revenue in order to be eligible. Only the business owner or a C level executive of the business may submit the registration.

  • A business may not win in more than one of the prize categories.
  • A representative from your business must be present at our Celebration Event to win.
  • Winners are chosen by random drawing from among qualified entrants. Contest closes at our Celebration Event when a winner is chosen.
  • Current clients of ZED Digital are not eligible to participate.
  • Ineligible businesses include, but are not limited to, businesses selling or promoting pornography, adult products or services, tobacco and alcohol products, gambling, and illicit or illegal activities. ZED Digital reserves the right to rule any contestant ineligible at their discretion.
  • The website/mobile app project must be completed by January 31, 2016.
  • Payment of the appropriate taxes is the sole responsibility of the winners.
  • Entrants agree to allow ZED Digital to contact them regarding the contest and/ or their online projects.
  • As a condition of winning a prize, winning entrants agree to allow their name and likeness to be used by ZED Digital for advertising purposes without compensation.
  • ZED Digital reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the contest at its discretion in the event of technical failure or any other causes beyond its control.