Intel – Trilogy – Rural Cloud Initiative: Spearheading the Digital Transformation of Rural America

Network at the Edge vSummit
Release Date:
Thursday, 4th February, 2021
Venky Swaminathan, CTO, Trilogy Networks, Inc.
Nancy Shemwell, COO, Trilogy Networks, Inc.
Prakash Kartha, Segment Director, Edge Services, Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation
Guy Daniels, Director of Content, TelecomTV

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  • Sponsored by Intel
  • Sponsored by Trilogy Networks, Inc

In this session we will hear from Trilogy Network and their mission to provide 1,500,000 miles of distributed cloud support and applications across rural America. Creating an ecosystem – The Rural Cloud Initiative - with partners such as yourselves they had deployed a solution embracing Intel’s OpenNESS strategy at a national Greenery – Hurst Greenery in Westboro Mo. Come learn what they are up to, and how you can join in this enormously successful initiative.


Guy Daniels

Director of Content, TelecomTV

Nancy Shemwell

COO, Trilogy Networks, Inc.


Ms. Shemwell is currently serving as the Chief Operating Officer of Trilogy Networks, the leading provider of distributed cloud infrastructure across the United States. In her current role, Nancy is responsible for guiding the company’s ongoing growth and executing the founders’ vision to deploy 1.5 million square miles of edge compute capability across rural America, providing the essential infrastructure for 5G, Agriculture, and Energy solutions.

Prior to joining Trilogy Networks, Ms. Shemwell was COO of the IoT Community, the largest global IoT industry thought leader association.

A three-time Chief Executive Officer, she recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of entegra technologies, inc., recruited to migrate this early stage, ruggedized tablet company to provider of fully integrated portfolio of cyber security solutions for mission critical, industrial control systems (ICS). With a 20-year track record of driving high performance transformational global organizations, Ms. Shemwell has been Ranked #93 in ExecRank’s Top CSO Rankings” from 15,000 Chief Sales Officers and C-Level executives in the United States, she has also been recognized as a Finalist for 2015 D CEO M&A of the Year Award, Semi-finalist, 2018 Emerging Technology Tech Titan CEO of the Year and named a 2018 Phenomenal Women by Texas Wall Street Women.

Ms. Shemwell has previously held a variety of senior positions with global business responsibilities including assignments in Europe and North America. Her experience covers a broad spectrum of general management, sales and marketing roles in rapidly developing markets. Previous positions include that of Chief Operating Officer and owner of DataSpan, President and CEO of Multi-Link, President and CEO Jovial Test Equipment, EVP Extreme Networks, EVP at Symmetricom and a 16 year career with Nortel Networks where she held titles of President, Micom Communications Corporation (a Nortel subsidiary), Vice President Business Segments, Vice President Sales and Marketing Wiltel (Nortel’s largest enterprise distributor) and Director Marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Ms. Shemwell holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University and a Master of Science in Business Administration from Texas A&M. She was named to the VoodooVox, Inc. (VVX – TSX) Board of Directors in 2006, and the NTXRCIC in 2012. Ms. Shemwell also serves as the Chair of the entegra technologies Board of Advisors, appointed in 2018 to the Board of Advisors of IoT Communities, a 22,000-member global IoT industry association. Ms. Shemwell also serves on the Associate Board at the SMU Cox School of Business and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and Women Corporate Directors.

Prakash Kartha

Segment Director, Edge Services, Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation


Prakash leads the Edge Services segment within the Network Platforms Group in Intel, where he and team are building critical technology solutions to accelerate the next wave of Edge Computing. Prakash bring years of experience driving IoT and cloud end-user applications to the Network Edge, in partnership with the ecosystem.

Venky Swaminathan

CTO, Trilogy Networks, Inc.


Venky is an entrepreneur, problem solver, mentor and value creator. He co-founded Trilogy Networks, bringing cloud computing to the edge of the network.

As Chief Technology Officer, he architected and launched LinX, a virtualized private nation-wide network that interconnects operators, services providers and cloud platforms. He leads the design and development of the edge delivery platform.

Venky recently co-created the Rural Cloud Initiative (RCI) to accelerate the digital transformation of rural America. RCI is building a unique coalition of rural telecom companies and technology partners to bring innovative connected intelligence solutions to market.

Earlier in his career, Venky lead platform development at GetLisa Information Services providing messaging and web services to rural operators. He helped launch short code messaging that enabled interactive TV engagement and new revenue streams for operators. GetLisa was acquired by ClearSky Technologies in 2012

At Stockpoint and later Pinnacor, He launched the nation’s first interactive two-way messaging on their phones for subscribers to get real time information on news, weather and sports. Pinnacor was acquired by Marketwatch.

At Stockpoint, he led the delivery team for web scale applications and websites to deliver real time financial content for financial institutions and brokerages.

Venky is in the board of Open-IX committee, an organization working to promote open Internet exchanges across the country that will bring faster Internet to communities near the exchanges.

He believes in #GivingFirst and mentors’ entrepreneurs and advises founders on strategy, go-to market models and product-market fit.

He writes and speaks about the evolution of an automated and hyperconnected world and its impact on humankind.

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