Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the 25th edition of Bengaluru Tech Summit 2022, at a glittering ceremony in the presence of a galaxy of leaders from the IT, BT and start-up sectors.
The event was organized by The Department of Electronics, IT, Bt, S&T, Government of Karnataka along with Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), and is the first full-fledged on ground version of BTS post the pandemic.
The central theme of BTS this year is ‘Tech4NexGen’ and will focus on Electronics, IT, Deep Tech, Biotech, and Startups.
The inaugural ceremony was graced by the Guests of Honor H.E Mr. Petri Honkonen, Minister of Science & Culture, Finland, H.E. Mr. Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy & Remote Work Applications, United Arab Emirates, H.E. Mr. Tim Watts, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia.
The ceremony was presided over by Basavaraj S. Bommai, Chief Minister of Karnataka.
In his inaugural address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised IT professionals from Bengaluru for creating innovative technology products that helped the country navigate the tough times during the Covid-19 pandemic when all other countries were struggling.
The Prime Minister gave the example of Ayushman Bharat, one of the world’s largest insurance programs that was implemented seamlessly because of the efforts of India’s technology professionals.
Speaking on the occasion, Basavaraj S. Bommai, Chief Minister of Karnataka announced the setting up of six new cities in Karnataka to promote the growth of the knowledge and technology sectors in the state. These new cities will be developed in Kalaburagi, Hubballi-Dharwad, Mangaluru, Mysuru and Bengaluru. These cities will be well planned, high-tech and help promote IT, BT and startups. A dedicated Startup Park will be developed near the Bengaluru international airport which will be multi-modal and help promote various spheres of the startup eco-system, he said adding that the state needs to do much more for the growth of the startup industry. He had also announced that Knowledge and Technology City will be created near Bengaluru International Airport.
He further added that the government will begin work on developing these cities within the next six months. The chief minister, Bommai also called upon the leaders of the scientific world to innovate for the betterment of the human race and develop technologies to create a new healthy human being and better future for all.
Distinguished guests at the inaugural ceremony included C.N. Ashwath Narayan, Hon’ble Minister for Electronics, IT, Bt and S&T, Higher Education; Skill Development, Entrepreneurship & Livelihood, Government of Karnataka, Murugesh R. Nirani, Hon’ble Minister for Large & Medium Industries, Government of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah, Hon’ble Leader of Opposition, Karnataka Legislative Assembly, B.K. Hariprasad, Hon’ble Leader of Opposition, Karnataka Legislative Council, Martin Schroeter, Chairman & CEO, Kyndryl, Naveen Tewari, Founder & CEO, Inmobi, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairperson, Vision Group on Biotechnology, Government of Karnataka, Kris Gopalakrishnan, Chairperson, Vision Group on Information Technology, Government of Karnataka and Prashanth Prakash, Chairperson, Vision Group on Startups, Government of Karnataka.
C.N. Ashwath Narayan said the government of Karnataka has been enabling the right kind of learning and education in a big way to promote the growth of the knowledge sectors. The state government has set a target of achieving $300 billion digital economy by 2025, the share of bio technology will be $36 billion. The minister lauded the startup industry in Karnataka for achieving distinction of the first and the 100th unicorns in the country.
Also present at the event were E. V. Ramana Reddy, Additional Chief Secretary, Dept. of Electronics, IT, Bt and S&T, Government of Karnataka; and Meena Nagaraj C.N., Director, Dept. of Electronics, IT & Bt, and Managing Director, KITS, Government of Karnataka, and Arvind Kumar, Director General, Software Technology Parks of India.
The 3-day BTS2022 event will witness the coming together of global tech leaders, Indian corporates and startups from IT, Deep tech and Biotech, showcasing disruptive technologies, forging partnerships and alliances.