Launched in 1992, the Convergence India series of expo is credited as South Asia’s largest ICT expo. The year saw the expo celebrating its 25th anniversary. The event was organized for 3 days in February 2017, covering a wide spectrum of topics from Make in India to Digital India, e-commerce and cyber security. INLEAD’s International Business Management students got an opportunity to attend the expo across all 3 days, visit stalls, sit in conferences and interact with other members of the audience.
The expo was organised in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, where 635 companies showcased ground–breaking technologies and services with new product launches. It was organised by the Exhibitions India Group, the Ministry of Electronics and Information and Broadcasting and the Digital India campaign.
Under the theme of Digital India, the event gathered an influential audience, including governments, key ICT industry players, international organizations, pioneering thinkers, consultants, academia, media and emergent players. The key players were responsible for enabling digital transformation and bringing to life smart technologies, products, services and the latest Internet of Things innovations.
Convergence India expo, and the co-located IoT India expo, were spread over 18,000 sqm of area, bringing together the IoT ecosystem including hardware, services, software and governing bodies, covering development areas and the future of IoT in India including smart cities, wearable technologies, design applications, enablers, industrial IoT and data analytics. Further add-ons at the expo were the Start-up planet, the Techknow conference and the mobile devices and Accessories. Event was sponsored by various partners like skyline, TAIWAN EXCELLENCE, CORNING, CISCO, Aeris, GOSPELL, Mulifi, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
On the first day of “Convergence India”, conferences were featured in various halls having sections “Ganga, Krishna, Godavari”. For the convenience of delegates ‘SHOWDAILY2017’ time tables and respective conference topics were displayed all over Pragati Maidan, Conferences covered various smart topics like ‘Digital india, 5G-next big step in mobile communication technologies and how it will revolutionise the customer experience, Digitization challenges in India, new business models and revenue generating streams, policy requirement for IoT startup growth.’ Conferences, seminars were attended by founder and CEO of reputed international organization, ICT players, business consultant, and government bodies. Information and experience gathered on first day was exciting, refreshing, adding value to all over personality.
Ahead of second day, Mr. Narendra Bansal (Chairman and MD Intex, India) and other influential panelist showcased Mobile phone industry- as torch bearer of Make in India and Digital India initiative.
Digi wallets :A new trend for developing India was effectively delivered by Mr. Sunil Kulkarni (Deputy MD, Oxigen Services India Pvt.Ltd). Excitement was palpable till the last day as it covered “e-commerce in India, Impact of IoT on Lifestyle to take it forward and make smart home for everyone, cyber security, its challenges and solutions.’
One of the sessions talked extensively about Cyber security being a big issue for Indians as we have to pay a lot more attention on development of cyber security. The 3 Pillars of cyber security include PROCESS, PEOPLE and TECHNOLOGY.
Cyber security research and development in the country, is critical both in public and private sector. Google only caters to 0.04% of 100% of the entire world. Demonetization for all its frailties, helped the Digital Network penetration and take on the challenging task of digitising financial India. Digital economy have to take focus on rural area and also urban area by providing lot of data. To keep the demonetization train from derailing, the standard of technology being used is vital.
A new trend of developing Digital India mainly focuses on 3’D combination.
The Exhibition focused on adaptation of Digital accommodation such that it works across mobile, internet and digital payment through success of mobile wallets. Its main focus will be on Inclusion, Innovation and Efficiency. Focus needs to move towards the villages or the small towns to make a digital wallet a success. Biggest challenges remains to make people aware of digital wallet .
The learning across the 3 days was huge for the students, who returned home every day with goody bags from some stall or the other.
Aniket Patil and Vishal Choubey