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Bengaluru, Nov 9: The annual flagship event of Karnataka government backed by the Union government, the Bengaluru Tech Summit (BTS- 2021), which has been acclaimed to be Asia’s biggest tech festival, will be inaugurated by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu in the hybrid format on November 17.
Addressing the press meet with regard to BTS-2021 on Tuesday, Dr C N Ashwatha Narayana, Minister for Electronics, IT/BT and S&T said, the 24th edition of the event with the theme Driving The Next, will be held on four tracks of IT, BT, Start-up and Global Innovation Alliance (GIA) is likely to witness the participation of over 30 countries.
There will be over 300 speakers, 5000 plus Start-Up Attendees, over 300 Exhibitors, 20,000 plus Business Attendees and overall Digital Reach to half a million tech enthusiasts with 75 plus Conference Sessions, the minister said.
The event which rides on the mantra of `Reform, Transform and Perform’ will witness the participation of Naftali Bennett, Prime Minister of Israel, Prof Klaus Schwab, Founder and Chairman, World Economic Forum, Martin Schroeter, CEO, Kyndryl, Senior Ministers from Central and State Governments, host of International Industry Captains, Government Officials, Noble Laureates, Visionary Leaders among others, Dr Narayana said.
The Inaugural Ceremony on November 17 will be presided by Governor Thawar Gehlot with Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister of Communications, Electronics and Technology, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union Minister of State for Electronics and IT, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship will be attending.
Dr Narayana said: “The new features added this year under BTS are India USA Tech Conclave, India Innovation Alliance, BENGALURU NEXT Leadership Conclave, BENGALURU NEXT Innovators Conclave, and a showcase of Science Gallery. Besides this Multi-track Conferences, International exhibitions, Global Innovation Alliance meet, Startup focus, National Rural IT Quiz, BioQuiz, Biotech Posters, STPI IT Export Awards, Smart Bio Awards, and Startup Unicorn Felicitations will take place.”
The Electronics IT Track at BTS2021will focus on key topics like GCC, Hybrid Cloud, ESG, AI ML, 5G, Media & Entertainment, Cyber security, Global ESDM market and Skilling & Reskilling Fintech transformation.
The Biotech Track will focus on topics like Moderna and MRNA Technologies In conceiving Vaccines, Investing in Nextgen Medtech and Diagnostics, Gene-Editing, Oncology, Innovative Treatments and Biomarkers, Vaccine Equity, Showcasing India’s Vaccine Leadership, Cellular Immuno-Therapies, Latest Innovations in Cell Therapy, Secondary Agriculture and Regulatory.
The Start-Up Track will focus on topics like Women Entrepreneurship, Grass root & Social Entrepreneurship, IPO opportunities and Challenges for startups, Helping Businesses Survive, Govt Funding, Emerging Tech trends in Aerospace & Defence, EdTech, Healthcare, Electric Vehicles etc.
India US Tech Conclave will be held in association with US India Business Council. The sessions under this will be addressed by experts with East Coast focusing on Life Sciences, West Coast on Start-Ups and Mid America on IT.
India Innovation Alliance will focus on connecting various innovation clusters from different states with Karnataka. This initiative is hoped to strengthen the overall innovation ecosystem in the country.
Bengaluru Next Leadership Conclave will discuss the way forward and future for the city of Bengaluru, acclaimed to be as most dynamic. This will highlight how GCC’s will run in the post-pandemic world and how the Government can help support these Captive centres.
Bengaluru Next Innovators Conclave- will recognize and award emerging Biotech firms that have shown dynamic leadership, exciting technologies, and standout contribution in their chosen fields in biotech like Biopharma, Bio services, Agribiotech, Med-tech among others.
During this Conclave organized by the Department of Electronics, IT, BT and S&T, and Software Technology Parks of India, 22 Unicorn companies (from the state of Karnataka) which are considered as innovative disrupters and attracting FDI’s from all over the world will be felicitated.
By facilitating 22 Unicorns the government wants to encourage more home-grown companies to take the State and India global in line with the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ call by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Dr E V Ramana Reddy, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Electronics, IT, BT and S&T, S Gopalakrishnan (Kris), Chairperson, Karnataka Vision Group for IT, Dr Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairperson, Karnataka Vision Group for BT, B V Naidu Chairman, KDEM, Jitendra Chaddah, Chairperson, IT Conference Committee, BTS-2021, Dr Vijay Chandru, Chairperson, Biotech Conference Committee, BTS-2021, Ganesh Krishnan, Co-Chair, Startup Conference Committee, BTS- 2021, Meena Nagaraj C N, Director, Department of Electronics, IT & BT and MD, KITS were present.