Saturday, January 28, 2023

The 25th edition of the grand Bengaluru Tech Summit (BTS) inaugurated at Bangalore Palace

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Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi inaugurated the 25th edition of Bengaluru Tech Summit 2022, at a grand ceremony in the presence of a galaxy of leaders from the IT, BT, and start-up sectors. The event was organized by The Department of Electronics, IT, Bt, S&T, Government of Karnataka along with Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), and is the first full-fledged on-ground version of BTS post pandemic. The central theme of BTS this year is ‘Tech4NexGen’ and will focus on Electronics, IT, Deep Tech, Biotech, and Startups.

The inaugural ceremony was graced by the Guests of Honor H.E Mr. Petri Honkonen, Minister of Science & Culture, Finland, H.E. Mr. Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy & Remote Work Applications, United Arab Emirates, H.E. Mr. Tim Watts, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia. The ceremony was presided over by Shri Basavaraj S. Bommai, Chief Minister of Karnataka.

In his inaugural address, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi praised IT professionals from Bengaluru for creating innovative technology products that helped the country navigate the tough times during the Covid-19 pandemic when all other countries were struggling. The Prime Minister gave the example of Ayushman Bharat, one of the world’s largest insurance programs that were implemented seamlessly because of the efforts of India’s technology professionals.

Karnataka to develop six new knowledge cities and a Startup Park: Speaking on the occasion, Shri Basavaraj S. Bommai, Chief Minister of Karnataka announced the setting up of six new cities in Karnataka to promote the growth of the knowledge and technology sectors in the state. These new cities will be developed in Kalaburagi, Hubballi-Dharwad, Mangaluru, Mysuru, and Bengaluru. These cities will be well planned, and high-tech and help promote IT, BT, and startups. A dedicated Startup Park will be developed near the Bengaluru international airport which will be multi-modal and help promote various spheres of the startup ecosystem, he said adding that the state needs to do much more for the growth of the startup industry. He also announced that Knowledge and Technology City will be created near Bengaluru International Airport.

Adding further that the government will begin work on developing these cities within the next six months. The chief minister, Shri. Bommai also called upon the leaders of the scientific world to innovate for the betterment of the human race and develop technologies to create a new healthy human being and a better future for all.

Distinguished guests at the inaugural ceremony included Dr. C.N. Ashwath Narayan, Hon’ble Minister for Electronics, IT, Bt and S&T, Higher Education; Skill Development, Entrepreneurship & Livelihood, Government of Karnataka, Dr. Murugesh R. Nirani, Hon’ble Minister for Large & Medium Industries, Government of Karnataka, Shri. Siddaramaiah, Hon’ble Leader of Opposition, Karnataka Legislative Assembly, Shri. B.K. Hariprasad, Hon’ble Leader of Opposition, Karnataka Legislative Council, Mr. Martin Schroeter, Chairman & CEO, Kyndryl, Shri. Naveen Tewari, Founder & CEO, Inmobi, Dr. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairperson, Vision Group on Biotechnology, Government of Karnataka, Shri Kris Gopalakrishnan, Chairperson, Vision Group on Information Technology, Government of Karnataka and Shri. Prashanth Prakash, Chairperson, Vision Group on Startups, Government of Karnataka.

The unique distinction of having first and 100th unicorns

Dr. C.N. Ashwath Narayan said the government of Karnataka has been enabling the right kind of learning and education in a big way to promote the growth of the knowledge sectors. The state government has set a target of achieving a $300 billion digital economy by 2025, and the share of biotechnology will be $36 billion. The minister lauded the startup industry in Karnataka for achieving the distinction of the first and the 100th unicorn in the country.

Also present at the event were Dr. E. V. Ramana Reddy, Additional Chief Secretary, Dept. of Electronics, IT, Bt and S&T, Government of Karnataka; and Smt. Meena Nagaraj C.N., Director, Dept. of Electronics, IT & Bt, and Managing Director, KITS, Government of Karnataka, and Shri Arvind Kumar, Director General, Software Technology Parks of India.

The 25th edition of Bengaluru Tech Summit is today an example of Karnataka’s commitment to innovation and technology, supported by nimble policies and initiatives aimed at making the state the innovation hub of India. This journey dates back to the year 1998 when Bangalore was the country’s first-ever IT-focused event hosted by a city. It was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. This was followed by the Bangalore Bio Summit in 2001, dedicated to the Biotechnology industry. Both these flagship events put the State of Karnataka on the Global map, projecting the State’s potential and contribution to the respective sectors. In the year 2017, both these flagship events were merged as Bengaluru Tech Summit.

The 3-day BTS2022 event will witness the coming together of global tech leaders, Indian corporates, and startups from IT, Deep tech, and Biotech, showcasing disruptive technologies and forging partnerships and alliances.

Highlights of BTS2022

The 25th edition of Bengaluru Tech Summit will have participants from over 30+ Countries, and 350+ Domain Experts in 70+ Sessions to be attended by 5000+ Delegates

Grand showcase of over 400 start-ups, Lab2Market display of India’s premier R&D institutes

BTS 2022 will witness India’s largest international tech exhibition with over 575 organisations participating which will see the confluence of IT & Biotech majors

BTS 2022 will host India USA Tech Conclave 2.0, and the Global Innovation Alliance (GIA)

BTS 2022 to organize Start-Up Pavilion that will have 330 exhibitors across diverse sectors

12 startup unicorns from Bengaluru who have flourished in the last year to be recognized with the Bengaluru Impact Award.

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