The Fifth Elephant 2023 Winter
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The Fifth Elephant 2023 Winter

On the engineering and business implications of AI & ML

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Accepting submissions till 15 Nov 2023, 11:59 PM

Bangalore International Centre (BIC), Bengaluru



The Fifth Elephant Winter Edition videos are available to watch here

Event highlights:


Why Large Language Models are important in AI

In 2020, OpenAI released a Large Language Model (LLM) called GPT3 which has a billion parameters. With a minimal and intuitive user interface which was released to go with GPT3, it caught the imagination and attention of AI communities and researchers all over the world.
One by one, the domain use cases such as co-pilots for coding, creative AI, and other downstream tasks were shown to be fast-tracked by GenerativeAI models and LLMs. As such, there is a wide-ranging interest in large language models and applications around them for various domains and use cases in the AI space. Experiments which aim to find optimal hyperparameters, and those dealing with underfitting and overfitting models are being carried out regularly; more and more barriers are being broken down every day.

The Fifth Elephant 2023 Winter edition will cover topics on the research, engineering, and business aspects of AI, exploring the practical implementation and economic implications of these systems.


The winter edition of The Fifth Elephant will showcase talks, discussions and demos across generative and multimodal AI, and other classic AI/ML/DL applications on the below themes.

AI engineering Track

Share approaches and case studies covering the following use cases:

  • Products and platforms using LLMs, GenerativeAI, ML, and Deep Learning techniques, and business formulation around AI engineering.
  • Conversational AI and search, automatic speech recognition, healthcare, e-commerce, fintech, media and OTT, and other verticals.
  • Multilingual needs in India in digital products/platforms - features discussions, models training, finetuning, RLHF, RAGs, quantization techniques, dataset curation and augmentations, challenges faced in pipelines, evaluation metrics, future roadmaps, applications such as multilingual voice bots using ASR/STT, text to speech for accessibility.

Data Science operations track

Share case studies and experiential talks on handling the operations for data science such as scaling challenges and fine-tuning challenges, and lessons learned, and best practices for incorporating ethics, safety, and bias.

Demo track

Show demos on features/products which leverage AI and LLM-based APIs and models. It can be from creative AI, generative AI space, and various verticals with relevant use cases.

The Fifth Elephant membership

The December edition will be held in-person. Attendance is open to The Fifth Elephant members only. Pick a membership to attend the in-person conference, and to support The Fifth Elephant’s community activities.

Who will benefit from participating in The Fifth Elephant community:

  1. AI/ML/Data Science Ops engineers who want to learn about state-of-the-art tools and techniques, especially from domains such as health care, e-commerce, automobile, agri-tech and industrial verticals
  2. Data scientists who want a deeper understanding of model deployment/governance.
  3. Architects who are building ML workflows that scale.
  4. Tech founders and CTOs who are building products and platforms that leverage AI, ML and LLMs
  5. Product managers, who want to learn about the process of building AI/ML products.
  6. Directors, VPs and senior tech leadership who are building AI/ML teams.


Sponsorship slots are open for:

  1. Infrastructure (GPU, CPU and cloud providers) and developer productivity tool makers who want to evangelise their offering to developers and decision-makers.
  2. Companies who want to do tech branding among AI and ML developers.
  3. Venture Capital (VC) firms and investors who want to scan the landscape of innovations and innovators in AI and who want to source leads for investment in the AI and ML space.
    If you are interested in sponsoring The Fifth Elephant, email

Contact information

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For inquiries, call The Fifth Elephant on +91-7676332020 or leave a comment here.

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Anuj Gupta

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Hiring for AI Roles - PhDs or Undergrads?

Submitted Oct 5, 2023

AI is no stranger to anyone out there. Often dubbed as one of the most disruptive technologies in 21st century - AI has keen interest from every business leader out there.

A key component of getting AI right in an organization is getting the right AI talent. In Valley - most AI scientists are PhDs. In India, most AI teams have only undergrads! This stark difference warrants a deeper investigation - why are US companies hiring PhDs? Have Indian companies discovered a secret formula that they are able to get done similar work from undergrads? Does one have an advantage over the other?

In this talk, we will go down this rabbit hole and try n bring out deeper insights on hiring PhDs or Undergrads for AI roles.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Advantages & disadvantages of hiring each of Udergrads & PhDs
  2. Is this even a this vs that question?
  3. What is the right way forward?
  4. We show that the best way is Undergrads and PhDs, not Undergrads vs PhDs

Anuj Gupta


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Make a submission

Accepting submissions till 15 Nov 2023, 11:59 PM

Bangalore International Centre (BIC), Bengaluru

Hosted by

All about data science and machine learning

Supported by


Providing all founders, at any stage, with free resources to build a successful startup.