2015 – a resounding success

Outlines the future of a truly connected India

The 18th edition of Karnatakas premier IT summit, reached the end of its three-day marathon on IT and technology today. Organized by the Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka, along with STPI-Bangalore, took place from December 8-10, 2015 at the Lalit Ashok, Bangalore

The conference with its theme “Fueling Growth through Disruptive Innovation was addressed by over 100 speakers across 20 sessions with over 1500 delegates. The Expo had showcase of STPI Pavilion, NASSCOM Start-Ups Pavilion, ELCIA Pavilion, Karnataka Showcase of Initiatives in IT, Electronics, Skills and GIS and leaders in IT industry with over 5000 Visitors to the exhibition.

The highlight programs included YESSS program for Start-Ups, STPI IT Export Awards, Code for Karnataka – GoK – Mobile 10X Appathon, SKILL CONCLAVE, Smart City Workshop, Internet of Things ( IoT) , Karnataka GIS, Ease of Doing Business, AVGC and New Media and many more conducted in collaboration with NASSCOM, IESA, ABAI, including the INK Salon.

The event across 3 days had presence of leaders from INTEL, IBM, INFOSYS, TCS, GOOGLE, Microsoft, WIPRO, CISCO, HPENTERPRISES, TEXAS Instruments, Nokia, ESRI, Oracle, Robert Bosch, Tech Mahindra, Samsung, KPMG, SAP, Dreamworks, ZYNGA, ACER, C-Dot , and many more. The participation of Chief Secretary and various Department heads covering Excise, Education, Development, Infrastructure, Skills, Labour and Employment, Industries and Commerce and many more demonstrated the key engagement between Government and Industries.

With the conclusion of 18th Edition on high note, the Next edition of Bangalore was announced and would be held between November 9-11, 2016.

Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-Founder, Infosys Ltd. Chairman, Karnatakas Vision Group on Information Technology, said, BangaloreITE.BIZ is the opportunity to showcase the best in Karnataka & the best in India on the IT Industry. This years focus has been on disruptive innovation, showcase new ideas and new companies. The participation has been terrific, energy is high and people are enjoying. We have created a great platform for the Industry. The unique feature of this event is active participation all the leading Industry associations from across sectors like IT, Hardware, ESDM, AVGC, GIS and many more.

Ms. V. Manjula Principal Secretary, IAS, Dept of IT, BT and S&T, Speaking on the occasion, highlighted the need for skill development, especially in the countrys manufacturing sector. She highlighted the various features of State Government New Start-Up Policy which aims at developing complete ecosystem to strengthen the start-up culture aimed at making Bangalore the Global Start-Up Destination and take this culture to Tier II and Tier III cities.

Day 3 highlights:

The third day of the event kicked off with a session on Bangalore being at the forefront of animation, VFX and gaming industry in India. The speakers for this session included Mr. Adi Shayan, Studio Head, Dreamworks Dedicated Unit, Bangalore & Secretary ABAI, Maltesh Mattennnavar, Asset Supervisor, Rockstar Dedicated Unit, Vamsi Ayyagari, General Manager, MPIC & Damien De Forberville, General Manager, DreamWorks Dedicated Unit. They focused on how Bangalore has become a hub of gaming with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Moving Picture Company, Technicolor, and DreamWorks Animation setting up operations here. The session threw light on emerging areas of the industry such as twitch, augmented reality and video on demand.

The speakers opined that while Bangalore has come a long way in the global animation arena, the front-end work is still being done in Hollywood since there is paucity in local scripting and designing talents despite strong engineering capacities.

The other session revolved around the topic of ease of doing business in Karnataka. Speakers such as Mr. Nitin Kunkolienker, Vice President, MAIT, Ms. V. Manjula, IAS, Principal Secretary Dept. of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka, Mr. S.R. Vijay Shankar, VP, Intel and Chairman, Southern Region, MAIT and Dr. Ravindra A., IAS (Retd.), Former Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka, delved deep into topics like how the investment climate is changing in India, confusion around GST and the disconnect between central & state Government around these issues.

Tanusree Deb Barma, Director, IT, BT and Managing Director KBITS, Government of Karnataka, shed light on the agreement between the governments of Karnataka and Telangana to work with MAIT and advocate with Government of India to implement policies on exports and taxation. She pointed out that Karnataka is spearheading in ESDM and IT sector in the country with the Government of Karnataka agreeing to set up ESDM clusters with an investment of Rs 30 crores in Mysore and Rs 100 crores investment in Bangalore. The testing facility at Mysore is expected to be ready in the next year.

The second session focused on reasonable taxation as one of the top priorities of doing business in Karnataka. The speakers Nagendra Kumar, IRS, Prinicipal ADG, Directorate of Central Excise Intelligence, Bangalore Zone and Milind Joglekar, Head Taxation (India Region), Birla 3M pointed out that the central and state governments have been working together to bring out a better GST law to ensure uniformity in taxation. For instance, in a transaction between 2 taxable entities, the taxation front should remain business neutral. Milind Joglekar, further talked about the phasing out of CST, a process initiated in 2006. Between 2006-2008 a consensus was reached to reduce the CST from 3% to 2%.

With its focus sharply on cutting-edge innovation, nurturing entrepreneurship and knowledge sharing in the domain of IT and technology, 2015 saw incredible participation and social engagement throughout the three days.

Appathon Contest:

The Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka, alongside Mobile 10X (An IAMAI initiative) conducted an invitational Appathon that set the stage for all the mobile developers across the country to come and show-case their skills. The event presented a unique opportunity for the government departments and developers to work hand in hand for the benefit of the society. The objective was to come up with solutions on the five selected themes- Engage, Inform & Educate the Job Seeker (Department of Employment& Training), Clean Cities for Swachh Bharat (Department of Municipal Administration), Easy Reporting & Verification of Accident FIR (Department of Urban Land Transport), Make Karnataka a Child Labor Free zone (Department of Labor) and Easy Complaints Reporting and Redressal System (Department of Municipal Administration).

The best 25 of the app developer teams was selected based on an offline Appathon and secured the opportunity to hack their way through in a 8 hour challenge on 9th of December at the Lalit Ashok Hotel and Grand Finale took place on the 10th Dec. The event drawn attention from audience who are potential recruiters, venture funds and senior government officials from across the country. Theone Coders emerged as winner & Eswaras as runner up in Grande Finale of Appathon event. A total of Rs 3.5 Lac prize money was distributed to winners selected a jury consisting of industry players and related Government department representatives: Sunil Rao, Country Head, Developer Relations, Google India, Vivekananda Pani, Co-Founder, REVERIE, Ashay Padwal, Founder, VSERV and Principal Secretary, Dept of IT, BT and S&T, Ms. V. Manjula S. Girish, Deputy Commissioner of Police, J Manjunath, IAS, Chandrashekar Karri, Government of Karnataka a jury consisting of industry players and related Govt department representatives. The selected winners will also get an opportunity to closely work with the Government to take the winning idea to a Pilot stage.

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