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Times Network’s Digital India Summit and Awards in New Delhi today

Union minister for communications and information technology, Ravi Shanker Prasad will deliver the keynote address

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | March 22, 2016

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The Times Network’s, second Digital India Summit and Awards 2016 ceremony takes place at Taj Palace in New Delhi today (Tuesday, March 22). Union Minister for communications and information technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, will be the chief guest at the event. He will also deliver the keynote address at the conclave.

Some of the most important architects of India’s digital revolution are expected to congregate for the all-day event, to take a close look at the progress of Digital India. Minister of state for information and broadcasting, Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, will give a special address. The Guest of Honour and Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), R. S. Sharma, will give away the awards.

The Good For India awards will have smart city solutions in seven categories, including e-governance solutions, e-education learning solutions, e-healthcare delivery solutions, skills and employment solutions, energy solutions, environment solutions and agricultural solutions. The Good For Organizations awards will be given away for four categories of digital enterprise - manufacturing, services, digital start-up innovators and digital social innovation.

The jury for the awards include Aruna Jayanthi, CEO, Capgemini, R. Chandrasekhar, President, Nasscom, Kiran Karnik, Chairman, CII’s National Committee, Telecom and Broadband and Shinjini Kumar, CEO, Payments Bank, Paytm. Also among the members of the jury will be Joy Chakraborty, COO, P. D. Hinduja Hospital and Ashutosh Jain, Chief Information Security Officer, Axis Bank. The jury has judged the award entries in a daylong session. E&Y is the process partner for the awards.

Panels at the conclave

Delivering on Digital India Dream: The Story So Far:

Participants on the panel will be Arvind Gupta, National Head, BJP, IT Cell; Amit Midha, President, Dell Asia Pacific and Japan and Chairman, Dell Emerging Markets; Noshir Kaka, MD, McKinsey India; Amit Jain, CEO, Uber India; Satyan Gajwani, Managing Director, Times Internet Ltd., R. Chandrasekhar, President, Nasscom; Karl Mehta, Founder and CEO Edcast; Joe So, Global CTO Enterprise Business Group, Huawei. The panel will focus on where digital India stands and the key government initiatives under the Digital India initiative.

Building A Digital Economy:

The speakers at this session include Arun Tiwari, Chairman and MD, Union Bank of India; Ravinder Pal Singh, Director Solutions Strategy & Biz Development, Dell; Sandeep Aurora, Director, Marketing and Market Development, Intel South Asia; Milind Bengali, Chief Operating Officer, Business Operations, GTL Infrastructure Ltd; Chandan Kumar, Director, Marketing and Integrated Solutions, Huawei Telecommunications India Pvt. Ltd. and Jagdish Mitra, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Head Growth Factories, Tech Mahindra. The panel will discuss the roadmap to change India’s future and throw light on India’s digital population.

Digital India – Developing Digital Entrepreneurs:

The topic will be explored by eminent speakers like Ravi Gururaj, Chairman, Founder and CEO, QikPod and Nasscom Product Council; Sharad Sharma, Co-Founder, iSpirt; Saurabh Srivastava, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder, Indian Angel Network; Kavin Bharti Mittal, Founder and CEO, Hike Messenger; Sanjeev Aggarwal, Founder, Helion Ventures; Sanjay Sethi, Founder and CEO, ShopClues and Mahesh Murthy, Founder and Co-Founder, Pinstorm and Seedfund. The panelists will discuss how the internet was enabling entrepreneurs to tap the big Indian e-commerce opportunity.

Making India an Electronics Manufacturing Hub:

Participants in this session will include thought leaders like Ajai Chowdhry, Chairman, Electronics Sector Skills Council of India; Sudhir Hasija, Chairman, Karbonn; Nitin Kunkolienkar, VP and Director, MAIT and Smartlink; Sunil Vachani, CMD, Dixon Technologies and Murali Arikara, Executive Director, Essential Energy India Pvt. Ltd. They will discuss issues like the recent developments in and incentives for the electronics industry and the challenges ahead.

Developing Digital Workforce:

On the panel will be experts like Rahul Patwardhan, CEO, NIIT; Shrikant Sinha, CEO, Nasscom Foundation; Raj Raghavan, HR Head, Amazon India; Prithvi Shergill, Global HR, HCL Tech; Raja Sekhar Reddy, Director and Chief Operating Officer, Innovsource Private Limited; Ashok Reddy, Co-Founder, Teamlease and Vivek Madhukar, Chief Operating Officer, Times Business Solutions. The discussion will revolve around how critical the skilled workforce of the digital India mission was and examine the Union Government’s measures to enhance digital literacy in the country.

Huawei is the lead partner for the summit and awards, along with GTL Infrastructure and Union Bank of India. The recruitment partner of the summit is Times Jobs. The digital partner of the Times Digital Summit is Tech Mahindra, while Western Digital is digital storage partner. The knowledge partner of the event is MAIT and the tech4good partner is the Nasscom Foundation, while FICCI is the exclusive chamber partner.

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