Amir Husain, recognized as Austin’s Top Technology Entrepreneur of the Year, and awarded the Austin Under 40 Technology and Science Award, is a serial entrepreneur, inventor, and author based in Austin, Texas. He is the Founder & CEO of SparkCognition, Inc. an award-winning Machine Learning/AI driven Cognitive Analytics Company, a Member of the Board of Advisors for IBM Watson, a member of the Forbes Technology Council, and a Member of the Board of Advisors for The University of Texas at Austin, Dept. of Computer Science. His best selling book, The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence, published by Simon & Schuster, was released in 2017.
Amir launched SparkCognition in April, 2014 with support from Michael Dell’s MSD Capital, L.P., TEF CA, Manoj Saxena (former GM of IBM Watson) and Alameda Ventures. In June, 2014, SparkCognition won the global InnovateApp 2014 competition for the most innovative application of 2014. Additionally, SparkCognition was the only US company to receive the Nokia Open Innovation Challenge 2015 (NOIC) award from hundreds of international innovators.
Amir is a prolific inventor with 22 awarded and over 40 pending US patent applications to his credit. In 2013, a low cost computing platform Amir invented was inducted into the collection of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, the world’s largest such institution. His work has also been published in IEEE conferences and in leading tech journals including Network World, Computer World and others. His companies have won numerous awards such as the 2015 Austin Chamber of Commerce A-List, the InnovateApp 2014 competition, the VMWORLD Gold award, Network World’s Hottest Products, CRN’s Innovation award and PC World’s best product award. Amir also serves as advisor and board member to Makerarm, uStudio, AM Networks, Pepper.pk, S&BMK Foundation, Alif Laila Children’s Educational Society, and others.