It is important to ensure that the lives and livelihood of people continues. To manage and overcome the challenge, it is important that more sectors are provided with better technological solutions. A tech summit is more relevant in covid-19 times when everything has become virtual. The summit itself is being held completely on a virtual platform.
Was there a challenge in organising it virtually?
There were not many challenges in organising the summit. Moreover, people have become used to virtual platforms due to the pandemic. It has become a way of life now. From e-commerce to e-governance and health to education, all spheres have gone online have nowadays.
What is the theme of the summit this year?
The theme is of summit is Next is Now with a focus on emerging and disruptive technology. We are coming out with solutions that will enable us to face real challenges and make it more efficient and affordable.
How has the response this been this time?
The response is positive. We have 25 participating countries compared to 20 in 2019. The enthusiasm shown by the participant countries and companies forced us to have a separate session on Global Innovation Alliances to forge partnerships in various sectors.
Are you confident of attracting investments?
It is a question of one willing to do business. We need to provide a platform. It is always mutually beneficial to expand the market in places with huge potential. We are providing an ecosystem that would help trigger a lot of ideas and businesses.
At the end of three days what do you expect from the BTS?
Time and again we have shown that we mean business and want to move ahead despite all problems. The who is who of the world’s technology companies are taking part in the summit. We will scale up technology use in the government in the coming days in all sectors to ensure efficient and cost-effective services. The government, during the pandemic, has embraced technology in a big way.
Do you think the BTS will boost the IT sector?
Yes. Close to 25 per cent of our GSDP is from the IT sector. And we are confident that the sector will get to work with new ideas and businesses and boost the economy as a whole.
The efforts of the government to take technology investments beyond Bengaluru seems to have failed. How will the summit address this issue?
This time, we are coming out with a whitepaper to lure investments in tier two and three cities. We are also focusing on encouraging local entrepreneurs to set up companies and come out with solutions for local businesses and problems. A task force has been set up with BV Naidu as chairman.