Technology 2015 Gets Off To a Flying Start

Speakers at the 2015 hailed Karnataka to be in the leading position in regards to technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and knowledge-based sectors. The 18th edition of Karnataka’s premier IT summit – is being organized by the Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka, along with Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), Bengaluru. The event held in Bengaluru will be on till December 10, 2015.

Ms. Vanitha Narayanan MD, IBM-India and Debjani Ghosh, VP and MD, Intel South Asia delivered the keynote on the occasion. Ms. Narayanan opined that disruptive technology was not a singular entity but a confluence of different technologies and drew attention to the need to see data as a resource. Ms. Ghosh, for her part, dwelt on the dreams for India’s future powered by technology and innovation.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony,Siddaramaiah,  Chief Minister of Karnataka talked about Bangalore’s evolution as an IT and entrepreneurship hub. He pointed to how Bengaluru has gained distinction as the largest IT cluster, with over 350 of the Fortune 500 companies choosing the city as their research and development base as well as for offshore development operations. The city, today, is home to over 40% of the 1000-plus global in-house centers, comprising captive technology and business support services. The chief minister also outlined some of the factors behind Bengaluru’s tremendous success as an alternative Silicon Valley: Abundance of talent, presence of over 400 research and development centers (both in public and private sectors), a number of private higher education institutions, adoption of global education standards, and the existence of high-tech industries in manufacturing and service sectors.

At the leaders conclave ‘Building Innovation and Start-up Culture through Proactive Policies’ participants came together to discuss policy formulation with a view to accelerate the startup ecosystem in India. Discussions focused on nurturing the spirit of entrepreneurship from a young age and the need for policy reforms in view of the growing number of startups.

Meanwhile, the BangaloreITE.BIZ exhibition was inaugurated by Shri Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-Founder, Infosys Ltd. Chairman, Karnataka’s Vision Group on Information Technology, Shri R. Chandrashekhar, IAS (Retd) President, NASSCOM Former Secretary, IT & Telecommunications, Government of India and Dr. Omkar Rai, Director General, Software Technology Parks of India (STPI). Over 60 startup companies along with IT major companies participated at the BangaloreITE.BIZ exhibition.


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