- Government of Karnataka is planning to set up a Talent Accelerator-
- Government working towards setting up a Karnataka Technology Development Board (KTDB) –
- Delegates release booklet on ELEVATE – Gateway to Success-
- Scintillating performance by Renowned Indian Folk Artiste Raghu Dixit –
- The next edition of Bengaluru Tech Summit is scheduled to be held between 18th and 20th November 2020.-
Bengaluru 20 November 2019: Bengaluru Tech Summit 2019, the three day technology and innovation extravaganza drew to a close today. The summit witnessed 4 Plenary Sessions and 44 Sessions on IT,BT and Global Innovation Alliance (GIA) and startups. The summit had 262 Speakers, 248 exhibitors and had over 15,000 footfalls including delegates speakers, exhibitors, invitees and business visitors. The National Rural IT Quiz and Bio Quiz formed an integral part of the summit. The summit witnessed the presentation of the STPI Export Awards on the first day, Smart Bio Awards on the second day and Bengaluru Impact awards on the final day. A highlight of the summit was the Robotics Competition – R2- RoboRecharge Robotic Premier League where 120 children from schools in Bengaluru, Hosur and Andhra Pradesh. The summit witnessed 150 scheduled B2B meetings amongst national and international participations. Workshops at the summit were conducted by Accel Partners, NASSCOM and KITS. For the first time Bengaluru Skill Summit 2019 was inaugurated at BTS.
The State finals of the Bio Quiz was held today, with six colleges vying for top honours. The finalists included Ayushi Agarwal and Utsav Meswani from Manipal Institute of Technology, Udupi; Anusha Kawatal and Amrut Bhat from Basaveshwara Engineering College, Dharwad; Sayeeswar Anorutho P K and Aneesh Kalkur from SJCE College of Engineering, Mysore; Vishnu Sreekara Bhat K and Mohammed Shabaz from DVS College of Arts and Science, Shivamogga, Savin Leroy D'Souza and Sharvin Fernandes from St. Aloysius College, Mangaluru and Aditi Lakshmi and Varsha Bhat from PES University, Bengaluru. It was a closely fought five round contest with Bengaluru taking the lead until the penultimate question of the quiz, where the contestants were penalized for a wrong answer. This put all five teams except that of Shivamogga, who bowed out of the contest without scoring, at an equal score of 75 each. Students from SJCE College of Engineering, Mysore took top honours in the rapid fire round followed by Basaveshwara Engineering College, Dharwad. Manipal Institute of Technology, Udupi finished third. Teams won a cash award of Rs. 75,000, Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 25,000 respectively.
During the day, the Hon. Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. C N Ashwath Narayan announced the setting up of more than 4000 wifi hotspots to provide high speed internet connectivity across Bengaluru city. "Installation of wifi has been a long standing demand of the city. ACT has approached the State Government with a request to provide free internet service as a social service. Everyday wifi will be freely available to the people of Bengaluru for a minimum of one hour. In addition to wifi towers there will be provision for cameras and whatever is required for smart city management. We are planning to cover 800 kilometers across Bengaluru City with access to high speed internet connectivity. As per the legal framework and formalities, the Department of Urban Development and BBMP will work towards assisting ACT with the installation. The process of installation will take around nine months after the required final approvals."
Elaborating on the Bengaluru Impact Awards, Dr. E V Ramana Reddy, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka said, "The Government of Karnataka has set up the Bengaluru Impact Awards for the first time in the State and would be honouring 9 unicorns of the 27 in India, who are from Bengaluru. The awards have been instituted to acknowledge these unicorns who have placed Bengaluru on the global map. Bengaluru Impact Award winners included Shri. Sachin Bansal of Flipkart, Shri. Hari Menon of BigBasket, Shri. Bhavish Aggarwal of Ola Cabs, Shri. Naveen Tiwari of InMobi, Shri. Nandan Reddy of Swiggy, Shri. Shiraj Rajaram of Mu Sigma, Shri. Pranay Chulet of Quickr, Shri. Byju Raveendran of BYJU's and Shri. Sujeet Kumar of Udaan."
As part of the Department's Global Innovation Alliances Market Access Program (GIAMAP), The Hague Business Agency and HCL, announced a call for applications for the Soft Landing Challenge during Bengaluru Tech Summit yesterday. Kaizen Secure Voiz PvtLtd, a startup active in the field of voice biometrics across various industries was selected for the program. They were selected for creating great impact through their solutions, focusing on the top sectors of The Hague like Cyber Security and actively working with NGO's. Their brilliant tailored pitch on why they are the right fit for The Hague's ecosystem and a clear roadmap for their European ambitions worked in their favour.
