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24th Bengaluru Tech Summit Flags Off in Hybrid Style

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The 24th edition of the ‘Bengaluru Tech Summit’ themed ‘Driving The Next’ flagged off in hybrid style highlights the role of digital and technological innovations that cater to the growth of multiple sectors in the post-pandemic world.

Inaugurated by Shri.Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Vice President, India, boosting innovation and international engagements in the country is the main focus of BTS 2021, which is a three day event scheduled from November 17th to 19th this month.

This year the tech summit brings new features such as India USA Tech Conclave, India Innovation Alliance, Bengaluru Next - Leadership Conclave and Startup Conclave, and a showcase of Science Gallery.

India continues to be a hub of talent, with promising potential for multinational companies in a variety of industries. The exponential rise of India's biotechnology, technology, information technology, and startup ecosystems is a major driver of innovation and development. In this regard, the India-US Tech Conclave, the India Innovation Alliance, and the Global Innovation Alliance will all be part of the current conference to advance narratives and prospects in the field.

“Given the COVID-19 pandemic, digital transformation is now happening at an accelerated pace, making initiatives such as ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ more important than ever before”, remarked B.S Yediyurappa, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Karnataka

"Since India's primary principle is to share and care, we should truly offer our knowledge, experiences, and new ideas and innovations. Everything should be geared toward people's enjoyment, and that should be the ultimate goal”, said Naidu.

Multitrack Conferences, International Exhibitions, Global Innovation Alliance, Startup Focus, National Rural IT Quiz, BioQuiz, Biotech Posters, STPI IT Export Awards, Smart Bio Awards, and Startup Unicorn Felicitations will be among the highlights of the three-day summit.

Day one events included IT, startups, biotech and GIA with plenary talks presided by Martin Schroeter, Chairman and CEO, Kyndryl, and Dr. Venki Ramakrishnan, Nobel Laureate, Group Leader, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology Past President, The Royal Society.

The first event under IT held four sessions revolving around themes namely Harnessing Global Innovation, Hybrid Multi-Cloud, ESG opportunities as well as 5G and Edge Computing. Leaders and subject matter experts from VMWare, Goldman Sachs, Bosch, Philips, Cisco, Kyndryl India, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, Jeena and Co. Pvt. Ltd. CDPQ Global, Capco, Adani Group, Airtel Business, Telstra, Vistara TATA SIA Airlines Ltd., and Virescent Infrastructure participated in the sessions.

Soon followed by the second event, Startups, which also involved four sessions that focused on themes such as Women Entrepreneurship, the Future of Fintech, Beyond Venture Capital and the EdTech Boom. The housed the presence of Portea, Medical, SUGAR Cosmetics, Sequoia Capital, Razorpay, Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM), Klub, Stride Ventures, Alteria Capital, Chamaeleon, Sylvant Advisors, Simplilearn, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Venture Highway LLP and 1BRIDGE.

The next event, Biotech, conducted five sessions centering on themes such as Re-Igniting Innovation in Indian Life Sciences, Moderna & mRNA Technologies in Conceiving Vaccines, Investing Nextgen Medtech & Diagnostics, Creating Transformative Gene-based Medicines for Serious Diseases using CRISPR and Gene-Editing on Centrestage in Crop Regeneration, Therapeutics, Precision Bioscience & Environment Protection.

Dr. Robert Langer, Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) presided over a session on Moderna & mRNA Technologies in Vaccine Development, and Dr. Samarth Kulkarni, Chief Executive Officer, CRISPR Therapeutics spoke about Creating Transformative Gene-based Medicines for Serious Diseases Using CRISPR.

Lastly, the GIA event led panels from five countries namely Israel, Japan, Sweden, UK and Canada holding discussions on semiconductor roadmap for India, Co-creating solutions for the digital world and a sustainable future and accelerating technology and innovation.

Guests of Honor were Shri. Scott Morrison, Hon'ble Prime Minister of Australia, Shri. Naftali Bennett, Hon'ble Prime Minister of Israel, and Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Hon'ble Governor of Karnataka, who attended the inauguration ceremony.

Commenting on the occasion, Morrison expressed that, “together, we’re working to bolster supply chain security, advance the deployment of secure 5G and beyond-5G networks, to combat cyber threats, and secure our critical infrastructure, and much more”.

"Since India's primary principle is to share and care, we should truly offer our knowledge, experiences, and new ideas and innovations. Everything should be geared toward people's enjoyment, and that should be the ultimate goal”, said Naidu.

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