The curtain raiser for 20th edition of Bengaluru ITE.biz and Bengaluru India Bio was held on Monday, 24th July.  The flagship IT event stayed true to its theme “Convergence” of the information technology and biotechnology to bring about better innovation and new technologies to solve problems in Karnataka and the country.

The Minister of State for IT, BT and Tourism, Priyank Kharge launched the event and unveiled the new logo for the event. This is the first time that the event will be a mega one – encompassing two smaller events.

Among the dignitaries present, there was  Dr Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, CEO of Biocon India, Krishnakumar Natrajan, Chairman of MindTree, Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-founder of Infosys and Gaurav Gupta, Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT and Tourism.

The speakers also discussed the different themes from the main event, which will revolve around new technologies such as data science, augmented and virtual reality, internet of things, cyber security, robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Shailendra Tyagi, the Director of STPI (Software Technology Parks of India), who addressed the audience first, said, “To move up the value chain, we need to develop next generation technologies in IT and biotechnology”.

Dr Kiran Mazumdar Shaw who also spoke at the event said, “The main event in November will showcase many aspects of technology sector, because of the convergence, it won’t just be the IT sector but also the biotechnology sector and I am looking forward to this mega event.”

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw Speaking at Curtain Raiser Event Bangalore ITE.biz and Bengaluru India Bio
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw Speaking at Curtain Raiser Event Bangalore ITE.biz and Bengaluru India Bio

Speaking about the event being in Bangalore, Priyank Kharge said that the government of Karnataka is supporting new start-ups and technologies and have already funded around 80 start-ups – out of which many are run by women entrepreneurs. He said, “Bangalore has been very service sector oriented. We need to come out of our shells and start focussing on what matters more – research and development and helping start-ups. We also need to fix the void that we have in the skill sets for new technologies, therefore there are a lot of centre for excellences coming up, and some are already in place to train engineers in Bangalore and other cities in Karnataka.”

 

Launching Bangalore ITE.biz and Bengaluru India Bio which will be held in November
Launching Bangalore ITE.biz and Bengaluru India Bio which will be held in November

This event was a curtain raiser to the main event in November, which is the 20th anniversary of ITE.biz. The event will showcase more than 300 exhibitors and over 10,000 business visitors will be attending the event.

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