The 26th Convergence India 2018 expo, co-located alongside the 2nd Internet of Things 2018 expo, closed its doors following an exceptional three days of dialogue, debate, networking and showcasing of innovative products and solutions from the world of telecom, IT, broadcast and digital media, and the Internet of Things.
The event, which welcomed 684 participating companies from 28 countries this week, and witnessed footfall of over 20,000, brought together an impressive line-up of top-level government representatives, leaders of the industry – from large corporates to young tech startups, from emerging and developed markets – along with high-level entrepreneurs, accelerators, incubators and academia.
Hosted by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and Exhibitions India Group (EIG), Convergence India and IoT India expos are supported by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Ministry of Science & Technology Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Digital India and Skill India. NASSCOM Center of Excellence – IoT co-organised the 2nd IoT India 2018 expo.
For those who walked through the show floor to evaluate and test innovative technologies on a level playing field gained insight, strategies and solutions. Through a series of conference tracks, workshops, keynotes and sessions that focused on themes that are poised to disrupt and challenge us in the near future, participants learnt about the impact new technologies will have on driving operational efficiencies and increasing revenue.
“Attending the expo helped me understand the underlying building blocks of Big Data and how to build a business on top of it,” said a participant, after attending the session on ‘Big Data – How can analytics improve your business?’
Discussions brought highly influential participants together to share views and debate how best to accelerate technological innovation, open up the digital economy, and work together to enable digital entrepreneurship as a driving force for socio-economic development.
During the session, ‘Startups – The Game Changer in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Automation,’ conducted by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Himanshu Rattan, Director, KPMG, said, “Artificial intelligence offers big opportunities for startups. We are also working with startups to study the traffic situation in India.” Referring to reports that there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020, Mr Sanjay Gupta, VP and Country Manager, NXP, said, “Our phones now have the same power like computers did 20 years ago. We will change a lot of things with the help of AI and ML. The turning point is 2020.”
“For its 26th edition Convergence India has shown continued growth in the key parameters of visitor and exhibitor numbers and exhibition space. This year, too, IoT India expo succeeded in impressing the community. Even before the expo was over, a good percentage of the trade visitors said they would take part again in 2019. The exhibiting companies take an equally positive view. Next year, we will be launching another exciting co-located event, EmbeddedTechIndia 2019 expo. Together, these three events will provide attendees and exhibitors with an opportunity to explore three areas – ICT, IoT and embedded technology – in one place. So, make plans to join us from 29-31 January 2019 as we explore new ways to advance the future of Digital India!” concluded Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group.
The Key Highlights of the Event were:
- Record footfall of over 20,000 visitor
- 684 participants from 28 countries
- 25,000 sqm of exhibit space
- 30 conference sessions and 6 workshops
- 180 speakers
- Release of knowledge papers by Frost & Sullivan and Mazars
- 27th Convergence India 2019 to be co-located with 3rd Internet of Things India 2019 expo / EmbeddedTech India 2019 expo
Skyline Communications: We are very happy with the Convergence India 2018 expo. We generated new leads especially from South India, and felt this was a wonderful platform, with plenty of opportunities to network.
ALPS Electric: We had a large audience turnout on the second day of the expo and we were able to make new connections. The platform provided us with an immense potential to network and gather more knowledge about the trends in the industry.
C-DOT: We are the Research and Development wing under the Government of India. Convergence India 2018 expo provided us the platform to showcase our innovative solutions. The conferences were really useful and provided us with valuable information about the industry.
MSTAR Seminconductor Inc: We have been attending Convergence India expo for almost 10 years now, and we are completely satisfied with the services provided by Exhibitions India Group. I am happy about the continuous efforts they make to improve the event. As we are well known for our brand, we received a very good response from the exhibition and have advanced towards closing deals.