Bengaluru is gearing up for the 26th edition of its flagship technology event, the Bengaluru Tech Summit (BTS), set to commence on November 29 at the illustrious Palace Grounds. Anticipating the participation of delegates from over 30 countries, along with a multitude of startups, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders, this three-day tech extravaganza, organized by the IT-BT Ministry of the Government of Karnataka, promises to be a melting pot of innovation and collaboration.
In a strategic move, the state government seizes this occasion to spotlight tier 2 and 3 cities as potential hubs for development and talent acquisition, as part of its ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ initiative. Recognizing the city’s limits of saturation, this initiative aims to position these cities as attractive clusters for companies looking to expand their footprint.
This year’s BTS adopts the theme ‘Breaking Boundaries’ to underscore the event as a global playground for fostering collaborations. The focus is on attracting innovators worldwide, emphasizing Karnataka’s growing significance as a hub for innovation. Contrary to being an investment summit, BTS spokesperson Patankar Jagadish states that it serves as a space for collaboration, technology exploration, and potential mergers and acquisitions.
The summit boasts a diverse spectrum of events, featuring a multi-track conference covering IT, electronics, deep tech, startups, and biotech. With over 75 sessions, 400 speakers, 350 startups, 600 exhibitors, and an estimated 20,000 business attendees, the summit provides a comprehensive platform for knowledge exchange and networking.
One highly anticipated session involves a fireside chat between Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy and Zerodha co-founder Nikhil Kamath. This dialogue will delve into the leadership principles that have shaped Bengaluru’s tech landscape, bringing together veteran leaders and young entrepreneurs. Other stalwarts, including Rishad Premji, Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, and Kris Gopalakrishnan, are set to grace the event.
The summit will host the third edition of the India-USA Tech Conclave, fostering a meaningful dialogue between the two nations. The aim is to encourage collaboration in emerging sectors like e-commerce, supply chain and logistics, healthcare, and more. This initiative seeks to strengthen innovation ties and collaboration on a global scale.
Adding to the excitement, the event will showcase the Chandrayaan-3 ISRO-Industry Pavilion. Featuring a life-size model of the Chandrayaan-3 Lander, this pavilion highlights the contributions of small and medium enterprises, startups, and private industries to India’s space mission. It underscores the nation’s prowess in the global space arena.
BTS spokesperson Jagadish emphasizes the global attention on Karnataka, especially Bengaluru, as the world looks to India for the next wave of innovation. With expectations of collaboration for centers of excellence and tapping into India’s research capabilities, the summit positions startups in the region as potential sources of cutting-edge technology for the world.