June 14, 2018
Bangalore Chamber of Industry & Commerce (BCIC) in association with the Depart of the IT/BT-ST, Government of Karnataka organised the BCIC Innovation Day and BCIC Inclusive Innovation Award event on the June 14, 2018 in Bangalore
The BCIC Innovation Day was conceptualised to bring in the best minds from the world of Digital Technology and share stories for us to learn about brilliant Innovations in areas such as IoT, payments tech, BlockChain, AI/ML, Immersive Experience and many more. We also had a number of sessions for the audience to understand how to create meaningful Innovation for their organisations. We had a comprehensive panel discussion talking about the present and future of AI, hosted by Sbhathra Srinivasaraghavan, Director, IBM, along with Arjun Pratap, Founder and CEO, EDGE Networks, Sumit Kothiyal, VP, Digital Transformation, Accenture and Hemalatha Bhaskar, Director at Visa.
Nitin Garg, Director, ISME, Bhawna Manchanda, Digital Advisor, Microsoft and Sugandha Srikanteswaran, Director, Automation and Cognitive Platforms, IBM shared knowledge about the art and science of creating great innovation and products. In similar vein, Krishna Durbha, Head - Cognizant Business Consulting, Communications & Media, Geeta Gurnani, Cognitive/AI Consulting Services Lead India, IBM, Bhakta Keshavachar, Founder and CTO, EzeTap, Puneet Gupta, CTO, ITC Infotech, shared insights about the recent and future trends in their respective areas of Blockchain, AI, Payments Tech and Immersive Experience. All the other speakers also shared their Innovation stories about their relevant areas.
In the later part of the day, BCIC hosted the Awards ceremony of the First BCIC Inclusive Innovation Awards – Nine winners were awarded in various categories within Social Impact and Disruptive Technologies. Key highlights are that all of them are early stage startups/innovators with fully functional products, aligned with the vision of Inclusive Innovation. We are happy that the focus on Inclusivity through promoting Women’s and Student’s Innovation are also fulfilled through the 4 awards in these categories.
With this we are proud to say we have the first big steps taken towards creating the BCIC Inclusive Innovation platform and take it forward to be a platform to support early stage innovators in Karnataka. We are thankful to our sponsors – K-Tech, Wipro, IBM, ISME, Aritic, Xoxoday, Enable India, Congnizant and New Horizon College of Engineering. The Inclusive Innovation awards are now intended to be a yearly affair in recognising Innovations across Karnataka.