The Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM) in association with the Department of Science & Technology of India (DST), GoI, Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM) has launched the 2nd edition of its unique digital platform – SMARTecIndia 2021 from December 3 – 15, 2021.
The 12-day event is set to reach out to the industry at an international level and showcase the strengths, growth, and potential of the Indian Industry on a global platform.
N. Ashwath Narayan, Hon’ble Minister of Electronics, IT, BT, and S&T, and minister for Higher Education, Skill Development, Government of Karnataka said “I welcome ASSOCHAM and SMARTecIndia Initiative to Bengaluru with a promise of wholeheartedly supporting their vision and contribution to the growth of the digital industry. The optimistic attitude of the world towards India is very encouraging and Karnataka has a huge role to play in this development. Under the Hon’ble Prime Miniter’s able guidance and leadership, we are very happy to create and promote a platform for technology and the role it has played across industries, especially in education, finance. The pandemic presented us with a unique opportunity and I am proud to say that Karnataka was at the helm of upskilling and bridging the gap by adopting technology effectively. I believe that to connect with the society, system, industry alike, education and technology plays a huge role and a robust system has helped us navigate through these trying times despite geographical limitations, language barriers to transform the world “
“In the state of Karnataka, we are willing to support the requirement of the industry in the terms of the skilled manpower“, he added.
Speaking on the occasion of the announcement, BV Naidu, Chairman, The SMARTecIndia Initiative 2021 and Chairman, Karnataka Digital Economy Mission said, “It gives me immense pleasure to be at the SMARTecIndia Initiative inaugural session today. Our country has become the largest technology hub with 60,000 startups and India has the youngest start-up founders with an average age of 28. Further of all the 85 unicorns in India, 40-50% come from Bangalore and of the 195 soonicorns in India, 85% are coming from Bangalore. This is a contributing factor in the country’s growth rate as India is racing to become the fastest growing economy in the world and we are on the right path to realizing our Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of a 5 trillion dollar economy and a 1 trillion dollar digital economy. I am sure Karnataka will significantly contribute to this vision with platforms such as SMARTecIndia Initiative, Beyond Bengaluru and such accelerating events.
Speaking of Karnataka’s roaring contribution to the country’s digital economy, Sanjeev Gupta, CEO, Karnataka Digital Economy Mission, called upon the participants to leverage the SMARTecIndia Initiative that will witness more than 10,000 technology professionals participating. He emphasized the need for solving tomorrow’s tech problems today by putting the right digital innovations in place today. He also lauded the hon’ble minister C. N. Ashwath Narayan’s vision of ‘Beyond Bangalore’ which is based on the premise of creating emerging cities beyond Bangalore and the need for nourishing such cities for technology and digital economy.”
The event converged around the vision of recognizing the significance of smart technology in businesses and lives post-pandemic, the largest Smart Technology Convention platform in Asia was inaugurated at The Lalit Ashok, Bengaluru by a welcome address from Sanjeev Gupta, CEO, Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM).
The Guest of Honour C.N. Ashwath Narayan, Hon’ble Minister for Electronics, IT, Bt and S&T, Higher Education, Skill Development, Entrepreneurship & Livelihood, Government of Karnataka, addressed the audience on Bangalore being the Gateway in Global Tech Advancements along with the state’s contribution to the country’s digital economy and growth.
Among others to address the inaugural session of this prestigious event were Sindhu Gangadharan, SVP & MD, SAP Labs India & Head, AP User Enablement, Rajesh Agrawal, Hon’ble Deputy Mayor of London for Business, UK, Takashi Suzuki, Director General, Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) and Omkar Rai, Director General, Software Technology Parks of India.