Logistics conference

Logistics conference

First edition: covering fleet management and mobility

About Logistics conference:

Logistics is evolving as a domain that requires understanding of:

  1. The landscape (literally), and interesting problems to solve – be they supply-chain management, warehousing, transportation, delivery of goods and services or fleet management.
  2. Complexities in current technology and processes for collecting, managing and updating geo-spatial data.
  3. Areas of collaboration and cooperation between industry, startups and government – including municipalities, urban planning and infrastructure.

The first edition of Logistics conference will cover fleet management and shared mobility.

Dates and venue:

The Fifth Elephant presents the first edition of logistics conference on 24 November, at the NIMHANS Convention Centre, Bangalore.

Topics for the conference:

We are inviting talks on the following topics:

  1. Product development for fleet management.
  2. Operational challenges with respect to fleet management.
  3. Solutions for on demand availability of vehicles to participate in a ridesharing networks.
  4. Data science for fleet management.
  5. Engineering for fleet management
  6. “Shared mobility” – how various players in the mobility space, including cab aggregators, car pooling, metros, buses, shuttles, etc can come together to complement each other rather than compete.
  7. Thinking through and solving challenges with sparsity of data for spatio-temporal granularity
  8. India-specific challenges in traffic management and congestion.
  9. India-specific challenges with respect to address standardisation.
  10. AI-based solutions in transportation space.

Target audience:

  1. Product managers
  2. Division and business heads
  3. Data scientists
  4. Senior engineers
  5. Technical leads
  6. VPs of engineering
  7. Representatives from municipalities, urban planning and transportation departments
  8. Geo-spatial data experts
  9. CEOs and founders of startups working in the space of logistics, fleet management, e-commerce and retail, and mobility
  10. Technology heads and VPs of companies operating in logistics space


Logistics conference is a single-day, single-track event with talks, panel discussions and Birds of Feather (BOF) sessions. We are accepting proposals for the following formats:

  1. Full talks of 30 minutes.
  2. Crisp talks of 15 minutes.
  3. BOF sessions on focussed topics / questions. A BOF session is 60-90 minutes long, and typically has up to two-four facilitators.

Selection criteria:

The criteria for selecting proposals, in the order of importance, are:

  1. Key insight or takeaway: what can you share with participants that will help them in understanding the domain better.
  2. Structure of the talk and flow of content: a detailed outline – either as mindmap or draft slides or textual description – will help us understand the focus of the talk, and the clarity of your thought process.
  3. Ability to communicate succinctly, and how you engage with the audience. You must submit link to a two-minute preview video explaining what your talk is about, and what is the key takeaway for the audience.

No one submits the perfect proposal in the first instance. We therefore encourage you to:

  1. Submit your proposal early so that we have more time to iterate if the proposal has potential.
  2. Write to us on if you want to discuss an idea for your proposal, and need help / advice on how to structure it.

Our editorial team helps potential speakers in honing their speaking skills, fine tuning and rehearsing content at least twice - before the main conference - and sharpening the focus of talks.

How to submit a proposal (and increase your chances of getting selected):

The following guidelines will help you in submitting a proposal:

  1. Focus on why, not how. Explain to participants why you made a business or engineering decision, or why you chose a particular approach to solving your problem.
  2. The journey is more important than the solution you may want to explain. We are interested in the journey, not the outcome alone. Share as much detail as possible about how you solved the problem. Glossing over details does not help participants grasp real insights.
  3. Focus on what participants from other domains can learn/abstract from your journey / solution.
  4. We do not accept how-to talks unless they demonstrate latest technology. If you are demonstrating new tech, show enough to motivate participants to explore the technology later.
  5. Similarly, we don’t accept talks on topics that have already been covered in the previous editions. If you are unsure about whether your proposal falls in this category, drop an email to:
  6. Content that can be read off the internet does not interest us. Our participants are keen to listen to use cases and experience stories that will help them in their practice.

To summarize, we do not accept talks that gloss over details or try to deliver high-level knowledge without covering depth. Talks have to be backed with real insights and experiences for the content to be useful to participants.

Passes for speakers:

Confirmed speakers receive a pass to the conference. We do not provide free passes for speakers’ colleagues and spouses. Please do not ask us for these.

Travel grants for outstation speakers:

Travel grants are available for international and domestic speakers. We evaluate each case on its merits, giving preference to women, people of non-binary gender, and Africans. If you require a grant, request it when you submit your proposal in the field where you add your location.
Logistics conference is funded through ticket purchases and sponsorships; travel grant budgets vary.