Addressing the final session of Bengaluru Tech Summit, Dr. C N Ashwath Narayan Hon. Deputy Chief Minister, Government of Karnataka said, "Today's world is driven by innovative disruptions and it is now necessary to reform our legal processes to foster such innovation. To ensure that such innovation thrives in our State, we have come out with a Regulatory Sandbox policy. On November 9th, the Hon. Governor of Karnataka promulgated an ordinance to establish the Karnataka Innovation Authority. This Authority gives a legal framework for the formation of a regulatory sandbox in the state. This is the first sandbox without sector restrictions in the world. I am confident that this initiative will greatly accelerate job growth and boost economic sentiment in the state. Instead of meeting twice a year, all the three Vision Groups we have constituted will be meeting once a month. The Government of Karnataka is planning to set up a Talent Accelerator to address the mismatch in the quality of graduates and industry expectation. The Talent Accelerator will involve an industry-led intensive mentorship programme for high performing school and college students. The focus will be on Tier II and Tier III cities and rural areas. We are working towards changes in existing laws, including wage laws, to allow for the growth of apprenticeship in the tech industry. We are also working on the revamp and expansion of existing programmes including the New Age Incubation Networks (NAIN). We are also working towards setting up a Karnataka Technology Development Board (KTDB) to attract domestic and foreign investments to tech companies based in Karnataka and to facilitate companies in their interaction with State and municipal governments, including licensing, compliance and infrastructure-related issues."
A free-wheeling discussion on what makes Bangalore tick ranging from Bangalore's talent pool and entrepreneurship to Bangalore being India's best test market was held at the BTS today. Unicorns Shri. Bhavish Agarwal of OLA, Shri. Sachin Bansal of Flipkart, Shri. Dhiraj of Mu Sigma and Shri. Hari Menon of Big Basket had an engaging discussion with Shri. Prashant Prakash, Chairman Vision Group on Startups and Partner Accel Partners, who moderated the panel discussion on Bengaluru being an attraction for setting up companies. Bhavish Aggarwal, Co Founder and CEO-Ola Cabs said, "Bangalore has been a place where the talent required for tech is available in abundance. After China, Bangalore has been the most conducive place to work and that's why we have also been attracted to come here. A lot of startups look up to companies like Flipkart and also Indian companies like Wipro, Infosys etc all of whom have put Bangalore on the world map. Global Innovation companies too have played their role and they have also created the culture of product innovation. Bangalore has a legacy of building upon waves of talent Bangalore also has been the best test market for product launches."
Hari Menon, Co Founder and CEO – Big Basket was of the opinion that Bengaluru has the right set of customers and people for product launches. A lot has changed with the culture in Bangalore. "At one time, Bangalore was very laid back but now things have changed a lot Apart from the excellent weather, Bangalore is also a safe city and what is best about this city is the music. Some of the best bands have come here and enthralled Bangalore audiences" he said.
"Exposure that kids get today is much more than what was available earlier. However, what matters a lot is education on the job and college education is not enough. The first few years spent in the corporate world is very important for education. This city has an ecosystem of entrepreneurship and is super attractive where talent is concerned." Sachin Bansal Co-founder – Flipkart opined
Dhiraj Rajaram, Chairman and CEO MU Sigma said, "The greatness of Bangalore as a city is all about its people who are most welcoming in nature. The culture of Bangalore has to be given a lot of credit. Thanks to companies like Wipro, TCS, Cognizant, Infosys the league that propelled Bangalore and made what Bangalore is and they have played a big role. We are standing on their shoulders and it is because of these companies, we are where we are."
+ The valedictory function was presided over by H.E. Mr. Timo Harakka - Minister of Employment, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland, in the presence of Dr. Ashwath Narayan, Hon. Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka, Shri. Kris Gopalakrishnan, Chairman Vision Group on IT, Shri. Prashanth Prakash, Chairman Vision Group on Startups, Dr. E V Ramana Reddy, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka and Shri. Prashant Kumar Mishra, IAS, Director, Department of IT, BT and S&T and MD KITS. The delegates released a booklet on the Government of Karnataka's ELEVATE – IdeatoPoC Grant Scheme under Karnataka Startup Policy titled 'ELEVATE – Gateway to Success' with details of the ELEVATE 2019 winners. The grand finale included a scintillating performance by renowned Indian Folk Artiste Shri. Raghu Dixit.
In his address, "Bengaluru is truly the IT capital of India. I am proud to be participating in this event as the leader of a large Finnish delegation representing different fields of expertise from smart mobility, digitialisation and AI We are here to further boost and strengthen our excellent longstanding and diverse ties with India which is a major ecomony that is developing and digitalizing at a fast pace. Digitalisation is one of the major trends changing the society. Rapid technological advances international competition and climate change are challenging the world in a new way. There is increasing potential for circular and climate friendly solutions based on digital technologies and particularly better utilization of data. We have to aim at building a human-centric data economy." The next edition of Bengaluru Tech Summit is scheduled to be held between 18th and 20th November 2020.