2015 – Charts out the path for digital transformation

Speakers focus on Make in India and bring to life what digitization can really mean for the common man

Day 2 of the 18th edition of Bangalore, Karnataka’s landmark IT summit, raised the temperature a few notches with participation from IT industry stalwarts as well as key figures in charge of public policy. The day was dominated by thought-leadership sessions on the most relevant topics in technology and business today and delved deep into the future of digitization and entrepreneurship as well as grass roots innovation, better governance and citizen care. The premier IT and electronics event is organized by the Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka, along with STPI-Bangalore and is being held at the Lalit Ashok, Bangalore, December 8-10, 2015.

Day 2 of Bangalore comprised 10 sessions, with topics ranging from Make in India, the Internet of Things (IoT), Skill Conclave, Incubation, energizing startups & accelerating innovation in the country and ESDM. Another talking point was the deployment of geographic information systems (GIS) in Karnataka with the aim of better governance and serving business and citizens more efficiently. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. H Maheshappa, Vice Chancellor, Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belagavi. Some of the prominent key spokespersons for the day includes, Mr. Ravi Gururaj, Chairman, NASSCOM Product Conclave, Mr. P.K. Das, Director, Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) Bangalore, Ms. Shobha Mishra Ghosh, Senior Director, FICCI and Ms. V. Manjula, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT and S&T Government of Karnataka.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. V. Manjula, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT and S&T Government of Karnataka talked about the need for skill development, especially in the country’s manufacturing sector. She pointed out that while the sector now is set for a boost with large FDI inflow in areas like chemicals, automobiles, and metallurgy. Even so, capacity and quality concerns continue to plague manufacturing.

The session on energizing startups and accelerating innovation underlined the fact that enterprises need design labs, design tools, kits, and mobile experience labs to move ahead. The session also focused on the role of super high-speed connectivity in enabling business and, further urged entrepreneurs to assume social responsibilities.

Bangalore Day 2 also saw considerable deliberations around the burgeoning startup circuit in the country. Mr. Uday Disley, Investment Director, Infosys Innovation Fund, talked about Infosys setting aside a 500 million dollar fund for the benefit of startups. One half of this funding has been earmarked for India-based startups while the other half will go toward global startups. He essentially outlined how big companies have the potential to handhold startups, introduce them to existing customers and help them in expanding into newer markets and even industries.

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