BengaluruITE.biz 2016 ends on high note with focus on Startups and Innovation

Bengaluru, 30th November, 2016: The 19th edition of Karnataka’s flagship programme, BengaluruITE.biz concluded amid applause and accolades from exhibitors, delegates and participants alike. The action continued unabated with the day seeing varied topics in discussion, awards handed out and launches announced.

“We are overwhelmed by the response that we have received towards BengaluruITE.biz. The true test was in the experience that people would share, and we are delighted that people have appreciated the work and theme that has driven the event this year. This interaction between the Government, corporates, entrepreneurs and international delegates is a critical one; it is this coming together that will ultimately provide sustainable solutions for the city, the State, the country and indeed the very future. We are committed to taking the feedback that we have received and will look at collaborative initiatives wherever feasible to ensure that the momentum that has been set in motion is maintained. We are grateful to everyone that has shown support and hope to turn each association into a long and mutually beneficial one”, said Mr. Priyank Kharge, Minister for IT, BT and Tourism, Government of Karnataka. The day began with a keynote address by Mr. Swarna Subba Rao, Surveyor General of India and Mr. Malcolm Havercroft, Director – Operations, Ordnance Survey International on spatial technologies in Governance and Development. Mr. Rao spoke about the need for design and innovation and the need for more applications to be driven by design. The panel that followed defined the next in GIS and the need for policy to drive that innovation to fruition. The K-GIS programme mandates the inter-sharing of geospatial data between multiple departments of Karnataka and also the public for various planning and developmental needs. The first phase pf K-GIS launched today integrates a huge amount of geographical layers with the government’s existing data. Departments like Education, Health, Backward Classes, Agriculture and Horticulture among others can use this data to aid their decision making process.

As part of K-GIS, KSRSAC has mapped more than three lakhdepartmental assets in the last few months. Also, a web portal with uniquedepartment-specific mobile applications has been developed by KSRSAC. In thenext stage, it proposes to focus on developing master plans for urbanizedpockets in the State and to monitor the conversion of land from non-urban tourban in a systematic and scientific manner. Also, a decision support systemfor land capability and crop suitability advisory will be developed.

The next frontier in tech innovations took over in the nextsession with a keynote talk by Mr. Hari Menon, Co-Founder & CEO, Bigbasket.Mr. Menon talked about the use of technology in delivering value to customers.Innovation, he said, was critical to every aspect of the businesses and talkedabout how innovation in processes led to lesser lead time between acquiring theproduce to delivering it to the customer’s doorstep. The use of technologyacross the supply chain also ensured lower perishability in the farm to forkprocess. The panel discussion that followed was moderated by Mr. NaganandDoraswamy, President TIE Bangalore, Founder MD & CEO, Idea Springs Capital,and had Mr. Shashank N.D, Founder, Practo, Mr. Gaurav Hinduja, Co-Founder,Capital Float and Mr. Rahul Narayan, Team Lead, Axiom Research Labscontributing to the discussion.

The session on Design Impact, moderated by Ms. SoniaManchanda, Founding Partner, Spread Design & Learning dwelled on how bigand small companies are leveraging design and technology to define the next bymarrying technology and design to redefine design paradigms that can open up awhole new world of possibilities.

The Design Impact session was followed by Design Hacks, aseries of presentations by innovative startup leaders who despite being fromtech startups have followed their passion for design to create meaningfulinnovations. The panel included Mr. Somnath Meher, Founder, Wit Works, Mr.Satish Kannan, CEO & Co-Founder, DocsApp, Mr. Vivek Rajkumar, Co-Founder& CEO, Airwood and Mr. Sandeep Ravula, Head Business Development, HugInnovation.

An investor panel on Funding for Tech Startups includedeminent leaders like Mr. Rishad Premji, Chief Strategy Officer, Wipro, Mr.Samir Kumar, MD Inventus Advisors, Mr. G.V. Ravishankar, MD, Sequoia Capitaland was moderated by Mr. Sanjay Anandaram, Venture Partner, Seedfund. Amongother things, the panel talked about two ends of the spectrum – on the onehand, startups that want to work with corporates should first gain anunderstanding of what corporate business units need and on the other,corporates must begin to recognize and respect that innovation comes from thesevery startups.

A series of interesting presentations were made by young andnew entrepreneurs under the aegis of Startup Karnataka YESSS. A forum thatprovides young entrepreneurs looking for partnerships, collaborations,investments and mentoring, YESSS has been providing opportunities forinnovative ideas to blossom into a complete growth plan. Of the 136applications received this year, the six that were selected and presented atthe event were Arjun Pratap, CEO, AVR Edge Networks, Anjan Kumar, Co-Founder,Greendzine, Priya Randolph, Co-Founder & MD, Initcodes, Bipin Chandra, CEO& Director, Esya Soft Technologies, Nikhil Jois, Co-Founder & CEO,Eventosaur and Kumaraswamy Kariyappa, MD, Aiddition Technologies.

The evening concluded in grand style with the first everStartup Karnataka Top Tech 25 Awards being held at the BengaluruITE.biz 2016.The awards are constituted to recognize promising startups of Karnataka, withan aim to encouraging more entrepreneurship in tier two and three cities of theState. With over a 100 nominations received, 25 awards were handed out acrossfive categories including IT/ITES, ESDM (Electronic System Design &Manufacturing), AVGC (Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics), Biotechnology,Pharma & Life Sciences and Social Inclusions.  


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