The 28th Convergence India and the 6th Smart Cities India Expo 2021 had kickstarted recently with Emerging Tech Summit being held on Day 2 of the three-day event.
The event brought together government officials, industry leaders, and domain experts to discuss the role and opportunities for technology as we progress towards the ‘new normal’ era at the Emerging Tech Summit.
The opening session on ‘The Changing Landscape of Emerging Technology’ was graced by distinguished speakers including Omkar Rai, Director General, STPI; Saurabh Gaur, IAS, Joint Secretary, MeitY; Anil Kumar Jain, CEO, NIXI; Rishi Bhatnagar, President, AERIS Communication; Ankur Malhotra, Director, Mazars, India, Jim Morrish, Founding Partner, Transforma Insights; Anita Gupta, Head, NSTEDB, Ministry of Science & Technology; Anna Roy, Sr. Advisor, NITI Aayog; and Anurag Agrawal, Director, CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, along with several others, who shared their thoughts and ideas on the how technology outperformed during the pandemic and the role of emerging technologies.
While setting the tone for the session, Sharat Chandra, President, GBA India and Advisor, EarthID emphasized the need for strengthening Blockchain and CryptoCurrency in the fast-evolving digital era. Speaking at the session, Omkar Rai said, “For successful adoption and implementation of emerging technologies, it’s equally essential to introduce financial incentives to ease the transformational process, especially in Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities.”
Saurabh Gaur said, “There is a need to considerably enhance the effort to push adoption of technology across sectors. It is only possible if we have a parallel efficient system of skill development to work in the new system.”
More than ever before, during the pandemic, technology has taken center stage, and digital transformation has become the need of the hour. Continuing on the session theme, Rishi Bhatnagar said, “In this age of rapid digitization, nurturing new-age skills among the workforce is imperative for their career. Besides, continuous upskilling and reskilling are necessary to stay relevant in the future job market.”
Anna Roy said, “The government must take the driving seat to ensure policies for adoption as well as identify the sectors for the implementation of new-age technologies like Blockchain, AI and IoT, etc. A strategy document has already been put forward to promote the adoption and pilot projects under the health and agriculture sector.”
Hosted by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and Exhibitions India Group (EIG), 28th Convergence India and the 6th Smart Cities India Expo 2021 support the Government’s vision of transforming India into a digitally and sustainably empowered economy.