Last date for submitting proposals is: 20 September 2018

You must submit the following details along with your proposal, or within 10 days of submission:

  1. Draft slides, mind map or a textual description detailing the structure and content of your talk.
  2. Link to a self-recorded, two-minute preview video, where you explain what your talk is about, and the key takeaways for participants. This preview video helps conference editors understand the lucidity of your thoughts and how invested you are in presenting insights beyond the solution you have built, or your use case. Please note that the preview video should be submitted irrespective of whether you have spoken at HasGeek conferences in the past.

Contact details:

For more information about the conference, sponsorships, or any other information contact or call 7676332020.

Hosted by

The Fifth Elephant - known as one of the best data science and Machine Learning conference in Asia - has transitioned into a year-round forum for conversations about data and ML engineering; data science in production; data security and privacy practices. more

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Pranay Prateek

Can Blockchains solve the issues of trust in Supply Chain?

I will talk about issues with application of blockchain in supply chain and what are the key factors to be kept in mind when implementing such systems. more
  • Rejected
  • 01 Aug 2018
Crisp talk Intermediate

Jayaram Kasi

Using Visualizations for addressing fleet management problems

Fleet managers/Logistics planners have a lot of day-to-day tasks and decision points. In this brief talk, I want to discuss problems faced by logistics planners, try to break it down into essential features, and discuss some of the ways in which we approach that problem, with solutions. more
  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 07 Sep 2018
Crisp talk Intermediate

Pankaj Risbood

Quantifying Driving Risk

Every year over 1.3M people die on roads. In recent years the fatality and collisions rates have only gone up, reversing a several decade long downward trend. So even while cars are becoming safer, this recent increase is largely attributed to distraction caused by use of mobile phones while driving. more
  • Under evaluation
  • 19 Sep 2018
Full talk Beginner

Dr Amit Garg

Impact of Routing, Mode Selection and Fleet Decision in Optimizing Supply Chain Logistics

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  • Under evaluation
  • 19 Sep 2018
Full talk Intermediate

Rahul Jain

Sales fleet transformation and optimisation

Sales fleet permanent journey planning is a standard practice for industries that utilise a push sales model. The decision making process involves assignment of a set of outlets/stores to salesman to visit on a particular day. The job of the salesman is to cover all outlets in the designated time, and maximise sales. Although, sales fleet management has seen a number of automation solutions, almo… more
  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 20 Sep 2018
Full talk Intermediate

Divya Choudhary

From an archived data field to GOJEK’s world class product feature for customer-experience

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  • Under evaluation
  • 21 Sep 2018
Full talk Intermediate

Divya Choudhary

Daily Run Sheet is not a daily manual work anymore

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  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 23 Sep 2018
Crisp talk Intermediate

Arpit Agarwal

Revenue Maximisation from PEDL trips using Network Analysis and Geospatial Mapping

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  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 27 Sep 2018
Full talk Intermediate

Piyush Makhija

Virtual Assistant for Hiring Last-Mile Workforce

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  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 29 Sep 2018
Full talk Intermediate

Abhishek Balaji Proposing

Sustainable transport measures for liveable Indian cities

Mobility is a major concern in many Indian cities, due to inadequate transport infrastructure, increased usage of private vehicles, traffic congestion, pollution and lack of integration between land use and transport planning thus, undermining the cities’ efforts to meet global standards of living. more
  • Submitted
  • 05 Oct 2018

Sabarinath Selvam

Solving for last mile connectivity issues and enhancing Delivery Executive and Customer experience

At Swiggy, enabling our Delivery Executives to fulfill their deliveries in a hassle free and quick manner is at the core of our objectives. In order to ensure the same, we keep a constant tab at understanding the key pain points via regular qualitative and quantitative data analysis and user-research. That’s how we found that a significant number of delivery executives were getting affected due t… more
  • Under evaluation
  • 21 Oct 2018

sunil rathee

Predicting Order Batchability

For a business looking to provide delightful user experience in the online food delivery space, it is paramount important to meet the promises. This talk will be mainly focusing on the time compliant deliveries at high demand and demonstrates how not meeting the promises effect the business in the short or long run in terms of Churn, Repeat, Net Promoter Score(NPS), etc. We will discuss about the… more
  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 20 Oct 2018
Crisp talk Intermediate

Aditya Madan

Perfect grocery deliveries: Solving location problem of India

This session will talk about maximizing customer experience for grocery delivery use case using automated route planning powered by geo-coding engine more
  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 15 Oct 2018

Senthil M

Supply Chain - Network Intelligence & Orchestration

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  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 16 Oct 2018
Crisp talk Intermediate

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  • Submitted
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  • Submitted
  • 15 Oct 2018

Vaibhav Khandelwal

Product development for fleet management

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  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 21 Nov 2018
Full talk Intermediate

Hosted by

The Fifth Elephant - known as one of the best data science and Machine Learning conference in Asia - has transitioned into a year-round forum for conversations about data and ML engineering; data science in production; data security and privacy practices. more